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    Review: In 'Calvary,' Brendan Gleeson Tries Sincerity on For Size

    John Michael McDonagh's Irish mystery finds Gleeson playing a priest suddenly faced with his own mortality.

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    Watch: Chris O'Dowd Can't Say the Right Thing in This 'Calvary' Clip

    Ever since it received raves at its world premiere at Sundance, we've been excited for 'Calvary,' the latest drama by Irish director John Michael McDonagh. This new awkward clip, featuring the dependably hilarious Chris O'Dowd, should hold us of until the film hits theaters in August.

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    'Calvary' Director John Michael McDonagh In Talks With Guy Pearce For Next Film ’War On Everyone’

    EXCLUSIVE: The U.S. may have a few more weeks to wait before “Calvary” opens on August 1st (our review is here meantime), but we were lucky enough to get to meet the director, John Michael McDonagh, of “The Guard” and “brother of playwright and director Martin” fame, at the Karlovy Vary Internationa...

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    Karlovy Vary Lures Hollywood, Inspires Wes Anderson

    It took me a few days to get the hang of Karlovy Vary. The first morning, as I headed off in the wrong direction from my quaint hillside Cajkovskij Palace Spa and Wellness Hotel, a helpful couple pointed me toward a deep staircase heading straight down toward the Festival Central at the mammoth Hote...

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    Watch: First Trailer for Berlin Film Festival Winner 'Calvary' starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd and Aiden Gillen

    Brendan Gleeson stars as a priest on the run from a sex abuse victim seeking revenge in John Michael McDonagh's "Calvary."

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    Berlin: 'Black Coal, Thin Ice' Wins Golden Bear, 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Takes Jury Prize & Richard Linklater Best Director

    The curtain has been drawn on another year at the Berlin Film Festival, and in 2014, it looks like Hollywood made a bigger impression than usual when it came to the awards. While the big prize went to one of the three Chinese films in competition, elsewhere American indie faves took home some major ...

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    Sundance Review: John Michael McDonagh’s ‘Calvary’ Starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd & Kelly Reilly

    Something black and acidic runs through the veins of those McDonagh brothers; there’s just something not quite right with these lads...and thank goodness for that. Playwright and younger sibling Martin McDonagh made a splash in Ireland’s theater scene with his hilarious, tart, pitch-black plays and ...

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    Sundance Review: In 'Calvary,' John Michael McDonagh Tries Sincerity On For Size

    “I think there’s too much talk about sins and not enough talk about virtues," Father James says in director John Michael McDonagh’s second film “Calvary,” an Irish mystery-comedy hybrid. Echoing Montgomery Clift's Father Logan in Alfred Hitchcock's 1953 thriller "I Confess," the vested protagonist e...

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    Fox Searchlight Picks Up 'Calvary' In Second Buy of Sundance

    In its second big buy of the Sundance Film Festival, Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired U.S. rights and some international territories to the Irish comedy-drama "Calvary," from writer-director John Michael McDonagh ("The Guard").

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    Watch: Chris O'Dowd Can't Carry The Weight Of The World In First Clip From Sundance Film 'Calvary' With Brendan Gleeson

    As the various Playlist team members assemble like Voltron in Park City, we're looking at our list of the 30 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2014 Sundance Film Festival, eager to start making a dent into it. And one movie that we'll surely be getting to is "Calvary."

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