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Arthouse Audit: 'Only Lovers Left Alive' Tops Trio of New Big-Name Openings

The heaviest slate of significant new films to open in one week so far this year, all of which had considerable attention from Cannes to Toronto in 2013, opened to variable results this weekend.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 13, 2014 4:26 PM
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Five Films to See or Not-to-See This Weekend, from 'Joe' to Jarmusch's 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

This weekend, don't miss what is arguably the best film of director Jim Jarmusch's storied career, "Only Lovers Left Alive," starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as exquisitely cool, ancient vampires still in love after centuries. That film hits LA and NY, along with David Gordon Green's Nicolas Cage starrer "Joe," and "The Railway Man" with Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. In wide release arrive the horror film "Oculus" and Ivan Reitman's "Draft Day," with Kevin Costner.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 11, 2014 3:27 PM
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Review: Nicolas Cage Returns to His Naturalist Roots in 'Joe,' Directed by David Gordon Green

David Gordon Green's "Joe" is a sluggish, slow-burn drama set in poverty-mired Mississippi about the bond that gradually builds between a drifter boy ("Mud"'s Tye Sheridan) and a simmering ex-con (Nicolas Cage). While both Cage and Sheridan are very watchable, especially in the scenes they share together, "Joe" is ultimately too underpowered to make it anything other than ordinary.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • April 11, 2014 2:57 PM
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In the Works: Charlie Kaufman adds Kate Winslet and Catherine Keener to Impressive Cast of 'Frank or Francis'

Charlie Kaufman's latest mind-bender, the meta-musical Hollywood comedy "Frank or Francis," has already attracted a bevy of comedic pros: Steve Carell, Jack Black, Nicolas Cage, and Kevin Kline.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 27, 2012 2:44 PM
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