EXCLUSIVE: The film adaptation of 'Assassin’s Creed' has turned into a Macbeth reunion. Marion Cotillard has signed on to star with Michael Fassbender.
Starring Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, the Belgian film 'Two Days, One Night' is a critical darling across the globe, scooping up a BAFTA nomination for Best Foreign Film and considered a shoo-in for an Academy Award nod.
Naturalistic and probing, in Two Days, One Night, Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (The Kid with a Bike) tell an apparently simple, linear story with astonishing depth. Recovering from depression, wife and mother Sandra (Marion Cotillard) returns to work at a solar panel factory after sick leave. Once there, she discovers that her bosses have made her co-workers a Sophie’s Choice: take a thousand Euro bonus and lay-off Sandra, or save Sandra and sacrifice the cash. Oscar-winner Cotillard (Ma Vie en Rose) portrays Sandra in jeans and a tank top, bra straps showing, hair clutched uncombed in a pony-tail;
David Denby on James Gray’s new movie, “The Immigrant”: http://nyr.kr/1l4gLTe “A dedicated artist like Gray runs the danger of becoming so fixed on a single obsessive relationship that he forgets that a movie requires at least a few more good ideas. That’s what happened, I think, with his conception of Bruno as a corrupt protector and Ewa as a superior victim—a woman who sleeps with men for money but remains spiritually immaculate.” Illustration by Pierre Mornet.
Though prestige movies traditionally don’t start appearing until the fall, the March release of Wes Anderson’s critically adored Grand Budapest Hotel proves that it’s never too early to start talking about the Oscars. Here are five recent films and performances you can expect to see awards experts handicapping next year: Under the Skin Potential nominees: Scarlett Johansson (best actress); Mica Levi (best original score) Why they’re worthy: After contributing the disembodied yet seductive voice to Spike Jonze’s Her, Johansson appears fully in the flesh in Jonathan Glazer’s philosophical sci-fi thriller. Where to see it: In theaters now The Grand Budapest Hotel Potential nominees: Ralph Fiennes (best actor);
Has there ever been a career resurgence quite like the one Joaquin Phoenix is having? When he “retired” from acting, ostensibly to focus on rap music, and then made a bizarre pseudo-documentary about it, many in Hollywood felt that Phoenix could never recover from such an off-putting public display. He earned a Best Actor nomination for his unforgettably nervy characterization in 2013’s “The Master,” and he showed his sensitive side in last year’s Oscar-winning “Her.” And he’s looking to keep his string of critical successes going with a dark and charming turn in the upcoming “The Immigrant.” Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard plays the lead role of Ewa, a Polish woman who arrives at Ellis Island in 1921 with her ill sister (played by Angela Sarafyan) who is not allowed into the country. Bruno forces Ewa into selling herself in hopes of earning enough to free her sister, but a charming stage magician (played by Jeremy Renner) offers a glimmer of hope for a better life.