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A Hologram For The King UK Premiere

Tom Tykwer - A Hologram For The King UK Premiere at the BFI Southbank, London at BFI Southbank - London, United Kingdom - Monday 25th April 2016

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German Premiere Of 'Ein Hologramm Für Den Koenig' (A Hologram For The King)

Tom Hanks , Tom Tykwer - German premiere of 'Ein Hologramm für den Koenig' (A Hologram for the King) at Zoo Palast movie theater at Zoo Palast movie theater - Berlin, Germany - Sunday 24th April 2016

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Tom Hanks and Sarita Choudhury
Tom Hanks, Sarita Choudhury, Tom Tykwer, Sidse Babett Knudsen and Alexander Black
Tom Hanks, Sarita Choudhury, Tom Tykwer, Sidse Babett Knudsen and Alexander Black
Tom Hanks, Sarita Choudhury, Tom Tykwer, Sidse Babett Knudsen and Alexander Black

European Premiere Of 'Ein Hologramm Für Den Koenig' (A Hologram For The King)

Tom Tykwer - European premiere of 'Ein Hologramm für den Koenig' (A Hologram for the King) at Zoo Palast movie theater at Zoo Palast movie theater - Berlin, Germany - Sunday 24th April 2016

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A Hologram For The King Trailer


Alan Clay is a middle aged American businessman who's life has recently derailed. With nothing left to lose, Clay travels to Saudi Arabia in a bid to secure a potentially huge IT contract - a 3d meeting system to be installed in a huge new complex that's currently being built. Accompanied by his friendly Chicago (the band) loving driver, Yousef, Alan is taken to the site of his client's new city and what he finds isn't what was expected - a barren land to be specific.

Working under increasing pressure, Alan suffers an anxiety attack and collapses. When he awakes, he finds he's in bed and a nurse is by his side. As their friendship deepens, and cultural differences are obvious, something connects the pair. Perhaps a trip to a distant land is the exact thing Alan needs to add some perspective to his life. 

A Hologram For The King is directed by Tom Tykwer and based on the 2012 book by Dave Eggers.

Cloud Atlas Review


Excellent

Mad geniuses Tom Tykwer (Perfume) and the Wachowski siblings (The Matrix) boldly take on David Mitchell's layered epic novel, which connects six generations through the power of storytelling. The film takes so many huge risks that it's breathtaking to watch even when it stumbles. And as each tale is passed on to the next generation, the swirling themes get under the skin.

The six stories are interlinked in a variety of ways, transcending time to find common themes. On a ship in 1849, a seriously ill American lawyer (Sturgess) shows kindness to a stowaway ex-slave (Gyasi). In 1936 Edinburgh, a great composer (Broadbent) hires a musician (Whishaw) to transcribe his work, then tries to steal the young man's magnificent Cloud Atlas symphony. In 1973 San Francisco, a Latina journalist (Berry) gets a tip about dodgy goings on in a local nuclear power plant. In present-day London, a publisher (Broadbent) is trapped in a nursing home by his brother (Grant) and plots a daring escape. In 2144 Neo Soul, an official (D'Arcy) interrogates a replicant (Bae) who started a rebellion alongside a notorious rebel (Sturgess). And in a distant stone-age future, an island goatherd (Hanks) teams up with an off-worlder (Berry) when they're attacked by a warlord (Grant).

While the themes in this film are eerily involving, what makes this film unmissable is the way the entire cast turns up in each of the six story strands, changing age, race and gender along the way. Even so, they're essential variations on each other. Weaving is always a nemesis, whether he's a hitman, a demon or a nasty nurse. Hanks' characters are always strong-willed and often badly misguided. Grant goes against type to play sinister baddies. And D'Arcy is the only actor who plays the same character in two segments, as Whishaw's 1930s young lover and Berry's 1970s elderly informant. Meanwhile, each segment plays with a different genre: seafaring epic, twisted drama, political mystery, action comedy, sci-fi thriller and gritty adventure.

