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Review: 'Source Code' Is A Decent, But Familiar 'Groundhog Day' Meets Action, Sci-Fi Thriller

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 31, 2011 11:37 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from SXSW.

Q&A: Duncan Jones Says 'Source Code' Was A Sensible Career Move To Control His Own Creative Destiny

  • By The Playlist
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  • March 31, 2011 4:00 AM
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British Filmmaker Talks His 'Superman' Meetings With Christopher Nolan & Wanting To Stick To His Original ProjectsOnly an elite few group of filmmakers get offered a chance to meet with Christoper Nolan to discuss potentially directing the new "Superman" film he's producing, let alone first time filmmakers, but that's exactly what happened to Duncan Jones. Though he bowed out of the running on his own volition and Zack Snyder got the gig, it's a rather huge testament to Jones' unique filmmaking aesthetic that he was even allowed in the front door. But after Jones' low-key sci-fi debut "Moon" hit at Sundance 2008, the British director (and son of David Bowie), became an instant auteur and a cause celebre for the geek crowd who felt his melancholy and textured lunar-based drama did not receive the mainstream push that it deserved.

Duncan Jones Explains Why His Sci-Fi Film 'Mute' Is Such A Difficult Movie To Make

  • By Cory Everett
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  • March 27, 2011 8:05 AM
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Lead Character Won't Speak At All In Film -- Hence The TitleWith his sophomore effort "Source Code" set to open Friday, director Duncan Jones is in the midst of some serious press promotion rounds. The filmmaker is currently traveling around the country to introduce advanced screenings of the sci-fi actioneer everywhere from SXSW (where we first caught the film) to last Friday at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. After the screening, Jones was asked about the status of his long gestating film "Mute," which was recently announced to be made into a graphic novel. Jones gave a variation on the same answer he's been giving recently, but explained exactly why his future noir is a very difficult film to find financing for, even getting into a few minor spoilers, but as our subhead suggests, the title of the film -- and the semi-known logline -- does tend to give things away a bit.

Joel Edgerton, Dominic Cooper, Garrett Hedlund & Luke Evans Will Test For 'Bourne Legacy' Lead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2011 9:40 AM
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Shia LaBeouf And Logan Marshall-Green Are Also Names New To The Casting MixThe field for the next Jason Bourne -- well not really, but the next guy who will be-on-the-run in his footsteps is narrowing. About a month ago, a long list of contenders emerged including names both big and small such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch and Kellan Lutz. Director Tony Gilroy was meeting with the actors but now he has decided who will go the next step and audition in front of a camera.

SXSW: Duncan Jones & Screenwriter Ben Ripley Talk The Reality Bending 'Source Code'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2011 4:22 AM
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Duncan Jones' "Source Code" booted up at SXSW, kicking off festivities last week, and word has been good. In our review, we noted that "Jones remains a strong and original voice in a genre badly needing of both" and whatever you may think of his followup to "Moon," it is undeniably unlike any other sci-fi pic out there right now. This is thanks largely in part to the brainy, narrative-looping script by Ben Ripley. The writer, who previously penned a couple of forgettable "Species" sequels, makes his jump to the big leagues in a major way with a script that conceives a high concept sci-fi premise without ever losing the audience in geek speak.

SXSW Review: 'Source Code' Is A Decent, But Familiar 'Groundhog Day' Meets Action, Sci-Fi Thriller

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 12, 2011 2:11 AM
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When Duncan Jones' mysterious debut feature "Moon" was released back in 2009, the Internet collectively collapsed under the weight of its own enthusiasm. Jones was heralded as a bold new visionary, someone to rescue the tired sci-fi genre from the Hollywood trappings of big-budget spectacle. And while the heaps of praise lavished on the young filmmaker and his debut film were somewhat hyperbolic, it was still clear that the dude was a fresh voice in the field and one unafraid to focus on the human elements of science fiction and genre. Of course, the question was -- what would he do next?

Soundtrack Details Of 'Red Riding Hood' Composed By Sofia Coppola Collaborator Brian Reitzell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2011 4:13 AM
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Tracklistings For 'Source Code' & 'Your Highness' Also RevealedA round up of soundtrack news this morning via the good folks at Film Music Reporter who have been on the ball as of late.

SXSW: New Posters For 'Source Code' & 'The Innkeepers' Arrive

  • By Cory Everett
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  • March 6, 2011 4:19 AM
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The SXSW Film Festival will be underway in just under a week and that means thousands of film lovers down in Austin (as well as a few members of The Playlist staff), will be up to their eyeballs in new films. Two films high on our must-see list are Duncan Jones' “Moon” follow-up, “Source Code,” and indie horror filmmaker Ti West’s latest “The Innkeepers.” And wouldn’t you know it, both films are debuting new posters just in time for the fest which you can check out below.

Watch: New Trailer For Duncan Jones' 'Source Code'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2011 9:00 AM
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A new trailer has landed for Duncan Jones' "Source Code" and like the character in the film, don't be surprised if you have a bit of déja vu.

Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Authorized To Use Whatever Force Necessary In 'Source Code' Clip

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2011 3:25 AM
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Anticipation is high for Duncan Jones' sophomore effort "Source Code," his followup to the acclaimed "Moon," and we'll soon see if the time-looping sci-fi story will deliver the goods.

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