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Remarkably in a career spanning more than a decade, this formerly untitled project counts as Joshua Marston‘s first feature in the English language and only third feature film. He debut film was workshopped at the 2002 January Screenwriters Lab and was presented at the 2004 edition of the fest and not only would the tense drama play extremely well theatrically, it nabbed it’s star Catalina Sandino Moreno an Oscar nomination. Marston, who takes on a lot of projects namely television gigs between his feature films (Maria Full of Grace was followed by 2011’s The Forgiveness of Blood) he nonetheless been part of the fabric of Sundance working as an advisor at the Institute’s Labs since 2011. Starring Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon, Kathy Bates and Danny Glover, lensing on his third feature commenced late last year and frankly this could shore up just about anywhere on the film festival circuit. Now titled Complete Unknown, »
- Eric Lavallee
Although relatively scarce, horror movies directed by women are out there. You may have to turn over a few rocks to know who they are and their material might be a little more difficult to get your hands on, but these directors deserve just as much attention and scrutiny as their male counterparts, who have long dominated the genre. The following discusses selections of female directors’ forays into the business of terror. (This post contains spoilers)
The late director Antonia Bird’s Ravenous is a bizarre amalgamation of humor and horror that explores cannibalism with warped nuance. The strangely cacophonous score builds up tension as craven outcasts face a glutinous and depraved attacker whose strength seems fortified by his consumption of human flesh. Set during America’s westward expansion, the metaphor of humanity’s insatiable appetite for power is plain to see, but its execution indulges in such »
- Lane Scarberry
The Toronto International Film Festival is flying by, but there are still World Premieres to be seen. On Day 8, the world premiere of The Man Who Knew Infinity took place at Roy Thompson Hall, where stars Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Jeremy Irons walked the red carpet and greeted fans. The film tells the story of Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan who revolutionized the field.
The North American premiere of Alice Winocour’s Disorder also took place at Roy Thompson Hall, where star Diane Kruger (who also stars in the Platform selection, Sky), graced the red carpet. Disorder stars Kruger alongside Matthias Schoenaerts as a woman who is protected by the ex-soldier suffering from Ptsd, during a home invasion.
- Adriana Floridia
This is a capsule review. A full review will be posted when the film is released into theatres.
Last year, Tiff welcomed two standout films centering on the lives of musicians, Whiplash and Love and Mercy. This year’s festival sees a movie that almost seems like an amalgamation of the best qualities of each of these previous films in Born to be Blue.
Movies about musicians seem as though they need a star operating at the top of his or her game, a demonstration of virtuosic acting, as though the quality of their performance must match the quality of the performer they happen to be portraying.
That’s certainly the case in Born to be Blue: Ethan Hawke, starring as jazz icon Chet Baker, is outstanding in what (to my mind) is very likely his best work to date. It’s the type of performance that could be called »
- Darren Ruecker
Title: Lolo Director: Julie Delpy Starring: Julie Delpy, Dany Boon, Vincent Lacoste, Karin Viard. Woody Allen in the Us and Nanni Moretti in Italy are an example of filmmakers who write their scripts, direct them and interpret them. Julie Delpy, in the tough man’s world of motion pictures, embodies a cinematic female superhero from the land of liberty, equality and brotherhood. Her talent as an actress emerged through Richard Linklater’s triptych (‘Before Sunrise,’ ‘Before Sunset,’ ‘Before Midnight’); and she has been just as brilliant as a director (‘2 Days in Paris,’ ‘The Countess,’ ‘2 Days in New York’). Delpy returns behind and in front of the camera with a script [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
For a number of years now Julie Delpy has been perfecting her caustically comic voice by playing on cultural differences between the French and Americans – as co-writer and star of “Before Sunrise” and “Before Midnight,” and as writer, director and star of “2 Days in Paris” and “2 Days in New York.” So it’s with great interest that one sees her directing a romantic comedy wholly in a Gallic milieu. The result is as brazen and frequently hilarious as we’ve come to expect from her, if also less sophisticated, as though Delpy is acknowledging – or succumbing to – the fact that the French do tend to prefer their comedy in broader strokes. Delpy is Violette, a Parisian art director and single parent on a spa holiday in Biarritz with best friend Ariane (Karin Viard), who is encouraging her dour companion to “get your chimney swept.” Along comes jug-eared, geeky but romantic »
- Demetrios Matheou
Thanks to Yahoo! Movies, we now have our first look at Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch in the upcoming "Assassin's Creed" movie, based on the popular video game franchise. Check it out below. In the movie, Lynch discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society through unlocked genetic memories that allow him to relive the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. After gaining incredible knowledge and skills he's poised to take on the oppressive Knights Templar in the present day. Even though Fassbender's character was specifically created for the film, he will exist in the same world as the existing games. "Assassin's Creed" will co-star Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises) Michael Kenneth Williams (12 Years a Slave) and Ariane Labed (Before Midnight). Filming will begin on Monday and will take place in Malta, London and Spain. The movie is set to hit theaters on December 21st, »
The movie, based on the Graeme Simsion novel, centers on a socially awkward genetics professor who devises a science-based survey to find the perfect mate — only to see those theories splintered when he meets the spontaneous Rosie Jarman (played by Lawrence), who possesses the opposite qualities.
Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, who teamed on “(500) Days of Summer,” have revised Simsion’s adaptation of the novel. “The Lego Movie” co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were initially interested, but have opted to take on Disney’s Han Solo “Star Wars” standalone movie.
Paramount announced Monday that it will release Linklater’s baseball comedy — formerly titled “That’s What I’m Talking About »
- Dave McNary
That's right. Richard Linklater's sort-of sequel to "Dazed and Confused" won't hit theaters until April 15, 2016. Rumors abound that the film's title, formerly "That's What I'm Talking About," is now "Everybody Wants Some" — like the Van Halen track. But Paramount Pictures lists the movie on Rentrak as untitled. That means a Winter 2016 festival berth—where "Boyhood" and "Before Midnight" were slotted in the past, at Sundance and Berlin—could be in the cards, but the film will not be a Fall festival contender as we had hoped. Linklater, whose "Boyhood" won an Oscar for Patricia Arquette as Supporting Actress win, is also in talks to direct Jennifer Lawrence in Sony's "Rosie Project," reports Deadline. Read More: Fall Fests: What's Coming Up and What's Not? From producer Annapurna and distributor Paramount, Linklater's untitled film is about college baseball players in the 1980s and stars Blake Jenner, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Seeing a movie is usually a pretty safe bet for a first date. But what about the people in the movie that are going on dates themselves? They’re either having the best date of their lives or the worst, so your own date will almost definitely lie somewhere in the middle.
We’ve compiled some of the best and worst movie dates in honour of the release of Trainwreck! Judd Apatow’s latest stars Amy Schumer as a woman afraid of commitment until Bill Hader proves he might just be the one. Trainwreck also stars LeBron James, Tilda Swinton, and Brie Larson.
Catch Trainwreck in Cineplex theatres on July 17th, and see if your favourite movie date made it onto our list!
Good: Before Sunrise (1995)
- Sasha James and Amanda Wood
The Film Society of Lincoln Center, the organization that presents the annual New York Film Festival, has named writer-director Athina Rachel Tsangari as its 2015 Filmmaker in Residence.
Tsangari, whose upcoming comedy “Chevalier” is due to premiere at the Locarno Film Festival later this year, will use her residency to work on her newest project, “White Knuckles,” a screwball action thriller about two criminal sisters. Tsangari is the third recipient of the residency that has partnered Fslc with Jaeger-LeCoultre since the program launched in 2013.
The first filmmaker selected for the program, Andrea Arnold (“Wuthering Heights”), used the residency for script development and pre-production of “American Honey,” which will star Shia Labeouf. The 2014 resident, Lisandro Alonso (“Jauja”), began work on an in-development project that aims to begin shooting soon in the U.S.
- Gordon Cox
Michael K. Williams will face off against Michael Fassbender in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of video game Assassin’s Creed. Williams, who was reported to have joined Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters reboot just yesterday, will reportedly play a “character [that] has a major stake in the franchise.” No other details were made available by Variety, who broke news of the casting.
Williams will join Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in the Justin Kurzel directed movie, along with actress Ariane Labed (Before Midnight). Word is that Williams will shoot Ghostbusters first, before moving on to Assassin’s Creed later in the year.
The film already has a release date set for December 21st, 2016, which puts it up against Star Wars: Rogue One, »
- Paul Heath
French actress Ariane Labed has signed on to join Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in New Regency's video game adaptation Assassin's Creed. While no character details were given, the actress has landed the role that Alicia Vikander was once up for, before she was forced to drop out after landing a role in Universal's Bourne 5. The producers moved quickly to find a replacement, landing on Ariane Labed.
