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Immersed in Movies: What Sam Mendes Will Do If He Returns for 'Bond 24'

So, after all the jostling the last couple of weeks to find the next Bond director (the list of suspects included Chris Nolan, Tom Hooper, Ang Lee, Matthew Vaughn, and Nicolas Winding Refn), Sam Mendes is back in play for 'Bond 24.' What producer Barbara Broccoli and star Daniel Craig want, they usually get, especially after "Skyfall" made $1.1 billion.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 29, 2013 12:50 PM
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Book Review: 'Rainer on Film'

If “Rainer on Film” were simply a compendium of the movie reviews Peter Rainer has written over the last three decades, it would be no more or less worth reading than any film critic that you admire or dislike. There are a lot of reviews in the book, but there are also quirky overviews on the careers of important directors and stars.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • May 29, 2013 12:31 PM
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Review: Documentary 'Hey Bartender' Blends One Part Character Study, Two Parts Style

BOOZE! It may not be quite as good a come-on as SEX! but there’s also a double shot of sexiness in “Hey Bartender,” which despite its shot-and-beer title is about the fine art of mixology, a.k.a. the alchemical mixing of alcoholic beverages (with names like Weep No More, the Minnehaha and the always fashionable Bronx, which is, FYI, a perfect martini with orange juice). Is liquor cinematic?
  • By John Anderson
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  • May 29, 2013 12:19 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Karyn Kusama on Alan Parker's 'Shoot the Moon,' Starring Diane Keaton and Albert Finney

Relationship Roulette! week continues at Trailers from Hell with director Karyn Kusama introducing "Shoot the Moon," starring Diane Keaton and Albert Finney.
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  • May 29, 2013 11:30 AM
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Hollywood Hits the Commencement Trail, from Affleck and Marling to Whedon (VIDEO)

It's May, which means that movie and media moguls are working the commencement speech circuit. Arianna Huffington did Smith College, while Boston's own Ben Affleck delivered a rousing speech at Brown in exchange for his honorary degree. On May 26, Joss Whedon '87 gave the commencement address at his alma mater Wesleyan.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 28, 2013 4:10 PM
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Trailer Watch: Weinsteins' Mouth-Watering 'Haute Cuisine' as Light and Fluffy as a Souffle

Those with empty stomachs, beware the new trailer that just landed. "Haute Cuisine," from the Weinstein Company, centers on Provence chef Daniele Delpeuch (Catherine Frot), who worked as French president Francois Mitterand's country cook, and withstood all the culinary challenges that went along with it. The film hits theaters August 16. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 28, 2013 2:35 PM
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Trailer Watch: Chilling Documentary 'The Act of Killing' Reenacts Death Squad Leaders' Memories of Murder

Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary "The Act of Killing" has been wowing critics since it started its festival run last fall, and will finally have its theatrical release via Drafthouse Films on July 19. The film, which boldly asks former death squad leaders to reenact their real-life mass murders in the style of their favorite Hollywood films, is a co-presentation from Werner Herzog and Errol Morris, and has been called "chilling," "audacious" and "essential." Trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 28, 2013 12:53 PM
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Review Roundup: Netflix's Latest Binge Series 'Arrested Development' Entertains and Disappoints

The new and fourth season of "Arrested Development" landed on Netflix over the long weekend, and is receiving mixed reviews. The intense anticipation for a much-loved (if initially little-watched) show is bringing both satisfaction and disappointment, with some critics praising the clever, funny build in momentum of the episodes, and others left disenchanted with the characters and overall tone they used to love. Roundup below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • May 28, 2013 12:17 PM
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Review: Margarethe von Trotta's 'Hannah Arendt' an Alluring Portrait of Mass Guilt and One Woman Who Wouldn't Back Down

Margarethe von Trotta’s captivating “Hannah Arendt” is a slice of a biopic; it covers a ferociously controversial two years in the life of the 20th century philosopher who, during that time, would coin the term “the banality of evil.” Through Arendt’s story, the film looks at uneasy manifestations of guilt two decades after the Holocaust, but it also looks at a woman who wouldn’t be bullied away from her opinions.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 28, 2013 11:20 AM
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Review: Douglas and Damon Shine in Soderbergh's Funny, Poignant Melodrama 'Behind the Candelabra'

The Cannes Film Festival accorded Steven Soderbergh's lush period melodrama "Behind the Candelabra" a prime competition slot (his fourth) for a reason. While it's not the first time an HBO movie has played in the mainbar (Stephen Hopkins' "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" was in competition in 2004), it will be Soderbergh's last, if he sticks to his planned retirement from making films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 27, 2013 4:34 PM
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