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Magic Magic, 2013.
Directed by Sebastián Silva.
A delicate and fragile young woman takes a Chilean roadtrip with some of her cousins’ friends, with unsettling and unexpected results.
Juno Temple could never be accused of choosing easy roles. The St Trinian from somewhat humble, inauspicious beginnings has developed as an actor by diversifying wildly by genre and tone. From a creative family (mother producer, father director) it comes as no great surprise that she has ended up pulling faces for money as a chosen profession.
Even at the tender age of twenty-five, she already has an enviable CV of roles, such as the aformentioned St Trinians, The Dark Knight Rises, Greenberg, Killer Joe, Lovelace and this project to name but half a dozen in a career littered with influences from a host of directors that have given her a solid grounding. »
- Steve Leadbetter
★★☆☆☆Young rising actors are habitually chambered within their childhood successes. Their infantile performance eventually pervert their latter day stardom. Michael Cera, the faint-of-heart, puerile stutterer, must be all too familiar with this misfortune. Renowned for playing the delicate skeptic, his post-adolescent career seemed to be almost cast in pre-pubescent concrete. Yet, in a stab at unshackling the typecast, Cera's recent endeavours have seen him play a fuzzed out party-hound for Crystal Fairy (2013), and a sex-deprived oddball in his latest, Magic Magic (2013). Both movies, directed by the 35-year-old Chilean darling of Sundance, Sebastián Silva, allow Cera to develop his acting acumen.
- CineVue UK
In part it looks like a horror-thriller, but Magic Magic is more an unnervingly plausible depiction of mental breakdown, and it features a couple of career-high performances
Chilean director Sebastián Silva gave us a clever and disturbing psycho-chiller of domestic servitude in his 2009 movie The Maid, then teamed up with Michael Cera for the peyote-dream road movie Crystal Fairy. Now he reunites with Cera for Magic Magic, a film with some mannerisms that make it look like a horror-thriller, although it is more a disquieting and unnervingly plausible depiction of mental breakdown. Juno Temple takes her career to the next level with this artless, raw performance, something to be compared with Catherine Deneuve in Polanski's Repulsion, and Cera comes into his own as a natural villain and the nastiest piece of work to be seen in the cinema all year. Temple is Alicia, who has come to Chile to hang »
- Peter Bradshaw
A group of attractive young people holidaying in an isolated rural cottage doesn't tend to bode well in cinema, but Sebastián Silva's troubling psychological thriller largely eschews cabin-in-the-woods convention, and cements Juno Temple as one of the most compelling young actresses working today. Playing a fragile tourist who suffers a horribly drawn-out psychotic break, Temple puts to use the same off-kilter naivety and quiet volatility that made her a standout in Killer Joe.
Alicia (Temple) arrives bleary-eyed to visit her cousin Sara (Emily Browning) and her friends in Chile; she's never been outside of the Us before, and seems on-edge from the start. As the group travels across the country to reach their remote getaway, there's an air of veiled hostility and passive-aggression towards the socially awkward Alicia, »
Alicia’s (Juno Temple) vacation starts like any other, when she visits her best friend Sarah (Emily Browning) in Santiago, Chile. Sarah has planned a fun filled trip with Alicia and her new group of friends, Brink (Michael Cera), her boyfriend Agustin (Agustin Silva) and his not so fun, chaperoning sister, Barbara (Catalina Sandino Moreno).
In Magic Magic, they plan a road trip to Agustin’s parents’ home in south Chile, when Sarah suddenly has to return to school for unexplained reasons that leave Alicia alone in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people. Sarah is scheduled to return in a couple of days and convinces Alicia to continue on the trip without her…
Alicia desperately tries to settle into her unfamiliar surroundings but finds it difficult. Everyone else thinks her increasingly erratic behaviour is irrational and that she is simply being a spoiled brat. The language barrier, atop their lack of compassion, »
- Dan Bullock
Wgn America is expanding its original programming development slate with an adaptation of DC Entertainment comic “Scalped” from “Banshee” writer Doug Jung, the network said. Also read: ‘Lost’ Exec Producer Adds Gravitas to Wgn America's ‘Salem’ The one-hour drama is described as a crime noir set on a Native American reservation, based on the 60-issue “Scalped” comic book series from DC imprint Vertigo Comics by Jason Aaron and illustrated by R.M. Guéra. Jung is developing the project as executive producer and writer with Warner Horizon Television. Also read: ‘Ten Commandments’ Series Directed by Michael Cera, Gus Van Sant and Others Ordered by Wgn America. »
- L.A. Ross
Director: Sebastian Silva.
