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Exclusive Toronto Trailer Debut: Matsumoto's 'R100'

Watch the exclusive debut of the trailer for "R100," the Hitoshi Matsumoto film that will debut in the Midnight Madness section at September's Toronto International Film Festival. The films marks the fourth feature directed by Japan absurdist auteur and TV comedian Matsumoto.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 12, 2013 4:29 PM
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DVD Review: Pema Tseden's 'Old Dog,' a Powerful Political Allegory of Modern Tibet (TRAILER)

Forget Uggie. My favorite canine companion in recent cinema is the shaggy, steadfast nomad mastiff of Tibetan writer-director Pema Tseden's contemplative and ultimately wrenching "Old Dog" (2011), available today on DVD from Icarus Films Home Video/dGenerate Films Home Video Collection.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 30, 2013 2:40 PM
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John Woo's First Film in Four Years, 'The Crossing,' Begins Production in China

Wonderful news for fans of one the greatest directors ever of heartfelt male-bonding action movies: Director John Woo has begun production in China and Taiwan on "The Crossing," his first film since the completion four years ago of the astonishing historical epic "Red Cliff."
  • By David Chute
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  • July 8, 2013 3:55 PM
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Obit: Elias Querejeta Was Spain's Producer of Producers

The death of Elias Querejeta, “producer of producers” according to the leading lights of Spanish cinema, did not cause a Gandolfini-size wake in the world of film. But film lovers should note the accomplishments of a man who, as much as anyone, moved his country’s cinema into a post-Franco landscape –a state-of-the-cinema where the likes of Pedro Almodovar are even imaginable.
  • By John Anderson
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  • June 29, 2013 4:26 PM
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OBIT: Martial Master Lau Kar-leung (1936 - 2013) (TRAILER)

The pioneering martial arts choreographer and director Lau Kar-leung, who died this week at age 77, was a kung fu purist. Lau had a vivid imagination and great skill when it came to devising and staging fight sequences. In fact, Lau was a key figure in every phase of Hong Kong martial arts movie making.
  • By David Chute
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  • June 28, 2013 1:25 AM
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Eastward Ho! How Marvel's 'Iron Man 3' Met China UPDATE

UPDATE: As new "Iron Man 3" scenes were added for specifically Chinese audiences upon the boffo film's release, the re-release of Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," featuring three minutes cut from the original (including nudity scenes), is flopping in China. The film originally hit Chinese theaters April 11, and was pulled within "minutes of its opening screenings... without official explanation," per Deadline.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • May 13, 2013 12:48 PM
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Academy Opens All 24 Categories to All Voting Members

The rule change dictates that prior to the final round of voting, the Academy will provide members with DVDs of the nominated films in five categories: Foreign Language Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Animated Short Film, and Live Action Short Film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 4, 2013 4:16 PM
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Belgium's 'Broken Circle Breakdown' Wins Europa Cinemas Label Prize at the Berlinale

Belgian film "The Broken Circle Breakdown" has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Berlinale's Panorama section. It is directed by Felix van Groeningen, and centers on the stormy relationship between a bluegrass musician and a tattoo artist. Synopsis below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 15, 2013 12:33 PM
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Now and Then: The Dardenne Brothers' Lost Boys

From the first minutes of "The Kid with a Bike," marked by an energetic shot of its young protagonist, Cyril, careening through a field and climbing over a fence, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's latest is an exercise in kinesis. It's not just that Cyril's always running: he's running away.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • February 14, 2013 1:56 PM
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Interview: 'Lore' Director Cate Shortland Explores World War II Landscape of Identity and Sexuality

Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland's "Lore," which was shortlisted for the foreign Oscar, is now playing in limited release. After her 2004 debut "Somersault" broke out Sam Worthington and Abbie Cornish, Shortland took her time coming back to helm another film. Set in vastly different territory, World War II drama "Lore" made its debut in Toronto. It was worth the wait.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 12, 2013 4:25 PM
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