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Tribeca Review: ‘Almost Christmas’ Is A Mostly Joyless Misfire

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 19, 2013 10:41 AM
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Paul Rudd,Paul Giamatti, Almost Christmas
Director Phil Morrison hasn't made a film since his exceptional debut indie, "Junebug," which launched Amy Adams in 2005. Brimming with life, even without the Oscar-nominated and very-worthy firecracker Adams performance, the movie is flush with an idiosyncratic humanity and especially complex and uniquely written characters. However, his long belated follow-up, "Almost Christmas,” arriving some eight years after his auspicious beginning possesses little traces of the spark that made "Junebug" so special.

Sally Hawkins Joins Random Cast Of 'Godzilla'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2013 4:23 PM
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So, what do you get when you mix Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe and Juliette Binoche? Nope, not a Euro-flavored film about the intersecting lives of a multi-culti group of beautiful looking people living in, oh I dunno, Paris. Instead it's the cast of "Godzilla." And the ensemble has just gotten even more puzzling.

First Look: Paul Rudd & Paul Giamatti In Phil Morrison's 'Almost Christmas'; Emma Roberts In 'Adult World'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2013 3:18 PM
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Paul Rudd,Paul Giamatti, Almost Christmas
This is just the way things are in the movie world. With one festival about to begin (SXSW) we're already looking ahead, this time to the Tribeca Flim Festival. With organizers dropping their massive slate over the last two days, it has provided plenty for movie fans to pick over, and there are quite a few intriguing films on their way. And even more, some new looks are coming with them. So let's get it right into it...

10 Undervalued Actors Who Deserve To Get More Work

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 28, 2012 2:26 PM
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This week sees the release of Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly," a gripping little crime movie than threatens to be one of The Playlist's highlights of 2012. And among its many pleasures is the chance to see some character actor favorites like James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, and newer up-and-comers like Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn given substantial roles to chew on. Best of all is a major role for the incomparably great Richard Jenkins.

Sally Hawkins Joins Woody Allen's Next Film, Shooting In San Francisco & New York Slated For This Summer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2012 2:42 PM
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For a moment there, it looked we wouldn't be getting our annual dose of Woody Allen next year. We figured that with the director busy with a rare acting gig in John Turturro's "Fading Gigolo" and preparing "Bullets Over Broadway" for Broadway in 2013, he wouldn't have time to get behind the camera as he does each summer. Turns out, Allen is sticking to the schedule and continues to build the cast for his next movie.

Liev Schreiber, Sally Hawkins & Romola Garai To Star In Ruari Robinson's Sci-Fi 'The Last Days On Mars'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 13, 2012 9:41 AM
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Is there a curse of sci-fi movies set on Mars? We don't believe that, but there's plenty of evidence to support that theory, with virtually every film set on our nearest planetary neighbor -- from "Mission To Mars" to "Red Planet" from "Ghosts Of Mars" and "Mars Needs Moms" to "John Carter" -- all disappointing critically, commercially or both. But director Ruairi Robinson ain't afraid of no curse.

'Junebug' Director Phil Morrison Returns With 'Lucky Dog' Starring Paul Giamatti, Paul Rudd & Sally Hawkins

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2012 3:08 PM
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It seems directors coming out of the wilderness is a trend that's going to continue in 2012. Last year saw new feature films from long-absent folks like Lynne Ramsay, Alexander Payne and Terrence Malick (who is suddenly on some kind of productive tear), while this year will see Whit Stillman's latest in decades, "Damsels In Distress," finally hit theaters. Well, another helmer we haven't heard from in ages is excitingly coming back.

Poster For Richard Ayoade's Buzzed-About Indie, 'Submarine'

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 22, 2011 2:27 AM
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The Sundance Film Festival is now underway as industry veterans and cinephiles alike in Park City right now are shuffle from screening to screening looking for the next big thing. One of the films that made a splash there yesterday is the coming of age dark comedy “Submarine” which made its debut last year at the Toronto International Film Festival. At TIFF the film picked up some extremely positive reviews, comparing it to the work of Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach and Alexander Payne and The Weinstein Company quickly snatched the film up for distribution.

Review: 'Made in Dagenham' is Your Standard Pre-Oscar Crowd Pleaser

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • November 18, 2010 3:45 AM
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Unlike its bold heroines, "Made in Dagenham" doesn't break any new ground. But just because it's treading the familiar waters of "Norma Rae," "The Full Monty," and director Nigel Cole's own "Calendar Girls" and "Saving Grace," doesn't mean that it's not an enjoyable diversion, particularly if you're looking for something to watch with the middle-aged woman in your life. "Made in Dageham" is inspiring in that (wo)man-against-the-world sort of way, and its talent and historical basis are compelling enough that you don't have to feel guilty. Sally Hawkins (so great in "Happy-Go-Lucky" and, well, everything) is sympathetic but strong as Rita O'Grady, an amalgam of several women who led the strike at the Ford factory in Dagenham, England in the 1960s.

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