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Demolition Review

Extraordinary

With its darkly emotive themes and brittle humour, this well-made drama by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club) isn't quite what it appears to be. It's not, for example, an exploration of grief, although that's in here. And it also isn't meant to be taken literally, because it's more of a parable. The main clue is in the moment when the central character comments that everything in his life seems to be a metaphor. Indeed it is. And this heightened sense of meaning makes the entire film unusually vivid.

The film opens as Wall Street banker Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) emerges unscratched from a car crash that kills his beautiful wife Julia (Heather Lind). Unable to grieve, he begins to feel like the world around him is shifting inexplicably. So he starts taking things apart to see how they work, or why they don't. Soon he's dismantling his entire house. His father-in-law Phil (Chris Cooper), who is also his boss, becomes increasingly perplexed at Davis' erratic behaviour. And the only person Davis confides in is customer services rep Karen (Naomi Watts) and her confused 15-year-old son Chris (Judah Lewis). As Davis worms his way into their world, he slowly begins to see his own life more clearly.

This is a film about how some people let themselves drift along in the expected ways, never questioning what happens even though it doesn't feel quite right. In Davis' case, his wife's death jolts him awake. He begins to see the real world around him for the first time, including the absurdities of the life he had built around himself. Gyllenhaal invests Davis with remarkable layers of emotion as a generally cheerful guy being pulled apart from within by something he initially can't understand. His reactions to people around him grow increasingly more honest as the film progresses. And by the end, he's defying expectations and conventions in ways that feel shocking but are actually bracingly truthful.

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Jean-marc Vallee - Toronto International Film Festival - Demolition - Premiere - Toronto, Canada - Thursday 10th September 2015

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Demolition Trailer


Davis Mitchell is very successful in what he does for a living, though he's not as productive when it comes to his marriage. He's an investment banker stuck in the same old daily routine and he tends not to ever think about anything else. However, he is forced to re-evaluate himself and the way he lives his life when his wife Julia dies suddenly in a car accident. His father-in-law and boss Phil doesn't think much of Davis, but encourages him to pick himself up off the ground and start appreciating the world around him. After deciding to file a complaint to a vending machine company, Davis ends up writing numerous letters about his personal struggles and confessions. When they are discovered by a woman named Karen whose struggling to overcome problems of her own, they start a friendship that will encourage Davis to take apart his life, and re-build.

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Reese Witherspoon Told Cheryl Strayed 'Wild' Was A 'Rocket Ship'


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It's not an uncommon thing for regular individuals to have a story so inspiring that Hollywood want to take it on, but for Reese Witherspoon, the story of Cheryl Strayed's 1,100 mile journey in her book 'Wild' was one of a kind.

Reese Witherspoon in 'Wild'
Reese Witherspoon admits 'Wild' book brought her to tears

Witherspoon's latest movie sees her play a very real woman, whose hardships in her life with drugs and bereavement encouraged her to go on a voyage of self-discovery by taking on the testing Pacific Crest Trail despite having never had any previous hiking experience. 'I read the first half of the book on a plane and I was just in tears', Witherspoon confesses. 'Then I just couldn't wait to get back to the book and I read the rest on the flight back. I said, 'I don't know who Cheryl Strayed is, but I need her number immediately.''

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Wild - Featurettes


The cast and crew of forthcoming drama biopic 'Wild' talk about Jean-Marc Vallée's direction and Reese Witherspoon's portrayal of Cheryl Strayed; an author who walked over 2,500 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail in a bid to come to terms with the problems in her life. Among them are Reese, Jean-Marc and Cheryl themselves, as well as producers Bruna Papandrea and Nathan Ross, cinematographer Yves Belanger and Reese's co-star Laura Dern.

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'Wild' Will Almost Certainly Win Reese Witherspoon Oscar Nomination


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Wild, Jean-Marc Vallée's new movie about a young woman who hiked more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail alone, will win Reese Witherspoon her latest Oscar nomination. The American actress plays Cheryl Strayed, who loses hope after the dissolution of her marriage and death of her mother.

Reese WitherspoonReese Witherspoon turns in a career best performance in Wild

Much like James Franco in 127 Hours, Witherspoon navigates the largely solo movie with aplomb and here, in Wild, she may well be the height of her powers.

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Amy Adams To Star In Long-Awaited Janis Joplin Biopic With "Dallas Buyers Club" Helmer Possibly Directing


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It’s been a long time coming (so long, in fact, that the whole thing became a running joke on the late 30 Rock), but the Janis Joplin biopic starring Amy Adams is finally about to become a real thing. Get It While You Can is set to film in the second half of 2015 in Los Angeles and San Fran.

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Amy Adams to play Janis Joplin? Well, it's not Jenna Maroney, but good enough.

