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Wind River Taylor Sheridan Jeremy Renner
Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) and Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) form a quasi-father-daughter bond over the course of their investigation
July 31, 2017
Wind River pairs Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen as a game warden and FBI agent, respectively, investigating a murder on the titular Indian Reservation.
Illustration by Ryan Yount.
February 11, 2015
A brave new world has dawned, with independents learning to navigate the narrows between piracy and profit.
May 21, 2013
At the end of 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, actor-scribe Jason Segel inserted a Dracula puppet musical as both a touching coda to his witty comedy
January 15, 2012
Director Tarsem Singh is on a roll. His newest picture, Mirror Mirror (“The Untold Adventures of Snow White”) being prepped for a March release.
December 16, 2011
The Amazonas Film Festival, which took place from November 3-9, completed its eighth annual run with a rich cycle of […]
November 9, 2011
Tarsem Singh speaks on how he constructs the always-striking visuals of his films and the somewhat unlikely inspiration for the overall look of Immortals.
July 6, 2010
Rising star Ellen Page—the heart and soul of Jason Reitman’s 2007 indie hit Juno—is turning up on Hollywood marquees more […]
May 26, 2010
French moviemaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s latest film, Micmacs, gets its stateside release this spring. For the famed director of Delicatessen (1991), […]
January 19, 2010
Most moviemakers will tell you that story trumps technology on the best movie sets. It is nonetheless fair to say […]
November 16, 2009
Something striking has occurred in the career of Chris Weitz. Once the self-described “techie” half of a low-key directing duo […]
July 31, 2009
Public Enemies follows the attempts of FBI agent Melvin Purvis to hunt down notorious criminals John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd.
December 16, 2008
Actor Freddy Rodríguez has been picking up the pace of late. By now clearly established as one of the most […]
February 1, 2008
In The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, artist-moviemaker Julian Schnabel returns to familiar terrain while managing to explore a new landscape.
January 18, 2008
With over 60 pictures to his credit, actor-director John Turturro, purveyor of somewhat off-the-wall, idiosyncratic characters drawn largely from the […]
September 30, 2007
So much of what makes a motion picture work at the level of technique (the subtle or dramatic use of color, special lenses, narrative-driven lighting, etc.) is generally intended to land just below the audience’s collective radar, supporting the story without supplanting it. At its best, moviemaking involves a certain artistic and technical sleight of hand to lead the eye and move the heart, all the while appearing to merely record the story as it happens. When it works, it’s great; but it doesn’t always work.
February 3, 2007
Benoît Delhomme, self-portrait in Taipei (cyan light) We have all heard it said countless times: cinema is a collaborative art. […]
February 3, 2007
Cate Blanchett in Charlotte Gray Jeremy Brock had it coming. After cutting his teeth as a writer in British television […]
February 3, 2007
Mike Hill Dan Hanley Film editors Mike Hill and Dan Hanley have a lot to celebrate. Their latest montage, Ron […]
February 3, 2007
Sitting down to a chat with Ismail Merchant is rather like having a friendly neighbor over for coffee and a […]
February 3, 2007
The Believer Henry Bean has put himself in the hot seat. A successful scribe for many years now, he moved […]
February 3, 2007
Sam Mendes (l) and Conrad Hall on the set of The Road To Perdition With over 40 years of experience […]
February 3, 2007
Carol Littleton Some people plan and scheme for years about how to forge a career in the film business. For […]
February 3, 2007
Jonathan Firth in Luther. Moviemaker Bart Gavigan is a rare bird. A writer-of-repute for countless years, he is only now […]
February 3, 2007
Director Anthony Minghella There are few people truly interested in cinema to whom the name "Anthony Minghella" is not familiar. […]