Fri April 4, 2014

Humanity Deserves Its Fate In Aronofsky's 'Noah'

Russell Crowe play's Noah in Darren Aronofsky's latest film of the same name.
Niko Tavernise Paramount Pictures

It’s tempting to say that Darren Aronofsky's over publicized Noah is just a bucket of baloney, but that’s not all it is. Once in a while, the movie makes a surprising move, or shows a flash of genuine imagination and nerve.

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Wed April 2, 2014
Author Interviews

The Rise And Fall Of Stefan Zweig, Who Inspired 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 7:54 pm

Stefan Zweig was born to a prosperous Jewish family in Vienna. He wrote novels, short stories and biographies.
Keystone/Hulton Archive Getty Images

In Wes Anderson's latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, a writer relates the long and twisting life story of a hotel owner. It's about youthful love and lifelong obsession, and while the story is original, there's a credit at the end that reads: "Inspired by the Writings of Stefan Zweig."

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Fri March 28, 2014

'The Missing Picture' Gets Under Your Skin In Remembering Horror

Strand Releasing

Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh has become one of Cambodia’s most eloquent voices about the horror inflicted on the country in the 1970s. His latest documentary, The Missing Picture, uses figurines and archival footage to document the horrors of the Khmer Rouge.

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Sat March 22, 2014
Movie Interviews

Bertrand Tavernier, Playing Geopolitics For Laughs

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 9:18 am

Director Bertrand Tavernier (center) with Thierry Lhermitte and Raphael Personnaz on the set of The French Minister, a comedy about a dervish of a diplomat trying to head off a war.
Sundance Selects

French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier has done some serious work. In The Clockmaker, a man's adult son commits an act of terrorism. In 'Round Midnight, an aging jazz musician struggles with addictions. And Sunday in the Country is about a man visiting his aging father.

But Tavernier's new film, The French Minister, is a comedy, inspired by both real life and old movies. It's based on a graphic novel the director read in a single night, in the first week the book was published.

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Fri March 21, 2014
Movie Interviews

From Action Hero To Teenage Nerd, Shailene Woodley Has Range

Shailene Woodley, pictured at this year's Independent Spirit Awards, stars in the forthcoming Divergent, a big-screen adaptation of the first book in Veronica Roth's dystopian trilogy.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

"I'm sorry you have to see my pancake face."

Those are among Shailene Woodley's first words as she opens the door to a suite in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. She's got a publicists' luncheon later in the day — otherwise, she explains, under absolutely no condition would she have worn makeup for an interview.

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