"...In this bold but empty imagining of Anna Karenina, director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice) sets the action mostly within the walls of a theatre, swooshing his actors from center stage to greasepaint-slicked backstage and up into the busy rafters: This world is, quite literally, all a stage. It’s a neat conceptual trick that elucidates the stark class contrasts of imperialist Russia, in which the aristocrats are the main players and the helpmeets rush in from the wings, and illustrates the performative demands of a society tightly cloistered and cricketing with gossip..."
"...Starring: Jodie Foster, Chow Yun-Fat, Bai Ling, Tom Felton, Syed Alwi, Randall Duk Kim and Keith Chin. Anna and the King might be a perfectly fine film if only it were possible to quiet the nagging inner voice that keeps asking, "Why?" Why remake The King and I without the Rodgers and Hammerstein music and Yul Brenner in the role he branded for life? This new rendition gives more emphasis to Siam's internecine political rumblings and the East-West social conflict, and also provides the great Chinese actor Chow Yun-Fat with a starring role in a major American vehicle..."
"...Directed by: Nikita Mikhalkov. A highly personal chronicle of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the maturation of filmmaker Mikhalkov's young daughter Anna, this extraordinary documentary from the Academy Award-winning director of Burnt by the Sun at first strikes one as a Russian version of Michael Apted's 7 Up series, but it plays out much more wistfully..."
"...He also demonstrates a sharp eye for key scenes where the novel finds symbolic power in the stark wintry beauty of Russia. Ice cracking in a frozen river coincides with Anna's decision to accept Count Vronsky as her paramour..."
"...Sadly, Lee’s finished product, Miracle at St. Anna, is a major disappointment, especially as it comes on the heels of the filmmaker’s greatest commercial success, Inside Man..."
"...Name: Anna Weingart Status: Austin, TX homegrown ID: Lesbian Queerly Quotable: “We’re not reinventing the wheel, we’re changing the circumstances.”..."
"...If you haven't seen it, Adjani plays Anna, a woman who begins cheating on her husband Mark (played by Sam Neill) while he's out of the country on a mysterious assignment. When he returns, she tells him she wants to leave him but won't say why, pleading for time and space – omitting not just the fact that she's been having an affair, but the far more disturbing fact that she recently gave birth to a gooey, pulsating creature, which she is nurturing to tentacled adulthood while making love to it in a squalid West Berlin flat...."
"...From Phantom of the Paradise to Repo! The Genetic Opera, somehow there's always a little blood on the orchestra. Add to that gore-drenched list Anna and the Apocalypse, where the undead besiege a Scottish high school, and the living respond with high notes and head smashing...."
"...Directed by: Alana Cash. The life of Anna Freud, the youngest child of Sigmund and Martha Freud who grew up to become one of the world's leading child psychologists, is profiled in this Austin-made documentary that also uses local scholars and actors..."
"...Since her starring role in 2011's Small, Beautifully Moving Parts, actor-turned-director Anna Margaret Hollyman says she has worked on "at least 10 projects at SXSW." She was Angry Audrey in 7 Chinese Brothers, with Jason Schwartzman and Olympia Dukakis. She starred as Suzanne in White Reindeer, Claire in Before the Sun Explodes, and Allison in Claire in Motion – to name a few..."
"...Toni is the protagonist of The Fits, a Cincinnati-set independent drama that plays like Creed as directed by young Jean-Luc Godard. This beauteous new film is the feature-length debut of its writer/director, Anna Rose Holmer, and the Austin Film Society is bringing it to Austin for two exclusive screenings...."
"...Judging by the extended applause when she stepped onto the Kleberg Stage on Saturday, Feb. 12, Austin was ready for Anna Deveare Smith..."
"...Directed by: Andy Cadiff. Starring: Mandy Moore, Matthew Goode, Annabella Sciorra, Jeremy Piven, Mark Harmon, Caroline Goodall and Lewis Hancock..."
"...Mark (Lack), a confident and successful Wall Street trader, finds solace from his work in the eternal beauty of the paintings in the Vermeer gallery of the Metropolitan Museum. While there one day he observes Anna (Chaulet) gazing at one of the Vermeers and is moved by her resemblance to the timeless women in the paintings..."
"...After making Harlequin Exterminator and Intrepidíssima, two short films that won numerous awards in gay and lesbian film festivals around the world, Balletbó-Coll based Costa Brava on the story of two women of differing temperaments and their individual struggles to come to terms with their careers and their relationship. Anna (Balletbó-Coll) is a Catalan actress/monologist working on a videotape of her one-woman show to send to a San Francisco-based theatre company (loosely based on Frameline, a gay/lesbian film distribution company that was instrumental in the director's career) in the hopes of having her show accepted..."
"...Anna (Trzebuchowska, an arresting newcomer) is an orphan and novitiate nun on the verge of taking her vows. Before she does so, however, her mother superior insists that Anna visit with her only living relative, an aunt whose existence was unknown to Anna up until that moment..."
"...The camera, set back a distance, is alert but respectful, and there is an obstruction – a pole, maybe – getting in the way of our full view. It blacks out the edge of the frame so that we only see one person at a time – first Anna (Jones), British and bucktoothed lovely, then Jacob (Yelchin), who is all gentleness..."
