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TIFF First Look: Willem Dafoe Is 'Pasolini,' Brit Marling In 'The Keeping Room' & Ethan Hawke In 'The Good Kill'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 1:39 PM
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Pasolini, Dafoe
Willem Dafoe as Pier Paolo Pasolini? In a film directed by Abel Ferrara? Do we need to say more? Nope. Here's the synopsis for this one making its North American premiere in Toronto: Rome: on the night of November 2, 1975, the great Italian poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini is murdered. Pasolini is the symbol of an art that's fighting against the power. His writings are scandalous, and his films are persecuted by the censors; many people love him and many hate him. The day of his death, Pasolini spends his last hours with his beloved mother and later with his dearest friends, until he finally goes out into the night in his Alfa Romeo in search of adventure in the eternal city. At dawn Pasolini is found dead on a beach in Ostia on the outskirts of the city. In a film dreamlike and visionary, blending reality and imagination, it reconstructs the last day in the life of this great poet.

Interviews: Mike Cahill & Michael Pitt Reflect On Science Vs. Faith In 'I Origins'

  • By Kristin McCracken
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  • July 18, 2014 3:02 PM
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I Origins
When “Another Earth” premiered at Sundance three years ago, the quiet, otherworldly drama made quite a splash with critics and audiences alike. First-time director Mike Cahill’s talents were obvious—even on a low budget—and lead actress (and co-writer) Brit Marling was a breakout star.

Review: Mike Cahill's 'I Origins' Starring Michael Pitt & Brit Marling

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 16, 2014 12:10 PM
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I Origins
2011, the year of actress Brit Marling, also introduced the world of cinema to two promising filmmakers: “The Sound Of My Voice” director Zal Batmanglij and “Another Earth” filmmaker Mike Cahill. Marling starred and co-wrote both heady and high concept indie efforts and her rocket soon took off. Fox Searchlight picked up both films and Batmanglij was soon making his intriguing follow-up “The East.” Skeptics were a little less convinced about “Another Earth,” which featured an admittedly excellent concept but was sometimes limited by its budget and presentation in execution. However, those that sensed great promise should be thrilled to see it fulfilled in “I Origins,” Cahill’s powerful follow-up.

Watch: 2 Clips & Featurette On Sound Design For 'I Origins'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2014 12:23 PM
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I, Origins
Through the lens of science, even the grandest of ideas surrounding our souls, the afterlife, and so much more, are brought down to Earth. Without proof or some kind of academic basis, many of the world's oldest notions about our lives remain stuck in the realm of the unknowable, scientifically speaking. But what if a discovery came along that changed all of that? That's the basis of Mike Cahill's "I Origins."

Exclusive: New Photos & Soundtrack Details From 'I Origins' Starring Michael Pitt & Brit Marling

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 16, 2014 11:59 AM
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I Origins
Are you starved for some smart sci-fi this summer? Us too. Sure, "Edge of Tomorrow" had a fair amount of brains, but always coming second to the explosions, and other than "Under the Skin," not much has really scratched the brainy, emotional science fiction itch that things like "Moon" and "Upstream Color" managed to in recent years.

Watch: First Trailer For 'I Origins' Starring Michael Pitt & Brit Marling Sees The Number 11 Everywhere

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2014 1:27 PM
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I Origins
The intersection of spirituality, faith and chance... these are tricky ingredients to work with when it comes to spinning a cinematic tale, with the possibility of tilting toward the New Age ever present. But Mike Cahill gets it right with "I Origins" and the first trailer is here.

Review: Danny Boyle's Police TV Show Pilot 'Babylon' Starring Brit Marling & James Nesbitt

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 10, 2014 11:05 AM
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Babylon
With an Oscar, two Best Picture nominations (one of which won), national hero status thanks to the Olympics and an acclaimed stage play in his recent past, Danny Boyle can do pretty much whatever he wants these days (even with the critical and commercial failure of "Trance" coming last year—though the film's underrated, in this writer's opinion). So it's a measure of the draw and cachet of the medium that his latest endeavor comes on the small screen, helming the pilot for new U.K. comedy-drama "Babylon," which aired on Channel 4 last night ahead of a full series later in the year.

Watch: New Teaser Trailer For Terrence Malick Produced Abraham Lincoln Biopic 'The Better Angels'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2014 2:20 PM
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The Better Angels
It may look, sound and feel like a Terrence Malick film, but aside from a producer credit, the upcoming "The Better Angels" is actually the work of editor and second unit director-turned-writer/director A.J. Edwards. But certainly, after logging time on "The New World," "The Tree of Life" and "To the Wonder," he's learned a few things about Malick's approach and has put them to use.

Sundance Review: Terrence Malick Produced ‘The Better Angels’ Starring Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger & Brit Marling

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 21, 2014 11:16 AM
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The Better Angels
Working closely under the tutelage of Terrence Malick for several years now, editor and second-unit director turned writer/director A.J. Edwards (who has worked on "The New World," "The Tree of Life" and "To the Wonder"), might have been better advised to get out from under the shadow of his mentor for his feature-length debut, “The Better Angels,” which is content to bask adoringly under the silhouette of his teacher. Perhaps intended as loving homage, the film instead borders deeply on self-serious parody, practically utilizing a checklist of every stylistic trope Edwards’ cinematic guru uses – hushed ponderous voiceovers about the nature of life; a gliding camera; intrusive, dancing wide-angle shots; jump cuts; dancing in fields – and one by one employing them all without a trace of ironic self-awareness.

Watch: First Trailer For Danny Boyle Directed TV Cop Comedy 'Babylon' Starring Brit Marling & James Nesbitt

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2014 10:01 AM
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Babylon Brit Marling James Nesbitt
Ranked in the top five of our 20 Most Anticipated TV Shows Of 2014, we could spend a long time explaining the various minor reasons why "Babylon" is one we're eagerly anticipating, but we'll just get to the point with two words: Danny Boyle. Yep, the filmmaker behind "Trainspotting," "127 Hours," "Slumdog Millionaire" and more is bringing his usually kinetic energy to the small screen, and we have to say, it looks fantastic.

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