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Southland Tales is a 2007 science fiction/drama/black comedy film, written and directed by Richard Kelly. The title refers to the Southland, a name used by locals to refer to Southern California and Greater Los Angeles. Set in the then near future of an alternate history, the film is a portrait of Los Angeles and a comment on the military-industrial news-tainment complex. The film features an ensemble cast. Original music for the film was provided by Moby. Samuel Goldwyn Films in partnership with Destination Films and Sony Pictures released Southland Tales.

The film premiered May 21, 2006 at the Cannes Film Festival, where it received a largely negative reception. After significant edits, the final version premiered at Fantastic Fest on September 22, 2007. It opened in limited release in California on November 14, 2007 and in Canada as well as nationwide in United States, in just 63 theaters, on November 16, 2007. The film opened in the United Kingdom on December 7, 2007.
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review by . January 02, 2010
Southland Tales, at first glance, appears to be a fairly weird film. Directed by the guy behind Donnie Darko, and filled with relatively big names from the early 2000's - Sarah Michelle Gellar, The Rock, Amy Poehler, Jon Lovitz, and Justin Timberlake, amongst others - about a near-future America in the throes of incipient fascism, it seems like a perfect little time capsule. And in many ways, it is. But with its thematic inconsistencies, bizarre politics, plot that ranges between incoherent …
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