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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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