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4:03 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

'Trance': Crime Pays, If You Remember Where The Stash Is

Franck (Vincent Cassel), Simon (James McAvoy) and Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson) are uneasy allies trying to discover exactly what went wrong during a botched art heist in Danny Boyle's trippy thriller Trance.
Fox Searchlight Pictures

The rampant trippiness of Danny Boyle's movies is what makes them so enjoyable — and, sometimes, so annoying.

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4:03 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

'Before And After' Dinner, Andre Is Still Talking

In his wife's new documentary, theatrical director Andre Gregory comes across as an eternal child, hooked on his capacity to enchant but rarely able to listen to anyone else.
Cinema Guild

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 6:27 pm

In 1981, avant-garde theater director Andre Gregory collaborated with his friend Wallace Shawn and French filmmaker Louis Malle on an oddball project they called My Dinner with Andre.

Now enshrined as a classic — and one of the most-lampooned films in the history of American cinema — the movie is a talky two-hander in which Gregory (or someone very like him) gassed away about his globe-trotting adventures in spiritual enlightenment, while Shawn (or someone very like him) listened in disbelief, then grew entranced.

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4:03 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

'Teapot' Jackpot? Newlyweds Feel Fiscal Hurt In Dark Comedy

Temple gives Alice a sharp edge, but the character's persona wears thin by the end of the film.
Angela Graves Magnolia Pictures

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 5:05 pm

In theory, it's romantic to watch young couples struggling. We're used to seeing 'em in movies from the '30s, '40s and onward: He makes only enough money to put beans, not steak, on the table. She stretches the meager dollars he brings home by whipping up cheerful curtains patched together from fabric scraps. They may be poor, but they have love on their side, and if they work together, a comfortable and happy life — including the babies that will eventually come — will be theirs.

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4:03 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Gruesome 'Evil Dead' Does Right By Its Namesake

David (Shiloh Fernandez), Olivia (Jessica Lucas) and Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) fall victim to demonic terrors in the gritty horror remake Evil Dead.
Kirsty Griffin TriStar Pictures

Let's just get this out of the way up front: Fede Alvarez's remake of Sam Raimi's horror classic The Evil Dead can't hold a candle, shotgun or revving chainsaw to the original.

Raimi's 1981 debut is a masterpiece of punk filmmaking, a bunch of young enthusiasts who barely knew what they were doing, going out into the woods and stumbling blindly into the creation of a ragged landmark — largely because they didn't know, didn't care or didn't have the money to do it the way it was supposed to be done.

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4:03 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Past Pains, Buried Deep 'Down The Shore'

The mysterious Jacques (Edoardo Costa, left) upends Bailey's (James Gandolfini) life when he arrives in the latter's seaside New Jersey town in Down the Shore.
Transmission Pictures

If you want to tell a story, the professional tale-spinners say, make something happen.

That's true, but a happening can be defined as elastically as the teller needs it to be. Sometimes it's a shift in a character's inner landscape — a change in her responses to the common hurts and losses that she's lugged around from childhood — that moves us more than a third-act gunshot ever could.

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