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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Venice Review: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Is Good, Not Superb Spy Thriller

    Venice Review: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Is Good, Not Superb Spy Thriller

    Matt Mueller reviews Tomas Alfredson's Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy, which made its world premiere in Venice. “Trust no one,” says John Hurt, in fine fettle here as British spymaster Control, in the early stages of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. In the case of the talent behind this top-class adaptation, they’re words not to be heeded. Attempting to rival the BBC’s superior 1979 serialisation of John Le Carre’s espionage classic – about the hunt for a Soviet mole in the British secret service (‘The Circus’, as Le Carre dubs it) – with a two-hour movie that couldn’t possibly bring the same depth or subtlety may have seemed a foolhardy proposition to many, but the talent wrangled for the mission is magnificently trustworthy.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    New In Theaters This Week: "The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975" (Plus VOD Release Date)

    If you live in New York, and can only see one movie opening this coming weekend, see this (assuming it plays in a theater near you).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Telluride Review Round-Up: Glenn Close Passion Project Albert Nobbs

    Telluride Review Round-Up: Glenn Close Passion Project Albert Nobbs

    Based on the Telluride reaction to Glenn Close's long-aborning gender-bender drama Albert Nobbs, the veteran actress has a shot at an Oscar nomination--and so does supporting actress Janet McTeer. Roadside Attractions is planning a late year release--outside the fray--and will push hard for award recognition for Close. The movie played well with the Telluride's audience, especially women, but may face some mixed reviews. The sampling below includes a rave from the NYT's A.O. Scott, which won't hurt.

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    Murphy as Oscar Host, Hugh Laurie Sings the Blues

    It's not a stretch to imagine Oscar producer Brett Ratner asking his Tower Heist star Eddie Murphy to consider hosting the Oscars on February 26. Ratner is expected to announce this week whether or not Murphy has made the cut over the likes of Billy Crystal, who has been lobbying for a return, or our fantasy of pairing of Steve Martin and Tina Fey.

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    Brit Action/Drama "Victim" To World Premiere At Raindance This Month + Poster Art

    I just heard that the film, which is currently wrapping up post-production, will make its world premiere at the Raindance Film Festival, which runs from September 28 to October 9 in London, so we should have some idea of what to expect soon thereafter.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: New Clip From 'Alps' Is Both Hilarious & Strange

    "We’re going to say this only once. We recommend you go in to 'Alps' as cold as possible," our man in Venice Oliver Lyttelton cautioned in his review. "It’s not quite like anything you’ve seen, and part of its pleasure is watching it play out. There’s no giant twist or anything, but we’re glad we saw it the way we did: knowing only a brief synopsis, and nothing else." So with that in mind, here's another clip from Yorgos Lanthimos' "Alps," his highly anticipated followup to "Dogtooth."

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    Preview - "Là-bas: A Criminal Education" (A Working Peace Disrupted By A Massacre)

    A film screening at 68th Venice International Film Festival (happening right now) which we missed in our previous coverage of the festival.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Telluride Day Three: The Teaser/Trailer

    Meredith Brody continues her reports from Telluride.Something had to give. All movies and no play (!) makes me cranky, so the flesh is weak: after a full and satisfying day of Wim Wenders’ Pina; The House on Trubnaya Square (1928) by Boris Barnet, with a new score performed by Dennis James and the Filmharmonia Ensemble; Glenn Close and the crème de la crème of British, Irish, and Australian actors in Albert Nobbs, directed by Rodrigo Garcia; and a Tribute to Tilda Swinton with a half-hour of clips, an onstage interview conducted by The New Yorker’s Hilton Als, a screening of Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin, followed by a Q and A with Ramsay, Swinton, and co-scenarist Rory Kinnear, I, uh, went to a party instead of coming home and diarying it up. (Not the fancy-schmancy Vanity Fair party, at which I’m sure AT of TOH was present and taking notes. But a nice soiree nonetheless.)

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Why The Help Is the Most Successful Movie in America

    Why The Help Is the Most Successful Movie in America

    For this week's “Now and Then” column, Matt Brennan veered from his planned course.I had originally planned on writing about two brilliantly constructed, unnerving examples of the “new Romanian Cinema” — 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days and Police, Adjective, both of which I recommend. But last night, tired of waiting for Tropical Storm Lee to pass, I finally ventured out with a friend to see The Help (trailer below).

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  • Press Play
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    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: Great shows that understand workplace politics

    By Matt Zoller Seitz Press Play Contributor

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