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Arthouse Audit: 'Tim's Vermeer' Shows Life; 'Gloria' Expands Well

For the second straight week, a specialized release whose opening date was initially timed to follow a hoped for Oscar nomination that didn't work out opened to decent results anyway. "Tim's Vermeer" (Sony Pictures Classics) was thought to be a prime contender for the Documentary Feature award.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • February 2, 2014 3:59 PM
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This Weekend, See Oscar Shut-Outs 'Labor Day' and 'Tim's Vermeer'

The steady stream of Oscar prestige movies has finally cooled, so with the end of an era come two last-minute Academy shut-outs, "Labor Day" and "Tim's Vermeer," as well as a romantic comedy for the guys, "That Awkward Moment."
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 31, 2014 4:41 PM
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Teller Speaks! Talking Wondrously Mind-Boggling Art Doc 'Tim's Vermeer'

“Tim’s Vermeer” is a beautiful documentary, winningly compact at only 80 minutes, about an artist’s labor of love. It is also about an endearing technological genius, inventor Tim Jenison, and his insistence that art and technology are closer than they appear.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2014 11:22 AM
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EXCLUSIVE Video: Inventor Tim Jenison Discusses How He Cracked a 350 Year Old Mystery in Oscar Shortlisted Doc 'Tim's Vermeer'

Magician and filmmaker Teller's wonderfully mind-boggling doc "Tim's Vermeer," on inventor Tim Jenison's goal to unlock the secret behind Dutch master Johannes Vermeer's photorealistic paintings, begins its awards qualifying run today (December 6 in New York; December 13 in LA). The film recently made the Oscar Documentary shortlist. Check out an exclusive interview snippet below, where Jenison discusses how he hatched the idea to crack the mystery.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 6, 2013 11:29 AM
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This Weekend, Head to 'Out of the Furnace' and 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Two of the year's big awards contenders arrive in theaters this weekend: the Coens' heavenly folk music tragicomedy "Inside Llewyn Davis" and Scott Cooper's hardboiled noir "Out of the Furnace." More low-key releases are Penn & Teller's art doc "Tim's Vermeer" and Ulrich Seidl's refreshingly "Hope"-ful final installment in his "Paradise" trilogy.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 5, 2013 4:03 PM
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TIFF Review: Teller's Clever Art Mystery Doc 'Tim's Vermeer' Plays Like Magic (CLIP)

“Tim’s Vermeer” is something that Mark Twain could have thought up. It applies a hard-headed empirical reality check in the spirit of Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Edison to the theory that the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer used technology (lenses) to arrive at a precision that could not have been achieved with his eyes alone.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • September 10, 2013 2:25 PM
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Toronto International Film Festival, Day Two: from Penn & Teller's 'Tim's Vermeer' and Fiennes' 'Invisible Woman' to Reitman's 'Boogie Nights'

An almost perfect film festival day, including two excellent documentaries, one feature that surprised and delighted me, another that was interesting and novel, and one of Jason Reitman's patented table reads: the cherry on a sundae. Began with "Tim's Vermeer," the documentary about a wealthy, eccentric multi-millionaire, Tim Jensen, who spends lots of money and time trying to duplicate a Vermeer by using a camera obscura and mirror contraption. The movie is directed by Teller and features jovial, whimsical commentary by Penn Jillette.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 9, 2013 1:18 PM
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WATCH: New Clip from TIFF Doc 'Tim's Vermeer' Offers Portrait of an Enigmatic Painter

A brief new clip from the Toronto-bound art documentary "Tim's Vermeer," an investigation of the paintings of Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer, has arrived. Watch below.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 5, 2013 1:09 PM
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