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Arthouse Audit: Jodorowsky's 'Dance of Reality' Shows Cult Potential, 'Immigrant' Impresses in More Theaters

The weekend was led by three films -- "The Dance of Reality" (ABKCO), "Words and Pictures" (Roadside Attractions) and "Cold in July" (IFC) -- from major festivals. While none had elevated expectations, each did well enough to suggest further expansion.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 26, 2014 5:09 PM
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Not Feeling 'X-Men' This Weekend? Here Are Four Acclaimed Indie Alternatives

As the Cannes Film Festival continues to unspool along the French Riviera, multiplexes and arthouses are holding down the fort stateside with a hefty slate of well-reviewed -- and in some cases long-awaited -- new releases.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 22, 2014 1:08 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Nymphomaniac Volume I' and 'Jodorowsky's Dune' Top New Openers; 'Bad Words' Seeks Wider Audience

Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" expanded wider and nabbed the bulk of attention from specialized and crossover crowds, landing at seven in the box office top ten. The new films openers were led by the first half of Lars von Trier's "Nymphomania" and a documentary about another visionary director, "Jodorowsky's Dune."
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 23, 2014 4:32 PM
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Jam-Packed Movie Weekend Means Lots to See, But Should You Skip 'Divergent'?

While astute cinephiles can revel this weekend in the theatrical release of Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac," two arthouse docs and a grab bag of terrific indies, those looking to keep brain function to a minimum can check out the latest YA franchise hopeful "Divergent." Trailers for all after the jump.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 21, 2014 6:00 AM
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WATCH: Alejandro Jodorowsky Talks the Wildest Film Never Made in 'Jodorowsky's Dune'

The wonderful doc "Jodorowksy's Dune" arrives in theaters March 21. Here's a one-minute clip from the film to whet your appetite. Whether or not you're familiar with the "Dune" mythology, its production history, or the hypnotically bad trainwreck of a film taken away from David Lynch by the studios, there's plenty to enjoy in this tale of Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowksy's labor of love that wasn't to be. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 14, 2014 1:46 PM
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Alejandro Jodorowsky's SXSW-Bound 'Dance of Reality' Gets a US Distributor

ABKCO Films announced today that they have acquired domestic theatrical and home entertainment rights to Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky's "The Dance of Reality," his first new film in 23 years.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 4, 2014 4:16 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Takes Doc 'Jodorowsky's Dune,' on the Legendary Director's Doomed Sci-Fi Adaptation (TRAILER)

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American rights to Frank Pavich's documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune," which explores legendary director Alejandro Jodorowksy and his elaborate yet ultimately doomed 1970s adaptation of the eponymous sci-fi novel -- set to star Orson Welles and Mick Jagger, among others.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 11, 2013 12:02 PM
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Cannes Fest Diary: Le Weekend, from Compelling 'Jimmy P.' to Toback's Doc and 'Jodorowsky's Dune'

It was a weird, wooly and wet weekend in Cannes. And it began with what has to be one of the stranger ideas ever put forward for a film: “Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian” from Arnaud Desplechin (the wonderful “A Christmas Tale”). Based on a book by French anthropologist/psychotherapist George Deveraux, it’s the more or less true story of a Native American WWII vet, played by Benicio del Toro, who winds up in a military hospital suffering from post-war injuries, real or imagined. When the staff decides the problems are not physical, but don’t have a grasp on the potential mental issues an Indian might face, they call in Deveraux, who is also an expert in Native American culture.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • May 21, 2013 10:46 PM
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Cannes Directors' Fortnight Lineup Unveiled, Includes New Films by Alejandro Jodorowsky

"Holy Mountain" director Alejandro Jodorowsky will reemerge after over twenty years' absence to present his latest film "The Dance of Reality" on the Croisette at this year's Cannes Directors' Fortnight. The famed Chilean-French surrealist filmmaker hasn't directed a feature since 1990's "The Rainbow Thief."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 23, 2013 11:49 AM
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