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Film Intelligence: MASTER work, THE HOBBIT, AVENGERS 2

Film Intelligence: MASTER work, THE HOBBIT, AVENGERS 2

Every week there are dozens of film news stories. We read them all and bring you the five most important ones in the single most important blog post you’ll ever read (today [at this moment]). This week: format fumbles, humbled hobbits and late greats.

Film Intelligence: The darkest night

Film Intelligence: The darkest night

Every week there are dozens of film news stories. We read them all and bring you the five most important ones in the single most important blog post you’ll ever read (today [at this moment]). This week: a tragedy at a movie theater in Colorado.

Film intelligence: We've been framed

Film intelligence: We've been framed

Every week there are dozens of film news stories. Every week, we read them all and bring you the five most important ones in the single most important blog post you’ll ever read (today [at this moment]). This week: folks have some lovely bones to pick with Peter Jackson’s new filmmaking format, Martin Scorsese still loves his new filmmaking format and — hang on a sec, I have a call coming in.

The Sundance Review Revue: WEST OF MEMPHIS

The Sundance Review Revue: WEST OF MEMPHIS

The tragic case of the West Memphis Three, three teenagers accused, tried, and convicted of a crime they did not commit, is a story that simply must be told. But it already has been told: in a trilogy of superb documentaries entitled PARADISE LOST by directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. Over the course of almost twenty years, Berlinger and Sinofsky chronicled the lives of the West Memphis Three — Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin — and systematically disproved the case against them. So the news of a brand-new documentary on the subject entitled WEST OF MEMPHIS was met by many with skepticism and confusion. Even with its impressive creative pedigree — it was produced by Peter Jackson (THE LORD OF THE RINGS) and directed by Amy Berg (DELIVER US FROM EVIL) — some observers worried this documentary would simply rehash elements from the other three films. As a follower of the West Memphis Three’s case and a fan of the PARADISE LOST series (you can read my review of the last film here), I know I was.

Weekly movie trailer roundup: Spielberg + little boys = big adventure

Weekly movie trailer roundup: Spielberg + little boys = big adventure

Young boys, their pets, period clothing, speeding cars, explosions, battles, a million different settings and director Steven Spielberg – that’s what WAR HORSE and THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN have in common. And they both come out around Christmas – two days apart. Coincidence? Probably not, but since TINTIN is animated Spielberg probably feels they’re different enough to release at the same time.