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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’s on Netflix UK, Amazon UK Instant Video, BBC iPlayer (from Jun 16)

16 June 2014 7:45 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

new to stream

Upstream Color: a confounding intellectual mystery, an enigmatic philosophical science fantasy that’s like a cinematic Moebius strip; it must be experienced to be appreciated, even as it defies full understanding [my review] [at Netflix] The Frozen Ground: in a rote cat-and-mouse cop-and-serial-killer story, Vanessa Hudgens’ “victim” is far more compelling than either cop Nicolas Cage or killer John Cusack [my review] [at Netflix] Vacancy: Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale are trapped in the creepiest motel ever; the first Hollywood film from Nimród Antal [at Netflix]

recent movies new to streaming

Endless Love: shockingly not terrible, and says some things that need to be said more often, like how dads do not own their teenaged daughters [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] The Pretty One: far too blithe and cheery, yet nowhere near madcap and comic enough, for its potentially powerful switched-twins »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Review Round-Up: Last Vegas & The Pretty One

15 June 2014 10:44 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Welcome to the latest entry in our brand-new feature here on Nerdly – the Review Round-Up – where we take a look at some of the weeks new releases in smaller, more succinct capsule reviews with a rating to let you know whether to Rent, Buy, or wait for Netflix and/or other streaming services…

Last Vegas

Stars: Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrara, Romany Malco | Written by Dan Fogelman | Directed by Jon Turteltaub

What starts out as a seemingly geriatric take on The Hangover, Last Vegas sees wealthy and wild bachelor Billy (Douglas), grouchy grump Paddy (De Niro), lovable family man Archie (Freeman) and ladies man Sam (Kline), who have been best friends since childhood, journey to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and to relive their glory days when Billy, the group’s young at heart ladies’ man, »

- Phil Wheat

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New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: How to Watch 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' and '300: Rise of an Empire' at Home Before Disc

3 June 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Lone Survivor (action; Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch; rated R) RoboCop (action remake; Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton; rated PG-13) The Pretty One (comedy; Zoe Kazan, Jake Johnson; rated R) A Long Way Down (comedy; Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette; pretheatrical release premieres 6/5, rated R) Ping Pong Summer (comedy; Susan Sarandon, Joseph McCaughtry, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris; premieres 6/6 on Mod and in theaters...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from Jun 03)

3 June 2014 11:06 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

The Grand Budapest Hotel: the most Wes Anderson-y film ever, a delightful concoction that’s like a pop-up storybook for grownups; Ralph Fiennes is a sublime comic marvel [at Amazon Instant Video] 300: Rise of an Empire: Eva Green stalks this movie with pride and honor, and is almost the only thing worth watching amidst frenetic CGI cartoon battle action and endless ancient carnage [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to stream

The Pretty One: far too blithe and cheery, yet nowhere near madcap and comic enough, for its potentially powerful switched-twins conceit [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to Prime

Stories We Tell: totally gripping, very personal documentary from filmmaker Sarah Polley about how various members of her family react to the revelation of a secret [at Amazon Instant Video] The X-Files: the alien-hunting adventures of FBI agents Mulder and Scully »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Exclusive premiere: Julian Wass covers the 'Tootsie' theme for 'The Pretty One'

2 June 2014 5:42 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I liked Fol Chen's album "The False Alarms," released last year. The band has a real sense of sequence, tempo and placement. They don't beat a chorus to death. (And "A Tourist Town" freaking rules.) All things that also help to make a good score and soundtrack. Julian Wass knows this. Maybe that's why the Fol Chen band member has already helmed a number of film sounds, his hands full with three scores in just a few scant months this summer. "The Pretty One" is the latest movie of these, with the film out on VOD tomorrow (June 3); Jenée Lamarque, Wass' wife, directed. For the film, Wass put together a cover of "It Might Be You," the theme from 1982's "Tootsie," an enchanting electronic re-imagining with singer Karryn on the mic. Speaking on the music for "The Pretty One," Wass said, “Around the same time as we started envisioning the score, »

