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Exclusive: Beautiful Trailer For Documentary 'What Is Cinema?' Featuring David Lynch, Kelly Reichardt, Mike Leigh & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2013 12:12 PM
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Among the daily noise about casting, box office, special effects, trends, awards and whatever else is dominating the conversation, the reason we go to the movies is often left undiscussed. But this exclusive trailer for the forthcoming documentary "What Is Cinema?" is sure to get you thinking about the moments that make you keep returning to the theater, eager for the lights to go down and the projector to turn on.

First Looks At Mia Wasikowska In 'Madame Bovary,' Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' & Mike Leigh's Next Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2013 3:33 PM
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Madame Bovary Mia Wasikowska
The American Film Market kicks off next week, which means there's going to be a lot of buyers hustling a lot of movies, and distributors and financiers look for product to put their cash into. And that means folks writing the cheques will want to see something first. And since many of these movies are mid-production or just getting started, pictures will have to suffice.

Watch: 30-Minute 1975 TV Play 'The Permissive Society' Directed By Mike Leigh

  • By Ben Brock
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  • August 27, 2013 8:18 PM
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The British maestro Mike Leigh came to worldwide fame only in the '90s, with films like “Secrets & Lies, “Naked” and “Topsy-Turvy,” and he's been immensely critically well-regarded ever since, with 2008's “Happy Go Lucky” frequently featuring on “best of the century so far” lists. But Leigh didn't come out of nowhere, and when he moved to feature films, he was already well known to the British public as a director of incisive television dramas about class and family (it's Britain, everything's about class).
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Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Mike Leigh's Untitled J.M.W. Turner Biopic For 2014 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2013 10:25 AM
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Generally speaking, Mike Leigh's films have usually leaned toward the realistic, with dramas that feel almost like documentaries thanks to an approach that emphasizes rehearsals to find new and authentic notes for the characters the writer/director has put on the page. But could his next picture see him deliver something more in the vein of the flamboyant "Topsy-Turvy"?

Criterion's May Slate Includes '3:10 To Yuma,' Haskell Wexler's 'Medium Cool,' Mike Leigh's 'Life Is Sweet' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2013 3:12 PM
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Saddle up, because Criterion has dropped the veil on the May releases and they've got a couple of gunslinging classics to share, along with some works from a couple auteurs and much more. So let's dive in.

The Disc-Less: 5 British Films Not Available On DVD Including Movies By Alfred Hitchcock, Mike Leigh, Terence Davies & More

  • By Peter Labuza
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  • November 27, 2012 10:07 AM
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With "Hitchcock" now in theaters giving us a (not very accurate) portrait of the Master of Suspense, one of history's greatest directors is once again in the conversation. Additionally, the National Film Preservation is currently streaming a partial copy of "The White Shadow," a 1924 silent by Graham Cutts, one of Hitchcock’s early mentors and collaborators. In honor of Cutts and Hitchcock, this week’s column highlights our neighbors across the Atlantic, with five great classics of British cinema that have yet to grace us with discs of their own here.

Watch: Trailer For 2012 Olympic Short Films From Mike Leigh, Lynne Ramsay & Asif Kapadia

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 18, 2012 8:18 AM
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We're slightly over a month from the kick-off of the 2012 Olympics, and here in London, you can certainly tell: the locals are battening down the hatches, the facilities are desperately getting their last of lick of paint, and it's already virtually impossible to leave the house without some kind of reminder of the bonanza of track and field events that'll be taking place from July 27th. But what does the event hold for those who could give a shit about sport? For all the talk of a Cultural Olympiad to take place alongside the games, it mostly seems to involve international poetry slams and Scissor Sisters concerts by the Thames, and we'd rather go see the equestrian events than see either of those.

Entertainment Weekly Pick The 25 Greatest Working Directors; Confirms The Fallacy Of Listmaking

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 25, 2011 1:58 AM
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Lists are subjective. That's the joy of them, to some degree -- you get to see the tastes of others, and hopefully pick up a few tips for things you may have overlooked. And you're never going to find a list that you agree with 100%, particularly when the stakes are bigger -- lists of 'greatest films' or 'greatest directors' are a veritable minefield of disputes and feuds. But that doesn't change the fact that some lists are just dumb.

Review: 'Another Year' Is Four Bittersweet Seasons Of Laughter, Love & Tears

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 29, 2010 5:25 AM
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This review originally ran during the 2010 Toronto Film Festival.

Mike Leigh Eyes Potential Film About 19th Century British Painter J.M.W. Turner

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2010 4:28 AM
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No one mines the loves, lives, happiness and sorrow of the British working class better than Mike Leigh, and for the past two decades, he's pretty much made the subject the primary focus of his work. This year, he delivered another spiked heart of a film with "Another Year," tracking the relationships that orbit around an older couple. It's another wonderful slice of life pic from the helmer and we certainly hope that Lesley Manville is nominated for her heartbreaking turn in the picture.
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