THE DOUBLE Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  The Double opens today in limited release and is available on VOD]

Director Richard Ayoade delivered a visually distinct, memorable, and funny film with 2010’s Submarine. With his follow-up, The Double, he has made his imagery even more distinct and eye-catching by building a new world from scratch; showcasing Erik Wilson’s gorgeous cinematography; and creating a remarkable and unusual blending of absurd comedy with psychological thriller.  Furthermore, star Jesse Eisenberg takes his two familiar character types, and fits them both into the unique setting Ayoade has conjured.  The result is a movie that can be overly forthright with its themes, but is still utterly captivating.

First 3 Clips from David Cronenberg’s MAPS TO THE STARS Starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, and Robert Pattinson

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Ahead of its Cannes Film Festival premiere, three new Maps to the Stars clips have gone online.  David Cronenberg‘s latest film follows an archetypical Hollywood dynasty including a writer of self-help manuals, his wife who manages the career of their 13-year-old son, and their daughter, who was recently released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania.  The plot also includes Havana, an actress who wants to remake a movie that starred her now-deceased mother.  These new clips feature most of the main characters, and they provide a sense of unease as well as Hollywood satire.  I don’t know if that will be the overall tone of the movie, but there’s definitely something quietly unnerving about these clips.

Hit the jump to check out the clips [they're slightly NSFW because of language].  The film stars John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, and Sarah GadonMaps to the Stars opens in France and Italy on May 21st.  A U.S. release date has yet to be announced.

New Images from David Cronenberg’s MAPS TO THE STARS Starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, and Robert Pattinson

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With its premiere set for the Cannes Film Festival, new Maps to the Stars images have gone online.  David Cronenberg‘s latest film follows an archetypical Hollywood dynasty including a writer of self-help manuals, his wife who manages the career of their 13-year-old son, and their daughter, who was recently released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania.  The plot also includes Havana, an actress who wants to remake a movie that starred her now-deceased mother. The two trailers have been cryptic, and we’ll probably get a better sense of the movie after it plays at the festival.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film stars John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, and Sarah GadonMaps to the Stars opens in France and Italy on May 21st.  A U.S. release date has yet to be announced.

NSFW Trailer for David Cronenberg’s MAPS TO THE STARS Starring Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, John Cusack, and Robert Pattinson

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A new Maps to the Stars trailer has gone online, and this one is a French, NSFW version (it’s NSFW because of language and nudity, not because it’s French).  The film follows an archetypical Hollywood dynasty including a writer of self-help manuals, his wife who manages the career of their 13-year-old son, and their daughter, who was recently released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania.  The plot also includes Havana, an actress who wants to remake a movie that starred her now-deceased mother.  Like yesterday’s trailer, I’m still not quite sure what to make of the movie.  There are clearly some darkly comic elements, but there’s also some serious intensity, and it’s sometimes difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins.  I can’t wait to see this flick.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, and Sarah GadonMaps to the Stars opens in France and Italy on May 21st, and will probably make its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.  A U.S. release date has yet to be announced.

First Trailer for David Cronenberg’s MAPS TO THE STARS Starring Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, and Robert Pattinson

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The first Maps to the Stars trailer has been released.  The film follows an archetypical Hollywood dynasty including a writer of self-help manuals, his wife who manages the career of their 13-year-old son, and their daughter, who was recently released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania.  The plot also includes Havana, an actress who wants to remake a movie that starred her now-deceased mother.  I’m not quite sure what to make of the footage in this promo trailer, and that’s part of what makes me so excited for this movie.  The other part is that this is a new David Cronenberg movie, and I’m eager to see anything he does.

