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Interview: Director David Mackenzie On The Cast And The Process Behind 'Starred Up' Plus Upcoming Projects

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 4, 2014 4:28 PM
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David Mackenzie, Starred Up
One of the highlights of the Göteborg International Film Festival, and indeed one of the highlights of our year so far, was catching up with David Mackenzie’s “Starred Up," which, if you missed our review first time out, you can read all about here. The unflinching but brutally human prison drama is based on a script by first-timer Jonathan Asser, a writer and poet by whose experiences inspired the film and the character of Oliver, the posh but dedicated volunteer inmate counselor.

Review: 'Adore' Starring Robin Wright, Naomi Watts and Ben Mendelsohn

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • September 6, 2013 9:15 AM
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Adore
We’ll be honest from sentence one. “Adore” hits two spots we love: movies for adults and (not-dumb) movies for and about women. We have our brief affairs with explosions, spit-take-inducing dialogue and car chases, but we have a long-term relationship with movies that are quiet and mature. They get bonus points if they feature strong female relationships. Okay, and hot dudes. But for all its efforts for seriousness, “Adore” never quite reaches true art, despite gorgeous cinematography and some fine work from its cast.

Review: 'Trespass' Is a Hopelessly Uninspired Home Invasion Thriller

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 10, 2011 5:47 AM
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With a speaking voice that often (and unexpectedly) devolves into histrionic yelps and an assortment of goofy, ever-changing hair pieces, Nicolas Cage has become such a creative loose cannon you often want to check in on his latest effort in the off chance that he’s delivered some creative crazy good (“Bad Lieutenant: Port of New Orleans”) instead of the crazy mediocre that seems to be the norm (almost everything else he does).

Joel Schumacher Tries To Pull Off His Best Michael Haneke Impression In New 'Tresspass' Photos

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 16, 2011 4:54 AM
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Oh, Joel Schumacher, with your patchiest of patchy careers ever (though some Playlisters will outright call it an awful one). There is some interesting work in your flawed ouevre oeuvre, including "Tigerland," and "Falling Down," but so-so efforts ("Veronica Guerin") are usually overcome by the ungood ("Phone Booth," "The Number 23," "Twelve"). Pitched somewhere between a B-movie director with good intentions and poor execution and a thoughtless Hollywood A-list director without much vision whose best days are far behind him (think of the days when his career was big enough to score him two "Batman" films, even if he did kill the franchise until Nolan came around), Schumacher's career is a bit of a head-scratcher. Regardless, he's back this year with "Tresspass," what appears to be a B-movie thriller starring Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman -- two of the biggest stars he's worked with in some time -- and it's playing at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.

Ben Mendelsohn Will Take A Walk To ‘The Place Beyond The Pines’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2011 3:21 AM
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In addition to earning near unanimous critical raves, earning an Oscar nomination and taking home plethora of awards at its native Australian Film Institute ceremonies, "Animal Kingdom" has been a major career boost for its stars. Joel Edgerton has a handful of movies on the way including "Warrior," "The Thing," "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," "The Great Gatsby" and he's in the lead for Katherine Bigelow's Bin Laden project. Meanwhile, the Oscar nominated Jacki Weaver is taking a turn from her villainous role as Smurf, taking a part in the Jason Segel and Emily Blunt rom-com "Five Year Engagement." And now, it's Ben Mendelsohn's turn to shine.

The Breakthrough Performances Of 2010

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 27, 2010 6:23 AM
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The Ladies Dominate The Breakout Field This Year

David Michôd's 'Animal Kingdom' Dominates The Australian Film Institute Award Nominations

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 27, 2010 1:29 AM
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'Beneath Hill 60' And 'Bright Star' Also In Strong ContentionThe Australian Film Institute has announced their nominations for the 2010 Awards, with David Michôd's crime drama "Animal Kingdom" taking home a record-breaking 18 nominations, at least one for every category which it was eligible for, and Jeremy Hartley Sims' war film "Beneath Hill 60" and Jane Campion's John Keats drama "Bright Star" not too far behind with 12 and 11 nods respectively.

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