24. 11. 2014
Julien (Guillaume Canet, left) and Sophie (Marion Cotillard, right) can't stay away from playing their dares game.

The Musical Box: Marion Cotillard Plays Wicked Games in Love Me If You Dare

Jeux d’enfants by French director Yann Samuell begins as a rather sad version of Amélie but develops a dynamic of its own which leads to catastrophe. The young Julien Janvier (Guillaume Canet), whose...

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28. 10. 2014
Veronica (Winona Ryder, left) and her boyfriend J.D. (Christian Slater, right) have grand plans.

Pleasure to Kill: Winona Ryder and Christian Slater Get Rid of the Heathers

Heathers is maybe the first realistic high-school movie and – at the same time – the most sophisticated. Due to its highly intelligent script, this movie has the depth and the wit of...

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16. 02. 2014
Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio, right) may be the Wolf of Wall Street - but at home, 'pussy runs the show' in the shape of his wife Naomi (Margot Robbie, left).

Money for Nothing: Martin Scorsese Makes Leonardo DiCaprio The Wolf Of Wall Street

After some rather unconventional career choices lately, Martin Scorsese has finally returned to the world he knows best – that of the real-life gangsters transported to the big screen. For The Wolf Of...

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06. 02. 2014
Andy Knightley (Nick Frost), Peter Page (Eddie Marsan), Gary King (Simon Pegg), Steven Prince (Paddy Considine), and Oliver Chamberlain (Martin Freeman, from left to right) don't believe their own eyes.

The Golden Mile: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost & Edgar Wright Celebrate The World’s End

Acting duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have worked together on and off the screen ever since the British late 1990s cult sitcom Spaced. With the zombie spoof Shaun Of The Dead, comedians...

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31. 12. 2013
Alyona (Valeria Lanskaya) has just received a call from the future.

Future Management: Funny and Romantic Disaster Control in The New Year Calling Plan

New Year’s is an entirely different beast in Russia than in most other countries. For historical reasons, it’s basically Christmas and the rest of the holiday season rolled into one. The turn of...

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30. 11. 2013
Nick Campbell (Owen Wilson, left) and Billy McMahon (Vince Vaughn, right) pursue their Mountain View dream.

Google is Your Friend: Shawn Levy’s The Internship, Or a Commercial of a Different Kind

‘Frat Pack’ members Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson have been partners in crime on several comedy projects in the past, most notably as the genuinely funny womanizing Wedding Crashers. So on paper, their...

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30. 07. 2013
The Bone Man

A Little Bit of Finger: Chicken and Other Assorted Goodies in The Bone Man

Austrian films have been the secret stars of the German-speaking landscape in recent years, not just because of the eccentric Michael Haneke and his Oscar-winning drama Amour. In artistic terms, many of these...

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30. 06. 2013
Monsters University

Screaming in Digital: Pixar Takes Us to College in Monsters University

Ever since John Lasseter’s Toy Story in 1995, the Disney-owned Pixar Studios have been leading the charge when it comes to computer-generated animation movies. Like the parent company, however, the CGI pioneers have...

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26. 05. 2013
Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara, left), Cameron Fry (Alan Ruck, center), and Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick, right) enjoy their day off.

School’s Out: John Hughes’s Cool Way to Skip Classes in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

When John Hughes died of a heart attack at age 59 in 2009, the filmmaking world lost one of its true greats in the comedy realm. His biggest box-office smashes as a writer...

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19. 04. 2013
John McClane (Bruce Willis, left), his son Jack (Jai Courtney, center), and Russian refugee Komarov (Sebastian Koch, right) attempt to escape.

Father to Son: Passing the Action Torch in John Moore’s A Good Day To Die Hard?

‘I fought with you, fought on your side,’ Freddie Mercury once sang in an early Queen song called “Father To Son.” In 2007, a then 52-year old Bruce Willis already played action hero...

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27. 03. 2013
Operation 'Y' & Shurik's Other Adventures

Children of the Revolution: Slapstick, Soviet-style in Leonid Gaidai’s Operation ‘Y’ & Shurik’s Other Adventures

Operation ‘Y’ And Shurik’s Other Adventures (1965) is one of the cult comedies from that time virtually every Russian knows. Other than having a fun time, what can we can learn about life...

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24. 02. 2013
Teacher Rupert Cadell (James Stewart, center) 'interrogates' his students Philip (Farley Granger, left) and Brandon (John Dall, right).

The (Not So) Simple Art of Murder: Seamless Editing and Friedrich Nietzsche Revisited in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope

Everybody knows – or has at least heard of – Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpieces. Rear Window, Vertigo, North By Northwest, Psycho, and The Birds, these names ring a bell with anybody who’s at least...

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31. 12. 2012
The Irony Of Fate, Or Enjoy Your Bath!

What a Difference a Day Makes: New Year’s Resolutions in Eldar Ryazanov’s The Irony Of Fate, Or Enjoy Your Bath

There are an awful lot of New Year’s traditions, and all countries and cultures have their own special ways of seeing into the twelvemonth to come. Germans, for instance, have spent the afternoon...

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21. 12. 2012
Penny Lockhart (Keira Knightley, left), Dodge Peterson (Steve Carell, right), and their new dog (center) on the final trip of their lives.

Countdown to Extinction: What if Tomorrow Never Comes in Lorene Scafaria’s Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World

So December 21st, 2012, has finally arrived, and we’re still alive and well – despite a myriad of (drug-inflicted) doomsday scenarios and predictions. Disaster movies have sprung up like mushrooms in recent years,...

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25. 09. 2012
Seven-Psychopaths

It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World: The Hilarious Male Meta Cinema of Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths

Over the last few decades, Christopher Walken and Woody Harrelson have made a career out of playing a wacko on the big screen or two. Therefore it’s hardly surprising that they joined a...

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