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Weekend Preview: The Debt, Detective Dee, Gainsbourg, Resurrect Dead, Love Crime & More

You probably wish you were at either the Venice or Telluride Film Festival this weekend, but if you're staying local there are several indie releases worth checking out (we'll share the goods on the festivals). Among this weekend's options are Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (indieWIRE's Pick of the Week), The Debt, getting its long-awaited theatrical run after playing Toronto 2010, and Joann Sfar's Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, which Variety says is "both evocative and faithful in its depiction of the famed French singer's lascivious life."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 1, 2011 10:40 AM
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Unsettling The Patron Saints Looks at Life in Nursing Home

The Patron Saints provides an unsettling glimpse inside the disquieting and often disturbing life at a nursing home (trailer posted below). In this documentary, which will debut at the Toronto Film Festival, filmmakers Brian Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky use a storytelling approach to provide a cinematic narrative to this often-ignored subject.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 31, 2011 5:15 AM
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Dogtooth Director Returns with Bizarre Teaser for Alps: Birth of a Classic Movie Line

Greek film Dogtooth was on many Best Films of 2010 lists and received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film (Susanne Bier's Danish In A Better World won). Director Yorgos Lanthimos promised that his next film would be darker, funnier and more extreme. Imagine that.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 30, 2011 12:09 PM
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Talking Warrior with Hardy, Edgerton and O'Connor--and Dark Knight, Bronson, Great Gatsby

Lionsgate purposely opted to take an under-the-radar approach with Gavin O'Connor's Warrior, an original drama (a rarity these days) that pits two brothers against each other in an MMA tournament. Commendably, Lionsgate financed this $25-million picture starring two on-the-rise stars: Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton, as well as Nick Nolte as the father they both hate. While the movie is strong enough to warrant festival inclusion, Lionsgate's strategy isn't off-base--the movie will prove a discovery for many critics; expect raves.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2011 8:28 AM
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Ides of March Clip: Evan Rachel Wood Outsmarts the Charms of Ryan Gosling

George Clooney's The Ides of March will open the Venice Film Festival on August 31, and then heads to Toronto. But you can watch Ryan Gosling put his foot in his mouth right now. Evan Rachel Wood's character is too smart for the charms of Gosling in the clip below. Check out the trailer here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 30, 2011 7:33 AM
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Trailer Watch: Lars von Triers' Melancholia: Life is On Earth And Not For Long

Here is the latest trailer for Lars von Trier’s psychological disaster movie Melancholia, starring Cannes best actress winner Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Keifer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, and Alexander and Stellan Skarsgård. The film premiered at Cannes to rave reviews and Von Trier's notorious banning from the festival (here's our interview). Next stop: Toronto.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 30, 2011 4:50 AM
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Hunger Games Teaser: Thrilling or Disappointing?

Reaction has been tepid to this Hunger Games teaser, introduced on video by a low-key Jennifer Lawrence at the Video Music Awards Sunday night, which reaches the film's teen demo. Here's more on the upcoming franchise: details, cast, pictures.Get More: 2011 VMA, Music
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 29, 2011 3:56 AM
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Even Athletes Get the Blues: in Stellar Win Win and Hoop Dreams, Sports Aren't Just About Victory

This week in "Now and Then," Matt Brennan writes about two sports movies — Win Win, now on DVD, and Hoop Dreams , the classic documentary from 1994 — that are about a lot more than sports. Watch the trailers below: In the weird and wonderful films of writer/director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor), everyone’s running from something. With a homey, lived-in style and a strong command of performance, his three films behind the camera capture the particular anxiety of suburban life. And though he’s never lost his sense of humor, McCarthy’s progression from oddball character study to fully conceived narrative depicts real people and real worries. Win Win only amplifies the trend: without quite meaning to, McCarthy has emerged as a master of middle-American quiet.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 29, 2011 2:28 AM
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Trailer Watch: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life; Jazz, Pop, Babes

Biopic Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life captures the compelling saga of one of France's great characters, the infamous, influential, and hugely talented Jewish singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosino). See the trailer (posted below); New York Vulture posts an enchanting exclusive clip of Brigitte Bardot and Gainsbourg singing the Bonny and Clyde theme.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 26, 2011 12:57 PM
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Trailer Watch: Too Much Revealed of The Artist, Weinsteins' Marketing Dilemma

It's one of the unfortunate tried-and-true tenets of film marketing that the more you reveal in a trailer, the better you grab audiences to see your film. The Weinstein Co. faces a challenge as far as selling Michel Hazanavicius' Cannes best-actor-winning The Artist to audiences.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 26, 2011 5:39 AM
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