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OPINION | A Samuel Jackson fairytale

PSA makes poignant case for getting out the vote

Isn't there something offputting about Samuel L. Jackson's conscious effort to use strong language? Follow him on Twitter and you get a serious dose of invectives. But in his new video segment to get out the vote for Obama in November, he’s putting his direct manner to good use. In the video, Jackson stresses, with his signature blunt use of words, that voter apathy could get Mitt Romney and Paul ... more >

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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The Perks of Being a Wildflower

Has American youth taken a turn for the dull?
Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller
Directed by Stephen Chbosky

Whatever happened to misbegotten youth? Don’t you long for the old days, when young misfits were French, and ran everywhere, and stole things? What happened to the old days, when a good American movie character could look forward to a life of crime on screen? Nowadays they take medication. And moan about not being popular. And make mix tapes and try to get people to feel sorry for ... more >

BOWIE. REMIXED.

2manydjs pay cinematic homage to Ziggy Stardust

On the “Rebel Rebel” L.P. Bowie sang, “You've got your mother in a whirl / She’s not sure if you’re a boy or a girl.” These lyrics are perfectly suited to an upcoming film about the Thin White Duke to be directed by Wim Reygaert and Stephen and David Dewaele of the Soulwax DJ collective. Soulwax, an alternative/rock/electronic collective from Belgium, has often performed under the moniker 2manydjs ... more >

Dark Shadows

Back to the Future: the Goth Years
Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer
Directed by Tim Burton

Few television-to-movie adaptations actually end up working out. So, it’s with great disappointment that “Dark Shadows,” based off a seventies TV 
show, never really comes into the light despite best efforts by Tim Burton and
 Johnny Depp, their collaborations now numbering eight. Depp's Barnabas Collins is a part of the thriving Collins company in the eighteenth century before an evil witch, ... more >

End of Watch

Cop camaraderie, it's all good
Jake Gyllenhaal and Mike Pena
Directed by David Ayer

Writer-director David Ayer really likes cop-themed movies, apparently. He’s done all kinds, from frivolous fun ones (S.W.A.T) to police corruption (“Street Kings,” “Dark Blue,” “Training Day”) ones. These have all been riveting in their own way and “End of Watch” is no exception, but this is fairly new territory in that it breaks down the brotherhood of cops. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena ... more >

Luc Besson inaugurates Europe’s biggest film studios

Europacorp's don dada put his money where his mouth is--this is big

Europe now may just be on equal footing with Hollywood in terms of sound-stage real estate thanks to Luc Besson ("Fifth Element," “Taken,” “Nikita”). The French filmmaker’s twelve-year-in-the-making dream of a movie studio has materialized with the official inauguration last night of the Cité du Cinéma (City of Cinema) in the northern Paris suburb of Saint Denis. Visibly moved, the director drove ... more >