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Review: Portrait of the Artist in Boyhood

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“He stood at the window of the empty cafe and watched the activites in the square and he said that it was good that God kept the truths of life from the young as they were starting out or else they’d have no heart to start at all.” ― Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses In most Hollywood movies, memories of childhood are played in flashback. Younger actors are chosen…

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Two Masterful Shots from Gone Girl

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This first shot of Amy (Rosamund Pike) in her early years goes by in mere seconds in the trailer for Gone Girl. But I could tell it contained much context so I took a screen cap of it. Here, you see Amy with bad hair smiling. To the left is an earlier shot of Amy playing the violin and then another to the right, of Amy on horseback. These are…

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Boyhood Becomes Among Best Reviewed Films of All Time, Takes Lead in Best Picture Race

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The Oscar race has nowhere near begun. But if you’re hunting around for a frontrunner, look no further than Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. 12 years in the making, with a 99 score on Metacritic – that has to be among the highest of all time on the site, behind mostly classics. Even Slant Magazine and Stephanie Zacharek loved the movie. That means not just Boyhood wowing critics, but it will fit…

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Birdman to Open Venice Film Festival

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Jeff Wells is reporting that Birdman, or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance will open the Venice Film Festival on 8/25. Wells thinks that will take it then to Telluride and from thence to the Oscar race. Word on the street (according to Wells) is that Birdman is really really good, certainly one headed squarely for the Oscar race. No word yet on where the other films are going to crop…

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What is Caesar? The Apes Humans Deserve

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In Rupert Wyatt’s brilliant first film of the series, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it was immediately clear that the filmmakers were doing two things to up the ante. 1) they brought to life unrivaled visual effects with the help of performance capture and Andy Serkis. And 2) they tried to hew as closely to plausible science as they could. That the first film takes care to insist…

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Picture of the Day – Reznor and Ross Composing Gone Girl

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Academy Award winning composer and badass front man of Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor, along with partner Atticus Ross collaborating with David Fincher on Gone Girl. Posted moments ago on their Facebook page. A second photo after the jump.

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New Clip from Boyhood, “Talk to Me”

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Ethan Hawke talks to his children – or tries to. Boyhood is clocking in right now at 94 on Metacritic – even Slant Magazine gave it a good review. The film is wowing critics and will likely be a major player come Oscar time.

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New Foxcatcher Teaser – Full Throttle

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The new trailer for Foxcatcher shows a bit more about the tense relationship between Channing Tatum and Steve Carell, and gives you a pretty idea of how dark Carell goes with this magnificent, disturbing performance.

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Oscarwatch: Will Get On Up Get Hit by the Politically Correct Bus?

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The last time Tate Taylor worked with Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer it was on The Help, a dream project Taylor brought to the big screen based on the book his childhood friend Kathryn Stockett wrote. The movie opened to great success, making over $100 million and eventually earning 4 Oscar nominations. All good so far. The film featured an array of women and African American actresses, the only film…

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Last and Final Gone Girl Evidence Photo Posted on Hitfix

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Tying up the four released evidence photos, Hitfix gets the last one. Take a look. The significance of today’s date, if you’ve read the book, is that July 5th is that it’s Amy’s birthday and also Amy and Nick’s wedding anniversary (of course, it’s ON her birthday). In case you missed them, we have all four photos here. Quite an innovative way to market an upcoming trailer (July 7th). This,…