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Exclusive Interview With Asa Butterfield Jo Yang And Morgan Matthews On X+Y

14 September 2014 6:23 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

One of the biggest sleeper hits of the Toronto International Film Festival this September was the British coming-of-age drama X + Y. In the film, Asa Butterfield plays Nathan Ellis, an autistic teen hoping to land a berth in the International Mathematical Olympiad. Co-starring Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall and newcomer Jo Yang as Zhang Mei, a Chinese girl who befriends Nathan, the film received accolades and much enthusiasm from its opening night crowd.

Earlier this week, I had the chance to sat down with director Morgan Matthews and the two young stars of X + Y during Tiff to discuss their new film. They spoke about the young man who inspired Asa’s character, shooting in Taipei and, ahem, eating stinky tofu.

Check it out below and enjoy!

What drove you make a documentary about the Math Olympiad in the first place? How did that turn into a feature film?

Morgan Matthews »

- Jordan Adler

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Upcoming British film cinema release calendar

12 September 2014 3:48 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Want to know what British films are coming out this month? Then look no further than our fabulous movie calendar...

Welcome to our new, regularly updated calendar of all the British movies due for release in UK cinemas over the coming months. So if you're keen to keep up-to-date on the latest in home grown cinema - from documentaries to dramas, and comedy horror to science fiction - this is the ideal post for you. 

So here's what's coming up in the future. 

12 September 2014


Director: Matthew Warchus

Cast: Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Andrew Scott

Details: A drama about a group of gay and lesbian activists donating to people in need during the 1984 miners' strike.

Jack To A King - The Swansea Story

Director: Marc Evans

Cast: Tbc

Details: A documentary about Swansea football fans.

19 September 2014

Night Will Fall

Director: Andre Singer

Cast: Alfred Hitchcock, Sidney Bernstein

Details: A documentary »

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Tiff 2014 Review – X+Y (2014)

10 September 2014 7:21 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

X+Y, 2014.

Directed by Morgan Matthews.

Starring Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan, and Jo Yang.



A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

An autistic boy is in a fatal car accident which results in the death of his father who was extremely attentive and good to him; he is discovered to have a talent for mathematics and is taught by a teacher who suffers from multiple sclerosis.  A disconnect exists between the son and mother but not from a lacking of trying on her part as she is desperate to establish an emotional bond with her socially awkward child.

At the centre of the story is the International Mathematics Olympiad where the high school student attempts to be one of the six participants which will represent the UK. »

- Trevor Hogg

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Toronto Film Review: ‘X+Y’

10 September 2014 2:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

, “X+Y” zeroes in on a young math whiz who only gradually comprehends the basics of establishing relationships with other people. Deconstructionist critics and mainstream moviegoers alike may find it difficult not to reference “Rain Man,” “A Beautiful Mind” and “David and Lisa” while describing the movie to potential ticketbuyers. But even though such comparisons are hardly inapt, director Morgan Matthews’ debut fiction feature — inspired by his acclaimed 2007 documentary “Beautiful Young Minds” — proves potent on its own terms as a satisfying, compelling drama with definite crossover potential on screens of all sizes.

Much like its nonfiction predecessor, “X+Y” focuses on student competitors in the Intl. Mathematics Olympiad (Imo). In concert with scripter James Graham, Matthews has spun off a scenario about a character not unlike one of the more memorable subjects in “Beautiful Young Minds,” a neurodevelopmentally challenged math prodigy named Daniel Lightwing.

In the world according to “X+Y, »

- Joe Leydon

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X + Y Review [Tiff 2014]

8 September 2014 8:41 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

There are not many films made about kids like Nathan Ellis. Sure, the story of a young social outsider trying to break out of his shell is not a unique one (as I wrote about in my review for fellow Tiff selection Wet Bum), but Nathan is autistic and has a very deliberate way of doing things. For instance, he cannot order chicken balls from the local Chinese restaurant unless the number of balls he gets is a prime number. Besides his picky eating, Nathan gets distracted by noise and has a hard time working in a room with a ticking clock or other students tapping their fingers on a desk loudly. He fears handshakes, is unable to understand the social cues involved with that greeting gesture, and calms himself by saying the Fibonacci sequence out loud.

