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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

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

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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Weekend Preview: Pattinson vs. Damon in Melodramatic Remember Me and Political Green Zone

Weekend Preview: Pattinson vs. Damon in Melodramatic Remember Me and Political Green Zone
Heading into its second weekend, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland will continue to score big numbers. According to Flixster, the Tim Burton fantasy (which has a Tomatoscore of 52%) is pacing about five times ahead of this week’s new releases. That's not hard, because none of the newcomers are crossing over from their target demo. (Trailers are on the jump.) UPDATE: Box office watchers can now place bets on their predictions.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 11, 2010 2:21 AM
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NY Film Fest To Add McCarthy to Selection Committee

Todd McCarthy got some good news and bad news Monday. While he lost his job (after 31 years) as chief critic at venerable trade Variety, he will go to the Cannes International Film Festival as the newest member of the New York Film Festival selection committee. The official announcement is expected shortly came Friday. McCarthy talks to the NYT.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 10, 2010 8:12 AM
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Variety Cuts Its Life's Blood: Critics McCarthy and Rooney

Variety Cuts Its Life's Blood: Critics McCarthy and Rooney
At Saturday's HBO Oscar party, I enjoyed dishing about the upcoming Cannes line-up with Todd McCarthy, Variety's film critic for three decades, who is the paper's biggest star and the main reason readers all over the world read the august trade. His reviews post first, and are the best-read thing in Variety, bar none. The day after the Oscars, publisher Neil Stiles confirmed that as a cost-cutting measure, film critics Todd McCarthy and Derek Elley and theater critic David Rooney are out, set loose as possible freelance contributors. (No talks on such deals have yet taken place.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 8, 2010 9:17 AM
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Alice in Wonderland: Early Reviews

Alice in Wonderland: Early Reviews
Post-London premiere, the early review floodgates have opened on Tim Burton and Linda Woolverton's reimagining of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland in 3-D, which is poised to be a box office monster when it opens wide on March 5. (I will report back after I see the movie next Tuesday.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 25, 2010 10:38 AM
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