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Review: 'The Tourist' Is Not Worth Getting Out Your Passport For

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2010 3:35 AM
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From the very first shot of the film, director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck makes it evident that "The Tourist" will attempt to be flashy, frothy entertainment. An impeccably dressed police captain climbs into the back of a van with three more impeccably dressed officers, bringing them a tray of espresso, in some pretty fabulous looking takeout cups (no grimy We Are Happy To Serve You style cups for these guys). It's a minor detail, but the scene is indicative of the film as a whole. More often choosing fabulous locations, set design and attire over realism, charm or originality, "The Tourist" mostly feels like walking through a very expensive store where you can't buy or touch anything and that distance keeps the film from ever truly taking off.

Liam Neeson Eyes Playing A War Criminal In Brad Silberling's 'An Ordinary Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2010 9:05 AM
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Also Has Western 'Last Stand' & 'Clash Of The Titans 2' On DeckLiam Neeson is a very busy man. This year alone he's cropped up in a handful of films, big and small, including "Clash Of The Titans," "After.Life," "The A-Team," "The Next Three Days" and before December is out, he'll be seen in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader." In the new year, you can expect to see him in the thriller "Unknown" as well as "The Hangover 2" and while he may not be so omnipresent through 2011, it doesn't mean he'll be any less busy.

Judge Grants Halt Of U.S. Distribution Of Dario Argento's 'Giallo' Until Adrien Brody Gets Paid

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 23, 2010 8:01 AM
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If for some inane reason you really want to see Dario Argento's completely godawful film "Giallo," starring Adrien Brody and Emmanuelle Seigner, you better act quickly. A judge has agreed to put an injunction in place against U.S. distribution of the film following a lawsuit launched by the film's star last month.

Plot Details On Michael Haneke's 'These Two' With Isabelle Huppert, Shooting Starts In February

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 23, 2010 5:54 AM
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Earlier this month, we brought you the news that Michael Haneke is reteaming with Isabelle Huppert (”The Piano Teacher,” “Time of the Wolf”) and French icon Jean-Louis Trintignant (Bernardo Bertolucci‘s “The Conformist,” Eric Rohmer‘s “My Night at Maud’s,” Claude Chabrol‘s “Les Biches” to name just a few classics) for a brutal-sounding story about the agony of aging, titled “These Two.”

Alain Resnais' 'Vous N'Avez Encore Rien Vu' Adds Andre Dussollier, Mathieu Amalric & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 23, 2010 2:19 AM
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Sabine Azema, Anne Cosigny, Lambert Wilson, Claude Rich Also On Board Clint Eastwood may have hit 80 this year, but he's positively youthful compared to veteran French director Alain Resnais, who'll turn 89 next June. With a directorial career stretching back to 1936, and taking in stone-cold classics like "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and "Last Year in Marienbad," it's a feat that he's still up and about, let alone prepping another directorial feature.

Claire Denis And Isabelle Huppert Talk Inspiration And Structure Of 'White Material'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • November 20, 2010 3:06 AM
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If there ever were a body of work that not only begged but necessitated repeated viewings, it would be the oeuvre of Claire Denis. With an output that is often thematically dense and structurally fragmented, Denis is one of the few directors going today whose films will guarantee a best-of slot in any given year. Her latest releases, "35 Shots of Rum" and "White Material," have been some of her strongest works yet with the latter nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and opening this week through IFC Films. 'Material' marks the first collaboration between her and the brilliant thespian Isabelle Huppert, and we had the chance to speak to the actor and director about the film.

Watch: Clip From 'The Tourist' Finds Angelina Jolie & Johnny Depp Trading Glamorous Quips

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2010 6:55 AM
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December is going to be pretty heavy with serious Oscar fare and bloated tentpoles, so we're hoping Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck's "The Tourist" will be a light breezy caper that will provide from relief in the midst of a very busy movie season.

The Films Of Claire Denis: A Retrospective

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 19, 2010 5:56 AM
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The IFC Center in New York City recently ran a retrospective of French director Claire Denis’s laudable films—the most expansive retrospective of her work that NYC has ever seen—to commemorate the theatrical release of “White Material” this Friday. On the occasion, we have also decided to look back at some of her most noteworthy features.

Review: 'White Material' Another Strong Entry By Claire Denis

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • November 19, 2010 3:03 AM
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They don't come along as often as they should, but Claire Denis's "White Material" is exactly the kind of film that not only doesn't belittle the role of a woman, but empowers it. Externalized effortlessly by the great Isabelle Huppert, the two prove to be a force to be reckoned with in this atmospheric film focusing on feminism, colonialism, family, and politics.

Alejandro González Iñárritu Says The Somber 'Biutiful' Is Actually About "Life"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 18, 2010 4:16 AM
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When "Biutiful," Alejandro González Iñárritu's searing and deeply-moving (and, granted, at times painfully difficult-to-watch) new film debuted at Cannes this past summer, it was almost universally cut down to size. People said it was too bleak, too hopeless, and no matter how stellar and immersive a performance lead Javier Bardem provided -- and, trust us, it's spectacular; the film's one element that was unanimously praised -- most critics couldn't get behind it (Bardem would go on to win the Best Actor prize in Cannes). Maybe it was the heat stroke, the film festival nature of cramming in four or five films a day, or the looking-for-the-next-big-thing attitude that permeates Cannes, but the film was, at best, unfairly overlooked and, at worst, almost universally derided.

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