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Berlin: 'Black Coal, Thin Ice' Wins Golden Bear, 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Takes Jury Prize & Richard Linklater Best Director

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2014 10:07 AM
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Grand Budapest Hotel
The curtain has been drawn on another year at the Berlin Film Festival, and in 2014, it looks like Hollywood made a bigger impression than usual when it came to the awards. While the big prize went to one of the three Chinese films in competition, elsewhere American indie faves took home some major trophies.

Sundance Review: John Michael McDonagh’s ‘Calvary’ Starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd & Kelly Reilly

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 22, 2014 1:20 PM
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Something black and acidic runs through the veins of those McDonagh brothers; there’s just something not quite right with these lads...and thank goodness for that. Playwright and younger sibling Martin McDonagh made a splash in Ireland’s theater scene with his hilarious, tart, pitch-black plays and then impressed film audiences with two wicked black comedies (“In Bruges” and “Seven Psychopaths”). Older bro John Michael McDonagh possesses a similar talent, and an ear for devilish dialogue, and having penned “Ned Kelly,” he made his feature-length debut with the cheeky, underrated black comedy “The Guard” (underrated internationally, that is; the film is the most successful Irish film of all time in Ireland). If you don’t know these guys, you need to remedy that immediately.

Watch: Chris O'Dowd Can't Carry The Weight Of The World In First Clip From Sundance Film 'Calvary' With Brendan Gleeson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2014 4:02 PM
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Calvary
As the various Playlist team members assemble like Voltron in Park City, we're looking at our list of the 30 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2014 Sundance Film Festival, eager to start making a dent into it. And one movie that we'll surely be getting to is "Calvary."

Sundance Trailer: Watch John Michael McDonagh's 'Calvary' Starring Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly & Chris O'Dowd

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2013 9:35 AM
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If you're a cinephile, December and January is one of the best times of the year. Not only do the meaty awards season contenders start playing at a theater near you, but Sundance brings forth a whole new crop of movies to get excited about. And with organizers unveiling their most promising batch of titles yet yesterday, the first trailer for one of them has emerged.

Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly & Aidan Gillen Join Brendan Gleeson In John Michael McDonagh's 'Calvary'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 9, 2012 12:02 PM
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"The Guard" was one of the more pleasant surprises of last year, an under-the-radar little foul-mouthed dark comedy that featured something close to a career-best performance from the great Brendan Gleeson, and a sharp script from John Michael McDonagh, who demonstrated that he's just as exciting a talent as his older brother Martin (who helmed "In Bruges" and the upcoming "Seven Psychopaths"). So the news a little while back that the pair were reuniting for a new project, "Calvary," was exciting enough. But McDonagh's now filling out his cast, and the excitement only continues to build.

'The Guard' Writer/Director John Michael McDonagh Reteaming With Brendan Gleeson For Drama 'Calvary'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 21, 2011 2:41 AM
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Also Has U.S.-Set Comedy 'War On Everyone' And French Crime Flick 'The Bonnot Gang' In WorksReleasing a foul-mouthed black comedy full of thick Irish accents and taboo-busting jokes at the height of summer was always going to be something of a risk. But John Michael McDonagh's "The Guard" has proved to be something of a sleeper hit; the film became one of the biggest-grossing home-grown movies of all time in Ireland, and has managed decent grosses in other English-speaking territories, including the U.S, where it's proved to have more legs than most speciality releases since it hit theaters back in August.

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