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Cannes Review: John Boorman's 'Queen And Country,' A Solid Sequel To Oscar-Nominee 'Hope & Glory'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 23, 2014 12:29 PM
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Queen And Country
Of all the many, many sequels to land in theaters this year, by far the most unexpected is "Queen And Country." It follows up a film released 27 years ago, and which was never more than a modest hit. It doesn't have superheroes or dragons or aging action heroes. It's an autobiographical period piece set in 1950s England. And we'd wager that it will end up being better than most of the more cynically-planned sequels that are coming down the pipe. It's flawed, but has enough worthwhile in it to make it a very welcome return for John Boorman.

Watch: 5 Clips From John Boorman's Cannes Film 'Queen And Country' Starring Caleb Landry Jones Plus New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2014 11:19 AM
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Queen And Country
While the Cannes Film Festival kicked off today with "Grace Of Monaco" (read our review), tomorrow sees the launch of the Cannes Directors' Fortnight sidebar, that will be bringing new efforts from Frederick Wiseman, Bruno Dumont and more. And one other name to pay attention to on that lineup is John Boorman, who will be unspooling his latest, "Queen And Country."

Chris Pine Is Ready For 'The Finest Hours,' Michael B. Jordan Set For 'Men Who Kill' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 10:10 AM
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Hollywood is still trying to make Chris Pine happen. Outside of the "Star Trek" franchise, the actor has been a non-starter, but that's not stopping Disney from choosing Pine to lead "The Finest Hours."

Sundance Review: ‘Low Down’ Starring Elle Fanning, John Hawkes, Glenn Close & Lena Headey

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 24, 2014 12:01 PM
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Low Down
Evincing a similar mustard brown aesthetic and destitute mood—spiritually, emotionally and psychologically—Sundance indie, “Low Down” is to 1970s jazz, what John Huston’s “Fat City” is to that era of boxing: a down and out look at talented three-time losers that can’t get past their addictions, demons and terribly self-destructive qualities. But unlike Huston’s Stacy Keach pugilist drama (admittedly uneven, but still fascinating), “Low Down” is interminably depressing and features an indolent pace that would embarrass any musician looking to engage.

Review: Brandon Does David Proud, 'Antiviral' A Classic Cronenberg Freak Fest

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 9, 2013 6:21 PM
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There is no doubt that no matter what Brandon Cronenberg decided to make as his first movie, the shadow of his father would loom large. So whether it just runs in the family, or if it was a calculated decision to do something audiences would expect from the Cronenberg mantle, full credit to Brandon for taking body horror to the next level with "Antiviral." While hardly perfect, it delivers the freak fest that fans of David have been missing for the past few years while establishing Brandon as a filmmaker with a bright future.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Passed On 'Godzilla,' But Henry Cavill, Scoot McNairy & Caleb Landry Jones Being Considered

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 3:00 PM
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It seems everyone wants a piece of Joseph Gordon-Levitt these days. The actor was rumored to play Batman in "Justice League," is on the ever growing list of contenders for "Guardians Of The Galaxy," is hosting the Sundance awards later this month, and now has another franchise being tossed across his very messy desk. Needless to say, dude has options.

Caleb Landry Jones Joins Xavier Dolan's 'Tom A La Ferme'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 26, 2012 3:28 PM
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It seems Caleb Landry Jones has taken a shine to Canadian auteurs. The actor (known to most as Banshee from "X-Men: First Class") recently teamed with Brandon Cronenberg for his uneven, but still undeniably freaky and fun "Antiviral." And now he's joined up with a three-time Cannes attendee and rising young talent Xavier Dolan for his next effort.

Christian Slater Joins Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac,' Caleb Landry Jones To Lead John Boorman's 'Hope & Glory' Sequel

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • September 12, 2012 11:45 AM
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Having given late '80s/early '90s idol-turned-TV-hero Kiefer Sutherland a plum role in his last film, "Melancholia," ever-provocative Danish auteur Lars von Trier is looking to pull the same trick again, as Variety reports that Christian Slater is the latest unlikely addition to the director's next picture(s), his two-part drama "Nymphomaniac." Slater, mostly seen in strings of dreadful DTV actioners these days, will play the father of Charlotte Gainsbourg's lead character, joining Stellan Skarsgård, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell and Connie Nielsen in the picture, which documents a woman's sexual life from infancy to adulthood. The trade also reveal that British model Stacy Martin will appear, playing the younger version of Gainsbourg's character.

TIFF Review: Bloodless 'Byzantium' A Vampire Tale Without Fangs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 10, 2012 12:29 PM
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Between "Twilight" on the big screen, and "True Blood" and "Vampire Diaries" on the cable dial, among countless other books, graphic novels and more, if you're a fan of bloodsuckers, there's likely a flavor out there for you. And with countless other projects in the pipeline from Will Smith's directorial debut "The Redemption Of Cain" to Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive," there are still more versions of this undead character on the way. But let's just hope they are more involving and creative than Neil Jordan's "Byzantium." The director's second bite into the genre following "Interview With The Vampire" is disappointingly bloodless (figuratively) and fangless (literally).

Watch: First Clip From Neil Jordan's Vampire Tale 'Byzantium,' With Saoirse Ronan

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 7, 2012 11:05 AM
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It's been a while since Neil Jordan dipped back into the horror well. In the past decade he's tackled a glossy studio revenge movie ("The Brave One"), a mermaid tale ("Ondine"), a high-profile remake ("The Good Thief") and whatever the hell "Breakfast on Pluto" was. (He was also busy supervising the television series "The Borgias.") Well, Jordan is about to return to his roots with the vampire tale "Byzantium," set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. How about watching the first (squishy) clip?

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