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Review: Jim Jarmusch's Cultured & Cool 'Only Lovers Left Alive' Starring Tom Hiddleston & Tilda Swinton

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 10, 2014 6:21 PM
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Only Lovers Left Alive
From the very first opening titles, written in a Germanic font that immediately conjures everything from “Triumph of the Will” to images of big-busted ladies screaming in campy close-up in 1970s cheapie horrors (it may be the only time in Cannes that a film got a big laugh for a typeface) it’s perfectly clear that the Jim Jarmusch in whose company we’re about to spend a couple of hours is not the wilfully obscure surrealist of “The Limits of Control,” nor the considered, melancholic philosopher behind “Dead Man,” nor even the oddball ragtag troubadour of “Down By Law." In fact, “Only Lovers Left Alive,” Jarmusch’s take on the vampire myth starring recent muse Tilda Swinton and Tom “fast becoming everyone’s favorite actor” Hiddleston, finds the maverick filmmaker on playful, referential and mischievous form with hugely enjoyable, if not exactly weighty or important, results.

Interview: Jim Jarmusch Talks The Vampiric Charms Of ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ & Proposing To Muse Tilda Swinton

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 10, 2014 1:00 PM
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Only Lovers Left Alive
Iconoclastic filmmaker Jim Jarmusch has been living outside of the mainstream for his entire career, so it’s perhaps only fitting that for his 11th feature-length film, “Only Lovers Left Alive,” the writer/director turns his attentions to the outsiders that live in shadows.

Watch: Suck Blood With Clip From 'Only Lovers Left Alive' Plus New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 31, 2014 12:00 PM
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Only Lovers Left Alive
We've said a lot about Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive," but here's the only three things you need to know to see this: Tilda Swinton. Tom Hiddleston. Jim Jarmusch. The trio weave together some magic with the auteur's latest and another sampling has arrived.

Watch: New Trailer For Jim Jarmusch's 'Only Lovers Left Alive' Is Out For Blood

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2014 2:51 PM
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Only Lovers Left Alive
"I start every movie thinking how heavy and purposeful it is. But as we film they just get funnier," director Jim Jarmusch told Time Out London. "In the editing room I ended up saying to myself, hey, it’s really just a comedy, Jim. I don’t seem to be able to remove that inclination to humour if I try." And thank God for that. While his latest "Only Lovers Left Alive" is a literate tale of vampire love spanning the centuries between a brooding Adam and his understanding Eve, it's also funny. Really, really funny.

Watch: 3 New Clips From Jim Jarmusch's Vampire Drama 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 11, 2014 9:00 AM
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Only Lovers Left Alive
Though most audiences know him as Loki, come this spring Tom Hiddleston will be playing another mythological being in Jim Jarmusch’s offbeat and really enjoyable vampiric “Only Lovers Left Alive.” Three new clips from the Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton-starring film have surfaced from France to quench your thirst.

Göteborg Review: Joanna Hogg’s ‘Exhibition’ Intrigues But Ultimately Alienates

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 6, 2014 7:06 PM
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It’s one of movieland’s minor mysteries that “Exhibition,” the third feature from British director Joanna Hogg, is the first to have been snapped up immediately for U.S. distribution: it is by some distance her least accessible movie, and features the smallest, cameo-level role from Tom Hiddleston, the bona-fide star whom Hogg is credited with discovering. And we can’t help but think it’s a shame, as her previous two films “Unrelated” and “Archipelago” are brilliantly chilly, incisive surgeries performed on the living patient that is the middle class British family, that are in themselves extremely uncompromising in terms of focus and ambivalence. But in “Exhibition” she narrows that focus so drastically that it feels like we’re at maximum zoom, looking more intently at the space between things, than the things themselves. It’s a very brave and unapologetically cerebral approach to have taken, but it often feels like there’s just too little there, too few life rings thrown to the average, non-art-student viewer, to keep us engaged.

Tom Hiddleston Moves Into Ben Wheatley's 'High Rise,' Ewan McGregor Spends 'Last Days In The Desert' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2014 9:23 AM
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Tom Hiddleston Ben Wheatley HIgh Rise
Prolific as he is, Ben Wheatley's films to date generally haven't featured much in the way of star power, but it was only a matter of time until bigger names started circling his work. And indeed, his next effort will find Loki himself coming along for the ride.

‘Captain America 3′ Recruits Anthony & Joe Russo Back Into The Director's Chair

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2014 3:04 PM
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Anthony & Joe Russo, Captain America 3
We bet even directors Anthony and Joe Russo, back in their "Welcome To Collinwood" days (see above), couldn't have imagined that a decade later, they'd be behind the camera of the one of the biggest franchises going. Yup, the pair are delivering "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" to cinemas this spring, and clearly, Marvel like what they've done with their first tentpole because they want more.

Watch: Full-Length Super Bowl Jaguar Ad With Tom Hiddleston, Ben Kingsley & Mark Strong, Directed By Tom Hooper

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2014 12:37 PM
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Tom Hiddleston, Ben Kingsley & Mark Strong Jaguar
They've played hard all season, endured injuries, survived the competition and now are waiting to be crowned the best: that's right, advertisers are rolling out their wares for the Super Bowl this Sunday. We presume there is something happening between all the commercials but we're not quite sure, but if you won't be on the couch for nine hours this weekend, the good news is that brands aren't waiting to show off their goods.

Watch: U.K. Teaser Trailer For 'Only Lovers Left Alive' Has What You Need Plus New Pics From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2014 9:22 AM
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Only Lovers Left Alive
If you've been paying any attention around her, you'll know that everyone at The Playlist who has seen Jim Jarmusch's upcoming "Only Lovers Left Alive," has been floored by it. Ranking on our list of The 21 Best Films Of 2014 We've Already Seen, it's a movie we can't recommend highly enough, a movie we called "beautiful to look at and to listen to."

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