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what’s on Netflix UK, Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer (from Jun 02)

2 June 2014 2:57 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

new to stream

What Maisie Knew: utterly heartbreaking tale of a little girl used as a pawn in her parents’ battles, told, remarkably, from the child’s perspective [at Netflix] Odd Thomas: it feels smaller and more rushed — and less plausible — than it should, but Anton Yelchin is charming, and the snappy comic tone sometimes works [my review] [at Netflix] Winter of Discontent: enlightening but underpowered drama about life in Cairo during the Arab Spring [at Netflix]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

The Invisible Woman: the story of Charles Dickens and his secret mistress is no romance, and no modest costume drama, either, but a tale of women being practical because they had to be [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Lone Survivor: true story of a failed Navy Seal mission acknowledges the powerful fraternity of soldiers without being jingoistic, and depicts »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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'The Pretty One' Clip with Jake Johnson and Zoe Kazan | Exclusive

2 June 2014 12:05 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Written and directed by Jen&#233e Lamarque, the dark comedy The Pretty One features Zoe Kazan in a complex, balancing act of a performance as she plays identical twin sisters Laurel and Audrey. The two young women reunite for their birthday, and when tragedy strikes, Laurel, the sweet but painfully awkward sister, finds a chance to reinvent herself with all the confidence, style and independence that Audrey possesses. Check out our exclusive clip as the DVD and Digital HD debuts this week, featuring a confrontation between Jake Johnson and Ron Livingston as they come to blows on Audrey's porch over a misunderstanding.

Audrey (Zoe Kazan) has all of the qualities that her identical twin sister Laurel (Zoe Kazan) wishes she possessed: confidence, style, independence. Alternately, Laurel, sweet but painfully awkward, feels stuck in her life, still living at home, coddling their father and obsessed with the boy next door, for whom she used to babysit. »

- MovieWeb

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Exclusive: Listen To 2 Tracks From Julian Wass' Score For 'The Pretty One' Starring Zoe Kazan

30 May 2014 7:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Jenée Lamarque's "The Pretty One" is a film we were charmed by all the way back in 2013 when we first saw it at the Tribeca Film Festival. And of the many elements that caught our attention was the "gauzy, dreamy" score by Julian Wass. And the good news is, in addition to the film coming to VOD soon, the soundtrack will also be available shortly to spin at home too. Starring Zoe Kazan and Jake Johnson, the film follows the shy, awkward Laurel, who gets the opportunity to step into her twin sister Audrey's much more confident personality and life when Audrey is tragically killed. It's a quirky concept on the page, but one that really works when put into action, and for Wass, it was a Disney movie that served as his entry point for working on "The Pretty One." “Around the same time as we started envisioning »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Project of the Day: 'The Tortoise and His Tail'

15 May 2014 7:10 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "The Tortoise and His Tail"  Tweetable Logline: A man with a dark past breaks parole on Halloween to go on an adventure with his eight-year old daughter.Elevator Pitch: As Halloween begins in a suburban desert neighborhood, police round up sex offenders and lock them in the courthouse. One man, Daniel, evades parole and bicycles into town.There, he finds an eight-year old girl, and promises to take her on an adventure she'll never forget. Production Team: Writer/Director: Jean Lee (AFI Directing Workshop for Women 2014, Film Independent Director's Lab 2014, Sundance Screenwriter's Intensive 2013, Berlin International Film Festival Offical Selection) Producer: Carolina Groppa ("The Pretty One"), Samantha Nell (Focus »

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In Your Eyes review: the light, the heat…

22 April 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Joss Whedon wrote and produced a sweet little supernatural romance for your geeky pleasure, and you don’t even have to pirate it: he released it instantly on Vimeo. I’m “biast” (pro): love Joss Whedon

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Joss Whedon has a new movie. You cannot see it in theaters… but you can rent it right now, online, at Vimeo, from anywhere on the planet, for the ridiculously low price of five American bucks. Is it worth five bucks? It sure is. It would be worth twice that to see it on a big screen, but this is one of those little indie-style dramedies that hardly ever end up on big screens anymore. It has no superheroes, and it has no space cowboys.

