(L-R) Willem Dafoe, Rachel McAdams, and Philip Seymour Hoffman pose for a portrait during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival at the WireImage Portrait Studio at the Village At The Lift on January 19, 2014 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
In director Anton Corbijn’s moody spy thriller “A Most Wanted Man,” we get a very different Hoffman — speaking with a foreign accent in a leading role. Based on the 2008 novel by espionage maestro John le Carré (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), “A Most Wanted Man” centers on Gunter Bachmann (Hoffman), a German intelligence operative stationed in Hamburg, the German port city where Mohammed Atta and his collaborators planned the 9/11 attacks. Bachmann’s latest “assignment” is Dr. Faisal Abdullah (Homayoun Ershadi), a Muslim academic who’s been backing terrorist activity via donations to a Cyprus-based shipping company. Bachmann conjures a convoluted and dangerous trap for his target with the help of a passionate young lawyer (Rachel McAdams), a cagey CIA agent (Robin Wright), and a shifty banker (Willem Dafoe).
"The Grand Budapest Hotel," the latest film from quirkmeister Wes Anderson, is a colorful caper centered around charismatic concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes) in a majestic Eastern European hotel in the 1930s. The star-studded cast — featuring many Anderson regulars, including Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray and, yes, Owen Wilson — experienced a small taste of that hotel life after they wrapped each day. Ralph Fiennes arriving at hair and makeup, which was off the lobby, wearing his pajamas;
We’ve spent the last six months debating whether it would be “12 Years a Slave” or “Gravity” that would bring home the gold come Oscar night. (In the end,it was… both! ) Now that the Academy is done honoring 2013’s best, it’s the perfect time to get started on looking at which of this year’s films will be contenders at the 2015 Oscars. Keep an eye out for these buzzy 2014 releases so you don’t have to play catch-up come nomination time next winter.