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Tribeca Review: Joss Whedon’s ‘In Your Eyes’ Gamely Fluctuates Between Sappy And Sincere

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 21, 2014 9:03 AM
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In Your Eyes
Before he became one of the more powerful filmmakers in Hollywood, Joss Whedon was known for his quips. These were rattled off and recited by a series of characters who all spoke in the same easily identifiable, highly stylized, pop culture-infused geek language of Whedon himself. (Whedon’s best collaborators, like Drew Goddard and Marti Noxon, knew how to approximate this code better than others.) But there was always another side of Whedon, exhibited in the best episodes of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and its cruelly underrated spin-off “Angel,” one that was incredibly sensitive and sincere. It’s this Whedon, the one more interested in pulling at your heartstrings than tickling your funny bone that is on display in “In Your Eyes,” a new supernatural romance that, if you can get past the occasional sappiness, is a pretty moving, offbeat little love story.

'The F Word' Officially Retitled 'What If,' Release Date Set Plus Watch 25-Min Talk With Zoe Kazan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2014 3:54 PM
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So, you might remember back in January, director Michael Dowse to a Toronto audience that his forthcoming romantic comedy "The F Word" was being retitled to "If You're Lucky." CBS Films were quick to swoop and claim that no such switch was occurring that the original title would be sticking. Well, it would appear that Dowse was right.

Zoe Kazan Talks Twin Roles Of 'The Pretty One' & How 'In Your Eyes' Is "Like Joss Whedon Does Nicholas Sparks"

  • By Kristin McCracken
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  • February 21, 2014 2:07 PM
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After winning the Best Actress Award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival for Bradley Rust Gray’s “The Exploding Girl,” Zoe Kazan added a big-budget rom-com (“It’s Complicated”) and more indie dramas (“Meek’s Cutoff”) to her resume, starred on Broadway (“A Behanding in Spokane”) with Christopher Walken, and wrote the charming (and underrated) screenplay for “Ruby Sparks,” in which she starred with her longtime partner Paul Dano.

Review: Engaging And Sweet 'The Pretty One' Starring Zoe Kazan & Jake Johnson

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 6, 2014 6:08 PM
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The Pretty One
There are movies about twins and there are movies about switching identities and there is “The Pretty One,” which uses both conceits for its tale of self and lack thereof. And to be fair, the premise of this comedic drama — that’s ultimately much more affecting and genuinely melancholy than you’d expect — is a little cutesy and cloying on the surface. And admittedly, the picture takes some time to find its bearings.

Exclusive: Watch Zoe Kazan Play Twin Sisters In Clip From Comedy 'The Pretty One'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2014 10:03 AM
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The Pretty One
While the visual trick of watching the same actor play different roles on screen at the same time is the one that usually wows audiences, it can be easy forget the skill such a performance requires. Creating one complete character for a film is a challenge enough, but developing two — and then acting "opposite" those creations — requires deft talents. But Zoe Kazan is more than up to the task in "The Pretty One."

Watch: Zoe Kazan Pulls Double Duty In Trailer For 'The Pretty One' With Jake Johnson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2014 3:35 PM
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2014 is going to be the year of the doubles, it seems. Jake Gyllenhaal will met himself in "Enemy," and so too will Jesse Eisenberg in "The Double," but first up will be "The Pretty One" in which Zoe Kazan's duplicate isn't a doppelganger, but her sister.

New Pics From Daniel Radcliffe & Zoe Kazan Rom-Com 'The F Word'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2014 5:16 PM
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If You’re Lucky
One movie we heard some good word about at TIFF last fall but just couldn't find room for in our screening schedule was "The F Word." The film from director Michael Dowse ("Fubar," "Goon," "Take Me Home Tonight") is a rom-com starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, about a young man stuck in the dreaded friend zone with a girl he likes a whole lot more than that. Buzz was good on the movie, and it even landed on TIFF's Top 10 Canadian Films Of 2013 list. But it looks like a big change is coming to the movie before it lands in U.S. theaters.

Bill Murray & Rosemarie DeWitt Join Lisa Cholodenko' HBO Miniseries 'Olive Kitteridge'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 20, 2013 12:06 PM
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For a while there, seeing Bill Murray in a movie was like spotting a rare animal. Tales of his being difficult to reach and non-committal even when taking film roles were the stuff of legend, but it seems these days he just really wants to work. With roles already in three 2014 films — "Monuments Men," "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "St. Vincent De Van Nuys" — and currently shooting Cameron Crowe's next effort, Murray has already signed up for his next gig.

John Gallagher Jr., Jesse Plemons & Zoe Kazan Join Lisa Cholodenko's HBO Miniseries ‘Olive Kitteridge’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 16, 2013 9:21 AM
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The attraction of Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Olive Kitteridge" was emphasized when actress Frances McDormand paid out of pocket for the rights, HBO and Tom Hanks decided to produce a miniseries from it, and Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right") was tapped to direct it. The adaptation of Strout's short story collection will star McDormand and Richard Jenkins, and if that wasn't enough to draw your attention, a talented supporting cast has just been announced as well.

Review: Neil Labute-Written ‘Some Girl(s)’ Starring Adam Brody, An Acerbic Yet Toothless Satirical Dramedy

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 28, 2013 4:55 PM
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Some Girl(s)
For the sake of argument, let’s agree that the Neil LaBute narrative unfolds like this: the provocative playwright turned filmmaker stormed the indie world in 1997 with his disturbing, brusque and scathing critique of the male psyche “In The Company of Men.” LaBute's controversial, piquant, sometimes pungent plays and films continued along a purposefully challenging and similar path -- often about the battle of the sexes with a deeply cynical mind -- until the mid aughts when he attempted to go in a new direction: 2006 brought his gonzo and much-reviled remake of "The Wicker Man," 2008 saw a racially charged thriller starring Samuel L. Jackson ("Lakeview Terrace") and 2010 saw an African-American-centered remake of the British comedy "Death at a Funeral." While LaBute had already experimented with directing material he had not written (“Nurse Betty,” “Possession”), this latter period lacked focus and arguably dissolved away at the auteurial stamp making for anonymous works.

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