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EGON SCHIELE: DEATH AND THE MAIDEN
"This film presents a fascinating biographical story as well as an interesting historical perspective on life in Austria and Vienna at the beginning of the twentieth century. The actors and actresses are refreshing young newcomers to film. "
- Pat Nevers, KinoCritics.com
"[T]he film EGON SCHIELE ? DEATH AND THE MAIDEN celebrates the exceptional artist with wonderful cinematography (Carsten Thiele gets to quite literally paint with light) under the direction of Dieter Berner. Every detail in the film is lovingly taken care of, every tiny role cast to perfection (for instance with Nina Proll as a Prater entertainer)."
- Elisabeth Schabus, Ristretto.tv
More Great Films
BYE BYE GERMANY
"The best German-language film Joe and Ethan Coen never made."
- Sherilyn Connelly, SF Weekly
"Peppered with Yiddish flavor and wit...."
- The Jewish Journal
"Charmingly made... a just-out-of-World War II Ocean's 11."
- Karen Han, The Village Voice
"In a class with Ozu's Tokyo Story...."
- Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"If the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel had been remade by Ingmar Bergman it might have turned out a bit like this...."
- Kevin Maher, The Times
"A moving, rewarding watch...."
- Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Peake?s delicate ferocity, her particular mixture of concentration and lightness, ensure that you want to follow her whenever she appears."
- Susannah Clapp, The Guardian
"It?s a terrifically fast, fluent, attacking production and Peake?s Hamlet is like a page-boy gone bad, relying on mates for a supply of drugs, sporting a aggressive short haircut that comes from prep school or the army: blond, but unlike the Byronic crop of Olivier?s Hamlet. Her casting isn?t a gimmick. Peake looks like a stowaway, or a French resistance fighter in disguise: her femaleness gives a new edge of differentness and alienation and anger...."
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"A triumph of re-invention... Intimate and intense.... Stunningly good.
The Times of London
"Gripping from start to finish.... A chilling, fast-moving study of a Syrian household under siege."
- Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
"A concisely-told story that couldn't be more timely... a superbly coordinated cast, largely composed of Syrian refugees - children and young adults included - gel magnificently. Hiam Abbass offers one of her most powerful performances to date...."
- Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily
"**** For a film that exists inside such a small setting, 'In Syria" is a big film.... It's remarkably powerful and a strong piece of work from director/writer Philippe Van Leeuw."
- Charliedavid Page, Switch (Australia)
"A discovery at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, IN BETWEEN hails from Israel, and is one of the best recent films to come out of that country, or anywhere for that matter."
- Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"[A] breezy, light-hearted dramedy of girl power..."
- Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
"[An] energetic feature debut...compelling...While the entire cast is aces, the three leads, and the chemistry among them, are especially fine..."
- Alissa Simon, Variety
"The loss of childhood innocence and the suffocating despair of adulthood come together in "Jasper Jones," a beautifully composed portrait of life in late-s small-town Australia. Centered on a 14-year-old boy caught up in a murder mystery involving a part-Aboriginal suspect, this outstanding adaptation of Craig Silvey?s novel will appeal strongly to teenage and adult audiences. Boasting excellent performances by young actors Aaron McGrath, Levi Miller (Pan) and Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys), and with Toni Collette in top form as the protagonist?s frustrated mother, this is the best film yet by director Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae). "
- Richard Kuipers, Variety
"It?s compelling as a whodunnit, touching as a coming-of-age story, insightful as a picture of race relations and crafty as a drama about secrets, concealing a few of its own for a final, satisfying reveal."
- Luke Buckmaster, The Guardian
"...one of the best and most heartfelt Australian films of the last decade."
- Richard Gray, The Reel Bits
"Milad Alami?s superb Danish thriller, ?The Charmer,? is a rebuke to the offensive stereotypes so often perpetuated by the American media. "
- Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com
"...cleverly balances psychological thrills with astute drama."
- Mark Adams, Screen Daily
"Ranges from romance to comedy and fantasy, with threads of feminism woven in... it?s Simmons? depiction of Shine?s art-making that is truly magnetic to watch. "
- Pei-ru Keh, Wallpaper
"Charming? Simmons plays Ellie straight with a naturalistic unemotional delivery which is drolly appealing and a wonderful contrast to her scenery chewing on screen...genuinely funny,"
- Belle McIntrye, Galo Magazine
"Russian veteran Andrei Konchalovsky is on robust form in this richly monochrome, perspective-rotating Holocaust drama."
- Guy Lodge, Variety
"... persuasively acted, elegantly shot in black and white and altogether a handsome prestige period production..."
- Jonathan Romney, Screen International
"...the great Russian DoP Alexander Simonov...works chiaroscuro wonders with what the end credits identify as a combination of 35mm and 16mm stock, his 4:3 black-and-white images and complex lighting set-ups often harking back to golden-age monochrome cinematography. "
- Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter