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Chris Pine Is Ready For 'The Finest Hours,' Michael B. Jordan Set For 'Men Who Kill' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 10:10 AM
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Hollywood is still trying to make Chris Pine happen. Outside of the "Star Trek" franchise, the actor has been a non-starter, but that's not stopping Disney from choosing Pine to lead "The Finest Hours."

Review: Giuseppe Tornatore's Campy & Overcooked 'The Best Offer' Starring Geoffrey Rush & Jim Sturgess

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • January 3, 2014 6:05 PM
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If director Giuseppe Tornatore has had an up-and-down time of it since his breakthrough, 1988's almost universally adored, Oscar-winning "Cinema Paradiso," it has to be said that his most recent film, "The Best Offer," marks a definite low point, even as one of the downs. But that's probably what's going to happen when you take a cast, including Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland, that mostly seems as though they don't belong on the same planet, let alone in the same film, stick them in a pointlessly convoluted plot that's ludicrously unbelievable from start to finish, and drench the whole lot in a hysterically screechy score from Ennio Morricone. The resulting film is such a campy mess that for a while it's possible to see it having some sort of life as a kitsch cultish artifact, like an overplotted TV movie from the eighties. But then it goes on for an interminable 124 minutes, and even that dubious hold on our interest is lost.

Exclusive: Geoffrey Rush Spies On His Mysterious Client In Clip From Giuseppe Tornatore's 'The Best Offer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 2, 2014 10:01 AM
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The Best Offer
A winner at the Cannes and Venice film festivals, and led by the arthouse director behind hits like "Cinema Paradiso," "The Star Maker" and "Malena," any work from Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore is usually worth paying attention to. So when he assembles the kind of talent he's got in his latest "The Best Offer," it's certainly hard to resist.

Watch: U.S. Trailer For Giuseppe Tornatore's 'The Best Offer' Starring Geoffrey Rush & Jim Sturgess

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 20, 2013 1:46 PM
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The Best Offer
While ordinarily we'd totally understand anyone's excitement for the latest from Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore ("Cinema Paradiso," "The Star Maker," "Malena") you might want to temper that a little bit when approaching his latest, "The Best Offer." The film, which has already seen release overseas and played some festival dates, hasn't earned that much buzz, nor did it impress our own Jessica Kiang when she caught it in Berlin earlier this year.

Review: WWII Drama 'The Book Thief' Starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson & Sophie Nélisse

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2013 5:06 PM
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The Book Thief
"You missed a very dull TV show on Auschwitz. More gruesome film clips, and more puzzled intellectuals declaring their mystification over the systematic murder of millions. The reason they can never answer the question 'How could it possibly happen?' is that it's the wrong question. Given what people are, the question is 'Why doesn't it happen more often?' " says the tortured Max Von Sydow in Woody Allen's "Hannah & Her Sisters." While the worldview is bleak, the quote is somewhat telling when it comes to Hollywood's continued pursuit of Holocaust stories. That decades on, filmmakers are still telling stories based on or inspired by the true horrors endured by millions, speaks to the simple fact that the scope and scale of loss is still somewhat unfathomable. But very few films truly express and transmit the overwhelming reality of that dark chapter in human history, and unfortunately, "The Book Thief" suffers from that fate.

Watch: U.K. Trailer For Oscar Contending WWII Drama 'The Book Thief' Starring Geoffrey Rush

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 23, 2013 1:45 PM
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Oscar contender? Yes—at least Fox hopes so. While you might not have been hearing much about "The Book Thief," that's probably about to change. As Deadline points out, it's not every day that a studio pays for two full, nearly blank pages in The New York Times, but they did just that, with little more than the URL wordsarelife.com appearing, directing the curious to the official website of the movie. With the wheels on the awards season campaign starting to turn, a new U.K. trailer has arrived.

Casting: Reese Witherspoon Lives 'Happily Ever After,' Kathryn Hahn Heads To 'Tomorrowland' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2013 4:21 PM
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Reese Witherspoon
After a stint working on indie movies with Jeff Nichols' "Mud" opening earlier this year, Atom Egoyan's "The Devil's Knot" hitting the festival circuit, and Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" probably landing sometime next year, the actress is going back to making movies that will pay the bills. She's headed to Disney to make the fairy tale comedy, "Happily Ever After."

Watch: Trailer & New Pics From Potential Oscar Contender 'The Book Thief' Starring Geoffrey Rush & Emily Watson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2013 10:26 AM
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While many folks are furiously updating and upgrading their Oscar predictions as festival season gets underway, the thing is we're barely into the swing of the awards season, and more crucially, most of the films have yet to be seen. Some are going to flop, others are going to be expectedly great while a small handful more will truly surprise. Is "The Book Thief" from "Downton Abbey" director Brian Percival, going to be one of those that sneaks into contention?

Berlin Review: Giuseppe Tornatore's 'The Best Offer' Is A Campy, Overcooked Mess

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 14, 2013 11:04 AM
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  • 14 Comments
If director Giuseppe Tornatore has had an up-and-down time of it since his breakthrough, 1988's almost universally adored, Oscar-winning "Cinema Paradiso," it has to be said that his most recent film, "The Best Offer," marks a definite low point, even as one of the downs. But that's probably what's going to happen when you take a cast, including Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland, that mostly seems as though they don't belong on the same planet, let alone in the same film, stick them in a pointlessly convoluted plot that's ludicrously unbelievable from start to finish, and drench the whole lot in a hysterically screechy score from Ennio Morricone. The resulting film is such a campy mess that for a while it's possible to see it having some sort of life as a kitsch cultish artifact, like an overplotted TV movie from the eighties. But then it goes on for an interminable 124 minutes, and even that dubious hold on our interest is lost.

Geoffrey Rush & Emily Watson To Star In WWII Tale ‘The Book Thief’

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • February 5, 2013 11:20 AM
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“The Book Thief,” the WWII Germany-set children’s novel by Marcus Zusak that spent over 280 weeks on the New York Times’ bestseller list, has been gearing up for the big screen for a little while now, and has attracted quite the international cast to help bring the story to life.

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