Few films focus on boys who can be coldly sincere, their personality almost hidden from view. »

- Jordan Adler

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Wamg’s Guide To 100+ Films For Fall / Holiday 2014

29 August 2014 1:49 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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.

Maps To The StarsSeptember 2014 – Toronto International Film Festival; UK & Ireland September »

- Movie Geeks

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Review: Low-key drama in the English fenland propels debut feature 'The Goob'

26 August 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Venice - NBC's "The Office" rang frequent laughs from Dwight Schrute's beet farm, with glimpses of backwards Cousin Mose and his feral antics proving particularly fertile ground for comedy ("And as of this morning, we are completely wireless here at Schrute Farms, but as soon as I find out where Mose hid all the wires, we'll get all that power back on.") This kind of vaguely unsettling boys-on-the-farm vibe is played straight in "The Goob", a character piece that has atmosphere to spare, and whose minimal plot is helped along by the happily original setting; this might be the first film shot in Norfolk to premiere at Venice. Self-described as "a psychological Western" and set largely on farmland of sorts in the flat formerly marshy Fens in the East of England (think the reclaimed bits of the Everglades without the redeeming features of exotic wildlife or sunshine), The Goob is »

- Catherine Bray

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Tiff Trailer: Math Drama 'X+Y' Starring Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan And Rafe Spall

26 August 2014 1:14 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In 2007, director Morgan Matthews delivered his TV documentary "Beautiful Young Minds," which centered on a group of students participating in the International Mathematics Olympiad. Among the nods it received was a BAFTA TV nomination for Best Single Documentary, and now Matthews hopes the feature version of that story will get even more attention. Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall and Eddie Marsan have joined forces for "X+Y." With a script by playwright James Graham, it tells the story of a borderline autistic kid whose love of numbers gets him on the British Math Team, where a trip to Taipei for the International Mathematics Olympiad brings the possibility of romance, and opens him up to a whole new life. Gotta say, we never felt this inspired while doing long division. Here's the official synopsis:  For most of us, equations are just a means to an end. But for teenage math »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 'X+Y' Trailer Starring Asa Butterfield and Sally Hawkins

25 August 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The first trailer for X+Y has premiered ahead of its upcoming world premiere at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival. Directed by Morgan Matthews, the film stars Asa Buttefield (Ender's Game, Hugo) as Nathan, a socially awkward teenage math prodigy who finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad, particularly the unfamiliar feelings for his Chinese counterpart, Zhang Mei (Jo Yang). Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan co-star. The film heads into the festival without a distributor so it will definitely be looking to turn some heads and gain some attention. Give the trailer a watch below and let me know if it looks like one to keep an eye on. sb id="979749" height="267" width="640" »

- Brad Brevet

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Asa Butterfield as a Young Math Prodigy in First 'X+Y' Trailer from Tiff

25 August 2014 8:32 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

"If beauty is truth, and truth is beauty, well, then surely mathematics is the most beautiful thing of all." Check out this trailer for a film titled X+Y, not the best title but I see what they were going for, a drama about a talented young math prodigy diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Asa Butterfield plays the boy, Nathan, who is being raised by a single mother, played by the always impressive Sally Hawkins, and he befriends his teacher, played by Rafe Spall. He ends up on a big trip to Taiwan on the British team of the International Mathematics Olympiad, joined by Eddie Marsan there. It's a great cast, and while the trailer occasionally gets a bit sappy, there is something unique about it and I'm curious to see. Give it a look. Here's the first official festival trailer for Morgan Matthews' X+Y, from »

- Alex Billington

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Film Review: 'What If'

