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April 3, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
Krysten Ritter and Brian Geraghty, performers who have delivered striking work elsewhere, are hard to read in "Refuge," a torpid drama about a tentative new romance. Or perhaps they're too easy to read; whatever emotional depths filmmaker Jessica Goldberg hopes to suggest, there's nothing stirring beneath the movie's static surface. The central characters' coupledom might bring them a safe haven, but audiences will be left out in the cold. Adapting her stage play, Goldberg uses wintry Southampton, N.Y., locations to convey a down-and-out working-class vibe.
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April 2, 2014 | By David Horsey
A few nights ago, I finally caught up with watching the most recent Tweedledee and Tweedledum of action movies - “White House Down” and “Olympus Has Fallen.” “White House Down,” with Channing Tatum in the lead role, was one of the flubs that drove a big revenue decline at Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2013 - losses that contributed to last month's layoff of 216 employees at the studio's Culver City headquarters. “Olympus Has Fallen,” starring Gerard Butler, was made for less money and did pretty well selling tickets.
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April 1, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Get ready for Meryl Streep to strap on a guitar and rock out. The 18-time Oscar nominee is set to play the lead role in the upcoming rock 'n' roll dramedy "Ricki and the Flash," which TriStar Productions announced it has acquired. In the film, to be directed by Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia") from a script by "Juno" writer Diablo Cody, Streep will play a grocery store checkout lady by day and by night a fading rock musician who has one last chance to reconnect with her estranged family.
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April 1, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
The history of action cinema has a long tradition of international cross-cultural pollination, as films from one country inspire filmmakers from another. Directors such as Sam Peckinpah, Akira Kurosawa, Sergio Leone, John Woo and Quentin Tarantino learned and borrowed from one another, adding to the vibrancy of the genre. So why shouldn't one of the freshest, most exciting new voices in martial arts action be a Welshman living and working in Indonesia? With his new film "The Raid 2," filmmaker Gareth Evans - credited as director, writer, co-editor and action choreographer - confirms himself as a force in international action cinema.
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March 30, 2014 | By Susan King
Long-missing comedy shorts such as 1927's “Mickey's Circus,” featuring a 6-year-old Mickey Rooney in his first starring role, 1917's "Neptune's Naughty Daughter"; 1925's “Fifty Million Years Ago,” an animated introduction to the theory of evolution; and a 1924 industrial short, “The Last Word in Chickens,” are among the American silent films recently found at the EYE Filmmusem in Amsterdam. EYE and the San Francisco-based National Film Preservation Foundation have partnered to repatriate and preserve these films -- the majority either don't exist in the U.S. or only in inferior prints.
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March 30, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
For the first time in forever, "Toy Story 3" is no longer the highest grossing animated film of all time. With its opening in Japan this weekend, Disney's "Frozen" has taken the top spot and pushed its worldwide box office to an estimated $1.072 billion. The two-time Oscar winner , which was released in the United States and Canada in late November, joined the billion-dollar box-office club in early March. The movie is running in 36 countries, including South Korea, the United Kingdom and Germany.
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March 27, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
In the ill-conceived and poorly executed "Awakened," a young woman returns to her hometown to solve the mystery of her mother's death. Audiences will likely ponder a bigger mystery: why experienced actors - or for that matter, experienced moviegoers - signed on to the project. If the ostensible thriller contained a single believable moment, let alone an ounce of suspense, its nonsensical final twist might be grounds for concern. But by the time the Man in Fedora Hat (as he's called in the credits)
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March 27, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Rarely has the zone between girlhood and womanhood been captured with such urgent honesty than in Eliza Hittman's superb teen drama "It Felt Like Love. " Hittman's debut isn't just a brilliantly tactile study of the mounting sexual curiosity and frustration of 14-year-old Lila (Gina Piersanti); it's also an important landmark in the oft-ignored subgenre of realistic movies about female adolescence. Lila doesn't want a boyfriend. She wants something better. When the working-class Brooklyn teen observes her slightly older but infinitely more sexually experienced friend Chiara (Giovanna Salimeni)
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March 27, 2014 | By John Horn
Even in the annals of dumb crooks, Tommy and Rosemarie Uva weren't the sharpest tools in the shed. In the early 1990s, the young Queens couple decided to stick up Mafia social clubs. In the abstract, the choice of location made sense. The clubs were filled with guys with fat wallets and even chunkier jewelry, and they didn't carry guns for fear of government raids and were not likely to call the police for help. But their plan had one obvious and ultimately fatal flaw: The Uvas were, after all, stealing from the Gambino and Colombo crime families.
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March 26, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Propelled by a string of hit family movies, global movie ticket sales set a record last year, climbing to $35.9 billion in box office revenue, according to a new report. International markets accounted for $25 billion in ticket sales last year, up 5% from 2012 and 33% from just five years ago. Hollywood's growing success overseas was one of the principal findings in the annual state-of-industry report released Tuesday at the annual CinemaCon trade show in Las Vegas, which drew 900 delegates from 69 countries.
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