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Review: 'Transcendence' Starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara & Morgan Freeman

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 16, 2014 12:03 AM
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Transcendence
We are the company we keep, and in the case of Wally Pfister, he and his professional cronies are some of the most iconic around. As DP alongside Christopher Nolan, his outlook working with key actors promises a certain atmosphere, a unique method. So here we are: a gloomy thriller trying to ground its at-times-daffy premise, emphasis on a grieving protagonist, with supporting turns from Morgan Freeman and Cillian Murphy. These aren’t rumored plot details from Nolan’s “Interstellar,” however. No, in mounting his feature directorial debut, “Transcendence,” Pfister has chosen to tackle familiarity head on, carving out a new arena for himself while rigging the grounds with pitfalls at every step.

Review: Patrice Leconte's Edgeless Drama 'A Promise' Starring Rebecca Hall

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 15, 2014 6:28 PM
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A Promise
He’s fallen out of favor a bit in the last few years, but there was a time when Patrice Leconte was one of the most popular foreign filmmakers in the U.S. While he was never a favorite with the hipper critics, over the 1990s and early 2000s, films like “Ridicule,” “ The Girl On The Bridge,” “The Man On The Train” and “Intimate Strangers” became staples on the festival circuit, won BAFTAs and Cesars, and became sizeable arthouse hits.

Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall And the Cast Of ‘Transcendence’ Talk The Singularity Of Wally Pfister’s Directorial Debut

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 14, 2014 3:16 PM
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Transcendence
Since their first partnership on 2000’s “Memento," the work of Oscar-winning DP Wally Pfister has helped shape and define the trademark style of Christopher Nolan and his output. His influence has proved so pronounced that Nolan’s upcoming “Interstellar” will mark an unclear break in DNA, it being “The Dark Knight” director’s first outing in 14 years without his usual collaborator.

Watch: Log On To 'Transcendence' With 2 Viral Videos, Featurette And A Hard Drive Of New Pics

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 28, 2014 9:31 AM
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We’re just a few weeks out from its release date and the marketing roll-out for “Transcendence,” Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, is just kicking into high gear. Warner Bros. has released a pair of viral videos to hook you in the struggle of mankind versus an omniscient technological consciousness.

New Poster & Pics For Wally Pfister's 'Transcendence' Digitize Johnny Depp

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2014 2:30 PM
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Transcendence
The interwebs as we know them will no longer be the same once Johnny Depp's brain gets uploaded into it and causes the singularity. Or something. We're still puzzling it out if Wally Pfister's "Transcendence" sounds either deeply awesome or deeply hilarious (maybe both?) but some new pics and a poster are here to take you into the deep web.

Shia LaBeouf & Zooey Deschanel ‘Rock The Kasbah,’ Bill Hader Is A 'Trainwreck' For Judd Apatow & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 31, 2014 9:01 AM
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It’s difficult to keep tabs on the absolute torrent of curveballs that Shia LaBeouf has thrown our way in his quest to explore the celebrity condition. His dedication to plagiarizing Joaquin Phoenix’s arc in “I’m Still Here” is admirable, though: first there was the tales of unhinged behavior, then the retirement from acting, and recently the grand admission of it all as performance art. All of which leaves (hopefully) only one last move: the return to the big screen.

Watch: First Trailer For Patrice Leconte's 'A Promise' Starring Rebecca Hall

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2013 1:25 PM
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A Promise
Running into the fall festival with appearances at Venice and TIFF, the latest from French filmmaker Patrice Leconte ("Man On The Train," "My Best Friend"), the English language "A Promise," failed to make much of a splash. So even as the film still needs to find a U.S. distribution, it's gearing up for release overseas and the first trailer has landed for the movie.

Watch: First Full-Length Trailer For Wally Pfister's 'Transcendence' Starring Johnny Depp Boots Up

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 20, 2013 8:17 PM
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"....singularity, is a theoretical moment in time when artificial intelligence will have progressed to the point of a greater-than-human intelligence, radically changing civilization, and perhaps human nature. Since the capabilities of such an intelligence may be difficult for a human to comprehend, the technological singularity is often seen as an occurrence (akin to a gravitational singularity) beyond which the future course of human history is unpredictable or even unfathomable." So goes the the first couple lines of the Wikipedia entry on the subject, and the question is: can Wally Pfister turn that thematic material into a big screen, mainstream success in "Transcendence"?

Venice Review: Patrice Leconte’s ‘A Promise’ Starring Rebecca Hall, Richard Madden & Alan Rickman

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 5, 2013 9:23 AM
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He’s fallen out of favor a bit in the last few years, but there was a time when Patrice Leconte was one of the most popular foreign filmmakers in the U.S. While he was never a favorite with the hipper critics, over the 1990s and early 2000s, films like “Ridicule,” “ The Girl On The Bridge,” “The Man On The Train” and “Intimate Strangers” became staples on the festival circuit, won BAFTAs and Cesars, and became sizeable arthouse hits Stateside.

Interview: Rebecca Hall Talks The Real World Implications Of 'Closed Circuit' & Why She Wants To Make A Comedy

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 28, 2013 7:04 PM
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Iron Man 3, Rebecca Hall
Rebecca Hall, in just a handful of roles, has become one of our favorite actresses, someone whose presence makes any project endlessly more exciting. Most of us first remember seeing Hall in Christopher Nolan's underrated magician thriller "The Prestige," and she made a splash not long after in Woody Allen's hit "Vicky Christina Barcelona" (she played Vicky), before turning in ace supporting performances in Nicole Holofcener's "Please Give," Ben Affleck's "The Town," the 1974 section of "Red Riding Trilogy," and this summer's "Iron Man 3" (as a brilliant scientist who creates something very bad). She's a fearless actress, bringing both a tightly coiled intensity and disarming beauty to her performances. This is the especially the case in this week's "Closed Circuit," where she plays a lawyer trying a terrorism case in Britain's controversial closed court proceedings (she's also involved romantically with another lawyer, played by Eric Bana).

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