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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
(Originally appeared in EXBERLINER on Dec. 16 , 2015) It takes a lot just to make a good movie. When it comes to extending or re-launching a movie franchise so beloved as to have become its own brand, the level of difficulty gets even higher. We’ve seen ple...
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Interview: Todd Haynes (Carol)
(Originally appeared in EXBERLINER on Dec. 14 , 2015) What were the most significant changes you made adapting the novel? The novel was told entirely from the character Therese’s perspective. The script tried to create access to the character Carol as well....
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The Duke of Burgundy
(Originally appeared in EXBERLINER on Dec. 3, 2015) In The Duke of Burgundy , we are thrown headfirst into a world of fetish, roleplay and bondage shared by butterfly specialist Cynthia (Knudsen) and her lover Evelyn (D’Anna). Through his acute sense of opt...
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In the Heart of the Sea
(Originally appeared in EXBERLINER on Dec. 3, 2015) Having made his career as a prolific actor/director/producer spanning seven decades, few filmmakers understand or have come to symbolise Hollywood quite like Ron Howard . This is a man who knows how to tur...
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Bridge of Spies
Set during the height of the Cold War, this espionage drama recounts the rather spectacular true story of American insurance lawyer James Donovan (Hanks), who’s first tasked with defending a Russian spy (Rylance) caught by the CIA, then with negotiating a c...
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Youth
Addressing mortality and existential anxieties in an often lighthearted manner, albeit not from the end of life you'd expect, is the somewhat misleadingly titled Youth . Starring the old acting legends Caine and Keitel as a retired orchestra conductor and a...
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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
(Originally appeared in EXBERLINER on Nov. 19, 2015) Whether you call them dramedies or tragicomedies, films that attack both your tear ducts and ticklish spots are now a firmly established genre, and prove particularly effective – sometimes even necessary ...
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
(Originally appeared in EXBERLINER on Nov. 19, 2015) The second half of the final instalment – and therefore the very last part – of the Hunger Games franchise concludes the series on a dutifully safe note, but a lack of the unexpected, both narratively and...
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Filmfest Hamburg 2015
(Originally appeared in EXBERLINER on Nov. 11, 2015) This year we’ve covered the film festivals in Cannes, Venice, and of course the Berlinale here at Exberliner. Was there any reason, then, to pay a visit to their younger, considerably smaller counterpart ...
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Les démons (The Demons)
(Originally appeared in The Film Stage on Nov. 6 , 2015) Part coming-of-age story, part familial drama, part psychological thriller and even carrying with it a whiff or two of supernatural horror, Canadian director Philippe Lesage ’s first narrative feature...
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