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Dwayne Johnson Goes Faster

After 10 years in prison, Driver has a singular focus — to avenge the murder of his brother during the botched bank robbery that led to his imprisonment. Now a free man with a deadly to-do list in hand, he’s finally on his mission…but with two men on his trail — a veteran cop just days from retirement, and a young egocentric hitman with a flair for the art of killing and newfound worthy opponent. The hunter is also the hunted. It’s a do or die race to the list’s finish as the mystery surrounding his brother’s murder deepens, and new details emerge along the way hinting that Driver’s list may be incomplete.

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I Love You Phillip Morris, And Your Trailer, Too

Steven Russell leads a seemingly average life — an organ player in the local church, happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force. That is until he has a severe car accident that leads him to the ultimate epiphany: he’s gay and he’s going to live life to the fullest –even if he has to break the law to do it. Taking on an extravagant lifestyle, Steven turns to cons and fraud to make ends meet and is eventually sent to the State Penitentiary where he meets the love of his life, a sensitive, soft-spoken man named Phillip Morris. His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts him to attempt (and often succeed at) one impossible con after another.

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MCN Enter to Win: Due Date

Enter to win your own Due Date bingo set (no road trip is complete without it!), tees, hats and, of course, your own four legged road tripper.

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An Unknown Trailer

Dr. Martin Harris awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired, and on the run.

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Posters in the Morning Glory

Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford as morning show anchors. Somehow works!

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Megamind: The First 5 Minutes

The fate of Metro City is threatened when a new villain arrives and chaos runs rampant, leaving everyone to wonder: Can the world’s biggest “mind” actually be the one to save the day?

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The World of Tron

The world of Tron in four tv spots – The World, Quorra, Clu and Light Cycle.

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Toy Story 3 Meets True Grit

kinda tough toy sherriff helps a stubborn young cowgirl track down her father’s murderer.

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A Tiny Furniture Trailer

A college grad returns home while she tries to figure out what to do with her life.

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Four Lions and a Trailer

Illuminating the war on terror through satire and farce. Four Lions proves that while terrorism may be about ideology, it’s also about idiots…

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Barney’s Version of a Trailer

The story of Barney Panofsky, a seemingly ordinary man who lives an extraordinary life. A candid confessional, told from Barney’s point of view, spanning four decades and two continents, taking us through his unusual history

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Trailering The Way Back

The based-on-fact story about soldiers who escaped from a Siberian gulag in 1940.

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It’s A Blue Valentine Trailer

The evolution of a failing marriage.

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Trailering The Tempest

In Julie Taymor’s version of ‘The Tempest,’ the gender of Prospero has been switched to Prospera. Going back to the 16th or 17th century, women practicing the magical arts of alchemy were often convicted of witchcraft. In Taymor’s version, Prospera is usurped by her brother and sent off with her four-year daughter on a ship. She ends up on an island; it’s a tabula rasa: no society, so the mother figure becomes a father figure to Miranda. This leads to the power struggle and balance between Caliban and Prospera; a struggle not about brawn, but about intellect.

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Postering 127 Hours

James Franco vs. boulder.

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Teasing The Next Three Days

Who wouldn’t love a guy willing to break his wife out of prison in order to get her out of a murder conviction….

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Trailering I Am Number Four

John is extraordinary. Three like him have already been killed … he is Number Four.

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Behind the Tangled Scenes: A Hair Raising Adventure

Would you like to know more?

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“To be a critic is to be a workaholic. Workaholism is socially conditioned: viewed favourably by exploiters, it’s generally ruinous to a worker’s mental health. When T.S. Eliot said criticism was as inevitable as breathing, he failed to mention that, respiratory problems notwithstanding, breathing is easy. Criticism is reflexive before reflective: to formalise/industrialise an involuntary instinct requires time, effort and discipline. The reason we seek remuneration, as opposed to the self-hatred of being a scab, is because all labour should be waged…

“Criticism, so the cliché by now goes, is dying. None of the panel discussions on its death agony, however—including those in which I’ve formally participated—come at it from the wider perspective that the problem surely needs. They defend the ways in which criticism functions in relation to the industry and to the public, but they fail to contextualise these relationships as defined by ultimately rotten and self-harming imperatives.

“Criticism was a noble profession so long as only a few could practice it for money; when the field expands, as it has with a so-called ‘democratisation’ of our practice, those few lose their political power. Competition grows and markets are undercut: publications are naturally going to start paying less. Precarity is both cause and effect of a surplus workforce: the reason you’re only as good as your last article is because there are plenty of other folks who can write the next one in your place. The daily grind is: pitch, or perish.

B”ut criticism, so a counter-cliché goes, is not dying. An irony: this is an elite sport that is no longer elite in terms of who is able to practice it, but in economic terms it’s clutching to a perverse and outmoded hierarchical structure. It’s more meritocratic than ever, now: which is to say it isn’t meritocratic at all. That’s a paradox in bad need of a resolution…”

~ Michael Pattison Manifestoes Film Criticism

“It’s easy to forget when you’re reading a critic every single week or multiple times a week, that most of us who do this job, and have been doing it for a long time, understand that this is basically a parasitic profession. I don’t mean in the sense that we’re evil bloodsucking creatures, but we couldn’t exist if we didn’t have something to analyze. And I’m always conscious of that. So whether I like or don’t like a particular thing you do, my point of view is always that of an appreciator. I just like to be in the world that you create.”
~ Matt Zoller Seitz To Sam Esmail

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