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Trailer: Gone Girl

15 April 2014 10:02 AM, PDT

Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Gone Girl – directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn –unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behaviour has everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? »

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Trailer: A Most Wanted Man

15 April 2014 9:55 AM, PDT

A tortured and near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian man on the run arrives in Hamburg desperate for help.

Based on John le Carré’s celebrated spy thriller and directed by Anton Corbijn, A Most Wanted Man features a stellar cast including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe.

Present day Hamburg: a tortured and near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian man on the run arrives in the city’s Islamic community desperate for help and looking to recover his late Russian father’s ill-gotten fortune. Nothing about him seems to add up; is he a victim, thief or, worse still, an extremist intent on destruction? Drawn into this web of intrigue is a British banker and a young female lawyer, determined to defend the defenceless. »

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Review: Twenty Feet From Stardom

14 April 2014 2:48 PM, PDT

This is the Pure Movies review of Twenty Feet From Stardom, directed by Morgan Neville and starring Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, Claudia Lennear, Darlene Love, Tata Vega and more plus interviews with legends such as Mick Jagger, Sheryl Crow, Bete Midler, Sting, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder. I gnash at what I’m forced to write, it is meme, a denudation of the language, a declaration of fused dendrites in my Broca’s Area: a cliché—but there is only one term for it. 20 Feet From Stardom, to echo the movie posters, is a ‘feel-good’ film, in the most honest way possible; it is earned. »

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Trying to turn the light on

14 April 2014 12:59 PM, PDT

Screenwriter Jack Thorne on adapting Let The Right One in for the stage.

I thought I had thought every thought there was to think about vampires. I really did. And then came Eli in Let The Right One In. A 12 year old lonely vampire who has been 12 ‘for a very long time’. I think what John Ajvide Lindqvist did with that book is transcend a genre, a thing that I don’t think happens very much at all. And to transcend a genre as crowded as the vampire genre is nothing short of extraordinary. »

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