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Review: Malick Stumbles with 'To The Wonder'

There are no dinosaurs in Terrence Malick's sixth feature, but there are bison, sea turtles, prairies, toxic sludge, sun-dappled water, more prairies, a conflicted priest (Javier Bardem) and enough pirouetting by Olga Kurylenko to make you imagine that she probably felt dizzy at the end of each day's shooting.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • April 10, 2013 12:04 PM
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New Trailer for Redford's 'The Company You Keep' with LaBeouf, Sarandon, Nolte & More

The trailer has landed for Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep," which was just picked up by Sony Pictures Classics before its Venice and Toronto premieres. The thriller is star-packed with...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 14, 2013 1:13 PM
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Venice Film Festival Announces Three Advancing Projects from Biennale College-Cinema Program

Three projects have advanced to the second round of the Venice Film Festival's Biennale College-Cinema program. This second phase consists of a workshop in which the participants will actually make a mini-budget film; each will get 150,000 euro in funding.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 22, 2013 1:23 PM
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Venice Film Festival Announces 15 Shortlisted Projects for Biennale College-Cinema

Fifteen projects representing 12 countries have been selected for the Venice Film Festival's Biennale College-Cinema. Each team is composed of a director and producer, and will take part in a 10-day workshop held in Venice in January 2013.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 5, 2012 2:01 PM
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Venice Winners: Golden Lion to 'Pieta,' Director to Paul Thomas Anderson

South Korean director Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta" won the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival, while the Silver Lion went to American director Paul Thomas Anderson for "The Master"; both his stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix shared the best male actor award. Israel's Hadas Yaron won best actress nod for "Fill The Void" by Rama Burshtein. Austrian Ulrich Seidl won the Special Jury prize for "Paradise: Faith." French director Olivier Assayas took home best screenplay for "Something in the Air."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 8, 2012 5:48 PM
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Best of the Week: Toronto, Venice & Telluride Fest Coverage, Plus Box Office, Awards & More

This week on TOH, we're in major festival mode with coverage and reviews out of Toronto, Venice and Telluride, we look at the weekend's theatrical offerings, analyze last weekend's box office and more!
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  • September 7, 2012 4:58 PM
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Venice: 'Crawl' Wins the Europa Cinemas Label for Venice Days Section

Hervé Lasgouttes' "Crawl" has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival. By receiving the Label, "Crawl" benefits from promotional support and better exhibition options from the Europa Cinemas network.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 7, 2012 12:20 PM
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Venice: Polley's 'Stories We Tell' Is Revealing & Affecting

With Toronto beckoning, I've had to bid a reluctant farewell to Venice where, as much as I liked "BAD 25", "The Iceman", "Disconnect", "Enzo Avitabile Music Life" and "The Master", my pick of the festival was undoubtedly "Stories We Tell". Sarah Polley's third feature as a writer-director – and first non-fiction film – is revelatory in multiple ways, not least as a deeply exposing journey into the heart of the actress' family and own identity.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • September 4, 2012 7:58 PM
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Telluride Wrap: Strong Lineup Led by 'Argo,' 'Gatekeepers,' 'Amour,' and 'Stories We Tell'

Heading into Toronto and New York, what have we learned from Telluride and Venice? Quite a good deal. The Telluride awards season movies now in play include Sony Pictures Classics' Palme d'Or-winning "Amour," starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, which wowed audiences and journos alike and should wind up in the best picture as well as foreign film race
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 4, 2012 7:08 PM
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'Anna Karenina' Early Review: Visually Splendid, Audacious, Swoony Epic Romance Heads for Oscars

The startling new adaptation of Tolstoy’s great novel "Anna Karenina," with Keira Knightley in the title role, is . as visually splendid as any studio epic, even if it plays with audience expectations of what lavish looks like. It’s a respectable adaptation of a huge story, encompassing a wealth of ideas; yet it also has the direct, heartfelt appeal of what Hollywood once called ‘a women’s picture.’
  • By David Gritten
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  • September 2, 2012 7:00 PM
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