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TIFF Review: Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Enemy’ Starring Jake Gyllenhaal Is A Haunting Look At Our Dark Desires

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 8, 2013 7:00 PM
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At the risk of blatantly repeating ourselves, Jake Gyllenhaal and director Denis Villeneuve are on the cusp of a banner 2013 that is about to hit its crest. Their first-unveiled collaboration, the harrowing, Fincher-with-more-emotional-resonance crime thriller “Prisoners” has already bruised audiences in Telluride and Toronto (read our review here). But if “Prisoners” is the grimmest studio film you’ve seen since “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” then “Enemy”—chronologically their first collaboration—is the equally dark but more experimental and arty cousin. And a terrifically haunting one at that.

Jake Gyllenhaal & Denis Villeneuve Push Each Other Into Haunting, Bold New Territory For ‘Enemy’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 6, 2013 1:50 PM
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Two striking films are hitting the fall film festival circuit in a matter of days: “Prisoners," an emotionally bruising crime thriller about family, loss and sin, and “Enemy,” an adaptation of José Saramago’s novel, “The Double," which is an enigmatic psychological drama about identity, the subconscious and the male ego. The connection? Other than both films' dark, disturbing tone, they represent the work of two collaborators—French Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal—who, as occasionally happens with director/actor pairings, seem to have unlocked something exceptional while in each other’s company.

Over 30 New Photos From Telluride Hit 'Prisoners' Starring Hugh Jackman & Jake Gyllenhaal

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 3, 2013 3:02 PM
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While there's only a handful of reviews in at the moment, Warner Bros.' abduction crime drama "Prisoners" currently stands at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and 95% on Metacritic. Yes, those grades will surely drop when more reviews come in but this is the shorthand, easy way of saying "Prisoners," starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, was very well-received when it premiered at the Telluride Film Festival this past weekend. If anything the early buzz indicates that those grades may not drastically change, "Prisoners" already seems well loved.

Telluride Review: 'Prisoners' Starring Hugh Jackman & Jake Gyllenhaal

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 31, 2013 9:37 AM
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Director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal are on the precipice of having a tremendous fall film festival season. Arriving in just a few short days is their first collaboration, “Enemy,” a terrific psychological doppelganger thriller that will premiere next week in Toronto. But first up, the pair (along with co-lead Hugh Jackman) unleashed their first collaboration, “Prisoners,” at Telluride last night as one of the “surprise” screenings of the festival. And if this dark, intense and engrossing drama is any indication of what’s to come, it bodes very well for future collaborations.

Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Confronts Paul Dano In Clip From TIFF Entry 'Prisoners'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2013 2:43 PM
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The last time we saw Jake Gyllenhaal investigate a case he went full on obsessed as Robert Graysmith in David Fincher's "Zodiac." While his Detective Loki (lol!) might not lose his family over the case in "Prisoners," he's no less committed. The film — one of two Gyllenhaal is repping in Toronto — is easily one of the most intriguing hitting theaters next month and now we've got another little taste at the ensemble drama.

Jake Gyllenhaal Exits 'Into The Woods' To Climb 'Everest' And Report On 'Nightcrawler'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2013 9:55 PM
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Wow, it's been a busy night for Jake Gyllenhaal and his publicist must have been working overtime. But to keep things simple, we're just going to roll all this Gyllenews into one quick rundown that will hopefully bring you up to speed on what's going on with the actor.

Watch: Outstanding New Trailer For 'Prisoners' Starring Hugh Jackman & Jake Gyllenhaal

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2013 8:14 PM
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It can be easy to forget what a drama looks like in the midst of the various 3D, speaking jacking, CGI, eyeball fuckfests at the multiplex of summer. But then something like this comes along and reminds you there is relief coming, in just a few short months.

Watch: Trailer For Abduction Drama 'Prisoners' Starring Hugh Jackman & Jake Gyllenhaal

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 30, 2013 8:20 PM
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It was mooted as one of Hollywood script's circa 2009 in fact it landed at the top of the BlackList pile that year. Names like Leonardo DiCaprio, Bryan Singer, Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale were thrown around in several different versions, but for whatever reason the film never quite came together. However, one actor stayed the course. Hugh Jackman was set to play the lead in 2010 and cut to a few years later, the actor was game and ready to play the role in the newest iteration.

First Look At Hugh Jackman & Jake Gyllenhaal In 'Prisoners' And Robert De Niro & Michelle Pfeiffer In 'The Family'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 1:41 PM
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Now that the Cannes Film Festival is in the rearview, we can't help but start speculating about what movies will hit the Venice/Telluride/TIFF circuit in just a few months, and these two are probably pretty fair bets.

Chris Pine & Jake Gyllenhaal Cast As The Princes In Rob Marshall's 'Into The Woods' With Johnny Depp & Meryl Streep

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 15, 2013 8:30 AM
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Stephen Sondheim has never been an easy sell on screen. The Broadway composer's work is complex and rich in a way that doesn't easily lend itself to big-screen transitions, and outside of early work like "West Side Story" and "Gypsy," few of his shows have made it to the big screen -- "A Little Night Music" and Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd" being the major exceptions. Given its fairy tale subject matter, "Into the Woods" always seemed like one of the more obvious contenders to make it to the movies, with Steven Spielberg, Sam Mendes and Penny Marshall among the filmmakers who've flirted with the idea in the past.

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