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Ryan Reynolds Stars In Palme D'or Nominated 'The Captive' [Trailer + Pictures]


Ryan Reynolds Mireille Enos Atom Egoyan

'The Captive' is the latest film from Atom Egoyan, known for 1997's 'The Sweet Hereafter', 1994's 'Exotica' and 2005's 'Where the Truth Lies'. The story follows Reynolds character after he finds his daughter has gone missing. After pulling into the wrong diner at the wrong time, Matthew (Ryan Reynolds) returns to his car to find his daughter Cass (Alexia Fast) no longer there. His wife, Tina (Mireille Enos) blames him for the disappearance. When the police become involved, they steadily uncover a dark mystery surrounding the case. 

Ryan Reynolds in 'The Captive'
'The Captive' stars  Ryan Raynolds.

Mireille Enos recently starred alongside Brad Pitt as his character's wife in 2013's 'World War Z'. She has also appeared in 'Gangster Squad', and has had a starring role in 'The Killing' since 2011. In 'The Captive', she once again portrays a mother and wife, desperately trying to protect her child. Alexia Fast, who plays the daughter of Enos and Reynold's characters, is probably best known for appearing the 2012 Tom Cruise film 'Jack Reacher'. She also portrayed a leading role in the television series 'Manhattan' and her work in 'The Captive' earned the film its Joey Award.

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The Captive Trailer


Matthew is a typical loving father who takes a day trip with his young daughter Cassandra in his truck, stopping off at a roadside diner along the way to pick up pie for lunch. He's only gone a few minutes but by the time he returns to his vehicle he discovers that Cass is gone. She's nowhere to be found, and to make matters worse, when he reports her disappearance as an abduction to the police he is the first suspect in the case. The incident puts a deep strain on his marriage to her mother Tina, who doesn't know whether to blame him for letting her out of his sight or suspect his involvement herself. Some years later, they are still searching, but when detectives Nicole and Jeffrey find new leads, Matthew becomes determined to find out exactly where his daughter is being held.

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Devil's Knot Trailer


Devil's Knot is a biographical thriller drama based on the events of the West Memphis Three case directed by Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter, Chloe) and written by Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism Of Emily Rose). 

Devil's Knot tells the chilling story of three young boys, Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore, going missing in the town of West Memphis, Arkansas. When the bodies are found beaten and murdered, the police and religious people of the town put the blame to a group of teenagers they believed to be Satanists, due to the dark nature of their appearance. After police investigation, three young adults, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr., are arrested for suspicion of the crime. These three youths claim to be innocent of the murders, but the citizens of the town want justice for the murdered children and the punishment of the teenagers, innocent or not, seems to be their best answer.

The film will star academy award winner Reese Witherspoon portraying Stevie Branch's distraught mother, Michelle Enos (World War Z, Gangster Squad) as Vicki Hutcheson who was key in the arrest of the teenagers, Academy Award winner Colin Firth as private investigator Ron Lax and Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider Man 2, The Place Beyond the Pines) as Chris Morgan, who was a suspect in the murder case.

Mireille Enos, Atom Egoyan, Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman and Rosario Dawson - The 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'The Captive' premiere - Arrivals - Cannes, France - Friday 16th May 2014

Mireille Enos, Atom Egoyan, Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman and Rosario Dawson
Mireille Enos, Atom Egoyan, Ryan Reynolds and Scott Speedman
Mireille Enos, Atom Egoyan, Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman and Rosario Dawson

Kevin Durand, Atom Egoyan and Ryan Reynolds - The 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'The Captive' - Photocall - Cannes, France - Friday 16th May 2014

Kevin Durand, Atom Egoyan and Ryan Reynolds
Kevin Durand, Atom Egoyan and Ryan Reynolds
Kevin Durand, Atom Egoyan and Ryan Reynolds
Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand, Atom Egoyan, Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman and Rosario Dawson
Kevin Durand

Atom Egoyan Sunday 11th September 2011 36th Annual Toronto International Film Festival - Celebrity Sightings Toronto, Canada

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Chloe Trailer


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Adoration Review


Excellent
With his usual themes of memory and technology, Egoyan tells a provocative and deeply emotional story that centres on current issues. It's a little heavy handed, but still thoroughly involving.

Simon (Bostick) is an orphan teen raised by his slacker uncle Tom (Speedman).

When a teacher (Khanjian) assigns an exercise based on a news story, Simon's piece recounts how his Palestinian father (Jenkins in flashbacks) talked his pregnant violinist mother (Blanchard) into carrying a bomb onto an airliner.

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Atom Egoyan Thursday 22nd October 2009 The premiere of Chloe held at the Vue cinema London, England

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Julianne Moore and Atom Egoyan - Julianne Moore, Atom Egoyan Toronto, Canada Toronto, Canada - 'Chloe' premiere held at Roy Thompson Hall - 2009 Toronto International Film Festival Sunday 13th September 2009

Julianne Moore and Atom Egoyan
Julianne Moore and Atom Egoyan
Julianne Moore and Atom Egoyan
Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried
Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore and Atom Egoyan

Adoration Review


OK
About halfway through Atom Egoyan's 12th feature, Adoration, a woman wearing a mask of black cloth and silver jewelry asks a man about a nativity scene he is putting up in his front lawn and eventually begins to prod him about the Israel-Palestine conflict. He asks her to keep walking and she does but comes back later to discuss the same thing with even more assuredness. It feels like a fever dream, both to the man and to the viewer.

