31. 05. 2015
Riggan Thompson (Michael Keaton, front) is always haunted by Birdman.

Broadway The Hard Way: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, or the Psyche of an Actor

Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu had already been a known commodity in Hollywood circles for a while. His debut feature, Amores Perros, became a fan favorite, while his U.S. projects 21 Grams, Babel,...

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31. 03. 2015
Harry Hart (Colin Firth, center) introduces 'Eggsy' Unwin (Taron Egerton, left) to Internet billionaire Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson, right).

Spybreak: Matthew Vaughn Introduces Us to Kingsman: The Secret Service

Parodies of spy pictures – and the James Bond variation in particular – are a dime a dozen, with a fairly mixed bag of results. The cream of the crop may be the...

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31. 01. 2015
Carl Casper (Jon Favreau, back, to the left), his son Percy (Emjay Anthony, front, to the left), and their friend Martin (John Leguizamo, front, to the right) enjoy a good Texas BBQ.

Food, Glorious Food: Chef Jon Favreau Goes Back to the Roots

In Hollywood, Jon Favreau has become a household name as the man at the helm of the Iron Man trilogy. While he admittedly did a commendable job as the director of the first...

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31. 12. 2014
CIA Agent Lacey (Lizzy Caplan, center) briefs television star Dave Skylark (James Franco, left) and his producer Aaron Rapaport (Seth Rogen, right).

Tyranny of Souls: James Franco and Seth Rogen Conduct The Interview

Despite the fact that most comedies involving Seth Rogen have generally been subject to debate, none of them has stirred as big a controversy as The Interview. A political comedy about real-life North...

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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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