Phoenix Eyes Music Career

Actor JOAQUIN PHOENIX is planning to launch a music career after uncovering his singing talent playing JOHNNY CASH in biopic WALK THE LINE.
The 33-year-old star won a Grammy Award for his contribution to the 2005 film's soundtrack - and is now working on recording an album with U.K.-based rock band The Charlatans.
And The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess reveals the Oscar-nominee is a perfectionist, "Once he learned to play guitar he found that he had quite a lot of demons inside himself that he wanted to expel through music.
"All the tracks that me and (Charlatan's manager) Alan (MCGee) worked with him on were brilliant. But he just kept scrapping everything or re-doing everything. I'm trying to get Alan to force him to put it out."
A release date has yet to be scheduled for the album.


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Ladies and Gentleman, Joaquin Phoenix is your 'Doctor Strange' 4302415 News

Joaquin Phoenix, the Oscar nominee often tipped as one of the world's greatest actors following stellar turns in Gladiator, The Master, and Her, is in talks to star in Doctor Strange. Until now, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jared Leto were mostly strongly linked to the role though, according to Deadline, Marvel only has eyes for Phoenix.

Joaquin PhoenixJoaquin Phoenix turned in a strong performance for 'Her'

The studio has been teasing references to the Doctor for months now, most notably in the mega-hit Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Scott Derrickson is directing a script from Jon Spaihts, though the first draft was penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. 

Doctor Strange dates back to the early 1960s. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the character is a neurosurgeon who becomes Sorcerer Supreme, protecting the Earth against magical threats with powers including sorcery and mysticism. Oh, and he's a martial artist.

As Mike Fleming Jr notes, "...when you see his work in films from The Master to Her, it's hard to find many leading men who do it better and commit to character the way he does."

Joaquin Phoenix Walk the LinePhoenix in 'Walk the Line'

Phoenix will most likely be in with another shot at the Oscar for Best Actor with Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice, which opens at the New York Film Festival later this year. Phoenix plays Larry "Doc" Spotello, a drug-fuelled L.A detective investigating the disappearance of a former girlfriend. 

Joaquin Phoenix, the Oscar nominee often tipped as one of the world's greatest actors following stellar turns in Gladiator, The Master, and Her, is in talks to star in Doctor Strange. Until now, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jared Leto were mostly strongly linked to the role though, according to Deadline, Marvel only has eyes for Phoenix.

Joaquin PhoenixJoaquin Phoenix turned in a strong performance for 'Her'

The studio has been teasing references to the Doctor for months now, most notably in the mega-hit Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Scott Derrickson is directing a script from Jon Spaihts, though the first draft was penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. 

Doctor Strange dates back to the early 1960s. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the character is a neurosurgeon who becomes Sorcerer Supreme, protecting the Earth against magical threats with powers including sorcery and mysticism. Oh, and he's a martial artist.

As Mike Fleming Jr notes, "...when you see his work in films from The Master to Her, it's hard to find many leading men who do it better and commit to character the way he does."

Joaquin Phoenix Walk the LinePhoenix in 'Walk the Line'

Phoenix will most likely be in with another shot at the Oscar for Best Actor with Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice, which opens at the New York Film Festival later this year. Phoenix plays Larry "Doc" Spotello, a drug-fuelled L.A detective investigating the disappearance of a former girlfriend. 

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Could Joaquin Phoenix Be Marvel's Doctor Strange? 4301863 News

Variety reports that Joaquin Phoenix, star of Her and Walk the Line, is in early talks to take on the mantel of Marvel's latest superhero to undergo the movie treatment. The role was previously linked to British actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy

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Could Joaquin be the new superhero on the block?

For those unfamiliar with the comics, Doctor Strange is the monicker of Stephen Strange, an egotistical former neurosurgeon turned protector of Earth thanks to his magical abilities. The character was mentioned very briefly in Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier, sending fans into an internet frenzy and confirming that the character was very much alive in the Marvel cinematic universe. 

The film is due for release in July 2016, and will be directed by Scott Derrickson, who is known for creating horror movies such as Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which suggests Doctor Strange will perhaps take on a darker tone than previous Marvel films. Marvel boss Kevin Fiege also stated in an interview with Empire magazine that "There's a whole other side to the Marvel universe, which is the supernatural side. We've always been very interested in this aspect and this is going back to the early days of Strange Tales with Steve Ditko and Stan Lee. I love that stuff. We haven't done anything that mind-trippy yet and for me, Doctor Strange is our doorway into that."

Phoenix certainly bears a physical resemblence to the hero, and as one of the most versatile actors working today, there's no doubt that he would be able to pull off the role. However, Joaquin is known for taking more highbrow and independent roles than mainstream blockbusters like Marvel's films, and may not be attracted to a role that comes with so much publicity and committment (many Marvel stars are locked into hefty multi-picture contracts). Yet Phoenix was previously courted by Warner Brothers for the role of Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie, so perhaps it's not so "strange" to think that we might be seeing him saving the world alongside Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans before long.

For the time being, he will next be seen onscreen in Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherant Vice, and is filming a new Woody Allen film alongside Spiderman alumni Emma Stone.

More: With Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix, Woody Allen's New Movie Could Fly

More: Marvel Announces Release Date for Unknown Movie - What Could It Be?

More: Marvel's Doctor Strange Movie: The Story So Far

Variety reports that Joaquin Phoenix, star of Her and Walk the Line, is in early talks to take on the mantel of Marvel's latest superhero to undergo the movie treatment. The role was previously linked to British actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy

Joaquin Phoenix
Could Joaquin be the new superhero on the block?

For those unfamiliar with the comics, Doctor Strange is the monicker of Stephen Strange, an egotistical former neurosurgeon turned protector of Earth thanks to his magical abilities. The character was mentioned very briefly in Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier, sending fans into an internet frenzy and confirming that the character was very much alive in the Marvel cinematic universe. 

