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Official trailer for Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner

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Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner Emerges as First Oscar Contender of 2014

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While it’s true that Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is also an early contender for film awards, Mike Leigh’s lavish epic about Britain’s greatest painter is very likely a film to keep an eye on for end of the year voting — if it can last that long. Though it’s hardly a crowd-pleaser in any respect — if you put Argo on one side of the world you could…

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A masterpiece of subtlety – Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner

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“Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment.” ― Claude Monet With Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, a perfect union of film biographer and subject has landed at Cannes. In his film about J.M.W. Turner, an English Romantic painter of landscapes who caught the subtle shimmer of light on water in ways the world had never seen, the director known for capturing the subtle grace of human behavior has delivered a…

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Two New Clips from Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner

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Screening in Cannes a few hours from now:

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NYFF: Another Year

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New York Film Festival impressions by Brian Whisenant Attending fim festivals, at dinner parties, in bars, or wherever I might be hanging out with fellow cinephiles, the question “What is your favorite movie” inevitably enters the conversation. I always begin the answer with the Mike Leigh film “Secrets & Lies…but in a 5 way tie.” And in the 10 or so years since the last of those 5 films was…

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Toronto Festival Diary: Day 6

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The first film of the day was Darren Aronofsky‚Äôs Black Swan. I attended a screening at the beautiful historic Elgin Theatre, which is the best theatre of the festival and especially fitting to see a film about the ballet. Natalie Portman plays Nina, an innocent young ballerina being thrust into the lead role of a new production of Swan Lake staged by a New York City ballet company. The demanding…

Another Year Trailer

Another Year Trailer

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The Guardian posted a world exclusive for the trailer for Another Year. You can watch the high quality version over there. Here is a somewhat lower quality version that just hit YouTube: Another Year was easily the best and most memorable film I saw out of Cannes.¬† It resonates still after all of these months. The astonishing performance of Lesley Manville is one to keep an eye on, particularly with…

French Critics Sign On for ‘Another Year’

French Critics Sign On for ‘Another Year’

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Le Film Francais’ chart of French critics’ favorites at Cannes shows¬†them mostly blown away by¬†Mike Leigh’s Another Year. They also¬†dance¬†a turn or two with¬†Amalric’s¬†Tourn√©e (quelle surprise!), but are¬†setting no stock by¬†Wall Street 2.¬†Sasha must be right when she says that Wall Street is essentially an American film. Thanks to Aur√©lie in the forums for the cool chart link.

Owen G’s Gives Another Year Four Stars

Owen G’s Gives Another Year Four Stars

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On one of our many walks about town, where people know and approach Jeff Wells of Hollywood-Elsewhere, we bumped into the one and only Owen Gleiberman of EW. He kind of talked a bit about Mike Leigh and why he doesn’t belong to any kind of cult that would have Leigh as its main leader. I had been wondering, therefore, what he was going to think about Cannes’ best offering…

Cannes Review: Woody Allen and Mike Leigh

Cannes Review: Woody Allen and Mike Leigh

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Two films screened this morning on Cannes. One is absolutely great, and the other is okay, but not anything truly exceptional. Mike Leigh‚Äôs wonderful Another Year is the strongest film I‚Äôve seen here, but given the amount of films that have screened, and those still yet to screen, that might not be saying much. Another Year was first, and You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger second. What was interesting…