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Review: Paul Haggis' Embarrassing 'Third Person' Starring Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, James Franco, Olivia Wilde & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2014 7:00 PM
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  • 8 Comments
Third Person
We're coming on a decade since Paul Haggis' "Crash" won Best Picture at the Oscars, and it's still one of the most divisive victories in recent memory. Detractors of the film are quick to point out the flaws in the L.A.-set drama, citing what they perceive to be the film's crass manipulativeness, one-dimensional characters, clumsy hand with racial politics and eye-rolling core of sentimentality. But frankly, you haven't seen anything yet. Haggis' return to the ensemble drama in "Third Person" makes "Crash" look like a work of understated, subtle art. A disastrously and ludicrously awful effort from the writer/director, absolutely nothing works in this facile, cliche-filled and astoundingly dull film that trades in cheap drama and soap opera theatrics.

Casting: Upon Realizing He Was Voicing 'Paddington' Colin Firth Drops Out & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 17, 2014 4:03 PM
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Paddington
It always seemed a bit like an odd fit when Colin Firth signed up to voice the beloved bear "Paddington," and it seems he finally realized too, dropping out of the project, which already has a November 28th release date and has released a couple of trailers. But at least as far as PR goes, everyone is totes cool with it.

Anthony Mackie To Play 'Jimi' Hendrix, Robert De Niro Drives 'Bus 757' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 19, 2014 12:33 PM
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
At one point a few years ago, Paul Greengrass was looking to make a biopic on legendary rocker Jimi Hendrix with Anthony Mackie in the lead. But when the Hendrix estate wouldn't sign off on the project, it fell apart and everyone moved on. But now, things are moving again. Mackie is back to play the axeman, with Ol Parker ("Now Is Good") at the helm of the movie "which chronicles the last nine days of Hendrix's life."

10 One-Man Show Movies

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 22, 2014 2:04 PM
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feature, 10 One-Man-Show Movies
If there's any justice in the world, many of you will spend 85 minutes of your upcoming weekend in a car with Tom Hardy. "Locke," the formally-rigorous, real-time Steven-Knight-directed film opens on Friday, and it's terrific: a taut drama that unfolds like a thriller despite being a small, detail-specific, domestic story; and an absorbing Richard Burton-inflected showcase for its sole onscreen star. Hardy, aided by the offscreen voices of Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott and others via his handsfree phone ( the way Knight organized the calls, so that they came to Hardy "live" is fascinating) is just brilliant, crucially underplaying most of the time, as though aware that with only him onscreen (also immobile), the tiniest tic is magnified exponentially. It's the kind of tour de force that highlights by contrast just where so many other single-actor films go wrong.

Watch: First Trailer For Paul Haggis' 'Third Person' Starring Liam Neeson, James Franco, Adrien Brody, Mila Kunis & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2014 1:30 PM
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Third Person
Paul Haggis sure likes his multi-threaded dramas, in which lives intersect and secrets are revealed and we all learn valuable lessons about who we are. Hell, "Crash" won the guy an Oscar, so why not try and do it again, only this time take that concept around the globe? That's just what he did with "Third Person," which debuted at TIFF last fall, and is still without a domestic release date.

Javier Bardem Joins Sean Penn's 'The Last Face,' Salma Hayek Has A 'Sausage Party' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2014 3:50 PM
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Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Charlize Theron
Well, it didn't take long for details about Sean Penn's next directorial effort to come together, and he's lining up a killer cast. With Adele Exarchapoulos and Charlie Theron lining up roles in the past couple days, one more puzzle piece has been added.

Watch: New Clip, Featurette And 12-Minute Talk For 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Plus More Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2014 3:47 PM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is off to a helluva start at the box office, opening this weekend in limited release and breaking a few records along the way. That's good news for Fox Searchlight as they prepare to roll out the cinematic confection across the country over the next few weeks, and to help keep 'Budapest' on the brain, a smattering of new material has arrived.

Review: Wes Anderson's Beautiful & Melancholy 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • March 7, 2014 11:21 AM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
Love. There are points during “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” at which it simply floods off the screen. It sounds too lofty perhaps, but how else can you describe the level of minute care that seems to have gone into every single frame, every costume, every tear in every strip of wallpaper? If nothing else (and there is quite a lot else) the film is at times perhaps the apotheosis of Wes Anderson’s aesthetic: a glorious, mischievous sequence of pictorialist plays taking place in a world so perfectly contained it might as well be in a snowglobe. This trademark fetishistic detail makes it feel like it was somehow loved into being, and, for whole passages, we loved it right back, giddily grinning in the dark, already mentally marking out those moments when we’re going to have to hit pause to examine the background, the edge of the frame, the action that happens in the corner of your eye.

10 New Images From Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Check In

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2014 3:36 PM
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Grand Budapest Hotel
Reservations will soon be made at theatres across the country for "The Grand Budapest Hotel." Wes Anderson's latest Joseph Cornell box displayes a wholly imagined Europe of the past that still touches upon its real history. As we wrote in our review, the film takes "place in a world so perfectly contained it might as well be in a snowglobe," and today some more images have arrived to take you into Anderson's cinematic universe.

Berlin Review: Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Starring Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Jude Law & More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 6, 2014 3:00 PM
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  • 8 Comments
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Love. There are points during “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which celebrates its World Premiere as the opening film of 64th Berlinale tonight, at which it simply floods off the screen. It sounds too lofty perhaps, but how else can you describe the level of minute care that seems to have gone into every single frame, every costume, every tear in every strip of wallpaper? If nothing else (and there is quite a lot else) the film is at times perhaps the apotheosis of Wes Anderson’s aesthetic: a glorious, mischievous sequence of pictorialist plays taking place in a world so perfectly contained it might as well be in a snowglobe.

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