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As a parable of solidarity, Two Days is programmatic and predictable in a way that’s new to the Dardenne brothers, and not in a good way; as a streamlined narrative, it’s impeccably crafted. The straight-up chase scene dropped into 2005’s L’enfant — a potential audition for a rote action film should they ever feel so inclined — indicated Jean-Luc and Pierre Dardenne’s handheld, ever-impassioned kineticism was reaching new levels of sheer technical proficiency. Two Days, One Night presents the dilemma of Sandra (Marion Cotillard) — fired from her solar panel factory job, ostensibly so the plant can remain competitive on a playing field leveled by Chinese labor. It’s clear […] »
- Vadim Rizov
Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit) IFC Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: C Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Screenwriter: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Cast: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Pili Groyne, Simon Caudry Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 12/8/14 Opens: December 24, 2014 There’s a reason that the aphorism “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you” is called the golden rule, and that is because the statement is the gold standard, representing the most basic rule of civilized conduct among people. If you put yourself into another person’s shoes, and thereby really get to know what makes the [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
What a difference a week makes. Once considered a long shot for an Oscar nom, Jennifer Aniston has now received the holy trifecta — nominations for best actress from SAG, Golden Globe and the Critics’ Choice Awards. An Oscar nomination seems more and more likely.
It’s all the more impressive that Aniston has received such attention for a small independent film. In “Cake,” written by first-time screenwriter Patrick Tobin and directed by Daniel Barnz, she plays Claire Simmons, a woman who suffers from chronic pain and becomes obsessed with learning more about a member of her support group who committed suicide. Aniston has never been given such a meaty role on the bigscreen before, and she rewards the filmmakers’ gamble with a beautiful, heartfelt performance.
Aniston has made a lot of progress in a short time in the race and will likely continue. There are so many factors that go »
- Jenelle Riley
And now, dear reader, we have our official Oscar Foreign Language Film Finalist List direct from the Academy and it's full of tongue-twisting shockers, no matter your mother Mommy tongue. You mean no Xavier Dolan? No Marion Cotillard and the Dardenne Brothers? No rampaging dogs or winter sleeps that made people cheer at Cannes? Nope...The nine remaining films are (in alpha order)
Can Ida finally break Poland's losing streak in this category?
The Finalist List
Accused (The Netherlands. 7 nominations | 3 wins)
This film, known as Lucia De. B in The Netherlands, is a courtroom drama about a lawyer who later regrets convicting a nurse for murder. The director was previously Oscar nominated for Zus & Zo. Corn Island (Georgia. 1 nomination | 0 wins)
Capsule Review though we called the Oscar prospects for this farmer and his daughter outpost drama "nil" ...oopsie! Force Majeure (Sweden. 14 noms | 3 wins)
Reviewed and then reviewed some more because »
- NATHANIEL R
The Academy today announced nine films that have advanced in the Best Foreign Language Oscar race, and there are a couple of notable exclusions. Sweden’s hilarious/heartbreaking Force Majeure made the cut (read my review here), as did Poland’s highly praised Ida and Russia’s somewhat controversial (given its criticism of the Russian government) Leviathan, but the latest film from the Belgian filmmaking duo the Dardenne brothers, the Marion Cotillard-fronted Two Days, One Night was left off the list. This is a surprise as the film received positive notice at Cannes earlier this year and Cotillard is somewhat of a dark horse in this year’s Best Actress race, but for whatever reason the Foreign Language branch opted not to advance the film. Also left off the shortlist is French-Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s highly praised drama Mommy, which was also a critical favorite at various festivals throughout the year. »
- Adam Chitwood
On Friday, the academy announced the nine semi-finalists in the Foreign-Language Film race. As expected, "Ida" from Poland, "Force Majeure" from Sweden, "Leivanthan" from Russia and "Wild Tales" from Argentina all made the cut. Also in contention are: “Accused" (Netherlands), "Corn Island" (Georgia), “The Liberator" (Venezuela), “Tangerines" (Estonia) and "Timbuktu" (Mauritania). -Break- Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 22 categories Among the high-profile pictures snubbed were two Cannes champ -- Turkey's "Winter Sleep," which won the Palme d'Or and Hungary's "White God" which picked up the Un Certain Regard prize -- as well as Belgium's "Two Days, One Night," which has won several awards for Marion Cotillard, and Canada's "Mommy." The nine semi-finalists will be sc..." »
Friday morning, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its Foreign Language Film short list for the 87th Academy Awards. Out of 83 films, nine made the cut, with familiar titles like "Ida" and "Force Majeure" making the cut, along with Golden Globe-amplified "Tangerines" slipping in over expected contenders. The full list, alphabetically by country, is as follows: Argentina, "Wild Tales," Damián Szifrón, director Estonia, "Tangerines," Zaza Urushadze, director Georgia, "Corn Island," George Ovashvili, director Mauritania, "Timbuktu," Abderrahmane Sissako, director Netherlands, "Accused," Paula van der Oest, director Poland, "Ida," Pawel Pawlikowski, director Russia, "Leviathan," Andrey Zvyagintsev, director Sweden, "Force Majeure," Ruben Östlund, director Venezuela, "The Liberator," Alberto Arvelo, director Noticeably missing from the list are Dardenne brothers’ "Two Days, One Night," which picked up major steam after star Marion Cotillard picked up a number of critics awards for Best Actress. And after winning the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, »
- Matt Patches
