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Each and every single awards season, there are tons of both newcomers and veterans to the Oscar game. Tomorrow I’ll be taking a bit of a look at those seeking their first nominations from the Academy, but today I’m going to be going ahead and listing some of the major players who’ve already been nominated before, and in some cases are already winners. It’s leading up to me re-ranking the contenders in the major categories next week, but right now it’s just going to be a preview of which old hands to the Oscar ranch are saddling up for another ride on the awards season pony. In the Best Actor race, the highest profile former nominee is Joaquin Phoenix, who will look for his first win this year with Inherent Vice. He represents the most likely non first time nominee who could win the Oscar in this category, »
- Joey Magidson
Two Days, One Night
Written and directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Sandra (Marion Cotillard) spends the majority of Two Days, One Night knocking on the doors of her co-workers and modestly pleading with them to decline a significant pay bonus so that she can save her job and her family. Some are instantly receptive to her request while others blow her off and even resort to violence. It’s an episodic structure that is executed with measured precision and tension from master Belgian auteurs and critics-darlings Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (The Kid with a Bike). Acting as the antithesis of the hardworking, stubborn, and desperate titular character from the directing duo’s immaculate Rosetta (1999), Sandra’s glowing and unwavering empathy towards those who stand in opposition to her is the crux of her character and the streamlined grace that runs through this humbled marvel of a film. »
- Ty Landis
By Anjelica Oswald
The Academy has a long and complex relationship with musicals, particularly with their ability to secure best picture nominations. The best picture nomination for Les Miserables (2012) at the 85th Academy Awards marked the first time since Chicago’s (2002) nomination and win that a musical was nominated in that category, and as of this moment, there aren’t many options that could break into the category this year.
Since premiering at Toronto, The Last 5 Years — the film adaption of the off-broadway musical written by Jason Robert Brown — has been receiving decent reviews but nothing that would propel it to best picture status. The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney said both Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan bring “confidence and depth of feeling” to their songs and “shift back and forth between rom-com breeziness and full-blown passion, be it the soaring highs or the heartsick lows” with ease, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Look across the landscape of Best Actor Oscar contenders this year. Michael Keaton, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Bill Murray, Timothy Spall, Chadwick Boseman, Kevin Costner, Ralph Fiennes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Hardy, James McAvoy, Channing Tatum all seen and stumped for. Joaquin Phoenix, David Oyelowo, Brad Pitt, Jack O'Connell, Bradley Cooper, Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey and Mark Wahlberg all looking for room on the other side. Gael García Bernal, Ellar Coltrane, Brendon Gleeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones, John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Miles Teller all likely to find supporters besides. Now look at the Best Actress contenders… It seems an oft-repeated lament. The leading lady category always feels just wide enough to manage a healthy slate of nominees, while the fellas deal with shocked asides on Oscar nomination morning about Tom Hanks or some such somehow missing the cut. "It was just too competitive." But it never seems »
- Kristopher Tapley
Editor’S Note: This is a capsule review. The full review will be released once the film hits theatres.
What the writer-director pair of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne seem to understand, and what makes Two Days, One Night such a rich, truthful examination of mental illness, is that depression is not a singular emotion. Sadness is what protagonist Sandra (Marion Cotillard) feels after finding out she’s been laid off from her job in order for 16 fellow employees to get their annual bonus. Depression is the combination of doubt, self-pity, guilt and pride that make her feel helpless when given the weekend to convince her co-workers to save her job.