Michael Fassbender will star as a man who learns that he comes from a long line of assassins, after he is kidnapped by a clandestine organization which has ties to the Knights Templar. He is tasked with using his skills to travel back in time and recover important historical artifacts. There was a report that revealed Michael Fassbender is actually playing two characters in the adaptation, Michael Lynch in present day scenes, and an assassin named Aguilar de Agarorobo during scenes set in the Spanish Inquisition. »
Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) was going to reunite with her The Light Between Oceans co-star Michael Fassbender in the film adaptation of the video game Assasin's Creed, but we learned only yesterday she will be unable to do so as she joined the cast of Bourne 5, which will be shooting at the same time. Well, it didn't take long for a replacement to be announced as Greek-born French actress Ariane Labed. Labed had a small role in Richard Linklater's Before Midnight during the dinner scene as shown above and starred in Yorgos Lanthimos' Alps in 2012 (pictured here) and made an impact in Cannes this year starring in Lanthimos' latest feature, The Lobster. There's still no word on which role Labed will be playing, but she joins not only Fassbender, but Marion Cotillard who is reuniting with both Fassbender and her Macbeth director Justin Kurzel for the film, which »
- Brad Brevet
A younger generation of viewers likely know siblings Aly and Aj Michalka from the stints on Disney television, or as the musical duo 78violet, but the sisters have taken a confident step into the world of indie filmmaking with "Weepah Way For Now." Inspired after watching Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight" to try something in a similar spirit, their effort arrives soon at the L.A. Film Festival and today we have an exclusive clip. Featuring an ensemble cast that includes the Michalkas along with Mimi Rogers, Dan Byrd, Amanda Crew, Madeline Zima, Liam Aiken, Jon Heder, Tyler Labine, Gil Bellows, Ryan Donowho, Gale Harold, Erin Cummings, plus narration by Saoirse Ronan, the story follows musical sisters Elle and Joy, who spend their last week before going on tour visiting friends and preparing for the going away party they intend to host. Their apprehensions about throwing the party is universally »
- Edward Davis
On most years, Memorial Day weekend launches the first or second weekends of several major specialized successes, such as "Before Midnight," "Moonrise Kingdom," "The Tree of Life," and "Midnight in Paris." Even last year saw the modest debut of "Words and Music" ($88,000 in 10 theaters). This year? The best of the openers was mid-level Studio Ghibli animated release "When Marnie Was There" (GKids). Second weekend "I'll See You in My Dreams" (Bleecker Street) expanded impressively, showing once again that older audiences will respond to a star-driven story. Other news this week was the confirmation that the New York Times' is continuing to cut back on their review coverage. This week, two they skipped -- Indian "Tanu Weds Manu Returns" and the VOD-showing "Chocolate City" --both actually managed decent results despite the slight. Opening "When Marnie Was There" (GKids) - Criticwire: »
- Tom Brueggemann
While Angelina Jolie Pitt’s supposed first foray into awards fare as a director, Unbroken, was a bit disappointing, Universal Pictures is nevertheless bullish on her follow-up. The studio has given a prime awards season release date to By the Sea, slating the film for November 13, 2015. Competition is scarce on the pre-Hunger Games weekend, where Jolie Pitt’s film will square off against the Warner Bros. miners drama The 33, the horror reboot Rings, and the comedy Rock the Kasbah. Jolie Pitt started production on the drama By the Sea before Unbroken was released, rolling cameras in Malta last summer. She stars opposite husband Brad Pitt in the film as an American couple who arrive in a picturesque resort in 1970s France with their marriage in crisis. They subsequently spend time with fellow travelers and come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives. The cast also includes Mélanie Laurent, »
- Adam Chitwood
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
You might assume that music takes center stage given the subject of Seymour, but Ethan Hawke’s look at the reclusive concert pianist is so much more. Composer Seymour Bernstein is the focus of Seymour: An Introduction. Like the title would suggest, we briefly get to know the journey of a man who studied piano, went over-seas to war, composed musical arrangements, and then suddenly stopped performing publicly due to crippling stage fright. But that is what’s so great about Hawke’s documentary debut. Like a classically trained pianist who effortlessly can glide his fingers across keys without a single misstep, Hawke guides the film across multiple subjects, bringing into question music’s true purpose, finding true happiness, and the pros and cons of becoming famous for your art.
Seymour Bernstein may be one of the greatest pianists in the world and yet most of us might not have »
- Michael Haffner
Of all the rumours that have been floating around about Avengers: Age of Ultron, one of the most persistent has been the possible inclusion of Carol Danvers ahead of the Captain Marvel movie in 2018.
The speculation increased earlier this month when it was revealed that Julie Delpy (Before Midnight) and Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks) are set to appear in mystery roles (although they’re not a mystery any longer), but Marvel chief Kevin Feige has now ruled out an appearance, with the producer telling EW categorically that Captain Marvel will not feature in the film. Of course, there is the chance that he could be covering his tracks, but we’ll find out for sure in just a couple of weeks…
See Also: Marvel makes it official that the Russo brothers will direct Avengers: Infinity War
Meanwhile, if you were planning on sticking around until after the credits of the Age of Ultron, »
- Gary Collinson
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