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Venice Film Festival Awards Golden Lions to Thelma Schoonmaker and Frederick Wiseman

The Venice International Film Festival, now celebrating its 71st birthday, has named film editor Thelma Schoonmaker and film director Frederick Wiseman as recipients of the Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 18, 2014 3:03 PM
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Venice Film Festival Opens With Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's 'Birdman'

The 71st Venice Film Festival has announced that it will launch on August 27 with the world premiere of Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's "Birdman Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance".
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • July 10, 2014 7:00 AM
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Alexandre Desplat to Preside Over International Jury at Venice Film Festival

Is there any Hollywood composer busier than Alexandre Desplat? The six-time Oscar nominee has scored four of the year's films so far (with another in post), but apparently he needed something more on his plate: he's been tapped to be the president of the International Jury Competition at this year's 71st Venice International Film Festival.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 23, 2014 11:57 AM
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Kim Ki-duk to Open Venice Days with 'One on One' (TRAILER)

South Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk's latest film, "One on One," is set to open this year's edition of Venice Days, the Venice Film Festival sidebar modeled on the Cannes Directors' Fortnight.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 2, 2014 12:43 PM
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Review: Kelly Reichardt's Eco Suspense Thriller 'Night Moves'

Three radical environmentalists blow up a hydro-electric dam in Oregon, and then face the consequences of their extreme actions in Kelly Reichardt's meditative, observational suspense-drama. Already beloved by many for her minimalist chronicles of American malaise "Wendy and Lucy" and "Meek's Cutoff," Reichardt's fifth feature is strongest in its set-up before becoming a tad perplexing and taking a baffling wrong turn at its inconclusive ending.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • May 27, 2014 2:01 PM
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Review: Nicolas Cage Returns to His Naturalist Roots in 'Joe,' Directed by David Gordon Green

David Gordon Green's "Joe" is a sluggish, slow-burn drama set in poverty-mired Mississippi about the bond that gradually builds between a drifter boy ("Mud"'s Tye Sheridan) and a simmering ex-con (Nicolas Cage). While both Cage and Sheridan are very watchable, especially in the scenes they share together, "Joe" is ultimately too underpowered to make it anything other than ordinary.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • April 11, 2014 2:57 PM
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WATCH: Mia Wasikowska Schleps Through the Outback in New Trailer for 'Tracks'

The latest trailer for director John Curran's "Tracks," about a young woman's treacherous journey across the wilds of the West Australian desert and starring the sublime Mia Wasikowska, has landed. Release date via distributor The Weinstein Company forthcoming.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 7, 2014 6:46 PM
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WATCH: Judi Dench Speaks Eloquently About Meeting and Playing the Real-Life 'Philomena'

Last month at the Venice Film Festival, Judi Dench spoke eloquently at the "Philomena" press conference about meeting the real Philomena Lee, now 80, and the challenges of bringing her unusual life to the screen. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 21, 2013 12:04 PM
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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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Venice Top Prize Goes to Rosi Doc "Sacro GRA'

Italian director Gianfranco Rosi's documentary “Sacro GRA” is the winner of the 70th Venice Film Festival. The movie is about the ring road around Rome.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 7, 2013 2:20 PM
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