3 items from 2015
After taking time out from features to play a warped version of himself in documentary I'm Still Here, Joaquin Phoenix made a sensational comeback in Paul Thomas Anderson's blistering 2012 drama The Master.
Critically-acclaimed roles in little-seen The Immigrant (reuniting him with director James Grey) and Spike Jonze's Her followed, and his latest role brings him back into orbit with Anderson for Inherent Vice.
A Thomas Pynchon adaptation that unfolds at the dawn of the '70s in La, Phoenix plays Larry "Doc" Sportello, a private detective adrift in a drug-fuelled haze as he searches for his ex Shasta Fay Hepworth (Katherine Waterston).
Phoenix refused to answer questions about Pynchon, the reclusive mastermind behind it all, but he did speak openly about continuing his working relationship with Anderson.
"He really creates an amazing atmosphere, you just feel bathed in a feeling when you enter his sets," he said. "He's »
Nicole Kidman is one of our most fearless actresses, from her Oscar-winning role as a depressed Virginia Woolf in "The Hours" and warbling woman of the night in "Moulin Rouge!" to the grieving mother in "Rabbit Hole," aggressive newswoman on the rise in "To Die For," and sexy turn in "Paperboy." I talked to her on a chilly balcony overlooking Main Street right before her latest film "Strangerland" made its debut in the World competition. "Strangerland" is a gorgeously shot moody outback thriller shot in Alice Springs about a pharmacist (Joseph Fiennes, replacing originally cast Guy Pearce) and his wife (Kidman) who move to a new town after their sex-crazed 15-year-old daughter has an affair with a teacher. They haven't had a chance to settle down when the girl and her younger brother vanish during a dust storm, presumably into the desert, spawning all sorts of talk and suspicion as the town police. »
- Anne Thompson
Paddington is an instant family classic, and will likely defy the expectations of those expecting another live-action CGI hybrid such as Scooby Doo, The Smurfs or Yogi Bear. Director Paul King is able to take the story of a young Peruvian bear known worldwide, and turn it into a unique and charming experience unlike anything seen before. It truly is a special little film, and it will surely continue to find an audience well after it leaves theaters. Its the type of movie that is impossible to hate on any level.
The movie follows Paddington as he travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined, until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck ('Please look after this bear. Thank you.') and offer him a temporary haven. »
3 items from 2015
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