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Surnow feature
Big time: ‘24’ co-creator Joel Surnow drives off the TV lot with refurbished car-dealer comedy

Small Time, which marks the big-screen directing debut of a small-screen writer-producer, is a charmer of a character comedy that comes out exactly life-size. More »

Enticing Audience
Enticing the audience: Marketers drive demand for moviegoing

In this edition, Film Journal International reports about several recent promotions and activities that studios, filmmakers, exhibitors and marketers are cooking up to whet audiences’ appetites for more. More »

Fading Gigolo Feature
Love for sale: John Turturro directs and collaborates with Woody Allen on comedy about unexpected ‘Fading Gigolo’

Once upon a barber’s chair, John Turturro was rattling on about an idea he had for a movie. More »

Captain America Roundtable
Supporting S.H.I.E.L.D.: Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie and writers Markus & McFeely reflect on ‘Captain America’

Fighting Hitler during World War II, Commies in the ’50s, Nixonian politics in the ’70s and so on through the decades, it's no surprise that in Captain America: The Winter Soldier—a sequel to 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger and the latest installment of Marvel Studios' "Marvel Cinematic Universe" continuity—the super-soldier defender of the nation faces what may be his most invasive enemy... More »

Ilo Ilo Feature
Family ties: Anthony Chen’s award-winning ‘Ilo Ilo’ explores life of a Filipino maid in Singapore

Anthony Chen may be only 29 years old, but his deep humanity and keen understanding of people, with all of their conflicts and contradictions, stamp him as an old and very wise soul. More »

Errol Morris
The haze of history: Errol Morris queries Donald Rumsfeld about fog of Iraq War

A 2013 study estimated that the second Iraq War cost the United States over $2 trillion. Tens of thousands of casualties include the deaths of almost 4,500 U.S. soldiers. More »

Captain America Feature
Soldier showdown: Joe and Anthony Russo take the helm of ‘Captain America’ franchise

Joe and Anthony Russo, the Coen Brothers of TV, have shepherded such series as “Community” and “Happy Endings” as executive producers and “Arrested Development” and other series as directors, winning an Emmy Award along the way. More »

Craig Dehmel
World traveler: Fox’s Craig Dehmel savors Passepartout honor

The character of Jean Passepartout in Jules Verne’s 19th-century comic adventure novel, and later, the 1956 caper, Around the World in 80 Days, is the consummate valet. More »

Warm Weather Preview
Warm weather preview: FJI surveys the next five months of movies

As America thaws out from a tough winter, spring and summer 2014 promise to heat things up at the box office. More »

Rendez-Vous Feature
Rendez-Vous 19: Deneuve, Tavernier and Ozon highlight annual fest of new French films

Like March’s weather, Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, the annual showcase of new French films which unfolds in New York in March, is dependably uneven and unpredictable. More »

Bad Words Feature
To bee or not to bee: Jason Bateman crashes a spelling contest as star and director of ‘Bad Words’

Although Bad Words advertises itself with a close-up of Jason Bateman’s mouth forming (possibly foaming) the F-word, it turns out that Focus Features’ irreverent R-rated antic is more about spelling than swearing. More »

Divergent Feature
‘Divergent’ emergent: Neil Burger directs Lionsgate’s new bid for a dystopian young-adult franchise

Sometimes a filmmaker has to look a long time before finding a project that’s the right fit. And then he often has to wait an even longer time just to get it green-lit and off the ground. But every so often, the perfect project just falls in a filmmaker’s lap. Ready to go. That’s how Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Limitless) found himself attached to Divergent. More »

Stalingrad Feature
Staging ‘Stalingrad’: Fedor Bondarchuk commands a Russian war epic in IMAX 3D

The first Russian production in IMAX 3D, Stalingrad depicts a pivotal battle against German forces during World War II. More »

Le Week-End Feature
Midlife in Paris: Roger Michell guides an aging couple’s awkward second honeymoon in ‘Le Week-End’

A wish-fulfillment for those seeking adult content in its literal sense, as well as for feminist complainers, Le Week-End is one of its director’s three movies about grown-up relationships, with strong, even against-the-grain female roles. More »

Harold Ramis
From the Archives – Ramis' realm: Comedy creator surveys career from Second City to 'Year One'

Harold Ramis, one of the most influential writer-directors of modern movie comedy, died on Monday morning, Feb. 24, at the age of 69. FJI pays tribute with this career Q&A conducted in 2009 by Frank Lovece. More »

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REVIEWS

Draft Day
Film Review: Draft Day

Pro football manager faces crises on the most important day of his career in a well-tooled vehicle for Kevin Costner. More »

Rio 2
Film Review: Rio 2

Busy sequel to the popular animated feature follows the original's blue macaws on a journey from Rio de Janeiro to an endangered rainforest. More »

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