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Stream This: 'Lovelace,' 'Prince Avalanche,' 'Breaking Bad' & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • August 9, 2013 4:05 PM
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Stream This: Prince Avalanche, To The Wonder, Magic Magic,
Hey there fellow streamers. The 2013 summer blockbuster season is (mercifully) winding down, and the Oscar rollouts haven't yet begun, leaving us in the typically unpredictable middle ground of autumn. But with video on demand continuing to gain ground as a distribution platform, the streaming services don't seem to have noticed, and keep on delivering cinematic nuggets for us to consume. It's a fairly modern slate this weekend, with two simultaneous theatrical-VOD releases on the American indie side, and a Chilean movie skipping the cinema altogether. Then, we have two relatively recent picks: one from a divisive yet enduring filmmaker and another that focuses on a divisive and enduring issue in US politics. And as another seminal television program moves into its last season, we urge you to (re)watch the follow up episodes to gear up for what is sure to be a spectacular final push. So let's get right to it: the best of streaming for the week.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Django Unchained' & 'Les Miserables' Mark The 'Promised Land'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • December 28, 2012 3:28 PM
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Happy almost new year, cinephiles! To ring in the last week of 2012 the studios are releasing films that feature the most wretched, bloody, depraved, licentious, gruesome characters imaginable. To ensure you don't forget how extreme these storylines are, the roles are filled by Hollywood's most beautiful and talented people. The irony, in addition to the movies, is excellent. Dig in, and enjoy! And let us know what you're seeing below.

Exclusive: Henry Rollins & Eddie Vedder Talk Supporting The West Memphis 3 In Clip From 'West Of Memphis'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 20, 2012 10:05 AM
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Celebrities and rock stars throwing their weight behind a good cause is nothing new. Charitable organizations and awareness campaigns often benefit from famous faces making an appearance or issuing statements to help bring attention to whatever issue is being promoted, but usually that involvement -- at least on a public level -- tends to be short term. But for those getting involved in the case of the West Memphis 3, three young men wrongfully accused and convicted of murdering three children, it seems it came with the kind of price tags that were unexpected.

'West of Memphis: Voices For Justice' Soundtrack Features Eddie Vedder, Johnny Depp, Band Of Horses, Bob Dylan, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 30, 2012 4:55 PM
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There have been several benefit CDs over the years to assist the wrongly accused West Memphis Three trio -- Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Jr. and Jason Baldwin -- the subject of the crucial HBO documentaries "Paradise Lost 1-3" that led to their partial exoneration in 2010 (though not from a legal standpoint, they were forced to take the Alford plea, though all signs pointed to a super botched investigation and prosecution).

Watch: Powerful Trailer For Peter Jackson-Produced 'West Of Memphis'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2012 1:26 PM
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You might think after the three, highly acclaimed "Paradise Lost" documentaries from Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, not to mention the incredible amount of press around the case of the West Memphis Three, that the dramatic well has run dry on the subject. You would be wrong. Director Amy Berg revisits the case in the upcoming "West of Memphis," and this new trailer shows that the tale of justice not served continues to be a powerful one.

'West Of Memphis' & 'A Late Quartet' Get Award Season Dates; Minions Movie Slated For 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2012 2:54 PM
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A couple of festival movies prepare for the awards season gauntlet while a prospective blockbuster gets a holiday date in this release calendar update....

Jacques Audiard's 'Rust And Bone' Hits On Nov. 16th; Peter Jackson's 'West Of Mempis' Arrives On Dec. 28th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2012 10:11 PM
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Two films, picked up by Sony Pictures Classics circa the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival, have now been slated for awards season contending release dates, and it's fair to say both could have a shot at some kind of Oscar recognition.

Sony Pictures Classics Pick Up 'West Of Memphis' Documentary

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • March 1, 2012 2:21 PM
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Now one of the most infamous tales of wrongful convictions and the complete failure of the American judicial system, the case of the West Memphis Three has been chronicled in the “Paradise Lost” film series, which revealed the struggles of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. as they deal with being falsely accused and convicted in the murder of three children. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg had her own film “West of Memphis” debut at Sundance in January, which we called an exhausting and exhaustive chronicle of justice, which has finally been acquired for release.

Sundance: 'Paradise Lost' Director Joe Berlinger Talks About The "Unnecessary Friction" With 'West Of Memphis' Filmmakers

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 26, 2012 10:01 AM
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For almost 20 years, documentarian Joe Berlinger (along with Bruce Sinofksy) has chronicled the complicated history of the West Memphis Three, a trio of Arkansas teenagers who were found guilty of a triple homicide despite questionable evidence. His first film about the trial, “Paradise Lost,” was released in 1996; Part 2, 'Revelations' followed in 2000, and Part 3, 'Purgatory,' just received a nomination for Best Documentary at this year’s Academy Awards. Berlinger never aspired to be the only filmmaker or news outlet pursuing the story, and in the last year or so, a couple of high-profile projects were initiated about the trial, including the documentary “West of Memphis,” produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh and directed by Amy Berg, and an adaptation of the book “Devil’s Knot,” an account of the crimes written by Mara Levirett, with Atom Egoyan set to direct and Reese Witherspoon to star.

Nick Cave Scoring 'West Of Memphis,' Laura Veirs Tunes Up 'Hello I Must Be Going' & More Sundance Sounds

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2012 1:24 PM
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While Park City continues to buzz with celebs and films and the festival heads into its final weekend, let's take a moment take our eyes off the movies, and instead open up our ears. As it turns out, a good handful of the movies at the Sundance Film Festival are being powered by the music of some pretty impressive performers.

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