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Review: 'Woman In Gold' With Helen Mirren & Ryan Reynolds Is Cynical, Mass-Market Historical Tourism

7 hours ago

A film that hides its actual badness under a tarpaulin of mediocrity so thick and heavy it's difficult to even lift a corner to peek beneath, for a while I wasn't quite sure why I hated "Woman in Gold" so very, very much. It is, on the surface, a harmless, well-intentioned, and acceptable "Philomena"-style "inspirational true story," with Nazis instead of nuns, and a painting instead of a baby. And if even the least discerning audience can tell it's not as good as "Philomena," sure it will do till the next "Philomena" comes along, right? But look closer, and there's something insidious about this sort of reconstituted pablum, pre-masticated for maximum digestibility. It's not harmless, not well-intentioned, it's not fit to lick "Philomena"'s boots, and no, it won't do. Is it fair to make "Woman in Gold" representative of the failings of the whole »

- Jessica Kiang

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April Fool’s: Watch Ryan Reynolds’ Admit That ‘Deadpool’ Will Actually Be Rated R (No Joke)

8 hours ago

Look, “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver already declared that April Fool’s Day is/was terrible and that really should have been it. Unfortunately, that didn’t deter anyone, and today was essentially national skepticism day. But in a surprisingly involved and elaborate April Fool’s Day prank played by 20th Century Fox, Ryan Reynolds, Mario Lopez, and movie publication JoBlo, some significant news was unveiled for fans. The gist of it is this: In the morning, Joblo “revealed” that “Deadpool” would have a PG-13 rating, something that the fans had dreaded given all the violence and irreverent F-Bombs that the “merc with the mouth” is always spouting. Reynolds got in on the action with his own tweets telling fans to chill and that don’t worry, the terrorists hadn’t won, etc. A PG-13 #deadpool will still have 4th wall breaking, a shit-ton of action and at least 3 chimichangas. »

- Edward Davis

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Clint Mansell Will Scale Ben Wheatley’s 'High-Rise' And Score The Film

8 hours ago

We've already got a number of reasons to be excited for "High-Rise." Of course, there's director Ben Wheatley. There's the awesome ensemble cast, which includes Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Elisabeth Moss, Luke Evans, and Stacy Martin. And now we've got the score to get buzzed about. Film Music Reporter reveals that the great Clint Mansell will score the movie. The composer is probably best known for his work with longtime collaborator Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan" and "The Fountain" are particular highlights), but he has also lent to his talent to films as diverse as "Filth," "Faster," and "Last Night" (his work on the latter is particularly underrated). Needless to say, we're very excited to see what he brings to the J.G. Ballard adaptation about what happens when madness and violence envelop a luxury high-rise.  No release date yet for the film, but fingers are crossed and we're »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: First Trailer For Joel Edgerton's Directorial Debut 'The Gift' With Jason Bateman & Rebecca Hall

9 hours ago

Her are a couple things you need to know. First, this isn't a remake of the 2000 movie with Katie Holmes. Second, this is Joel Edgerton's feature directorial debut. And third, the first trailer for "The Gift" arrived today, and it looks like this summer there will be a really big weirdo you're not gonna want to hang around. Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall join Edgerton in the thriller about Simon and Robyn, a young married couple who get an unwelcome new friend: Simon's old pal Gordo. He's kinda creepy, he's hanging onto some dark secrets, and soon, things get uncomfortable. Here's the official synopsis:  Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Fall In Love With The Symmetry Of Spike Jonze's 'Her' & Sofia Coppola's 'Lost In Translation' In This Video Mashup

9 hours ago

Once upon a time, filmmakers Spike Jonze and Sofia Coppola were married. While fitting the dreams of film hipster heaven, their marriage ended long before the Internet could freak out about their seemingly perfect union, not unlike the way it did during the twee super marriage of Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and Zoe Deschanel (it, too, didn't last). "It's not Spike," Coppola insisted in 2003 about Giovanni Ribisi’s portrayal of a character in “Lost In Translation” many felt was a dig at her ex-husband. "But there are elements of him there, elements of experiences. There are elements of me in all the characters." Regardless, people have drawn lots of parallels between Coppola’s “Lost In Translation” and Jonze’s 2013 film, “Her,” starring Joaquin Phoenix. Video essayist Jorge Luengo Ruiz has gone one step further and created “Lost in Translation // Her: An Unloved Story,” a beautiful video »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: Video Tribute To The Work Of Legendary Cinematographer Gordon Willis

