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San Francisco Festival Diary: Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish Talk Falling in Love on 'Big Sur'

SFIFF programmer Sean Uyehara, who's been hanging out with Michael Polish in the bar upstairs, dares to ask, "what was it like to fall in love on the set?" Polish replies, "It took me ten films to fall in love on the set!," whereupon Kate Bosworth says "I wish I had gone to the bar!" But Polish continues, saying that he said to his first AD, "I'm going to marry this girl!" during her first scene.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 3, 2013 4:01 PM
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Review: Andrea Riseborough, Clive Owen Shine in James Marsh's IRA Drama 'Shadow Dancer' (TRAILER)

Andrea Riseborough is a chameleon actress who makes her mark in everything she does, from Madonna's "W.E." as fashionplate Wallis Simpson and Tom Cruise's seductive housemate/overseer in "Oblivion" to terrorist in James Marsh's elegantly crafted IRA thriller "Shadow Dancer," which played the Sundance Fest in January. The movie is available now on iTunes and On Demand and hits theaters May 31.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 3, 2013 2:20 PM
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Early Review Roundup: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' a Relentlessly Entertaining Thrill Ride (TRAILER)

J.J. Abrams' newest "Star Trek" film, which opens May 17 and just premiered in the UK, has already generated critical praise. Though as with Abrams' first "Star Trek" film, "Into Darkness" is not without its detractors, particularly Todd McCarthy of THR.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 3, 2013 12:39 PM
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Weekend Preview: 'Iron Man 3' a Smart Superhero Flick; Critics Applaud 'What Maisie Knew' and 'Something in the Air,' Mixed on 'Post Tenebras Lux'

This weekend, the latest installment of "Iron Man" soars through multiplexes after racking up more than $300 million overseas. Could it score a $150 million opening, or beat 2012's number one movie, "The Avengers"' $1.5 billion total worldwide gross? It is a Marvel sequel, after all.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 3, 2013 12:32 PM
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'Iron Man 3' Review and Roundup: Downey, Jr. in Top Form as Smart Superhero (TRAILER)

Marvel's "Iron Man 3" finally opens stateside--after breaking box office records overseas-- on May 3. This one marks a huge improvement on the disappointing second, which had to carry water for the upcoming "Avengers," and was, director Jon Favreau has admitted, like "juggling chainsaws."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 1, 2013 1:10 PM
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Louisiana International Film Festival Continues with Industry Expo, Strong Documentaries, 'I Am Divine' (TRAILER)

The days' screenings: it's doc day! "Life According to Sam" showed at Sundance and is to be broadcast on HBO in the fall . The second doc is Jeff Kaufman's lively, densely-populated "The Savoy King," which debuted at the New York Film Festival. The third is "I Am Divine," by accomplished documentarian Jeffrey Schwarz, who previously directed HBO's "Vito." If you're a Divine fan, this movie is right up your alley -- I am one, and yet I was totally ignorant of her disco career. If the John Waters star is unknown to you, you'll be a fan after you see the movie.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 26, 2013 3:13 PM
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Now and Then: Olivier and the Bard

"I can smile, and murder while I smile," confides that notorious noble, Richard, Duke of Gloucester (Laurence Olivier), "and frame my face to all occasions." For Olivier, pronouncing "frame" like "feign," it's an auspicious beginning. In Shakespeare's words, he finds his performer's credo.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • April 26, 2013 3:03 PM
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Tribeca Review: Anti-Biodoc Delves into the Austere World of Michael Haneke: "true beauty is accuracy" (TRAILER)

You'll get only small fragments of Michael Haneke's biography in "Michael H., Profession Director." Yet you will see how Haneke works. And you'll get a strong dose of how actors feel about the man who forces them to force audiences to confront terrifying emotions.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • April 26, 2013 1:02 PM
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Review: Godard's 'Le Petit Soldat,' From Geneva, with Angst (TRAILER)

Set in 1958 and shot in 1960, "Le Petit Soldat" begins the way "Breathless" begins: with a man in a car. But there’s an immediate difference. "Breathless" is relentlessly present-tense, moment-to-moment: car to cop to gun to girl. "Le Petit Soldat," Godard’s fourth feature, doesn’t barrel ahead. It looks back. Even as we see the man in the car (Michel Subor), we hear his voice intone: “For me the time for action has passed. I’ve gotten older. The time for reflection begins.”
  • By Howard Rodman
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  • April 25, 2013 4:11 PM
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Review and Trailer for Oscar-Nominated 'Kon-Tiki' - An Enjoyable, Supersized High-Seas Adventure

Norway's Oscar-nominated Foreign-Language entry, the enjoyably supersized “Kon-Tiki,” follows the real-life adventures of explorer Thor Heyerdahl, who, in 1947, embarked on an eccentric mission across the Pacific Ocean, from Peru to Polynesia, on a wooden raft. His goal was to prove that Polynesia...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 25, 2013 12:46 PM
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