Running Time: 97 minutes.
Synopsis: Alicia (Juno Temple) finds herself mentally unravelling in remote Chile, leaving those around her questioning her sanity or whether it’s all an act.
Sent by her family to stay with cousin Sarah (Emily Browning) for unknown reasons, the introductory idyllic, watery Chilean landscapes are a far cry from the bleak, sinister tones that soon override proceedings. Though appearing in trailers as a horror that takes place on a remote island, Magic Magic spends far more time concerned with the slow burning unravelling of Alicia’s mind than the eerie or supernatural.
Left alone with Sarah’s boyfriend and friends »
- Emma Thrower
Chilean cinema has been the talk of the town in film festivals lately. That's notably the case since Sebastián Silva managed to make not one, but two films with Michael Cera, as well as the selection of Pablo Lorrain (director of No, the first Chilean Oscar nominated film) to helm a new remake of the classic crime flick Scarface. That's in addition to the international appeal and growth of the films of Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, especially due to the antics and masterful kicks of Marko Zaror, and the new festival darling that came out of Sundance this year, To Kill a Man. But we tend to forget there are movies that stay out of festivals and international release, and that doesn't mean the film is only relevant...
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Casting across the live-action/animation spectrum: Chloe Grace Moretz is in final negotiations to star in Sony's adaptation of Rick Yancey's young adult novel The 5th Wave. Salma Hayek joins Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Edward Norton, and David Krumholtz in the voice cast for the R-rated cartoon Sausage Party. Thomas Lennon joins Danny Glover, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, Lucas Till, and Holt McCallany in the live-action/animation hybrid Monster Trucks. Hit the jump for more on each project. According to The Wrap, J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) will direct The 5th Wave from a script by Susannah Grant (The Soloist). Here's the book synopsis: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, »
- Brendan Bettinger
The Oscar-nominated actress will play character Teresa the Taco in the story. The film follows the Sausage and his friends who fall out of a shopping cart as they journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the July 4 sale, reports deadline.com
The 47-year-old star will join an A-List voice cast including Seth Rogen - who also penned the script and other celebrities like James Franco, Michael Cera, Edward Norton, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig and David. »
- Ketali Mehta
Seth Rogan, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Edward Norton and David Krumholtz also voice characters in the R-rated feature which is aiming for a 2015 release. [Source: Moviehole]
Larson plays Ma, a woman kidnapped as a teenager who has been held captive for years in a tiny room where she lives with her five-year-old son Jack. To the boy, the room is the only world there is. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Salma is set to join the cast of Sony’s crude animated comedy, Sausage Party. She will voice the character of a taco named Teresa. Her co-stars include the likes of; Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, Michael Cera, Nick Kroll and David Krumholtz.
The film revolves around one sausage’s journey into discovering the truth about his existence. After falling out of a shopping trolley, the brave sausage must make his way through the supermarket and journey back to his aisle before the Fourth of July sale. Whilst embarking on this dangerous journey the heroic sausage finds some unlikely friends.
Salma has previously offered her voice to animated films The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists! and Puss In Boots. Her latest screen appearance was Grown Ups 2, and she will next be staring in How To Make Love Like An Englishman alongside Jessica Alba and Pierce Brosnan. »
- Ciham Messouki
Aimee Mann, the Oscar-nominated songstress of "Save Me" from the "Magnolia" soundtrack, brings a specific and cutting humor to everything she does. She's both sarcastic and damning, deadpan and sensitive. And her videos -- which have featured the likes of Jon Hamm, Laura Linney, Morgan Murphy, and now her newest duet partner Ted Leo -- are hilarious in their droll weirdness. It's a wacky but understated humor comparable to the IFC series "Portlandia," which actually once featured Mann in a hysterical cameo role. The 'Til Tuesday vet has always been a fan of comedians; she's had acts like Patton Oswalt and Paul F. Tompkins join her in concert, and she often features funny folks in her music videos. In "Aimee Mann's Christmas Carol," she ran into John Krasinski, Michael Cera, and John C. Reilly. Mann's newest video "Milwaukee," the first single off the new album she and Ted Leo »
- Louis Virtel
The actress will lend her voice to Teresa the Taco in this animated R-rated comedy, which centers on a sausage who falls out of his shopping cart, sending him on a journey with other lost food items as they try to get back to their aisles in the supermarket before the dreaded 4th of July sale. Edward Norton, Michael Cera, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz and Kristen Wiig round out the voice cast.