9 hours ago

When Gordon Willis passed away last May at the age of 82, it was hard not to look back and marvel at the man’s long and illustrious career. He was the cinematographer behind such films as “The Godfather” trilogy, “All the President’s Men,” and “Annie Hall.” The man helped define the look and feel of 1970s American cinema. His bold creative choices and fruitful collaborations made him a favorite of directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Alan J. Pakula, and Woody Allen. And now, thanks to a video essay by Steven Benedict from Press Play, we can get a closer look at just what made Gordon Willis such a special Dp. Not a word is spoken in this 8-minute video. Instead, Benedict lets the images do the talking. The video selects specific images from nearly every single film Willis worked on, from “Klute” back in 1971 to “The Devil’s »

- Ken Guidry

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Julie Delpy & Linda Cardellini Have Mystery Roles In 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'

10 hours ago

Today being April 1st, it can be frustrating to constantly pause and make sure a piece of information is real. So when Slashfilm dropped this bit of intel, my first instinct was that it was yet another April Fool's Day gag and that I could get on with the rest of the my day. But it turns out it's legit. With "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" slated to debut later this month in the U.K., the red carpet premiere details are being put together and sent out, and something curious has been noticed: Julie Delpy (the "Before Sunrise" trilogy) and Linda Cardellini ("Freaks & Geeks," "Bloodline") have been listed among the cast members. And yes, Disney confirmed they are part of the cast, but of course, the secret isn't being entirely let out of the bag. Latino Review claims to know exactly what the roles are, but they aren't spilling. Any guesses? »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Exclusive: Raise A Glass With A Clip From Lone Scherfig's 'The Riot Club'

10 hours ago

In just a couple months, school will be out for the summer, but for the moment, class is in session with "The Riot Club." The latest from "An Education" director Lone Scherfig recently went into limited release, and today we have an exclusive clip from the film. Starring Sam ClaflinMax IronsDouglas BoothNatalie DormerBen Schnetzer, and Jessica Brown Findlay, and adapted from Laura Wade's acclaimed 2010 play, “Posh” (she also wrote the screenplay), the film takes viewers inside the rotten inner-workings of The Riot Club at Oxford University. It's here where the wealthy, privileged, upper crust youth let their hair down in some truly noxious ways. And in this clip, you see them assembled, drinking with enthusiasm, and singing "God Save The Queen." "The Riot Club" is now playing in limited release and is available on VOD. Watch below.    »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Video Essay Explores The World Of Slacker Noir

11 hours ago

About a week ago, Slate explored the mashup of two (seemingly distinct) types of films — noir and stoner comedies — into an offspring genre it refers to as “Slacker Noir.” You might be thinking, “Slacker noir? Explain.” V Renée, Managing Editor at No Film School, originally had a similar reaction. However, she thought about the connection Slate made a bit more, and wrote a great short article about why the hybrid actually makes perfect sense. The Slate video describes slacker noir as a mystery in which “the protagonist’s primary goal is to extricate himself from the main storyline, rather than somehow solve or resolve the conflict. It’s a parody, sometimes directly, of the classic noir detective film, where the protagonist is often single-mindedly devoted to unraveling the case at hand, even at the cost of self-preservation.” The contrasting genres both have cynical world views, the video professes. In noir, »

- Zach Hollwedel

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'Mad Max: Fury Road' Soundtrack Details Arrive, Listen To The First Pulse-Pounding Track

12 hours ago

Yesterday, the collective jaw of the internet dropped when the totally bonkers new trailer for "Mad Max: Fury Road" arrived. Truly, we're in for something special when George Miller's latest addition to his apocalyptic desert saga arrives in May, and the soundtrack will bring just as much fury as the images. The full details have been revealed today for Junkie Xl, aka Tom Holkenborg's 26-track strong soundtrack, and a little taste has arrived too. "Escape" sounds like exactly what you might think — loud, pulse-pounding, propulsive, and probably well suited to whatever mayhem Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult will get into. And with some tracks breaking the eight and eleven-minute marks, it looks like the score will be every bit as epic as the movie. "Mad Max: Fury Road" opens on May 15th. The soundtrack drops on May 12th, and you can preview it now on iTunes. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Celebrate 25 Years Of 'Goodfellas' With This Nostalgic Supercut

