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2010 Summer Movie Preview - June

After May's gangbusters' start, June settles down with The A-Team, Toy Story 3, and more Twilight.

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Virginia Is for French Film Lovers

The 18th Annual French Film Festival, running from 25-28 March, included presentations by 40 visiting French filmmakers and movies about a range of subjects -- about human and family relationships, immigration, gold mining, and the global economic crisis.

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2010 Summer Movie Preview - May

May blasts the summer season off with two mega-movies, Iron Man 2 and Robin Hood, while offering up yet more Shrek and Sex and the City.

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The Illusion of Identity in Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist

Lars von Trier suggests that the terrible and the horrific are not to be found in the abnormal behaviour of an outsider, but within our relationships, and the play of domination and submission in everyday life.

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Cracking the Spine: The Lovely Bones

The author's 'heaven' is a concrete and unexpected place with"lumbering women throwing shot put and javelin"; whereas the filmmaker's interpretation changes 'heaven' to something like a garish, 3-D Hallmark card.

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14 Apr 2010 // 9:00 AM

No Crossover: An Interview with Steve James

Sports, prejudice, and the tumultuous, fascinating life of Allen Iverson are all the focal-point of Steve James' latest, touching sports documentary. James speaks to PopMatters about race in America, Fox News, and the subjectivity of films themselves.

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Dan Aykroyd: From Ghost Buster to Spirit Drinker

Long before launching a premium vodka based on the crystal skull tales, Aykroyd educated the masses on blues music and the paranormal -- in addition to being a comedy genius behind many of the '80s most quotable movies.

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Smoke Up, Johnny: The Breakfast Club, Still Gloriously Poignant 25 Years Later

The Breakfast Club remains a defining moment for a generation 25 years later. What endures is the sheer heart that defines the film, the way that it supplies stark, grave candor and quirky spunk in equal measure.

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A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli

It was Judy Garland’s affinity for the absurd that triggered Vincent Minelli’s idea for a film version of The Pirate, a rakish story that would employ Garland, Gene Kelly, and a very strange song composed by Cole Porter.

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Richard Pryor’s Designated Writer: An Interview With Paul Mooney

In a new memoir, veteran stand-up comic Paul Mooney reflects on his life and work with the legendary comedian Richard Pryor and their struggle against racism in Hollywood.

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25 Mar 2010 // 9:59 PM

Where the Wild Things Are

Even if its pleasures outweigh its disappointments, Where the Wild Things Are is another in a series of Spike Jonze’s ambitious but flawed projects.

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Oh Captain, My Captain America

Even though he's no Batman or Spider-Man, the buzz over who will play Captain America reached a fever pitch because he's the embodiment of the American flag and stands for the ideals of the United States.

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Sublimated Rage, Sex and the History of Cinema: An Interview with Chloe Director Atom Egoyan

Toronto-based Egoyan fuses Melodrama with the Psychological Thriller and meticulously constructs a classic star vehicle for one of the finest working American actresses, Julianne Moore.

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You Couldn’t Ignore Me If You Tried, by Susannah Gora

This book is part cultural analysis of ‘80s youth films, part trivia, and whole bunch walk down memory lane.

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Georges Melies: The Most Important Filmmaker You’ve (Probably) Never Seen

It’s tempting to say that without Melies, there would be no Avatar, no vampire movies, no Star Wars or Star Trek, no special-effects extravaganzas, no docu-drama like Erin Brockovich, no animation, no Walt Disney, and no porn.

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The Oscars: The Super Bowl of Egotism

Maybe we watch the Oscars because they remind us of our own high school days. Popularity and past work far outweigh the quality of work represented by the nomination.

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Horror Will Eat Itself: An Interview with Ti West

Mingling art house sensibilities with a knack for gripping suspense, director Ti West might just be able to get back to the roots of the cinematic horror and save the genre from itself – that is, if no one lets him go direct romantic comedies first.

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Mama Said Knock You Out: An Interview with Mother Director Bong Joon-ho

Korea has quickly become a hot spot for some of the most engaging female film performances in the world. This reputation is only bolstered by Kim Hye-ja's sharp turn as the resourceful Mother.

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Greed Is… God-Awful: Michael Moore’s ‘Capitalism: A Love Story’

Michael Moore is back and this time around, the subject of his latest documentary is almost impossible to disagree with...especially since we are living with its consequences every single day.

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“They’re All One Guy to Me”: Interview with Antoine Fuqua

Antoine Fuqua's new film, Brooklyn's Finest, is about men under pressure, men whose choices range between "righter and wronger", as on character outs it.

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Country Fried Rock: Drivin' N' Cryin' to Be Inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame

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""If Drivin' N' Cryin' sounded as good in the '80s as we do now, we could have been as big as Cinderella." -- Kevn Kinney

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