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The Conspirator and the 9/11 Angle

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The LA Times’ Patrick Goldstein goes digging into the Conspirator – and why all of the lack of excitement and/or buzz around the film. His solution? Tie it in with 9/11: It is definitely a sign of the times that this¬†Hollywood icon,¬†who once had studios at his beck and call, ...

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TIFF reviews in the mix for Never Let Me Go

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Salon‘s Andrew O’Hehir says Never Let Me Go is “meticulous and devastating”: Romanek does so many difficult things beautifully in this movie, which richly deserves the Oscar consideration it will surely receive. He handles a literary adaptation, he re-creates a lost world that is partly imagined but mostly real, he ...

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Foreign Language Film Submission: Netherlands’ Tirza

J√∂rgen’s world is crumbling. Forced into early retirement and harassed by his ex-wife, the only part of his life which makes sense – his beloved daughter Tirza – is shattered when she disappears on holiday in Namibia. After weeks of terrifying uncertainty, J√∂rgen goes searching for her, but the heat, ...

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Jack Goes Boating, clips & stills

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Jack Goes Boating is a tale of love, betrayal, friendship and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples. The film stars John Ortiz (American Gangster), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Broadway’s “Rent”), Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote), with Hoffman making his feature directorial debut. Bob Glaudini ...

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Mostly Positive Reactions from Telluride for Never Let Me Go

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Variety‘s Peter Debruge frames his extended forecast in terms of temperamental climate conditions in the blogosphere: “Never Let Me Go is that rare find, a fragile little four-leaf clover of a movie that’s emotionally devastating, yet all too easily trampled by cynics.” Romanek, best known for his visionary musicvideo work, ...

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Black Swan, UK critics weigh in

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David Gritten at the Daily Telegraph concurs with yesterday’s first wave of praise Every film festival benefits hugely from a strong opening film, and they don‚Äôt come a lot stronger than Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky‚Äôs psychological thriller set in the world of New York ballet. Powerful, gripping and always intriguing, ...

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Little Love for Big Love

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Sissy Spacek and Mary Kay Place were both nominated for their outstanding guest starring roles on Big Love this year. Sad commentary to note that these were only two major nominations for HBO’s Mormon saga — and it’s already lost both before the red carpet even rolls out. (Ann-Margret won ...

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Making Boardwalk Empire, featurette

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Emerging from the wilderness of August in search of anything worthy to write about, one of the brightest beacons on the horizon is HBO’s new Jazz Age gangster series, Boardwalk Empire. It kicks off Sept 19th with a premiere episode directed by Martin Scorsese, and screenrant has found a featurette ...

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Tamara Drewe, UK trailer

Since I’m not familiar with comic series on which Tamara Drewe is based this first look at the trailer is my first exposure to the material. It’s not what I thought it would be and probably not what I hoped it would be — but I’m happily flexible and ready ...

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Emmy Predictions Hot and Ready to Serve

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It has taken me too long to turn our focus to the Emmys, which are being held this Sunday. ¬†I find the Emmys lacking in suspense because, truthfully, does anyone care who wins? ¬†Not really. ¬†My friend Tom O’Neil is on the case, though, and you can find a plethora ...

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