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Mesrine double bill swaggers onto UK DVD and Blu-ray

26 December 2009 8:26 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Who'd have thought the director of the pointless and forgettable Assault On Precinct 13 remake could turn out such a thoroughly entertaining crime epic. Doubt ye not though because  Jean-François Richet's biopic of the self-aggrandising French bank robber, jail-breaker, womaniser and author is a belter of a crime thriller.

Both Killer Instinct (pt1) and Public Enemy Number 1 (pt 2) manage to be gripping, action-packed and very funny for a combined running time of nearly 4 hours. This in no small part is down to a hugely charismatic Vincent Cassel, carrying more bravado as Jacques Mesrine (pronounced May-reen...) than the entire cast of Goodfellas, shooting, shagging and posturing his way across Algeria, France and Canada. The supporting cast add some more colour to proceedings with the frankly stunning Ludivine Sagnier and The Diving Bell And The Butterfly's Mathieu Amalric (as fellow inmate Francois Besse) standing out. The ever-reliable Gerard Depardieu »

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Christmas and new year TV films

18 December 2009 5:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Not sure what to watch? We can help with our comprehensive guide to the best films on TV this Christmas and new year

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Saturday 19 December | Sunday 20 December | Monday 21 December | Tuesday 22 December | Wednesday 23 December |Christmas Eve | Christmas Day | Boxing Day | Sunday 27 December | Monday 28 December | Tuesday 29 December | Wednesday 30 December | New Year's Eve | New Year's Day

Saturday 19 December

Yes Man (Peyton Reed, 2008)

10am, 8pm, Sky Movies Premiere

Remember Jim Carrey in Liar, Liar, where he forces himself to tell the truth for 24 hours? Well, here Jim Carrey forces himself to answer yes to any request, for a year. Which is upping the ante somewhat, but doesn't make it a better film. This is a return to the manic, gurning, not-very-funny Carrey, as if The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine etc hadn't happened. Just say no.

The Golden Compass (Chris Weitz, 2007)

11.40am, 8pm, Sky Movies Family

What with Harry Potter, Narnia, Lemony Snicket and all, »

- Paul Howlett

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘A Christmas Tale’ Offers French Take on Family Dysfunction

14 December 2009 9:23 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – When American filmmakers throw a colorful familial ensemble under one roof for the holidays, the result often feels like a forced sitcom. Consider 2005’s “The Family Stone,” an ungainly fusion of slapstick laughs, scathing satire and feel good fuzziness.

The family members and their significant others each came equipped with their own specially designed quirks, including a matriarch battling cancer, and a deaf son with a black male lover (they’re portrayed as the only “normal” people in the film). French filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin’s “A Christmas Tale,” has the same basic outline, yet its style is more evocative of the New Wave than bad television.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.5/5.0

Not since Ingmar Bergman’s “Fanny and Alexander” has a film so enchantingly merged jubilant holiday magic with melancholy family drama. It’s an exhilaratingly off-kilter picture, with a story both sprawling and simple. The film opens with a man, Abel »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Blu-ray Review: A Christmas Tale (Criterion Collection)

1 December 2009 1:13 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I heard faint rumblings regarding Arnaud Desplechin's A Christmas Tale last year after I had already missed the screening; I'm not even sure it was even in Seattle theaters for longer than a couple of weeks. I wasn't too worried though, "faint rumblings" typically indicate a quality film that won't knock your socks off, and in those terms the French-language A Christmas Tale delivers, but through the eyes of others this one could be so much more.

The setting is kept simple as the film focuses on the Vuillard family during the winter holiday season. It's the members of this family, both blood and by marriage and/or friendship, that complicate matters.

