Category Archive: Trailer

Jul
29

Sponsored Video: THE LEGEND OF HERCULES

So while Brett Ratner and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson got their crack at HERCULES this past weekend, Renny Harlin beat ’em to the punch — and the slash, and the blood-curdling war-cry — at the beginning of the year with THE LEGEND OF HERCULES. This is a more grounded treatment of the mythological warrior, closer …

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Feb
19

Review: CHILD’S POSE

Luminita Gheorghiu in CHILD'S POSE.

American movies apply a pretty straightforward technique to devastate an audience: build up the emotion; accelerate the cutting; maybe throw in some shouting; add a swell of music; boom, you’re there. Things apparently are different in Romania. Maybe Romanians are a more patient people, or we’re seeing the remnants of a culture where, not all …

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Aug
02

Fernando Trueba & Aida Folch on THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL

Aida Folch and Jean Rochefort explore the creative spirit in THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL.

In occupied France, an aging sculptor (Jean Rochefort) strikes a bargain with a young, Spanish runaway (Aida Folch): shelter and board in return for modeling for his latest, and possibly last, work. THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL is about seeking beauty in dire times, about reconciling one’s artistic soul when reality intrudes, and about the …

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Apr
19

Which Cartoon Lagoon Will Make You Swoon?

Well, this is awkward. Kevin Smith has just put out a show on iTunes called Kevin Smith’s Cartoon Lagoon — judging from the trailer, he’s doing the Ricky Gervais Show thing: taking the audio from his podcasts and bringing them to animated life, hopefully to humorous effect. Which is all well and good — Smith …

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Mar
05

Sponsored Video: Nicolas Cage is Back in New Orleans for STOLEN

Oh, Nic Cage, can you not quit New Orleans? That city is gonna break your heart. Yeah, you’ve found yourself in real-world trouble there, of which we’re too gentlemanly to go into detail. On film, your characters’ fortunes have hardly fared better. The corrupt cop you played THE BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS …

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Feb
17

Fred Stoller on FRED & VINNIE

Fred Stoller (right) and Angelo Tsarouchas test the bounds and bonds of friendship in FRED AND VINNIE.

Friends are friends, right up to the point they move in with you. Then, they’re less friends and more a Skinnerian experiment in how long one can accommodate one’s life to the demands of another before the psyche fractures permanently. In the based-on-real-life comedy FRED & VINNIE, comedian and actor Fred Stoller (EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND; …

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Nov
14

BUFFALO GIRLS Opens in New York

Buffalo Girls

Had I but world enough and time, I’d be interviewing the director of this fantastic, disturbing documentary about child boxers in Thailand. (Had I the discretionary income, I’d be taking a plane to that country just to scream at the parents, “WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING?“) Unfortunately, I’m not going to be …

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Jul
19

Trailer: FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE

I’m planning to have an interview with Anne Émond, director of the fantastic drama, NUIT #1, next week. In the meantime, check out the trailer below for FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE, Julia Ivanova’s fantastic documentary about a Ukranian woman who’s foster mother to 23 mixed-race children, with all the personal friction — both …

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May
11

Nadine Labaki on WHERE DO WE GO NOW?

Are You Really Going to Leave THESE Girls Behind?: The women of a Lebanese village recruit some unusual allies to stave off a war in WHERE DO WE GO NOW?

A comedy about dire consequences, WHERE DO WE GO NOW? takes a look at the ease with which humanity slips into war, and the sometimes insurmountable difficulties that arise as people struggle to avoid it. Setting the film in a small Lebanese village where Christian and Muslim live side-by-side, director/writer/actress Nadine Labaki tells the tale …

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Apr
13

Philippe Falardeau on MONSIEUR LAZHAR

Who's Healing?: Fellag (right) helps a class overcome tragedy in MONSIEUR LAZHAR.

An Oscar nominee this year for foreign language film, Philippe Falardeau’s MONSIEUR LAZHAR finds finely-shaded drama in a venue that has defeated many a filmmaker: a classroom full of children. Partly that’s because of the situation: In a Montreal elementary school, a teacher commits suicide, and the desperate principal calls upon a volunteer — Algerian …

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