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Review: Zach Braff's Uneven But Sincere 'Wish I Was Here' Co-starring Kate Hudson, Josh Gad And More

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 16, 2014 6:01 PM
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Wish I Was Here, Zach Braff
In the ten years since its release, Zach Braff’s debut “Garden State” has gone from Sundance darling to sleeper hit to pop culture pariah. The film still has its fans but the opposition seems to have grown louder, as every stylistic tic and soundtrack-cue has become a subject of easy derision. Between that film’s cooling reputation and the outcry when Braff turned to Kickstarter to help with funding for his latest, the actor-turned-filmmaker has faced the kind of backlash normally reserved for actor-directors who steal their source material and apologize with skywriting. Which is a shame, because Braff seems like a good dude and, like him or not, you can’t argue that his sensibility hasn’t connected with a lot of people. During the first 30 minutes or so of “Wish I Was Here,” the actor/director/writer’s long awaited follow-up to “Garden State,” I was fully prepared to toss my cred out the window and admit that, while it won’t win back his haters, dammit it works. Unfortunately, after a brisk and engaging first act, the film becomes bogged down by an overabundance of subplots and increasingly maudlin dramatic turns that threaten to sink the entire affair.

Watch: Pop Up Trivia Trailer For Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2014 4:24 PM
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Wish I Was Here
Crowdfunded, completed, premiered at Sundance and now ready to hit theatres, Zach Braff's "Wish I Was Here" now just has to get you to buy tickets. And to do that, the folks at Focus Features have given you another way to watch the trailer.

Watch: Have An Epiphany With 3 Clips From Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2014 10:58 AM
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Wish I Was Here, Zach Braff
With a hip soundtrack, and a film promising no shortage of life lessons, Zach Braff hasn't really changed up the formula much for his "Garden State" followup "Wish I Was Here." Except for the fact that it was crowd-funded, this looks like most indies coming down the line, with a strong distributor behind it, recognizable faces and more. And three clips have arrived to show you what Braff has put together this time around.

Watch: New Trailer For Zach Braff's Kickstarter Funded 'Wish I Was Here' Floors It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 19, 2014 9:47 AM
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Wish I Was Here
A decade has passed since "Garden State," but Zach Braff still loves indie music and soundtracking lifechanging moments. He's back with his sophomore feature, "Wish I Was Here," and following The Shins-powered teaser, a brand new full-length trailer is here to deliver your requisite amount of quirk for the week.

Watch: First Trailer For Zach Braff's Kickstarter Funded 'Wish I Was Here' Features The Shins, Obviously

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 9, 2014 1:27 PM
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Wish I Was Here
"You gotta hear this one song, it'll change your life I swear," Natalie Portman says in "Garden State." With that, The Shins shot to massive fame off the back of "New Slang," while everyone swooned to Zach Braff's directorial debut, until they decided it was apparently one of the worst movies ever. (Guys, it's not that bad—there, we said it.) A decade later and Braff is back and causing more controversy with the Kickstarter-funded "Wish I Was Here," which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Credit to Braff, he's not shying away from what worked before.

25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 21, 2014 12:05 PM
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25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival
As you might have noticed from the wall-to-wall level of coverage over the last week or so, the Sundance Film Festival has grown considerably from its humble beginnings back in 1978, when it was inaugurated as the Utah/US Film Festival and had a remit to showcase exclusively American-made independent films, and to promote filmmaking in the region. Robert Redford's involvement as a guiding patron led to its name change in 1981, from which point on it expanded gradually, until a kind of Cambrian explosion occurred with the arrival of "sex lies & videotape " 25 years ago this, a film that, with only a touch of hyperbole, could be said to have remade the festival into the modern titan it is today.

Sundance Review: Zach Braff's Kickstarter-Funded 'Wish I Was Here'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 19, 2014 2:21 PM
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  • 12 Comments
Wish I Was Here
In the ten years since its release, Zach Braff’s debut “Garden State” has gone from Sundance darling to sleeper hit to pop culture pariah. The film still has its fans but the opposition seems to have grown louder, as every stylistic tic and soundtrack-cue has become a subject of easy derision. Between that film’s cooling reputation and the outcry when Braff turned to Kickstarter to help with funding for his latest, the actor-turned-filmmaker has faced the kind of backlash normally reserved for actor-directors who steal their source material and apologize with skywriting. Which is a shame, because Braff seems like a good dude and, like him or not, you can’t argue that his sensibility hasn’t connected with a lot of people.

The 10 Biggest News Stories Of 2013

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 7, 2014 1:33 PM
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The Biggest News Stories Of 2013
2013 is now behind us, which means we can take stock on what the biggest news stories of the year were, and how they'll affect the industry in the coming year and beyond

First Images From Zach Braff's Kickstarted, Sundance Bound 'Wish I Was Here'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 18, 2013 5:38 PM
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Wish I Was Here
Just under a year and $3 million and change later, Zach Braff is getting ready to show off his (somewhat controversially) Kickstarted "Wish I Was Here," with the movie recently landing a slot at next month's Sundance Film Festival. And the first few images from the movie are here to show contributors what they paid for.

Watch: First Trailer For CK Williams Inspired 'Tar' Starring Jessica Chastain, James Franco, Mila Kunis & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 11, 2013 8:25 AM
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Almost a year since it premiered at the Rome Film Festival, the dramatic omnibus "Tar," which features a star-studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Zach Braff, Bruce Campbell and Henry Hopper, is still without a U.S. distributor or release date. But we guess it's coming out somewhere in the world as the first trailer for the movie has finally arrived.

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