"...This modest French-language film follows the time-honored cinematic tradition of plot as spearheaded by a simple twist of fate. Case in point: Had Anna (Bonnaire) gone six doors down to the left, as instructed, she might have endured years of psychoanalysis and prescription drugs..."
"...Physically incapable of returning to frontline work, and emotionally distanced from his ever-more-concerned wife, he accepts an unlikely job offer. The Vatican wants him to join a team being dispatched to a small mountain village, where a young woman named Anna (Bellugi) claims that she has seen a vision of the Virgin Mary..."
"...The dispassionate, controlled distance he puts between himself and everything else has set him adrift in an unspeakable loneliness. Enter the enigmatic Anna, his son's twentyish girlfriend whom he meets at an embassy cocktail party -- their eyes lock for an uncomfortable period of time, few words are spoken between them -- and, in an instant seeming like an eternity, the bloodless existence Stephen has always known immediately gives way to inexplicable compulsion, a sexual fixation for which he risks the loss of his family, his career, and -- perhaps most important -- the order he has imposed on the world..."
"...As the movie opens, Erik (Thomsen) and his wife Anna (Dyrholm), parents of Freja, inherit the old family house where Erik grew up. An architecture professor, Erik wants to sell the house, believing it too big for nuclear-family life and too expensive to maintain..."
"...“What you see in the movies is what you see literally.” That's the guiding principle behind Haneke's film, and though the argument is fatally flawed, the director nonetheless makes an astonishingly disturbing case that rivals that of Rémy Belvaux's Man Bites Dog in terms of the issues it raises and the frisson it engenders. Lothar and Mühe play upper-middle-class mother and father Anna and Georg, who, with their young son Georgie (Clapczynski), are on their way to their lakeside home for a summer vacation..."
"...Directed by: Zoe Lister-Jones. Starring: Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam Pally, Fred Armisen, Susie Essman, Hannah Simone, Ravi Patel, Brooklyn Decker, Retta and Colin Hanks...."
"...illustration by Jason Stout I first encountered Anna Quindlen in The New York Times. I read her "Life in the 30's" and "Public and Private" columns as only a wannabe can - critically, jealously, and religiously..."
"...Directed by: Anna Biller. Starring: Samantha Robinson, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Laura Waddell, Jennifer Ingrum, Gian Keys and Stephen Wozniak...."
"...Generalissima is mother Sara (Diaz), a former lawyer who quit her job to devote herself full-time to battling Kate's cancer. Sara attacks with a single-minded ferocity, one that stretches to the ethically questionable decision to engineer with her firefighter husband, Brian (Patric), a genetically compatible "designer baby" named Anna (Breslin)..."
"...Directed by: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Starring: Algenis Perez Soto, Rayniel Rufino, Andre Holland, Ann Whitney, Ellary Porterfield and Jaime Tirelli..."
"...When we first meet him, Henrik Bergman (Froler) is a reserved, almost painfully shy young theology student -- he looks like a character out of an Ibsen play. Invited to dinner at a friend's home one night, he meets, and simultaneously becomes enamored of, young Anna Akerblom (Pernilla August), the daughter of Johan (Sydow) and Karin (Norby)..."
"...Writer/director Brian Crano’s second full-length film since 2011’s heart-scruncher A Bag of Hammers is a thoughtful if timid meditation on the intricacies of modern love that plays like a spiritual successor to 2015’s underrated Sleeping With Other People: How do you feel post-marriage proposal as you gaze across the table at “the last person you’ll ever fuck”? Permission’s starring couple, Anna (Hall) and Will (Stevens), are two rare freaks who have only ever been with each other, and they are (probably, maybe) about to agree to get married when Will’s BFF Reece (Spector) drunkenly interpolates a speech casting doubt on their long-term commitment (Yeah, he’s an asshole). They decide to dabble in some polyamory, which is limited to taking turns stepping out on each other and then meeting back at home for a cuddle in their own bed...."
"...Directed by: Patricia Riggen. Starring: Jennifer Garner, Martin Henderson, Kylie Rogers, Queen Latifah, John Carroll Lynch, Eugenio Derbez, Brighton Sharbino, Bruce Altman, Hannah Alligood and Wayne Pére...."
"...While this film’s title owes no actual debt to Hitchcock, When Marnie Was There is indeed a study in damaged psychology, and the inner world of a young woman – girl, actually – who appears to be unable or unwilling to connect with the world around her. “I wish to have a normal life every day,” writes the tomboyish protagonist Anna, although it’s only when her foster “auntie” sends her to the rural marshlands of Hokkaido that her full, tragic backstory begins to emerge..."
"...From the moment of birth, we become imprinted by outside forces, most crucially those of our parents, so even if we resolve to scour clean Mom's and Dad’s identifying marks on us, that very act of rebellion is a reaction to, and therefore a confirmation of, their ineluctable influence. When we first meet 38-year-old Oliver (McGregor), his patterns of speech, his quirks, his method of pitching woo to a stunning French actress named Anna (Inglourious Basterds’ Laurent) seem wholly his own..."