Poland's Ida, Russia's Leviathan, and Sweden's Force Majeure are on the shortlist for the Oscars' Foreign Language Film category. Nine films, out of 83 submitted, advanced in the competition, and some notable films did not make the cut. Among those that will not get a nomination: Cannes Palme d'Or winner Winter Sleep from Turkey, Cannes jury prize winner Mommy from Canada, and the Dardenne brothers's Two Days, One Night, starring Marion Cotillard. »
- Esther Zuckerman
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released the shortlist of nine films that will advance to the next stage in the Foreign Language Film Oscar race. As was widely expected Pawel Pawlikowski’s 60s-set Polish drama Ida, fresh off of five European Film Awards, is in. Also turning up unsurprisingly are Argentina’s box office smash Wild Tales by Damián Szifrón; Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Russian corruption drama Leviathan; Sweden’s existential avalanche drama/comedy Force Majeure from Ruben Östlund; and Alberto Arvelo’s Venezuelan Simon Bolivar biopic The Liberator (see full list below). In a nice turn of events for Mauritania and respected helmer Abderrahmane Sissako, the African country scored its first shortlist mention with Timbuktu, its first-ever submission. Sissako told me earlier this week that were Timbuktu to make the shortlist it would be important “for everyone behind it.” That includes not only the country, but all of Africa. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The Academy has announced the nine films that will advance for consideration for the Best Foreign Language category at the 2015 Oscars and among them is what I believe to be the #1 favorite, Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida out of Poland. I'm happy to see Damian Szifron's hilarious Wild Tales also among the contenders and sad to see Xavier Dolan's Mommy didn't make the cut. Of the lot, and outside of the films I've already mentioned, I've only also seen Force Majeure and Leviathan. Some may be surprised the Dardennes' Two Days, One Night out of Belgium missing the cut considering it's been nominated several times elsewhere, not only for Foreign Language, but also star Marion Cotillard. Zaza Urushadze's Tangerines out of Estonia was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the same category while Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu was a hit at Cannes taking the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and Fran? »
- Brad Brevet
The Utah Film Critics Association has spoken up with its list of superlatives this year and "Birdman" came out on top, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay honors. Jessica Chastain made for a nice change of pace in the supporting actress category, and guess what film was passed over entirely? "Boyhood." Check out the full list of winners below and follow along with the season at The Circuit. Best Picture "Birdman" (Runner-up: "The Imitation Game") Best Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman" (Runner-up: Jonathan Glazer, "Under the Skin") Best Actor Michael Keaton, "Birdman" (Runner-up: Tie - Benedict Cumberbath, "The Imitation Game" and Ralph Fiennes, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Best Actress Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl" (Runner-up: Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night") Best Supporting Actor J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash" (Runner-up: Edward Norton, "Birdman") Best Supporting Actress Jessica Chastain, "A Most Violent Year" (Runner-up: Tilda Swinton, "Snowpiercer") Best Adapted »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Palm Springs Film Festival announced its lineup Thursday, including the world premiere of “Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha,” starring James Franco.
The festival, which runs from Jan. 2-15, will feature 192 films from 65 countries, including seven world premieres. Along with Franco’s “Don Quixote,” world premieres include “Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson” (USA), “Some Kind of Love” (Canada), “Spirit / Will / Loss” (USA), “Walter” (USA) and “Twenty-Five Palms” (Luxembourg), a documentary directed by Fabrizio Maltese from the 25th anniversary of the Psiff in January 2014.
“This year’s lineup is particularly noteworthy not only for the overall excellence of the 190-plus films included, but for the extraordinary quality of storytelling involved,” said festival director Darryl Macdonald. “In this era of mega-blockbusters, filmmakers worldwide seem to be reacting by eschewing traditional genres and formats in favor of innovative and audacious new approaches to storytelling, »
- Kevin Noonan
Below is Part 2 of my annual look at the films that have a shot at making the Foreign Language Oscar shortlist. There are 83 submissions this year with some truly remarkable films in the bunch — and no 100% frontrunner. Here’s a refresher on how the nine films are chosen for the shortlist which is expected to be revealed tomorrow: The phase one committee determines six of the candidates, and the other three entries are selected by the Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee. For the profiles below and yet to come, I spoke with the directors of the films about their inspirations and expectations. In many cases, I also checked in with the U.S. distributor about why they acquired the movies. Below is a look at the second group of four titles that have generated serious buzz over the past several weeks of screenings, Q&As and consulate lunches. For »
- Nancy Tartaglione
It was a year of many tortured geniuses onscreen — Alan Turing, Stephen Hawking, J.M.W. Turner, Brian Wilson — and behind the scenes, where directors like Bong Joon-ho, James Gray and Paul Schrader fought producers and distributors over final cut, and the right to see their films properly released. Of course, the very idea of distribution has become nearly as diffuse in the digital era as that of film itself, a material on which few movies are still made and even fewer shown — unless you happen to be Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino or Christopher Nolan, who earned the ire of some theater owners when he demanded they reinstall 35mm projectors if they wanted to screen his “Interstellar” two days early. In light of the film’s $600 million worldwide gross (and counting), one can only say: poor them.