What it does have are two gently, identifiably screwed-up 30-ish folks in Rebecca »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Wamg Talks The Pretty One With Jenée Lamarque And Zoe Kazan

28 February 2014 7:02 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The all new comedy/drama The Pretty One is in theaters now, and in support of the movie I sat down with director Jenée Lamarque and star Zoe Kazan in a small round table discussion to talk about twins, the origin of the story, and the challenge of playing two different people who have similarities. Since I am an identical twin, I was curious about the research it took for Zoe to play both twins in a rather convincing way. Check it out below.

Written and directed by Jenée Lamarque, The Pretty One is a coming of age comedy about identity and loss and a wallflower who finally learns how to break out of her shell. In a balancing act of a performance, Zoe Kazan portrays twins Laurel and Audrey, most poignantly as a relationship blooms with her new neighbor (Jake Johnson). As Laurel begins to slip into the life »

- Melissa Howland

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Zoe Kazan Talks Twin Roles Of 'The Pretty One' & How 'In Your Eyes' Is "Like Joss Whedon Does Nicholas Sparks"

21 February 2014 11:07 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After winning the Best Actress Award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival for Bradley Rust Gray’s “The Exploding Girl,” Zoe Kazan added a big-budget rom-com (“It’s Complicated”) and more indie dramas (“Meek’s Cutoff”) to her resume, starred on Broadway (“A Behanding in Spokane”) with Christopher Walken, and wrote the charming (and underrated) screenplay for “Ruby Sparks,” in which she starred with her longtime partner Paul Dano. As if that’s not enough, the 29-year-old is back, this time playing identical twin sisters in “The Pretty One.” First-time writer/director Jenée Lamarque’s quirky film also stars Jake Johnson (“New Girl,” “Safety Not Guaranteed,” “Drinking Buddies”), Ron Livingston (“Office Space,” “Swingers”), and John Carroll Lynch (“Fargo”), but the film centers around Kazan’s layered performance as Laurel and Audrey, sisters whose similarity stops at genetics. Laurel is an eccentric wallflower who has never blossomed; she lives at home, cares »

- Kristin McCracken

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Zoe Kazan Has a "Lot to Talk About Over a Beer" When It Comes to Love

19 February 2014 3:30 PM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

In her new film The Pretty One, the talented Zoe Kazan plays not one but two characters. As identical twin sisters, Zoe had her work cut out for her on set. In her dual roles, Zoe also juggles a love interest played by New Girl star Jake Johnson. And single girls, listen up! Zoe's dishing out some real-life love advice as well. Click play to watch now! »

- Becca Frucht

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The Pretty One review: in her shoes

12 February 2014 10:32 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Far too blithe and cheery, yet nowhere near madcap and comic enough, for its potentially powerful switched-twins conceit… I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

After a terrible accident, a shy homebody of a young woman, Laurel (Zoe Kazan: Ruby Sparks), is mistaken for her identical twin sister, Audrey (also Kazan), and while the mistake is honest at first, Laurel decides to jump on this opportunity to escape the smallness of her life — which mostly involves caring for her father (John Carroll Lynch: Paul) and a wrong-in-so-many-ways “romance” with a teen boy she used to babysit (Sterling Beaumon: Astro Boy) — and take over Audrey’s supposedly glamorous and exciting life in Los Angeles. Kazan is charming in a grounded, authentic way, and her sudden new relationship with Audrey’s tenant and neighbor, Basel (Jake Johnson: 21 Jump »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Zoe Kazan Talks The Pretty One, Playing Twins, Technical Difficulty of Shooting Dual Roles, In Your Eyes, and More

