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17 items from 2011


This week's new films

18 November 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Magic Trip (15)

(Alison Ellwood, Alex Gibney, 2011, Us) 107 mins

Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters' LSD-fuelled 1964 road trip is one of those seminal cultural moments you can't believe really happened, at least not like it did in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. But here it is, chaotically shot and narrated by the culprits themselves and painstakingly reassembled. That makes for a certain lack of perspective, and watching others having a great time isn't necessarily the same as having one, but the contrast between these turned-on teens and square 60s America is often hilarious.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (12A)

(Bill Condon, 2011, Us) Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner. 117 mins

At last, some consummation! Bella and Edward's wedding comes a few movies too late for neutral observers, but the supernatural saga is in no danger of coming to an abrupt end, thanks to the franchise's determination to vampirically milk fans dry. »

- Steve Rose

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Eight images from French action drama ‘Special Forces’

15 November 2011 1:18 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Released by Studiocanal UK on November 18th, Special Forces stars Diane Kruger as a French journalist in Afghanistan who is kidnapped by the Taliban. Written and directed by newcomer Stéphane Rybojad, the film also stars Djimon Hounsou (Amistad, Never Back Down) and Benoît Magimel (La Haine, Little White Lies).

In anticipation of the debut of Special Forces on Friday at the French Institute – Cine Lumiere, we’ve been sent eight new images from the film. Check them out below:

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- Phil

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Afm Unveils Slate Of Screenings

12 October 2011 3:59 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

The 32nd American Film Market (Afm) – taking place Nov. 2-9 in Santa Monica, CA – will be screening 395 films, including 65 world premieres and 295 market premieres – the works of prominent actors and directors including Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Jackie Chan, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Fassbender, William Friedkin, Amy Heckerling, Kiera Knightly, Richard Linklater, Matthew McConaughey, Carey Mulligan, Seth Rogen, Martin Scorsese, Todd Solondz, Aurdrey Tautou and Michelle Williams. The 2011 Afm will take place Nov. 2-9 in Santa Monica, CA. 

Films making their World Premieres include A Gang Story, starring Gérard Lanvin and Tchéky Karyo; Bad Karma, starring Ray Liotta, Dominic Purcell and Rhona Mitra; Columbus Circle, starring Selma Blair, Amy Smart, Giovanni Ribisi and Kevin Pollak; Nobel’S Last Will, starring Malin Crépin, Björn Kjellman and Leif Andrée; Snowflake, The White Gorilla, starring Elsa Pataky and Pere Ponce; Special Forces, starring Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou and Benoit Magimel; and The Expatriate, starring Aaron Eckhart and Olga Kurylenko. »

- Barrett

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Blu-Ray Review: Little White Lies – Baggy, Self-indulgent and Overlong Gallic Summer Jaunt

22 August 2011 4:08 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Summer holidays are lovely aren’t they? Sunning yourself on a beach, drinking and relaxing with friends. However, unfortunately for director Guillaume Canet, it turns out watching other people having a vacation isn’t quite as much fun – no matter how much angst and self-indulgent boohooing you can cram into 154 minutes.

Called Les petits mouchoirs (The Small Handkerchiefs) at home, the film was a runaway success at the French box-office, with Marion Cotillard (Canet’s real-life partner) starring alongside equally big names in the domestic cinema such as François Cluzet, Benoît Magimel, Gilles Lellouche and Valérie Bonneton. The excitement it generated can perhaps be attributed to its being the director’s follow-up to the 2006 international hit Tell No One. Though far from being another taut thriller, Little White Lies is an airy, surprisingly baggy, summer jaunt in the company of a smug group of affluent thritysomethings.

There is a measure of tension however, »

- Robert Beames

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Win: Little White Lies On Blu-ray, We Have 2 Copies To Give Away

12 August 2011 9:54 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The award-winning Guillaume Canet (Tell No One) directs the critically-acclaimed Little White Lies, a joyous portrayal of friendship and humanity that reveals the undercurrents that feed all our relationships… Starring Academy and BAFTA Award winner Marion Cotillard (Inception, La Vie En Rose) Little White Lies will be released on DVD and Blu-ray 22nd August.

