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Review: Ramin Bahrani's 'At Any Price' A Patchy But Powerful Melodrama With A Fantastic Performance By Dennis Quaid

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 24, 2013 5:59 PM
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Zac Efron, At Any Price
The first three feature films by Ramin Bahrani – 2005’s “Man Push Cart,” 2007’s “Chop Shop” and 2008’s “Goodbye Solo” -- were extremely well-regarded by festival and art-house crowds (Roger Ebert called Bahrani “the director of the decade”), but barely made a dent on the wider cultural consciousness, receiving fairly limited releases and so far, making Bahrani a favourite of cinephiles, but far from a crossover success. But five years since his last film, Bahrani is back with "At Any Price," a film that threatens to push him towards the mainstream, with a starry cast and distribution from Sony Pictures Classics.

Review: 'Movie 43' Strains For Laughs With Uninspired Collection Of Comedy Shorts

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 25, 2013 8:03 AM
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What is there to say, analytically, about “Movie 43”? Not released in theaters as much as inexplicably materializing in front of our very eyes, “Movie 43” has no moral, no overarching story, and no point other than the opportunity for Hollywood stars to play silly for a short while. Some of them relish this – a few of the performers are a natural at studied wackiness. Some aren’t as comfortable. Others just seem like they’re passing the time. The filmmakers who collaborated on this anthology film, however, mostly fit that last description. Despite the title, this… thing…is barely a movie.

Watch: First Trailer For Ramin Bahrani's 'At Any Price' Starring Zac Efron & Dennis Quaid

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2013 1:23 PM
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Primarily known for his low-profile indies like "Man Push Cart," "Chop Shop" and "Goodbye Solo," Ramin Bahrani has made a play to the mainstream (or closer to it anyway) with "At Any Price," a movie that has none other that heartthrob Zac Efron in a lead role. And after hitting the trifecta of Venice/Telluride/Toronto last fall, the film is gearing up to arrive in theaters this spring, and the first trailer has arrived.

Tim Robbins & Will Forte Replace Dennis Quaid & Ty Burrell In 'Jackie Brown' Prequel 'The Switch'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 9, 2013 10:01 AM
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Hey, remember “The Switch”? That Elmore Leonard adaptation, which is a prequel to “Jackie Brown”? Writer/director Dan Schechter is attached to it. Does any of that ring a bell? Well, if you do remember and have been looking forward to this, rest assured, it’s still happening, albeit with some casting changes.

10 New Photos From 'At Any Price' Starring Zac Efron & Dennis Quaid

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2012 11:20 AM
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To play one early September festival could be seen as a shot in the dark, but if you manage to hit the trifecta of Venice, Telluride and TIFF, you know that the people behind the film have got some confidence in the finished product. Not many films ticked all three destinations off their box this year -- Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell," Michael Shannon vehicle "The Iceman," a few others -- but one of the more prominent has been "At Any Price," the muscular, powerful drama from "Goodbye Solo" director Ramin Bahrani.

Watch: Zac Efron & Dennis Quaid Share A Moment In Clip From Ramin Bahrani's 'At Any Price'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2012 8:30 AM
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With reviews still coming in from Venice for Ramin Bahrani's latest, "At Any Price," critics largely seem to agree on one point -- that the film carries with it a distinct vibe and feeling of classic cinema of yore. In our own breakdown of the film, our man on the Lido wrote the picture takes "the form of an good old-fashioned melodrama, closer to 'Giant' or 'Death Of A Salesman' then anything else," and in this first excerpt from the film, that sensation is palpable.

Venice Review: Ramin Bahrani's 'At Any Price' A Patchy But Powerful Melodrama With A Fantastic Performance By Dennis Quaid

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 30, 2012 5:09 PM
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The first three feature films by Ramin Bahrani – 2005’s “Man Push Cart,” 2007’s “Chop Shop” and 2008’s “Goodbye Solo” -- were extremely well-regarded by festival and art-house crowds (Roger Ebert called Bahrani “the director of the decade”), but barely made a dent on the wider cultural consciousness, receiving fairly limited releases and so far, making Bahrani a favourite of cinephiles, but far from a crossover success. But four years since his last film, Bahrani is back at Venice, the festival which made his name with “Man Push Cart,” for a film that threatens to push him towards the mainstream, with a starry cast and a distribution deal already in place from Sony Pictures Classics. And while perhaps not quite up there with the low-key, humanistic triumphs of his earlier films, “At Any Price” does seem likely to win him further and wider recognition.

Sony Pictures Classics Acquire Ramin Bahrani's 'At Any Price' With Zac Efron & Dennis Quaid

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 3, 2012 7:24 PM
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Of all the director/actor pairings of the year, the one between the acclaimed, but so far firmly arthouse-y Ramin Bahrani, the helmer of "Man Push Cart" and "Goodbye Solo," and Zac Efron, fresh-faced star of the "High School Musical" franchise, is one of the most curious. But after festival plaudits and rave reviews, Bahrani seems ready to break out to a wider audience, while Efron, to his credit, is looking to be taken seriously as an adult leading man, showing up at Cannes with (the admittedly badly received) "The Paperboy," and attaching himself to the remake of "Easy Money" and the Nicholas Stoller/Seth Rogen comedy "Townies," among others.

New Pics Of Zac Efron & Dennis Quaid In Ramin Bahrani's 'At Any Price'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2012 11:19 AM
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After acclaim for his low-key dramas like "Man Push Cart" and "Goodbye Solo," Ramin Bahrani has assembled his first "Hollywood cast" (if you want to put it that way) for "At Any Price," which he will be bringing under his arm to Toronto.

Ramin Bahrani's Film With Zac Efron & Dennis Quaid Now Titled 'At Any Price'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 15, 2012 4:20 PM
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It seems to be the day for untitled movies getting some brand new names. This morning we learned that Terrence Malick's untitled romance is now called "To The Wonder," and now another filmmaker (and one who was also rumored for a Cannes appearance before the lineup was unveiled) has put a title on his gestating project as well.

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