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Sundance Review: ‘The Voices’ Starring Ryan Reynolds Wrings Dark Comedy From Candy-Colored Carnage

  • By James Rocchi
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  • January 20, 2014 9:06 AM
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The Voices
The fourth film from director Marjane Satrapi ("Persepolis," "Chicken with Plums"), "The Voices" navigates the line between the gruesome and the goofy with a step as nimble as a tight-rope walker going over a sea of broken glass. It’s an extraordinarily warm and funny movie about a likable schizophrenic murderer; it’s candy-colored and meticulously composed and yet also shiny with fresh wet blood. It’s weird and funny and perfectly-pitched, and to cap off its catalog of rare feats, it also features an immensely likable performance from Ryan Reynolds.

Rome Review: Marjane Satrapi Gets Loose, Has Fun In Black Comedy 'The Gang Of The Jotas'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • November 16, 2012 7:55 AM
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For her third feature film after 2007's beloved "Persepolis" and 2011's "Chicken with Plums," writer-director Marjane Satrapi changes it up once again with "The Gang of the Jotas" ("La Bande des Jotas") which bows today Out of Competition at the Rome Film Festival. Having made the move, with her previous films, from black-and-white animation, to stylized, heavily art-directed live action, here she throws both those styles out of the window and turns in a loose, black comedy road movie that feels, for the most part, about as un-stylized as you can get.

Watch: Trailer For Marjane Satrapi's New Film 'Gang Of The Jotas' Playing The Rome Film Festival

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 11, 2012 11:53 AM
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Several highly anticipated films are already set to bow at the Rome Film Festival when November rolls around. We already know we can expect to see Roman Coppola’s “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III,” the Walter Hill-directed comeback vehicle with Sylvester Stallone's “Bullet to the Head,” and maybe even a surprise bit of Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” may be in order. Still, there’s a quieter side to the festival that isn’t all debuts of big Hollywood films, and that’s where Marjane Satrapi’s “Gang of the Jotas” fits in.

'Persepolis' Director Marjane Satrapi Takes On 'The Voices' Formerly Linked To Mark Romanek & Ben Stiller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2012 3:23 PM
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It seems "L.A. Riots" isn't the only long-developing project to get some new life today, as "Persepolis" and "Chicken With Plums" director Marjane Satrapi is now taking over a movie that at one time had a pretty promising pair circling.

Alfonso Cuaron, Emir Kusturica, Michel Gondry, Marjane Satrapi & Sara Driver Team For Anthology 'Tales From The Hanging Head'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2012 9:41 AM
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So, just who is Sara Driver? She's a filmmaker who worked the New York scene, collaborating with Jim Jarmusch (producing "Stranger Than Paradise," working on "Permanent Vacation" and inspiring the story behind "Broken Flowers") and also made her own movies through the '80s and '90s. But as these stories sometimes go, while the indie movie world moved forward, she was left behind. However, a resurgence of appreciation for her contributions and her work have put her name back in the spotlight thanks to a recent retrospective at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City and new boxset of her films, and she's going to strike while the iron is hot.

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