Hit the jump to watch the Maps to the Stars trailer.  The film stars John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, and Sarah Gadon

New Image and Teaser Poster for David Cronenberg’s MAPS TO THE STARS Starring John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, and Mia Wasikowska

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A new Maps to the Stars image along with the Italian teaser poster has been released.  David Cronenberg‘s upcoming film follows an archetypical Hollywood dynasty including a writer of self-help manuals, his wife who manages the career of their 13-year-old son, and their daughter, who was recently released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania.  The plot also includes Havana, an actress who wants to remake a movie that starred her now-deceased mother.  Mia Wasikowska plays the institutionalized daughter, and the actress is crushing the dead-eyed stare.

Hit the jump to check out the image and the Italian teaser poster.  The film also stars John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, and Sarah Gadon.  While the movie has received an R-rating from the MPAA, it currently doesn’t have a U.S. release date.  Maps to the Stars will likely premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month, and a domestic release date should be announced around then.

New Clips from UNDER THE SKIN Starring Scarlett Johansson and THE DOUBLE Starring Jesse Eisenberg

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New clips have been released for Jonathan Glazer‘s sci-fi film Under the Skin and Richard Ayoade‘s comic thriller The DoubleUnder the Skin is about an alien (Scarlett Johansson) who comes to Earth and seduces hapless men into an abyss, but then she starts empathizing with them and doubting her purpose.  The clip is just Johansson’s character driving, but it does a good job expressing the mood and highlighting the unbearable, squeaky strings that comprise most of the score.  Click here for my review from TIFF.

As for The Double, Jesse Eisenberg stars as Simon James, a shy office drone whose life is turned upside down when he meets a more confident, physically identical version of himself, James Simon.  The clip highlights not only the comedy, but also provides one of the film’s many example of Simon James’ weak personality: he doesn’t have enough ID and it’s not even worth spelling out his last name.  I can’t wait to see this movie again.  Hit the jump to check out the clips.  Under the Skin opens April 4th, and The Double opens May 9th.

New Trailer for TRACKS, Starring Mia Wasikowska

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A new trailer for John Curran’s adventure drama Tracks is now available.  Mia Wasikowska stars as Robyn Davidson, who set off on foot to traverse the West Australian desert, a near 2,000 mile trek.  Accompanied by only her dog and four unpredictable camels, she meets National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan (Adam Driver) along the way, who documents her voyage.  This new cut features some new footage not seen in the previously released trailer.

Tracks, also starring Emma Booth, Melanie Zanetti, and Jessica Tovey, is now playing in Australia and will open in international territories throughout the year.  No U.S. release date is set at this point.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

New Trailer for Jim Jarmusch’s ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE Starring Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton

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A new U.S. trailer for director Jim Jarmusch’s love story Only Lovers Left Alive, aka “the Tom Hiddleston vampire movie”, has been released online.  Hiddleston stars alongside Tilda Swinton as two vampires who have been in love for centuries.  This trailer certainly showcases an offbeat tone, but the film actually looks to be quite romantic and, surprisingly, funny.  As individuals who have been alive for a very, very long time, the principal characters have a unique outlook on life and culture and they aren’t afraid to share it.  This also looks to be a wonderful performance showcase for Hiddleston and Swinton.

Hit the jump to watch the new domestic trailer.  The film also stars Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin, and Jeffrey WrightOnly Lovers Left Alive opens in theaters April 11th.

Jesse Eisenberg Battles Himself in Excellent New Trailer for Richard Ayoade’s THE DOUBLE

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Magnolia Pictures has released a wonderful new trailer for writer/director Richard Ayoade’s (Submarine) new film The Double.  The story centers on meek office-drone Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) who is overlooked by everyone he knows including his crush, Hannah (Mia Wasikowska).  Simon’s meager life is then upended when he meets James Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), a man who’s identical in appearance and the complete opposite in personality.  This trailer is, quite simply, fantastic, as it highlights Ayoade’s delightfully inventive script, Eisenberg’s stellar dual performances, and the film’s darkly humorous tone.  The film received a wildly positive response at the Toronto International Film Festival (read Matt’s review here), and I can’t wait to check it out for myself in a couple of months.

Hit the jump to watch the new U.S. trailer.  The film also stars Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, and Paddy ConsidineThe Double will be available VOD and in theaters on May 9th.