Now, biopics can be really hit-and-miss as we’ve seen in the past year, but something that works in this one’s favour is the directing choice – Get It While You Can could be helmed by Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée. Vallee is currently in talks to direct the flick, but it’s been a long winding road getting to this point. Back in 2013, Lee Daniels was slated to direct the flick. Over the years, has had Fernando Meirelles and Catherine Hardwicke attached as directors, Renee Zellweger as star and Temple Hill as producers.

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Jean-marc Vallee - The Hollywood Film Awards 2014 at Hollywood Film Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 15th November 2014

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Jean-marc Vallee - 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at the Hollywood Palladium - Arrivals at The Palladium, Hollywood Film Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 14th November 2014

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Dallas Buyers Club - Trailer & Clips


What would you do if you were given just 30 days to live? For Ron Woodroof, he knew he couldn't spend it how he'd previously been spending his days; working as a rodeo cowboy and drinking, smoking, fighting and seducing his way through life. When he is diagnosed with HIV, he rejects doctor's calculations that he only has a month left to live, and instead researches ways in which he can be treated. He discovers that Mexico may hold the answer to his prayers and smuggles huge dosages of 'unapproved' alternative treatments over the border in order to set up a business: the Dallas Buyers Club. Alongside a transgender woman named Rayon, with whom he becomes friends despite his homophobic views, they go about attempting to cure the nation of this killer disease with the illegal selling of possibly life-saving medicine.

'Dallas Buyers Club' is the shocking true story of a real life AIDS victim put to screen by director Jean-marc Vallee ('C.R.A.Z.Y.', 'Cafe de Flore', 'The Young Victoria') and writers Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack ('Mirror, Mirror', 'Bill'). It is the movie we've all been waiting to see since lead actor Matthew Mcconaughey lost a dramatic amount of weight during the filming in order to fulfil the role to his its full potential. It is due to hit UK cinemas on February 7th 2014.

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Cafe De Flore Review


Extraordinary
The emotional resonance of this lush collage of a movie is almost overwhelming, as filmmaker Vallee inventively digs deeply into the souls of his characters, helping us see ourselves more clearly in the process. It's not always easy to watch, but it packs a potent punch.

In present-day Montreal, Antoine (Parent) has a happy life with his sexy girlfriend Rose (Brochu) and his two daughters (Corbeil-Picher and Fortier) from his ex Carole (Florent). But Carole finds herself unable to get over him, haunted by dreams and the feeling that they should be together. Meanwhile in 1969 Paris, Jacqueline (Paradis) is determined to give her Down's son Laurent (Gerrier) a full, happy life. But when he becomes attached to classmate Veronique (Dubois), who also has Down's, she finds it impossible to let go.

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Jean-marc Vallee - Jean-Marc Vallee and Helene Florent Thursday 8th March 2012 The 32nd Annual Genie Awards Arrival at the Westin Harbour Castle.

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Jean-marc Vallee, Odeon Leicester Square and The Young Vic Tuesday 3rd March 2009 The Young Victoria - World premiere held at the Odeon Leicester Square - Arrivals London, England

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C.R.A.Z.Y. Review


Excellent
You wouldn't think that the family struggles of a middle-class Quebecois family in the '70s could ever be depicted as epic, but C.R.A.Z.Y. feels like an absolutely huge film. It's so full of larger-than-life characters, amazing incidents, and period detail that it borders on overwhelming. It will exhaust your eyes, your ears, and your mind.

On Christmas Day 1960, proud mom Laurianne Beaulieu (Danielle Proulx) gives birth to her fourth boy as dad Gervais (Michel Cote) smokes up a storm in the waiting room. As he grows, little Zachary (Emile Vallee) is deemed to be special. His mother is convinced that like Jesus, he has healing powers. Dad, however, is concerned that Zac is a bit of a sissy and not at all like any of his brothers: the troublemaker, the jock, or the egghead. A hardworking man, Gervais is proud of his family and loves to entertain them with his lip-synced Charles Aznavour songs and his Patsy Cline records, but he's also a tough disciplinarian and a worrier.

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Demolition Movie Review

Demolition Movie Review

With its darkly emotive themes and brittle humour, this well-made drama by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas...

Demolition Trailer

Demolition Trailer

Davis Mitchell is very successful in what he does for a living, though he's not...

Wild Trailer

Wild Trailer

The cast and crew of forthcoming drama biopic 'Wild' talk about Jean-Marc Vallée's direction and...

Dallas Buyers Club Trailer

Dallas Buyers Club Trailer

What would you do if you were given just 30 days to live? For Ron...

Cafe De Flore Movie Review

Cafe De Flore Movie Review

The emotional resonance of this lush collage of a movie is almost overwhelming, as filmmaker...

C.R.A.Z.Y. Movie Review

C.R.A.Z.Y. Movie Review

You wouldn't think that the family struggles of a middle-class Quebecois family in the '70s...

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