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August 29, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan
As unlikely as it is irresistible, "Robot & Frank" makes us believe that a serene automaton and a snappish human being can be best friends forever. It's not any actor who can make this scenario plausible, but Frank Langella does it with a performance that's the equivalent of an acting master class as he uses delicacy and underplaying to hold the screen even when he's all by himself. Although many young filmmakers gravitate toward stories about the agonies of being under 30, "Robot & Frank's" creative team, writer Christopher D. Ford and director Jake Schreier, have made a film about a 70-year-old man saddled with a healthcare robot that deals in a good-humored way with questions of age, vulnerability and usefulness.
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November 29, 2012 | By Lisa Rosen
In some minds, the road from Count Dracula to Richard Nixon is a short one, but throw in some 40-odd personalities in between the two and you get just part of the versatile 50-year career of Frank Langella. (His 2012 memoir, "Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them," offers up some serious dish on the many people he's worked or cavorted with along the way.) This year, he starred in "Robot & Frank," an indie film that received big critical acclaim when it opened this summer.
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August 23, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Everything about "Robot & Frank" is as unlikely as it is irresistible. Charming, playful and sly, it makes us believe that a serene automaton and a snappish human being can be best friends forever. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this Sundance prize winner is the easy way it blends the impeccable old-school acting of Frank Langella with the youthful independent sensibility of a pair of first-time filmmakers, writer Christopher D. Ford and director Jake Schreier. Though most indie filmmakers gravitate toward stories about the agonies of being under 30, old souls Schreier and Ford have made a film that deals, in the most good-humored way, with age, vulnerability and the need to always be of use in your own life.
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August 29, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan
As unlikely as it is irresistible, "Robot & Frank" makes us believe that a serene automaton and a snappish human being can be best friends forever. It's not any actor who can make this scenario plausible, but Frank Langella does it with a performance that's the equivalent of an acting master class as he uses delicacy and underplaying to hold the screen even when he's all by himself. Although many young filmmakers gravitate toward stories about the agonies of being under 30, "Robot & Frank's" creative team, writer Christopher D. Ford and director Jake Schreier, have made a film about a 70-year-old man saddled with a healthcare robot that deals in a good-humored way with questions of age, vulnerability and usefulness.
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August 8, 2012 | By Julie Makinen
The L.A. Times is expanding its events for movie lovers with a new, free Indie Focus Screening Series at the Laemmle NoHo 7 theaters starting Aug. 22 with “Robot & Frank.” Starring Oscar nominee Frank Langella as an aging jewel thief who turns his annoying robot caregiver into an accomplice, “Robot & Frank” was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Times movie writer Mark Olsen will be on hand to discuss the rambunctiously heartfelt sci-fi caper with director Jake Schreier.
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November 29, 2012 | By Lisa Rosen
In some minds, the road from Count Dracula to Richard Nixon is a short one, but throw in some 40-odd personalities in between the two and you get just part of the versatile 50-year career of Frank Langella. (His 2012 memoir, "Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them," offers up some serious dish on the many people he's worked or cavorted with along the way.) This year, he starred in "Robot & Frank," an indie film that received big critical acclaim when it opened this summer.
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August 19, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
In the annals of buddy comedy caper flicks, "Robot & Frank" represents a new frontier, and not simply for its near-future, gently sci-fi setting. The film, the first feature from director Jake Schreier and writer Christopher D. Ford, stars Frank Langella as an aging man who forms an unlikely bond with the diminutive home healthcare droid his adult children purchase for him. The duo pull off a series of ambitious and daring heists masterminded by...
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February 10, 2013 | By Noel Murray
The Kid With a Bike Criterion, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.95 Belgian filmmaking brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne settled on their signature style in the mid-'90s with "La Promesse," a movie about a working-class youngster in a desperate situation, shot mostly with a handheld camera, using a lot of follow-shots. The Dardennes' latest shows that there's plenty of life in the brothers' approach as they tell the story a pre-teen foster child who goes looking for his father and ends up befriending both a kindly hairdresser and a shrewd drug dealer.
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January 29, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
— In his more-than-distinguished career, Frank Langella has become Richard Nixon, Clark Kent's editor Perry White and a count named Dracula. So how did he end up playing a part opposite a robot in a sweltering East Coast summer? The answer is surprisingly simple: "Christopher Walken turned it down. " The resulting picture, the sly and delightful "Robot & Frank," brought the 74-year-old actor to the Sundance Film Festival for the first time. Sitting in a comfortable corner of an Italian restaurant and watching a near blizzard develop outside, Langella added, "I really do believe that all of life is happenstance, careers especially.
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April 29, 2012
May 4 The Avengers A team of superheroes including Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk and Thor unite to save the world. With Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth. Written and directed by Joss Whedon. In Imax 3-D. WaltDisney Pictures The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel A group of British retirees travel to India to spend their golden years at a newly restored hotel but find the accommodations to be less than palatial. With Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel and Tom Wilkinson.
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August 23, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Everything about "Robot & Frank" is as unlikely as it is irresistible. Charming, playful and sly, it makes us believe that a serene automaton and a snappish human being can be best friends forever. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this Sundance prize winner is the easy way it blends the impeccable old-school acting of Frank Langella with the youthful independent sensibility of a pair of first-time filmmakers, writer Christopher D. Ford and director Jake Schreier. Though most indie filmmakers gravitate toward stories about the agonies of being under 30, old souls Schreier and Ford have made a film that deals, in the most good-humored way, with age, vulnerability and the need to always be of use in your own life.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
In the annals of buddy comedy caper flicks, "Robot & Frank" represents a new frontier, and not simply for its near-future, gently sci-fi setting. The film, the first feature from director Jake Schreier and writer Christopher D. Ford, stars Frank Langella as an aging man who forms an unlikely bond with the diminutive home healthcare droid his adult children purchase for him. The duo pull off a series of ambitious and daring heists masterminded by...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2012 | By Julie Makinen
The L.A. Times is expanding its events for movie lovers with a new, free Indie Focus Screening Series at the Laemmle NoHo 7 theaters starting Aug. 22 with “Robot & Frank.” Starring Oscar nominee Frank Langella as an aging jewel thief who turns his annoying robot caregiver into an accomplice, “Robot & Frank” was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Times movie writer Mark Olsen will be on hand to discuss the rambunctiously heartfelt sci-fi caper with director Jake Schreier.
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