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Review: Adequate Thriller 'Anna' Starring Mark Strong & Taissa Farmiga

  • By Christopher Schobert
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  • June 3, 2014 1:30 PM
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It is no spoiler to say that actor Noah Taylor pops up in a key role late in the adequate-at-best, occasionally involving thriller “Anna.” Like all of the appearances of the rail-thin “Shine” star, it is a welcome one; look no further than his recent work on “Game of Thrones” or his wonderfully obnoxious supporting role in Richard Ayoade’s 2014 masterpiece “The Double.” What is particularly fascinating about Taylor’s appearance in “Anna,” however, is that it underscores how a film like this one could be better.

TIFF Review: Richard Ayoade's Daring 'The Double' Starring Jesse Eisenberg & Mia Wasikowska

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 8, 2013 3:38 PM
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When Richard Ayoade arrived in 2010 with his charming tale of adolescence and young romance with the stylish "Submarine," the picture was immediately greeted with rather reductive comparisons to Wes Anderson. It was an unfair assessment levelled at the movie and filmmaker—even from those who championed the film—that diminished what an accomplished piece of cinema Ayoade had put together. And one can't help but wonder if "The Double" is a sly response to those criticisms of borrowing from others. Certainly, his latest will invoke names like Terry Gilliam and Michel Gondry to be tossed around, but make no mistake: not only does "The Double" confirm Ayoade as one of the brightest rising talents behind the camera, it's completely his own and unlike anything you've seen in cinemas in quite some time.

Atmospheric First Pics Of Jesse Eisenberg & Noah Taylor In Richard Ayoade's 'The Double'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2012 1:36 PM
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Though already well established as a comic actor, writer and director thanks to his work on Brit TV in fare such as "The IT Crowd," "Garth Marenghi's Darkplace" and more, with his debut feature film "Submarine," Richard Ayoade proved himself to be an astute stylist as well. While lazy folks compared his assemblage of French New Wave tics, mixed visual formats and a careful eye for set decoration and costuming as a Wes Anderson riff, he proved he could stand well enough on his own. And it looks like for his next effort, "The Double," he will make a distinct 180 from what he did before.

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