21 August 2014 3:44 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆Daniel Radcliffe continues to stretch his capacity in Michael Dowse's What If (2013), a smart and funny American romantic comedy that puts a modern spin on the age-old topic of whether men and woman can merely be friends. Mourning the loss of his failed relationship, Wallace (Radcliffe) attends a party thrown by his friend Allan (Adam Driver). It's here that he sparks up an immediate friendship with Chantry (Zoe Kazan), a peculiar animator. Chantry, however, is already in a long-term relationship with Ben (Rafe Spall), a Un economic negotiator. But, determined not to let their connection simply pass them by, Wallace and Chantry agree to be friends - an understanding that proves difficult to maintain.


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What If Review

21 August 2014 2:58 AM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Coming from Goon director Michael Dowse, What If (previously titled The F Word) tackles that age old question: can a man and a woman be just friends? When Harry Met Sally asked it, and it was about time it was thrown out into the open again, this time with a witty, yet melancholy, hard candy shell, hiding a gooey romantic comedy at it's centre. When Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), still struggling to get over his break up from a year previously, meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan), he immediately falls for her, but is hampered by the fact that she has a boyfriend, Ben (Rafe Spall). Willing to have nothing to do with her ever again, Wallace finds life doesn't have the same plan, as a random encounter between the pair blossoms into a full blown friendship, with the spectre of their growing mutual attraction to each other looming large in the background. »

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What If Review

20 August 2014 4:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Michael Dowse

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Megan Park, Mackenzie Davis, Rafe Spall

Certificate: 15

Running time: 102 minutes

Synopsis: When Wallace (Radcliffe) meets Chantry (Kazan) at a party, they decide to be ‘just friends’. However, with their relatives and co-workers doubting whether that ever works between a man and woman, the pair do whatever they can to prove them wrong.

To me, Daniel Radcliffe will forever be Harry Potter, The Boy Who Lived. However, with the years passing since his last brush with a wand and cloak, he’s starting to branch out and cement his star alongside his real name, not his infamous alter-ego. What If (originally titled The F Word), a romantic comedy focusing on exactly that question – what if he kisses Zoe Kazan? Will the world end? – certifies Radcliffe as a solid comedic actor, showing that he can dabble in humour and it isn’t awkward or wooden. »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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What If review: Daniel Radcliffe gets trapped in the Friend Zone

20 August 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Michael Dowse; Screenwriter: Elan Mastai; Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis, Rafe Spall, Megan Park Running time: 102 mins; Certificate: 15

Can men and women ever be 'just friends'? Director Rob Reiner asked the question in 1989 with When Harry Met Sally and we knew the answer then, just as we do from the very beginning of What If. After all, much of the comedy springs like the sweat of desperation from Daniel Radcliffe's brow as he tries to contain his feelings for Zoe Kazan (aka Ruby Sparks), playing the typically cute, clever but kooky heroine who keeps him dangling.

Wallace (Radcliffe) is a med school dropout, which might imply issues around commitment, except that he's split from his long-term college sweetheart and can't get over it. That is until he claps eyes on cartoonist Chantry (Kazan) at one of those cosy, dimly lit parties that only exist »

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Movie Review – What If (2013)

19 August 2014 11:01 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

What If, 2013

Directed by Michael Dowse

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Megan Park, Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis and Rafe Spall.


Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.

In a market that is becoming extremely saturated, some filmmakers amongst the crowds of many trying a make a romantic comedy have now played a new trump card: the quirky card. With the said card, it allows characters to become a little more accessible, a little more relatable and a little more nuts. But despite its success as a rom-com sub-genre, the “quirk” has jumped the shark a little, and like the words “from Nicholas Sparks” has become far to commonplace. The latest on the conveyor belt, What If, »

- Scott Davis

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Toronto Film Festival completes lineup

19 August 2014 8:49 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

The lineups for the Mavericks, Discovery, and Tiff Kids parts of the Toronto Film Festival were announced, wrapping up a series of lineup announcements for the Toronto International Film Festival.

