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Downsizing has an ingenious central conceit but doesn’t quite measure up

SMALL is beautiful – and highly desirable – in director Alexander Payne's quirky comedy drama set in the near future, when socially conscious citizens in our overcrowded world undergo cellular reduction to shrink their bodies. Volunteers live in picture-perfect micro-communities, which are less of a ...
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Downsizing director Alexander Payne on Hong Chau’s star turn, and why sterilisation should be in …

Alexander Payne isn't afraid to admit that when he first heard the concept behind Downsizing from his long-time collaborator Jim Taylor, he didn't quite get it. “It was a little silly for me,” says the Oscar-winning American filmmaker. “Jim and his brother Doug had knocked around that idea for years, looking ...
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Movies to watch this week at the cinema: Downsizing, Last Flag Flying, and more

Alexander Payne proves a little Matt Damon goes a long way. Richard Linklater takes a staunch look at the casualties of war. The finale in the Maze Runner series. Yes, here's this week's new releases. Click on for our reviews of Downsizing, Last Flag Flying, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, The Nothing ...
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Christoph Waltz says Downsizing co-star Hong Chau is a hit in Hollywood

Double Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz has heaped praised on his Downsizing co-star Hong Chau, saying she's "the current big thing in Hollywood". Chau, previously best known for starring in the New Orleans-set, HBO drama Treme, stars alongside Waltz and Matt Damon in Alexander Payne's social ...
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A mythic female director finally returns, with some pointed comments

At least Jenkins didn't have to bring on Taylor and his collaborator, the director Alexander Payne, as executive producers to get the movie financed. That may have happened with “The Savages,” which failed to get a green light at Universal's Focus Features before ending up at Fox Searchlight.
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Download A Bunch Of New Clips For ‘Downsizing’

Paramount Pictures has released a few new clips from Alexander Payne's Downsizing, which hits cinemas this week. Downsizing imagines what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall and propose a 200-year global ...
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Movie Review – Downsizing (2017)

The latest from director Alexander Payne, and regular writing collaborator, Jim Taylor, a duo with a sparkling track record when it comes to films about men undergoing a personal crisis: The Descendants and Nebraska to name just two. The idea – shrinking people so they occupy less space on an ...
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Denis Villeneuve (‘Blade Runner 2049’) and Luca Guadagnino (‘Call Me by Your Name’): Does …

That year four directors showed up at both of those awards: Clint Eastwood for “Million Dollar Baby,” Martin Scorsese for “The Aviator,” Alexander Payne for “Sideways” and Marc Forster for “Finding Neverland.” At the BAFTAs “Million Dollar Baby” was not eligible and Payne was snubbed. In a moment of ...
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Why Hollywood loves to shrink people

There's a funny moment in Downsizing, Alexander Payne's new film about life in a gated community of the future, where telephone sales rep Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) snaps at a caller who is dithering over which colour of a product to choose. “Don't you be short with me,” she complains. The joke is ...
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Up-Sizing: Hong Chau Gets the Critical Attention She Deserves

Well, let us introduce you to Hong Chau, whose work in Alexander Payne's Downsizing has led to Golden Globe, SAG and Critics Choice nominations. Hong Chau was born in Thailand in 1979 to Vietnamese parents who were refugees during the war. When she was young, they immigrated to the ...
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