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Review: Her

Her_PosterI wouldn’t mind living in Spike Jonez’s version of the future, but for now I’m happy to just keep watching “Her” over and over again.

“Her” takes place in a future version of Los Angeles and hones in on Joaquin Phoenix’s Theodore Twombly, a soon-to-be divorced man who writes other peoples’ love letters for a living. One day, Theodore opts to purchase the hottest new piece of technology on the market, OS 1, the first artificially intelligent operating system. Soon thereafter, he creates Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), a digital secretary of sorts who’ll clean out his inbox, organize his writing and also be his friend.

If we’re heading towards Jonze’s version of the future, we might be better off. There are no hulking robots, deep space transports or overabundance of ultramodern technology, but rather mildly modified elements of the present that have clearly been changed to facilitate a more serene lifestyle. Computers are voice activated, clothing trends are practical, the streets are clean and not a single person raises his or her voice. “Her” features some heated discussions, but they’re genuine discussions, not thoughtless outbursts.

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Review: Rush

Rush_PosterThe will and courage to compete in Formula One racing is extremely unique, but thanks to Ron Howard, Chris Hemsworth, and Daniel Brühl’s work, you can feel the fear, desperation, and passion involved in “Rush.”

Based on the true stories of racing adversaries, Niki Lauda (Brühl) and James Hunt (Hemsworth), “Rush” tracks their rise from Formula Three to Formula One where the two go head-to-head in the highly controversial 1976 season during which they battle through an unprecedented rivalry filled with bold driving tactics and life changing decisions.

“Rush” turns the feel-good sports movie subgenre on its head. There are a number of familiar elements and sentiments within “Rush,” namely Hunt’s playboy verses Lauda’s hard worker and a slew of revelatory victories, but nothing in this film can be taken at face value. It delivers the necessary common beats, ensuring it’s an entertaining piece from beginning to end, but thanks to Ron Howard’s impeccable visuals, Brühl and Hemsworth’s noteworthy performances, Peter Morgan’s beautifully layered script, and the downright rousing sound design, “Rush” offers an exceptional range of emotion.

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Tribeca Review: Deadfall

Antiheros can be a blast to watch on screen; there’s just enough heart to them to get you on their side, but at the same time, they’re deplorably ruthless. So is the case with Eric Bana’s Addison in Deadfall and on top of having him whip your perception around incessantly, there are a number of other lives at stake, making the situation wildly unpredictable and unnerving.

Bana and Olivia Wilde are Addison and Liza, a brother and sister that just wrapped a successful casino robbery. While trying to make their escape to Canada, their getaway car crashes, leaving their driver dead and Addison and Liza no choice, but to evade the police by foot.

They split up, Addison heading into the woods and Liza taking the road. Lucky for Liza, as a blizzard sets in, she comes across Jay (Charlie Hunnam), an ex-con heading home for Thanksgiving, and hitches a ride to a nearby hotel and bar to wait out the storm. Unfortunately for Addison, he’s stuck in the woods and the local police are hot on his trail.

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Tribeca Interview: Deadfall Director Stefan Ruzowitzky and Star Eric Bana

Who likes standing outside in the snow and freezing cold for hours on end? No one, but having material like Zach Dean’s screenplay for Deadfall and collaborators like director Stefan RuzowitzkyEric BanaOlivia WildeCharlie HunnamSissy SpacekKris Kristofferson and Kate Mara certainly helps.

Bana and Wilde lead as Addison and Liza, siblings who just pulled off a casino heist. However, while making off with their loot, they get into a car crash leaving them no choice, but to escape on foot. They split up, Addison heading into the woods and Liza taking the road where she hitches a ride with Jay (Hunnam). While she’s all comfy cozy at a local bar and motel, Addison is out battling subzero temperatures and the local cops for his freedom and life.

As Deadfall just made its big debut at the Tribeca Film Festival, Ruzowitzky and Bana were in town to discuss the project. We run through everything from getting into Addison’s head to working with a powerhouse ensemble cast to working on the more physically demanding moments and more. Give it a watch for yourself in the video below.

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Tribeca Interview: David Darg, Bryn Mooser And Olivia Wilde Of Baseball In The Time Of Cholera

David Darg and Bryn Mooser are busy guys. Not only are they active aide workers in Haiti, continuing in the effort to restore the country after the devastating 2010 earthquake, but with the help of executive producer Olivia Wilde, they’re busy spreading the word through short films, too.

At first, the trio wanted to focus their Sun City Picture House follow-up on the rise of a local little league baseball team they started, but in the midst of that, one of the young player’s mother’s life was taken by the Cholera outbreak. While Joseph and his passion for baseball is still at the heart of this short film, they felt the need to provide a more expansive view of the Cholera epidemic in Haiti as a call to duty, in hopes the UN will take responsibility for the terrible situation.

After premiering Sun City Picture House at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, Darg, Mooser and Wilde are back to give Baseball in the Time of Cholera the same honor. All three were in town to talk about their exceptionally quick turnaround, the shooting process, plans for their first feature and much more. Check it all out in the video interview below and head over to www.UNDeny.com to support the effort to pressure the UN to claim responsibility for the 500,000 Haitians infected and 7,000 lives lost.

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Tribeca Interview: David Darg, Bryn Mooser And Olivia Wilde Of Baseball In The Time Of Cholera II

Just last year, David DargBryn Mooser and Olivia Wilde premiered their short, The Sun City Picture House, at the Tribeca Film Festival and, just a year later, they’re back withBaseball in the Time of Cholera. As Darg and Mooser are still active aide workers in Haiti, the backdrop remains the post-earthquake status of the country, but this time around, the gang puts the focus on the Cholera epidemic and, specifically, its effect on a young baseball player named Joseph.