There is hardly a lead role, but the story revolves around the recent knowledge the Vuillard matriarch Junon (Catherine Deneuve) has been diagnosed with cancer and is in need of a bone marrow transplant from a blood relative. »

- Brad Brevet

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Thanksgiving, movies, and reasons to be grateful

28 November 2009 7:31 PM, PST | EW.com - The Movie Critics | See recent EW.com - The Movie Critics news »

The gratitude lists emailed among friends and families this Thanksgiving are lovely and thoughtful, expressing heartfelt appreciation for  food, shelter, health, friends, family, babies' smiles, rainbows, Mom's lasagna, all that good stuff. The only problem is, when mentioned in the same breath as Mom and rainbows, offering thanks for the genius of Netflix looks pretty puny. But not here: Here's where movie lovers can offer up movie love in the spirit of the holiday. I'll go first: 1. Thanks to great American actors whose appearances invigorate every movie they're in. My choice trio: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, and Jeffrey Wright, »

- Lisa Schwarzbaum

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Inside the Head of Mathieu Amalric

5 October 2009 12:41 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

"The film is really about the fact that you never know what's in the head of somebody else," muses Mathieu Amalric about "Wild Grass," the vibrant new film from director Alain Resnais, in which he plays an unconventional policeman. "I think that's what's amazing about getting old. When you see Alain Resnais, you don't think about wisdom -- he's not this sort of Buddha. No, it's crazy to do a film like that at 85 years old. It's good news!"

The French actor (and unlikely Bond villain) was one of three of the film's stars in town for the festival. He sat down with IFC's Alessandro Minoli to talk about working with a legend filmmaker, photography and where he sees himself at 85.



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Nyff: Drunk on Cinema

29 September 2009 3:16 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Being unfamiliar with "The Incident," the novel by Christian Gailly on which "Wild Grass" is based, I like to imagine it this fine-boned, New Yorkeresque tale of lonely Parisians brought together by coincidence. If that's the case, Alain Resnais' high-strung film is something like happens when you get that story drunk and it lurches around the house, knocking things over and hitting on your host's wife. In the New York Film Festival's opening night selection, mad flourishes are daubed all over moments that don't seem like they demand any particular emphasis, peculiarities abound and characters ramp up to and back away from emotional heights at perilous speeds.

The incident in question is a minor one that brings into contact two strangers, but the connection catches and holds, leading to a bemusing love affair. Marguerite Muir (Sabine Azéma), a dentist whose passion is aviation, has her purse stolen when out shoe shopping, »

- Alison Willmore

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Les herbes folles (Wild Grass) - New images from the Alain Resnais film

28 September 2009 12:59 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

"Les herbes folles" ("Wild Grass") has new images in the group. The film is sent out by Sony Pictures Classics and directed by Christian Gailly. Alex Reval and Laurent Herbiet write. The drama stars Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Devos, André Dussollier, Anne Consigny and Nicolas Duvauchelle. The film is a Cannes Film Festival Award winner of two awards at this year's fest - The Special Jury Prize and the Special Award. Additioinally, it was nominated for the Golden Palm Award »

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Tiff Picks 09: Larrieu Bros.' Les Derniers jours du monde

3 September 2009 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- #22. Les Derniers Jours Du Monde Director: Jean-Marie Larrieu and Arnaud Larrieu Cast:Mathieu Amalric, Catherine Frot, Karin Viard, Sergi Lopez, Omahyra MotaDistributor: Rights Available. Buzz: A preem at Locarno hasn't brought about glowing reviews for this dystopian flick with the two plus hour run time. I'm not sure if this is an overly ambitious project or just a difficult sell, but I'll rally behind this one because I need something less grim to work with my appreciation of Children of Men. The Gist: A global apocalypse is about to destroy all mankind. In a final quest, Robinson (Mathieu Amalric) sets out on a journey from France to Spain, searching for Laetitia, the woman he once loved, even if it means heading back to the centre of the danger zone. But as the world is turning upside down, most people – through their blind panic – have decided to simply enjoy their »

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The Road added to already amazing Tiff lineup

13 August 2009 10:17 AM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Yes there are other films we're excited to see in this final Tiff line-up announcement - Alejandro Amenábar's Agora, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done by Werner Herzog - but let's face it the chance to see John Hillcoat's adaptation of the The Road two months early is just so damn cool that we had to give it top billing here.

You can check out the full Galas and Special Presentation line-ups after the break, or learn more about the entire festival over at the official Tiff site.


