Wasp Network Review

French maestro Olivier Assayas did not cement his status as a cinephile favorite over the last quarter-century through the mechanics of his film’s plots. Rather, he’s become a festival darling because of the singular sensation left lingering from watching his work. What happens in an Assayas film is never as important as how it happens – the technique, the intellection, the panache.

Assayas must have had his reasons for taking on a project like Wasp Network, a tale of espionage and counterterrorism. Whatever they were, however, do not come through clearly. The film offers few pleasures beyond the crossing of wires in its tale of tangled alliances in post-Cold War Cuba. Assayas becomes so subservient to the sheer volume of events and information he must bring to life that the film completely subsumes any sense of personal style or voice. The producers could have put any workman studio director’s name over the closing credits, and I would not have bat an eyelid.

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everybody knows trailer

Penelope Cruz reunites onscreen with spouse Javier Bardem for the first time since 2013’s The Counselor in a new movie this year. But while that movie didn’t give them much screen time together, Everybody Knows puts the duo through the wringer. Cruz and Bardem star in the taut kidnapping thriller from Oscar-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi which premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in May. Ahead of the film’s U.S. release this coming February, Focus Features has released the first Everybody Knows trailer.

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Everybody Knows Review

Iranian writer and director Asghar Farhadi is a true master of character motivation. He understands that when people talk, they are rarely telling the truth, instead offering a lie wrapped in equivocation. His filmography evinces a nearly single-minded focus on watching how quickly lives can unravel when the falsehoods once which they rest become exposed.

Everybody Knows, Farhadi’s latest work, is the filmmaker distilled into an essence. The lie at the heart of the film, however, is of a different variety than his usual ones. The open secret makes for Farhadi’s fiction of choice here. Everybody Knows could easily bear the subtitle “…but no one acknowledges.” The film’s characters are all aware of an unpleasant truth, one that they have all chosen to ignore, deny or dismiss. Read More »

Jessica Chastain - Saturday Night Live January 2018 Hosts

Everything surrounding Jessica Chastain‘s highly anticipated spy movie 355 has remained top secret. Until now. When the star-studded cast — including Lupita Nyong’o, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, and Fan Bingbing —united at Cannes, the first few plot details for what sounds like the best spy movie of this decade were revealed. If you weren’t ready to throw all your money at this movie already, be prepared to empty your entire wallet.

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355

Put this movie in front of my eyeballs right now. A new female-driven spy movie called 355 is in the works, and it has a killer cast: Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Fan Bingbing, and Lupita Nyong’oX-Men: Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg is set to helm the espionage film.

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American Crime Story Alone Review

This week’s American Crime Story review takes a look at the latest (and final) episode of The Assassination of Gianni Versace, “Alone.” Spoilers follow.

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American Crime Story Ascent Review

This week’s American Crime Story review takes a look at the latest episode of The Assassination of Gianni Versace, “Ascent.” Spoilers follow.

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American Crime Story Versace

FX’s American Crime Story is back with an all new season, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, which takes on yet another 1990s-based murder. Unlike the sprawling focus of The People vs. O.J. Simpson, however, The Assassination of Gianni Versace focuses in on one individual, and explores the path of destruction he created with his actions. Our first The Assassination of Gianni Versace review looks at the first two episodes of the season: “The Man Who Would Be Vogue” and “Manhunt.”

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The Assassination of Gianni Versace red band trailer

You don’t often see a red band trailer for a TV show, but The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story clearly has no intention of being your average, run-of-the-mill television series. The Assassination of Gianni Versace red band trailer offers a new, unflinching look at the dark new season of American Crime Story, set to premiere January 17 on FX.

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American Crime Story Season 2 first look

The Assassination of Gianni Versace, the latest season of FX’s hit show American Crime Story, is likely to be one of 2018’s most talked-about new TV shows. A new first look feature takes you behind-the-scenes of the series, which focuses on the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace by spree killer Andrew Cunanan. Watch the new American Crime Story season 2 first look below.

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