8 February 2014 2:03 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Jenée Lamarque, The Pretty One tells the story of what happens when Laurel (Zoe Kazan) loses her identical twin sister Audrey (also played by Zoe Kazan) in a fatal car accident and must learn how to break out of her shell and discover who she is, as an individual.  The film also stars Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston and John Carroll Lynch. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Zoe Kazan talked about what made her want to play these dual roles, why she wanted to work with writer/director Jenée Lamarque, how it felt like she was, at time, playing four different characters with the various gradations, which twin she was more drawn to playing, and how technically difficult it all was.  She also talked about getting to work with the writing of Joss Whedon on the film In Your Eyes, and »

- Christina Radish

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Jake Johnson And Zoe Kazan Find Love In The Pretty One Trailer And Clips

7 February 2014 2:12 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The feature directorial debut of writer-director Jenee Marque, The Pretty One is a romantic comedy unlike any you've seen before. It centers on Laurel, a self-defeating introvert who is given a second shot at an exciting life when she accidentally assumes the identity of her recently deceased twin. With a plotline that dark, The Pretty One seems a hard sell. But this story of self-discovery is surprisingly endearing and delightful. Or, as I'm quoted in the above trailer, it's "daring, original, and thoroughly funny." Zoe Kazan fronts The Pretty One as identical twins Laurel and Audrey. While Laurel is a wallflower who has never moved away from home, Audrey is a thrill-seeker living a flashy and fashionable life in the big city. But when the car accident tipped up top brings Audrey's life to an abrupt end, there's a mistaken identity issue that assumes Laurel was the one who died. »

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Exclusive Interview With Jenée Lamarque And Zoe Kazan On The Pretty One

6 February 2014 9:26 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In The Pretty One, Zoe Kazan stars as identical twins Audrey and Laurel. Audrey is the more glamorous of the two while Laurel’s outward appearance speaks to her discomfort with her own identity. Regardless of their difference, Audrey and Laurel care for each other very much, to the point where Audrey is even willing to take Laurel away from her home and give her a complete makeover. But while traveling back to Audrey’s house, the twins end up getting in a serious car accident which injures Laurel and kills Audrey. The problem is, however, that everybody thinks that Laurel was the one that died, so despite some hesitation, Laurel decides to take on her twin sister’s persona to see what life is like in her shoes, and in the process she comes to understand herself better as an individual.

The Pretty One marks the directorial debut of Jenée Lamarque, »

- Ben Kenber

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‘The Pretty One’ Review: Zoe Kazan Pulls Double Duty in Charmingly Strange Romance

6 February 2014 3:45 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

There are no evil twins in Jenée Lamarque’s clever and creative The Pretty One. There are no good twins in the film, either, no such black and white distinctions between siblings split from the same egg. There’s not even really a pretty one (because there’s certainly no ugly one), there are just two very different girls from the same place. (And a haircut and a car accident and a mix-up and a plan, but we’ll get to that in a bit.) Laurel (Zoe Kazan) hasn’t progressed much beyond her younger years – after the death of her mother, she’s stayed nearly housebound, painting high class copies (read: forgeries you can hang in your own home) alongside her beloved father (John Carroll Lynch), sporting her mom’s duds, and bedding a high school student she used to help babysit (Laurel’s childish spirit helps this thorny subplot seem at least a hair less »

- Kate Erbland

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Review: Engaging And Sweet 'The Pretty One' Starring Zoe Kazan & Jake Johnson

6 February 2014 3:08 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There are movies about twins and there are movies about switching identities and there is “The Pretty One,” which uses both conceits for its tale of self and lack thereof. And to be fair, the premise of this comedic drama—which is ultimately much more affecting and genuinely melancholy than you’d expect—is a little cutesy and cloying on the surface. And admittedly, the picture takes some time to find its bearings. Written and directed by first-time feature-length filmmaker Jenée Lamarque, actress Zoe Kazan (“Ruby Sparks,” "Meek's Cutoff") performs double duty in “The Pretty One” as two twins, Laurel and Audrey. Laurel, the sweet one, is painfully shy and awkward. Neglectful of her appearance, the 20-something has no sense of style and her hair borders on unkempt. On the flip side of the coin there’s Audrey, the fabulous, sexy and outgoing twin, who’s successful, confident and doesn »

- Rodrigo Perez

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