Agora Alejandro Amenábar, Spain

North American Premiere

In the fourth century, while Egypt was under the Roman Empire, violent religious upheaval in the streets of Alexandria spills over into the city’s famous library. Trapped inside its walls, the brilliant astronomer Hypatia (Rachel Weisz) and her disciples fight to save the wisdom of the ancient world. Among »

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Sony Pictures Classics Picks up 'Wild Grass'

10 August 2009 11:16 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Director Resnais' film premiered in Cannes.

By Wrap Staff

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired French filmmaker Alain Resnais’ "Wild Grass."

Jean-Louis Livi produced the film, which premiered in Cannes.


Based on French writer Christian Gailly's 1996 novel "L'incident", the film is about a lost wallet and how it changes the lives of its principal characters. 


It stars Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Devos and Anne Consigny. »

- Michael Speier

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Exclusive: Mesrine Killer Instinct Clip

21 July 2009 3:00 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

A film so big it had to be divided into two densely-packed hours of action and crime, Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Mesrine: Public Enemy Number One are set to burn up screens like a Gauloise, with Vincent Cassel as the charismatic Jacques Mesrine.This clip shows Mesrine, a young up-and-coming underworld figure, facing off against Gerard Depardieu's more powerful, and more established, Guido. Think goats butting heads, only these guys have good suits and large automatics in their belts.The two films star anyone who's anyone and French, including Ludivine Sagnier, Samuel Le Bihan, Mathieu Amalric and Cecile de France. Mesrine: Killer Instinct is out on August 7, with Mesrine: Public Enemy Number One close behind on August 28. Vive le crime! »

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Trailer: Larrieu Bros.' This is the End

7 July 2009 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- It's the end of the world. What do you do? If you are Mathieu Amalric's character in Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu's Les Derniers jours du monde, you satisfy your, and other primal urges first. Starring Amalric, Sergi López, Catherine Frot, Karin Viard, Clotilde Hesme and Sabine Azema, this tells the story of Robinson, who is unable to forget the beautiful and cruel Laetitia, his only great love. The day before the destruction of the planet, Robinson leaves his bunker to be reunited with Laetitia in the most dangerous place on Earth: Paris. From some reason, the trailer elicits thoughts of Hitchcock's North By Northwest and of course, apocalyptic, human civilization is at risk and dwindling by the numbers type of plot line that Hollywood regularly gets wrong. Here we see a guy having perhaps the best time of his life and his unfulfillment comes from not being »

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IFC Films Warms Up Bruno Podalydes' Park Benches

29 May 2009 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Filled to the gills in French thesp talants (Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric, Chiara Mastroianni and Emmanuelle Devos - just to name four), it was a surprise to see Bruno Podalydes’ Park Benches not make some sort of Cannes competition or non-comp appearance. The film wasn't denied access to Cannes - it became part of the must see market screenings perhaps due to the fact that the film's sales co. Wild Bunch could only have so many films in comp and the sidebars. Sight unseen, perhaps Podalydès got the idea from the multiple person set up after his experience with Paris, je t'aime. The ensemble film (see complete list of names in the French poster) is featured in the backdrop of Versailles. As she does every morning, Lucie joins her colleagues at the office. Between games of solitaire and adverts on the Internet, it’s a working day just like any other. »

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Cannes in 60 Seconds: Wednesday, May 20, 2009

21 May 2009 12:02 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Nothing like a little war movie to bookend a day at the Cannes Film Festival. Lines began forming at the crack of dawn to see the first screening of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds this morning, and, still, many were shut out. (Erik Davis rounded up the first reactions from those who did manage to gain admittance.) Evening brought the glamour, as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie led a parade of celebrities down the fabled red carpet for the black-tie and gown gala presentation. As a cherry on top, Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell screened at midnight.

