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WATCH: Director Joshua Oppenheimer Talks 'Act of Killing'

As part of Indiewire's ongoing Awards Season Spotlight, director Joshua Oppenheimer discussed his harrowing documentary "The Act of Killing," a frontrunner for an Oscar nomination. Check out some video snippets, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 11, 2013 1:36 PM
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Sundance Watch: First Trailer for John Michael McDonagh's 'Calvary,' Starring Brendan Gleeson

The first trailer for John Michael McDonagh's "Calvary" has arrived, reuniting the director with his "The Guard" star Brendan Gleeson. The film, a dark comedy about a priest having some congregation problems, is set to premiere at Sundance. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 11, 2013 12:07 PM
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WATCH: Gleefully Evil New Trailer for Israeli Crime Thriller 'Big Bad Wolves,' Quentin Tarantino's Favorite Film of 2013

A bloody-good new US trailer for the Israeli crime thriller "Big Bad Wolves," which director Quentin Tarantino calls the best film of 2013, has landed.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 10, 2013 5:39 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for the Wachowskis' 'Jupiter Ascending,' Starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis

A first trailer has arrived for the Wachowskis' fantastical "Jupiter Ascending," starring Channing Tatum, with blond hair and elf ears, and Mila Kunis as the title role, a woman invaluable to the cosmos, who Tatum is fated to protect. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 10, 2013 11:30 AM
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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on Little Known Comedy 'An American Hippie in Israel'

More Movies You Never Heard Of! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing "An American Hippie In Israel." The below video is NSFW.
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  • December 9, 2013 2:15 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on Sergio Leone's Final Western 'Duck, You Sucker!'

Sergio Leone Week! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing "Duck, You Sucker!"
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  • December 6, 2013 2:15 PM
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WATCH: The High and Very Low Points of the Media's Treatment of Women in 2013

The Representation Project has created a four-minute supercut of how women fared in the media over the past year. It begins with the high points -- because there were many -- and then moves on to the low points, as a sharp reminder that striving for gender equality must remain a top priority. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 6, 2013 1:28 PM
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EXCLUSIVE Video: Inventor Tim Jenison Discusses How He Cracked a 350 Year Old Mystery in Oscar Shortlisted Doc 'Tim's Vermeer'

Magician and filmmaker Teller's wonderfully mind-boggling doc "Tim's Vermeer," on inventor Tim Jenison's goal to unlock the secret behind Dutch master Johannes Vermeer's photorealistic paintings, begins its awards qualifying run today (December 6 in New York; December 13 in LA). The film recently made the Oscar Documentary shortlist. Check out an exclusive interview snippet below, where Jenison discusses how he hatched the idea to crack the mystery.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 6, 2013 11:29 AM
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Trailers from Hell: Robert Aldrich's 'The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah,' with Sergio Leone as Uncredited Second Unit Director

Sergio Leone Week! continues at Trailers from Hell, with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing "The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah." Leone was an (uncredited) second unit director on this epic potboiler directed by Robert Aldrich, whose own appetite for lurid scenarios is on full display (it was released the same year as "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane").
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  • December 4, 2013 6:30 PM
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WATCH: New Trailer for Spike Jonze's 'Her'

A second trailer has arrived for Spike Jonze's "Her," starring Joaquin Phoenix as one Theodore Twambly, a writer so heartbroken following the end of a long-term relationship that he strikes up a tech-age romance with a computer operating system, huskily voiced by Scarlett Johansson. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 4, 2013 12:18 PM
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