The film is due for release in July 2016, and will be directed by Scott Derrickson, who is known for creating horror movies such as Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which suggests Doctor Strange will perhaps take on a darker tone than previous Marvel films. Marvel boss Kevin Fiege also stated in an interview with Empire magazine that "There's a whole other side to the Marvel universe, which is the supernatural side. We've always been very interested in this aspect and this is going back to the early days of Strange Tales with Steve Ditko and Stan Lee. I love that stuff. We haven't done anything that mind-trippy yet and for me, Doctor Strange is our doorway into that."

Phoenix certainly bears a physical resemblence to the hero, and as one of the most versatile actors working today, there's no doubt that he would be able to pull off the role. However, Joaquin is known for taking more highbrow and independent roles than mainstream blockbusters like Marvel's films, and may not be attracted to a role that comes with so much publicity and committment (many Marvel stars are locked into hefty multi-picture contracts). Yet Phoenix was previously courted by Warner Brothers for the role of Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie, so perhaps it's not so "strange" to think that we might be seeing him saving the world alongside Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans before long.

For the time being, he will next be seen onscreen in Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherant Vice, and is filming a new Woody Allen film alongside Spiderman alumni Emma Stone.

More: With Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix, Woody Allen's New Movie Could Fly

More: Marvel Announces Release Date for Unknown Movie - What Could It Be?

More: Marvel's Doctor Strange Movie: The Story So Far

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With Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix, Woody Allen's New Movie Could Fly 4183721 News

Emma Stone has joined Joaquin Phoenix in the cast for Woody Allen's next movie. The currently untitled project will be written, produced and directed by Allen, following the director's Oscar winning movie Blue Jasmine.

Emma StoneEmma Stone at the Met Gala 2014

Plot details are unknown but Variety report that the movie will shoot this July. It is also without a distributor, though Sony Pictures is the front-runner, given its allegiance with Allen on numerous of his previous projects.

More: Diane Keaton on Woody Allen allegations

With Stone and Phoenix, the cast is actually shaping up pretty nicely. It's the first time that Woody has worked with The Master Oscar-nominee, though he directed Stone in the upcoming Magic in the Moonlight.

Stone remains one of the most popular young actresses in the world and her latest movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2 just grossed $91.6 million at the domestic box-office.

Woody AllenWoody Allen has enlisted Emma Stone for his new movie

She recently completed work on Alejandro Gonzalez's comedy Birdman, about a washed up actor (Ed Norton) who once played an iconic superhero. He must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory.

It's safe to say Hollywood is a little wary of aligning itself too closely with Allen at the moment, given his step-daughters accusations of sexual abuse. However, Diane Keaton is the most recent high profile star to back the acclaimed director, and Stone and Phoenix clearly have no qualms in the working with him. 

More: Emma Stone talks the possibility of 'Spider-Man' 3

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Joaquin Phoenix Will Star Alongside Emma Stone in Woody Allen's New Movie

Emma Stone has joined Joaquin Phoenix in the cast for Woody Allen's next movie. The currently untitled project will be written, produced and directed by Allen, following the director's Oscar winning movie Blue Jasmine.

Emma StoneEmma Stone at the Met Gala 2014

Plot details are unknown but Variety report that the movie will shoot this July. It is also without a distributor, though Sony Pictures is the front-runner, given its allegiance with Allen on numerous of his previous projects.

More: Diane Keaton on Woody Allen allegations

With Stone and Phoenix, the cast is actually shaping up pretty nicely. It's the first time that Woody has worked with The Master Oscar-nominee, though he directed Stone in the upcoming Magic in the Moonlight.

Stone remains one of the most popular young actresses in the world and her latest movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2 just grossed $91.6 million at the domestic box-office.

Woody AllenWoody Allen has enlisted Emma Stone for his new movie

She recently completed work on Alejandro Gonzalez's comedy Birdman, about a washed up actor (Ed Norton) who once played an iconic superhero. He must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory.

It's safe to say Hollywood is a little wary of aligning itself too closely with Allen at the moment, given his step-daughters accusations of sexual abuse. However, Diane Keaton is the most recent high profile star to back the acclaimed director, and Stone and Phoenix clearly have no qualms in the working with him. 

More: Emma Stone talks the possibility of 'Spider-Man' 3

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'The Immigrant' Has Oscars Written All Over It [Trailer + Pictures] 4164987 News

The temptation to predict Oscar winners in April is one that should be avoided, but equally one that is difficult to resist. One look at the Counsellor got people handing out statuettes in Spring last year, but we’ve got a feeling the same mistake won’t be made for ‘The Immigrant’.

The ImmigrantMade up to the nines, Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cottilard and Jeremy Renner star in 'The Immigrant'

Like the fabled streets walked while trying to realise the American dream, ‘The Immigrant’ is paved with gold, glistening throughout the trailer with a sun blushed tint. Marion Cottilard plays the intrepid Ewa, who – having been promised a savoir in the form of Joaquin Phoenix’s character, Bruno Weiss – falls into the darker depths of an American nightmare. 

Twice in need of rescuing in 1920s Ellis Island, Ewa comes to rely on Orlando The Magician to conjure up something special after he falls for her. Jeremy Renner’s character is now dealing with an untrusting heroin given her experience with strange men in the land of opportunity, but has no choice but to trust her latest suitor. 

Watch the trailer for 'The Immigrant' here
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The American period piece has already enjoyed a fruitful Cannes debut with critics raving. Jordan Hoffman of Film.com called it “the best movie of its kind since Elia Kazan,” while Variety’s Peter Debruge said it “cuts to the very soul of the American experience.”

And despite being set in the 1920s, the film has something to say about the modern experience of immigration to the United States, something that the director James Grey’s family has experienced. He is from Jewish-Russian descent. 

Joaquin Phoenix and Marion CottilardJoaquin Phoenix and Marion Cottilard start their dangerous journey

“This is not a popular idea for commercial purposes or for studios or anything, but I feel that the film has to be personal in some way, which doesn’t mean autobiographical, it’s not the same thing. Autobiographical is the facts of your life; personal means what you care about, what matters to you emotionally, what you’re trying to communicate,” he explained in an interview with Indie Wire the day before the film’s Cannes debut. 

