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Why Drafthouse Films Is the Right Distributor for Sundance-Winning Doc 'The Overnighters'

Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to Jesse Moss's Sundance award-winning oil doc "The Overnighters." It portrays the plight of desperate men as they chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields while a devoted pastor risks everything to help them.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 31, 2014 12:59 PM
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Trailers from Hell Takes on Clint Eastwood in 'Sudden Impact'

This week on Trailers from Hell, TV writer and produce Alan Spencer talks about the fourth film in the Dirty Harry series, "Sudden Impact," starring Clint Eastwood.
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  • March 31, 2014 11:49 AM
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Review: Smart Horror Flick '13 Sins' Tests Our Moral Mettle (TRAILER)

Smart horror flick "13 Sins" asks what would we do for the right price? Or even the “right” reasons?
  • By John Anderson
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  • March 31, 2014 11:48 AM
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Can 'Cosmos' Save Science Television?

With his nondescript blazers and mild manner, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is an unlikely radical. But make no mistake: in an age of evolution skeptics and climate change deniers, the defense of science he levies as the host of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" is nothing short of revolutionary.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • March 31, 2014 11:25 AM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Cesar Chavez,' 'The Raid 2,' 'Finding Vivian Maier' & 'Mistaken for Strangers' Find Initial Success

Four new specialized/independent releases from diverse backgrounds showed initial strength this weekend. Two of these -- "Cesar Chavez" (Pantelion/Lionsgate) and "The Raid 2" (Sony Pictures Classics) -- are intended for wider release. Two others -- "Finding Vivian Maier" (IFC) and "Mistaken for Strangers" (Abramorama) -- are documentaries focusing, as have so many hits in the medium, on aspects of the creative process, and seem headed to decent or better art-house success.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 30, 2014 4:54 PM
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Jameson Empire Award Voters Favor British Home Team

Movie fans from the UK and other countries vote for the annual Jameson Empire Awards, which honor blockbusters, indies and British films alike. This year they went overboard for the home team.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 30, 2014 4:28 PM
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'Frozen' and 'LEGO Movie' Pass Box Office Milestones

Two movies that crossed major box office landmarks this weekend, "Frozen" and "The Lego Movie," remind us that with blockbusters, often originality is king. In its sights: "The Dark Knight Rises." Watch out, Batman, you're about to get beat by a princess!
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 30, 2014 3:37 PM
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RIP Screenwriter and Reel Geezer Lorenzo Semple, Jr. (VIDEOS)

Remembering screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr., who has died at 91. He wrote "Three Days of the Condor," "Flash Gordon," "Pretty Poison," "Never Say Never Again," "King Kong," "The Parallax View," "The Super Cops," "Fathom" and the "Batman" TV series.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 30, 2014 2:51 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: 'Noah' Floats High All Over the World, Challenged by Mighty 'Captain America'

Darren Aronofsky's $125-million Bible epic "Noah" easily took #1 this weekend. The $44 million gross was solid but not sensational. With international territories performing even better, the picture appears on its way to modest profits.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 30, 2014 1:54 PM
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VIDEO: Highlights from Louis C.K.'s Easy-Going SNL

Louis C.K. on "SNL"
Louis C.K. hosts an affable episode of Saturday Night Live, with his signature warmly barbed observations.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 30, 2014 1:32 PM
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