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Watch: Philip Seymour Hoffman Hunts A Shark In Trailer For Anton Corbijn's 'A Most Wanted Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2014 1:54 PM
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A Most Wanted Man
The films of Anton Corbijn — well, the two he's made thus far, "Control" and "The American" — are marked by a careful, calculating style where every frame and every shot counts in the building of a particular mood or tension. And much of that seems the same in his next, "A Most Wanted Man," with the first trailer dropping today.

Rachel McAdams Exits 'Passengers' With Keanu Reeves, The Weinstein Company Drops Film

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 14, 2014 9:43 AM
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The long-gestating 2007 Black List-approved “Passengers” finally got some life last year when TV vet Brian Kirk and The Weinstein Company aligned themselves with the Keanu Reeves-starring and produced sci-fi film and a release date was set for April 2015. Of course, just as quickly as a deal can come together in Hollywood, it can fall apart.

Cameron Crowe's New Movie Starring Bradley Cooper & Emma Stone Is Coming This Christmas

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2014 2:55 PM
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Each year, studios like to cram their best offerings into the Christmas season, and 2014 is shaping up to be no different. With "The Hobbit: There And Back Again," Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken," Ridley Scott's "Exodus," the star-studded musical "Into The Woods" and more, all coming within weeks of each other, another film has entered the fray.

Watch: The Clock Is Ticking In First Clip From 'A Most Wanted Man' With Philip Seymour Hoffman & Rachel McAdams

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2014 1:36 PM
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A Most Wanted Man
Based on the novel by John Le Carré, and featuring a first rate cast including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright and Daniel Bruhl, all under the guidance of director Anton Corbijn, it's hard to see how "A Most Wanted Man" could fail. And while it didn't quite do that, after premiering over the past few days at the Sundance Film Festival, reaction hasn't exactly been ecstatic for the slow moving, ponderous drama.

Sundance Review: Anton Corbijn's 'A Most Wanted Man' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams & More

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 18, 2014 11:50 AM
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A Most Wanted Man
As the line between television and film gets blurrier, it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish exactly what makes something qualify to be a film at all. Particularly in the age of “Homeland” and “The Americans,” some may leave a slow-burning, understated spy caper like “A Most Wanted Man” wondering if it wouldn’t have been better served as a limited series on Netflix or HBO. And it will be a perfectly valid question. Based on the novel by John le Carré (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), the film is the new anti-thriller from director Anton Corbijn and centers on the war on terror in Germany via a tapestry of several characters, chiefly Gunther (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a grizzled counter-terrorist intelligence officer stationed in Hamburg after a previous fuck up in Beirut.

Watch: International Trailer For 'A Most Wanted Man' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman & Rachel McAdams

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 2, 2014 5:17 PM
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Given it's six months later, we're not sure if this is the same sizzle reel that debuted in the summer, but an international trailer for Anton Corbijn's "A Most Wanted Man" is back online. The film is set to debut at Sundance 2014 later this month, and while it wasn't in part one of our 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2014, check back on Monday and we bet you'll see it there (and for those keeping score it was there in 2013 too).

Review: Domnhall Gleeson Uses Time Travel To Romance Rachel McAdams In 'About Time'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 30, 2013 7:05 PM
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We’ve sat through an entire generation of fantasy and science fiction films about a protagonist gifted with extraordinary powers who first Resists, then Accepts The Call, which almost always involves saving the world, defeating a powerful villain, and re-establishing the status quo. Very rarely does anyone seek a cause beyond preventing the apocalypse, placing them within a narrative where they are rewarded not for being proactive, but rather reacting to the latest large-scale disaster. Imagine where we’d be as a film society today if Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker fully dedicated himself to wrestling. Right off the bat, the young lad at the center of Richard Curtis’ “About Time” does what any of us would do if we were gifted with extraordinary powers: he tries to romance Rachel McAdams.

Reese Witherspoon Out, Rachel McAdams In For 'Passengers' With Keanu Reeves

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2013 4:30 PM
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To say "Passengers" has been in the works for years is no exaggeration. Since at least 2010 it has been brewing, with Keanu Reeves — who first commissioned the script from Jon Spaihts after reading his 2007 Black List entry "Shadow 19" — attached, going through a couple iterations, without much success. But steam seems to be building now. Earlier this year, "Game Of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" helmer Brian Kirk signed on to direct, with Reese Witherspoon joining not longer after. But now there's a casting switcheroo, but nothing that should hold things up.

NYFF Review: Time Travel Rom-Com 'About Time' Starring Rachel McAdams & Domnhall Gleeson

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 23, 2013 11:07 AM
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We’ve sat through an entire generation of fantasy and science fiction films about a protagonist gifted with extraordinary powers who first Resists, then Accepts The Call, which almost always involves saving the world, defeating a powerful villain, and re-establishing the status quo. Very rarely does anyone seek a cause beyond preventing the apocalypse, placing them within a narrative where they are rewarded not for being proactive, but rather reacting to the latest large-scale disaster. Imagine where we’d be as a film society today if Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker fully dedicated himself to wrestling. Right off the bat, the young lad at the center of Richard Curtis’ “About Time” does what any of us would do if we were gifted with extraordinary powers: he tries to romance Rachel McAdams.

Review: Brian De Palma's 'Passion' Starring Rachel McAdams & Noomi Rapace

  • By Jamie Dunn
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  • August 29, 2013 5:58 PM
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Over the years, while his Movie Brat brethren Scorsese and Spielberg have adapted their respective styles to align with evolving audience tastes and advancing technology, embracing 3D and motion capture with their most recent works, Brian De Palma has remained reassuringly steadfast. Meanwhile, Terrence Malick, the other New Hollywood veteran, experiments in increasingly radical filmmaking syntax with each passing movie. But De Palma is dogged: he continues to explore themes and techniques that have obsessed him since his ‘70s/’80s salad days of “Carrie” and “Body Double."

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