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Film, "Trishna": Michael Winterbottom Takes Hardy's "Tess" to Mumbai

"Trishna": Michael Winterbottom Takes Hardy's "Tess" to Mumbai

Michael Winterbottom is multitasking — like that's a surprise. He has made a dozen films in the past decade, as varied as the Steve Coogan-as-Steve Coogan joints 24 Hour Party People and The Trip, the controversial Jim Thompson adaptation The…
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Film, "The Trip": Road Film with Brit Comics Drolly Charms

"The Trip": Road Film with Brit Comics Drolly Charms

Cobbled together from a six-part BBC2 miniseries telecast last fall, The Trip is a talkative faux-reality road film largely improvised by funnymen Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, playing versions of themselves, under the direction of Michael Winterbottom. When his American…
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Film, Steve Coogan on Playing "Steve Coogan"

Steve Coogan on Playing "Steve Coogan"

Steve Coogan sells himself with disclaimers. He's calling from New York to talk about his new film, The Trip, which began life as a six-episode, highly improvised BBC series. "On paper," he admits, "it's a very difficult thing to get…
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Film, "The Killer Inside Me"

"The Killer Inside Me"

Implicit in its title, the premise of The Killer Inside Me — directed by Michael Winterbottom from Jim Thompson's 1952 crime novel — could be summed up in a classified ad: Texas cop with pleasant boyish demeanor seeks compliant dames…
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Film, Mighty Heart, Mightier Spotlight

Mighty Heart, Mightier Spotlight

A skilled actor vanishes into a role; a movie star appropriates it. As presence trumps character, the star personifies Brecht's alienation effect, and whatever its ostensible subject, the movie becomes a vehicle — the latest installment in an ongoing career…
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Film, To Hell and Back

To Hell and Back

Just in time for its U.S. release, Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross' fierce docudrama The Road to Guantanamo received a giant shot of free publicity in early June with the news that three Arab inmates at the infamous detention center…
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Film, <i>Shandy</i> Everybody Wants

Shandy Everybody Wants

It should be too early in the year to expect a good movie, let alone a great one; anything released prior to the Oscars is bound to be forgotten by spring. Yet here it is, the first -- dare we…
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Film, Best Laid Plans

Best Laid Plans

The trouble with pornography is that while it sells itself on the authenticity of the sex act, everything else about it is usually artificial, and very blatantly so. The hair color of the leads, most of the female body parts,…
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Film, Future Shock

Future Shock

The future is almost here. At least, it is according to screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce (Pandaemonium) and director Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People), two cinematic visionaries whose combined vision in Code 46 sparks tremendous intrigue -- and unrest. At…
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Film, Living Like a Refugee

Living Like a Refugee

Prolific British director Michael Winterbottom never seems to make the same film twice. His last picture, 2002's 24 Hour Party People, was a fact-based comedy/ drama about the music scene in Manchester, England, during the early days of punk rock.…
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State of Siege

Welcome to Sarajevo Directed by Michael Winterbottom. Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce, based on Natasha's Story by Michael Nicholson. Starring Stephen Dillane, Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei, Emira Nusevic, Kerry Fox, Goran Visnjic, and Emily Lloyd. Opens Friday, Nov. 28, at…
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