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Alexander Payne's DOWNSIZING Gets a Full-Sized Trailer

Alexander Payne's Downsizing has made stops on the festival circuit in Venice, Telluride and Toronto so far -- it will also be closing Fantastic Fest later this month -- and so it's time to take a look at its first...

Toronto 2017 Dispatch: Dark Comedies from Clooney/Coens, Payne, and Iannucci Scoring Well

In trying times, sometimes laughter really is the best medicine. It would seem that some of the leading filmmakers of today have taken that to heart and have also embraced the idea that a certain form of laughter laced with...

Venice 2017 Review: SUBURBICON Floats Between Brilliant and Underbaked

The opening sequences of George Clooney's Suburbicon unfold in front of us like an animated book straight from a Cold War infomercial. Set in late 1940s America, these scenes are accompanied by a narrator who cooingly tells us the benefits...

DOWNSIZING Teaser: Matt Damon in Alexander Payne's Latest Suggests Size Isn't Everything

Alexander Payne's Downsizing opens the Venice Film Festival tonight and that occasions the first teaser, set to Talking Heads' very familiar tune "Once in a Lifetime." Matt Damon leads the cast, which includes Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Laura...

THE GREAT WALL Interview: Zhang Yimou on Its Meaning and Misconceptions

When the man who gave us such critically acclaimed, award-winning epics as Red Sorghum, Hero, and Raise the Red Lantern makes a self-described “popcorn flick,” it’s a pretty big deal. Director Zhang Yimou had a brief chat with me about...

Review: In Zhang Yimou's THE GREAT WALL, Matt Damon Saves the World

I've seen sillier attempts at blockbuster fantasy films than Zhang Yimou's latest, The Great Wall, but I must admit it's been a while. The director, one of China's most respected visual artists after his stunning work on crossover hit wu...

Have Your Say: Who's Born To Fight Bourne?

Last week saw the return of Matt Damon in the role of Robert Ludlum's most famous creation, the amnesiac reluctant super-assassin who calls himself Jason Bourne. And a welcome return it was, even though the character has been stretched a...

Critical Distance: On JASON BOURNE and Aging

Jason Bourne, the movie, is fine. But Jason Bourne, the character, is getting old. He wasn't always that way. When The Bourne Identity was released in 2002, Matt Damon was 31. He still had the flush of youth in his...

Be Baffled By The Trailer For Zhang Yimou's THE GREAT WALL

What is the strangest thing on display in the new trailer for Zhang Yimou's The Great Wall? Is it the fact that Chinese forces building and occupying one of the greatest feats of engineering in human history apparently need to...

Bourne Is Back With First Trailer For JASON BOURNE

Star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass both said over the years that it would never happen until, well, until both were replaced, the series continued without either and then, suddenly, the impossible became possible. Damon and Greengrass both return...

The Many Faces Of Matt Damon

This week Ridley Scott's The Martian lands in cinemas, and for a change in his resumeé it shows smart people surviving in space, instead of dumb people dying. Jason Gorber praised the film in his review for being both sophisticated...

Toronto 2015 Review: THE MARTIAN, A Thrilling, Entertaining Space Flick

The Martian concept is a delight, stranding an astronaut millions of kilometers from home, where he has to "science the shit" out of the situation in order to find a way back. Implicit in the concept, however, is that...

THE MARTIAN: Matt Damon Sciences 'Something' Out Of The Official Trailer

The trailer for The Martian, starring Matt Damon and directed by Ridley Scott, landed this morning. It is full of a wide range of thrills and chills, hope and despair, and action and adventure. Then Damon will 'science the shit'...

Matt Damon And Andy Lau Will Save The World In Zhang Yimou's THE GREAT WALL

Chinese blockbuster director Zhang Yimou is no stranger to casting Hollywood A-listers in his projects since wooing Christian Bale for his 2011 epic The Flowers of War. While that film made huge bank in China, it failed to make the...

Matt Damon And Paul Greengrass BOURNE Again?

Although Universal is still developing a possible sequel to the Jeremy Renner spin-off The Bourne Legacy, with Justin Lin attached to direct, the studio has also taken serious positive steps towards resurrecting the original Bourne franchise, according to movie news website...

Damon And Affleck To Produce DC Comics' SLEEPER!

As DC Comics scrambles to keep up with Marvel in the comics to movies race they find themselves trying to fill in the time between the Bats and Supes films with almost anything at this point. And since their other...

BREAKING: Matt Damon In Negotiations To Return As Jason Bourne

[Universal has issued a statement denying this report but we remain very confident in our sources.]Is Jason Bourne making a comeback on the big screen? Universal is working hard to make it happen, with Twitch learning that the studio is...

First Trailer For George Clooney's THE MONUMENTS MEN Blows The Dust Off History

Looking like a cross between Ocean's Eleven and Kelly's Heroes, the first trailer for The Monuments Men is a breezy, jazzy history lesson, refashioned into a thriller.Reuniting George Clooney and Matt Damon, chemistry intact, along with Bill Murray (a silent...

Review: ELYSIUM Falters By Taking The Middle Road

After storming onto the scene with District 9, made on the fly after a much-publicized aborted attempt to film Halo, Neill Blomkamp immediately established himself as a sci-fi director contending with the big guys. While not everyone loved his overtly...

Cannes 2013 Review: BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Plays A Familiar Tune

It's become somewhat common for HBO to premiere their bigger movies at notable festivals and Cannes makes perfect sense for Steven Soderbergh's so-called final film, Behind the Candelabra. It also makes sense that the Matt Damon and Michael Douglas...