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Killer Kids: 5 Unforgettably Lethal Children In Film

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 15, 2013 1:04 PM
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Killer Kids: 5 Of The Most Lethal Children In Film
One of the touchstones of the horror genre are movies that involve the "scary little kid"—things like "The Omen," "Village of the Damned," "The Innocents" and, more recently, movies like "Joshua" and "Orphan." In these films, childhood innocence is perverted, replaced by pure, blackened evil, and the results are often chilling. But a much more interesting sub-genre, one that "Kick-Ass 2" (opening this weekend) fully engages with is the "killer kid" genre. This is different than the "evil kid" strain because these children aren't necessarily evil (and there is no supernatural mumbo jumbo) but they can drop you like a bag of laundry just the same.

The Worst Films Of 2013... So Far...

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 10, 2013 1:40 PM
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The Worst Films Of 2013, so far, playlist
Is this the worst summer of blockbusters in a recent age or is it the best? Are “Man of Steel" arguments worth losing friendships over? Is "Southland Tales" a masterpiece as posited by generation revisionism or is it the mess critics took it for initially? Will you dare to give your money to villain mensch Adam Sandler over hero Guillermo del Toro? Debate rages on in 2013 over a variety of topics as is par for the course in the opinionated world of movie criticism and discussion. And yes, as we glance down at our watches, we realize it’s basically the midway point of the year. We already looked at what a handful of us thought were the Best Film Of The Year... So Far, and so in the Peter Travers school of thinking, we thought it might be worthwhile to look at the worst films of the year so far on a Wednesday hump day.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Much Ado About Nothing' For 'The Internship;' 'Wish You Were Here' For 'The Purge'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • June 7, 2013 2:46 PM
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The studios have been busy, it seems, preparing for this first June weekend. The bevy of comedies, thrillers, adaptations, docs, and psycho killer little girl stories landing at the multiplexes and art houses are like a big neon sign that reads, "SUMMERTIME!" And really, what says summer better than a movie about interning? (We're talking to you, college students.) Maybe one about a 12-hour period of sanctioned lawlessness? (That's for all those who remember when summer was actually a vacation.) Whatever hearkens the season best, there is so much on the release slate today, you may need a to-do list to make it through the titles. And we'd love to know which films will make your top slots, so clue us in using the comments section below!

12 Great & Not-So-Great Debuts From Screenwriters-Turned-Directors

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 6, 2013 4:03 PM
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Screenwriters Turned Directors, Best/Worst
“...but what I really want to do is direct,” goes the hoary old Hollywood refrain. Actors, key grips, wardrobe assistants, the odd ambitious caterer -- sometimes it feels like everyone who’s ever stepped on to a movie set dreams, idly or with calculation, of one day calling the shots. Even the clapper loaders, who technically are the ones who call shots. But of all those jealously eyeing the director’s megaphone (metaphorical sadly, they seem to have gone the way of the plus-four as part of the director’s standard kit) perhaps those with the most reason to be covetous are the screenwriters, the hardy souls who turn in 120-page draft after draft, only to have their baby wrested from their grasp and dressed up, maybe brilliantly but often not, in clothes they might not have chosen themselves.

Exclusive: Saoirse Ronan & James Gandolfini Share A Moment In Clip From 'Violet & Daisy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2013 10:01 AM
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With an Oscar in his pocket for the screenplay of "Precious," Geoffrey Fletcher could've tackled any number of projects, and likely had more than a few doors open for him. But instead, he decided tackle his feature debut in a movie that couldn't be more different than the awards season sensation, writing and directing the teen assassin action/comedy "Violet & Daisy."

Watch: Saoirse Ronan & Alexis Bledel Are Hired Killers In Trailer For 'Violet & Daisy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2013 6:23 PM
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Violet and daisy
Premiering at TIFF way back in 2011 and arriving in theaters nearly two years later, it isn't exactly the best indication that "Violet & Daisy" is a winner. But with Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel playing teen killers, and with James Gandolfini popping in for some support, perhaps this will at least be a curiosity worth tracking down.

Check Out The Sweet & Deadly Poster For 'Violet & Daisy' Starring Saoirse Ronan & Alexis Bledel

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • April 11, 2013 12:07 PM
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The new “Violet & Daisy” poster has landed and it is quite a doozy, with a strikingly bold concatenation of lollipops and guns setting an eye-popping tone for the latest from “Precious” writer Geoffrey Fletcher.

New Images From 'Jack Reacher,' 'Anna Karenina' And 'Violet & Daisy' With Saoirse Ronan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 3:16 PM
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Over the weekend, this writer finished reading "Persuader," one of Lee Child's dozen plus books centering on ex-military man turned drifter/problem solver Jack Reacher, and it only underscores how divisive the casting of Tom Cruise is in "Jack Reacher," based on "One Shot." In the books, Reacher is a six foot something, larger than life bruiser whose sheer physical size can be intimdating to those who cross his path -- not exactly the kind of image you get from the 5'7" Cruise. But with a new image now landing, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie is ready to address the doubters. 

Review: Cool-Kids-Who-Kill 'Violet & Daisy' From 'Precious' Writer Isn't What You'd Expect

  • By James Rocchi
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  • September 16, 2011 9:35 AM
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After winning an Oscar for his screenplay for "Precious," Geoffrey Fletcher probably had options. The fact that directing "Violet & Daisy" -- a candy-colored crime story about two teen girl killers and their latest target -- was his ultimate choice is worthy of note in and of itself. Fletcher could have stayed in the vocabulary and landscape of "Precious" -- or, less charitably, thrown a rock and hit another indie film tale of life in the big city -- but instead stepped up, and out, to do something completely different as his directorial debut.

First Look & Trailer For Rachel Weisz Spy Pic 'Page Eight' And Saoirse Ronan In 'Violet & Daisy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 3:22 AM
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So with TIFF unveiling its final batch of flicks, here come the first looks at the films that will be throwing elbows for attention in Ontario.

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