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In Theaters: Finish Him! 'Kung Fu Panda 2' Karate Chops 'The Hangover Part II'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • May 27, 2011 5:09 AM
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The summer of sequels begins in earnest as two box office behemoths of years past hope that audience goodwill and fond memories translate into ticket sales. "The Hangover Part II" does its 'Hangover' thing, this time in Bangkok! And "Kung Fu Panda 2" hi-yahs onto screens with a stacked roster of all-star voice talent. Annnnd, oh my god, talk about burying the lede! Fuckin' "The Tree of Life" starts its roll out! Terry Malick! Brad Pitt! Sean Penn! Dinosaurs! At least 15 of you just wet yourselves. I know you. I know you Playlist readers, and your love of T. Malick. With good reason. Will it be everything you dreamed of and more? I really hope so!

Review: 'Too Big To Fail' A Solid, Brisk & Entertaining Run Through The 2008 Bailout

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 23, 2011 2:00 AM
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"Motherfucker." That is the first word of dialogue uttered in "Too Big To Fail" and it sums up the feeling for many who in the fall of 2008 watched closely as the United States came precariously close to suffering a major economic collapse unlike anything seen since the Great Depression. It was a sharp wake up call for the nation and the subject has already spawned a handful of films, notably Michael Moore's rushed and reactionary "Capitalism: A Love Story" and the much better Oscar-winning documentary "Inside Job." At Sundance earlier this year, "Margin Call" premiered, going inside a fictional financial institution for twenty-four hours as they realize they are closer to going broke than they had realized and now Curtis Hanson's film follows. Making a perfect double bill, this film uses the book by Andrew Ross Sorkin as its source material and goes into the corridors of power at the banks and in Washington in the testy days before the unprecedented bailout was handed out to prevent a financial catastrophe.

Watch: Longer Trailer For Curtis Hanson's HBO's Financial Crisis Drama 'Too Big To Fail'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2011 5:01 AM
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Even though we're kinda fatigued on the subject, "Too Big To Fail," directed by Curtis Hanson and featuring a remarkable ensemble, has certainly grabbed our attention.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For Curtis Hanson's HBO Financial Crisis Drama 'Too Big To Fail'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2011 4:47 AM
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It's like fairy tale movies for auteurs. Or something like that. "Margin Call" is coming, and just last night, George Clooney announced his own film about the 2008 bailout but before both of those, we'll get Curtis Hanson's take on the subject with "Too Big To Fail."

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