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Review: Spy Tale 'A Most Wanted Man' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams And More

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 23, 2014 6:01 PM
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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.

TIFF First Look: Willem Dafoe Is 'Pasolini,' Brit Marling In 'The Keeping Room' & Ethan Hawke In 'The Good Kill'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 1:39 PM
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Pasolini, Dafoe
Willem Dafoe as Pier Paolo Pasolini? In a film directed by Abel Ferrara? Do we need to say more? Nope. Here's the synopsis for this one making its North American premiere in Toronto: Rome: on the night of November 2, 1975, the great Italian poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini is murdered. Pasolini is the symbol of an art that's fighting against the power. His writings are scandalous, and his films are persecuted by the censors; many people love him and many hate him. The day of his death, Pasolini spends his last hours with his beloved mother and later with his dearest friends, until he finally goes out into the night in his Alfa Romeo in search of adventure in the eternal city. At dawn Pasolini is found dead on a beach in Ostia on the outskirts of the city. In a film dreamlike and visionary, blending reality and imagination, it reconstructs the last day in the life of this great poet.

"We're Not Policeman, We're Spies": Watch The New Trailer For 'A Most Wanted Man' With Philip Seymour Hoffman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2014 5:29 PM
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A Most Wanted Man
When it comes to government intelligence, it would seem that managing assets is just as important as catching criminals. And what happens when that line blurs? That seems to be the crux of Anton Corbijn's upcoming "A Most Wanted Man," and a new international trailer has arrived.

'Lost' Star Terry O'Quinn On Making 'Heaven's Gate': "It Was Clearly Just Such A Waste Of Time And Effort And Money"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 23, 2014 5:55 PM
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Heaven's Gate
From critically savaged bomb and expensive disaster that pretty much bankrupted an entire studio, to reconsidered Venice Film Festival and The Criterion Collection-worthy masterpiece (at least to some revisionists), to fodder for Steven Soderbergh's editing machine, Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate" still causes lots of chatter today. And given the lengthy, tortured production, there are plenty of stories still to tell. And somebody who has one is Terry O'Quinn.

Sofia Coppola, Nicolas Winding Refn, Gael García Bernal, Willem Dafoe & More Serving On Cannes Film Festival Jury

Now that we know the lineup, it's time to find out the people who will determine this year's Palme d'Or winner at the Cannes Film Festival. In January, we learned that Jane Campion would serving as the jury president, and today the impressive lineup of jurors has been revealed. Read More »

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.

Review: Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac: Volume II' Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jamie Bell & Shia LaBeouf

  • By Ben Brock
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  • March 20, 2014 7:39 AM
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Lars von Trier's two-part, multi-version “Nymphomaniac” is destined to divide opinion the way it is itself divided down the middle (and as if it wasn't different enough to different viewers, there are also multiple versions: this is a review of the shorter, theatrical cut of the second volume). If “Vol. I” felt at times like a long-winded dirty joke – meandering, incoherently provocative, self-indulgent without being fun enough to make up for it – then “Vol. II” might just be the punchline (though many found a lot to like in the first volume's exuberant array of explicit sexuality and bizarre analogy: for a positive take you can read our review on Part I here). It's an extremely long way from being a perfect film, but undoubtedly (and whatever you thought of “Vol. I”), there's enough going on in the second volume to keep you stroking your chins (or other, more...private...parts).

Review: 'Odd Thomas' Starring Anton Yelchin, Willem Dafoe And Addison Timlin

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 28, 2014 4:00 PM
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It's strange how intermittently bestselling novelist Dean Koontz has been adapted, and how those adaptations—from the early Ben Affleck joint "Phantoms" to the Jeff Goldblum starring psychological thriller "Hideaway"—have been almost uniformly horrible. Koontz doesn't have the way with characters or the homespun prose of his contemporary Stephen King, but he sells almost as many books. And most are written in a singularly straightforward, cinematic style that should make big screen adaptations easy and accessible (his late '90s techno-thriller "Dark Rivers of the Heart" was the best movie James Cameron never made). So calling "Odd Thomas" the best Dean Koontz adaptation yet feels like damning it with faint praise, but it's true. Too bad it's barely getting released. Koontz's string of bad luck continues.

Watch: New Clip From 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Plus Criterion's 3 Reasons To Pick Up 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 18, 2014 5:17 PM
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Grand Budapest Hotel
What else can be said at this point about Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel"? Simply put, everything from the ensemble cast, to the carefully realized setting, to the screwball story has come together to create yet another delightful concoction from the filmmaker (our review). And with so many characters and moments to choose from, Fox Searchlight has bounty of material with which to cull sneak peeks from.

Watch: Wes Anderson, Ralph Fiennes & Cast Of ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ In 50 Minute Berlinale Press Conference

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 6, 2014 4:33 PM
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Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest” is now out there in the world, and it’s a grand, funny, ambitious and even a little melancholy look back to a day and age that no longer exists. Director Wes Anderson, along with cast members Ralph Fiennes, Ed Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Saorise Ronan, Tony and Revlori attended the press conference this morning at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival and thanks to the wonders of technology, you can check it out right at home.

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