With the added films, the festival’s entire slate is now a whopping 393 movies. Two hundred eighty-five of those movies are feature films, of which 143 are world premieres.

The Mavericks portion of the festival includes onstage discussions following the screening of each film. Do I Sound Gay? will be followed by a talk between director David Thorpe and sex-advice guru Dan Savage. Also premiering in that space is The 50 Year Argument, »

- Jacob Shamsian

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Palme d’Or Winner, Studio Ghibli Pair, “St. Vincent” & “Song of the Sea” Among Tiff’s Final Wave Items

19 August 2014 7:55 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Bill Murray is coming to Toronto folks. Actually, the film he stars in (Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent) is having its official World Premiere launch at the jaw-dropping 285 feature film 2014 Tiff line-up. In the final batch of items we finally get the confirmation that 2014′s Palme d’Or Winner Winter Sleep (which gets added along with a trio of others to the Masters Programme) will show, and Tomm Moore’s highly anticipated Song of the Sea (among the four item line-up for Tiff Kids) also lands. Worth mentioning are the sprinkling of add-ons to the various other sections (Marjane Satrapi’s Sundance preemed The VoicesMatt Shakman’s Cut Bank and the world preem of Danis Tanovic’s Tigers) with a Studio Ghibli docu item being fitted into the Tiff Docs, but it is the Discovery Programme that finally takes shape. 

The “up-and-comers” include Berlin Film Fest (and future Nyff »

- Eric Lavallee

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Toronto Film Festival Completes Lineup

19 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jennifer Aniston, Juliette Binoche, Steve Carell, Michael Douglas, Tina Fey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Diane Keaton, Melissa Leo, Bill Murray, Bill Nighy, Al Pacino, Vanessa Redgrave, Adam Sandler, John Travolta and Kristen Wiig are among the array of stars expected to alight on the red carpet of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.

The fest today revealed an impressive roster of helmers and thesps planning to boost their latest work in Toronto next month. And with the critical four-day opening weekend packed exclusively — as per the new fest policy — with world premieres and North American premieres of studio awards contenders, buzzy acquisition titles, and hot U.S. and international arthouse fare, you can expect media frenzies, flash mobs of buyers, and intense afterparty rivalries like never before.

Slates for Mavericks, Discovery, and Tiff Kids were also unveiled today, as were a handful of late-breaking adds to other programs, bringing this year’s grand total to 393 films, »

- Jennie Punter

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What If Review

18 August 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

This Autumn will see the release of They Came Together, a romantic comedy spoof that strips the genre of almost every ounce of integrity it has. One of the first jokes implemented is to parody how filmmakers often begin their picture with generic, swooping shots of a bustling city landscape. Well, that’s exactly how Michael Dowse’s What If begins – and sadly, it merely sets the precedence for a film that’s leaving itself somewhat open for ridicule in that department.

Daniel Radcliffe plays Wallace, a medical school dropout, recovering from a recent breakup. However his life changes in an instance when meeting the equally – and endearingly – clumsy Chantry (Zoe Kazan) at a party. Though instantly drawn to the talented illustrator, Wallace is left disheartened upon learning that Chantry has a long-term boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall), and so begrudgingly, yet dutifully agrees to be just friends. However the more »

- Stefan Pape

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Movie Review – What If (2013)

15 August 2014 12:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

What If, 2013

Directed by Michael Dowse

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Megan Park, Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis and Rafe Spall


Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.

What If is an explosion of quirky characters on screen spouting contrived, quirky dialogue in a quirky fashion while standing around quirky surroundings and quirky scenarios. It’s a quirk smoothie; mixtures of all the worst kinds of quirk with some of the less-irritable iterations of it. But for all of its quirkiness, What If is a rather bland experience – even if the two leads are sickeningly likeable.

Daniel Radcliffe (now free of the Harry Potter mantle) plays failed doctor Wallace, who is still heart-broken from his previous relationship one-year after it happened. »

- Luke Owen

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