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The Look Of Silence Trailer


Sometimes, you simply have to live with the past. You don't have to like it, but you have to accept it in order to not repeat it. This is the lesson that a young man is forced to realise, much to his grief. Growing up in Indonesia in the fallout of a mass genocide, he cannot abide by the idea of living so close to the people who killed his brother, yet his parents know that taking a path of revenge would only reopen old wounds nearly healed. 

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Venice Film Festival - 'The Look Of Silence' - Photocall

Joshua Oppenheimer - 71st Venice International Film Festival - 'The Look Of Silence' - Photocall - Venice, Italy - Thursday 28th August 2014

Joshua Oppenheimer
Joshua Oppenheimer
Joshua Oppenheimer

British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

Joshua Oppenheimer - British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) 2014 held at the Royal Opera House - Winners Room - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 16th February 2014

British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

Jack Huston, Imogen Poots and Joshua Oppenheimer - British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) 2014 held at the Royal Opera House - Press Room - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 16th February 2014

Jack Huston and Imogen Poots
Jack Huston, Imogen Poots and Joshua Oppenheimer

86th Oscars Nominees Luncheon Arrivals

Director Joshua Oppenheimer and producer Signe Byrge Sorensen - The 86th Oscars Nominees Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 10th February 2014

Joshua Oppenheimer and producer Signe Byrge Sorensen
Joshua Oppenheimer and producer Signe Byrge Sorensen

The Act Of Killing Trailer


Anwar Congo is a former gang member who executed around 1000 alleged communists after becoming a leader of a death squad during the 1965-1966 Indonesian massacres. The killings took place after a rebellious organisation called the 30 September Movement murdered six army generals - an event that was blamed solely on the Indonesian Communist Party. He is now labelled by many as a war hero, but when he is asked to take part in a dramatization of his memories of what happened, it turns into a strange and surreal, almost hallucinogenic,  recollection. When asked to portray a victim himself, he struggles to carry on and admits his empathy for some of the victims of the genocide. The question is, is there any remorse there for Anwar's actions? Or will he and his fellow killers continue to convince themselves of their heroism?

'The Act Of Killing' is a chilling documentary directed by Joshua Oppenheimer ('The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase') alongside Christine Cynn ('The Globalisation Tapes') and an anonymous co-director. It is a rare insight into the thoughts and feelings of a mass executioner that has earned nods from the 2012 Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals and an award from the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival. It is scheduled for a UK release on June 28th 2013.

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Conan The Barbarian Review


Grim
With a complete lack of self-awareness, this po-faced remake looks more like a trash-TV series (a la Spartacus or Camelot) than a proper movie. Mainly because the filmmakers continually opt for gratuitous gore rather than actual storytelling.

Born in battle, Conan (Howard, then Momoa) is set on vengeance. His people, the Cimmerians, were slaughtered by the evil Khalar Zym (Lang), who was looking for the barbarian-held pieces to a mythical all-powerful mask. Once the mask is reassembled, Khalar Zym and his fiendish daughter Marique (McGowan) need a pure-blood of Acheron to activate it and, as luck would have it, the last one is hot babe Tamara (Nichols). So of course Conan and Tamara team up to fight off the villains and save the pre-historic world.

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A Sound Of Thunder Review


Terrible
The best thing that can be said for the embarrassing A Sound of Thunder is that at least it presupposes an audience whose belief in evolution is ironclad, sadly a minor triumph in these increasingly Scopes monkey trial-like times.

Adapted with sub-simian grace from the iconic Ray Bradbury story, the film puts us in the year 2055, where a Chicago firm called Time Safari takes wealthy, bored men back in time and hunt dinosaurs. The trick here is that Bradbury - prefiguring all the great time travel paradox stories and films to follow - realized one couldn't just do this without creating massive complications further down the time pipeline. So Time Safari has its hunters walk through the 65-million-year-old jungle on a pathway suspended above the ground, with the strict dictum not to touch anything, never step off the path and not to bring even the most microscopic thing back with them. And the dinosaur that they "hunt" (over and over again) has been selected for the fact that it's going to die anyway, bare seconds after the safari team shoots it. Thusly the time continuum remains unchanged and everybody's happy.

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A Sound Of Thunder Review


Terrible
The best thing that can be said for the embarrassing A Sound of Thunder is that at least it presupposes an audience whose belief in evolution is ironclad, sadly a minor triumph in these increasingly Scopes monkey trial-like times.

Adapted with sub-simian grace from the iconic Ray Bradbury story, the film puts us in the year 2055, where a Chicago firm called Time Safari takes wealthy, bored men back in time and hunt dinosaurs. The trick here is that Bradbury - prefiguring all the great time travel paradox stories and films to follow - realized one couldn't just do this without creating massive complications further down the time pipeline. So Time Safari has its hunters walk through the 65-million-year-old jungle on a pathway suspended above the ground, with the strict dictum not to touch anything, never step off the path and not to bring even the most microscopic thing back with them. And the dinosaur that they "hunt" (over and over again) has been selected for the fact that it's going to die anyway, bare seconds after the safari team shoots it. Thusly the time continuum remains unchanged and everybody's happy.

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Sahara Review


Terrible
Nearly 25 years ago, Paramount Pictures struck gold with a film about an archeologist-adventure seeker named Indiana Jones. His quest to unravel mysteries and conquer evil around the world remains one of the most thrilling stories of its kind. Based on the trailer, Sahara, with its treasure-hunting hero Dirk Pitt, would appear to embody many of its predecessor's markings. Yet, what's lurking behind all of Sahara's explosions, one-liners, and plotting enemies is a monotonous, unsatisfying trek through an endless desert that would even have Dr. Jones scrambling for a new crusade.

Matthew McConaughey plays Dirk, the carefree leader of an exploration team working to recover lost artifacts from the ocean floor off the coast of Western Africa. Dirk is infatuated with the story of a captain from an ironclad American Civil War battleship who owned the last known U.S. gold dollar. As luck would have it, this ship just so happened to journey from Virginia to the nearby nation of Mali after the war. With the permission of his boss Admiral James Sandecker (William H. Macy), Dirk and his team, including his wiseass sidekick Al Giordino (Steve Zahn), are given three days to search the Niger River for the ship and the lost gold coin.

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