Speaking of “Interstellar,” if there was one undeniable constant at the movies in 2014, it was time, »
- Scott Foundas
Critics in the UK obviously aren't immune to the charms of "Boyhood," as the film did well with the London Film Critics Circle. Now the Dublin Film Critics Circle has named it the year's best across the channel. The group also revealed its long lists throughout the categories, giving you some insight into which films were in the running. (Personal shout-out to my friends who made the documentary "Showrunners," which got a little love on the documentary list.) Check out the full list of winners below and watch it all unfold at The Circuit. Top 10 Films 1. "Boyhood" 2. "Under the Skin" 3. "Ida" 4. "The Lego Movie" 5. "12 Years a Slave" 6. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" 7. "Two Days, One Night" 8. (Tie) "Her,""Leviathan" 9. "The Wolf of Wall Street" 10. (Tie) "Blue Ruin" and "The Lunch Box" Best Director 1. Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" 2. Jonathan Glazer, "Under the Skin" 3. Pawel Pawlikowski, "Ida" 4. Spike Jonze, "Her" 5. Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" 6. Andrey Zvyagintsev, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Mike Leigh's J.M.W. Turner biopic, "Mr. Turner," topped the nominations for the London Film Critics Circle. The film about the English Romantic landscape painter, water-colourist, and printmaker played by Timothy Spall received 7 nods followed by Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" with 6. We'll find out the winners on January 18.
Here's the complete list of London Film Critics Circle nominees:
Film of the Year
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Foreign Language Film of the Year
"Norte, The End of History"
"Two Days, One Night"
British Film of the Year
Documentary of the Year
"20,000 Days on Earth"
Actor of the Year
What kind of circle is time again? A year after blowing the doors off our annual critics’ poll, golden boy Matthew McConaughey won just a single vote for his turn in the loudest movie of the year, Christopher Nolan’s tears-in-space effort Interstellar, which has tied with the unprescient Transcendence as 2014’s worst film. (Transcendence dreamed that Johnny Depp’s character would take over every screen in the world — that didn’t happen.) But his margin of victory lives on, this year in the form of Marion Cotillard, who wins best actress twice: first for the Dardenne brothers’ vote-gathering drama Two Days, One Night, then besting second-place Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin) with her turn in Ja »
The Houston Film Critics Society has announced nominations, and no surprise, the three-horse race for critical darling of the year led the way: "Birdman" with 10, "Boyhood" with seven and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" with six. They also throw in a Best Poster category and deign to chart the year's worst. Check out the full list of winners below, and remember to follow along at The Circuit. Best Picture "Birdman" "Boyhood" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "Guardians of the Galaxy" "The Imitation Game" "Inherent Vice" "A Most Violent Year" "Nightcrawler" "Selma" "Whiplash" Best Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman" Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Paul Thomas Anderson, "Inherent Vice" Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash" Best Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game" Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything" Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler" Michael Keaton, "Birdman" Tom Hardy, "Locke" Best Actress Essie Davis, "The Babadook" Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything" Julianne Moore, "Still Alice" Marion Cotillard, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Though Circuit underdogs "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Inherent Vice" came close to the top prize, the Toronto Film Critics Association followed suit on Tuesday when it named Richard Linklater’s "Boyhood" as the best film of 2014. Collectively, the group called it "a cinematic masterpiece that evokes beauty in life and the inevitable passage of time," adding an honor to Linklater for his "singular achievement." Additional Tfca awards include another Best Actor win for Tom Hardy in "Locke" and a much-needed nod to Isao Takahata’s stunning animated drama "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya." Along with its award winners, Tfca named Denis Villeneuve’s "Enemy," Michael Dowse’s "The F Word," and Xavier Dolan’s "Mommy" as its three finalists for the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award. “In an exceptional year for Canadian cinema, we’ve chosen three boldly directed films that are so dissimilar it’s almost hard »
- Matt Patches
Join the feisty discussion going on right now in our infamous message boards where Hollywood stars, directors, execs and other honchos hide behind cyber-nicknames. Sample comments below with links to those hot threads. See more here. -Break- Reactions to the Critics' Choice nominations - Click Here to Join Our Discussion outsider: Biggest news: Steve Carell missing from a category that has six nominees and "Foxcatcher" not making the top 10 despite a Golden Globe nomination and a placement in the AFI top 10. Also surprising that "Into the Woods" didn't make the cut. Like "Foxcatcher", it placed in the AFI top 10. "Unbroken" continues to show up in top 10 lists (Nbr, AFI, Bfca). It's strange that the Golden Globes didn't care about this movie. It seems they are over Angelina Jolie who surprisingly received a Director nomination here. Atypical: Jennifer Aniston vs. Marion Cotillard for the fifth slot! Never t »
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