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Review: 'A Birder's Guide To Everything' With Kodi Smit-McPhee, James Le Gros, Katie Chang & Ben Kingsley

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 26, 2014 7:08 PM
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A Birder's Guide To Everything
In general, teenage obsessions are generally fairly obvious—music, comics, movies, clothes—but there are always a few teens whose interests, at least at the time, seem completely inexplicable, to everyone but themselves. So, it's not quite a surprise that the high school birdwatching club in "A Birder's Guide To Everything" consists solely of David (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Timmy (Alex Wolff) and Peter (Michael Chen), three best friends surviving adolescence by sticking with each other, and keeping an eye on the sky. But feathered distractions can't keep the changes from coming in David's life, and one weekend will see him give chase to a rare bird, and making peace with both his past and future.

Exclusive: Ben Kingsley Meets Kodi Smit-McPhee In Clip From 'A Birder's Guide To Everything'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2014 11:05 AM
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A Birder's Guide To Everything
While Hollywood likes to show teenagers in movies getting up to no good, co-writer/director Rob Meyer has a different story to tell with the coming-of-age comedy "A Birder's Guide To Everything," where the only thing these kids wield is a pair of binoculars.

Interview: Jake Paltrow On How Spielberg & Anime Inspired 'Young Ones,' Starring Michael Shannon & Elle Fanning

  • By Kristin McCracken
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  • January 24, 2014 11:00 AM
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Young Ones, Jake Paltrow
Part western, part science fiction, wholly original—it’s not easy to pin down — writer/director Jake Paltrow’s latest film, “Young Ones,” which premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival (read our review here), is worth an examination.

Sundance Review: ‘Young Ones’ Starring Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 19, 2014 5:13 PM
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The Young Ones
In the not so distant future, a catastrophic drought has ravaged the United States turning it into an arid dystopian wasteland. While citizens have migrated away from the most heavily affected and devastated areas, some of the more hard-bitten and prideful survivors have refused to leave their lands, clinging to barren plots and drying water wells in the hopes that rains will come again and replenish the parched landscape.

Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn & Kodi Smit-McPhee To Star In Western 'Slow West'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2013 8:03 PM
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While Michael Fassbender's plan to make a western earlier this year with Lynne Ramsay was kiboshed when that project hit a few rocky patches, leading to the exit of both the director and actor, it looks like the thesp has gotten back on the horse. He's got another gunslinging flick on way, with some interesting folks helping out.

Listen To Robin Wright Sing & Watch Two Featurettes From Ari Folman's 'The Congress'

  • By Jason Guimaron
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  • July 31, 2013 9:38 AM
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After receiving rave reviews for his animated feature “Waltz with Bachir” in 2008, Israeli director Ari Folman divided critics with his new movie “The Congress” at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes this year. Our reviewer on the field described the piece as ambitious, unique and bold but "overloaded with too many ideas". The film is "regularly diverting from any sort of central narrative to follow tenuous and ill-explained threads that end up in a foggy limbo" and "it poses the old question of whether the immense ambition of the project should be admired over the fact that it falls down on so many of those ambitions."

Watch: Trippy, Meta Trailer For Ari Folman's Cannes Flick 'The Congress' Starring Robin Wright

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2013 3:34 PM
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The long, long wait for "Waltz With Bashir" director Ari Folman's next effort "The Congress" is now nearly over. Whilst we're still surprised that the director, who was in contention for a Palme d'Or in the main competition at Cannes in 2008 with 'Bashir,' has been relegated to the Directors' Fortnight sidebar (perhaps "Seduced And Abandoned" has already filled the 'Hollywood skewering' Cannes slot,) there is little doubt that this is going to be one to track down. The first trailer alone promises a head-spinning experience.

Kodi Smit-McPhee Reunites With Matt Reeves For 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 23, 2013 3:00 PM
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In a season that saw big, expected hits like "Cowboys & Aliens" and "Green Lantern" fumble hard, 20th Century Fox's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was the surprise summer hit of 2011. Released in early August, many weren't expecting a lot from the film (especially critics) given its motley crew cast and its lead, James Franco, who seemed like he was performing in the wrong movie. It didn't matter. The MVPs of the film were the extraordinarily realistic (and suprisingly emotional) CGI apes, the motion capture work of Andy Serkis as lead ape Caesar, and director Rupert Wyatt, who quickly saw his name shoot up to the most-wanted list. The film took in close to $500 million worldwide and so obviously, a sequel was green lit.

Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning & Kodi Smit-McPhee Are 'Young Ones' For Jake Paltrow

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2013 6:33 PM
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Certainly less well-known that his much more famous sister and parents, Jake Paltrow has nonetheless been quietly making his own mark. In 2007 he delivered his feature debut "The Good Night," which admittedly didn't make much of a splash. But for his sophomore effort, he's certainly raising his game.

Watch: Trailer For TIFF Film 'Dead Europe' Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee & Marton Csokas

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 6, 2012 2:55 PM
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It doesn’t feel as if there has been a load of suspense and intrigue to be had at cinemas lately, but with TIFF firing up for this weekend, many trailers are starting to hit the web for flicks set to debut at the festival – and “Dead Europe” certainly looks as if it could fill that void.

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