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Nightcrawler Turns Jake Gyllenhaal Into A Coyote

8:11 PM 9/29/2014 by Fred Topel
Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
After playing the Toronto International Film Festival, Nightcrawler made it’s U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin last week. Writer/director Dan Gilroy was at the screening to speak about the film after. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a freelance videographer capturing horrific accidents and crimes to sell to local TV news.

How Jon Stewart Found The Humor In Rosewater

1:39 PM 9/10/2014 by Fred Topel
Jon Stewart made his directorial debut with the film Rosewater, the true story of journalist Maziar Bahari’s captivity in Iran. When the film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, audiences were surprised how much humor the film presents. Bahari is unjustly held for months, but his captors’ misunderstanding of Bahari’s Daily Show appearance and collection of American television shows is rather absurd.

Review: Chef (Better Bonding Through Cuisinart)

2:15 PM 5/6/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Jon Favreau's passion project Chef rose from an undistributed line-item at SXSW into a publicly discussed crowd-pleaser so quickly it feels like a flash flood...or a Polaroid. The comedy's production history declares it authentic while the subject and approach seal its popularity, and right now it's the just about critic-proof, which is ironic because the film is about a fusty, mid-career chef (writer/director Jon Favreau) in tailspin after the Roger Ebert of food review (Oliver Platt) “destroys” his career.

Review: The Nut Job (All Nuts, No Glory)

1:01 PM 1/16/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
The Nut Job
The Nut Job (like The Italian Job, but terrible) is a Canadian/Korean co-production. Somehow I expect this information to explain the film’s over-attentiveness to slapstick and lack of intrigue—but maybe it only justifies the movie’s overbearing use of Gangnam Style. Please see the publicity still above as a representation of the film’s anticipated critical response.

News: Ashton Kutcher and Joshua Michael Stern Talk Vision, Origins and Jobs

7:48 PM 7/26/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
The iPhone might have sealed Steve Jobs' place in history alongside Edison, but director Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) begins Jobs, his biopic on the Apple Computers visionary, with Jobs' introducing the iPod. In a press conference after a screening of the film in San Francisco’s Century 9 Theater, Stern said his goal was to make an origin story.

Review: Side Effects (Has a Split Personality)

12:45 PM 2/8/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects is a fairly savvy whodunit about a girl, her therapist and a series of jumbled motivations that ends—or rather begins—with murder.
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