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Watch: First Trailer For Alejandro Iñárritu's 'Birdman' Starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Norton & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 12, 2014 1:30 PM
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Birdman,
Well, our week just got a whole lot better, because the trailer (and poster) for one of our most anticipated films of the year has arrived. We've been enormously curious about "Birdman," partly because it's the latest film from one of our favorites, Alejandro Alejandro González Iñárritu (or Alejandro G. Iñárritu, as the trailer now bills him), and partly because the film promised to be something of a departure, apparently a more comic vibe for a filmmaker whose work before now, like "Amores Perros," "21 Grams," "Babel" and "Biutiful," has tended towards the bleak.

David Tennant Brings 'Broadchurch' To The U.S., Jason Schwartzman's Amazon Show Gets Pilot & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 3, 2013 11:07 AM
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Since actor David Tennant stepped away from the dimension-jumping tendencies of “Doctor Who,” you might assume those sorts of existential dilemmas had come to an end, especially since he'd taken a role in the BBC's police procedural “Broadchurch.” Well, after a massively successful first series run in the UK and on BBC America, it seems just the opposite, as the actor has agreed to next play two separate versions of the same character.

Interview: James Marsh & Andrea Riseborough Talk About The Collaborative Spirit In Making 'Shadow Dancer'

  • By John Lichman
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  • May 29, 2013 6:56 PM
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It's impossible to see “Shadow Dancer,” James Marsh's adaptation of the thriller by Tim Bradby without being immediately drawn to Andrea Riseborough and her infamous red raincoat. As Colette McVeigh, she's engrossed within her family's own dealings with the IRA during the peace process and becomes an unwitting mole for the MI-5 in order to be with her son. It’s a crackling slow burn thriller (our review here) that not only finds the director once again in new territory, but also showcases the rising actress as the real deal.

Review: James Marsh's 'Shadow Dancer' Starring Clive Owen & Andrea Riseborough

  • By John Lichman
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  • May 28, 2013 7:29 PM
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If “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” represented the height of Cold War paranoia within the British intelligence community, then “Shadow Dancer” is the next chapter, replacing the ominous Russian government with a more localized threat: The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Scarlett Johansson's Directorial Debut 'Summer Crossing' To Shoot Next Year, 'Hugo' Duo Reteam For 'The White Circus'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 16, 2013 4:35 PM
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t's almost a decade since Scarlett Johansson became a major star thanks to Sofia Coppola's "Lost In Translation," and the actress continues to confound expectations; her diverse pick of roles of late has included a Cameron Crowe rom-com, superhero epic "The Avengers," playing Janet Leigh in "Hitchcock" and, coming up, playing a cannibalistic alien in Jonathan Glazer's "Under The Skin." And now she's taking another curve; she' s going to direct.

Review: ‘Disconnect’ Is ‘Crash’ For The Web Era, And Even More Dismal Than That Sounds

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 12, 2013 2:39 PM
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Many writers say they prefer not to start the writing process with a theme in mind – they simply let it emerge organically from their plot or characters. But then, plenty of films have gone the other way. The multi-strand, interconnected drama revolving around a particular subject or theme, like Steven Soderbergh’s take on the war on drugs in “Traffic,” or Paul Thomas Anderson’s examination of coincidence and happenstance in “Magnolia,” have proved particularly popular in recent years. And given that they garlanded financial and critical success, it makes sense that others have set out to follow in their footsteps.

Review: Tom Cruise Vehicle 'Oblivion' Is A Mostly Involving, Visually Spectacular Sci-Fi Epic

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 10, 2013 12:31 PM
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Tom Cruise, Oblivion
Only a few years ago, big sci-fi action spectacles were confined pretty much to the summer months. But now, the season has crept out to the extent that it essentially lasts from the middle of February (see the release of "A Good Day To Die Hard" this year) to... pretty much the rest of the year, with barely a few weeks going by without a major tent-pole arriving. Even the once-barren month of April isn't safe anymore, with the arrival of "Oblivion," an expensive, visually lavish sci-fi picture top-lined by megastar Tom Cruise.

Review: 'Welcome To The Punch' Is A Stylish & Smart British Spin In On The Action-Thriller

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 11, 2013 11:19 AM
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The terms "British cinema" and "action movie" tend not to go together particularly well. Maybe it's the smaller budgets at play, maybe it's an awareness that our American and Asian cousins do it better, maybe it's cultural -- most British cops don't carry weapons, for example. It's not that it hasn't been tried, it's more that the examples we do have -- "The 51st State," "Centurion," "The Sweeney" -- tend to be bad enough to dissuade too many others from giving it a shot, and so the idea of an action movie set in the U.K. remains incongruous enough that it can form the central joke of an entire film, like Edgar Wright's "Hot Fuzz."

Andrea Riseborough Joins The Increasingly Great Cast Of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Comedy 'Birdman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2013 5:59 PM
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Well, hell... As if lining up Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Edward Norton wasn't enough, the cast for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's comedy "Birdman" just keeps getting better and better.

Watch: The Internet Will Ruin Your Life In Trailer For 'Disconnect' With Jason Bateman, Alexander Skarsgård & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2013 1:54 PM
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Ah, the internet/hacker/computer movie. "The Net," "Hackers," "Firewall," "Swimfan," "FearDotCom"...for every "The Social Network" there are about five of those kinds of movies that leadenly and obviously point out the perils of going online. And thus, "Disconnect."

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