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Directed by Denis Villeneuve.
A university lecturer seeks out an actor who looks exactly like him.
Timid and distracted academic Adam is advised to watch a movie by a colleague and in doing so discovers his doppelganger named Anthony; curiosity goes from renting all of the performers’ films to posing as him to get access to his home address. A phone call by Adam leads to the wife of the actor being shocked by the similarity. Anthony arranges to meet Adam in a hotel room where the situation spirals out of control.
A recurring image is of a tarantula as well as spider webs. Heightening the sense of that something is not quite right is the yellow green colour pallet and the concrete urban landscape. A cool shot is »
Another title just added to the 2013 Toronto Film Festival is Denis Villeneuve's Enemy based on "The Double" by Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago and the first picture has just been sent over featuring star Jake Gyllenhaal. Enemy explores the troubled psyche of a man who is torn between his mistress and his wife and as the picture above shoes, Gyllenhaal plays dual roles in this one, both Adam and Anthony -- a man and his double. Melanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini, Sarah Gadon, Stephen R. Hart and Jane Moffat co-star. You can get more information on the plot if you read the Wikipedia entry for Saramago's 2002 novel. This is the second film for Villeneuve and Gyllenhaal in the festival as the thriller Prisoners will also be premiering at the fest, which is already set for a September 20 release from Warner Bros. and co-stars Hugh Jackman. »
- Brad Brevet
The Movie: Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) Studio: Walt Disney Pictures Director: Sam Raimi Starring: James Franco as Oz, Mila Kunis as Theodora, Rachel Weisz as Evanora, Michelle Williams as Annie / Glinda, Zach Braff as Frank / Finley, Bill Cobbs as Master Tinker, Joey King as Girl in Wheelchair / China Girl, Tony Cox as Knuck, Stephen R. Hart as Winkie General and Abigail Spencer as May Screenwriters: Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire RottenTomatoes: 60% MetaCritic: 44/100 Snippet from My Review: (read my full review here) You're going to hear about how great Oz the Great and Powerful is in terms of visuals. The 100% CGI china doll character is, admittedly, phenomenal, but for the most part we are teleported into a CG wonderland that's lovely to look at, but lacking in wonder. You don't look at the Oz developed by the effects wizards employed by director Sam Raimi and awe at its majesty as »
- Brad Brevet
Film: "'Oz - The Great and Powerful"; Cast: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Bill Cobbs, Joey King, Tony Cox, Stephen R. Hart, Abigail Leigh Spencer, Bruce Campbell; Director: Sam Raimi; Rating: ** 1/2 - an enchanting fairytale.
"Oz - The Great and Powerful" is a fantasy film about a hero's journey that deals with conflict between good and evil prevalent in the land of Oz and his personal struggle with greed and morality.
The film is laced with messages for its impressionable target audience. One of the lessons revealed early in the film is three ups in life,- show up, keep up and. »
- Smith Cox
4 items from 2013
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