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Movie Review – Never Look Away (2018)

Never Look Away, 2018.

Written and Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.

Starring Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer, Saskia Rosendahl, Oliver Masucci, Lars Eidinger, Florian Bartholomäi, Hanno Koffler, Rainer Bock, Ulrike C. Tscharre, Pit Bukowski, Ben Becker, Ina Weisse, Evgeniy Sidikhin, Johanna Gastdorf, Johannes Allmayer, Jörg Schüttauf, Stefan Mehren, Mark Zak, Bastian Trost, Hans-Uwe Bauer, Jeanette Hain, Hinnerk Schönemann, Martin Bruchman, David Schütter, Andreas Nickl, Cai Cohrs, Franz Pätzold, and Jonas Dassler.


German artist Kurt Barnert has escaped East Germany and now lives in West Germany, but is tormented by his childhood under the Nazis and the Gdr-regime.

Despite the title Never Look Away, the 3+ hour running time of this sprawling and ambitious semi-biographical story of famed German artist Gerhard Richter (renamed here Kurt Barnert) might send inpatient viewers running for the hills. That sentiment even applies for moviegoers that might have a slight passing interest in the general synopsis.
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Oscar-Nominated ‘Never Look Away’ Arrives In Theaters; ‘The Invisibles’ Appears – Specialty B.O. Preview

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Oscar-Nominated ‘Never Look Away’ Arrives In Theaters; ‘The Invisibles’ Appears – Specialty B.O. Preview
German filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmark made a splash in the foreign language box office over a decade ago with The Lives of Others, which took the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. He is back again with Sony Pictures Classics for Never Look Away, which is also vying for Oscar this year. Also out in theaters beginning Friday is Greenwich Entertainment’s WWII-era drama, The Invisibles, which was the first pick up for the company back in 2017. And on a decidedly different note, Cinedigm is mixing camp and horror with Dead Ant starring Tom Arnold and Sean Astin.

Also this weekend, Focus Features is taking Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman back to theaters following its six Oscar nominations. The company said the film, which grossed over $48.5M in its initial run in theaters starting last August, will play 168 theaters around the country beginning Friday. Said Focus president Lisa Bunnell, “We
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Never Look Away Movie Review

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Never Look Away (Werk ohne Autor) Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Screenwriter: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Cast: Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer, Saskia Rosendahl, Cai Cohrs, Oliver Masucci, Ina Weisse, Rainer Bock, Johanna Gastdorf, Jeanette Hain, Hinnerk Schönemann, Florian Bartholomäi,Hans-Uwe Bauer, Jörg Schüttauf, Ben Becker, Lars Eidinger […]

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Coming to L.A.: ‘Babylon Berlin’ Celebrating 50 Year Anniversary of Sister Cityhood

Coming to L.A.: ‘Babylon Berlin’ Celebrating 50 Year Anniversary of Sister Cityhood
Two vibrant cities that love making movies, Berlin and Los Angeles will celebrate their 50th anniversary as sister cities by screening the highly anticipated Tom Tykwer series Babylon Berlin (Isa: Beta) in Downtown Los Angeles on October 6th at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. The two cities have a number of other exciting events planned for the anniversary as well.

The City of Berlin and the City of Los Angeles, two of the most exciting places in the world, connected through their inspiring and trend setting art scene, their social freedom, openness and their integration of different cultures and religions will join each other to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of their Sister Partnership with events throughout September and October in Los Angeles, culminating with the International Premiere of Babylon Berlin.

Babylon Berlin, the much talked about new TV series, co-written and co-directed by BAFTA and Golden Globe Nominated Tom Tykwer,
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Therapy For A Vampire – Review

Summer just officially started just a few days ago, so Halloween is months away. Perhaps a great way to get us cooled off, to put us in a Fall state of mind, would be to pay a visit to one of the oldest horror movie icons: the vampire. Everyone’s aware of how scary those fanged fiends can be, but you may have forgotten how funny they are (intentionally, of course). Movie audiences have emitted nervous laughter ever since Max Schreck emerged from the shadows in the silent classic Nosferatu. And certainly there are bits (and bites) of humor (mostly comic relief supporting players) in 1931’s Dracula and Mark Of The Vampire, both with Bela Lugosi. It wasn’t until 1948 that he was in an all out farce (though the Count is never lampooned) in Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein. After Hammer Studios brought back (in full gory color) the bloodsuckers ten years later,
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Beta reunites with Oscar-winner von Donnersmarck

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Beta reunites with Oscar-winner von Donnersmarck
Shoot is underway in Berlin on The Lives Of Others director’s third film.

