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Review: David Mackenzie's Music Festival Rom-Com 'You Instead' Has A Tin Ear

  • By Sam Price
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  • September 12, 2011 6:45 AM
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Not many films are set at music festivals. D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary, “Monterey Pop” is vital, we’ll grant you, and other rock docs that expose something fundamental about the artists they’re profiling (“Don’t Look Back,” “Gimme Shelter”) remain compelling portraits of some of the most important artists of the twentieth-century. But, much like stand-up comedy or running for high office, fictional recreations of what compels a human being to get up onstage in front of thousands of people and expose themselves to the public at large, are far and few between.

Watch: Trailer For David Mackenzie's Music Festival Rom-Com 'You Instead'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 14, 2011 1:17 AM
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David Mackenzie's an interesting sort of director. Ever since his debut a decade ago or so with the British indie "The Last Great Wilderness," he's created a series of solid, consistently interesting dramas, none of which are bad (though "Spread" comes close), but none of which are truly excellent either (the underrated "Hallam Foe" is the next best thing, however). But he's always had interesting taste, been able to get strong performances out of his casts, and marched to the beat of his own drum, and we've always believed that he'd knock something out of the park one of these days.

"It's Too Much Madness To Explain In One Text"; First Trailer For 'Attack The Block' Rocks

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 3, 2011 1:17 AM
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Plus Watch Two Clips From The FilmAlien invasion is very much in vogue at present, with "Battle: Los Angeles" imminently following on the footsteps of "Skyline," and "Cowboys and Aliens" and "The Darkest Hour" on their way later in the year, among others. But there's one film we've been looking forward to over and above all the others: "Attack the Block," the directorial debut of British comedian/screenwriter Joe Cornish.

Luke Treadaway & Felicity Jones To Star In British Period Drama 'Cheerful Weather For The Wedding'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 30, 2010 2:37 AM
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Mackenzie Crook and Elizabeth McGovern Also On Board A couple of years back, Focus Features proved that, if you found a mostly forgotten comic novel from the early 20th century, cast it right, and displayed a light enough touch with it, you could end up with a modest sleeper hit like "Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day." There hasn't exactly been a deluge of copycats so far, but filming's just kicked off on a new British film that hopes to repeat the formula.

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