How we perceive reality, whether in art, history, or technology, has been the monkey on the back of several directors, but none have seemed as seduced by the conundrum as Mr. Egoyan has been for the last two decades. The woman with the mask is Sabine (Arsinée Khanjian), a teacher who we meet early in the film and who has become entangled in quite the imbroglio with her student Simon (Devon Bostick). Together, Simon and Sabine have engineered a false identity for Simon, casting him as the son of a terrorist who attempted to blow up a plane heading to Israel by hiding a bomb in his wife's luggage. Simon uses the identity in a presentation to his classmates, who take it as gospel, and soon enough, he is the focus of international news. But, in reality, Simon's parents died in a car accident, leaving Uncle Tom (a very good Scott Speedman) as the young man's sole guardian.

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This Film Is Not Yet Rated Review


OK
When South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker made Orgazmo, a romp about a Mormon porn star, and submitted it to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for a rating, it came back NC-17. The filmmakers asked what they could do to get it down to an R, and they were told, brusquely, nothing. Years later they made Team America: World Police, which included a four-minute puppet-sex scene (including many shots they had no intention of using, just so they'd have something to cut out) that pushed them into forbidden territory. This time, however, they were provided scene-specific notes on how to make the film into an R. The difference? Orgazmo was an indie release, while Team America came from Paramount Studios. The message of this story, as relayed by Stone in the documentary This Film is Not Yet Rated, is fairly simple: The MPAA is less a responsible watchdog organization keeping the country safe from sexually explicit material than it is a corrupt industry tool, keeping the fig leaf of respectability not so firmly in place.

The MPAA was a lobbying organization that first implemented its voluntary ratings system in 1968 under the auspices of Jack Valenti, a Washington insider and LBJ confidant determined to defend Hollywood from the possibility of government regulation. Valenti argued it was better for film studios to police themselves so as to avoid having political prudes come down with a modernized Hays Code. So filmmakers must present their films to the MPAA's classifications panel (whose identities are never disclosed and are only described on the MPAA's website as "a board of parents") and then, if they don't have enough industry clout or the ability/desire to cut and resubmit their film for another pass, have to live with whatever rating is passed down. As This Film points out time and again, given that NC-17 films are shown by almost no theaters and often not carried by video rental chains, it's a system where de facto censorship is carried out by a secret nongovernmental body that seems to have a real problem with sex.

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This Film Is Not Yet Rated Review


OK
When South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker made Orgazmo, a romp about a Mormon porn star, and submitted it to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for a rating, it came back NC-17. The filmmakers asked what they could do to get it down to an R, and they were told, brusquely, nothing. Years later they made Team America: World Police, which included a four-minute puppet-sex scene (including many shots they had no intention of using, just so they'd have something to cut out) that pushed them into forbidden territory. This time, however, they were provided scene-specific notes on how to make the film into an R. The difference? Orgazmo was an indie release, while Team America came from Paramount Studios. The message of this story, as relayed by Stone in the documentary This Film is Not Yet Rated, is fairly simple: The MPAA is less a responsible watchdog organization keeping the country safe from sexually explicit material than it is a corrupt industry tool, keeping the fig leaf of respectability not so firmly in place.

The MPAA was a lobbying organization that first implemented its voluntary ratings system in 1968 under the auspices of Jack Valenti, a Washington insider and LBJ confidant determined to defend Hollywood from the possibility of government regulation. Valenti argued it was better for film studios to police themselves so as to avoid having political prudes come down with a modernized Hays Code. So filmmakers must present their films to the MPAA's classifications panel (whose identities are never disclosed and are only described on the MPAA's website as "a board of parents") and then, if they don't have enough industry clout or the ability/desire to cut and resubmit their film for another pass, have to live with whatever rating is passed down. As This Film points out time and again, given that NC-17 films are shown by almost no theaters and often not carried by video rental chains, it's a system where de facto censorship is carried out by a secret nongovernmental body that seems to have a real problem with sex.

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Ararat Review


Good
Life must be a nonstop party at the old Egoyan homestead. Our pal Atom comes home, tired from a long day's work, sits down for dinner with his wife Arsinée Khanjian, and finally they retire to the living room... where they get to discuss Armenia at length.

Atom Egoyan, the avant-garde Canadian filmmaker born in Egypt to Armenian parents, has a chip on his shoulder the size of the Great White North. And that chip is Armenia. Obviously harboring a deep guilt for his living high on the hog in the West while his ancestors were massacred in the motherland, Egoyan never misses a chance to revisit Armenia as a theme in his films -- even if, say, it's a movie about a strip club and a dead girl (Exotica). And invariably Egoyan casts his wife Khanjian as an Armenian of some sort, always taking the time to let us know she's Armenian with the subtext that she should be pitied.

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Where The Truth Lies Review


OK
Where the Truth Lies casts such a uniquely seductive spell that it takes a good long while before you figure out that it's not, for the most part, very good. The film is a mystery, of sorts, but one in which you grow gradually more suspicious of the filmmakers, rather than any of the characters.

Adapting a novel by Rupert Holmes, writer-director Atom Egoyan (Ararat) guides the story of a reporter in the '70s digging for dirt on a defunct '50s comedy team Lanny and Vince (Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth, respectively). In doing so, he has created a fusion of noir mystery and showbiz tell-all, which explains why it's interesting even when it's not making much sense, and also why all of the women in both of the movie's eras look like femmes fatale.

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The Captive Trailer

The Captive Trailer

Matthew is a typical loving father who takes a day trip with his young daughter...

Devil's Knot Trailer

Devil's Knot Trailer

Devil's Knot is a biographical thriller drama based on the events of the West Memphis...

Chloe Trailer

Chloe Trailer

Watch the trailer for Chloe To the outside world Catherine and David are a happily...

This Film Is Not Yet Rated Movie Review

This Film Is Not Yet Rated Movie Review

When South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker made Orgazmo, a romp about a...

Ararat Movie Review

Ararat Movie Review

Life must be a nonstop party at the old Egoyan homestead. Our pal Atom...

The Sweet Hereafter Movie Review

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