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Venice Review: ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ - Muscularly Charismatic, But Exasperating

Before its unveiling, some found “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” a peculiar choice as Venice opener by new artistic director Alberto Barbera, even taking into account Mira Nair’s history here (the Indian-born, New York-based filmmaker won the Golden Lion with “Monsoon Wedding” in 2001)...
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • August 30, 2012 10:53 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Remembering Tony Scott, Zadan & Meron Land Oscars, Weekend Preview, In The Works & More

This week on TOH, we interviewed Craig Zadan and Neil Meron on being the 2013 Oscar producers, we looked ahead to the weekend's offering of new films, we compared Joe Wright's upcoming "Anna Karenina" to the long string of previous film adaptations, paid tribute to director Tony Scott (1944-2012) and much more!
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  • August 24, 2012 4:09 PM
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Weekend Preview: 'Samsara,' 'Little White Lies,' 'Wild Horse,' 'Premium Rush' & More

Consider this a weekend to indulge at the movies. The 70mm documentary "Samsara" is a gorgeous, spiritually rich experience to let wash over you, while "Wild Horse, Wild Ride" examines the equine-and-man relationship and delivers a moving result akin to last year's "Buck." Guillaume Canet ("Tell No One") returns with the unabashedly French "Little White Lies," which requires antsy Americans to accept its slow pace and self-indulgence in order to appreciate its fine acting, particularly Marion Cotillard and Benoît Magimel.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • August 23, 2012 4:29 PM
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Now and Then: For the Love of 'Bernie' and Jack Black

"Bernie" wears as many hats as a Texas cowboy. Somehow, and simultaneously, Richard Linklater's latest is a genuinely surprising confidence game, a homey slice of Southern life, and an eccentric black comedy of small-town manners. The most apt description is far simpler, though: "Bernie" is one of the best films of the year.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 21, 2012 4:00 PM
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Spike Lee's Tightened 'Red Hook Summer' Marks a Personal, Affectionate and Tough Return to Steamy Brooklyn

Beware screening your movie too early at a big festival. Richard Kelly's "Southland Tales" was one example of an unfinished movie getting creamed at Cannes. Spike Lee, who defines the current indie model --lucrative commercial director by day, scrappy indie doc and featuremaker by night--unveiled his self-financed "Red Hook Summer" at Sundance to less-than-stellar reviews. So he took the movie back to the editing room. Lo and behold, it scored better pre-release reviews, and opened solidly in four theaters last weekend.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 17, 2012 4:23 PM
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Weekend Preview: 'Side by Side' & 'The Awakening' Best Bets Over Divisive 'Sparkle,' 'Cosmopolis' and 'Robot & Frank'

There's no shortage of films opening this weekend, but many will be disappointments if you go in with high expectations. The safest bet is Chris Kenneally's doc "Side by Side," which is both a treat for film buffs and a primer for anyone looking to get behind a camera in today's fast-changing digital landscape. Also getting strong reviews is Craig Zobel's Sundance entry "Compliance," which is suitably disturbing given the true story behind it, but its real-life grittiness is undermined by casting an actress who looks like a stripper to play a small town teenage girl.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 16, 2012 3:26 PM
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Now and Then: Waiting for Julie Delpy

Full disclosure: I'm a little bit in love with Julie Delpy, sometimes unaccountably so. She's neurotic, fretful, and sharp-tongued, a femme fatale with a French accent and Woody Allen specs. Her first film as a director was a mess. And yet she keeps growing on me, a habit I just can't seem to break...
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 14, 2012 11:42 AM
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Best of the Week: 'The Master' Arrives in Santa Monica, 'Bourne' Debuts, Plus Festivals, Interviews & More

This week on TOH, we eagerly anticipate the Toronto and Venice film fests, we review both "The Bourne Legacy" and the surprise screening of PTA's "The Master," we round up the best films of the year so far and more!
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  • August 10, 2012 4:25 PM
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Now and Then: The Best of the Year So Far

The dog days of summer are here, and for moviegoers that usually means an August lull between tentpole extravaganzas and festival fodder, a chance to reflect on the year so far...
  • By Matthew Brennan
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  • August 7, 2012 6:28 PM
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Review: Gilroy's 'The Bourne Legacy' Delivers, Thanks to Renner

I was looking forward to "The Bourne Legacy" more than most studio sequels that have lost their signature director and star. That's because Universal turned to writer-director Tony Gilroy to reinvent the "Bourne" franchise without Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon, who became a movie star playing the title character originated by Robert Ludlum.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2012 1:40 PM
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