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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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Jean Denizot's 'La Belle Vie' Wins Venice Film Festival's Europa Cinemas Label

A jury of four exhibitors announced today that "La Belle Vie," the feature debut of French director Jean Denizot, is the the winner of the Venice Film Festival's Europa Cinemas Label, as part of the festival's Venice Days section.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 6, 2013 2:37 PM
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WATCH: Lance Armstrong Comes Clean in First Clip from Alex Gibney's 'The Armstrong Lie'

The first clip from Alex Gibney's "The Armstrong Lie," a chronicle of cyclist Lance Armstrong as he prepared for his eighth Tour de France victory in 2009, has landed. In the clip below, Armstrong talks about a cathartic interview he had with Oprah just three hours before.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 6, 2013 12:00 PM
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WATCH: First Clip from Stephen Frears' Oscar Hopeful 'Philomena,' with Judi Dench and Steve Coogan

The first clip from Brit director Stephen Frears' dramedy "Philomena," which debuted at Venice to raves and will play TIFF this month, has arrived. The Weinstein Company has slated the film, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, for a December 25 stateside release.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 3, 2013 12:57 PM
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WATCH: Mysterious First Clip from Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves,' with Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard

The first clip from director Kelly Reichardt's Venice debuter "Night Moves," the followup to her 2010 revisionist western "Meek's Cutoff," has landed. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard as a group of radical environmentalists who set out to bomb a hydroelectric dam.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 3, 2013 12:41 PM
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WATCH: Dane DeHaan Reads Henry Miller in New Clip from 'Kill Your Darlings,' with Daniel Radcliffe

With "Kill Your Darlings" now screening out of competition at the Venice Film Festival, a new clip and images from this 1944-set beat generation drama have emerged. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg who meets Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) at Columbia and is drawn into a murder mystery.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 2, 2013 2:32 PM
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Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: Flat 'Parkland' Revisits JFK Assassination

A seminal event in America's recent past - the assassination of JFK - is reconstructed in writer-director Peter Landesman's competently made but one-dimensional dramatization, using a hefty ensemble cast that includes Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton and Marcia Gay Harden.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • September 1, 2013 8:23 AM
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Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: 'Philomena' Is A Triumph

If you were seeking a guaranteed recipe for box-office success, casting Judi Dench as a sweet little old Irish lady trying to track down the son she was forced into giving up for adoption decades earlier sounds like the winning ingredient. Add in Steve Coogan as an acerbic British journalist enlisted in her search, helping to steer the story away from the swamp of sentiment, and the fact that it's based on a true story, and you have Stephen Frears' triumphant, warm-hearted crowd-pleaser "Philomena".
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • August 31, 2013 6:34 AM
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