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Horse & Carriage: The Elkabetzs’ Kafkaesque Interpretation of So-Called Sacred Institution
The third film in a trilogy examining the relationship between a husband and wife comes full circle with Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, a viciously astute examination of Israel’s divorce procedures. Brother and sister directing duo Roni and Schlomi Elkabetz began their enterprise back in 2004 with To Take a Wife, which continued with 7 Days in 2007, though it isn’t necessary to have seen either of these features to appreciate what they’re doing here with this deliciously crafted drama that’s as infuriating as it is highly engrossing. If on paper it sounds like a tedious slog of a subject matter, put aside those assumptions because the Elkabetzs’ have made an invigorating, emotionally charged powder keg, a film that simultaneously harpoons the misogynistic practices of the rabbinical courts just as it gives powerful agency to its highly determined female protagonist. »
- Nicholas Bell
This weekend, Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon hit the road in the comedy "Tammy" (check out our hilarious Unscripted below!), an NYPD sergeant (Eric Bana) teams with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez) to battle sinister forces in "Deliver Us From Evil," and AMC airs every episode of "The Walking Dead," beginning this Friday at 9 a.m. for their "Dead, White, and Blue" marathon.
Also in theaters this weekend: "Earth to Echo" follows a group of kids who, after receiving a series of encrypted messages, embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help. "Life Itself" is a critically acclaimed documentary that chronicles the life of the late critic and social commentator Roger Ebert. In "The Girl on the Train," a documentary filmmaker's chance encounter with a mysterious young woman leads him down an unexpected path for his latest project.
Also on TV this weekend: The annual "Macy's Fourth »
- Jonny Black
DreamWorks is in a precarious position.
More than two months ago, CEO Stacey Snider informed partner Steven Spielberg — and telegraphed to Hollywood — that she would be leaving the company when her contract expires at year’s end.
Spielberg has barely begun to have internal discussions about a potential successor, and so far has not warmed to or interviewed any candidates, say those familiar with the matter.
He has, however, after much ado, decided on his next two back-to-back directorial outings — first a Tom Hanks cold-war thriller to shoot in September, followed by an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “The Bfg” to lense next year.
But while Spielberg the filmmaker may be sorting things out, Spielberg the executive has left things open to speculation. Many in the creative community are wondering who’s going to mind the store. A number of agents, managers and producers with whom Variety spoke expressed apprehension »
- Alexandra Cheney
In addition to the previously announced Official Selection lineup, Cannes has now added six films, though none in competition: • André Téchiné’s In The Name Of My Daughter marks the veteran director’s latest appearance at the festival after his last film, 2011′s Unforgivable, premiered in the Director’s Fortnight. Téchiné won Best Director at the festival for 1985′s Rendez-Vous. Like 2009′s The Girl On The Train, Daughter is based on a true story, with sales agent Elle Driver describing the story of the 1977 disappearance of Agnès Le Roux as “the most famous alleged murder case of the French Riviera.” • […] »
- Vadim Rizov
Platt will produce through his Marc Platt Productions shingle.
The novel is described as a Hitchcockian thriller about a young woman who becomes entangled in a murder investigation because of what she witnesses on her daily commute.
Transworld (the UK crime/thriller imprint for Random House) picked up UK publishing rights for a spring 2015 release. Penguin has picked up Us publishing rights.
Hawkins has worked in journalism for 10 years, writing for a variety of publications and media on a range of subjects, from money to art and science. Most recently she was deputy personal finance editor of The Times in London.
- Justin Kroll
5 items from 2014
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