Category: Festivals

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Berlin Film Festival: Margot Robbie to Star in Noir Thriller ‘Terminal’

Margot Robbie, star in the highly anticipated “Suicide Squad” alongside Will Smith and Viola Davis, is adding yet another film to her queue: new noir thriller,...

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PAFF: ‘Lamb’ is a heartfelt tale of love and loss

In an era where “bigger is better”, it’s always refreshing to see a simple story that’s well told. Such is the case with Yared Zeleke’s...

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PAFF: Aimless ‘Necktie Youth’ sacrifices more than its plot

Back in 1994, South Africans went to the polls to vote for their first democratically elected president Nelson Mandela. After many years of apartheid rule, there was...

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PAFF: ‘Stories of Our Lives’ is a soul-stirring reclamation of silenced voices

One of the films that best embodies the ethos of the Pan African Film Festival this year is Stories of Our Lives, an anthology film directed Jim Chuchu. Reenacting...

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PAFF: ‘Where Children Play’ is a well-acted, conventional melodrama

After blazing the screen in Dear White People and Chi-Raq, Teyonah Parris adds another compelling performance to her growing resume through Where Children Play. In this...

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PAFF: Mike Colter takes charge in slight fest opener ‘America is Still The Place’

In a recent Hollywood Reporter discussion on diversity in film, an important point was brought up about narratives featuring minority protagonists. Namely, the fact that...

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Don Cheadle’s ‘Miles Ahead’ set for Closing Night of 2016 Pan African Film Festival

Los Angeles, CA – The 2016 Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) has announced their highlighted film selections for opening, centerpiece and closing night...

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‘The Birth of a Nation’ Gets Biggest Sundance Purchase Ever at $17.5 Million Following Stellar Reviews

Following a buzz-worthy Sundance premiere to a prolonged standing ovation, Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” has now set the record for the biggest Sundance...

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Sundance Preview: Kim A. Snyder’s Haunting NEWTOWN Has World Premiere in U.S. Documentary Competition

NEWTOWN Kim Snyder’s Powerful Witness to A Small Town in the Aftermath of Unthinkable Violence Has World Premiere at Fest   There are no easy answers in Kim A....

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SUNDANCE Preview: Felix van Groeningen’s Boisterous BELGICA, Opening Night Film of World Narrative Competition

BELGICA The Musically Propelled Rise and Fall of One Glorious Nightclub By Academy Award-Nominated Felix van Groeningen Is Opening Night Film of the World Dramatic...

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New Documentary ‘Jim: The James Foley Story’ to Premiere on Sundance, then HBO in February

HBO Documentary Films is proud to present JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY, the personal, intimate story of American journalist James Foley who was murdered by ISIS in 2014,...

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SXSW Announces New Films for 2016 Lineup including New Pee Wee Herman Film and Seth Rogen Directed Feature

South by Southwest (SXSW) has announced six more films that will have their premiere at its film fest in March, including: Paul Reubens’ “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,”...

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AFI Fest Film Review: The Big Short (★★½)

Adam McKay’s The Big Short is big on hard-hitting truths and short on laughs. Oh don’t get me wrong; the comprised cast certainly thinks it’s volleying...

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AFI Fest Film Review: The Lobster (★★★)

The general consensus about “The Lobster” seems to be that you either love it or hate it, but I find myself firmly in the middle. There’s a lot to like...

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AFI Fest Film Review: Carol (★★★½)

Transportive and utterly dreamy, Todd Haynes’s Carol whisks us back to a bygone era when reality wasn’t golden but hope always was. The “American...

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BFI London Film Festival 2015: Final Ranking

And so the 2015 London Film Festival finally comes to a close, thanks to all who have been following my coverage here. The official festival period for the public was...

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AFI Fest Film Review: Where to Invade Next (★★★½)

Truth be told, I haven’t watched a Michael Moore documentary since his Palme d’Or-winning Fahrenheit 9/11. Having now seen Moore’s first film in six...

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AFI Fest Film Review: Macbeth (★★★½)

If it wasn’t an impossibility, William Shakespeare would rise out of his grave and give Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth a standing ovation. Adapting the...

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AFI Fest: By the Sea (★★½)

Glamorously messy and deliriously deranged, Angelina Jolie Pitt’s By the Sea is boldly uncategorical but sadly features too little of Jolie and her artistic voice...

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LFF Film Review: Carol (★★★½)

BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: It’s an inevitability that Carol will face categorisation as an LGBT film, but that’s not the limits of how it should be considered....

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LFF Film Review: Sunset Song (★★)

BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s 1932 novel Sunset Song is considered a classic of Scottish literature, and English director Terence Davies has spent...

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LFF Film Review: Room (★★★½)

BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: Room couldn’t be further from Lenny Abrahamson’s last film Frank, a bizarre music-orientated comedy. Gone are the idiosyncrasies that...

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LFF Film Review: Green Room (★★½)

BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: Besides the notable cast, Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room is most likely closer to his 2007 horror comedy Murder Party than his sleeper 2014...

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LFF Film Review: Right Now, Wrong Then (★★★)

BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: Right Now, Wrong Then is a film of two distinct halves. In 2 days of the life of a filmmaker, Ham Cheon-soo, in town a day early for a...

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AFI FEST 2015 Announces Tribute, Conversations, Presentations and Special Screening of ‘Youth’

LOS ANGELES, CA, October 26, 2015 — The American Film Institute announced today the latest wave of programming at AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi that includes a dual...