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At The Movies: Cloud Atlas Review Roundup


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We’ve taken a look at some Cloud Atlas reviews to see whether the Tom Hanks epic is worth your hard earned cash. Enjoy!

Based on the 2004, Booker Prize nominated book of the same name by David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. It’s basically Love Actually for sci-fi fans, but what did the critics think? Well, they couldn’t really decide, culminating in a rather mediocre media response. “This is by no means the best movie of the year, but it may be the most movie you can get for the price of a single ticket,” wrote New York Times review A.O Scott, in a fairly positive review. However, The Newark Star Ledger condemned the film as a finished product: “If the talented Wachowskis are ever going to achieve true artistic nirvana, they're going to have to be more disciplined with their grand ideas, more ruthless in their rewrites.”

MSN Movies were perhaps the most succinct in their decision on the movie, writing: “It's kind of astonishing that for all its ambition and accomplishment, and for the ostensibly subversive philosophy it pushes, Cloud Atlas ends up being just another platitudinous overblown pummel-you-into-submission movie-machine.” Did we say succinct? We meant the opposite. To surmise, Cloud Atlas is a film for: a) movie lovers, b) fans of the book or c) fans of confusion and inevitable derision, or all three. Have fun. 

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Cloud Atlas Trailer


'Cloud Atlas' is the story of how the separate lives of individuals and their actions affect each other through time. It explores a variety of different themes making it difficult to be pigeon-holed into a particular genre; action, romance and drama create the twists and turns that can change a human being from being a violent killer to being a compassionate hero. This tale explores how one act of basic humanity can influence a revolution centuries into the future.

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Premiere Of Funny Games U.S. At Kino International

Tom Tykwer and girlfriend Marie Steinmann - Tom Tykwer, girlfriend Marie Steinmann Berlin, Germany - Premiere of Funny Games U.S. at Kino International Thursday 29th May 2008

Michael Haneke, Tom Tykwer and Marie Steinmann

The Other Boleyn Girl Aftershow Party

Tom Tykwer and guest - Tom Tykwer, guest Berlin Film Festival 2008 (Berlinale) Berlin, Germany - The Other Boleyn Girl aftershow party Friday 15th February 2008

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Paris, Je T'aime Review


Good
One would like to think that there at least a few other cities in the world besides Paris that could have inspired a film as varied in the types of cinematic pleasure so ably delivered by the anthology piece Paris Je T'Aime -- but it seems unlikely. This isn't due to an unavailability of good stories or locations in many other great metropolises, but more because being able to dangle the possibility of shooting in Paris in front of the world's greatest directors is going to be so much more enticing. Also, there are few other cities besides Paris that come with such a powerful and multifarious wealth of preassociated images and emotions for both filmmaker and audience to both draw upon and react against. So what could have been a collection of short films with a few highs, several lows, and a lot of muddled in-betweens is in fact a remarkably and consistently imaginative body of work, practically giddy with energy, that only rarely touches the ground.

Project overseers Emmanuel Benbihy and Tristan Carné wanted to create a cinematic map of Paris, with each short film representing one of the city's 20 arrondissements (neighborhoods). They ended up with 18 films, none of them more than a few minutes long and directed by a glittering, international roster of filmmakers. While none of the films here are anything approaching masterpieces, hardly a one is in any way a chore to sit through, which has to be some sort of an accomplishment.

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Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer Review


Bad
Like chugging a $200 bottle of pinot noir while feeding a steady methamphetamine habit, Tom Tykwer's take on Patrick Suskind's perverse classic Perfume takes out all the novel's dark teases and replaces them with his patented conniption-fit editing streaks and flashy color sweeps.

