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Review and Roundup: '2 Guns' Tries to Breathe Life Into Old Formula

"2 Guns" is a great example of what's right and wrong with commercial studio moviemaking these days. It's smarter and more entertaining than your average $80-million schlocker. And it's got a cast of wily entertainers keeping us engaged, from sparring undercover agents Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg (the trailer gives that high-concept away) to villains Bill Paxton (as a corrupt CIA agent) and Edward James Olmos (as a Mexican drug lord).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2013 4:27 PM
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Review and Roundup: In Defense of Paul Schrader's Misunderstood 'The Canyons'

Like the film's infamously trying production and its central character Tara -- who Lindsay Lohan acts the hell out of -- "Canyons" careens wildly from one extreme to the next. But it isn't just so-bad-it's-good kitsch. "The Canyons" ultimately is good, hard to admire, yes, but harder to look away from.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 1, 2013 3:54 PM
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Marlon Brando Stays Honest, Flirts, Dissembles, Speaks French in String of 1965 Press Interviews (VIDEO)

Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose. A great actor strives to remain authentic under the most trying circumstances. Check out this series of press interviews with Brando--he admitted to promoting "Morituri," a movie most of his interlocuters had not yet seen, and his interviewers seemed to be trying to hawk it too--much to his dismay.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2013 3:46 PM
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WATCH: Robert Redford Battles the Elements Alone in First Trailer for Shipwreck Thriller 'All Is Lost'

The riveting first trailer for J.C. Chandor's Cannes hit "All Is Lost," starring Robert Redford, has landed. In a practically solo -- and near wordless -- performance, Redford plays a man lost at sea following a devastating accident.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2013 2:10 PM
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Ben Stiller's 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' Joins Oscar Race as NYFF Centerpiece Gala (TRAILER)

As soon as I saw the impressive footage from "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" at CinemaCon, I knew Ben Stiller's ambitious cinematic retelling of the classic James Thurber short story was a potential Oscar Contender. And the New York Film Festival likes it enough to accord it the prestige Centerpiece Gala for a World Premiere on Saturday, October 5 at the 51st NYFF (September 27 – October 13). Opening night is "Captain Phillips." Closing night will be a high-profile fall title that that has not been announced for Venice or Toronto, such as Cannes hit "All is Lost," which I hear could earn Robert Redford an Oscar nomination for his virtually silent performance. Will David O. Russell's "American Hustle" be finished in time? "Foxcatcher"? "The Wolf of Wall Street"?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2013 1:35 PM
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10 Filmmakers' Top 10 Films Lists: Scorsese, Kubrick, Allen, Tarantino, Nolan and More

Flavorwire has compiled 10 filmmakers' Top 10 Films lists. Included are Martin Scorsese (who lists Powell and Pressburger's "The Red Shoes" and Renoir's "The River," among others ), Stanley Kubrick (who singles out Chaplin's "City Lights" and Antonioni's "La notte"), and Woody Allen (a fan of Bergman's "Seventh Seal" and Kurosawa's "Rashomon").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2013 1:16 PM
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WATCH: Spike Lee Gets Heated About Crowdfunding Criticism, Says "I Was Kick-Starting Before There Was Kickstarter"

In a recent interview with Bloomberg's "Street Smart" host Trish Regan, director Spike Lee loses his cool about the inevitable controversy that arises when a well-known filmmaker turns to Kickstarter for funding -- as Lee has for his upcoming project on blood addiction. "I was kick-starting before there was Kickstarter," Lee says. Also: "You don't know how much money I have. For you to assume what my financial state is, that's wrong." Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2013 12:37 PM
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Paul Greengrass' 'Captain Phillips,' Starring Tom Hanks, to Open 57th BFI London Film Festival

Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips" will open the 57th BFI London Film Festival on October 9. Greengrass and star Tom Hanks, who plays the eponymous real-life cargo ship captain who contended with Somali pirates, are scheduled to attend the festival's screening.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2013 11:22 AM
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