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Pick Hit: Raunchy R-Rated Comedy 'Neighbors,' Starring Rogen, Byrne & Efron, that Even Critics Love (RED BAND TRAILER)

Universal Pictures smartly debuted "Neighbors," a raunchy, R-rated comedy starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron as the titular domestic warmongers, at SXSW 2014, where it picked up great word-of-mouth from festival-goers and critics alike. But the best thing in the movie is Rose Byrne. The films opens May 9. Read review, roundup and see Red Band trailer here.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 7, 2014 12:44 PM
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Jon Favreau's 'Chef,' Hitting Theaters This Weekend, Is Scruffy Indie Crowdpleaser

Jon Favreau took a break from tentpole movies to direct a scruffy family comedy that wears its insecurities on its sleeve. "I shoot food like Michael Bay shoots babes in bikinis," he told me at the rooftop after-party at this past SXSW.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2014 12:43 PM
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Get Ready for Showtime's Supernatural Chiller 'Penny Dreadful' with Creepy New Trailer (REVIEW)

Showtime's new smart horror series "Penny Dreadful" debuts May 11. Watch a new trailer here, plus read our SXSW review.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 21, 2014 1:12 PM
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Review: Chris Eska's Meditative, Slow-Burn Civil War Drama 'The Retrieval'

Chris Eska’s beautifully made Civil War drama “The Retrieval,” which opens at Film Forum April 2, is a quietly stirring journey into America’s ravaged heartland of 1864. It follows three black men, two fully grown and one barely on the cusp of adolescence, as they walk North and navigate the complexities of survival, self-interest and slowly emerging friendship.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 31, 2014 3:08 PM
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REVIEW: Why 'Unicorns' Fest Discovery Leah Meyerhoff Is One to Watch

One of the finds at this year's SXSW Film Festival was Leah Meyerhoff's directorial debut "I Believe in Unicorns," now simply titled "Unicorns," about the aftermath of a 16-year-old girl's first sexual experience, and the velocity of teenage love. Fresh off its Austin premiere, the film played the Sun Valley Film Festival last weekend.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 19, 2014 1:34 PM
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Best of the Week: SXSW Wrap & Exclusives, Riviera Maya Film Fest, Ralph Fiennes Career Watch & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • March 15, 2014 3:09 PM
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SXSW Announces 2014 Audience Award Winners

Audience award winners have been announced for the 2014 South by Southwest Film Festival, now wrapping up in Austin.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 15, 2014 2:16 PM
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Diego Luna, Michael Peña, Rosario Dawson Talk SXSW Audience Award Winner 'Cesar Chavez' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

After a rousing North American premiere at SXSW, Mexican director Diego Luna and actors Michael Peña, Rosario Dawson and Gabriel Mann talk about the challenge of turning the great farm worker activist Cesar Chavez into a watchable movie. They did it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 15, 2014 2:16 PM
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REVIEW: SXSW Grand Jury Doc Winner 'The Great Invisible'

I was happy to see that Margaret Brown’s deserving documentary “The Great Invisible,” on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its aftermath, nabbed the Grand Jury award at this year’s SXSW. While the doc competition lineup was strong, Brown’s film displayed the tautest and most skillful chops in terms of dynamic storytelling -- something that’s become increasingly important with the abundance of documentaries being made.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 14, 2014 12:53 PM
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Wes Anderson Talks Inventing Euro-Past in 'Grand Budapest Hotel' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

In an exclusive SXSW video interview, Wes Anderson describes how he made "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 13, 2014 3:10 PM
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