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'Munich' movie cover 'Munich' movie review: Steven Spielberg tackles political time-space continuum in wildly uneven but ultimately satisfying thriller Alternately intriguing and irritating, thought-provoking and banal, subtle and patronizing, the biggest surprise about Steven Spielberg's Munich is that it – however grudgingly – works. The film, which Spielberg himself has referred to as a "prayer for peace," follows five men contracted by the Israeli government to avenge the massacre of that country's athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Sizable chunks of this political thriller with a Message (capital "M") are simplistically written, clumsily acted, and handled with the director's notoriously heavy touch, but the old adage – blood begets blood – even if somewhat muddled, is too timely not to make an impact. Complex 'Munich' movie plot Based on George Jonas' 1984 book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, whose veracity has been questioned in some quarters, Munich begins as »
- Andre Soares
Last year, Canadian auteur Denis Villeneuve released Enemy, which is an elusive and polarizing piece of cinema but believe it or not, it is not his most elusive film. Yes, the same filmmaker who gave us the final shot of Enemy, actually had a film that was more disorienting: That film was Maelstrom (2000). While Maelstrom may not be his best film (Disclosure: I love Prisoners, it was my favorite film of 2013), 15 years later it is still his most confounding work to date.
Maelstrom, through not-so-direct plot terms, follows Bibi (Marie-Josée Croze), a young model and daughter of a fashion icon who falls into disarray after getting an abortion. After one drunken night she ends up hitting a man with her car, and after plunging her car into a river, she sets out to find out who the man she killed was. Evian (Jean-Nicolas Verreault) has returned home to sort out »
- Dylan Griffin
"I did work a lot in 3D and I still believe in it, but I'm sort of shocked how unexplored it still is," Wim Wenders told us in a recent interview. Indeed, the trailblazing filmmaker latched onto the format even before James Cameron made it de rigeur in Hollywood thanks to "Avatar," but Wenders believes the technique has barely been exploited. Perhaps he'll prove that three-dimensions can work just as well for drama as it can for explosions via his upcoming drama "Every Thing Will Be Fine." Starring James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Charlotte Gainbsourg and Marie-Josée Croze, the story follows how aftermath of a tragedy affects the lives of those involved over the years. The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, where our critic called it a "slow-ass" movie that never "cracks a joke and potentially melodramatic moments (a fairground ride collapse, the initial accident, a. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
March is definitely a big month for Wim Wenders. The German filmmaker is currently celebrating a long overdue retrospective of his work at Moma, which will lead to a passel of new Criterion Collection releases of his films later this year, and his Oscar-nominated doc “The Salt Of The Earth” (his best work in some time) comes out in theaters via Sony Pictures Classics later this month. Not too shabby. But Wenders isn’t slowing down even as he approaches 70. His 3D drama "Every Thing Will Be Fine," starring James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Charlotte Gainbsourg and Marie-Josée Croze just premiered in Berlin last month and now a new international trailer has arrived. The movie is a domestic drama about a tragedy that irrevocably affects several families (here’s our review from Berlin). Here's the synopsis: A winter's evening. A country road. It is snowing, visibility is poor. Out of nowhere, »
- Edward Davis
In today's Berlinale Diary: First impressions of Wim Wenders's Every Thing Will Be Fine with James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams and Marie-Josée Croze—plus beautiful work in 3D by cinematographer Benoît Debie, but also one of the most saccharine scores yet from Alexandre Desplat. Then there's Alexey German Jr.'s Under Electric Clouds, "saturated with references to Russian history, politics, art, literature and social issues," as Lee Marshall writes in Screen. Plus a recommendation: Moritz Krämer's Bube Stur. » - David Hudson »
There's something amiss in the opening moments of "Every Thing Will Be Fine." Set to a mildly spooky strings-and-piano piece by Alexandre Desplat, the sequence suggests an old-fashioned murder mystery to such a degree that when the film's title finally fades in, it feels like a false promise. Despite variations of the eponymous phrase being uttered no less than three times in its opening ten minutes, everything isn't fine in Wim Wenders's latest feature, in which a fatal accident connects and haunts a number of people across the decade that follows. Tomas (James Franco) is a novelist who, driving home from work one snowy afternoon, knocks down and kills a boy out sledging with his brother. Surviving a suicide attempt soon after, Tomas ends his childless relationship with long-suffering Sara (Rachel McAdams) and, years later, moves in with Ann (Marie-Josée Croze) and her daughter Mina. Returning to the site of the accident, »
- Michael Pattison
The 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 5-15) has unveiled its full Competition line-up.
Some 21 of the 23 titles will be world premieres, and 19 features from across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia will compete for Golden and Silver Bears.
New additions include Wim Wenders’ Every Thing Will Be Fine, which will play out of competition. The film, shot in 3D, stars James Franco as a writer who accidentally hits and kills a child while out driving. Co-stars include Charlotte Gainsbourg and Rachel McAdams.
As previously announced, Wenders will be awarded an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement and will have ten of his films screened as part of the Homage strand.
Also playing out of competition will be the world premiere of Elser (13 Minutes) from Oliver Hirschbiegel, the German »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
With under three weeks to go, the Berlin Film Festival has completed its competition roster, adding new titles from Pablo Larraín, Wim Wenders and Oliver Hirschbiegel. In total, 19 of the 23 films in the program will be vying for Golden and Silver Bears. Twenty-one of the titles are world premieres including new addition El Club from Larraín whose 2012 No scored an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. World premiering out of competition is Wenders’ drama Everything Will Be Fine with James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams and Marie-Josée Croze. The veteran helmer nabbed his third Best Documentary Feature Oscar nomination last week with The Salt Of The Earth. He’s also the subject of an homage at this year’s Berlin fest, and will be presented with an Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement.
Also in an out-of-competition world premiere is Downfall and Diana director Hirschbiegel’s Elser (13 Minutes »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Wenders’ 3D film “Every Thing Will Be Fine” stars James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Rachel McAdams. Franco plays Tomas, a writer who accidentally causes the death of a child and spends the next 12 years examining the effect of the tragedy on his life and that of Kate, the child’s mother.
As previously announced, the festival is to present Wenders with an honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement, and will screen 10 of his movies as part of an homage. Wenders directed seminal pics like “Paris, Texas” and “Wings of Desire,” and has been nominated three times for an Oscar, most recently for “The Salt of the Earth.”
Larrain’s “The Club,” which was shot off the radar, turns on four disgraced priests, who »
- Leo Barraclough
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