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Review: ‘Magic Magic’ Starring Michael Cera, Juno Temple & Emily Browning

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 15, 2013 7:14 PM
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Your film stars a who’s who of young, on-the-rise actors who carry brand name recognition within the independent film world: Michael Cera (“Arrested Development”), talented and versatile British actress Juno Temple (“Killer Joe," “Jack And Diane," “The Dark Knight Rises,"“The Three Musketeers,” Emily Browning (“Sucker Punch,” "Sleeping Beauty") and Catalina Sandino Moreno (breakthrough actress and star of “Maria Full of Grace”). Your filmmaker, Sebastián Silva, is the celebrated director behind of 2009’s excellent indie “The Maid” (Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner) , your cinematographer, Christopher Doyle, is well regarded as one of the most excellent DPs on the planet and your film debuts at the prestigious 2013 Sundance Film Festival. So, bearing all those talented riches in mind, your movie goes straight to DVD...why exactly?

Kristen Wiig & TV On The Radio Frontman Tunde Adebimpe Will Make A 'Nasty Baby'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2013 8:34 PM
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You've got to hand it to director Sebastian Silva... he has certainly defied all expectations. After scoring a little arthouse hit with 2009's festival fave "The Maid," Silva didn't cash in those chips for something mainstream, but instead pivoted around and let his freak flag fly. He teamed up with Michael Cera for two movies that dropped this year, the druggy road trip "Crystal Fairy" and the Polanski-esque thriller "Magic Magic." His next move? How about a comedy about two gay men looking to have a baby?

Stream This: 'Lovelace,' 'Prince Avalanche,' 'Breaking Bad' & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • August 9, 2013 4:05 PM
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Stream This: Prince Avalanche, To The Wonder, Magic Magic,
Hey there fellow streamers. The 2013 summer blockbuster season is (mercifully) winding down, and the Oscar rollouts haven't yet begun, leaving us in the typically unpredictable middle ground of autumn. But with video on demand continuing to gain ground as a distribution platform, the streaming services don't seem to have noticed, and keep on delivering cinematic nuggets for us to consume. It's a fairly modern slate this weekend, with two simultaneous theatrical-VOD releases on the American indie side, and a Chilean movie skipping the cinema altogether. Then, we have two relatively recent picks: one from a divisive yet enduring filmmaker and another that focuses on a divisive and enduring issue in US politics. And as another seminal television program moves into its last season, we urge you to (re)watch the follow up episodes to gear up for what is sure to be a spectacular final push. So let's get right to it: the best of streaming for the week.

Review: 'Crystal Fairy' Starring Michael Cera & Gaby Hoffmann

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 9, 2013 7:03 PM
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Michael Cera, Crystal Fairy
"Guess if Michael Cera's dead, it's not a total loss right?" Danny McBride says in probably the funniest moment in the teaser for “This Is The End,” a new apocalyptic comedy starring Cera and McBride along with an all-star roster of mostly Apatow-bred comedians all playing distorted versions of themselves. Though nobody actually wants to see Cera dead, McBride’s sentiment nevertheless registers with a large section of the public who decided a few years ago that they’d had enough of Cera. Despite appearing in just five films from 2008-2010, audiences seemed burned out on his persona – despite changing it up in underseen films like “Youth In Revolt” – and so the damage was done. After a meteoric rise, he seemed to take the hint that he wasn’t necessarily being appreciated in these roles and so he’s been largely absent from screens for the past three years. But between the return of his epochal series “Arrested Development” this spring on Netflix and roles in two films by “The Maid” filmmaker Sebastian Silva, 2013 is the year we must welcome Cera back into our hearts.

Watch: New Trailer For Thriller 'Magic Magic' Starring Michael Cera & Juno Temple

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • June 11, 2013 9:01 AM
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It premiered at Sundance earlier this year and played at the Directors' Fortnight last month at Cannes, but it seems Sebastian Silva’s “Magic Magic” will not be playing at a theater near you. Instead, it’s going straight to DVD. What’s up with that? Either way, the first official trailer for the psychological thriller has just been posted online, giving you a taste of what the film’s all about.

'Fruitvale' Takes Grand Jury & Audience Award Prizes At Sundance Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2013 11:22 PM
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...and just like that, the Sundance Film Festival has closed for another year, and tonight at Park City, the awards were handed out with one hotly buzzed film taking two major titles.

Michael Cera Reveals He's Shot 'Crystal Fairy' A New Movie With Sebastian Silva; 'Magic Magic' Next

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 27, 2012 1:46 PM
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Oh hey, remember just last month when Sony snapped up Sebastian Silva's thriller "Magic Magic" starring Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Emily Browning and Catalina Sandeno Moreno with a spring start in mind? Well, while that one is headed towards cameras later this spring, the "Arrested Development" actor reveals he's already got another movie with "The Maid" director in the can.

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