We have teamed up with Lions Gate Home Entertainment to give away 2 copies of the Blu-ray to our loyal WhatCulture! readers.

Every year Max, a successful restaurant owner, and his wife Vero invite their family and friends to a beautiful beach house for a holiday. But this year the eagerly anticipated vacation is not all fun in the sun as a tragic accident causes each guest to reveal their true feelings. Their relationships, convictions and friendships are sorely tested when they are finally forced to own up to the little white lies they have been telling each other over the years… »

- Matt Holmes

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Win Little White Lies on DVD

12 August 2011 2:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of Little White Lies on DVD and Blu-ray 22nd August, Lions Gate Home Entertainment have given us two copies of the movie to give away on DVD.

The award-winning Guillaume Canet (Tell No One) directs the critically-acclaimed Little White Lies, a joyous portrayal of friendship and humanity that reveals the undercurrents that feed all our relationships… Starring Academy and BAFTA Award winner Marion Cotillard (Inception, La Vie En Rose) Little White Lies will be released on DVD and Blu-ray 22nd August.

Every year Max, a successful restaurant owner, and his wife Vero invite their family and friends to a beautiful beach house for a holiday. But this year the eagerly anticipated vacation is not all fun in the sun as a tragic accident causes each guest to reveal their true feelings. Their relationships, convictions and friendships are sorely tested when they are finally forced to own »

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This week's new films

15 April 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Meek's Cutoff (PG)

(Kelly Reichardt, 2010, Us) Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Shirley Henderson, Paul Dano, Will Patton. 102 mins

Take away the epic music, the widescreen vistas, the male chauvinism, the gunfights, and just about every other Hollywood western convention, and you get this sparse, haunting evocation of American pioneering – which is probably far closer to how the west was really won. This group of settlers breaks away from the Oregon trail only to wander through an uncharted desert limbo in a trance of thirst, tension and uncertainty. Putting women's roles and the hardships of frontier survival very much to the fore, the result is a western unlike any other.

Your Highness (15)

(David Gordon Green, 2011, Us) Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman. 102 mins

A medieval stoner-com, dude! Which sounds like a great idea if you're baked, but not if you remember how Year One, that caveman stoner-com, turned out.

Scream 4 (15)

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- Steve Rose

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Little White Lies – review

14 April 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

French actor-turned-director Guillaume Canet impressed with his debut, Tell No One, but this follow-up is self-indulgent tosh

French film-maker Guillaume Canet scored a mammoth hit with 2006's high-concept Tell No One, and then promptly suffered a crisis of faith and a bout of depression. His response is a grand act of unbottling, a personal cri-de-coeur, laughing through the tears as it trails a bunch of affluent thirtysomethings on a summer vacances to Cap Ferrat. Once there, the ensemble cast (Benoît Magimel, Marion Cotillard, François Cluzet) gather around the table, clinking glasses, kissing cheeks and blurting so many secret longings that they almost drown out the sound of the lawnmower, as well as the weasels that have somehow snuck into their loft insulation. This may be personal; it may even be true. But that that doesn't necessarily make it work as drama. Instead, Little White Lies unspools as glossy, high-grade tosh, »

- Xan Brooks

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Review: Little White Lies – Yet Another Film About Woes Of The Middle Class

13 April 2011 6:02 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Actor-turned-director Guillaume Canet will be best known to English-speaking audiences for his searing 2006 thriller Tell No One, a work demonstrating Canet’s incredible potential as a dramatist, potential which is regrettably only half-realised in his follow-up feature, Little White Lies. At an inexplicably bloated 154-minutes, Canet seems so high on the gorgeous French vistas and spectacular cast that he has forgotten what it means to editorialise, to move and to entertain all at once. While sporadically entertaining, Canet never achieves a concise style with which to paint his ambitious, sprawling dramedy.

