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TIFF 2014 Lineup Includes 'The Imitation Game,' 'While We're Young,' 'Nightcrawler,' 'Men, Women & Children' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 10:46 AM
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So, the question was whether or not the Toronto International Film Festival's new rules about premieres—telling distributors that any movie playing the festival in the first four days couldn't screen anywhere else (sorry Telluride)—would hurt their ability to curate an attractive lineup. Well, put those fears aside as the fest has unveiled a pretty solid first wave of titles. So what's coming? Where do we start?

Watch: Channing Tatum Wants To Be The Best In The World In New Teaser For 'Foxcatcher'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2014 1:38 PM
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"Director Bennett Miller...has outdone himself, turning his uniquely meticulous eye to a tiny story in a totally rarefied, specific environment and through whatever alchemy he has perfected, created something so universal and resonant that it feels epic, sprawling, almost ancient in its mythic overtones. 'Foxcatcher' is an enormous film," Jessica Kiang wrote in the opening paragraph of her review from the Cannes Film Festival. To say that she loved the film would be an understatement, and certainly the rest of us here are eagerly anticipating the film, that is undoubtedly going to be in the Oscar conversation this fall.

Channing Tatum Stares You Down In First Poster For Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2014 12:46 PM
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By almost every account out of the Cannes Film Festival, Channing Tatum delivers one of his finest performances yet in Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," a wrestling drama that left more than its fair share of scars on the actor. Talking with Vulture this spring about a sequence in which he breaks a mirror, Tatum recalls pushing himself to the point where he didn't realize the physical strength he was putting into it. "I went through the wall on the other side," he said. "You get jacked up and you don't really think, Oh, I'm just gonna hit it hard enough to break the mirror. I missed a stud by about four inches. The cut on my head, that was real."

The Best Films Of 2014 So Far...

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 3, 2014 12:05 PM
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Best of 2014, midway
Here's a bold statement: 2014 is looking like a pretty damn good year for movies so far. We've had a few strong ones in a row (2011, 2012 and 2013 were all overflowing with goodness), but a little less than halfway through this year, and the discerning moviegoer has been spoiled with choices. Of course, there's been a lot of swill, but from the blockbuster to tiny foreign indies, there's been plenty worth checking out.

The Best And Worst Of The 2014 Cannes Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 27, 2014 3:33 PM
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Best/Worst Cannes
Our suitcases are only partially unpacked and our accreditation badges are still rattling around the bottom of our bags, but this year's Cannes is now well and truly over, and perhaps the only way for us to attain true closure, is to run through our highlights and lowlights.

Cannes 2014: 'Winter Sleep' Takes Palme D'Or, 'Foxcatcher' Gets Best Director, Plus All The Winners

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 24, 2014 1:13 PM
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Roll up the Red Carpet; hang up your tux; let down your chignon; the Cannes Film Festival drew to a typically glamorous close this evening with the glitzy award ceremony, at which Jury president Jane Campion and her unprecedentedly female-majority panel announced their award decisions. The big news? Long-time bookie’s favorite "Winter Sleep” taking the coveted Palme d'Or, much to Playlister Jessica Kiang’s dismay and Playlister Nikola Grozdanovich’s joy (check out Jess’ review and Nik’s rebuttal)

Oscars: Can 'Foxcatcher,' 'Eleanor Rigby' & 'Mr. Turner' Go From Cannes To Awards Success?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2014 3:01 PM
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Though there’s still a couple of days and a few high-profile premieres to come, things are starting to wind down here in Cannes. So while that means a chance to catch up on reviews, and on stuff we missed earlier in the festival, it’s also a opportunity to have a breath and take stock of what’s come over the last week or so. And, we say with a semi-heavy heart, to start to work out which of the big Croisette premieres might stay the distance all the way through to the upcoming awards season.

Cannes Film Festival: The Mid-Way Report & Those Chasing The Palme d’Or

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • May 21, 2014 2:04 PM
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Time for a little mid-Cannes Palme check-up. Out of a conservative eighteen films playing in competition, there’s only four left to go. In the madness of press lines, while fighting sleepless nights and ignoring growling stomachs, we have managed to see and review all fourteen films and our grades have covered all ranges; from near-failures (“The Captive,” “The Search”) to total winners (“Foxcatcher,” “Mr. Turner”) But that’s just us. Daily magazines at Cannes like Screen International love to pool critics’ opinion into a consensus and analyze who’s got the edge for the Palme. So let’s take a closer look at what’s favored, and what we thought of each one (with a little special attention given to a particular Turkish talkie.)

Cannes Review: Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher' Starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo & Vanessa Redgrave

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 19, 2014 6:31 AM
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Foxcatcher
Director Bennett Miller has already proven that he has the uncanny ability to spin exquisite, immersive, intelligent stories from material that on paper might not seem so appealing—we’ll still never quite get to the bottom of why “Moneyball,” a film about baseball sabermetrics should be so rich and engaging. But with "Foxcatcher," he has outdone himself, turning his uniquely meticulous eye to a tiny story in a totally rarefied, specific environment and through whatever alchemy he has perfected, created something so universal and resonant that it feels epic, sprawling, almost ancient in its mythic overtones. “Foxcatcher” is an enormous film.

Watch: First Clip From Bennett Miller's Cannes Drama 'Foxcatcher' Starring Channing Tatum & Steve Carell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 16, 2014 10:02 AM
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Foxcatcher
Originally slated to be released last fall, Sony Pictures Classics yanked "Foxcatcher" from the schedule soon after the trailer dropped online, citing Bennett Miller's need for more time to finish the film. Well, it's in the can and playing Cannes (sorry), set to premiere in Competition next week. So what was the hold up? A lengthy post-production process.

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