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Review: James Gray's 'The Immigrant' Starring Joaquin Phoenix & Marion Cotillard Is Restrained, Thoughtful Filmmaking

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 13, 2014 6:00 PM
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The Immigrant
A strangely chimeric movie, that only reveals its truest colors in its closing moments, James Gray’s “The Immigrant” is a meticulous reframing of the director’s familiar themes and concerns that mostly lived up to our high expectations, while never bursting their bounds the way we might have dared to hope. It’s a beautifully shot film marked by deeply felt performances from its leads, that will play to those attuned to the loveliness of Gray’s minor-key redemption stories, but is unlikely to win new converts among the impatient or those whose expectation of a period drama is something more traditionally epic and grandiose.

Watch: First Clip From Dardennes' Cannes Drama 'Two Days, One Night' Starring Marion Cotillard

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 12, 2014 8:40 AM
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Two Days, One Night
"That was one of my best experiences," Marion Cotillard tells the LA Times plainly about working with Luc and Pierre Dardenne on their upcoming "Two Days, One Night." "They offered me everything I had always wanted in a relationship between an actress and a director — well, two directors in that case. They work a lot, and I love to work a lot. Their level of demand is the highest I've ever encountered in my career, and that's what I'm looking for. They pushed me as far as I could go and maybe beyond. I would have done anything they asked me."

Exclusive: Marion Cotillard Begs For Joaquin Phoenix's Help In Clip From James Gray's 'The Immigrant'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2014 2:47 PM
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The Immigrant
With superheroes and special effects getting set to fly at your face for the next few months, you might be craving something of careful craft, rich substance and compelling drama. And frankly, you will have few better options than James Gray's "The Immigrant." And to get you ready for the film, today we have the exclusive debut of a brand new clip from the film.

Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Bring Shakespeare To Life With New Image From 'Macbeth'

Macbeth
For any students out there who will face the task of reading Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in the future, cheating by watch the movie version just got a whole lot more interesting. Not that we condone not reading one of literature's greatest works, but if you do decide to take a shortcut, Justin Kurzel's cinematic take may be the one to track down. Read More »

Spend ‘Two Days, One Night' With Marion Cotillard In New Pics From Dardennes Cannes Entry

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2014 12:22 PM
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Two Days, One Night
While we'll leave it to the experts to wager on what movie has the best shot at the Palme d'Or, you can't count out the Dardennes. They are two-time Palme winners, not to mention the numerous other awards they've picked up in the south of France, and their latest, "Two Days, One Night" looks like they'll have another shot. Here's the trailer in case you missed it, but if you're wanting more, a batch of new images has landed.

First Images Of Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard In 'Macbeth'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2014 8:01 AM
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Macbeth
"Macbeth" is now in production, with Michael Fassbender in the lead role, and the actor is careful in judging his character too quickly or harshly. "I don’t think Macbeth is evil. I think he’s damaged," he told the Daily Mail. "When we meet him, he’s a man who’s as good as his circumstances will allow. He serves his king loyally and looks after his soldiers."

Watch: New U.S. Trailer, Pics & Poster For ‘The Immigrant’ Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard & Jeremy Renner

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 17, 2014 1:57 PM
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The Immigrant
Look, we know not all Photoshop artists were created equally, and perhaps poster art is not the domain for real art these days (folks like Neil Kellerhouse and Drafthouse artisans aside), but this recent poster for James Gray's upcoming indie drama "The Immigrant" is… let’s say politely, something else. Sure, even the original French poster had the three stars Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner photoshopped together like they were members of the European 'Avengers,' but this North American poster for the film butchers Cotillard's beautiful face.

Watch: First Trailer For Dardennes Cannes Entry ‘Two Days, One Night' Starring Marion Cotillard

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2014 7:16 AM
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Two Days, One Night
Another Cannes Film Festival is upon us, and festival mainstays Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's are returning in 2014 with "Two Days, One Night." And if you know your French, the first trailer for the film here.

Review: 'Blood Ties' Starring Billy Crudup, Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard And James Caan

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 23, 2014 10:15 AM
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Blood Ties, Marion Cotillard
There’s no questioning the aesthetics of Guillaume Canet’s handsome-looking “Blood Ties.” Set in 1970’s New York City, the film revels in low-key details: the immaculate wardrobe, the music, the feel.

James Gray's 'The Immigrant' Starring Marion Cotillard & Joaquin Phoenix Will Land In Limited Release On May 16

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 21, 2014 7:42 PM
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The Immigrant
“I thought there was something very beautiful about exploring a melodrama from a female protagonist's perspective because all of a sudden I would be free from the constraints of, what I would call, macho posturing, male behavior and get straight to the emotional heart of it,” director James Gray said last fall of his upcoming drama “The Immigrant,” which stars Marion Cotillard.

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