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New Yorker Films Back in Action with Norwegian Coming-of-Age Sex Comedy 'Turn Me On, Dammit'

Venerable New Yorker Films is back in the indie distribution game. Their first 2012 entry is Jannicke Systad Jacobsen's sexually frank 76-minute coming-of-age comedy, "Turn Me On, Dammit!," laced with wry Norwegian humor reminiscent of the Czech New Wave (March 30). The film won the Best Screenplay Award when it premiered at Tribeca.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 21, 2012 7:01 PM
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Whit Stillman Q & A: 'Damsels in Distress,' 13-Year Hiatus, Upcoming Ska Rocksteady Project

Director Whit Stillman and actress Analeigh Tipton were on hand Sunday evening for a Q&A following Cinefamily's sneak preview screening of "Damsels in Distress."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 20, 2012 2:45 PM
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Immersed in Movies: DreamWorks Teases 'Rise of the Guardians,' 'Madagascar 3'

Well, if the surprising box office success of "The Lorax" ($132.1 million in two weeks) signaled the beginning of the Oscar race for animated feature, then DreamWorks struck back with a sneak peek on Wednesday of its likely contender, "Rise of the Guardians."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 17, 2012 8:30 AM
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Cecile de France Talks Not Giving a Performance for the Dardennes' 'Kid with a Bike'

Belgian-born actress Cecile de France has carved a successful career in France with roles in films like “Pot Luck,” “Haute Tension” and “Mesrine” to go along with rare Hollywood appearances in “Around The World In 80 Days” and Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter.” She gets her most engaging role in years in the Dardennes' “The Kid With A Bike."
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • March 17, 2012 7:30 AM
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Now and Then: All About Almodóvar

The problem with Pedro Almodóvar's "The Skin I Live In" is one of expectation. What we have come to want from him are hues of tomato, fire engine, blood. What he gives us are shades of cream, eggshell, off-white.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • March 12, 2012 11:30 AM
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Weekend Preview: 'John Carter' Arrives, 'Friends With Kids,' 'Silent House,' 'Salmon Fishing,' 'Sushi' & More

It's a weekend to have fun at the box office. If you don't take any of it too seriously, you'll enjoy the star-packed rom-com "Friends With Kids" (with many familiar "Bridesmaids" faces) or the fascinating disaster that is "John Carter." If you loved "Dogtooth," check out its sister film from Greece, "Attenberg." The charm of Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor combine in "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" while Elizabeth Olsen flexes her horror film skills in "Silent House." Top it all off with the mouthwatering doc "Jiro Dreams of Sushi." Details, reviews and trailers below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 9, 2012 4:43 PM
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Video: Jennifer Westfeldt & Jon Hamm Talk 'Friends with Kids'

Actress-writer-director Jennifer Westfeldt's romantic comedy "Friends with Kids" opens March 9 via Roadside Attractions, which acquired the film out of the Toronto Film Festival.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • March 6, 2012 1:52 PM
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Why 'John Carter' Is a Fascinating Disaster, Early Reviews (Video)

You could see Disney's "John Carter" (March 9) shaping up as a misfire from a long way off. No studio has projected "disaster" so loudly since Sony's misbegotten remake of "Godzilla" in 1998. For a $250 million movie to be tracking near a $25 million opening is shocking.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 6, 2012 1:42 PM
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The Long Gestation of Cannes-Bound 'On the Road,' From Coppola to Salles

After 44 years, possibly the longest gestation period in cinema history, the film version of Jack Kerouac’s classic Beat novel "On the Road" is finally hitting the big screen. Francis Ford Coppola, then a rising director-screenwriter still in his 20s, bought the film rights to it back in 1968...
  • By David Gritten
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  • March 5, 2012 3:03 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Oscars 2012 -- Interviews With Awards-Winners, Analysis; Plus: Festivals, In the Works and More

  • By TOH!
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  • March 3, 2012 10:00 AM
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