Posts Tagged ‘film’

Film Review: ‘War of Lies’

May 2, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In the lead-up to the Iraq War, defector Rafid Ahmed Alwan — aka “Curveball” — became an expert at telling his interrogators what they wanted to hear, ultimately supplying the “evidence” the Bush administration needed to oust Saddam Hussein. In “War of Lies,” the notorious (mis)informer proves an equally slippery interview subject.

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Cannes: Dakota Fanning, Helen Hunt Starring in Drama ‘Please Stand By’

May 1, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In a pre-Cannes move, Dakota Fanning and Helen Hunt have been set to star in road-trip drama “Please Stand By” with Ben Lewin (“The Sessions”) directing. Embankment Films is handling international sales. CAA is handling the U.S. sale. Daniel Dubiecki and Lara Alameddine of Los Angeles-based The Allegiance Theater are producing. Todd Wagner and Mark...

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Film Review: ‘Planetary’

May 1, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Those who prefer their eco-consciousness delivered with a drop (or a full draught) of New Age-iness will have a new favorite movie.

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Film Review: ‘Above and Below’

April 30, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Some of us fall by the wayside, and some of us soar to the stars.” So goes the circle-of-life wisdom from a certain pop Disney hit, but it could just as well be the mantra of Austrian helmer Nicolas Steiner’s poignantly down-to-earth thesis project, “Above and Beyond” — a mesmerizing plunge into the damaged psyches of five characters floating by on the margins of American society, from a couple scraping by in a Las Vegas drainage tunnel to the young woman determined to be among the first crew to colonize Mars.

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Virgin Mountain’

April 26, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Working in small, skillfully nuanced, always surprising increments, director Dagur Kari, enabled by Gunnar Jonsson's extraordinary perf, charts a moving, totally believable character study of a gentle giant.

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Cannes: Directors’ Fortnight Unveils 2015 Lineup (FULL LIST)

April 21, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

New works by Jaco Van Dormael, Takashi Miike, Jeremy Saulnier and Sarunas Bartas will be presented along with the international premieres of Sundance entries “Dope” and “Songs My Brothers Taught Me” in the 47th annual Directors’ Fortnight program at the Cannes Film Festival. As announced by artistic director Edouard Waintrop, the Fortnight will unspool 19... Read more

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‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Kicks Off CinemaCon With Big Laughs, More ‘Cups’

April 21, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Pitch Perfect 2″ got CinemaCon rolling on a high note as the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit received an enthusiastic reception at the exhibition industry confab. Director, co-star and producer Elizabeth Banks promised the crowd of theater owners more of what they loved about the first film, and “Pitch Perfect 2″ didn’t deviate much... Read more

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Christopher Nolan Says His Filmmaking Process a ‘Combination of Intuition and Geometry’

April 21, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Christopher Nolan described his filmmaking process as “some combination of intuition and geometry” in one of the Tribeca Talks series of public conversations at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. “I don’t write a story outline,” he told a packed house of festivalgoers during the discussion with fellow director Bennett Miller (“Foxcatcher,” “Moneyball”). “Usually my answer... Read more

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Youku Tudou Deals to Accelerate Web to Film Development

April 20, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Online video giant speeds up migration of popular web content through series of corporate partnerships

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Film Review: ‘The Creation of Meaning’

April 19, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

As a shepherd and his donkey, dog, goats and chickens pursue their peaceful routines, visitors drop by to swap stories of Italy’s past and present conflicts.

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