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'Gravity' Review: Cuaron's Exhilarating 3-D Space Ballet Is Anchored by Bullock and Clooney

If Alfonso Cuaron's hypnotic, exhilarating space thriller "Gravity" isn't thematically as potent as "Children Of Men," his allegory about an infertile world, it is nonetheless a mesmerizing experience from start to finish, an extraordinary visual triumph. The film deploys 3-D in prodigious fashion, turns the carnage of disintegrating space shuttles and hurtling satellite debris into a beautiful if perilous ballet (scored magnificently by Steven Price), and benefits in differing ways from the turns of its two star performers, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • October 3, 2013 1:23 PM
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Telluride and Toronto Winners and Losers: Who Came Out Ahead?

The fall film festivals are a crucible that send winners out into the award fracas and losers to lick their wounds.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 16, 2013 6:19 AM
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WATCH: TIFF Press Conferences for '12 Years a Slave,' 'Gravity,' 'Prisoners,' 'Labor Day,' 'Enough Said' and More

Check out TIFF press conferences for "12 Years a Slave," "Prisoners," "Labor Day," "Gravity," "The Fifth Estate," "Enough Said," "The F Word," "The Railway Man," "Blood Ties," "Mandela," "August: Osage County" and "The Invisible Woman."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 11, 2013 12:57 PM
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Telluride XL Day Five: 'Nebraska,' 'Gravity,' 'Prisoners' and a Toast to the 40th Anniversary Fest

I try not to beat myself up during a film festival. I try to adopt the Zen-like mantra of "wherever you are is the place you're supposed to be." Choosing one movie over another is not a life-or-death situation, and eventually one can usually see anything one wants.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 6, 2013 12:54 PM
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WATCH: Final Trailer for Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' Goes Deeper Into the Void

The final, full trailer for Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as a pair of astronauts torn asunder from their spaceship, has landed, as it were.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 5, 2013 12:47 PM
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WATCH: Exhilarating 'Gravity' Clip 'Detached'

In case you missed it, check out this stunning clip from Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity." In it, astronauts Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are confronted with a stomach-turning crisis in space, and Bullock's character is forced to detach from an arm of a downed spacecraft. All this is shown in a single uninterrupted shot. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 25, 2013 3:25 PM
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Comic-Con Immersed in Movies: 'Gravity' Could Be This Year's 'Life of Pi,' A Commercial Art Film in Glorious 3-D (UPDATED VIDEOS)

It looks like Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" (October 4) could be this year's "Life of Pi," a thrilling roller-coaster ride in space and a mystical meditation on the cosmos and rebirth, and a major VFX Oscar contender.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 24, 2013 11:47 AM
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Comic-Con Wrap: Winners and Losers (Hiddleston video)

So who came out ahead? Here's my list of winners and losers of Comic-Con.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 24, 2013 6:11 AM
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Comic-Con Visionaries Talk Realizing 'Gravity' and 'Amazing Spider-Man' in 3-D, Staging Fights in 'World's End,' Long Takes, 3-D and Future of Film (TRAILERS)

The high point of the annual EW Comic-Con Visionaries panel with Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity"), Marc Webb ("The Amazing Spider-Man") and Edgar Wright ("The World's End") moderated by Anthony Breznican was an exchange on the aesthetics of long takes and bringing reality into fantasy on film. Wright launched a discussion about combining fights and effects in a reunion comedy about old chums (led by co-writer/star Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) returning to their home town for a pub crawl--and stumbling on an alien invasion.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 22, 2013 1:39 PM
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Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' to Open the 70th Venice International Film Festival

As we predicted, Alfonso Cuaron's much anticipated sci-fi epic "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, will open the 70th Venice International Film Festival, running August 28 - September 7. The film will be out of competition.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 3, 2013 12:19 PM
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