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Venice Reviews: Fatih Akin’s 'The Cut' Stars Tahir Rahim, Saverio Costanza’s 'Hungry Hearts' Stars Adam Driver

“The Cut” is Fatih Akin’s reach for the big time, and sad to say he comes up short. The popular German-Turkish director has made a lot of different kinds of films, from inter-cultural dramas (“Head On”) and comedies (“Soul Kitchen”), to romantic comedy/road-trips (“In July”) and documentaries (“Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul”). “The Cut” is meant to be his big, beautiful epic tale, but it falls mysteriously flat straight out of the blocks.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • September 2, 2014 3:26 PM
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Venice Film Festival Diary: 'Black Souls,' 'Heaven Knows What,' 'Goodnight Mommy'

The dark days of Venice continue. It’s not easy starting your morning with a film called “Black Souls” but someone has to do it. Italian director Francisco Munzi’s tale of a Calabrian family embroiled in the mafia gave me a stomach ache, partly because of the sense of dread it successfully exported from the opening shot, and partly because it never quite achieves what it seems to be going for.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • September 1, 2014 6:20 AM
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Al Pacino Debuts Venice Films from David Gordon Green and Barry Levinson

Can there be too much Al Pacino? Not in Venice, apparently, where he was the man of day three with two major films premiering – Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling” and David Gordon Green’s “Manglehorn.” But as much as I love the guy, after his two performances as old, sad, deranged men I was ready to kill myself and after the two press conferences I was ready to kill him.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • August 31, 2014 10:21 PM
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Best of the Week: Telluride, How Hollywood Lost Its Mojo, 15 Must-See Neo-Noirs & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 30, 2014 3:04 PM
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Oppenheimer's 'Look of Silence' & Seidl's 'In the Basement' Shock Venice

Two years ago, after the Berlinale premiere of Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing,” the audience sat silently, shocked and benumbed by what they’d seen. Thursday night’s public screening of his new film, “The Look of Silence,” brought a completely different kind of reaction to a nearly full Sale Grande: emotion.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • August 29, 2014 8:23 PM
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'Wild' Screens For the First Time on Telluride Opening Day (REVIEW)

The Telluride Film Festival opened with Reese Witherspoon hiking adventure "Wild," from the director of "Dallas Buyer's Club."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 29, 2014 7:57 PM
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Jon Stewart's Debut 'Rosewater' Tells a Captivating True Story, But Is It Great Filmmaking?

It was no surprise to see Jon Stewart's directorial debut "Rosewater," a retelling of Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari's (Gael Garcia Bernal) 118-day incarceration in Iran in 2009, on Telluride's lineup this morning. Ahead of the fest, first reviews, which don't exactly portend unanimous acclaim, are up.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 28, 2014 12:27 PM
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Rory Kennedy Doc 'Last Days in Vietnam' Celebrates Heroes (VIDEO)

"There are a lot of lessons from this film," says Rory Kennedy at the Q & A for "Last Days in Vietnam," "that apply to some of challenges we are facing today. One of the big ones is to have an exit strategy planned out when you go into a war, think that through form the beginning."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2014 6:16 PM
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'Birdman' Debuts at Venice to Rave Reviews: "Savagely Sweet"

We're off to the races. Venice Film Festival opener "Birdman," from always-compelling Alejandro G. Inarritu, has earned raves from its first set of reviewers. I will participate in the next round, which is Telluride. (We'll know the official line-up Thursday.) The film closes the New York Film Festival in October.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2014 12:54 PM
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Emmy Watch: As TV Enters the Future, Its Academy Remains Stuck in the Past

If you watched tonight's Emmys and suddenly felt as though it were 1974 rather than 2014, you're not alone. Amid profound changes in how, where, and why we watch television -- to the point that "television" increasingly feels like a misnomer -- the medium's flagship organization seemed confused as to which 'Golden Age' to celebrate.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 26, 2014 12:21 AM
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