“And I guess it was a process where I was trying to understand why my family is that way that it is, why our interactions are the way that they are, and in doing so, explore a bit of the background of what it meant to come to the United States from another country."

Marion CottilardWill Marion Cottilard become 'double Oscar-winning' Marion Cottilard

The temptation to predict Oscar winners in April is one that should be avoided, but equally one that is difficult to resist. One look at the Counsellor got people handing out statuettes in Spring last year, but we’ve got a feeling the same mistake won’t be made for ‘The Immigrant’.

The ImmigrantMade up to the nines, Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cottilard and Jeremy Renner star in 'The Immigrant'

Like the fabled streets walked while trying to realise the American dream, ‘The Immigrant’ is paved with gold, glistening throughout the trailer with a sun blushed tint. Marion Cottilard plays the intrepid Ewa, who – having been promised a savoir in the form of Joaquin Phoenix’s character, Bruno Weiss – falls into the darker depths of an American nightmare. 

Twice in need of rescuing in 1920s Ellis Island, Ewa comes to rely on Orlando The Magician to conjure up something special after he falls for her. Jeremy Renner’s character is now dealing with an untrusting heroin given her experience with strange men in the land of opportunity, but has no choice but to trust her latest suitor. 

Watch the trailer for 'The Immigrant' here
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The American period piece has already enjoyed a fruitful Cannes debut with critics raving. Jordan Hoffman of Film.com called it “the best movie of its kind since Elia Kazan,” while Variety’s Peter Debruge said it “cuts to the very soul of the American experience.”

And despite being set in the 1920s, the film has something to say about the modern experience of immigration to the United States, something that the director James Grey’s family has experienced. He is from Jewish-Russian descent. 

Joaquin Phoenix and Marion CottilardJoaquin Phoenix and Marion Cottilard start their dangerous journey

“This is not a popular idea for commercial purposes or for studios or anything, but I feel that the film has to be personal in some way, which doesn’t mean autobiographical, it’s not the same thing. Autobiographical is the facts of your life; personal means what you care about, what matters to you emotionally, what you’re trying to communicate,” he explained in an interview with Indie Wire the day before the film’s Cannes debut. 

“And I guess it was a process where I was trying to understand why my family is that way that it is, why our interactions are the way that they are, and in doing so, explore a bit of the background of what it meant to come to the United States from another country."

Marion CottilardWill Marion Cottilard become 'double Oscar-winning' Marion Cottilard

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Ewa Cybulski and her sister Magda are Polish immigrants in search of new lives in the prosperous New York City. However, no sooner have they arrived in the US than Magda is quarantined for a suspected illness and Ewa is forced to venture out into the strange new city alone. With nowhere to go and no friends to speak of, a desperate Ewa bumps into a charmingly dapper but dubious man named Bruno Weiss. He agrees to offer her a bed and money-earning prospects, but the job he wants her to do is far from what she was looking for. He enlists her as a prostitute at his entertainment establishment, and it's there Ewa meets his much more pleasant cousin Orlando the Magician who, stunned by her beauty, convinces her that she needs to be happy and helps her find the courage to escape her ordeal.

'The Immigrant' is a romantic drama set in the 1920s and details the struggle for one impoverished woman to achieve the American Dream. Directed by James Gray ('The Yards', 'We Own the Night', 'Two Lovers') alongside his co-screenwriter Ric Menello ('Tougher Than Leather', 'Drop Dead Rock'), the movie has so far been nominated for awards at the Cannes Film Festival, Ghent International Film Festival and New York Film Festival. It is set for release on May 16th 2014.

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10 Of The Best Musical Biopics: Will The Hendrix Movie Join the List? 4101011 News

With Andre 3000's Jimi Hendrix film, 'All By My Side' being premiered next week at SXSW festival, we thought it was about time to dig out some of our favourite music biopics of all time. Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison have all got the big screen treatment, so let's predict how the Hendrix movie will rank against these 10 musical masters.

The DoorsOliver Stone Helmed 'The Doors'

1. The Doors

Oliver Stone may have taken considerable artistic license when telling the story of influential 60s band The Doors and their iconic frontman Jim Morrison, but that doesn't take away from the fact that this is a wonderfully made movie about the life one of music’s most captivating stars. Val Kilmer did a great job of stepping into the Lizard King’s leather trousers, whilst a young Meg Ryan gave good support as Morrison’s long suffering girlfriend.

Sam Riley ControlSam Riley Played Ian Curtis in 'Control'

2. Control

The life of Joy Division front man Ian Curtis is documented in this fitting tribute to the singer who committed suicide before he was able to claim the recognition he deserved. Director Anton Corbijn perfectly managed to capture both the man and the music in sombre black and white film. Actor Sam Riley managed to encapsulates the complex Curtis whose inner demons often channelled out into his on stage performances.

3. Sid and Nancy

Sometimes its a bit trashy but after all this is a punk biopic. Gary Oldman famously dieted down to play heroin addicted Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious who became entangled with American groupie Nancy Spungen leading them both in a downward spiral. Chloe Webb also gave a star performance as the blonde Nancy whilst Alex Cox’s directing leads to someone wonderfully imaginative imagery as the pairs toxic love story is played out.

More: Nicholas Hoult has begun work on music movie Kill Your Friends.

4. Amadeus

Now for something completely different if you will. Milos Foreman’s 1984 film about the life of musical protegee Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is an Oscar winning classic. Depicting the rivalry between Mozart and fellow composer Salieri, this movie is an epic tale of talent, jealousy and debauchery all set to some of the greatest music ever composed.

5. Beyond the Sea

Part tribute and part vanity project, Kevin Spacey tried to honour 60s singer Bobby Darin by playing him in this 2004 feature. Whilst it bombed at the box office and divided critics, Spacey tries hard to encapsulate the talented singer. It might not always work but the story itself is compelling enough to make this a decent watch. Also its got a really great soundtrack of Darin’s songs which Spacey tries his best to do justice to, if anything it might just make you dig out the originals.