Two Days, One Night is a film of remarkable empathy, both subtle and heart-swelling. For every deliberate moment of surprising or earned compassion, there are a dozen small acts of kindness that go unnoted. Casting Cotillard is the only real »
- Sam Woolf
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- Steve Rose
Scandinavian company Svensk has signed an output deal with France's Studiocanal that will see Svensk take all rights in Nordic territories for new Studiocanal films. The deal includes such high-profile titles as Justin Kurzel's Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard; Paul King's Paddington featuring Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington Bear and co-starring Nicole Kidman and Dr Who's Peter Capaldi; and animated feature Shaun the Sheep. The deal will also see the two European giants join forces on English-language co-productions set in the Nordic territories. Svensk will handle distribution on these co-production for
- Scott Roxborough
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Telluride — With all the reindeer games going on in the fall festival world, a lot of the drama and mystery surrounding Telluride's perennially on-the-lowdown program began to seep out like a steadily deflating balloon this year. Toronto, Venice and New York notations of "World Premiere," "Canada Premiere," "New York Premiere" or "International Premiere" and the like made it all rather obvious which films were heading to the San Juans for the 41st edition of the tiny mining village's cinephile gathering, and which were not. But the fact is, if you're in it just for the surprises — or certainly, for the awards-baiting heavies — you're never going to be fully satisfied by the Telluride experience. That having been said, this year's program might just be the most exciting one in my six years of attending. Starting with all of the stuff we were expecting, indeed, Cannes players "Foxcatcher," "Mr. Turner" and "Leviathan »
- Kristopher Tapley
The teacup-eyed beauty that is Marion Cotillard is arguably one of the finest actresses working in cinema today. Currently one of only two female performers in history to win a Leading Actress Oscar in a foreign language picture, she has transitioned between genres and, even more impressively, languages.
She is stunning critics and arthouse audiences alike once again with her remarkable work in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s exquisite Palme d’Or contender Two Days, One Night which is out now in select cinemas and available to watch on-demand through Curzon’s new Home Cinema function.
To celebrate the release of this fantastic film, we select Six of the Best Marion Cotillard performances.
The ever-prolific Woody Allen stopped off in the French Capital during his European tour for a spot of vaudevillian charm and wonder with his 2011 title Midnight in Paris. The comedy sees a wide-eyed nostalgian »
- Chris Haydon
★★★★☆Narrowly missing out on a hat-trick of Palme d'Or wins at this year's Cannes Film Festival, socially conscious Belgian directing siblings Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne return with the uplifting Two Days, One Night (2014), their first work to be bolstered by whom many would consider to be an A-list star in the guise of French actress Marion Cotillard. The premise is a simple one: Cotillard's depressive family worker has two days and one night to convince her fellow colleagues to reject a potential bonus so she may keep her job and continue to support her husband and children. A sharply-drawn morality tale for a Europe still reeling from the global economic downturn, the Dardennes are at their plausible best.
- CineVue UK
Catherine Shoard and Henry Barnes join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the big cinema releases. This week the team watch Scarlett Johansson amp up her noggin in Luc Besson's pop science thriller Lucy; Daniel Radcliffe damp down the laughs in relationship comedy What If; the Dardennes brothers employ Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night, a drama about social justice in the job market; and a bunch of indie darlings warble around sunny Glasgow in Belle and Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch's God Help the Girl
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- Xan Brooks, Catherine Shoard, Henry Barnes, Richard Sprenger, Jonross Swaby and Joan Portillo
The Dardennes' latest feature has an epic quality that belies its small-town setting. Marion Cotillard plays a young woman who has to convince her colleagues to renounce their annual bonuses so she can keep her job. This obliges her to embark on her own mini-Odyssey over a weekend, tracking down all her fellow workers and trying to persuade a majority to vote for her in the ballot determining her fate. »
The Dardennes' latest feature has an epic quality that belies its small-town setting. Marion Cotillard plays a young woman who has to convince her colleagues to renounce their annual bonuses so she can keep her job. This obliges her to embark on her own mini-Odyssey over a weekend, tracking down all her fellow workers and trying to persuade a majority to vote for her in the ballot determining her fate. Most are sympathetic but they have their own money struggles. The Dardennes shoot the film in their usual naturalistic, pared down style. There are frequent shots of Cotillard's Sandra sitting in buses and cars as she travels all over the suburbs. We see her standing at doorsteps, waiting patiently for her colleagues, or following them down the street. Sandra has been suffering from depression but her husband pushes her to keep on fighting for her job. The quest gives her renewed strength and self-respect. »
Haugesund, Norway– European powerhouse Studiocanal will roll into Toronto with a glam slate of cast-driven, English-language titles led by Luca Guadagnino’s sexy psychological thriller “A Bigger Splash” (Working Title) and Max Joseph’s coming-of-age drama “We Are Your Friends.”
