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Watch: U.S. Trailer & 2 Clips For Nick Frost Salsa Dance Comedy 'Cuban Fury'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2014 5:01 PM
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The power of dance has been used throughout cinematic history to tell a variety of stories, and while "Cuban Fury" probably won't go down as any kind of classic, if it entertains you enough for 90-odd minutes, it has probably done its job.

Watch: Nick Frost Falls For Rashida Jones In Trailer For Salsa Dancing Comedy 'Cuban Fury'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2013 8:05 AM
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What's one way to a woman's heart? Dancing, apparently. And that's pretty much the entire drive behind the upcoming British comedy "Cuban Fury," with the first trailer arriving this morning hoping that its moves are enough to make you interested to see this.

Jason Clarke, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw & Olivia Colman To Star In Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Lobster'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 23, 2013 9:03 AM
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Distinct, odd, disturbing and hilarious are all words that can be used to describe the last two films from Greek helmer Yorgos Lanthimos. With 2009's Oscar nominated "Dogtooth" and 2011's "Alps," the helmer put his mark on the world of international cinema in a big way, all while managing to land on the kind of radars that directors of decidedly out-there cinema rarely attract. And now he's going all in on his most intriguing prospect yet, a star-studded, English language debut.

Venice Review: Steven Knight’s ‘Locke’ Starring Tom Hardy

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 3, 2013 6:54 AM
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Of all the genres, the single location film is perhaps one of the hardest to get right. For one, you need a hell of an actor (or actors) to hold the attention for even the briefest of running times. You also need a story that coherently keeps the actors in place, with enough of a hook to keep you involved. And you need to keep things visually interesting enough to stop it being too static without being showy. It’s a big ask, Hitchcock was the master of the style, and there are a select few other examples, but most turn out poorly.

Watch: Trailer For 'I Give It A Year' With Rose Byrne & Rafe Spall Promises A Rare Decent Rom-Com

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 21, 2012 11:45 AM
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Perhaps no genre of film has as low a rate of return as the romantic comedy. Even horror films have the occasional subversive festival gem to prop up fan interest every so often, but serious fans of the rom-com are reduced to getting their jollies from the amiable, but botched likes of "Crazy Stupid Love" and "The Five-Year Engagement," films which are no great shakes, but look like masterpieces compared to stuff like "Something Borrowed" and "New Years Eve," that makes up most of the films of this type. We're a long way from "When Harry Met Sally," or even "Bridget Jones' Diary."

Watch: Bill Murray Is Franklin D. Roosevelt In Trailer For Oscar Hopeful 'Hyde Park On Hudson'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2012 1:55 PM
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Accent: check. Impersonation of famous person in biopic: check. Forbidden love: check. Wheelchair: check. It looks like Bill Murray is ready for his Oscar moment. The actor was seen as a favorite for the award in 2004 for his performance in "Lost In Translation," but was beaten at the last by Sean Penn in "Mystic River." He's continued to make quirky, picky choices ever since, but no film seems to have a better chance of giving him another run at for awards gold than period drama "Hyde Park on Hudson," a trailer for which has just debuted over at Yahoo.

Rashida Jones & Olivia Colman Feel The 'Cuban Fury'; Jackie Robinson Biopic '42' Adds John C. McGinley & More

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 7, 2012 2:25 PM
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One of the biggest compliments one could give to the Apatow-era of comedy is the development of talent, often very young and unheralded, from all around the world. Take, for instance, the international ensemble for "Bridesmaids" which featured Americans (Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper), Brits (Matt Lucas, Chris O'Dowd) and Australians (Rose Byrne, Rebel Wilson) side-by-side.

'Tyrannosaur' Tops Winners At British Independent Film Awards, 'Shame,' 'Kevin' And 'Weekend' Also Triumph

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 5, 2011 7:08 AM
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Last year, the awards sweep of "The King's Speech" was, in a way, begun by the British Independent Film Awards, an organisation that's been running for a decade-and-a-half, of increasingly prominent stature, who anointed Tom Hooper's period drama their Best British Film Award, beginning a string of glory that took it all the way to Best Picture at the Oscars. However, it led to many accusing the body, by giving their top-prize to a solid, but safe seemingly made to pick up BAFTAs, of losing their edge.

Review: 'Tyrannosaur' Gets To The Heart Of Perseverance In The Face Of Brutality

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 17, 2011 10:20 AM
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VIFF '11: Paddy Considine's Directorial Debut 'Tyrannosaur' An Uneven Portrait Of A Damaged Man

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 18, 2011 5:59 AM
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The opening scene of “Tyrannosaur” is a real belter. Through near whiplash-inducing cross cuts, we are introduced to a night in the life of Joseph (Peter Mullan) as he drinks heavily and stews with unfettered rage on a barstool (and back at home with a sawed-off wood baseball bat that looks like a leftover from the “Gangs of New York” props department). Then he does something really awful: he kills his dog. He doesn’t necessarily try to do this; it’s more the product of his excessive drinking, nasty temper and hateful, cynical outlook on the world. But he still did it, and the audience will never forget this for the remainder of the film.

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