Amour hasn’t seen wide release in North America, but this French film swept through Cannes and is now nominated for Best Picture. I caught it at a TIFF screening and can safely report that it deserves all of its nominations. Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, the film follows an elderly couple as they cope with life just before death. Watch the trailer after the jump then read my review.
The Silver Linings Playbook was a movie that wasn’t really on peoples radar at the start of the festival circuit. Everyone knew it was directed by David O. Russell and had an amazing cast, but that was about it. Then it won the TIFF People’s Choice Award and now it is a serious contender for the Oscars early next year. The film follows Pat, a man released from a mental ward after an incident with his ex-wife, as he tries to rebuild his life and relationships. The stellar cast includes Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and the always amazing Jennifer Lawrence. Watch the trailer after the jump, then read my full review.
Opening world wide this Friday, Cloud Atlas has been one of the most hotly debated and highly anticipated films of 2012. The book readers claimed was “unfilmable,” Cloud Atlas tells six stories in different time periods, from the far past to the even farther future. Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant and Susan Surrandon in multiple character from the different periods, and directed by the Wachowski siblings, Andy and Lana, as well as Tom Tykwer, this film goes beyond anything done on screen before. Watch the extended five minute trailer below to see for yourself.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has had a busy movie year but Looper may his most original. This science fiction thriller from Rian Johnson fits right in with Inception and Avatar as original films that bend the genre. It goes like this. Time travel is illegal in 2074, so mobs use it to get rid of their enemies. Gordon-Levitt plays Joe, a Looper, who kills those sent back to 2044 and gets rid of the bodies. That is until his future self, played by Bruce Willis, appears and escapes, causing Joe to chase himself through Kansas. What ensues is a story unlike any you have ever seen where there are no heroes, just killers. And a cute little kid. Watch the trailer and read my review after the jump.