Wes Bentley has joined Zac Efron and Emily Ratajkowski (“Gone Girl”) in “We Are Your Friends,” a chronicle of a 23-year-old aspiring DJ who tries to find his voice in the electro music scene and bonds with an older DJ. Working Title is producing the film, which is shooting.
Meanwhile, “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson has joined the cast of “A Bigger Splash,” an edgy and contempo twist on the cult Alain Delon-Romy Schneider starrer “La Piscine.” Johnson will play opposite Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Matthias Schoenaerts.
“Splash” centers on a glamorous couple whose holiday in Southern Italy takes an unexpected turn with the visit »
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
Not one but two people of the French persuasion come to lend the Empire Podcast a touch of class and a certain I-don't-know-what (as the French say) this week, namely Two Days, One Night's Marion Cotillard and Lucy's Luc Besson. Also here to sully proceedings is the outgoing editor of Empire, Mark Dinning, who enjoys his very own exit interview at the hands of the podcast team.Elsewhere, the potential for a Mack Bolan franchise starring Bradley Cooper is discussed, and Benedict Cumberbatch's named gets thoroughly butchered. Also, the current "Ice Bucket Challenge" trend is, um, challenged.P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, or here if you prefer things digitally. And to make use of our SquareSpace sponsor offer, »
Director Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne; Screenwriter Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne; Starring: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Pili Groyne, Catherine Salée, Simon Caudry; Running time: 95 mins; Certificate: 15
Marion Cotillard captures the overwhelming despair and paralysis at the core of depression with grace and nuance in the Dardenne brothers' new drama. Her fragile heroine Sandra returns to work at a solar panel factory following a severe depression, only to discover that she has been deemed dispensable and will be made redundant unless her colleagues forgo their annual bonuses.
Though the first vote has already gone against her thanks to interference from the factory's foreman, Sandra's boss is persuaded to hold a new ballot on Monday morning, giving her the weekend to visit each of her 16 co-workers and try to change their minds. It's a daunting prospect for anyone; much more so Sandra who is only just returning to the world of social interaction, »
An entry at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s latest film since 2011′s The Kid With a Bike is Two Days, One Night, a drama starring Marion Cotillard in which she has just two days to convince her coworkers to decline their holiday bonuses such so that she can keep her job. There’s no American release date yet, save for a North American Premiere at the New York Film Festival, but as per the UK trailer, you can see Two Days, One Night in theaters or on VOD in the UK starting Friday. Watch the trailer below:
The post Watch Dardennes and Cotillard in trailer for ‘Two Days, One Night’ appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Brian Welk
Opening Night – World Premiere
David Fincher, USA, 2014, Dcp, 150m
David Fincher’s film version of Gillian Flynn’s phenomenally successful best seller (adapted by the author) is one wild cinematic ride, a perfectly cast and intensely compressed portrait of a recession-era marriage contained within a devastating depiction of celebrity/media culture, shifting gears as smoothly as a Maserati 250F. Ben Affleck is Nick Dunne, whose wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) goes missing on the day of their fifth anniversary. Neil Patrick Harris is Amy’s old boyfriend Desi, Carrie Coon (who played Honey in Tracy Letts’s acclaimed production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) is Nick’s sister Margo, Kim Dickens (Treme, Friday Night Lights) is Detective Rhonda Boney, and Tyler Perry is Nick’s superstar lawyer Tanner Bolt. At once a grand panoramic vision of middle America, a uniquely disturbing exploration of the fault lines in a marriage, »
"Sorry to insist..." Artificial Eye has debuted the first full UK trailer for the latest film from the Dardenne Brothers, called Two Days, One Night starring Marion Cotillard. You may have heard buzz about this film back in May when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and went on to open in France later that month. Cotillard plays a working-class woman desperately trying to keep her job as she must convince her co-workers to vote for keeping her in a company-wide decision. It's one of the best films I've seen all year so far, moving swiftly and yet maintaining an incredibly sharp focus on what they're saying and what they're accomplishing. Marion Cotillard looks much more disheveled than before but that's all part of her like look in the film, which plays even more into her character. Riveting to watch - I highly suggest catching this film. Here's the »
- Alex Billington
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