Ray Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx as 'Ray'

6. Ray

Jamie Foxx received an Academy award for his portray of blind blues musician Ray Charles in 2004. The film took 15 years to make and grossed over $120 million at the box office thanks to Foxx’s powerhouse Oscar winning performance.

Joaquin Phoenix Walk the LineJoaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in 'Walk The Line'

7. Walk the Line

Another musical movie to win at the Oscar’s was Johnny Cash’s biopic 'Walk the Line. Documenting the country legend’s rise to fame as well as his addiction problems and relationship with June Carter. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon turned in stellar performances as the famous country couple. The pair also did a tremendous job at re-recording some of the pair’s most famous songs whilst giving them their own unique spin.

8. Coal Miner’s Daughter

Before ‘Walk the Line’ brought country music to the big screen, there was ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’, the life of singer Loretta Lynn. Sissy Spacek earned an Academy Award for her portrayal of the country queen who faced hard times during her rise to the top of Nashville. The film also features Tommy Lee Jones as the singer’s husband and Beverly D'Angelo as Patsy Cline.

Cate BlanchettCate Blanchett as Bob Dylan in 'I'm Not There'

9. I’m Not There

How many actors does it take to play Bob Dylan, six according to director Todd Haynes. Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, and Ben Whishaw all do their best Dylan impersonations to show the different facets and personas of the iconic singer in this 2007 film. The very unique movie worked much better than it looked on paper, with Cate Blanchett delivering another one of her excellent performances.

10. Nowhere Boy

John Lennon’s teenage years are retold in this 2009 biopic. Ignoring the singer’s more famous years this movie provided a more unique inside into the famous Beatle’s songwriter. It was the directorial debut of photographer Sam Tayor-Wood who used her keen photographic eye to show the younger Lennon as he set out on his path to fame.

With Andre 3000's Jimi Hendrix film, 'All By My Side' being premiered next week at SXSW festival, we thought it was about time to dig out some of our favourite music biopics of all time. Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison have all got the big screen treatment, so let's predict how the Hendrix movie will rank against these 10 musical masters.

The DoorsOliver Stone Helmed 'The Doors'

1. The Doors

Oliver Stone may have taken considerable artistic license when telling the story of influential 60s band The Doors and their iconic frontman Jim Morrison, but that doesn't take away from the fact that this is a wonderfully made movie about the life one of music’s most captivating stars. Val Kilmer did a great job of stepping into the Lizard King’s leather trousers, whilst a young Meg Ryan gave good support as Morrison’s long suffering girlfriend.

Sam Riley ControlSam Riley Played Ian Curtis in 'Control'

2. Control

The life of Joy Division front man Ian Curtis is documented in this fitting tribute to the singer who committed suicide before he was able to claim the recognition he deserved. Director Anton Corbijn perfectly managed to capture both the man and the music in sombre black and white film. Actor Sam Riley managed to encapsulates the complex Curtis whose inner demons often channelled out into his on stage performances.

3. Sid and Nancy

Sometimes its a bit trashy but after all this is a punk biopic. Gary Oldman famously dieted down to play heroin addicted Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious who became entangled with American groupie Nancy Spungen leading them both in a downward spiral. Chloe Webb also gave a star performance as the blonde Nancy whilst Alex Cox’s directing leads to someone wonderfully imaginative imagery as the pairs toxic love story is played out.

More: Nicholas Hoult has begun work on music movie Kill Your Friends.

4. Amadeus

Now for something completely different if you will. Milos Foreman’s 1984 film about the life of musical protegee Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is an Oscar winning classic. Depicting the rivalry between Mozart and fellow composer Salieri, this movie is an epic tale of talent, jealousy and debauchery all set to some of the greatest music ever composed.

5. Beyond the Sea

Part tribute and part vanity project, Kevin Spacey tried to honour 60s singer Bobby Darin by playing him in this 2004 feature. Whilst it bombed at the box office and divided critics, Spacey tries hard to encapsulate the talented singer. It might not always work but the story itself is compelling enough to make this a decent watch. Also its got a really great soundtrack of Darin’s songs which Spacey tries his best to do justice to, if anything it might just make you dig out the originals.

Ray Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx as 'Ray'

6. Ray

Jamie Foxx received an Academy award for his portray of blind blues musician Ray Charles in 2004. The film took 15 years to make and grossed over $120 million at the box office thanks to Foxx’s powerhouse Oscar winning performance.

Joaquin Phoenix Walk the LineJoaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in 'Walk The Line'

7. Walk the Line

Another musical movie to win at the Oscar’s was Johnny Cash’s biopic 'Walk the Line. Documenting the country legend’s rise to fame as well as his addiction problems and relationship with June Carter. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon turned in stellar performances as the famous country couple. The pair also did a tremendous job at re-recording some of the pair’s most famous songs whilst giving them their own unique spin.

8. Coal Miner’s Daughter

Before ‘Walk the Line’ brought country music to the big screen, there was ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’, the life of singer Loretta Lynn. Sissy Spacek earned an Academy Award for her portrayal of the country queen who faced hard times during her rise to the top of Nashville. The film also features Tommy Lee Jones as the singer’s husband and Beverly D'Angelo as Patsy Cline.

Cate BlanchettCate Blanchett as Bob Dylan in 'I'm Not There'

9. I’m Not There

How many actors does it take to play Bob Dylan, six according to director Todd Haynes. Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, and Ben Whishaw all do their best Dylan impersonations to show the different facets and personas of the iconic singer in this 2007 film. The very unique movie worked much better than it looked on paper, with Cate Blanchett delivering another one of her excellent performances.

10. Nowhere Boy

John Lennon’s teenage years are retold in this 2009 biopic. Ignoring the singer’s more famous years this movie provided a more unique inside into the famous Beatle’s songwriter. It was the directorial debut of photographer Sam Tayor-Wood who used her keen photographic eye to show the younger Lennon as he set out on his path to fame.

