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If Inside Llewyn Davis whet your appetite to see a lot more from actor Oscar Isaac, the new Patricia Highsmith adaptation The Two Faces of January is hitting at just the right time. The film stars Isaac, Viggo Mortensen, and Kirsten Dunst in a story about a vacationing couple, not exactly squeaky lean folk, who fall into a business relationship with a scamming “tour guide.” When the couple gets into some serious trouble they call upon the guide for less-than-legal assistance.

Highsmith wrote many of her prime thrillers in the ’50s and ’60s, and like another well-known Highsmith adaptation The Talented Mr. Ripley, this film preserves the time period in which the novel was written. In this case, the setting is 1962, which gives director Hossein Amini (who wrote Drive) plenty of opportunity to photograph his attractive cast in great period costumes. Check out a trailer below, which also acts as a chance to see Mortensen in a relatively rare turn as an out and out heavy. Read More »

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The work of Patricia Highsmith has been good to kickstart a solid movie or two. Maybe you’ve heard of some of them: The Talented Mr. Ripley; The American Friend; Cry of the Owl; and a little one called Strangers on a Train. And even though some of her work has also lead to less impressive efforts, I’m always interested to see where a Highsmith movie goes.

We learned a while ago that Hossein Amini, who wrote the original draft of Drive, is planning to make his directorial debut with a new adaptation of the book The Two Faces of January. He’s had Viggo Mortensen waiting to make the movie, and now Drive co-star Oscar Isaac, also seen in Che, Body of Lies, and Sucker Punch, has signed on, too. They’ll play a con artist and a new acquaintance who get involved in some difficult and shady dealings in a foreign country. Read More »

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