While promoting the film at the festival, the group sat down to talk about the genesis of this new short, how Darg and Mooser split the duties as co-directors, what work Wilde took on as the film’s executive producer, her plans to start her own production company and more. Check it all out for yourself in the video interview below and be sure to head on over towww.UNdeny.com where you can learn more about the crisis and sign a petition, urging the UN to take responsibility for the Cholera outbreak in Haiti.

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Tribeca Interview: Deadfall Director Stefan Ruzowitzky

When a film involves icy temperatures, snowy terrain and an incredibly ruthless main character, you’d think a director would be a bit intimidated to give it a go, but Stefan Ruzowitzky was thrilled to take on Deadfall.

The film stars Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde as Addison and Liza, a brother sister duo who just robbed a casino. They get the cash and are seemingly in the clear until their getaway car crashes, killing the driver and leaving Addision and Liza without a way out. They opt to split up, Addison heading into the snow-laden woods and Liza hitting the road until an unsuspecting motorist, Jay (Charlie Hunnam), gives her a ride to the nearest hotel – and takes it upon himself to keep her company. Part family drama and part thriller, Addison and Liza must fight through emotional and psychical struggles to evade the local police and reunite.

Having celebrated Deadfall’s world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Ruzowitzky was in town and sat down to talk all about the challenging production process from the chilly temperatures to the expected problem involving their snow substitute. Hear all about that and much more in the video interview below.

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Review: In Time

Once in a while you need a movie that lets you just sit back, relax and enjoy the show. Sure, these films can be rather mindless, but spoon-fed entertainment can make for a fun night out. On the other hand, that’s no excuse to take a notable novel premise and never bring it to its intellectual and emotional potential. With highly entertaining and thoughtful movies like Gattaca and The Truman Show on his resume, you’d expect something rather exceptional from writer-director Andrew Niccol. However, with In Time he’s got that brilliant idea, but never digs deep, leaving us with nothing more than a high concept.

Sometime in the future, people are genetically engineered to stop aging at 25-years-old. At birth, each person’s given one free year and then the moment he or she turns 25, the timer on his or her forearm starts counting down. Time is literally money so the only way the population can avoid timing out and maintain a living is by working for more time or by stealing it.

Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) resides in Dayton, one of the poorest zones in the country, a place where everyone lives day-to-day and hopes to get paid before their hours run out. When a wealthy man stumbles into Will’s part of town, rather than continue to enjoy his near-immortal existence, he opts to take his own life, but not before giving Will his 100+ years. With his newfound time, Will heads to New Greenwich, a place where people have so much time, they hire round-the-clock bodyguards to protect them. However, Will isn’t just there to play and enjoy his fortune, rather spread the wealth and defy the system.

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Review: Cowboys & Aliens

If you’re going to make a movie called Cowboys & Aliens, there better be some cowboys and aliens. In combining the two genres, the filmmakers had two options, miraculously create some sort of scenario that feels raw and believable or just go all out, embracing absurdities of both. Forget the fact that the former would have been a near impossible achievement; who wants to watch some schmaltzy drama about cowboys fighting aliens? The filmmakers not only go for the latter option, but they strive to outdo any expectations we might have formulated and, sure, it’s ridiculous, but the big screen is one of the best places to live out such a ridiculous fantasy.

A man wakes up in the middle of the desert with a gash in his side and some ort of metal contraption on his wrist. He’s got no clue who he is, where he came from or what happened to him. It isn’t until he moseys into the nearest town that he discovers he’s a wanted man, Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig). Too bad it’s the town sheriff (Keith Carradine) that makes the discovery, as Jake’s got no time to escape. Just before Jake’s about to be shipped out of town, Woodrow Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford) rides in demanding he serves Jake his justice as it’s his gold he stole. The boys are distracted from their bickering by strange lights in the distance. Within seconds, they’re dead overhead and aliens are raining down their firepower on the tiny Arizona town and snatching up the citizens.

When the battle’s over Dolarhyde and his men saddle up to hunt down a wounded alien that could potentially lead them to their abducted loved ones. He insists on somewhat pushing his differences with Jake aside, as that shackle on his wrist turns out to be their only defense against the invaders. Also along for the ride is a mysterious woman named Ella (Olivia Wilde) who insists that she and Jake can work together to bring an end to this.

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Tribeca Video Interview: Sun City Picture House Executive Producer Olivia Wilde

We all know Olivia Wilde for her work on House, the monster hit Tron: Legacy as well as a slew of other noteworthy films, but what’s the actress up to when she’s not in front of the camera? Ever since last year’s earthquake, Wilde donates a significant amount of her time to working with an organization called Artists for Peace and Justice in an effort to restore Haiti’s hospitals, schools and orphanages. Even while she’s helping get these essentials back up and running, though, she wants to make sure they have a source of entertainment as well.

After the quake took down the last of Haiti’s functioning movie theaters, aide workers David Darg and Bryn Mooser decided to enlist in the help of the local citizens to create a new one, the Sun City Picture House; as they put the theater together they also made a short film about it, and that’s where Wilde stepped in. Wilde and Maria Bello served as Sun City Picture House’s executive producers doing everything and anything they could to not only assist in the production of this short film, but in the completion and preservation of the Sun City Picture House, too.

Wilde calls Sun City Picture House “my proudest moment in my career.” Hear all about her experience working on this production from Wilde herself in the video interview below.

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