It all begins with one unforgettable shot. A man, Ludo (Jean Dujardin), leaves a party early in the morning, still high on cocaine, and as he drives away, he is struck out of nowhere by a lorry. The seamless nature of the shot and a lack of discernible visual effects boggle the mind – how did they do that? »

- Shaun Munro

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Win a DVD Bundle with Little White Lies

12 April 2011 2:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Little White Lies, starring Marion Cotillard, comes to UK cinemas on 15th April, and to mark its releases we have a DVD bundle consisting of I’Ve Loved You So Long, Angel, The Lives Of Others and Children Of Glory to give away!

Despite a traumatic event, a group of friends decide to go ahead with their annual beach vacation. Their relationships, convictions, sense of guilt and friendship are sorely tested.

They are finally forced to own up to the little white lies they have been telling each other.

Directed by Guillaume Canet (Tell No One), the film has an all star cast featuring François Cluzet, Marion Cotillard, Benoît Magimel, Gilles Lellouche, Jean Dujardin, Laurent Lafitte, Valérie Bonneton and Pascale Arbillot. Find out more at http://www.littlewhiteliesmovie.co.uk/.

To be in with a chance of winning, just become a fan of HeyUGuys on Facebook and answer the following »

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Exclusive: Little White Lies Featurette

6 April 2011 2:20 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Talented, handsome and dating Marion Cotillard - we think Guillaume Canet may have won the DNA lottery in a rollover week. His third film, Little White Lies, is another win for the Frenchman: a funny and moving tale of thirtysomething friends and the lies they tell.Little White Lies is Canet's follow-up to the mighty thriller Tell No One and easily his most personal film to date. He cites The Big Chill and Husbands as influences to the story, but his tone is lighter than either Lawrence Kasdan or John Cassavetes' dramas. For one thing, unless we missed the bit where Peter Falk's swimming trunks fell off, there were 100% fewer moonies in either of those films.This featurette showcases the film's ensembled cast doing actorly things as they prep for production. Alongside Cotillard there's long-term Canet collaborator François Cluzet, as well as Benoît Magimel, Jean Dujardin and Laurent Lafitte. »

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‘Little White Lies’ starts with a big bang and ends with a whole lot of whimpering

20 March 2011 5:19 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Little White Lies

Director: Guillaume Canet

Written by  Guillaume Canet

France, 2010

Guillaume Canet’s Little White Lies starts with a big bang and ends with a whole lot of whimpering. The third feature from the director of Tell No One promised to be undemanding fun, accompanied by that veneer of French sophistication you don’t find in Jennifer Aniston movies.  A bunch of affluent, self-obsessed Parisians on a beach holiday also sounds like material that’s just ripe for a Hollywood makeover. But it turns out that Canet’s film is a remake – a homage if you prefer – to that Baby Boomer classic, The Big Chill. The bad news is that Canet’s film runs to an extravagant 154 minutes. As the lachrymose finale dragged on and on, I’m afraid I almost lost the will to live.

The bravura opening gives no hint of the cinematic car crash that follows. »

- Susannah

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Glitter! Jérémie Rénier Lands Pop Star Biopic 'Cloclo'

19 March 2011 11:10 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

After last year's elegant Gainsbourg from Joan Sfar, France is giving us yet another musical biopic of a vintage pop star. The upcoming Cloclo, about pop singer Claude François, started shooting on Monday, for a planned 2012 release. In the 60s Claude François turned France upside down with his love for glitter, insane outfits and catchy tunes that made him one of the most successful French singers of all time, even after his sudden death in 1978, at the age of 39. Gist: A former student of Eric Rohmer's, helmet Florient Emilio Siri actually started his career shooting glossy music videos for France's finest hip hop artists before turning to action-packed flicks such as The Nest (2002) and Hostages (2005) starring Bruce Willis. Cloclo will be his sixth directorial effort and mark a definite turn in his career. The biopic will follow the kitsch song-writer as he rises to fame against his father's hopes »