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True Detective Season 2: Which Pairing Can Pick Up From Cohle and Hart? 4078105 News

Nic Pizzolatto put the sincerity and quality of True Detective’s story over multiple seasons of the show, asserting that a strict 8-episode format would be condusive to a strong third act. And judging by the critical claim he’s received – his creation is being talked about in the same breath as The Wire – one is inclined to trust the man who risked everything to write the new HBO anthology series.

True DetectiveWoody Harrelson [L] and Matthew McConuaghey [R] as Hart and Cohle in 'True Detective'

“One of the reasons I wanted to do an anthology format is I like stories with endings. I like a good third act. And continuing serial dramas, they tend to have really good beginnings and really long middles and then sort of have to hustle to develop an ending. And I like the idea of telling a self-contained story,” explained Pizzolatto.

Part of the show’s appeal, aside from the existential themes, beautifully framed Louisianan verdure and incredibly smart pacing, are the performances from lead actors, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, who play the troubled loner Rustin Cohle and family man in denial Martin Hart respectivley. The pair have been lauded with every superlative possible since T.D’s Januaray 12th premiere, and as we enter the final three episodes, their dynamic slowly unravels further.

Check out our 5 Things You Didnt' Know About 'True Detective'.

It would be easy to be sad about their impending departure, but with the finite nature of the show predetermining that they must part ways, thoughts inevitably stray to a second season, what kind of themes it could cover, and – if a pairing is decided upon again – which two actors could pick up the admittedly heavy mantle left behind by Rustin and Marty?

Matthew McConaughey Woody Harrelson True DetectiveMatthew McConaughey [L] and Woody Harrelson [R] in 'True Detective'. Who Could Take Over?

In terms of themes, it’s almost impossible to predict. Pizzolatto has already demonstrated a fine eye for screenwriting; his themes run deep and move concurrently to the plot without impeding on its progress – often laying the foundations for greater appreciation when the more visceral components of the show play out on screen. He’s the ‘hottest showrunner in town’, right now.

In fact, Pizzolatto has admitted that, despite the show's name, the premise is very much up for grabs. “The title, True Detective, is meant to be, of course, purposefully somewhat generic before you even get to the deeper indications. The word "true" can also mean honorable and authentic and things like that. But all the previous incarnations of anything titled True Detective was an anthology; right? So as long as there is some crime in there, I think the series format can approach it,” he explained.

Trying to predict the cast is nearly as impossible, but McConaughey and Harrelson’s work on the small screen, coupled with Kevin Spacey’s on House of Cards via the Netflix platform, will not have gone unnoticed by Hollywood’s A-list. It might not be a pairing, but given that everything else in the show will change for season 2, it might just be the one theme that finds its way through. Also, bear in mind that some of these suggestions are completely ridiculous. But consider this, too: before it was announced that McConaughey and Harrelson were to star in a TV show together, heads were certainly turned.

Next Page: which actors could star in True Detective season 2?

Jon HammBryan Cranston
How About Jon Hamm [L] and Bryan Cranston [R]?

Bryan Cranston & Jon Hamm

Bryan Cranston and Jon Hamm are responsible for the lead characters in two of TV’s favorite shows: Breaking Bad and Mad Men. Cranston’s role as Walter White bought him infamy as the show rumbled through 5 seasons, culminating at breakneck speed. Hamm’s Don Draper is still going, with Mad Men season 7 set to hit screens in April. The pair are highly respected, and would demand the attention of any network should they express an interest. Cranston has moved from TV to movies, with roles in Black is The Night and Godzilla upcoming in 2014, but HBO’s knock is louder than most.

Casey AffleckJoaquin Phoenix
Casey Affleck [L] and Pal Joaquin Phoenix [R[ Could Form a Formidable Partnership

Casey Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix

Like McConaughey and Harrelson, these two are buddies. Joaquin Phoenix’s ostensible public breakdown was part of Affleck’s documentary I’m Still Here. They’re both young guys, too, and will recognize the value of well-written TV, something Pizzolatto has proven he can produce. Affleck turned in a strong performance as the little brother of Christian Bale in Out of The Furnace, which, despite receiving mixed reviews, was widely considered to be a brilliantly acted film. Phoenix has most recently been seen in Her, Spike Jonze’s romantic dystopia.

Tom HanksPaul Dano
How About Tom Hanks [L] and Paul Dano [R] as True Detectives?

Tom Hanks and Paul Dano

Perhaps a leftfield choice, but if the dynamic between Rust and Mart is to continue – that of a strange, eerie presence and a struggling traditionalist – then Hanks and Dano have the requisite abilities to fulfill that. Most will say Hanks is too big a movie star to commit to a TV show, but Harrelson and Spacey weren’t exactly minnows when they signed up to the small screen. And both have benefitted enormously from the change of medium. Dano, on the other hand, is ripe for extended exploration. He seems like the type of actor who would relish with 8 solid hours of development, and we’d love to see what he could do with that kind of room to maneuver.

Sebastian ArcelusLupita Nyongo
How About 'House of Cards' Star Sebastian Arcelus [L] and Lupita Nyong'o [R]?

Sebastian Arcelus and Lupita Nyong’o

See, what we’ve done here is pick out two brilliant performances, thrust the actors together and hope it’ll fly. Sebastian Arcelus has come into his own in the second season of House of Cards after his character Lucas Goodwin faced up to the seriousness of his situation. Nyong’o was unforgettable as Patsy in 12 Years a Slave. It’s true that Nyong’o will have Hollywood offers filling her agent’s inbox like never before, but then again, television is providing its strongest pull to date. Nyong’o’s raw talent and noteriety for 12 Years – something that could exponentially rise come March 2nd – combined with Arcelus’s growing repuation for the small screen could make this a TV pairing to be reckoned with.

Giancarlo EspositoChristian Bale
Giancarlo Esposito [L] and Christian Bale [R] Would Be A Huge Coup For HBO

Giancarlo Esposito and Christian Bale

Why not end with a bang? Of course, there is probably 0.0012% chance of this happening, but with Esposito (Gus from Breaking Bad) not up to much since his spectacular exit in season 4, and Bale basically ready to do anything he wants now he’s no longer charged with Gotham, this could be a match made in TV heaven. If cult TV hero status and pure Hollywood cache were ever to cross swords, this it the pairing we’d like to see attempt it.

