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Berlinale 2012 Review: 'A Royal Affair' Is A Good-Looking But Unadventurous Period Drama Elevated By Fine Performances

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 17, 2012 7:12 AM
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Considering how very few people on earth we would rather watch on a movie screen than Mads Mikkelsen, colour us baffled to find ourselves slightly out of step with the rapturous reception accorded his latest film, the Danish-language period drama "A Royal Affair." Premiering tonight in Berlin, the film apparently drew cheers from press (though not in our auditorium), and has, in the few hours since, been hailed by some as the saviour of the competition. The film we saw, however, was a perfectly decent, lavishly mounted costume drama, probably above average for this sort of thing, but hardly earth-shattering and certainly not the best film we've seen so far.

Gael Garcia Bernal Will Put On The Mask For Post-Apocalyptic 'Zorro Reborn'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 8:16 PM
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Gael Garcia Bernal never really struck us as a "tentpole guy." Having built his cred working with dudes like Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Amores Perros"), Jim Jarmusch ("The Limits Of Control"), Alfonso Cuaron ("Y Tu Mama Tambien"), Walter Salles ("The Motorcycle Diaries"), Michel Gondry ("The Science Of Sleep"), Fernando Meirelles ("Blindness") and Pedro Almodovar ("Bad Education") he's earned a strong reputation as an actor of taste and talent. Even more, as a producer he's backed movies like "Voy a explotar" and "Sin Nombre." Sure, he's flirted with the mainstream in mind-boggling decisions to star in stuff like "Letters To Juliet" and the forthcoming "A Little Bit Of Heaven," and his his next move is no less baffling.

'Valley Girl' Remake On The Way From The Guy Who Directed 'Fred: The Movie'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 7:29 PM
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Was there something in the air? Maybe. While the 1983 flick "Valley Girl" was (until now) a relic -- a particular kind of movie, from a particular era -- the film is not without its legion of fans, and is known for its breakout performance by a young Nicolas Cage. Last summer, Kevin Smith hit the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York to screen the film and host a talk afterward with the film's director Martha Coolidge. It was a surprisingly fascinating talk, full of many revelations (read our recap here) and so it seems that in the power corridors of Hollywood there are some fans as well, as the movie is headed for a remake.

Sienna Miller & Brendan Fraser Join Justin Long Penned 'A Case Of You' With Evan Rachel Wood

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 6:54 PM
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It looks like Justin Long has been working his little book of phone numbers hard. The upcoming film "A Case Of You," which he co-wrote, has already lined up an impressive cast with Evan Rachel Wood, Peter Dinklage, Sam Rockwell, Vince Vaughn, Busy Phillips and Keir O'Donnell (who also co-wrote the script along with Justin's brother Chris, who is a co-producer) and now two more names have come along.

Criterion Announces 'Being John Malkovich,' 'Certified Copy,' Robert Downey Sr. Box Set & More For May

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 6:18 PM
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Remember all those savings you made buying stuff during Criterion's Valentine's Day half-off sale? Well, get ready to spend it in May as The Criterion Collection is dropping some serious hits.

Watch: Red Band Trailer For 'Friends With Kids' With Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Megan Fox & Jon Hamm

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 5:51 PM
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While the movie doesn't always work, and overall you wish it had been a little better, this new red band trailer for "Friends With Kids" is a good reminder of why this dramedy is worth tracking down. Buoyed by a staggeringly strong ensemble, when the material clicks, the movie really works and there is more than enough charm to the film to make it worthy of a recommendation.

Watch: 2 Teaser Trailers For Julie Delpy's '2 Days In New York' With Chris Rock

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 5:19 PM
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Get ready for another 48 hours with Julie Delpy, as the actress/writer/director has returned with "2 Days In New York," her follow up to "2 Days In Paris." And if you couldn't make it Sundance, you can get your first feel for the film thanks to some new teaser trailers that have landed.

Watch: Jonah Hill & Channing Tatum Finger Each Other In Clips From '21 Jump Street'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 4:59 PM
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The sound in your ear is the buzz around "21 Jump Street." The upcoming, foul-mouthed comedy starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum has been screening early, and some of us here at the office caught it. Let's just say you will not be disappointed. At all.

Watch: U.K. TV Spot Plus New Pics For Robert Pattinson's 'Bel Ami'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 4:24 PM
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You'll be getting our review from the Berlin Film Festival on "Bel Ami" soon, but until then, the jury is still out on the latest non-"Twilight" venture for Robert Pattinson, one that finds him scruffing up his tween sweetheart image to play a character that he describes as "a shit."
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Director Josh Trank Discusses His Found-Footage Film 'Chronicle' & His Concerns About Doing A Sequel

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 16, 2012 3:54 PM
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You've wowed Hollywood with your daring, genre-defying action film. You've got the critics on your side. You made the film on a tiny budget. And now, you've got a hit. What do you do next? Most would pursue the sequel route, particularly with something like "Chronicle," the found-footage drama revolving around three superpowered teens. But twenty-six-year-old director Josh Trank isn't exactly sure he wants to go down that path.

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