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Review: Pawel Pawlikowski's Striking, Evocative 'Ida'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 30, 2014 6:35 PM
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From the opening moments of “Ida,” the Polish film from director Pawel Pawlikowski, it’s clear that we’re in for something unusual. Shot in a boxy aspect ratio, in rich, complex black and white, the film isn’t simply stylistically arresting, however; these first few moments find us in a quiet cloister of a Polish convent in the 1960s as a group of novice nuns silently, piously, go about restoring a statue of Christ, returning it to its plinth in the convent’s snowy grounds. This wordless beginning, told in beautifully composed shots, sets the mood for a small, quiet, polished film that unfolds slowly but with remarkable assurance and features a striking central performance from Agata Trzebuchowska. Or rather a striking central performance from Agata Trzebuchowska’s face, because it is her watchful, dark-eyed, unblemished visage, usually framed by a plain gray wimple that is perhaps the film’s most evocative recurring image, even amongst so much truly remarkable cinematography (from neophyte cinematographer Lucasz Zal).

Tribeca Interview: Billy Crudup Compares 'Glass Chin' To 'Watchmen,' Wants Role In 'Star Wars 7'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 30, 2014 6:07 PM
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Glass Chin
One of the absolute highlights of this year's unusually robust Tribeca Film Festival was Noah Buschel's "Glass Chin" (read our review here). It's the tale of a down on his luck former boxer named Bud (played by Corey Stoll) who gets seduced by the criminal underworld. And there's no one more seductive than Billy Crudup, who plays J.J., a kind of loan shark/restaurateur, in a performance that borders on being downright mesmerizing. Crudup is a wonderful actor but in "Glass Chin" he taps into something really powerful and odd. And we were lucky enough to chat with him about the process of creating the character, which he equates to the experience making Zack Snyder's "Watchmen." Oh, and he gets a shout out J.J. Abrams for a "Star Wars" job too.

David Lynch Makes Rare BAM Appearance, But Doesn’t Address His Cinematic Future

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 30, 2014 5:49 PM
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David Lynch, BAM
David Lynch is a tough interview subject. Reticent and reluctant, he doesn’t want to vaguely spell out anything and the filmmaker/artist is much more interested in your response to his work. New York Public Library's director of public programs Paul Holdengräber is also a bit of an odd individual. So as the host of Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)’s rare conversation with David Lynch, the duo made for a strange match.

Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson, Orlando Bloom, Sam Rockwell & More Join Joe Swanberg's New Film ‘Digging For Fire’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 30, 2014 5:35 PM
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Drinking Buddies
For the uninitiated, indie filmmaker Joe Swanberg’s career kind of runs like this (reductively of course): 8 bazillion indies, about 10 a year, from 2005 to 2012 (ok, maybe more like 13 features in seven years with a bunch of shorts thrown in for good measure). They are… ok. But the SXSW Film Festival loves them, dubs them mumblecore and his positioned as the next great white hope for indie filmmaking. People like Noah Baumbach throw some endorsements (and exec-produce a film), but as the heir apparent of anything, well, buzz is always impractical anyhow.

Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Bruno Ganz & Dean Norris To Star In Atom Egoyan's 'Remember'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2014 5:16 PM
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Director Atom Egoyan has a number of acclaimed films under his belt — "The Sweet Hereafter," "Felicia's Journey," "Exotica" — but it should also be noted, that when he stumbles, he misses hard. His last two films in particular didn't hit the mark, with the campy sexytimes "Chloe" and the West Memphis Three drama "Devil's Knot" finding the director off his game. And while we wait to see how his Cannes entry "The Captive" turns out, he's already lining up his next pic.

Hugh Jackman Swears The Next ‘Wolverine’ Movie Is His Last (Ok, 99.9% Sure)

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 30, 2014 4:38 PM
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Wolverine
If you’ve thought of Hugh Jackman as the boy who cried Wolfverine, you’d have a point. The actor has said about a trillion times now (ok, two or three times) that this is it for him and “The Wolverine” role. He’s tired of taking cold showers to get angry and in-character for the role. He’s exhausted with the diet and workout he has to extend out for months (lots of all-boiled chicken and weights). Hugh Jackman doesn’t mind playing Wolverine, he’s just isn't a huge fan of the physical preparation it takes to play him.

Sam Mendes Says 'Bond 24' Not A Direct Sequel To 'Skyfall,' Won't Be Two-Part Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2014 4:23 PM
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"Bond 24" is gearing up for release in 2015, and aside from "Star Wars: Episode 7," it's one of the most secretive movie projects coming down the pipeline. Rumors have been plenty, but actual fact has been scarce, though writer John Logan has teased that the film "continues the themes of 'Skyfall' " and hitting "Charlie Rose," Sam Mendes has pretty much confirmed that approach.

Tribeca Review: ‘Art And Craft’ Is An Empathetic View Of Talent, Artistic Obsession & Mental Illness

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 30, 2014 4:01 PM
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Art & Craft
In the art world, the name Mark Landis causes instant inflammation and or apoplectic emotional responses. One of the most prolific art forgers in the United States, Landis has duped art galleries across the entire country posing as an affluent philanthropist and art patron wishing to donate rare works from his collection. ​But the "gifts" that Landis is bequeathing are actually precisely constructed reproductions (Picasso, Matisse, et al) that he himself has painted. And his impeccably faultless craft is such that galleries across the country including the venerable Philadelphia Museum of Art and Art Institute of Chicago have been fooled. Mark Landis is public enemy #1 to anyone curating and exhibiting art.

Cannes Classics Lineup Includes Films By Alfred Hitchcock, Sergio Leone, Frank Capra, Jean Renoir & More

Fistful Of Dollars
The Cannes Film Festival isn't just about uncovering the brightest new talents, and freshest expressions of the cinematic art (but yes, it's a huge part of it). Each year, organizers curate a great selection of classic films, and this year is no different. Read More »

Watch: Bolivar Trask & Mystique Face Off In Clip From 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2014 3:07 PM
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X-Men Days Of Future Past
The past little while has seen a lot of talk about where the X-Men franchise is going after "X-Men: Days Of Future Past," and how it will lead into "X-Men: Apocalypse" and whatnot. And while that speculation is sorta interesting (even if the latter movie is still two year away), it might be nice to focus on 'DOFP' first. Well, Fox is doing just that, by dropping a brand-new clip from the movie today.

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