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'Trance' Director Danny Boyle Channels Evil Side with Naked Femme Fatale: Exclusive Interview, Early Reviews

"Trance" is stylish escapist fun that makes excellent use of reflective surfaces including the iPad, among other visual tricks--when it isn't pummeling you into submission. Boyle isn't one to sit back and let you feel calm and relaxed. Early reviews by trade critics claim that style trumps substance here. Our video interview with Boyle is below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 22, 2013 2:54 PM
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Weekend Preview: Bright, Exuberant 'Sapphires' and Stylish 'Gimme the Loot' Best Bets, 'Admission' Not Making the Grade

The Weinsteins' ebullient backstage musical "The Sapphires," which chronicles the success of an all-girl Aboriginal band out of Australia in the 1960s and boasts a break-out performance from Irish star-on-the-rise Chris O'Dowd, and Adam Leon's SXSW and Cannes entry "Gimme the Loot," a well-shot love story set against the backdrop of graffiti pranksters in New York City, are receiving the top marks from critics this week.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 22, 2013 1:23 PM
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Review: Pre-'Les Mis,' Minnie Driver & Gang Sing Live in Welsh High School Musical 'Hunky Dory'

Welsh filmmaker Marc Evans' elegiac, semi-autobiographical high school musical "Hunky Dory," which played at SXSW last year after its UK release, is finally opening in NY and LA theaters and on VOD March 22 via distrib Variance. The delightful comedy written by Laurence Coriat, set in the sweltering hot summer of 1976, stars a winning Minnie Driver as a drama teacher who mounts a glam rock version of Shakespeare's "The Tempest."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 21, 2013 4:02 PM
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'Starbuck' Director Ken Scott Not First to Remake His Own Movie

That science would eventually be rendering men obsolete is something Aldous Huxley saw coming; that fatherhood would be rendered slightly hysterical is something he apparently sensed as well. In fact, the extreme patrimony of Patrick Huard’s David Wozniak has been declared found funny enough that “Starbuck’s” Canadian director, Ken Scott, is now adapting his French production into English for DreamWorks, as “The Delivery Man.”
  • By John Anderson
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  • March 21, 2013 1:32 PM
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Review Roundup: 'Phil Spector' a Sinfully Entertaining Treat Starring Wigged-Out Al Pacino

HBO's "Phil Spector" (March 24) directed by David Mamet and starring a tantalizingly wigged-out Al Pacino and Helen Mirren, is mostly receiving praise from critics. Pacino's performance is being touted as "compelling, both despite and because of the wigs," while Mamet's direction is called "sinfully entertaining." But not every outlet is impressed: Variety describes the film as "essentially a Lifetime movie gussied up with an Oscar pedigree." Review highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 21, 2013 12:20 PM
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Now and Then: Hitchcock's Bad-Ass '40s Brunettes Were the Lead-Up to Those '50s Icy Blondes

My favorite words in the movies come from the dusky, sultry opening minutes of "Rear Window" (1954), as Grace Kelly's New York socialite glides through L.B. Jefferies' (James Stewart) dim apartment, switching on the lights. "From top to bottom," she announces herself. "Lisa." Flick. "Carol." Flick. "Fremont." Flick.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • March 19, 2013 2:54 PM
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Penske's Moves: As Daily Variety Prints Last Edition, Adds Critic Foundas, Reduces Movieline

Variety lovers are feeling mixed emotions. On the one hand, Penske Media Corp CEO Jay Penske is making changes that were long overdue. He has pulled down the firewall, modernized the website, added a troika of editors--LA Times import Claudia Eller (film), and Variety's Cynthia Littleton (TV) and Andrew Wallenstein (digital)--to run the online and print weekly trade, and ended publication of the print daily. Tuesday March 19 was the last print edition after 80 years. The revamped weekly publishes on March 27.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 18, 2013 9:36 PM
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America Gets the Dystopic Treatment in New Animated Indie 'Silver Circle'

It's 2019, and runaway inflation has sunk the American economy into a cesspool of sky-high prices and rampant unemployment. A loaf of bread costs $50; bars advertise bargain deals on $90 beer Tuesdays.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • March 18, 2013 4:07 PM
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Weekend Preview: Promising and Diverse Film Fare All Around, 'From Up on Poppy Hill' to 'Ginger & Rosa' and 'Spring Breakers'

This weekend sees a number of well-reviewed films in limited release. Sally Potter's lovely coming-of-age drama "Ginger & Rosa" stars a remarkable Elle Fanning nimbly handling the role of a budding teen poet struggling to come to terms with her family's latest break-up and the Cuban Missile Crisis. The new Studio Ghibli entry and Hayao Miyazaki's son Goro's second feature film, "From Up on Poppy Hill," is receiving glowing praise from the critics, while Matteo Garrone's "Reality," his follow-up to "Gomorrah" that follows the rise of a regular guy to reality TV-star status, is also getting top marks.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 15, 2013 2:59 PM
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SXSW Review UPDATE: Christopher Abbott of 'Girls' and Gaby Hoffmann Lead Jury Award-Winning Ensemble Cast in 'Burma'

“Burma,” made by first-time feature filmmaker Carlos Puga and winner of the Grand Jury Award for Ensemble Cast at SXSW, looks at a family in crisis. They aren't falling apart, but instead put together, suddenly, awkwardly, and the building blocks hurt. What starts as a generic and even patience-testing drama ultimately grows into a film boasting strong performances and a few unexpectedly open wounds.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 13, 2013 12:54 AM
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