12 hours ago

It strikes me as almost impossible that “Goodfellas” — Martin Scorsese’s mafia masterpiece — opened nearly a quarter century ago, all the way back in September of 1990. I remember watching the instant classic for the first time as if it was yesterday. I can still recall almost every line and shot, every pulse-pounding and heart-stopping moment, every hit and every gun blast. Maybe that’s because I’ve watched it untold times since it was first released. Now, 25 years later, “Goodfellas” has robustly withstood the test of time. It still ranks among the best gangster films of all time with both fans and critics alike. It’s the 3rd best mob movie ever according to an AMC list (behind the first two “Godfather” films). Paste Magazine puts it at 2 (though that list only goes back four decades), right behind “The Godfather.” AFI also listed it second after Coppola’s 1972 hit. Roger Ebert »

- Zach Hollwedel

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Listen: 100 Minute Director's Conversation Between Noah Baumbach & Brian De Palma

13 hours ago

Noah Baumbach is kind of everywhere these days because the filmmaker has two films coming out this year. "Mistress America," which debuted at Sundance, will be his second film to be released when it opens later this year. But first, in theaters now, is the sharp comedy, “While We’re Young,” starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, and Amanda Seyfried, about marriage, youth, aging, the changing notions of authenticity within art, and the push and pull relationship between a Gen X couple and a dynamic Millennial pair (read our review).  “It’s also about identity,” Baumbach told us in a recent Playlist interview. “I think it’s sort of hard to be who you are, particularly when you’re younger. I think also in your '20s, [when you get] this sort of feeling like everything is happening too slow and too fast. You feel like you’re running out of time already, »

- Edward Davis

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Tribeca Exclusive: Trailer For Noam Chomsky Documentary 'Requiem For The American Dream'

13 hours ago

Noam Chomsky is one of America's most important thinkers, critical minds, and voices of dissent, and thus it's hardly a surprise that his gripping ideas have been the subject of more than one documentary. 1992's "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media" might be the most well known, and Michel Gondry's "Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?" the quirkiest, but the upcoming "Requiem For The American Dream" — slated to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival — might be the most relevant given social and economic landscape of the moment. Directed by Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, and Jared P. Scott, the film is constructed from four years worth of interviews with Chomsky, and explores the growing inequality in the country and what that means for stability, democracy, and more. Here's the official synopsis: In his final long-form documentary interview - filmed over four years - Chomsky unpacks the principles that »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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“Your Outfit Kind Of Sucks”: Watch Rosario Dawson Rescues Charlie Cox In First Clip From Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’

13 hours ago

Netflix is really becoming a powerhouse player. On any given night, a third of the country is watching he subscription service. They’re becoming huge forces in the world of the Emmys and television prestige, and they even recently bought a 2015 Oscar contender in Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts Of No Nation” starring Idris Elba. Considering where they’re at now, Marvel’s deal with the company, struck two years ago, feels positively ahead of the curve. And they’re first flagship show is about to debut: “Daredevil." Featuring characters Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio), Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), and Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), the show debuts next week on April 10th, so both companies are starting to get heavy with the promotion. Earlier this week, Marvel unveiled five new character posters for the series that all fit together to form one full street scene, »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: New Trailer For N.W.A. Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' Drops The Beat

14 hours ago

It has been over two decades since N.W.A. dropped Straight Outta Compton into stores during the summer of 1988, and changed the face of hip hop forever. The album took mainstream America unblinkingly into the hard realities of inner city life, and now the story of Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-e, DJ Yella, and Mc Ren is coming to the big screen. A new trailer for "Straight Outta Compton" has arrived and it looks like the summer of 2015 is going to get a hip hop wake up call as well. F. Gary Gray directs the film starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey HawkinsJason Mitchell and Paul Giamatti about the five rappers who both excited and outraged a nation. This looks like it's getting the tone just right and it looks like one of the biggest movies of the summer will have people blowing up the mic instead of supervillains. "Straight Outta Compton »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Netflix Orders Season 2 Of 'Bloodline' For 2016

