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Clash of the Titans Trashes Greek Myths in Eye-Rolling 3-D

Clash of the Titans Trashes Greek Myths in Eye-Rolling 3-D
I've already weighed in on why Clash of the Titans is a must-to-avoid in 3-D, and why I detest retrofitted 3-D in general.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 3, 2010 7:23 AM
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Action Stars Li, Lau, Kaneshiro Shine in The Warlords

Action Stars Li, Lau, Kaneshiro Shine in The Warlords
Thursday night I saw the Chinese b.o. juggernaut The Warlords, Peter Chan's breathless $40 million period action epic starring Asian megastars Jet Li, Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro as three blood brothers who fight for the imperial army, which won best film and best director at the Hong Kong Film Awards and the Golden Horse Awards. While the mayhem slows down occasionally to allow some dramatic exposition and a pivotal romance with Jinglei Xu, the movie slams through one bloody battle after another. The three leads are terrific, especially Li, who is a fierce marvel in action, and a powerful, emotive actor.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 26, 2010 8:23 AM
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Disney/ABC To Close At the Movies Balcony

Disney/ABC To Close At the Movies Balcony
Driving another nail into the coffin of genteel film criticism, Disney/ABC is finally closing down the At the Movies balcony for good. Started by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, continued by Ebert and Richard Roeper, then a series of guest critics ending with Michael Phillips, At the Movies was cut off at the knees by the idiotic idea of putting two young would-be critics, Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz in the show. At the Movies came back to life--as far as I was concerned--with the return of Michael Phillips and A.O. Scott. But I guess these two gentleman critics couldn't turn the ship around in time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2010 12:36 PM
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Cop Out's Kevin Smith Calls Out Critics and Gets Slammed

Cop Out's Kevin Smith Calls Out Critics and Gets Slammed
Kevin Smith may be remembered not as a gifted screenwriter and not-so-great director and occasional comic relief player but as the guy who pioneered self-marketing on the internet. He was an early adopter, with movie-poop-shoot.com and other sites; his Twitter account @ThatKevinSmith logs over 1 million followers. He loves hanging out on Twitter, engaging directly with his fans. And they loyally show up to his movies. But there are only so many of them.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2010 8:18 AM
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The Good, The Bad, the Weird: Must-See Oriental Western

The Good, The Bad, the Weird: Must-See Oriental Western
Director Kim Ji-Woon calls The Good, The Bad, the Weird, his stunning $10-million homage to Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leone, an “Oriental Western.” His sixth film (which has continued his South Korean box-office winning streak) boasts masterful high-speed action like you’ve never seen before: think Stagecoach meets high-wire Jackie Chan meets The Road Warrior.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 23, 2010 11:40 AM
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HBO, Hanks, Spielberg Deliver Must-Watch The Pacific

HBO, Hanks, Spielberg Deliver Must-Watch The Pacific
Tim Appelo reviews Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's follow-up to HBO's Band of Brothers, The Pacific.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 21, 2010 5:49 AM
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#SXSW: Matthew Vaughn Holds Off on Kick-Ass Sequel

#SXSW: Matthew Vaughn Holds Off on Kick-Ass Sequel
You couldn't ask for a more obvious set-up for a sequel than the end of Kick-Ass. Yet director Matthew Vaughn--who cannily set out to make a $50-million commercial hit--won't count his chickens until the movie opens on 3000 screens April 16. Lionsgate wants to talk sequel--they have first-look rights. But Vaughn, who has plenty of ideas for how to go about reforming his pint-size killer Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz)--think Terminator 2, with Schwarzenegger's cyborg assassin shooting folks in the knees--isn't ready to sit down and make a deal. (See two-part flip-cam interview below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 17, 2010 5:22 AM
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#SXSW: True Crime Meets Cold Weather

#SXSW: True Crime Meets Cold Weather
Well, I checked out writer-director Aaron Katz's third film Cold Weather to see what the fuss was all about.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 17, 2010 3:31 AM
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#SXSW: Gore-Epic Centurion Makes World Debut

#SXSW: Gore-Epic Centurion Makes World Debut
Monday night I squeezed into the last seat at Fantastic Fest's midnight surprise screening of Neil "The Descent" Marshall's Romans vs. Picts epic Centurion at the Alamo Draft House.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 16, 2010 5:28 AM
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#SXSW: First Hit is Cold Weather

#SXSW: First Hit is Cold Weather
At the SXSW opening night party, Jason Reitman showed me the trailer (below) for Aaron Katz's third feature Cold Weather on his iPhone. Reitman was psyched to see it, and I was intrigued, but it was up against Michel Gondry's Cannes doc Thorn in My Heart, which I needed to see in order to interview him Sunday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 14, 2010 8:50 AM
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