German sales agent Beta Cinema has reunited with the Oscar-winning director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck on his third feature, Werk Ohne Autor [Work Without Author], after having handled international sales on his debut The Lives Of Others in 2006.

In psychological thriller Work Without Author, young artist Kurt Barnert (Tom Schilling) has fled to West-Germany, but he continues to be tormented by the experiences he made in his childhood and youth in the Nazi years and during the Gdr-regime.

When he meets the student Ellie (Paula Beer), he is convinced that he has met the love of his life and begins to create paintings that mirror not only his own fate, but also the traumas of an entire generation.

Sebastian Koch, who was catapulted into the international spotlight after his lead role in The Lives of Others, has also been cast as one of the leads in [link
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Therapy For A Vampire Review

Driven by a Transylvanian aesthetic (by way of 1930s Vienna), Therapy For A Vampire never hides its intentions of piggybacking off the success of What We Do In The Shadows. From jarring arterial geysers of blood to a lively score, David Rühm’s standalone feels like a spiritual continuation of Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s hilarious vampire mockumentary – intentional or not. Both movies deal with human/vampire interactions, both contain silly gags involving vampire mythos and both are cheekily light-hearted. Yet, only one succeeds at being a consistently funny genre satire, and the answer to which one it is shouldn’t come as a shock.

Spoiler alert: it’s not Therapy For A Vampire.

Rühm’s tale follows two sets of lovers who cross paths – one couple undead, the other fleshy humans. Local waitress Lucy (Cornelia Ivancan) and her painter companion Viktor (Dominic Oley) have hit a bit of a rough patch,
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Therapy For A Vampire Trailer, Photos & Theatrical Release Details

When you’ve been married for centuries, it can be difficult to keep your marriage fresh. A bloodsucker seeks psycological counseling in Therapy for a Vampire, a new horror comedy hitting theaters this month.

Synopsis: “Vienna, 1930. Count von Kozsnom has lost his thirst for life, and his marriage cooled centuries ago. Fortunately, Sigmund Freud is accepting new patients; the good doctor suggests the Count appease his vain wife by commissioning a portrait of her by his assistant, Viktor. But it’s Viktor’s headstrong girlfriend Lucy who most intrigues the Count, convinced she’s the reincarnation of his one true love. Soon, the whole crowd is a hilarious mess of mistaken identities and misplaced affections in this send-up of the vampire genre, proving that 500 years of marriage is enough.”

Written and directed by David Ruehm, Therapy for a Vampire stars Tobias Moretti, Jeanette Hain, Cornelia Ivancan, Dominic Oley, David Bennent,
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Music Box Films Acquires Fantasia Fest Winner 'Therapy For A Vampire'

Read More: 19th Fantasia International Film Festival Announces 2015 Winners Music Box Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to David Ruehm's vampire comedy, "Therapy For A Vampire." The movie, starring Tobias Moretti, Jeanette Hain, Cornelia Ivancan and Dominic Oley, screened in Montreal at the Fantasia International Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for Best Foreign Feature. The official snyopsis reads: "Vienna, early 1930s. One fine evening, Sigmund Freud has a new patient on his couch – a mysterious count who can no longer bear the 'eternally long' relationship with his wife. The vain countess incessantly complains about not being able to look at herself in a mirror, the count tells the professor. Unaware of the fact that the count and his wife are vampires, Freud introduces his mysterious patient to a young painter, Viktor, who paints portraits that express more than a mirror ever could. While visiting the painter,
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Run, Boy, Run Movie Review

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Title: Run, Boy, Run Director: Pepe Danquart Starring: Andrzej and Kamil Tkacz, Jeanette Hain, Rainer Bock, Itay Tiran, Katarzyna Bargielowska. ‘Run, Boy, Run’ (German: ‘Lauf, Junge, lauf,’ Polish: ‘Biegnij, ch?opcze, biegnij,’ French: ‘Cours sans te retourner’) is a 2013 German-Polish-Frenchco-production of the film director and producer Pepe Danquart. The film is an adaptation of the 2000 novel ‘Run, Boy, Run’ by Uri Orlev, based on true events from the life of Yoram Fridman. It’s the Shoah seen from the eyes of a nine year old: Skrulik is the youngest of five Jewish siblings living in a village near Warsaw. His father will sacrifice himself to spare the young boy from [ Read More ]

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Forbidden Girl Floats onto DVD

Demonic possession movie number 36,149 is getting ready to compel you into watching it! Read on for the first artwork and word on the upcoming flick Forbidden Girl! Look for it on DVD August 12th from Inception Media Group.

