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Last Night Trailer

Writer Joanna and real estate agent Michael have been married for four years and live in a modest apartment in New York. When Joanna accompanies Michael to a party, she is worried to find him deep in conversation with his beautiful colleague, Laura. Joanna is frightened that Michael might be cheating on her and she confronts him about it. Michael assures his wife that he isn't and the couple reconcile.

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Last Night Review

Writer-turned-director Tadjedin takes a slightly stagey approach to the theme of marital trust with this darkly provocative drama about a fateful night in a couple's relationship. It's fascinating and well-played, but too schematic to feel realistic.

After a company party, Joanna (Knightley) challenges her husband Michael (Worthington) about his feelings toward his sexy colleague Laura (Mendes).

Nothing has happened between them, but he admits that there might be some attraction. The problem is that he's travelling the following night to Philadelphia with Laura and another colleague (Gold). There, Joanna's suggestion opens him to some serious temptation. Meanwhile in New York, Joanna is surprised when a former flame from Paris, Alex (Canet), arrives for one night. And she too is faced with the chance to do something she shouldn't.

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The 35th Toronto International Film Festival - 'Last Night' Premiere - Arrivals

Massy Tadjedin Saturday 18th September 2010 The 35th Toronto International Film Festival - 'Last Night' Premiere - Arrivals Toronto, Canada

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Leo Review

With Shakespeare in Love now six years behind us, Joseph Fiennes may never star in a tolerable movie again.

The blandly-titled Leo is the story of the titular boy (Davis Sweat), the illegitimate son of a sudden widow (Elisabeth Shue), who corresponds with a felon (Fiennes) via mail. Felon gets out, and these two men slowly converge upon one another, though something odd about the movie compels us to wonder if there isn't a deeper connection. Some big names parade through the film, almost at random, including a mopey Sam Shepard and a ridiculously over-the-top Dennis Hopper, who strikes the film's most curious note when he cracks an egg and smears it on Deborah Unger's thighs.

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The Jacket Review

"To know virtue," the Marquis de Sade once said, "we must first acquaint ourselves with vice." While the controversial writer was not referring to The Jacket when he said that many years ago, it fits well with my assessment of the film, nonetheless. The Jacket's hostility will make stomachs churn and faces cringe, but a noble cause justifies the means in the end; because of the film's hostility, when tenderness ultimately appears, it's all the more poignant. But will thin-skinned viewers be able to endure the disturbing imagery until the affectionate, optimistic persona reveals itself?

Macabre, intense, and daring, The Jacket is like a surrealistic nightmare interlaced with an unambiguous daydream fantasy; it totters between asylum and insanity, pain and pleasure, and heaven and hell. Part romantic drama, time travel odyssey, murder mystery, and gothic thriller, the film never decides on a definite genre, and is similar in some ways to experimental films like Donnie Darko and Blue Velvet. Due to its unique design, the less viewers know about the plot before they see it, the more absorbing and revealing the film will be. Thus, a very vague synopsis follows:

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