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TIFF Trailer: 'Samba' Starring Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg & Tahar Rahim

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2014 9:00 AM
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Samba
A few years back, all anyone could talk about at the arthouse was "The Intouchables." It was the third most watched film in France in 2011, sitting at number one at the box office there for ten weeks. And not only was it a hit in its home country, but it traveled abroad widely, earning a grand total of $444.7 million worldwide and scooping up awards, while The Weinstein Company snapped up the remake rights. And now writer/directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano are back with a followup.

Watch: Miranda July's New 10-Minute Short Film 'Somebody'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2014 8:44 AM
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Somebody
Artist, author and filmmaker Miranda July can now add a new job title to her CV: app engineer. July has taken another step into the digital era after teaching everyone what ))<>(( means in "Me And You And Everyone We Know." She has created an app called "Somebody," and an accompanying ten minute film of the same name which makes its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival this week. And if you can't make it to Venice, you can just watch it below.

Venice Review: Ramin Bahrani’s ‘99 Homes’ Starring Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon And Laura Dern

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • August 28, 2014 6:52 PM
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99 Homes
It opens with blood spatter; it will end with your blood boiling. Which is to say that Ramin Bahrani’s ferocious foreclosure drama “99 Homes” is exactly as effective as it needs to be. While neither subtle nor particularly nuanced, the blunt force trauma impact of its narrative never feels exploitative, being wholly justified by the importance of its themes.

Review: Installation-Worthy 'The Strange Color Of Your Body's Tears'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 28, 2014 6:43 PM
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The Strange Color Of Your Body's Tears
Some movies are watched. “The Strange Color Of Your Body's Tears” is a movie you live inside. This new film from directors Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani touches you repeatedly, inappropriately, from the front and, delightfully, from the rear. To synopsize the film is folly, though it will be fun to see viewers try. This is the magic that Cattet and Forzani have weaved from their debut effort “Amer," a hypnotic trip down the giallo rabbit hole. Very few filmmakers today are working with a radical new vocabulary, but Cattet and Forzani are using genre of the past to toss us, shouting, into the future.
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Review: Ari Folman's 'The Congress' Starring Robin Wright

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • August 28, 2014 6:07 PM
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The Congress
Ari Folman's "The Congress," aka "Robin Wright at The Congress," aka "Reviewer's Nightmare," evokes Miyazaki and perhaps on-form Gilliam in its best moments, as well as lurching oddly into "Southland Tales" territory in its worst. It's a film we'd be happy to call a fascinating muddle were it not too overstretched to really support even that description. At the very least, however, should your copy of "Pink Floyd's The Wall" have worn out through overuse, we can see "The Congress" having a similar kind of life as a late-night stoner mindfuck.

Watch: First Clip From 'The Humbling' Starring Al Pacino And Greta Gerwig

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2014 5:18 PM
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The Humbling
On paper, "The Humbling" has a lot going for it. The film is based on the book by acclaimed author Philip Roth, is led by acting legend Al Pacino and rising star Greta Gerwig, and promises a provocative, sexually charged drama. But the question is whether or not director Barry Levinson will be able to pull it off, and the first clip is here to see if he's got the chops to deliver.

Watch: First Trailer For ‘Harmontown’ About ‘Community’ Showrunner Dan Harmon

  • By Zach Hollwedel
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  • August 28, 2014 5:00 PM
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It’s no secret that the mercurial Dan Harmon, creator and showrunner of NBC’s “Community,” had a very public, very messy falling out with his network and certain cast members (cough Chevy Chase cough) in 2012. Underlying tensions between Harmon and the brass at Sony, which produces the show, drove him out after the third season, though he returned a year later. NBC bailed on “Community" after its fifth season back in May of this year, and fans eagerly awaited word on what was next in store for Harmon.

Watch: First 2 Clips From Peter Bogdanovich's Screwball Comedy 'She's Funny That Way'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2014 4:25 PM
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She's Funny That Way
Peter Bogdanovich is back, and he's bringing a helluva ensemble with him. Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Jennifer Aniston, Kathryn Hahn, Tatum O'Neal, Rhys Ifans, Will Forte and Lucy Punch all appear in the director's first feature in a decade, "She's Funny That Way. With the screwball comedy set to unspool at the Venice Film Festival, the first two clips are here to provide a zany look at the upcoming film.

Joaquin Phoenix Reportedly In Final Talks For Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2014 4:08 PM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix
About a month ago, word emerged that Joaquin Phoenix was being discussed around the Marvel office for the role of Doctor Strange. He's was seen buying "Doctor Strange" comics, and the trades said he was being "mentioned most often" for the part. But chatter doesn't always equal signed contracts, and wish list desires don't always work out. But maybe they will in this case.

Watch: New Trailer For Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Palme d'Or Winner ‘Winter Sleep’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 28, 2014 3:43 PM
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Winter Sleep
“It had such a beautiful rhythm and it just took me in,” Jury head Jane Campion said of Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Winter Sleep” after it won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. “Actually I could have sat there for another two hours. It was all very Chekhovian. I could see myself in all of the characters.”

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