From the Press Release

A young man must resist the seductive lure of an ancient witch or be condemned to an eternal life on the dark side in The Forbidden Girl, possessing DVD August 12th from Inception Media Group.

Toby (Peter Gadiot; "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," Night Wolf), a troubled young man who lost his girlfriend in a tragic accident, begins to put his life back together after spending years in a psychiatric institute. Upon his release, he takes a job tutoring a beautiful woman (Jytte-Merle Böhrnsen) who lives in her aunt’s lonely mansion.

When Toby suspects his student is possessed, his haunting memories return; and unexplainable, supernatural occurrences drive him from the house.
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Global Screen, Picture Tree reveal Cannes market premieres

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New films by actor-director Matthias Schweighofer, Marco Kreuzpaintner, Robert Glinski, and Bettina Oberli are among the titles being lined up by German sales agents Global Screen and Picture Tree International (Pti) for the Marché du Film in Cannes next month.

Munich-based Global Screen will be unveiling five market premieres:

actor-director/producer Schweighofer’s third directorial outing, the romantic comedy Joy Of Fatherhood (Vaterfreuden), adapted from Murmel Clausen’s novel Frettsack, was released by Warner Bros. Pictures Germany in February, has been seen by more than 2.3 million cinemagoers and taken more than €17.7m ($24.5m) to date.

the 2D and 3D versions of the English-language animated feature The Seventh Dwarf (Der 7bte Zwerg), directed by Harald Siepermann and actor Boris Aljinovic, to be released by Universal Pictures in Germany this autumn.The film was also presold to many territories, including

Christian Bach’s feature debut, the coming of age/family drama Flights Of Fancy (Hirngespinster), which received Bavarian Film Awards
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Delve into the Mystery of the Forbidden Girl with this First Trailer

Fans of the surreal will be mesmerized by Till Hastreiter's The Forbidden Girl in 3D. This film has recently released a bizarre trailer. In the clip, Toby (Peter Gadiot) loses the love of his life, Kathy, and he soon slips into a schizophrenic state. He is secured into a mental institution, where he sees strange visions. Toby is released, but mysterious images still haunt him. The Forbidden Girl in 3D is being developed by Shoreline Entertainment. Fans of the strange can delve deeper into the film's story at the Shoreline Entertainment website. The first trailer for this feature is also hosted below. Director: Till Hastreiter. Cast: Jytte-Merle Böhrnse, Jeanette Hain, Peter Gadiot, and Klaus Tange. The first official trailer for The Forbidden Girl in 3D is hosted here (mature rated: nudity): *billed as "a supernatural 3D mystery thriller in the vein of Dracula and The Others." **filmed in Berlin,
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DVD Review: Rachel Weisz Delivers Oscar-Caliber Work in ‘The Whistleblower’

Chicago – I have a sneaking suspicion that if The Weinstein Company had acquired this film and released it during the 2011 awards season, Rachel Weisz would currently be an Oscar nominee. After playing an assortment of vulnerable, photogenic damsels throughout her career, Weisz delivers her most potent and compelling work to date in Larysa Kondracki’s fact-based thriller.

Though the actress has won an Oscar before, it was for her rather thankless role in Fernando Meirelles’s downbeat drama, “The Constant Gardener.” “The Whistleblower” functions as a smart follow-up to Alejandro Amenábar’s equally overlooked 2009 gem, “Agora,” in which Weisz played another strong-willed rebel who risked everything in pursuit of the truth. Both Hypatia in “Agora” and Kathryn Bolkovac in “The Whistleblower” are empowering figures with unsettling life stories that hit all too close to home.

DVD Rating: 3.5/5.0

Despite some narrative contrivances and a manipulative third-act twist, Kondracki’s film is
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Dreileben 2: Don't Follow Me Around

A police psychologist renews old acquaintances when she is drafted in to help small town police find an escaped convict.

Part 2 in the Dreileben trilogy, Don't Follow Me Around, is the story of Johanna (Jeanette Hain), a police psychologist, who is sent to the small town in Thuringia, where a dangerous mental patient is on the loose. Her assignment is two-fold, she is to assist the local police, as well as investigate them for corruption under cover.