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Watch: Subtitled Trailer For Guillaume Canet's 'Little White Lies' Starring Marion Cotillard

23 February 2011 2:47 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After hitting the festival circuit last year and wowing audiences in its native France where it was one of the country's highest earning films last year, an English subtitled trailer for "Little White Lies" has finally arrived. Directed by Guillaume Canet, best known for his arthouse crossover hit "Tell No One," the film stars Marion Cotillard among an ensemble cast that includes François Cluzet, Benoit Magimel, Gilles Lellouche and Laurent Lafitte as a group of friends who decide to continue their tradition of an annual beach vacation that comes in the wake of a tragedy. The dramedy has drawn comparisons… »

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New Poster for Little White Lies

16 February 2011 1:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Lionsgate have sent us this new poster for their new movie, Little White Lies. If you missed it, Jamie put up the trailer for the movie last week here. Little White lies is directed by Guillaume Canet and stars Marion Cotillard, François Cluzet, Benoit Magimel, Gilles Lellouche, Laurent Lafitte, Jean Dujardin, Valérie Bonneton, Pascale Arbillot, Anne Marivin, Louise Monot, Joel Dupuch and Hocine Merabet.

Synopsis:  From the prolific César winning director who gave us Tell No One this intimate study of friendship and humanity brings together a truly exceptional ensemble cast; including the Academy and BAFTA award winning actress Marion Coutillard; and the César ‘Best Actor’ award winner François Cluzet. Walking the fine line between laughter and tears Canet directs some of France’s most skillful performers to deliver startlingly intimate performances. As we learn of each character’s flaws we also understand the bond between the friends, and recognise ourselves in them. »

- David Sztypuljak

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Little White Lies Debut Trailer

11 February 2011 4:30 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Lionsgate have released the worldwide exclusive new trailer for acclaimed comedy-drama Little White Lies.

Directed by Guillaume Canet (Tell No One), Little White Lies stars François Cluzet, Marion Cotillard, Benoît Magimel, Gilles Lellouche, Jean Dujardin, Laurent Lafitte, Valérie Bonneton and Pascale Arbillot.

Little White Lies, which premiered to rave reviews at the 35th annual Toronto International Film Festival, will be released in the UK on April 15.

In a Parisian nightclub, party man Ludo (Dujardin) takes off late at night on his scooter, where he’s blindsided by a truck. Lying between life and death in the hospital, Ludo is visited by his band of longtime pals, who decide that the gruesome crash shouldn’t prevent them from embarking on their coveted summer holidays.

Prior to the trip, another major problem arises when one of the friends, chiropractor Vincent (Magimel), confesses his attraction to nervous-wreck restaurateur Max (Cluzet); their initial tête-à-tête »

- Jamie Neish

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Eight

12 January 2011 5:17 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Kaboom

Opens: 2011

Cast: Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Juno Temple, Kelly Lynch, James Duval

Director: Gregg Araki

Summary: Smith's everyday life in the dorm - hanging out with his arty, sarcastic best friend Stella, hooking up with a beautiful free spirit named London, lusting for his gorgeous but dim surfer roommate Thor - all gets turned upside-down after one fateful, terrifying night.

Analysis: A year after "Thelma and Louise" came "The Living End", an independent film which had a similar premise but made the protagonists two gay HIV+ men. It was raw, intense and signalled the arrival of a new talent in the form of filmmaker Gregg Araki. In the subsequent two decades, he's delivered several trippy films involving young, good-looking omnisexual people having lots of graphic sex and dealing with some wacky cobbled together plot shenanigans.

The tone has ranged the light-hearted "Splendor" and "Nowhere" to the darker "Mysterious Skin »

- Garth Franklin

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