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Violence is the trigger in "The Place Beyond the Pines," Derek Cianfrance's latest love letter to bad breaks. But it's the ripple effect of responsibility, regret, limited resources and guilt that makes "Pines" particularly relevant in a time when so many...
One look at Brad Pitt's slick hair, black leather jacket and gleaming shotgun might give you the impression that his new film, "Killing Them Softly," is a gritty, cold-blooded gangster flick — which it is. But as directed by Andrew Dominik, who also...
News reports of economic woes and misbegotten corporate schemes play like a soundtrack in "Killing Them Softly," a moody crime noir starring Brad Pitt as a New Orleans hit man dealing with a down market, bad bets and loose change. Though the notion of...
24 FramesMichael Haneke's "Amour" is one of the films that emerged from the Cannes Film Festival with Oscar heat. Which others can try to replicate the feat of 2011's "The Artist"?...
Gold DerbyNews of "Animal Kingdom's" good fortune at awards Down Under sparked our resident Aussie Rob Licuria (Awards Heaven) to send us his thoughts. See below. But, first, here is what Kenneth Turan said of the film in his L.A. Times review: " 'Animal Kingdom'...
VarietySierra/Affinity has sold 20 international markets for Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, fantasy drama "How to Catch a Monster." Christina Hendricks, Iain De Caestecker, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Mendelsohn, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith and Rob Zabrecky are starring...
The Philadelphia InquirerADMISSION 2 1/2 stars. Tina Fey stars as a Princeton admissions officer, Paul Rudd is a hippie-dippie progressive school head lobbying for one of his students, in this odd mix of romantic comedy, improbable soap and Ivy League satire. 1 hr. 57 PG-13 (sex,...
In director Derek Cianfrance's previous feature, "Blue Valentine," pretension found itself in a stern deadlock with dramatic honesty. Thanks to the performance of Michelle Williams, opposite the flashier, more contrived flourishes of Ryan Gosling, the...
** (out of four) First, let’s acknowledge something nice: Bradley Cooper is very good in “The Place Beyond the Pines,” even better than the Oscar-nominated actor was in “Silver Linings Playbook.” Unfortunately, director/co-...
Hannah accompanies Jessa to visit her father in upstate New York. The opening scene shows them waiting at a sparse train station to be picked up, Jessa looking like Anne of Green Gables clutching her carpet bag. Their dialogue as they wait for Jessa's...
In an ugly economy, murder becomes the last beautiful act. That's the state of the nation in "Killing Them Softly," a harsh and stimulating black comedy set in the recent past, starring Brad Pitt as a hit man hired to eliminate, in his own inimitable...
now playing "End of Watch" (R). Police partners form a close bond, and also share a challenging life on the street. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña. TownMall Cinemas (7:00 p.m.) "Killing Them Softly" (R). A mob enforcer goes after a pair of low-...
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