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Berlinale 2012 Review: Reverence Outweighs Insight In Kevin Macdonald's 2 1/2 Hour 'Marley' Documentary

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 13, 2012 2:03 PM
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A long film detailing a tragically short life, on paper, Kevin MacDonald's Bob Marley documentary "Marley" has more than enough of a pedigree to justify its 2 1/2 hour running time. After all, it's a biopic of one of the most influential and evergreen musical pioneers of all time, being brought to us by the respected documentarian behind the thrilling "Touching the Void" and the Oscar-winning "One Day In September." But the truth is that film's exhaustive approach at some point becomes simply exhausting, with its sporadic moments of true inspiration, almost all directly connected with the music or Bob's early life, serving mostly to remind of how by-the-numbers the rest of the movie is. It purports to bring us the man behind the myth, but 150 minutes later, the flesh-and-blood Marley remains frustratingly out of reach, and the myth is still reverently intact.

Magnolia Announces Acquisition Of Kevin MacDonald's 'Marley' On The Birthday Of The Reggae Legend; Film Will Hit On 4/20

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 7, 2012 10:45 AM
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Well done, Magnolia marketing team. On the birthday of legendary artist Bob Marley, the distribution shingle has announced the acquisition of Kevin MacDonald's documentary "Marley" which will now premiere in theaters and on VOD and digital platforms on April 20th. Yep, that's right, a 4/20 release for the Marley doc.

Joss Whedon's 'Cabin In The Woods' The Opening Film For SXSW; Lena Dunham's 'Girls' Will Also Premiere

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2012 3:00 PM
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Sundance isn't even here yet and already we're smelling the BBQ of Austin. The SXSW Film Festival is just a couple of months away, and to get your appetite (for movies) stirring, organizers have announced the first batch of films making their way to Texas.

Kevin MacDonald's Bob Marley Documentary, New Werner Herzog Death Row Films To Premiere At Berlin Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 19, 2011 9:02 AM
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We've barely wrapped up our 2011 Film Festival coverage (look for one more piece from sunny Marrakech later today), but already we're looking towards the 2012 festival calendar. Sundance have unveiled what seems to be a particularly tantalizing line-up for the Park City festival in January, while this morning has seen the first films unveiled for the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, which kicks off in February.

Exclusive: Kevin MacDonald Says His 'Marley' Doc Is Headed To TIFF

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 26, 2011 5:02 AM
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Says 'How I Live Now' His Next Narrative, Shoots Next YearWhile talking to filmmaker Kevin MacDonald, whose fascinating You Tube documentary "Life in a Day" opens this weekend (more on that soon), the director – who hopscotches between genres and formats – filled us in on his eclectic upcoming slate. First on the agenda is his Bob Marley documentary, simply called "Marley."
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Kevin Macdonald To Direct Adaptation Of Meg Rosoff's 'How I Live Now'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 3:09 AM
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Director Kevin Macdonald has had an interesting career thus far. He came out of the documentary world with the acclaimed "One Day In September" and "Touching The Void" under his belt, and then helped Forest Whitaker win an Oscar for "The Last King Of Scotland." And while his follow up features -- "State Of Play" and "The Eagle" -- have been somewhat underwhelming, his choices continue to fascinate.

Kevin Macdonald Takes Over 'Marley' Doc From Jonathan Demme

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2011 9:46 AM
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It's been a long, messy road for the developing, and highly anticipated Bob Marley documentary "Marley" to see the light of day. Martin Scorsese was originally working on the documentary for the Weinstein Company way back in 2008, although he swiftly bowed out, and was then replaced by Jonathan Demme. The project then came to a standstill when Demme left the project after he and producer Steve Bing didn't see eye to eye on the film during the first rounds of editing, although, Demme did tell us he was proud of the work he had done on the film.

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