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What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'The Big Wedding' of 'Mud' & 'Pain & Gain' To Be Held In Theaters

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • April 26, 2013 1:45 PM
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The spirit of adventure is strong for this weekend's slate of releases. We begin with the nostalgic and beautiful 1950s-era actioner about Thor Heyerdahl and his raft voyage across the Pacific Ocean -- exploring, so exciting! But there are also expeditions of a tamer, more modern sort. Michael Bay will be returning to the silver screen with loud music and 'roided-up robbers. Matthew McConaughey gets a boat stuck in a tree. An assassin must expose corrupt American government officials and rescue a pretty CIA analyst, set to the tune of flying bullets and explosions (oddly, Bay didn't direct this one). Also, a young couple embarking on the age-old expedition of marriage. So cinephiles, if you're feeling daring -- lace up those boots, mark out the route, pack your GORP and let us know in the comments how you plan to spend your weekend in Adventureland.

Review: Ramin Bahrani's 'At Any Price' A Patchy But Powerful Melodrama With A Fantastic Performance By Dennis Quaid

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 24, 2013 5:59 PM
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Zac Efron, At Any Price
The first three feature films by Ramin Bahrani – 2005’s “Man Push Cart,” 2007’s “Chop Shop” and 2008’s “Goodbye Solo” -- were extremely well-regarded by festival and art-house crowds (Roger Ebert called Bahrani “the director of the decade”), but barely made a dent on the wider cultural consciousness, receiving fairly limited releases and so far, making Bahrani a favourite of cinephiles, but far from a crossover success. But five years since his last film, Bahrani is back with "At Any Price," a film that threatens to push him towards the mainstream, with a starry cast and distribution from Sony Pictures Classics.

Tribeca Film Festival 2013 Slate Includes 'Before Midnight,' 'Mobius,' Films With Naomi Watts, Vince Vaughn & Much More

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • March 6, 2013 2:46 PM
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Tribeca 2013 Film Festival line-up, Almost Christmas, Before Midnight, Byzantine, Mobius, Adult World, more
The Tribeca Film Festival has unveiled a big batch of their 2013 slate, including the World Documentary, Feature Competition, Viewpoints, Spotlight, Midnight and Storyscapes line-ups. In its 12th year, Tribeca boasts an international, star-studded program that will welcome films that span the globe.

Watch: First Trailer For Ramin Bahrani's 'At Any Price' Starring Zac Efron & Dennis Quaid

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2013 1:23 PM
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Primarily known for his low-profile indies like "Man Push Cart," "Chop Shop" and "Goodbye Solo," Ramin Bahrani has made a play to the mainstream (or closer to it anyway) with "At Any Price," a movie that has none other that heartthrob Zac Efron in a lead role. And after hitting the trifecta of Venice/Telluride/Toronto last fall, the film is gearing up to arrive in theaters this spring, and the first trailer has arrived.

10 New Photos From 'At Any Price' Starring Zac Efron & Dennis Quaid

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2012 11:20 AM
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To play one early September festival could be seen as a shot in the dark, but if you manage to hit the trifecta of Venice, Telluride and TIFF, you know that the people behind the film have got some confidence in the finished product. Not many films ticked all three destinations off their box this year -- Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell," Michael Shannon vehicle "The Iceman," a few others -- but one of the more prominent has been "At Any Price," the muscular, powerful drama from "Goodbye Solo" director Ramin Bahrani.

Oscars: Which Contenders Got Heat Coming Out Of Venice And Telluride?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 6, 2012 11:58 AM
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As we write this, we're somewhere over the Alps, flying back to London after an exhausting, rewarding week at the Venice Film Festival. Meanwhile, our editor-in-chief just returned from the mountains after an equally busy weekend at the Telluride Film Festival. Festival season is only just getting underway, with TIFF kicking off as we speak, and Venice doesn't wrap up til Saturday. But even so, it's true that the first salvo of the awards race have been fired in both Italy and Colorado, so it seems like a good time to run down which films have found themselves in a promising position after the last ten days or so, and which fizzled as soon as they arrived.

Watch: Zac Efron & Dennis Quaid Share A Moment In Clip From Ramin Bahrani's 'At Any Price'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2012 8:30 AM
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With reviews still coming in from Venice for Ramin Bahrani's latest, "At Any Price," critics largely seem to agree on one point -- that the film carries with it a distinct vibe and feeling of classic cinema of yore. In our own breakdown of the film, our man on the Lido wrote the picture takes "the form of an good old-fashioned melodrama, closer to 'Giant' or 'Death Of A Salesman' then anything else," and in this first excerpt from the film, that sensation is palpable.

New Photos: Kristen Wiig In 'Imogene,' Elle Fanning In 'Ginger & Rosa,' 'At Any Price' & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 30, 2012 5:34 PM
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Maybe we should call it Annette Bening day. The actress features in two new photos from two films arriving on the film festival circuit. First up is "Imogene," which is a starring vehicle for Kristen Wiig, developed by the 'SNL' comedienne before she took off in "Bridesmaids." Directed by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman ("American Splendor"), the picture centers on a washed-up playwright (Wiig) who, after faking her own suicide as a ploy to get her ex-boyfriend's attention, winds up remanded to the custody of her wackily dysfunctional family. The picture also co-stars Bening, as you can see by the photo, Matt Dillon and "Glee" star Darren Criss.

Venice Review: Ramin Bahrani's 'At Any Price' A Patchy But Powerful Melodrama With A Fantastic Performance By Dennis Quaid

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 30, 2012 5:09 PM
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The first three feature films by Ramin Bahrani – 2005’s “Man Push Cart,” 2007’s “Chop Shop” and 2008’s “Goodbye Solo” -- were extremely well-regarded by festival and art-house crowds (Roger Ebert called Bahrani “the director of the decade”), but barely made a dent on the wider cultural consciousness, receiving fairly limited releases and so far, making Bahrani a favourite of cinephiles, but far from a crossover success. But four years since his last film, Bahrani is back at Venice, the festival which made his name with “Man Push Cart,” for a film that threatens to push him towards the mainstream, with a starry cast and a distribution deal already in place from Sony Pictures Classics. And while perhaps not quite up there with the low-key, humanistic triumphs of his earlier films, “At Any Price” does seem likely to win him further and wider recognition.

'Amour,' 'At Any Price,' Rust & Bone,' 'Hyde Park On Hudson,' 'Frances Ha' & More Lead Telluride Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2012 2:06 PM
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Looks like we were a dismal 1 for 5 on our Telluride wishlist/prediction piece, but no matter as there is still a lot to get excited about. The folks out in Colorado have unveiled their slate with the festival kicking off tomorrow, and it's a great mix of premieres and gems from Venice and Cannes.

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