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    Natalie Portman’s directorial debut ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ gets an international trailer

    Actress Natalie Portman is a veteran of the big screen, having already amassed two decades of experience since her feature film debut in Luc Besson’s 1994 film Léon: The Professional. Her subsequent career has seen her work with The Wachowskis, Mike Nichols, Wes Anderson, Michael Mann, Darren Aronofsky, and Anthony Minghella, and with Portman dipping […] More

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    SOS This Week #8: Remakes, Reboots, and Rehashes

    It seems like just about every movie coming out nowadays is either a reboot or remake of a classic film. With a slate of summer movies that includes this week’s Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it seems every more likely that Hollywood won’t stop digging into […] More

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    Cannes ’15: First clip from Natalie Portman’s directorial debut

    Deadline Friday shared a clip from Natalie Portman’s directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness, a film shot on location in Jerusalem and with dialogue in Portman’s native Hebrew. The film is based on the memoir of Amos Oz, “a writer, journalist, and advocate of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” according to the film’s official […] More

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    Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 118: ‘Thor: The Dark World’

    Friends, it’s hammer time. (Listen, someone was going to make that joke, so it might as well be made right here.) Yes, once more, your intrepid hosts of Mousterpiece Cinema jump into the ever-expanding pool known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This week, Josh and Gabe have their sights set on Marvel’s newest, Thor: The Dark […] More

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    ‘Thor: The Dark World’ enjoyable enough in spite of overly weighty mythology

    Sometimes, it’s the small moments in which you find joy. So it goes with Thor: The Dark World, a movie that frequently botches the big-picture details but balances out the messiness on the whole with minute gags, throwaway lines, and offhand glances that are laid-back and assured. The returning cast members have enough built-in chemistry, and the script has enough moments of genuine wit and cleverness, that Thor: The Dark World doesn’t sink despite being weighed down with an enormously, unnecessarily convoluted story. More

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    Ranking the Films of Wong Kar-Wai

    As one monthly theme begins, another ends. The former is, of course, Sound on Sight’s monthlong dedication to all films that scare, terrify, or spook us in conjunction with October being the scariest month of the year. (That’s a scientific fact, folks.) The latter is our look at the works of Wong Kar-Wai, inspired by […] More

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    Miss Dior commercial, directed by Sofia Coppola, starring Natalie Portman and Nash Edgerton

    Sofia Coppola is one of the most highly-acclaimed young directors in Hollywood today, with a style that’s distinct from her famous father’s work, yet high in quality. Natalie Portman is similarly one of the most well-regarded young actresses, with a clear versatility demonstrated in numerous roles over her already long career. The two have only […] More

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    Lesbian Scene Analysis: ‘Black Swan’

    At Inside Out 2012, Toronto’s LGBT Film Festival, I struck up a conversation with a woman – about lesbian scenes, no less. As tantalizing as the premise sounds, she eventually digressed into a rather scholarly discussion about how most of these scenes are sensationalized, how they objectify women, how unrealistic they are, and, of course, […] More

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    ‘Thor’, Marvel Studios, and Kenneth Branagh

    The summer movie season begins in earnest with Thor, a rock ’em, sock ’em action flick and comic-book adaptation brought to you by…director Kenneth Branagh, best known for his acting, and for his Shakespeare adaptations. Given that Rick, Simon and Justine are puzzled by this pairing, they decide to also take on his 1994 flop […] More

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