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‘The Killing’ To Remain An Unsolved Mystery as AMC Passes on Season Four, Cancels Show...Again

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 11, 2013 9:30 AM
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As one of AMC’s most successful and critically acclaimed shows nears its finish just a few short episodes away, it seems another of the network’s line-up has halted mid-race. Dogged by mixed reception, cancellation, and then revival by AMC and Netflix, season three of “The Killing” promised a quality return with new supporting cast members and a resolved mystery by its end (not to mention strong reviews too). But while the drama delivered both with its recently aired finale, the efforts weren’t enough to carry the show through to a fourth season.

Watch: First Clip From Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves' Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning & Peter Sarsgaard

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2013 10:18 AM
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Night Moves
With a trio of measured dramas under her belt — “Old Joy,” “Wendy & Lucy” and “Meek’s Cutoff” — Kelly Reichardt has established herself as a filmmaker whose storytelling is patient and considered. But when news arrived that her latest "Night Moves" would take on eco-terrorism and feature a Hollywood-ish cast with Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Petes Sarsgaard, it certainly grabbed our attention. The result? As our review out of Venice notes, a "perfect reminder that Reichardt is one of the most exciting directorial talents we have right now."

Venice Review: Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves' With Jesse Eisenberg & Dakota Fanning

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 30, 2013 5:00 PM
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Night Moves, Jesse Eisenberg
After the acclaimed trio of “Old Joy,” “Wendy & Lucy” and “Meek’s Cutoff,” Kelly Reichardt was already proving hard to pin down. The three films that made her name (plus her lesser-known earlier works “ Ode” and “River Of Grass”) are immediately recognizable as the work of the director, but very different from each other thematically, if perhaps not formally. Whatever her next move was going to be, it was going to be interesting, but few would have predicted that it would be “Night Moves” – a crackling little suspense thriller/morality play indebted to Dostoyevsky and Hitchcock. But while it’s a left turn, it’s at least as good as the films that came before it, and still with the same recognizable DNA intact.

New Images Of Jesse Eiseberg & Dakota Fanning In Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves' Plus Detailed Synopsis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2013 11:38 AM
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In age where the Occupy Wall Street galvanized not just those in Zuccotti Park, but folks across the country, and where Edward Snowden's revelations continue to make headlines, it's no surprise that cinema is quickly responding. Earlier this year, we saw Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling explore off-the-grid movements in "The East," and this fall the Julian Assange saga gets the big screen treatment via "The Fifth State." But before that, the festival circuit will be treated to the latest from Kelly Reichardt, "Night Moves."

Review: 'Lovelace' Starring Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, James Franco, Adam Brody & More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • August 8, 2013 8:00 PM
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Lovelace
Not so much a film about Linda Lovelace as a film about a bunch of things that happen to Linda Lovelace, including a destructive marriage to seeming complete, total, bonafide scumbag sonofabitch Chuck Traynor, "Lovelace" is a glossy, starry package featuring loving '70s set design, costuming and narratively crucial hairstyling (more on that later). But, the main question was always around the casting of the leading lady, especially given that the last few years have seen a flurry of names come and go from both this and rival Lovelace project “Inferno” (which famously once boasted Seyfried’s “Mean Girls” co-star Lindsay Lohan). Yes, Lovelace was herself by many accounts a very sweet and warm person, but she was also the first porn superstar, and later on a vocal anti-porn crusader; we knew Seyfried could play the white swan, but could she play the black swan? Actually she probably could have, if she had been given the right script: Seyfried’s performance is the best thing about the film by miles, it’s just a shame there isn’t more to her role.

Peter Sarsgaard & Amy Seimetz Join 'The Killing' Season 3

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2013 10:27 AM
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The big question: can AMC reclaim the fans and critics it lost after season two of "The Killing"? That's going to be the goal as the network canceled and then re-upped show, but they will still have to convince those who got frustrated as the intial mystery dragged over two seasons. But they are taking some important steps. Firstly, the network promises that this time around, everything will be resolved in twelve episodes, and secondly, they are lining up some solid talent to join the returning Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos.

Berlin Review: Biopic 'Lovelace' Oddly Uninterested In Linda Lovelace

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 9, 2013 7:41 PM
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Not so much a film about Linda Lovelace as a film about a bunch of things that happen to Linda Lovelace, including a destructive marriage to seeming complete, total, bonafide scumbag sonofabitch Chuck Traynor, today saw the first international screening of Sundance pick-up “Lovelace” at the Berlin Film Festival. It’s a glossy, starry package featuring loving '70s set design, costuming and narratively crucial hairstyling (more on that later), but the main question was always around the casting of the leading lady, especially given that the last few years have seen a flurry of names come and go from both this and rival Lovelace project “Inferno” (which famously once boasted Seyfried’s “Mean Girls” co-star Lindsay Lohan).

Kurt Russell, Peter Sarsgaard & Richard Jenkins To Star In Awesome-Sounding Horror Western 'Bone Tomahawk'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 31, 2012 9:44 AM
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As everyone from Anthony Mann to Kelly Reichardt have triumphantly shown, the film western remains a prime framework from which to branch out into a dozen different eccentricities. Screenwriter S. Craig Zahler has already found that out once -- having attracted the likes of Park Chan Wook to direct his unique 2006 Black List script, “The Brigands of Rattleborge” -- but now he's looking to try his own hand at subverting the genre, and he's assembled a rather killer cast to accompany him along the way.

Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay & Peter Sarsgaard Join Woody Allen's Next Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2012 3:18 PM
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Well, casting has wrapped up on Woody Allen's next film and one pleasant surprise, one curveball and one solid actor have all come aboard the picture.

New Look At Amanda Seyfried In 'Lovelace,' Plus Pics From 'Hunger Games,' 'Men In Black III' & 'Prometheus'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 17, 2012 9:19 AM
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Now that we're well into 2012, more and more is being revealed about some of the year's biggest films, thanks in part to Entertainment Weekly. The magazine's annual 2012 preview issue has already provided some key first looks at various upcoming releases, including "The Dark Knight Rises." Not everything is quite as rabidly anticipated as Christopher Nolan's third Batman film, but there's plenty more spectacle where that came from. Indeed, one of the newest images contains what looks to be the most incredible, gravity-defying special effect of the year: Amanda Seyfried's bubble-perm.

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