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    Lives in Motion: André Téchiné's "The Girl on the Train"

    There’s a brilliant tension at the heart of the new film by the consistently challenging French director André Téchiné, “The Girl on the Train.” This is a work about an ambiguity—its disturbing central event is an act fueled by mysterious motivation, and it’s enacted by a character whom we only think we have come to know and understand, a young Parisian woman named Jeanne (Emilie Dequenne). Yet, as is the case with Téchiné, the film is shot with a searching, unceasing motion that digs deep into the images onscreen, looking for answers. Téchiné’s cinema is tactile, penetrative; with the help of director of photography Julien Hirsch (the immensely talented cinematographer of Godard’s “In Praise of Love” and Téchiné’s recent “Changing Times” and “The Witnesses”), he wishes to get the bottom of what makes this character tick. Yet certain aspects of human nature are simply impenetrable.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    This just in... the Safdies

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    Mass Appeal

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    Leno and O'Brien: It doesn't matter what we think.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Avatar Tests Academy Live Action Bias: Exclusive Video

    Avatar Tests Academy Live Action Bias: Exclusive Video

    Over the past decade, movie technology has become so sophisticated that it's tough for critics and even industry insiders to discern where an actor's performance stops and the work of hundreds of artists and digital technicians begins. The groundbreaking Avatar and Lord of the Ringssaga are two examples.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The New Rules For Air Travel To The U.S.

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    More: Annoyances
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    Pants on the Ground

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sundance Fest Panels and Roundtables: Deavere Smith, Banks, Gosling, Junger

    Sundance Fest Panels and Roundtables: Deavere Smith, Banks, Gosling, Junger

    The ten-day 2010 Sundance Film Festival which launches January 21 in Park City, Utah has booked a number of panels and roundtables. Journalist Michele Norris, host of NPR's All Things Considered, will interview Anna Deavere Smith. And each morning at 10:30 a.m. in the Cinema Cafe in the Filmmaker Lodge, audiences can engage with filmmakers such as Walter Murch, Russell Banks, Ryan Gosling, and Nicole Holofcener.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Awards Circuit Gleanings: Bullock and Bay

    Awards Circuit Gleanings: Bullock and Bay

    The week before the Golden Globes, which happens to coincide with the final days of Oscar balloting, is packed with parties, most of them designed for maximum impact with Academy voters during balloting season. The senior quotient is noticeably higher at these events, where movie stars of yore and character actors mix with current awards contenders.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Post-Globe/Critics Choice Oscar Predictions

    I figured given the awards smorgasbord that was this past weekend, it was time to offer another Oscar predictions update before I head off to Sundance (and the lack of time for this kinda fun it shall offer).

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