"...For such a slight film, it's consistently amusing: no easy feat for a first-time director. The premise is straight out of Jackie Mason: Brian Finn (Norton) and Jake Schram (Stiller) were childhood pals who fell in love with Anna Reilly (Elfman), the little girl next door..."
"...You guys, I can’t even with this Anna’s rape storyline, so let’s get it out of the way up front, shall we?..."
"...Previously on Downton Abbey: Isobel hired a hooker (to work as her maid/cook). Bates and Anna grokked Vera’s Evil Suicide Pie plan..."
"...It’s 1919, just after World War I, and the wounds haven’t begun healing in Europe yet, especially in the German town of Quedlinburg, where Anna (Beer) tends to the grave of her fiancé, the titular Frantz (von Lucke), killed in the war, although no body lies beneath, lost in the battlefield. When Anna discovers Frenchman Adrien (Niney) at Frantz’s grave laying down flowers, it sparks a mystery, a bittersweet romance, and deception from both parties..."
"...Directed by: Jeffrey Blitz. Starring: Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson, June Squibb, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant, Tony Revolori, Wyatt Russell, Amanda Crew and Thomas Cocquerel...."
"...Written by Dirty Pretty Things screenwriter Steven Knight, Eastern Promises plays at first like several films at once. The story begins as London midwife Anna (Watts) delivers the baby of a very young, needle-scarred mystery girl, who dies, leaving behind only her offspring and a small diary written in Cyrillic, which eventually leads Anna into the orbit of grandfatherly Russian mobster Semyon (Mueller-Stahl in a performance that puts you in mind of St..."
"...Her offscreen life often appears calculated to freak out the moms and dads of the world (her own included) -- that terribly sexy angel tattoo covering the better part of her nether regions being a prime example. The film, rumored to be autobiographical in all but the dullest bits, has Argento as Anna Battista, a model-actress who, at her core, is, as she tells us, “the loneliest person in the world.” As everyone knows, the best way to offset loneliness (at least in the movies) is through rampant hedonism, and so throughout the film Anna indulges in a series of seemingly random couplings, binges on illicit drugs, curses like a sailor, and dresses in extreme, outrageous outfits that look a lot like, well, like Asia Argento..."
"...Aided by Milinka (Dobrowolska), her nurse, Martha resolutely continues to dole out snippets of wisdom and love to those in her circle of friends including, among others, the failing, semi-senile man next door and the young prostitute who works out of the park next to Martha's house. With a overly concerned son and a landlord anxious only for her to depart so he can rent out her home, the old woman finds her closest ally in her nurse, with whom she shares the accumulated secrets of a life well-spent; Anna, it seems, is the only one who can understand and value her fierce independence in the face of terminal illness, and, in turn, Martha graciously allows Anna to meet her married lover for trysts in the house..."
"...From the daughter's perspective, the mother's eyes are false lies. Anna Campion's movie, The Audition, is the most immediately familiar and least challenging of the bunch..."
"...Emily Blunt plays Rachel, a sad alcoholic who torments herself by riding the commuter train every day past the house she used to share with ex-husband Tom (Theroux). From her window seat, she watches Tom with his new wife Anna (Ferguson), frolicking in the yard with their new baby, and also the idyllic-seeming couple two doors down, Scott (Evans) and Megan (Bennett)..."
"...The ever-magnetic Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) plays the self-made Abel Morales, who we glean has risen from a humble delivery driver to marry the boss’ daughter, Anna (Chastain, Brooklyn-tough terrific), and buy out his business, Standard Heating Oil. At the film’s beginning, Abel and Anna – she’s his tricksy CFO – place a down payment on pier-front property that will most certainly take the company from family business to major player..."
"...Directed by: Jason Moore. Starring: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Ben Platt, Anna Camp, Adam DeVine, Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins...."
"...When she was here last year, Anna Deavere Smith showed us a bit of Austin's soul, through theatrical portraits she created of some signature local personalities she'd interviewed: Molly Ivins, Eddie Wilson, Ann Richards, Cynthia and Lidia Perez, et al. Now, the noted playwright and actor is back in our town, but this time she's more interested in our bodies..."
"...Piccadilly (1929)D: E.A. Dupont; with Anna May Wong, Gilda Gray, Jameson Thomas, Cyril Ritchard, King Ho-Chang, Charles Laughton, Hannah JonesApril 11..."
"...Jackie, for all her russet earth-motherness and exaggerated civility can't help but detest her glamorous successor, and Isabelle's earnest efforts just make her more irritating. The children resent the interloper, especially 12-year-old Anna who turns her considerable adolescent venom and contempt on her vulnerable stepmother at every opportunity..."
"...Also, her film departs from the standard coming-of-age pack in its particular focus on 17-year-old girls and its vivid re-creation of their specific concerns. Anna (Weil) is a high-school senior in an anonymous Jersey town, who desperately wants to grow up and grow out of her situation..."
"...When it comes to her new film, Sister Aimee, it's a somewhat relaxing time for Austin actress and filmmaker Anna Margaret Hollyman. Having wrapped shooting earlier this summer, now it's in editing, with the aim of being ready for next spring's festival season..."