Nic Pizzolatto put the sincerity and quality of True Detective’s story over multiple seasons of the show, asserting that a strict 8-episode format would be condusive to a strong third act. And judging by the critical claim he’s received – his creation is being talked about in the same breath as The Wire – one is inclined to trust the man who risked everything to write the new HBO anthology series.

True DetectiveWoody Harrelson [L] and Matthew McConuaghey [R] as Hart and Cohle in 'True Detective'

“One of the reasons I wanted to do an anthology format is I like stories with endings. I like a good third act. And continuing serial dramas, they tend to have really good beginnings and really long middles and then sort of have to hustle to develop an ending. And I like the idea of telling a self-contained story,” explained Pizzolatto.

Part of the show’s appeal, aside from the existential themes, beautifully framed Louisianan verdure and incredibly smart pacing, are the performances from lead actors, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, who play the troubled loner Rustin Cohle and family man in denial Martin Hart respectivley. The pair have been lauded with every superlative possible since T.D’s Januaray 12th premiere, and as we enter the final three episodes, their dynamic slowly unravels further.

Check out our 5 Things You Didnt' Know About 'True Detective'.

It would be easy to be sad about their impending departure, but with the finite nature of the show predetermining that they must part ways, thoughts inevitably stray to a second season, what kind of themes it could cover, and – if a pairing is decided upon again – which two actors could pick up the admittedly heavy mantle left behind by Rustin and Marty?

Matthew McConaughey Woody Harrelson True DetectiveMatthew McConaughey [L] and Woody Harrelson [R] in 'True Detective'. Who Could Take Over?

In terms of themes, it’s almost impossible to predict. Pizzolatto has already demonstrated a fine eye for screenwriting; his themes run deep and move concurrently to the plot without impeding on its progress – often laying the foundations for greater appreciation when the more visceral components of the show play out on screen. He’s the ‘hottest showrunner in town’, right now.

In fact, Pizzolatto has admitted that, despite the show's name, the premise is very much up for grabs. “The title, True Detective, is meant to be, of course, purposefully somewhat generic before you even get to the deeper indications. The word "true" can also mean honorable and authentic and things like that. But all the previous incarnations of anything titled True Detective was an anthology; right? So as long as there is some crime in there, I think the series format can approach it,” he explained.

Trying to predict the cast is nearly as impossible, but McConaughey and Harrelson’s work on the small screen, coupled with Kevin Spacey’s on House of Cards via the Netflix platform, will not have gone unnoticed by Hollywood’s A-list. It might not be a pairing, but given that everything else in the show will change for season 2, it might just be the one theme that finds its way through. Also, bear in mind that some of these suggestions are completely ridiculous. But consider this, too: before it was announced that McConaughey and Harrelson were to star in a TV show together, heads were certainly turned.

Next Page: which actors could star in True Detective season 2?

Jon HammBryan Cranston
How About Jon Hamm [L] and Bryan Cranston [R]?

Bryan Cranston & Jon Hamm

Bryan Cranston and Jon Hamm are responsible for the lead characters in two of TV’s favorite shows: Breaking Bad and Mad Men. Cranston’s role as Walter White bought him infamy as the show rumbled through 5 seasons, culminating at breakneck speed. Hamm’s Don Draper is still going, with Mad Men season 7 set to hit screens in April. The pair are highly respected, and would demand the attention of any network should they express an interest. Cranston has moved from TV to movies, with roles in Black is The Night and Godzilla upcoming in 2014, but HBO’s knock is louder than most.

Casey AffleckJoaquin Phoenix
Casey Affleck [L] and Pal Joaquin Phoenix [R[ Could Form a Formidable Partnership

Casey Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix

Like McConaughey and Harrelson, these two are buddies. Joaquin Phoenix’s ostensible public breakdown was part of Affleck’s documentary I’m Still Here. They’re both young guys, too, and will recognize the value of well-written TV, something Pizzolatto has proven he can produce. Affleck turned in a strong performance as the little brother of Christian Bale in Out of The Furnace, which, despite receiving mixed reviews, was widely considered to be a brilliantly acted film. Phoenix has most recently been seen in Her, Spike Jonze’s romantic dystopia.

Tom HanksPaul Dano
How About Tom Hanks [L] and Paul Dano [R] as True Detectives?

Tom Hanks and Paul Dano

Perhaps a leftfield choice, but if the dynamic between Rust and Mart is to continue – that of a strange, eerie presence and a struggling traditionalist – then Hanks and Dano have the requisite abilities to fulfill that. Most will say Hanks is too big a movie star to commit to a TV show, but Harrelson and Spacey weren’t exactly minnows when they signed up to the small screen. And both have benefitted enormously from the change of medium. Dano, on the other hand, is ripe for extended exploration. He seems like the type of actor who would relish with 8 solid hours of development, and we’d love to see what he could do with that kind of room to maneuver.

Sebastian ArcelusLupita Nyongo
How About 'House of Cards' Star Sebastian Arcelus [L] and Lupita Nyong'o [R]?

Sebastian Arcelus and Lupita Nyong’o

See, what we’ve done here is pick out two brilliant performances, thrust the actors together and hope it’ll fly. Sebastian Arcelus has come into his own in the second season of House of Cards after his character Lucas Goodwin faced up to the seriousness of his situation. Nyong’o was unforgettable as Patsy in 12 Years a Slave. It’s true that Nyong’o will have Hollywood offers filling her agent’s inbox like never before, but then again, television is providing its strongest pull to date. Nyong’o’s raw talent and noteriety for 12 Years – something that could exponentially rise come March 2nd – combined with Arcelus’s growing repuation for the small screen could make this a TV pairing to be reckoned with.

