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MOTHER
At a certain point, after watching so many movies for so long, you sometimes forget that films can still surprise you. I had no idea what to expect when Mother started, and every time I thought I was starting to figure it out, the film took me to new and disturbing places I could have never anticipated. As with Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder, the film has an oft-used murder mystery police procedural format, but through its unconventional protagonist and off-kilter tone it finds new life in a tired formula. Unlike most murder mysteries, it finds just the right emotional and thematic satisfaction in both of its plot threads: the present mother-son story that’s the basis for the movie, and the past mother-daughter story being investigated. Joon-ho’s ability to balance this bleak, solemn material with these raw moments of physical comedy is unmatched—perhaps because no other filmmaker would even think to try. What limits should one assume for a movie in which characters are at risk of being kicked in the face at any moment? Hardly any, it would seem; Mother is only limited by its need to tell a great story.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Blu-ray – Making-of featurettes (“Music Score”, “Supporting Actors”, “Cinematography”, “Production Design”, “A Look at Actress Kim Hye-ja”, “Behind the Scenes”).

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The Losers Movie PosterIn this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley have mixed feelings about a sequel for How to Train Your Dragon, and get apprehensive about the 3D upconversions for The Last Airbender and The Green Hornet. Special guest Katey Rich joins us from Cinema Blend.

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How To Train Your Dragon

The weekend box office estimates are in, and we have some good news and some bad news:

  • The bad news: Word of mouth did not help Lionsgate’s Kick-Ass, the comic book adaptation dropped an estimated 52% in its second weekend at theaters. In fact, it will place #5 on the Box office results listing this weekend with only $9.5 million in 3,065 theaters.
  • The good news: The word of mouth buzz on How To Train Your Dragon continues to draw more and more people to the theater. In its fifth weekend of release, the film took over the #1 spot with an estimated $15 million, overtaking new releases like The Back-Up Plan ($12.25 million), The Losers ($.6 million) and Disney’s Oceans ($6 million).

In limited releases, one of my favorite films of the year thus far, Exit Through The Gift Shop, packed $13,545 per screen, for a total of $149,000 — not bad for a movie playing in only 11 theaters. To give you a comparison, Kick-Ass made $3,100 per screen this week — but yes, A LOT more screens.

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The Losers – What Did You Think?

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The Losers

I didn’t have high expectations for Sylvain White’s The Losers. White’s filmography wasn’t terribly impressive to me, and the plot led some of my fellow critics to refer to the film’s titular group of operatives as “a poor man’s A-Team.” Still, I held out hope that we’d at least get an enjoyable action romp. Sadly, it turns out I was mistaken.
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The Losers Sizzle Reel

The Losers

Earlier today we posted 34 high resolution photos from the big screen adaptation of The Losers. I’m not sure why, but after all the trailers, photos, clips and interviews, I haven’t really been excited to see this movie. That is, until Warner Bros premiered a sizzle reel for the film at WonderCon this past weekend.  This three and a half minute clip (which should really be called an extended movie trailer) doesn’t show a ton of new footage, but somehow I came out thinking this movie might be a lot of fun. Do you agree? The clip is now online, thanks to MySpace, and can be watched embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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34 High Resolution Photos from The Losers

The Losers

Warner Bros has released the final press kit for The Losers, which contains 34 high resolution production photos (some of which you’ve seen before) and production notes. Check them out now, after the jump.

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A bunch of new movie posters hit today, so I thought I’d do a round up of some of the one-sheets we didn’t get to on the site. The movies include: MacGruber, The Losers, Beastly and Easter-focused posters for Despicable Me and Toy Story 3. Hit the jump to see all the new posters. Click on the images to enlarge.

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A bunch of new posters and character banners have been released today for films including Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, DreamWorks’ Shrek Forever After, the comic book adaptation The Losers, and a teaser poster for the third season of HBO’s True Blood. Check them out, after the jump.

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