Director and co-screenwriter Dominick Graf is very good at having a lot going on at once. The private past plot, the police...
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BFI London Film Festival 2011: 'Dreileben 2: Don't Follow Me Around'

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★★★☆☆ The second film in the German Dreileben trilogy, Dominik Graf's Dreileben 2: Don't Follow Me Around (2011) is a very different creature to Christian Petzold's Beats Being Dead (2011), taking a more straightforward, politically-informed approach to narrative storytelling. Whilst Petzold's effort focused on the lives of Dreileben's youth, Graf's contribution to the project explores the love lives of three affluent middle-class individuals, whilst the hunt for the fugitive sex offender Molesch (Stefan Kurt) continues.

This time around, the focus lies on single mother Johanna (Jeanette Hain), a police psychologist brought in to help in the search for Molesch. Staying with her old university friend and Dreileben resident Vera (Susanne Wolff) and her novelist husband Bruno (Misel Maticevic), their nights soon turn into wine-fuelled reminiscing sessions. It quickly transpires that the two friends were once both infatuated by the same man, and an unconventional love triangle soon re-emerges from the girls' past.
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NYFF2011: Masterworks Screenings Announced

The 49th New York Film Festival has announced their Masterworks and Special Anniversary screenings that will show between the festival’s seventeen days, September 30th – October 16th. The Masterworks program and the festival’s additional programming will provide audiences with exciting opportunities to explore new film-making styles and storytelling events. To learn more about the Masterworks and Anniversary films, please check out below for full synopsis and details.

Masterworks And Special Anniversary Screenings

Masterworks: The Gold Rush

Chaplin’s personal favorite among his own films, The Gold Rush (1925), is a beautifully constructed comic fable of fate and perseverance, set in the icy wastes of the Alaskan gold fields. Re-released by Chaplin in 1942 in a recut version missing some scenes, and with added narration and musical score, The Gold Rush will be presented in a new restoration of the original, silent 1925 version. In this frequently terrifying and always unpredictable universe of
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Online Exclusive Movie Clip From The Whistleblower

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Online Exclusive Movie Clip From The Whistleblower
An online exclusive movie clip has been released from the upcoming film “The Whistleblower” starring Rachel Weisz. In this clip, Laura (Monica Bellucci) tells Kathy that they handed Irka (Rayisa Kondracki) over to the police. “The Whistleblower” also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, David Strathairn, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Roxana Condurache, Paula Schramm, Alexandru Potocean and Jeanette Hain. The plot, based on a real story, involves a Nebraska cop who becomes involved in exposing a seriously corrupted ring of trafficking: Inspired by actual events, the film tells the story of Kathy Bolkovac (Weisz), an American police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to...
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Chicago – In our latest drama edition of Hookup: Film, we have 40 admit-two passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of “The Whistleblower” with Rachel Weisz!

The Whistleblower” also stars Monica Bellucci, Vanessa Redgrave, David Strathairn, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Roxana Condurache, Paula Schramm, Alexandru Potocean, William Hope, Rayisa Kondracki, Jeanette Hain, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Hewlett, Coca Bloos and Luke Treadaway from co-writer and director Larysa Kondracki and co-writer Eilis Kirwan.

The film opens in Chicago on Aug. 12, 2011. To win your free pass to the advance Chicago screening of “The Whistleblower” courtesy of, just answer our question below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, Aug. 8, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in Chicago. Directions to enter this Hookup and win can be found beneath the graphic below.

The movie poster for “The Whistleblower” with Rachel Weisz, Monica Bellucci and Vanessa Redgrave.

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Second The Whistleblower Poster

Today we have two new poster for The Whistleblower, a political thriller in which Rachel Weisz plays a Nebraska cop working as a peacekeeper in postwar Bosnia who uncovers a sex scandal.

Here’s the official synopsis for “The Whistleblower”:

Kathryn Bolkovac is a Nebraska cop who is thrust into the gravelly snake pit of Un regulated Bosnia. She works as part of a private corporate army, training Bosnian police to restore order to the war-torn country. As she begins to get the lay of the land in her new environment, she starts to see signs of a terrible underground industry whose patrons are not only from within the corporation but from within the United Nations as well.

After finding a woman who has escaped from a human trafficker selling sex slaves to hidden brothels in the area, Kathryn begins to see how expansive an industry it has become
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