Giancarlo EspositoChristian Bale
Giancarlo Esposito [L] and Christian Bale [R] Would Be A Huge Coup For HBO

Giancarlo Esposito and Christian Bale

Why not end with a bang? Of course, there is probably 0.0012% chance of this happening, but with Esposito (Gus from Breaking Bad) not up to much since his spectacular exit in season 4, and Bale basically ready to do anything he wants now he’s no longer charged with Gotham, this could be a match made in TV heaven. If cult TV hero status and pure Hollywood cache were ever to cross swords, this it the pairing we’d like to see attempt it.

20th February 2014 4078104
Valentines Film Releases UK: What's Out And What You Should Avoid? 4067681 News

Valentines Day is one of the biggest days in the film calendar, proving that people would rather sit in a dark room, facing forward and taking in a story than actually spending real time together. Luckily, there are some great films to not spend the evening with your other half… with. Then again, there are some rubbish ones too.

Monuments MenAre you sure it isn't good?

Monuments Men

Monuments Men – from the brain of George Clooney – tells the story of a group of experts drafted to extract remnants of culture amidst Western Europe – remnants that are under threat of being destroyed by the Nazis.

Clooney writes, directs and stars, and with a supporting cast comprising John Goodman, Cate Blanchett and Matt Damon, to name a few, you wouldn’t be a fool for thinking, ‘hey, that sounds good. Unfortunately, it’s not; the critics weren’t kind to the silver fox’s baby, and it’s probably one you’ll want to avoid tonight.

Lego MoviePure fun in the Lego Movie

The Lego Movie

Animated fun usually comes in abundance, and The Lego movie doesn’t disappoint. It doesn’t try and subvert classic narrative structures; it doesn’t offer up any new ideas on its tried and tested genre, but what it does do, is offer up a rip-roaring underdog tale with memorable, colourful characters and some well-known franchise name checks to boot.

The critics were enamored with the first of what surely will be voluminous Lego movies. In fact, we drafted in some expert scientists to implement some complex formulae, and it just so happens that The Lego Movie is one of the best things ever.

HerTheodor ponders his existence - and his OS, which he has sex with - in Her

Her

Her basically features Joaquin Phoenix walking around in brilliant shirts and weird trousers.

Spike Jonze's latest effort sees Theodor (played by the great and weird trouser-clad Phoenix) fall in love with his operating system in a bleak, sun-drenched vision of the future. Scarlett Johansson plays his OS lovingly. Despite being somewhat twee, there’s plenty to get out of Her.

The performances, especially from Phoenix, are great. And Jonez’s depiction of a near-future world, in which people are glued to their devices is both familiar and dystopian.

Cuban FurySort of gives away the plot, but whatever

Cuban Fury

In 1987, Bruce Garrett is a promising dancer, ready to take on the world with his moves. Fast forward to the present day, with a fair serving of bullying along the way, and Garrett – played by Nick Frost – is overweight, under-confident and and unloved. He loves his boss – the only thing keeping him going, especially in his rubbish job, but she’s out of his league.

Alright, the premise isn’t impossible to derive laughter from. And if this film were in someone else’s hands – James Griffiths directs – then it could have been a disaster. But not being a disaster doesn’t make a film great, and what we’ve ended up with is a rather forgettable underdog story with little more than the superficial to offer. Don’t necessarily avoid, but only see it if you’ve seen Her and The Lego Movie, which you haven’t because they’re out tonight, you illegal downloader.

Endless LoveThat's enough of that

Endless Love

Alright, let’s get this over and done with: I wish this Endless Love would just end! Now we’ve got the most obvious line out of the way, it’s time to hit you with the truth: don’t watch Endless Love on Valentines Day, unless you want to mark your relationship with a black spot akin to pirate legend.

One critic – Claudia Puig of USA Today to be precise – was moved to write: “Might as well be one long montage of yearning gazes, tender kisses and lovers splashing in sundry bodies of water like playful otters.” It got 16% on Rotten Tomatoes. Don’t watch it.

Valentines Day is one of the biggest days in the film calendar, proving that people would rather sit in a dark room, facing forward and taking in a story than actually spending real time together. Luckily, there are some great films to not spend the evening with your other half… with. Then again, there are some rubbish ones too.

Monuments MenAre you sure it isn't good?

Monuments Men

Monuments Men – from the brain of George Clooney – tells the story of a group of experts drafted to extract remnants of culture amidst Western Europe – remnants that are under threat of being destroyed by the Nazis.

Clooney writes, directs and stars, and with a supporting cast comprising John Goodman, Cate Blanchett and Matt Damon, to name a few, you wouldn’t be a fool for thinking, ‘hey, that sounds good. Unfortunately, it’s not; the critics weren’t kind to the silver fox’s baby, and it’s probably one you’ll want to avoid tonight.

Lego MoviePure fun in the Lego Movie

The Lego Movie

Animated fun usually comes in abundance, and The Lego movie doesn’t disappoint. It doesn’t try and subvert classic narrative structures; it doesn’t offer up any new ideas on its tried and tested genre, but what it does do, is offer up a rip-roaring underdog tale with memorable, colourful characters and some well-known franchise name checks to boot.

The critics were enamored with the first of what surely will be voluminous Lego movies. In fact, we drafted in some expert scientists to implement some complex formulae, and it just so happens that The Lego Movie is one of the best things ever.

HerTheodor ponders his existence - and his OS, which he has sex with - in Her

Her

Her basically features Joaquin Phoenix walking around in brilliant shirts and weird trousers.

Spike Jonze's latest effort sees Theodor (played by the great and weird trouser-clad Phoenix) fall in love with his operating system in a bleak, sun-drenched vision of the future. Scarlett Johansson plays his OS lovingly. Despite being somewhat twee, there’s plenty to get out of Her.

The performances, especially from Phoenix, are great. And Jonez’s depiction of a near-future world, in which people are glued to their devices is both familiar and dystopian.

Cuban FurySort of gives away the plot, but whatever

Cuban Fury

In 1987, Bruce Garrett is a promising dancer, ready to take on the world with his moves. Fast forward to the present day, with a fair serving of bullying along the way, and Garrett – played by Nick Frost – is overweight, under-confident and and unloved. He loves his boss – the only thing keeping him going, especially in his rubbish job, but she’s out of his league.