Since birth, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (newcomer Ben Whishaw) has had a curiously strong sense of smell, bordering on superhuman. Born and continuously dropped-off under bad signs, Jean-Baptiste eventually makes his way to Paris where he becomes the apprentice of Baldini (Dustin Hoffman), an elderly perfumer who was once famous for his flourishing scents. Baldini wants to be able to compete with modern perfumers, but Jean-Baptiste has loftier ambitions. After murdering a young fruit girl, Grenouille becomes obsessed with cultivating the scent of women by any means possible. He leaves Baldini and heads for Grasse, the supposed kingdom of scent, where he encounters Antoine Richis (Alan Rickman) and his fiery, redheaded daughter (Rachel Hurd-Wood). It is here that Grenouille perfects away of capturing the scent of women and begins collecting the 12 women that will compose his ultimate scent... by paying with their lives.

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Run Lola Run Review


Excellent
After all that running, Lola had better be in shape. Indeed, relatively unknown German filmmaker Tom Tykwer has put this film through such an exhaustive workout that not only is it in tip top condition for viewing, it'll leave you a little out of breath when it's over.

A simple Rashomon meets Go tale of a lost sack of cash and twenty minutes to find 100,000 Deutsche Marks to replace it, Run Lola Run (aka Lola Rennt) follows Lola (Potente), the girlfriend of a hapless guy, Manni (Bleibtreu), a low-down on the organized crime totem pole. When Manni foolishly leaves said cash on the subway, Lola figures it's up to her to fix the situation before Manni does something even more stupid in the next 20 minutes, before the appointed time for the money drop.

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Wintersleepers Review


Very Good
Sweeping shots of snowcapped mountains, displayed against a thumping techno beat and cut in with introductory shots of various characters (complete with their names appearing on screen) packing up to go somewhere might give one the impression that Wintersleepers is about a heist. The momentum builds like wildfire in these opening sequences as the phrase 'Are you really leaving today' echoes throughout the various departures happening across the board. This momentum quickly dies, as does the hope for any bank robbing scenarios. What comes in its place is a much slower film which lumbers along (painstakingly at times) to a crisp, almost haunting close.

Tom Tykwer, the German director who exploded onto the international scene with Run Lola Run brings this odd story of mistaken identity and deathly fate to the screen with an awkward, but in some ways rewarding, slant.

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The Princess And The Warrior Review


Weak
German auteur Tom Tykwer downshifts from the frenetic pace of Run Lola Run, landing solidly back in first gear -- if that -- with The Princess and the Warrior, a glorified and conceited film school project if ever I've seen one.

Tykwer reunites with Lola star Franka Potente, casting her as Sissi (the princess, presumably) a troubled mental ward nurse who probably ought to be a patient herself. After a morose 20-minute setup wherein the players are cryptically introduced, we find Sissi lying near death under a semi truck, run down in a city street. To her rescue comes the unlikely hero Bodo (the warrior?), played by the Gary Oldmanesque Benno Fürmann (also Potente's Anatomy costar), a two-bit crook who indirectly caused the collision in the first place. Bodo saves Sissi's life by giving her a homemade tracheotomy, and after a long recovery, the already unstable Sissi soon finds herself obsessed with her savior.

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Tom Tykwer Movies

A Hologram For The King Trailer

A Hologram For The King Trailer

Alan Clay is a middle aged American businessman who's life has recently derailed. With nothing...

Cloud Atlas Movie Review

Cloud Atlas Movie Review

Mad geniuses Tom Tykwer (Perfume) and the Wachowski siblings (The Matrix) boldly take on David...

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Cloud Atlas Trailer

'Cloud Atlas' is the story of how the separate lives of individuals and their actions...

Paris, Je T'aime Movie Review

Paris, Je T'aime Movie Review

One would like to think that there at least a few other cities in the...

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Movie Review

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Movie Review

Like chugging a $200 bottle of pinot noir while feeding a steady methamphetamine habit, Tom...

Run Lola Run Movie Review

Run Lola Run Movie Review

After all that running, Lola had better be in shape. Indeed, relatively unknown German...

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