14 hours ago

Yesterday, our own Nikola Grozdanovic went long on on how "Bloodline" Gives Viewers The Tragic Anti-Hero Television Has Been Waiting For Since Walter White. Indeed, the star-studded Netflix drama takes about four to five episodes to really get rolling, so you have to manage a bit of patience. But once it does, it's a terrific family drama, thriller, soap opera, and procedural all rolled into one. Yes, it can be too knotty for its own good at times, and maybe juggles one too many character arcs, but the Rayburns are one of the most interesting families on TV right now, and there will be much more where that came from. Variety reports that Netflix has ordered a second season of the show, with production to start later this year for a 2016 rollout. Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Sam Shepard, Sissy Spacek, Norbert Leo Butz, Jamie McShane, Jacinda Barrett and »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Hugh Jackman Is 'Apostle Paul' And Rachel Weisz Goes Boating With Colin Firth

15 hours ago

With Hugh Jackman promising, for real, to hang up the claws after "Wolverine 3," he's looking for different kinds of projects to keep him busy. And indeed, this year alone saw him go full mullet for "Chappie," and in a couple of months, full beard for "Pan." He may need to grow the hair, both on his face and head, for this role. Deadline reports that he'll take the lead in "Apostle Paul." Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are producing this one which, as the title suggests, will tell the story of the disciple who was converted on the Road To Damascus — literally blinded by the sight of Jesus — who became one of the most powerful voices preaching the word of the Saviour, and wrote pretty much half of the New Testament. Matt Cook ("Triple Nine") is writing the script, but no word yet on who might direct.  Meanwhile, Deadline also »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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11 Films To See In April

15 hours ago

In last month’s column, I mentioned that March and April are the months in the cinematic calendar where gems are discovered. This, of course, still holds true, but so far it’s been a rather quiet and unremarkable year at the movies. Most of the strong works released are holdovers from 2014 festivals, and no great gems were uncovered last month. Is it just me, or do we need a very good movie soon? Last year by this time, we already had “The Grand Budapest Hotel” that rode a wave of high praise and box office success all the way to Oscar glory. Even though that hasn’t happened yet this year, it’s for a good reason. Those kind of hits are rare. With that in mind, we just hope something really captures our fancy soon, as our top ten lists were already looking strong in April 2014. Even though »

- Erik McClanahan

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'Suicide Squad' Finds Wonder Woman's Love Interest & Killer Croc; 'Deadpool' Lines Up Negasonic Teenage Warhead

16 hours ago

Here's some updates on a couple of comic book movies that are gearing up to roll in front of cameras. First off, "Suicide Squad" is due to start lensing this month, and is putting the finishing touches on their cast. According to Latino Review and The Wrap, Scott Eastwood and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje will be joining the fun (Jackie Earle Haley is also rumored to play the character The Thinker, but it's not confirmed as of yet) . The former has bagged what is little more than a cameo role as Scott Trevor, the love interest to Wonder Woman, and a Colonel in A.R.G.U.S., (Advanced Research Group for Uniting Super-Humans), who doesn't believe that Amazons are a threat to security. The latter, meanwhile, will play Batman baddie, Killer Croc. Like Jared Leto's The Joker, we presume we'll get a small taste of the character in the movie »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cigarette Smoking Man, FBI Assistant Director Skinner, And More Returning For 'The X-Files'

16 hours ago

There are two ways the new, six-part, limited series of "The X-Files" could go — Agents Mulder and Scully could find themselves on a new adventure with fresh faces, or be given a case that has them interacting with many of the familiar folks we've seen before. And it looks like it's the latter that's shaping up. Robert Patrick (Special Agent John Doggett), Annabeth Gish (Special Agent Monica Reyes), Mitch Pileggi (FBI Assistant Director Skinner), and William B. Davis (Cigarette Smoking Man) are all expected to return to the series. But like most of the intel around the series right now, not much is known beyond this bit of news. It's not certain where, or how extensively, the characters will fit into the six-episode arc, and of course, plot details are under wraps. It'll be interesting to see what Fox does in regards to Cigarette Smoking Man, considering that smoking is »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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