Films Sold. Amazingly -- or maybe not, when you consider all the free publicity it's already accrued -- Lars Von Trier's highly controversial and divisive Antichrist sold to IFC Films. The company says they will release the same version as the one screened in Cannes, according to indieWIRE. Specific release plans were not announced, »

- Peter Martin

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Cannes 2009 Producer's Patch: Memento Films

12 May 2009 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Memento Films have a mandate to work in a grassroots manner – when they take on a project they don't take half a dozen others to pay the bills. Last year's films included an esteemed batch of autuer films in: Goodbye Solo, Wendy & Lucy, The Class, Wonderful Town, Under the Bombs and Grown Ups. This year they get to showcase Kamen Kalev's Eastern Plays (Director's Fortnight) and Raya Martin's Independencia (Un Certain Regard) in the comps. For buyers there is the Larrieu pic in post pro as well (see Mathieu Amalric pic below).   Eastern Plays  by Kamen Kalev - Completed Independencia  by Raya Martin – Completed North (Nord)  by Rune Denstad Langlo - CompletedTHIS Is The End (Les Derniers Jours Du Monde)  by Arnaud Larrieu – Post-Production The Exploding Girl  by Bradley Rust Gray – Completed Treeless Mountain  by So-Yong Kim – Completed »

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DVD Playhouse: April 2009

11 April 2009 11:58 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—April 2009


Allen Gardner

Milk (Universal) Sean Penn deservedly captured his second Best Actor Oscar (and Dustin Lance Black a statuette for his original screenplay) in director Gus Van Sant’s portrait of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to hold public office in the U.S. Alternately heartbreaking, infuriating and very funny, a film that both captures a bygone era and is still very timely. Fine support from Josh Brolin, Victor Garber, James Franco and Emile Hirsch. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Three featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS 5.1 surround.

Slumdog Millionaire (20th Century Fox) The Best Picture of 2008 is a kinetic, clever audience-pleaser about a determined lad (Dev Patel) from the slums of Mumbai, who has his chance at literal and financial redemption as a contestant on India’s version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Best Director Danny Boyle dazzles »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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[DVD Review] Quantum of Solace

30 March 2009 12:18 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

After the meaty origin story Casino Royale, greeted with almost universal acclaim for its back to basics bravado, it would seem the honeymoon really is over for this latest reincarnation of cinema's longest running franchise. Looking to build on the accrued goodwill by refining the bloated Bond into something efficient enough to shed the anachronistic shackles, first time Bond director Marc Forster and scripter Paul Haggis have trimmed so much off the top as to render the series virtually emaciated and delivered a film as confounding as its nonsensical title.

Picking up right where Royale left off, Quantum opens hard and fast with Bond (Daniel Craig) weaving his bullet riddled Aston Martin in an out of traffic on a winding Sienna cliffside road while duly dispatching the customary bad guys in hot pursuit to deliver Mr. White for interrogation. It's an interrogation that's short-lived as an assassin is only too »

- Neil Pedley

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DVD: Review: DVDs in Brief - March 25, 2009

24 March 2009 10:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

With the Jason Bourne series injecting immediacy and real-world grit into the moribund super-spy genre, the James Bond franchise was smart to retool its image by casting Daniel Craig as a hard-nosed, no-frills Bond—as far from the Roger Moore model as Christian Bale’s Batman is from Adam West’s. Quantum Of Solace (MGM) fails to capitalize on the invigorating Casino Royale reboot, but that shouldn’t be taken as a referendum on Craig or the reconceived Bond; the problem is a script that descends into murky plotting, a surprisingly forgettable villain played by the usually unforgettable Mathieu Amalric »

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DVD: Review: DVDs in Brief - March 25, 2009

24 March 2009 10:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

With the Jason Bourne series injecting immediacy and real-world grit into the moribund super-spy genre, the James Bond franchise was smart to retool its image by casting Daniel Craig as a hard-nosed, no-frills Bond—as far from the Roger Moore model as Christian Bale’s Batman is from Adam West’s. Quantum Of Solace (MGM) fails to capitalize on the invigorating Casino Royale reboot, but that shouldn’t be taken as a referendum on Craig or the reconceived Bond; the problem is a script that descends into murky plotting, a surprisingly forgettable villain played by the usually unforgettable Mathieu Amalric »

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