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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: Early Review Round-Up: "Chilly and Acrid" "Razor-Sharp"

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: Early Review Round-Up: "Chilly and Acrid" "Razor-Sharp"
Early reviews praise Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) in the Cold War spy thriller Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy, the film adaptation of John le Carre’s 1974 best-selling novel directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In). Oldman plays MI6 agent George Smiley, previously immortalized by Alec Guinness in the 1979 BBC mini-series. Critics say that Tom Hardy also pops in the ensemble including Colin Firth, John Hurt and Benedict Cumberbatch.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 5, 2011 11:40 AM
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Gosling and Mulligan In Sweet and Sexy Video Clip from Drive

  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 5, 2011 10:26 AM
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Telluride Film Fest Review: Butter Churns Mixed Response, Not Oscar Contender

Telluride Film Fest Review: Butter Churns Mixed Response, Not Oscar Contender
The Weinstein Co. threw its comedic political allegory Butter into the Telluride fray as a test balloon to see how it would play. While folks around me in the overheated Galaxy were laughing at this overwrought Iowa parable about an obsessive-compulsive woman driven to win a butter-carving contest at all costs (read: Michele Bachmann), star Jennifer Garner can't compare with Nicole Kidman in To Die For. I neither laughed at nor reviled her, I just felt sorry for her.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 5, 2011 10:18 AM
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Venice Review: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Is Good, Not Superb Spy Thriller

Venice Review: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Is Good, Not Superb Spy Thriller
Matt Mueller reviews Tomas Alfredson's Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy, which made its world premiere in Venice. “Trust no one,” says John Hurt, in fine fettle here as British spymaster Control, in the early stages of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. In the case of the talent behind this top-class adaptation, they’re words not to be heeded. Attempting to rival the BBC’s superior 1979 serialisation of John Le Carre’s espionage classic – about the hunt for a Soviet mole in the British secret service (‘The Circus’, as Le Carre dubs it) – with a two-hour movie that couldn’t possibly bring the same depth or subtlety may have seemed a foolhardy proposition to many, but the talent wrangled for the mission is magnificently trustworthy.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • September 5, 2011 9:00 AM
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Telluride Review Round-Up: Glenn Close Passion Project Albert Nobbs

Telluride Review Round-Up: Glenn Close Passion Project Albert Nobbs
Based on the Telluride reaction to Glenn Close's long-aborning gender-bender drama Albert Nobbs, the veteran actress has a shot at an Oscar nomination--and so does supporting actress Janet McTeer. Roadside Attractions is planning a late year release--outside the fray--and will push hard for award recognition for Close. The movie played well with the Telluride's audience, especially women, but may face some mixed reviews. The sampling below includes a rave from the NYT's A.O. Scott, which won't hurt.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 5, 2011 8:41 AM
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Murphy as Oscar Host, Hugh Laurie Sings the Blues

It's not a stretch to imagine Oscar producer Brett Ratner asking his Tower Heist star Eddie Murphy to consider hosting the Oscars on February 26. Ratner is expected to announce this week whether or not Murphy has made the cut over the likes of Billy Crystal, who has been lobbying for a return, or our fantasy of pairing of Steve Martin and Tina Fey.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 5, 2011 8:06 AM
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Telluride Day Three: The Teaser/Trailer

Meredith Brody continues her reports from Telluride.Something had to give. All movies and no play (!) makes me cranky, so the flesh is weak: after a full and satisfying day of Wim Wenders’ Pina; The House on Trubnaya Square (1928) by Boris Barnet, with a new score performed by Dennis James and the Filmharmonia Ensemble; Glenn Close and the crème de la crème of British, Irish, and Australian actors in Albert Nobbs, directed by Rodrigo Garcia; and a Tribute to Tilda Swinton with a half-hour of clips, an onstage interview conducted by The New Yorker’s Hilton Als, a screening of Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin, followed by a Q and A with Ramsay, Swinton, and co-scenarist Rory Kinnear, I, uh, went to a party instead of coming home and diarying it up. (Not the fancy-schmancy Vanity Fair party, at which I’m sure AT of TOH was present and taking notes. But a nice soiree nonetheless.)
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 5, 2011 6:25 AM
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Why The Help Is the Most Successful Movie in America

Why The Help Is the Most Successful Movie in America
For this week's “Now and Then” column, Matt Brennan veered from his planned course.I had originally planned on writing about two brilliantly constructed, unnerving examples of the “new Romanian Cinema” — 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days and Police, Adjective, both of which I recommend. But last night, tired of waiting for Tropical Storm Lee to pass, I finally ventured out with a friend to see The Help (trailer below).
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • September 5, 2011 6:22 AM
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Telluride Reviews: Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method Isn't for Everyone; Knightley Inspires Debate

Telluride Reviews: Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method Isn't for Everyone; Knightley Inspires Debate
David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method has stirred up a wide range of reaction at Venice and Telluride. Cronenberg and writer Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons) conduct a brainy, controlled examination of the intense relationships between the pioneers of psychoanalysis, elder Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and younger accolyte Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and two well-educated but neurotic patients (Keira Knightley, Vincent Cassell) who challenge their ideas about sexuality and societal constraints. There's a lot going on in this intellectual historical drama, which is ably carried by some of the world's sexiest movie actors. (See a sampling of early reviews below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 5, 2011 6:01 AM
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Venice Film Fest Review: Steve McQueen's Shame is Graphic, Transgressive, Full Frontal

David Gritten reviews Steve McQueen's Shame from Venice; the film also screens at Telluride Sunday en route to Toronto, where it seeks a brave distributor willing to take on its NC-17 content.
  • By David Gritten
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  • September 4, 2011 5:51 AM
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