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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

[Aug. 16th, 2013; IFC Films]
Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster
Directed by David Lowery

Should art challenge us? Can we just let ourselves be taken by its emotional implications? These are some of the questions that revolve around "Ain't them bodies saints," a picturesque, if sometimes vexing, new film headed for the cineplex next Friday. The seventies somewhere in Hill Country Texas; grasslands, the occasional canyon, cities. Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara play the outlaw Bob ... more >

I’m still here

Documenting a character's transition
Joaquin Phoenix and Casey Affleck
Directed by Casey Affleck

You wonder what Joaquin Phoenix and director/brother-in-law Casey Affleck had in mind when they decided to put together “I’m Still Here.” It’s a documentary yet it’s fake, funny yet tragic, bizarre but also very personal and therapeutic. Like Phoenix wants to go to the dark corners of his mind to play out those mental traps an artist can fall into. In this movie, Phoenix is over-indulgent, needy, ... more >