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Watch: 10-Minute 'Starred Up' Talk With Jack O'Connell & David Mackenzie Featuring New Footage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 11, 2014 12:26 PM
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Starred Up
So, how much do we dig the upcoming prison drama "Starred Up" directed by David Mackenzie and featuring rising star Jack O'Connell in the lead role? Kinda unequivocally. We called it "an instant classic of the prison movie genre" in our review out of the Goteborg Film Festival, which pretty much says it all. And while the film is opening abroad this month, it's still taking its time to reach U.S. shores, hitting the Tribeca Film Festival next month before arriving in cinemas later this year. But a pretty compact little feature has arrived to give you a pretty good taste of what's to come.

Interview: Director David Mackenzie On The Cast And The Process Behind 'Starred Up' Plus Upcoming Projects

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 4, 2014 4:28 PM
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David Mackenzie, Starred Up
One of the highlights of the Göteborg International Film Festival, and indeed one of the highlights of our year so far, was catching up with David Mackenzie’s “Starred Up," which, if you missed our review first time out, you can read all about here. The unflinching but brutally human prison drama is based on a script by first-timer Jonathan Asser, a writer and poet by whose experiences inspired the film and the character of Oliver, the posh but dedicated volunteer inmate counselor.

Göteborg Review: 'Starred Up' Is An Instant Classic Of The Prison Movie Genre

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • January 28, 2014 12:02 PM
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Starred Up
What a glorious, freezing, snowy Swedish Monday at the Göteborg International Film Festival it was, because, for a non-Sundance attendee like me, it yielded the first truly great film of 2014. “Starred Up” (which, OK fine, actually premiered at Telluride last year) is an instant classic of the prison movie genre, that makes a bona fide breakthrough star of its lead Jack O’Connell (best known for British TV series “Skins”), while propelling director David Mackenzie’s previously solid career (which included highlights “Hallam Foe” and “Young Adam”) straight to Boss level in one fell swoop.

Watch: Trailer For Prison Pic 'Starred Up,' Director David Mackenzie To Helm Former David O. Russell Film 'The Mission'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2014 11:42 AM
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Starred Up
Led by what we called "a stunning, incendiary performance" by Jack O'Connell in a movie that's "authentic, but capable of lyricism," you'd be wise to put "Starred Up" on your radar for 2014 (yep, it's one of the 21 Best Films We've Seen already, that are coming this year). But if you need a bit more convincing, this excellent new trailer has dropped for the film which'll get your pulse racing.

New Images From 'Under The Skin,' 'Nebraska' & More Movies Headed To Telluride

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2013 6:05 PM
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Under The Skin
Yeah, we know, it's a bit ridiculous. Day one has just closed on the Venice Film Festival, Telluride kicks off in a couple days and by this time next week, the first 24 hours in TIFF will be nearing an end. It's that time of year, a bonanza of movie related goodness, and aren't you just glad it's not TV Spot #9 for some blockbuster movie you already forgot about? Long story short, there's a whole bunch of stuff headed to Colorado and with it some new images to go with it.

Watch: New Trailer For David MacKenzie's 'Perfect Sense' Starring Ewan McGregor & Eva Green

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 15, 2011 3:03 AM
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Can Ewan McGregor string together strong back-to-back performances after Mike Mills' "Beginners"? Can he match the heartfelt chemistry he shared with Melanie Laurent in Mills' film with another much-loved Gallic thespian in Eva Green? And will David MacKenzie's fusion of a love story and a disaster pic work at all? All questions we're currently asking of "Perfect Sense," the latest effort from the Scottish helmer who broke out with another McGregor-starrer "Young Adam" back in 2003.

Review: David Mackenzie's Music Festival Rom-Com 'You Instead' Has A Tin Ear

  • By Sam Price
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  • September 12, 2011 6:45 AM
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Not many films are set at music festivals. D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary, “Monterey Pop” is vital, we’ll grant you, and other rock docs that expose something fundamental about the artists they’re profiling (“Don’t Look Back,” “Gimme Shelter”) remain compelling portraits of some of the most important artists of the twentieth-century. But, much like stand-up comedy or running for high office, fictional recreations of what compels a human being to get up onstage in front of thousands of people and expose themselves to the public at large, are far and few between.

Watch: Trailer For David Mackenzie's Music Festival Rom-Com 'You Instead'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 14, 2011 1:17 AM
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David Mackenzie's an interesting sort of director. Ever since his debut a decade ago or so with the British indie "The Last Great Wilderness," he's created a series of solid, consistently interesting dramas, none of which are bad (though "Spread" comes close), but none of which are truly excellent either (the underrated "Hallam Foe" is the next best thing, however). But he's always had interesting taste, been able to get strong performances out of his casts, and marched to the beat of his own drum, and we've always believed that he'd knock something out of the park one of these days.

David Mackenzie Set To Adapt Georges Simenon's Crime Novel 'The Stain On The Snow'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 16, 2011 2:32 AM
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Even with two projects -- the sci-fi love story "Perfect Sense" and on-the-fly music-fest-set love story "You Instead" -- due to be unveiled this year, Scottish helmer David Mackenzie looks to show no signs of slowing down and is now attached to write and direct an adaptation of prolific Belgian writer Georges Simenon's crime novel "The Stain On The Snow."

New Look: David MacKenzie's On-The-Fly Music Fest Rom-Com 'You Instead'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 10, 2011 3:03 AM
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Director Also Eying Adaptation Of Toby Litt's Sci-Fi Novel 'Journey Into Space'Remember the rom-com David Mackenzie was shooting on-the-fly at the Scottish music festival, T In The Park, which follows the lead singer of an indie Scottish band who finds himself handcuffed to the vocalist of a big US rock outfit? Well, believe it or not, the film is in the can getting ready to unspool and we now have the first official look at leads Luke Treadaway and Natalia Tena ('Harry Potter' franchise).

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