Full U.K. Trailer for Richard Ayoade’s THE DOUBLE Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska

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After releasing a couple of teaser trailers, StudioCanal has released the full U.K. trailer for Richard Ayoade‘s brilliant comedy-thriller The Double.  The film centers on meek office-drone Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) who is overlooked by everyone he knows including his crush, Hannah (Mia Wasikowska).  Simon’s meager life is then upended when he meets James Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), a man who’s identical in appearance and the complete opposite in personality.  This trailer explains the plot, and perfectly nails the movie’s unique blend of humor and thrills without giving too much away.  I loved the film when I saw it at TIFF last year, I can’t wait to see it again, and hopefully this trailer will make you want to see it too.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, and Paddy ConsidineThe Double opens in the U.K. on April 4th and in the U.S. on May 9th.

Great New Trailer for Richard Ayoade’s THE DOUBLE Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jesse Eisenberg

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One of my favorite films from TIFF 2013 was Richard Ayoade‘s The Double, and I’m going to keep raving about it until you go see it.  The film centers on meek office-drone Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) who is overlooked by everyone he knows including his crush, Hannah (Mia Wasikowska).  Simon’s meager little life is then upended when he meets James Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), a man who’s identical in appearance and the complete opposite in personality.  The film is a bit of comic thriller, but this new trailer goes more for the creepy side of the story, which is fine.  It also highlights Erik Wilson‘s stark, haunting cinematography.  I cannot wait to see this movie again.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, and Paddy ConsidineThe Double opens in the U.K. on April 4th and in the U.S. on May 9th.

Teaser Trailer for Richard Ayoade’s THE DOUBLE Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska

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A teaser trailer for Richard Ayoade‘s dark comedy The Double has gone online.  Jesse Eisenberg stars as a beleaguered office drone whose life is made even worse when he meets a man who shares his appearance but has the exact opposite personality.  I saw the movie at the Toronto International Film Festival and adored it.  If The Double had been released theatrically this year, it would be on my Top 10.  This teaser trailer doesn’t really show off much of the film’s stronger qualities, and it doesn’t even demonstrate the central conceit of Eisenberg’s character having a “double”.  But it does display the excellent cinematography, lets people know about the strong cast, and hints at the absurdity Eisenberg’s character has to face.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, and Paddy ConsidineThe Double opens in the U.K. on April 4, 2014.  Magnolia Pictures will distribute the movie in the U.S., but it currently doesn’t have a release date.

First Trailer for Australian Outback Drama TRACKS Starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver

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The first trailer for the drama Tracks has gone online.  John Curran‘s film is based on the true story of Robyn Davidson (played by Mia Wasikowska), who in 1975 decided to walk from Alice Springs in Central Australia all the way to the Indian Ocean, a distance of approximately 1,700 miles.  I caught the film at Toronto and found it to be a disappointing slog, but other critics I spoke to were enthusiastic about the picture.  If I hadn’t seen the movie, this trailer would lead me to believe Tracks is exciting and emotional.  This trailer does not have her training camels for two years.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Adam Driver as a National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan, who periodically checked in with Davidson because the publication was sponsoring her trip.  The Weinstein Company has distribution rights for Tracks, but there’s currently no release date.

Disney Dates ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2 for May 27, 2016 and JUNGLE BOOK for October 9, 2015; Ron Howard’s HEART OF THE SEA Arrives March 13, 2015

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Release dates for a few promising upcoming films have been announced.  Briefly:

  • Disney’s sure-to-be CGI-filled sequel Alice in Wonderland 2 will be released on May 27, 2016.
  • Disney has also set a release date for director Jon Favreau’s new adaptation of The Jungle Book, which joins the box office apocalypse of 2015 on October 9, 2015.
  • The closest release date comes to us by way of director Ron Howard’s real-life drama Heart of the Sea, which has been dated by Warner Bros. for release on March 13, 2015.

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