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What Were Your Favorite Movie Trailers of the Last Year? (VIDEOS)

Nominations have been revealed for the 2014 Golden Trailer Awards, a celebration of the year's best in motion picture marketing, now in its 15th annual competition. The event goes down May 30 at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. Full nominee list are here. What were your favorites.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 7, 2014 5:21 PM
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For Your Streaming Consideration: Eight Unsung Male Performances from 2013

While 2013 was certainly a banner year for women in film, let's look back at eight career-best and breakthrough male performances that have been critically unsung at the tail-end of this year as awards roll in and showier performances chew the spotlight.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 16, 2013 3:22 PM
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Arthouse Audit: Sundance Hits 'Austenland,' 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' and 'Cutie & the Boxer' Open Soft

The ongoing success of several late-summer hits plus serious competition from "The Butler" this weekend contributed to the disappointing results for three new entries. Over July and August, four Sundance 2013 releases opened strongly with two breakouts: "The Way, Way Back" and "Fruitvale Station." But this weekend's three acclaimed Sundance hits stumbled at the August box office. The combined grosses of "Austenland," "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" and doc "Cutie and the Boxer" didn't even add up to the opening of "The Spectacular Now," and grossed only slightly better than last week's "In a World." This year the mid-August period isn't ready to join an expanded prime summer calendar.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 18, 2013 5:51 PM
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'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Exclusive Video Interview with David Lowery UPDATE

Writer-director David Lowery has been putting in his 10,000 hours over the past few years, working as an editor and cinematographer on many of his friends' micro-budget projects, as part of the growing multi-tasking barter indie culture. He's helped many of the geographically disparate friends he's met on the festival circuit with their films; he edited with director Shane Carruth the much-talked-about "Upstream Color." SXSW has championed the Texas filmmaker, playing his shorts and features; "Saint Nick" showed promise on a meager $12,000 budget.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2013 3:20 PM
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This Weekend: See 'Cutie and the Boxer,' 'Lee Daniels' The Butler,' 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'; Skip 'Jobs' and 'Kick-Ass 2'

Be on the lookout for a few can't-miss films this weekend. Zachary Heinzerling's Sundance documentary "Cutie and the Boxer," on famed Japenese artist couple Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, is receiving rave reviews for its humorous yet unsentimental portrayal of the creative passion that still burns late in life.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 15, 2013 1:10 PM
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New Poster Unveiled for Lowery's 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' Starring Mara and Affleck

Check out the new poster unveiled by IFC Films for David Lowery's upcoming Western "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster. The film, which hits theaters August 16 and VOD August 23, has had a stellar festival run, picking up accolades at Sundance and Cannes.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 18, 2013 12:15 PM
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David Lowery Recuts 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' With Help from Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Scissorhands. That's a description that the movie mogul will never live down. But he earned the moniker over decades by often demanding that his filmmakers, from homegrown to acquired, get back in the editing room and make their movies better. Most recently, he offered indie filmmaker David Lowery notes on Sundance prize-winner "Ain't Them Bodies Saints."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2013 4:28 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for Lyrical Western 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' Starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara

The first trailer for David Lowery's lyrical Western and festival favorite "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" has landed. The film, which hits theaters August 16 and VOD August 23 via IFC Films, stars Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara and Ben Foster in a tale centered on an outlaw's dangerous ordeal to reunite with his wife and child. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 24, 2013 2:45 PM
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'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Director David Lowery to Host Maryland Film Festival Opening Night

Now in its 15th year, the Maryland Film Festival (May 8-12) announced today that "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" director David Lowery will host the opening night in Baltimore, which is devoted to short films.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 29, 2013 1:10 PM
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Cannes Unveils Critics' Week Lineup Including Lowery's 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' Adds Guest of Honor Kim Novak

In Cannes news, the 52nd International Critics' Week sidebar has announced its official selection of seven international films in competition as well as three special screenings. One of the special screenings includes David Lowery's Sundance hit "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," which stars Casey Affleck as a prison escapee who sets out to reunite with his wife (Rooney Mara). In other news on the Croisette, Hollywood icon Kim Novak will be the Cannes Fest's guest of honor this year, appearing with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's newly restored "Vertigo" as part of the Cannes Classics series.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 12:57 PM
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