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Boyhood, the new film from Richard Linklater, is a great movie, with touching, funny, and committed performances from all involved. Linklater’s comedy isn’t based in outrageous provocation, but from the observation of moments that are recognizable by almost anyone. And Boyhood works in that mode, provoking the sort of knowing laughter that comes from the exploration of everyday moments.   

But one of the biggest laughs in the film comes from something a little different. The film references pop-culture moments frequently, to ground the story in time and let us know who the characters are. One scene, a conversation about Star Wars, works because of the film’s own backstory (Boyhood was filmed incrementally over a period of 12 years) and a bit of gently perfect timing from Ethan Hawke and editor Sandra Adair.

We talked to Hawke about the film, and he explained how that particular moment came to be.  Read More »

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new clouds of sils maria trailer

Clouds of Sils Maria looks like an airy puzzle, and a showcase for its excellent cast. The new film from Olivier Assayas (Carlos, Demonlover) casts Juliette Binoche as an actress forced to confront the progression of time and her career. She once found fame playing the ingenue in a play about a woman who drives her employer to suicide; now she’s asked to take the play’s tragic role, as an emerging new star (Chloe Grace Moretz) nabs the juicier part. Meanwhile, her assistant (Kristen Stewart) may be playing out a real-life version of the play in her relationship with Binoche’s character. Check out a new international Clouds of Sils Maria trailer below.

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Gone Girl image tease

Later today, we’ll get a new trailer for the highly anticipated thriller by David Fincher, Gone Girl. To tease that, 20th Century Fox released a bunch of teaser images from the film. Kind of. They’re not exactly posters, not exactly stills, more just intriguing items in poster form to make non-fans scratch their heads and fans wink with a knowing delight.

The film, which opens October 3, stars Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck as the seemingly perfect couple. That is, until Pike’s character disappears and it looks obvious Affleck’s character killed her. But did he? That question opens Pandora’s box of twists, turns, and screwed up stuff that director David Fincher should make fly. Check out the new Gone Girl images below and check back later today for the new trailer. Read More »

The Killing Season 4 Trailer

The six-episode fourth season of The Killing will be available on Netflix on August 1st 2014, and the company has released the first real trailer — promising cover-ups of an old mess, new mysteries, driving to a climactic conclusion of the story. Watch The Killing Season 4 trailer now after the jump.

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Boyhood

Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood is one of my favorite movies of the year so far. The film tells the story of a young boy’s childhood from age 5 to age 18. You’ve probably also heard that the movie was filmed over the course of 12 years using the same actors. But it is an independent film which I understand is a hard sell for some of you. Easier to get your friends together to see a bunch of big transforming robots and explosions… The movie begins to rollout in major cities on July 11th, so I have listed 107 reasons why you need to Boyhood when it comes to your town.

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Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: Entertainment Weekly has released a new photo of Christian Bale as Moses in Ridley Scott’s Exodus. Hit the jump to see it now.

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Do you want to disappoint Tilda Swinton? No, of course you don’t. Over the weekend, the actress took part in a Reddit AMA to promote her new film Snowpiercer. During the session she gave many charming and informative answers to a wide variety of questions. Asked about an unappreciated movie of hers that she hopes more people might see, she wrote enthusiastically about Erick Zonca‘s 2008 film Julia.

The movie, inspired by John Cassavetes’ Gloria, features Swinton in the lead role as a woman who kidnaps a young boy in hopes of ransoming him for a large amount of money. Below, read her comments, and watch the trailer for the film.

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denis-leary

Denis Leary and FX are teaming up once more. Leary’s show Rescue Me (above), which he co-created with Peter Tolan, ran for seven seasons on FX, ending in 2011. Now the channel has ordered a ten-episode first season of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, in which Leary stars as Johnny Rock, a would-be rock star who nearly became a sensation in the early ’90s before torpedoing his career my making terrible choices.

The new series will premiere in 2015, but we now have the first image of Leary and co-stars John Corbett, John Ales, and Robert Kelly as a paunchy rock band with attitude and some horrible hair. Check it out below. Read More »

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