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Cassavetes, Almodovar and Cuaron Top Criterion's Heavenly Late-Summer Lineup

Mark your calendars, cinephiles. From a rarely seen John Cassavetes masterpiece to an iconic 1970s musical, The Criterion Collection's Summer release lineup couldn't be sweeter.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 16, 2014 10:15 AM
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Pedro Almodovar to Receive World Cinema Achievement Honor at European Film Awards

The European Film Academy will honor 63-year-old Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar with the European Achievement in World Cinema award at the upcoming 26th annual European Film Awards ceremony, to be held on December 7 in Berlin, Germany.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 16, 2013 2:39 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'I'm So Excited' Scores Decent Opening, 'Museum Hours' Is Surprise Success

Summer isn't the usual launchpad for subtitled films, but this weekend two June openers both show promise. "I'm So Excited" (Sony Pictures Classics), from the most consistently successful foreign language director Pedro Almodovar, opened solidly, if below his usual level. The much less-heralded "Museum Hours" (Cinema Guild) scored an above-average per screen average in two New York theaters. Both should gain attention across the country in upcoming weeks.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 30, 2013 3:55 PM
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This Weekend: Head to 'The Heat' and 'Laurence Anyways,' Skip Emmerich's Latest Disaster 'White House Down'

This weekend, the movie to see is Paul Feig's buddy cop comedy "The Heat" starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, but you may want to skip Roland Emmerich's latest blow-em-up spectacle "White House Down."
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 27, 2013 3:44 PM
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Almodovar Talks Raucous Airplane Comedy 'I'm So Excited': "Welcome to The Party!" (TRAILER)

"I'm So Excited" is a raunchy riot--fun, shocking and thoughtful. When Pedro Almodóvar walked into the interview room at the Crosby Street Hotel, the 63-year-old Spanish auteur launched straight into things, telling a group of film writers: "'I'm So Excited' has a double meaning in Spanish. It implies enthusiasm but also sexual arousal. So 'being excited' means 'being horny.' Welcome to the party!"
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 21, 2013 8:34 AM
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LAFF Kicks Off with Almodovar's Sexy 'I'm So Excited,' What To See at 2013 Fest

The 19th edition of the Los Angeles Film Festival kicked off ten days of screenings and events Thursday night (our recommendations are below) with Pedro Almodovar's sexily escapist romp "I'm So Excited" (review here), which played well for the North American premiere crowd downtown at LA Live. The Spanish auteur was on hand in a splendid lime suit, shilling for Hollywood roles for his cast.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • June 14, 2013 3:50 PM
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'I'm So Excited' Review: Sex, Drugs and R&B Collide at 30,000 Feet

It's hard to understand the motivation of whoever was tasked with translating the title of Pedro Almodóvar's new movie into English. They ended up with "I'm So Excited!", which certainly conveys the campy joy of the 95-minute airborne bacchanal but is a far cry from the film's original Spanish title, "Los amantes pasajeros." Admittedly, it's a hard one to translate--"The Lovers On-Board" or even "The Lover-Passengers" would be closer yet self-evidently clumsy--but the film's original title does so much to encapsulate the delicious, shocking, messy piece that Almodóvar has put together. Nevertheless, that unknown translator might have been on to something--this could be a tough film for American audiences to swallow (pun fully intended).
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 14, 2013 12:30 AM
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2013 Los Angeles Film Festival Adds Studio Premieres of 'Man of Steel' and "Monsters U' to Indie Lineup (UPDATED)

Per usual, LAFF has added some studio premieres and sure-to-be fascinating discussions to its lineup. On June 12, a pre-festival screening of Zach Snyder's much-anticipated superman revamp "Man of Steel" -- with Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon and Amy Adams -- will show two days before its wide release date. Also joining the lineup on June 18 is Disney/Pixar's "Monsters University" (in theaters June 21), the prequel to 2001's "Monsters, Inc."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 8, 2013 1:48 PM
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Filmmaker Top Ten Lists, from Fassbinder, Haneke and Almodovar to Scorsese, Tarantino and More

Excerpted are lists from Rainer Maria Fassbinder and Michael Haneke, as well as Pedro Almodovar, whose list offers an interesting counterpart to Fassbinder's. Both he and Almodovar have sought to consider the queer experience via cinephilia, formal style and colorful, socially-conscious melodrama.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 1, 2013 2:30 PM
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Almodovar's 'I'm So Excited' to Open Los Angeles Film Festival

Pedro Almodovar's "I'm So Excited!" will open the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 13. This will be the North American premiere of the film. Watch the trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 10, 2013 2:21 PM
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