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Sundance Review: Terrific & Remarkable ‘Listen Up Philip’ Starring Jason Schwartzman & Elisabeth Moss

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 22, 2014 11:05 AM
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Even the simplest melody can sound marvelous when played by a virtuoso, and in cinema, it’s amazing what well-trained, naturally gifted professional actors can do to with even basic material. Just look at the gigantic gulf between early Joe Swanberg movies featuring unrehearsed amateurs and his more recent, creatively successful films starring professionals: there’s a world of difference. Similarly, Alex Ross Perry’s terrific third feature, “Listen Up Philip,” is a quantum leap forward from his last feature, the micro-indie “The Color Wheel,” and it’s thanks in large part to great actors making the excellent script really sing.

Watch: Sundance Teaser For 'Listen Up Philip' Starring Jason Schwartzman & Elisabeth Moss

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2014 10:51 AM
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Listen Up Philip
“The character is so specific and such a curmudgeon and so angry. But when I heard that Jason [Schwartzman] wanted to do it, it really clarified things for me,” said Elisabeth Moss told EW about deciding to take a role in "Listen Up Philip." “Jason has this knack for playing characters who are maybe not necessarily that likable. He doesn’t try to make them likable, but there’s something about the way he is that makes you just want to watch him. You’re interested in what his character’s doing even if he’s being an asshole.”

First Look At Mads Mikkelsen In Western 'The Salvation'; Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jonathan Pryce & More Join Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2013 3:39 PM
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While he's probably still best known to North American audiences as that creepy guy who squared off against James Bond in "Casino Royale," Mads Mikkelsen, perhaps Denmark's biggest star, has made his most serious Hollywood inroads yet as part of NBC's "Hannibal." Believe it or not, the show -- if not quite there yet -- is bursting with potential, a police procedural with Hannibal Lecter at its core and assurances from the creators that the grisly nature of the eminent psychologists true culinary proclivities won't be secret for too long (though they have said that the reveal will only arrive if the show gets renewed.) Meanwhile, this summer Mikkelsen will lead the wrenching Danish drama "The Hunt," (we gave it an A-) which comes from Thomas Vinterberg, director of Cannes Jury Prize-winner "Festen." So what's next? How about a western?

Berlin Review: River Phoenix's Last Film 'Dark Blood' A Serviceable Movie, But A Fascinating Project

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 16, 2013 11:17 AM
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River Phoenix died at in 1993 at just 23 years of age, and to a certain generation of then-teenage movie fans, of whom this writer was one, it was maybe the first of that kind of celebrity death, the kind you remember where you were when you heard about it. I was in a car with my mom, and I recall the radio report ended with a mention of Federico Fellini's death the same day (at 73 the Italian director, despite his greatness, was always going to be the Farrah Fawcett to Phoenix's Michael Jackson in the coincidental celebrity death stakes). Now 20 years on, the Berlin Film Festival is showing Phoenix's last film, "Dark Blood," by Dutch director George Sluizer (the original "The Vanishing" and his vastly inferior American remake) in unfinished form, and it makes for surprisingly thought-provoking viewing.

Rupert Grint & Jonathan Pryce To Star In WW2 Soccer Drama 'Wartime Wanderers'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 6, 2011 2:00 AM
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Considering how hard it is to make a decent sports movie at all (boxing and baseball seem to fare best, but even then there's plenty of dross focusing on both pastimes), it's not surprising, considering the general American apathy towards the game, that soccer, or football as the rest of us call it, hasn't had much success on the big-screen, bar Ken Loach's "Looking for Eric" and Tom Hooper's mostly strong "The Damned United" a couple of years back. "Escape to Victory?" No. "Kicking and Screaming?" Not so much. "When Saturday Comes?" Definitely not.

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