Conrad Vernon (Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted) and Greg Tiernan are directing from a script by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shafir, based on an original story by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Jonah Hill. Sony is eyeing a 2015 release date for the comedy, which Evan Goldberg revealed in October is an, "an »
With a voice cast that only includes one actress amongst a crew of actors, the animated R-rated comedy Sausage Party was beginning to live up to its name. Kristen Wiig is the only female in a cast that also includes Seth Rogen (who co-wrote the film with This is The End co-director Evan Goldberg), James Franco, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Edward Norton and David Krumholtz. But now Deadline reports Salma Hayek is on board too. The film follows a sausage and his friends, fallen out of a shopping car, who must journey through the supermarket in order get back to their proper aisle before the big sale on the Fourth of July. This won't be Hayek's first rodeo as a voice actress since she also played a feline heroine alongside Antonio Banderas in Puss in Boots. Though Rogen and Goldberg directed their first hit comedy last year, animation is a different animal, »
- Ethan Anderton
Deadline is reporting that Salma Hayek has joined the voice cast of the raunchy animated comedy, Sausage Party. The R-rated film was written by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir, and stars a pretty impressive line-up of talent, including Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Edward Nortan and David Krumholtz.
Coming to us from Sony and Annapurna Pictures, Sausage Party will be directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan and follows a sausage that, after falling out of a shopping cart, embarks on a dangerous mission with some friends to make their way back through the grocery store and onto their aisles before the Fourth of July sale begins.
Sure, it sounds like an absolutely ridiculous premise for a movie, but with Rogen and Goldberg involved, you can be sure that the laughs will be plentiful. The duo has collaborated on projects such as Superbad, »
- Matt Joseph
I love how movies make you feel certain emotions as you watch them. It's one of my favorite parts about going to the movies. I always find it interesting, though, when I get vicariously embarrassed during awkward moments. Meaning I am embarrassed for the characters in the movie in the positions that they are put in. I started thinking about this while I was watching Goodfellas over the weekend. Is it just me, or does it seem like this movie is on every other day? Anyway, There's a scene where Joe Pesci starts to get pissed off at Ray Liotta for telling him he was a funny guy. The scene went from being fun to uncomfortable very fast, and I started to feel embarrassed for Liotta's character.
I started to think of what other movies that made me feel like that, and came up with the following list of films. »
- Joey Paur
Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, and Tavi Gevinson will be making their Broadway debuts later this year in Kenneth Lonergan's 1996 play This Is Our Youth, the Chicago Tribune reports. The production will open at Chicago's Steppenwolf Upstairs Theater in June and move to New York in August. The show, set in 1982, follows three characters over the course of two nights: Cera will play Warren, the maladjusted 19-year-old who just stole $15,000 from his lingerie-magnate father; Culkin will play Dennis, the small-time drug dealer; and Gevinson, in her first stage role, will play Jessica, an antsy fashion student. Cera and Culkin were in an Australian production of the show in 2012, and Gevinson played an antsy high-school student in Enough Said, so everyone seems to be on familiar footing. Watch out, Regan-era hopelessness! »
- Margaret Lyons
Lonergan said Tuesday that Cera, whose credits include Arrested Development, Juno and Superbad, and Culkin, of Igby Goes Down and Cider House Rules, will bring the play to Broadway in the fall after a stop this summer at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. All three will be making their Broadway debuts.
The woman in the middle of the pair will be played by Tavi Gevinson, »
- Associated Press
Salma Hayek is set to join the ensemble voice cast of Sony's raunchy animated comedy Sausage Party , Deadline reports. She'll play a taco named Teresa opposite Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, Michael Cera, Nick Kroll and David Krumholtz. The film follows one sausage's quest to discover the truth about his existence. After falling out of a shopping cart, our hero sausage and his new friends embark on a perilous journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the 4th of July sale. Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan are directing the 2015 release for Sony Pictures and Annapurna Pictures. Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote the script with Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir. Hayek most recently appeared on the big screen in Grown Ups 2 . »
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