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Disney Gives Frozen Fans a Way to "Let It Go" in Public

1:07 PM 1/23/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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The Mouse House (in its infinite wisdom) is releasing a sing-along version of the Disney film Frozen to over 1,000 theaters nationwide on January 31. Apparently the high volume of YouTubed fans singing “Let it Go” spurred Disney’s distribution execs to invent a magical dancing snowflake that bounces, karaoke-style, above the lyrics (located in the lower third of the screen).

Goo Goo Gajoob: Kevin Smith’s Horror TUSK Hits Theaters 2014

12:15 PM 1/23/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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This morning distributor A24 and production house Demarest Films have announced their plans to release Kevin Smith’s newest film Tusk in theaters 2014. Demarest (Machete Kills) participated in financing and producing, while A24 (Spring Breakers, The Bling Ring) plans a wide release of the film the third quarter of this year.

Doc Act of Killing Celebrates Oscar Nom With Theatrical Re-Release

3:33 PM 1/16/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Film distributor Drafthouse Films wasted no time responding to the Oscar nomination for documentary The Act of Killing with a re-release of the film in theaters, reported a press release.

Review: The Nut Job (All Nuts, No Glory)

1:01 PM 1/16/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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The Nut Job (like The Italian Job, but terrible) is a Canadian/Korean co-production. Somehow I expect this information to explain the film’s over-attentiveness to slapstick and lack of intrigue—but maybe it only justifies the movie’s overbearing use of Gangnam Style. Please see the publicity still above as a representation of the film’s anticipated critical response.

Hot Lady Docs At SundanceNow

2:08 PM 1/10/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Jessica Yu’s 2007 documentary Protagonist can never get enough airplay for my taste, and thankfully Doc Club curator Thom Powers agrees, booking it with the dozen documentaries made by women in this month’s SundanceNow streaming titles. Every month SundanceNow spotlights a theme and January it’s women directors. SundanceNow offers services by single month, 6-month and year-long subscription installments so if you want to hold out for next month’s Oscar Dreams edition, the site can show you how.

Super Sweet 16, SFIndieFest

4:46 PM 1/8/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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San Francisco’s IndieFest celebrates its Sweet 16th film festival with a catalogue of movies about coming of age. From teenagers to technological adolescence, the fest boasts a slate of fun and edgy indies and a community rousing gaggle of parties to fill the two week run of the fest.

Review: Saving Mr. Banks (A Mouse House Full of Daddy Issues)

5:36 PM 12/30/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Saving Mr. Banks is a surprisingly apologetic celebration of Papa Walt and the herculean effort required to bring Mary Poppins to screen. The drama escapes whatever litigious truthiness is basic to the situation (Walt pestered the rights owner to submission) and somehow writers Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith wrestle this into a story about recovering from damaging parents.

Review: Labor Day (Middle-Aged 50 Shades of Grey)

3:21 PM 12/30/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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An adaptation of the book by Joyce Maynard, Labor Day has the potential to be enormous as mommy porn but maligned as Oscarbait. The film had an Academy Qualifying release on December 27th in Los Angeles, but distributor Paramount reportedly forewent the traditional NY screenings for qualification, perhaps owing to the wealth of critic screenings there.

Review: August: Osage County (The Family Big House)

2:19 PM 12/30/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Based on the Tracy Letts play of the same name, August: Osage County is a remarkably miserable family drama wrapped in the kind of high pedigree performances the Actor’s Studio is sure to tongue bathe.

Review: Wolf of Wall Street (Great [Grandson] Gatsby)

11:37 AM 12/26/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Somewhere between a hot mess and highly functioning addict you’ll find Jordan Belford, the ferocious moneymaker Leonardo DiCaprio turns into a sexpot in Wolf of Wall Street. This movie is Martin Scorsese’s newest, and like most of his work it’s a bent valentine to New York and all the explosive creations the city seems to birth.
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