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Paper Magazine Critic Goes Contrarian, Names ‘12 Years A Slave’ Worst Film Of 2013

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 18, 2013 10:21 AM
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12 Years A Slave
While we’re mostly celebratory around these parts, a considerable aspect of our year-end cinematic reflections has been dredging up those unspeakable films long since forgotten for one final verdict—think “Violet and Daisy,” “I Give It A Year," or “The Big Wedding." We compiled our 20 favorite abominations here, but elsewhere head film critic of Paper Magazine Dennis Dermody has aimed for more awards-centric fare with his list, and ended up with director Steve McQueen’s work in his sights.

Blu-Ray Review: Extensive Deleted Scenes & More Make Xavier Dolan's 'Laurence Anyways' Worth Revisiting

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2013 10:04 AM
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Laurence Anyways
"People think it's a transgendered documentary or something, but for me, it's a love story, more than anything," director Xavier Dolan said this past spring during The Museum Of Modern Art: Modern Mondays presentation of his latest film, "Laurence Anyways." And while the subject matter, bold stylization, '90s setting and runtime that clocks in just under three hours were the kind of elements that could make Dolan an easy critical target, his third film turned out to be arguably his best yet.

Exclusive: Watch The Opening Sequence From Xavier Dolan's 'Laurence Anyways' Plus Full List Of All The Songs In The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2013 11:36 AM
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Forget Xavier Dolan's age, forget the charges of overindulgence or reckless ambition and even forget the subject matter, a transgender relationship chronicled across a full decade. If you're looking for one of the most powerful and moving love stories you'll see all year, carve out some time and track down "Laurence Anyways." The third film from the Canadian director is a knock-out, that may overreach, but hits peaks and heights of true emotion that few films ever do and today we've got a little sample for you.

Review: Xavier Dolan's Epic 'Laurence Anyways'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2013 8:00 PM
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"The sky's the limit," Fred (Suzanne Clement) says when she's asked about what people will say when her boyfriend Laurence (Melvin Poupad) decides to become a woman. It's 1989 and she believes that her generation is ready to handle transsexuality -- and perhaps they are -- but as both Fred and Laurence soon find out, their intellectual capacity to deal with the transition may not survive the rigors of the heart. The young director Xavier Dolan has proven he's anything if not divisive, and his latest, "Laurence Anyways," will do nothing to change that. But as messy as it is, as much as the film overreaches and overplays its hand, "Laurence Anyways" is also exciting for the very ambition and narrative daring that it contains.

Watch: U.S. Trailer For 'Laurence Anyways' Is An Elegant, Beautiful Music Video Plus Clip From Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2013 6:52 PM
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With each week bringing with it at least a half dozen more movies to theaters, and countless more on VOD, not to mention film festivals and more, it's tough for any to resonate and stay above the noise. But last year, after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, Xavier Dolan's "Laurence Anyways" was one I just couldn't shake. Flawed? Sure. But the emotion within wasn't paralleled by any other movie, and certainly the ambitious scope and brave material made it stand apart. Indeed, it landed on my Best Of 2012 list as it has already opened in Canada, but with the U.S. release on the horizon, a new trailer has arrived. And it's pretty great.

Kevin Jagernauth's Favorite Films Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2013 12:01 PM
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2012 is so two weeks ago, right? Well, forgive my tardiness, but I was doing my best to catch up with as much as possible before putting this list together, but even then some films missed out. "Once Upon A Time In Anatolia," "Compliance," "Sleepwalk With Me," "Nobody Walks," "No" and a handful more...I wish I could have seen them, but it just didn't happen.

'Cosmopolis, 'Goon,' 'Laurence Anyways,' & 'Stories We Tell' Land On Canada's Top 10 Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2012 7:48 PM
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Earlier this week, all across Canada, film fans lined up at their local Canadian Tire, to vote their favorite movie that the country produced. Okay, that didn't really happen, but a panel of industry types all cast their votes for Canada's Top Ten, which as you might guess, celebrates the finest in nation's cinematic output in a given a year. And this year, quite a few high profile titles made the cut (with titles ranked alphabetically, not numerically).

Xavier Dolan Talks ‘Laurence Anyways,’ His Prolific Career & His Upcoming Psychological Thriller ‘Tom a la Ferme’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 26, 2012 1:23 PM
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Three service elevators, two stairwells, and one cautious yet friendly hotel employee later, Xavier Dolan locates what he and his “Laurence Anyways” actress and friend Suzanne Clément discovered the previous afternoon: A barren hotel floor halted mid-renovation, drenched in sunlight amidst stripped columns and walls, and a cloud of dust lifted with every step through it. “This floor technically doesn’t exist, if you just use the main elevators,” notes the 23-year-old director of “J'ai Tué Ma Mere (I Killed My Mother)” and “Heartbeats” as we wander around the space.

AFI Fest: 'Laurence Anyways' Stars Melvil Poupaud & Suzanne Clement Discuss Director Xavier Dolan's Process, The Late-'80s Setting & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 13, 2012 3:00 PM
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After two visually lush and emotive efforts from director Xavier Dolan -- “J'ai Tué Ma Mère” and “Heartbeats,” both of which landed him on the Cannes red carpet -- those following his latest drama, “Laurence Anyways,” should have no problem believing the film's unconventional romance, near-three-hour runtime, and late-'80s period setting as anything less than appropriately ambitious. However, two facets sure to surprise audiences within this grand narrative are the wonderfully committed lead performances from Melvil Poupaud and Suzanne Clément (the latter of whom netted a Best Actress prize in the Un Certain Regard category at Cannes this year for her work).

FilmNation Picks Up Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska,' Breaking Glass Buys Xavier Dolan's 'Laurence Anyways'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • October 31, 2012 1:28 PM
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After 2011’s Oscar-winning “The Descendants,” Alexander Payne is looking for a little extra help in getting his follow-up feature “Nebraska” to the screen. The road trip flick starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte is seeking a supplement to its financing by shopping its international distribution rights. Paramount is distributing the film domestically, but FilmNation has reportedly already struck a number of key deals on behalf of Payne to get the film in front of more international audiences.

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