Alright, the premise isn’t impossible to derive laughter from. And if this film were in someone else’s hands – James Griffiths directs – then it could have been a disaster. But not being a disaster doesn’t make a film great, and what we’ve ended up with is a rather forgettable underdog story with little more than the superficial to offer. Don’t necessarily avoid, but only see it if you’ve seen Her and The Lego Movie, which you haven’t because they’re out tonight, you illegal downloader.

Endless LoveThat's enough of that

Endless Love

Alright, let’s get this over and done with: I wish this Endless Love would just end! Now we’ve got the most obvious line out of the way, it’s time to hit you with the truth: don’t watch Endless Love on Valentines Day, unless you want to mark your relationship with a black spot akin to pirate legend.

One critic – Claudia Puig of USA Today to be precise – was moved to write: “Might as well be one long montage of yearning gazes, tender kisses and lovers splashing in sundry bodies of water like playful otters.” It got 16% on Rotten Tomatoes. Don’t watch it.

14th February 2014 4064317
Oscars Dark Horse 'Her' Is A Gorgeous, Heartbreaking Movie 4067679 News

Since its debut at the New York Film Festival last October, Spike Jonze's new film Her has become the dark horse of the awards season, gathering best film awards from the American Film Institute, National Board of Review and critics groups in Los Angeles, San Diego and Austin. 

Joaquin Phoenix HerSpike Jonze's 'Her' Stars Joaquin Phoenix

And Jonze's screenplay has racked up the prestigious Writers Guild award and the Golden Globe, plus prizes from both broadcast and online critics, as well as 10 regional critics groups. Of the film's five Oscar nominations, it's the favourite to win for Best Original Screenplay. Check out our 'Her' review.

Jonze's singular genius is his ability to take a high-concept idea and turn it into a profoundly human movie. Working with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, his films Being John Malkovich and Adaptation are both mind-bending comedies and evocative explorations of our inner thoughts. "I always wanted Her to be a relationship movie," he says. "And that was at odds with it being so high-concepty."

To make his futuristic story feel more tactile, he avoided the standard sci-fi glass and steel look. When Joaquin Phoenix's character Theodore falls for his operating system, the only physical representation of her is a retro-style mobile phone and Scarlett Johansson's sexy voice.

Jonze was inspired to write Her based on the memory of a brief  conversation he had some 10 years ago with an artificially intelligent computer programme. "For the first 30 seconds I had that buzz," he recalls. "It's responding to me! Then it quickly fell apart. So you wonder, what if I could sustain that forever? What would that be like?" And now that the film is with us, it's hard to imagine anyone else answering those questions.

Watch the 'Her' trailer:
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Since its debut at the New York Film Festival last October, Spike Jonze's new film Her has become the dark horse of the awards season, gathering best film awards from the American Film Institute, National Board of Review and critics groups in Los Angeles, San Diego and Austin. 

Joaquin Phoenix HerSpike Jonze's 'Her' Stars Joaquin Phoenix

And Jonze's screenplay has racked up the prestigious Writers Guild award and the Golden Globe, plus prizes from both broadcast and online critics, as well as 10 regional critics groups. Of the film's five Oscar nominations, it's the favourite to win for Best Original Screenplay. Check out our 'Her' review.

Jonze's singular genius is his ability to take a high-concept idea and turn it into a profoundly human movie. Working with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, his films Being John Malkovich and Adaptation are both mind-bending comedies and evocative explorations of our inner thoughts. "I always wanted Her to be a relationship movie," he says. "And that was at odds with it being so high-concepty."

To make his futuristic story feel more tactile, he avoided the standard sci-fi glass and steel look. When Joaquin Phoenix's character Theodore falls for his operating system, the only physical representation of her is a retro-style mobile phone and Scarlett Johansson's sexy voice.

Jonze was inspired to write Her based on the memory of a brief  conversation he had some 10 years ago with an artificially intelligent computer programme. "For the first 30 seconds I had that buzz," he recalls. "It's responding to me! Then it quickly fell apart. So you wonder, what if I could sustain that forever? What would that be like?" And now that the film is with us, it's hard to imagine anyone else answering those questions.

Watch the 'Her' trailer:
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14th February 2014 4056732
Her 4065912 Film Reviews

With only a hint of a futuristic setting, Spike Jonze takes a remarkably honest look at human emotions as a man and his computer's intelligent operating system fall madly in love with each other. Utterly grounded in believable characters and situations, this is a boldly inventive exploration of how we connect with each other. It's also one of the most involving, witty and evocative movies of the year.

It's set just a few years into the future, when we've essentially done away with keyboards and talk to our phones and computers. So Theodore (Phoenix) works in a company that writes letters for people who want a more tactile way of communicating. While trying not to let his recent divorce from Caroline (Mara) influence his work, his friends (Adams and Letscher) set him up on a blind date with a sexy woman (Wilde). But he's not quite ready to move on until he begins opening up to his new interactive operative system, which calls herself Samantha (voiced by Johansson). And she has such an open-hearted personality that Theodore can't help but fall for her.

The film has a breezy, fable-like tone that allows heavy themes to emerge without weighing us down. Indeed, the central idea is that relationships are difficult because we can't help but evolve individually, which sometimes means drifting apart. Obviously, this has huge ramifications when your partner is a limitless computer mind that will never stop expanding. But Theodore doesn't want to think about this; he is frightened by the idea that Samantha is changing. Yes, despite the vaguely surreal premise, the film is packed with things we readily identify with.

And the performances are subtle and textured in ways that continually bring out strongly engaging insight. Jonze is such a smart, observant filmmaker that he's able to keep us smiling while subtly bringing out truths that are essentially heartbreaking. This is a gorgeous movie that catches our imagination from the start and never lets go, reminding us of feelings we never admit to ourselves. And in Theodore and Samantha's tricky, twisty relationship, we pointedly remember that life is brief, so we really need to let ourselves experience as much joy as possible.

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