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Christopher Nolan Wants to Tell You About the Future of Movies

In his Wall Street Journal op-ed, "Interstellar" writer-director Christopher Nolan offered a double-sided solution to what he considers the modern movie malaise
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 9, 2014 11:45 AM
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This Weekend, Watch Johansson and Gainsbourg Suck Men's Souls in 'Under the Skin' and 'Nymphomaniac: Volume II'

This weekend, catch sexy Scarlett Johansson in not one, but two films, and in two wildly different roles. While reviews are solid-gold for the Marvel sequel "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," in which she stars opposite the reassuringly bland charms of Chris Evans, you're unlikely to see a weirder, or better, movie than Jonathan Glazer's freaky-good succubus-from-space odyssey "Under the Skin."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 3, 2014 3:30 PM
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Cinematographer Manuel Claro Talks the Bearable Lightness of 'Nymphomaniac'

Cinematographer Manuel Claro calls "Nymphomaniac" the ultimate Lars von Trier movie ("Volume II" opens Friday), containing "a fuck you to film school energy that's all over the place," in which the director's pessimism and optimism battle one another. However, after the in-your-face look of"Melancholia," the opus about sex addiction starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgard was much simpler to light, despite the greater length and traipsing 55 days through Germany and Belgium.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 3, 2014 3:28 PM
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As 'Nymphomaniac' Provokes, von Trier and Leth's Masterful 'Five Obstructions' Gets DVD Rerelease

At the same time that the impish Lars von Trier is busy offending, affronting, provoking and outraging audiences with “Nymphomaniacs” I and II, Kino Lorber has chosen to re-release one of the films that got a lot of people excited about von Trier in the first place: “The Five Obstructions.”
  • By John Anderson
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  • April 1, 2014 11:32 AM
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Review: Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac: Volume II'

In the grim second volume of Lars von Trier's erotic epic "Nymphomaniac," the great Dane dares us once again to sympathize with a morally monstrous antiheroine -- here, in the form of Joe, as played by Charlotte Gainsbourg, who's game for anything and everything for the role. Watch it now on VOD before it hits theaters April 4.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 31, 2014 3:50 PM
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Four Directors Who Torture Their Actors, from Hitch to Trier (CLIPS)

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It's no secret that Lars von Trier pushes his actresses to the edge-- and sometimes all the way over. A director's commitment to wringing the most out of their actors dates back to another vainglorious Von: Eric von Stroheim ("Greed") was notorious for using offscreen acrimony to get what he wanted onscreen, while Alfred Hitchcock sent poor Tippi Hedren into a room to be pecked by live crows. Here are four directors who stop at nothing to get what they want from their actors.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 25, 2014 5:13 PM
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Jam-Packed Movie Weekend Means Lots to See, But Should You Skip 'Divergent'?

While astute cinephiles can revel this weekend in the theatrical release of Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac," two arthouse docs and a grab bag of terrific indies, those looking to keep brain function to a minimum can check out the latest YA franchise hopeful "Divergent." Trailers for all after the jump.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 21, 2014 6:00 AM
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Review: Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' Volume I

In Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac Volume I,” a bruised and battered woman, Joe (Charlote Gainsbourg), recounts her lifelong misadventures of nymphomania to a lonely man (Stellan Skarsgard). He continually interrupts her to point out how her sordid tales parallel that of river trout. He’s intellectualizing her sex addiction, in a wickedly humorous way, which is indeed what “Nymphomaniac” is doing, too. The film opens in theaters Friday, March 21 and is now on VOD.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 20, 2014 12:54 PM
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Where Will You Be Watching 'Nymphomaniac' This Weekend?

It has finally come. The unrated "Volume I" of Lars von Trier's erotic opus "Nymphomaniac" arrives in 25 US theaters this Friday March 21. But you may have already seen the saucy, hotly debated, artsy sex epic on VOD, as Magnolia Pictures made the film available on March 7 on cable on demand, Amazon and a smattering of other platforms. "Volume II" hits VOD this Thursday, March 20, with theatrical release to follow April 4.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 19, 2014 4:35 PM
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Here's the First Official US Trailer for Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac: Volume II'

"I am a Nymphomaniac, and I love my filthy, dirty lust," pronounces Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lars von Trier's favorite damsel-in-distress, in the first official US trailer for "Nymphomaniac: Volume II." Watch here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 18, 2014 3:12 PM
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