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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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AFI FEST 2013 Announces Dates and Calls for Entries

AFI FEST has announced the dates for its 2013 installment: November 7-14, about one week later than its usual kick-off. The festival takes place in the heart of Hollywood.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 5, 2013 1:58 PM
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Review: In Tavianis' Dreamy, Meta Docudrama 'Caesar Must Die,' All the Prison's a Stage

Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s docudrama “Caesar Must Die,” Italy's Oscar entry that runs February 6-19 at Film Forum, takes place at Rome’s maximum-security Rebibbia Prison, and stars the facility’s actual inmates. Many of the men are serving life sentences, with a variety of high crimes on their records: drug trafficking, Cammora and Mafia affiliation, and murder.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 6, 2013 12:01 PM
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AFI FEST Audience & Jury Awards Announced; 'A Royal Affair,' 'Nairobi Half Life,' 'A Hijacking' & More

AFI FEST 2012, which concluded yesterday, has unveiled the recipients of this year's Audience and Jury Awards. Winners include Nicolaj Arcel's Danish Oscar entry "A Royal Affair," starring Mads Mikkelsen, and David Tosh Gitonga's Kenyan Oscar entry "Nairobi Half Life." Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 9, 2012 11:55 AM
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Cotillard and Schoenaerts Talk the Mystery of Audiard's 'Rust and Bone' [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

"Rust and Bone" is the first film that Marion Cotillard has carried on her shoulders since playing Edith Piaf. But her supporting roles --in Michael Mann's "Public Enemies," Christopher Nolan's "Inception" and "The Dark Knight Rises," Rob Marshall's "Nine," never failed to steal the show.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 6, 2012 11:43 AM
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AFI Mid-Fest Report: On the Red Carpet with 'On the Road' and 'Silver Linings'; 'The Hunt,' 'Hitchcock,' 'Our Children' & 'War Witch' Reviews

We're in the thick of AFI Fest, with too many films to see and not enough time. TOH's Anne Thompson reviews opening night film "Hitchcock" here, Matt Mueller reviews "Holy Motors," Beth Hanna tackles the devastating Belgian Oscar entry "Our Children," and I checked out "Silver Linings Playbook," "On the Road," "War Witch" and "The Hunt." Part One of our AFI Fest coverage is here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 5, 2012 3:59 PM
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Weinstein Co. Is Smart to Move Up 'Silver Linings Playbook'

Harvey Weinstein is moving up the release of the much-buzzed about comedy "SIlver Linings PLaybook" by one week, opening on November 16 in ten key cities such as NY and LA, to generate some box office momentum before the final awards push in December and January.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 5, 2012 2:22 PM
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Rating 'Psycho,' Behind-the-Scenes 'Hitchcock' and the Universal Hitchcock Fifteen

I got over the awful HBO "The Girl," starring Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock and Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren, by watching the entire Dick Cavett Hitchcock interview. I had more fun with Thursday night's AFI FEST world premiere of Sacha Gervasi's light-hearted "Hitchcock," starring a superb ensemble led by Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren as the master auteur and his collaborator and wife Alma Reville, who the director thanked when he won his AFI Achievement Award, but I confess that I'd rather stick with the real thing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 2, 2012 2:23 PM
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AFI FEST 2012: The World's Best Cinema - From 'Hitchcock' to 'Rust and Bone,' Foreign Oscar Hopefuls & AFM

While the American Film Market takes Santa Monica, the 26th annual AFI Fest brings diverse cinematic life to Hollywood Thursday night with the world premiere of "Hitchcock." The Sacha Gervasi film starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson is one of only two world premieres at the festival, and the second has technically already had a "secret screening" at the New York Film Festival: Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln."
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • October 31, 2012 4:23 PM
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AFI Fest 2012 Announces World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Shorts -- 'Amour,' 'Pieta,' 'Beyond the Hills' & More

AFI Fest (November 1-8) has announced the final portion of its lineup, including World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Short Film programs. 12 Foreign-Language Oscar entries are in the mix, most notably Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or winner "Amour," Kim Ki-duk's Golden Lion winner "Pieta," Denmark's Berlin prize-winner "A Royal Affair" and Cristian Mungiu's "Beyond the Hills," which scored a shared best actress prize in Cannes.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 15, 2012 1:18 PM
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