Austin Film Festival

‘Bleed for This,’ ‘Edge of Seventeen’ and Filmmakers Set for Austin Film Festival

The Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference announced its Centerpiece and Closing Night Films Tuesday. Coming-of-age dramedy “The Edge of Seventeen” is the Centerpiece film, while boxing drama “Bleed for This” will close the fest. “The Edge of Seventeen” closed Toronto International Film Festival last week. The film stars Oscar nominees Hailee Steinfeld and Woody […]

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NYFF Film Review: ‘Yourself and Yours’ Strikes a Unique Chord

2016 New York Film Festival: There’s an involuntary reaction that sometimes happens while watching certain foreign films. You start to wonder what the American remake would be like. “Yourself and Yours,” the latest from filmmaker Hong Sang-soo, is itself somewhat of a remake. This is a spin on Luis Buñuel‘s film “That Obscure Object of Desire,” with […]

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WATCH: Trailer for Ava DuVernay’s ‘The 13th’

The first trailer for Ava DuVernay‘s “The 13th” was released today courtesy of Netflix. The documentary will premiere Friday at New York Film Festival. It will also have a limited theater run Oct. 7 and will release on Netflix the same day. “The 13th” is the first nonfiction film to open the festival. The official […]

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NYFF Film Review: ‘Graduation’ Represents a Grim Slice of Romanian Life

2016 New York Film Festival: At this point, it doesn’t look like Cristian Mungiu is ever going to make a happy-go-lucky film. With his latest outing, the drama “Graduation,” he’s perhaps gone into overkill. It especially seems off when the movie sort of veers toward a happy-ish ending, which is at odds with what has come before. At its […]

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NYFF Film Review: ‘Moonlight’ Captures Urban Truth in a Masterful Manner

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL 2016: A magnificent portrait of urban life, Barry Jenkins‘ astounding “Moonlight” captures the essence of a generation. Acting as urban cinema’s “Brokeback Mountain” and “Boyhood,” it’s as if we got to see “Ennis” and “Mason” grow up in a different culture and era. In this case, it’s even more powerful and profound. […]

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NYFF Film Review: ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Soars on Wit, Humor and Heart

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL 2016: What a joyous, funny and moving portrait of man. “I, Daniel Blake” from director Ken Loach ravishes and lives in the mind and hearts of its characters, holding tightly the raw and emotional power that they bestow upon their world. The centerpiece is that of the two invigorating performances from its stars […]

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s Doc ‘Before the Flood’ to Bow in Europe at London Film Festival

Leonardo DiCaprio‘s climate change doc “Before the Flood” will have its European debut at the BFI London Film Festival. The festival announced the news Monday. The film had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 9. The film will screen as part of the Special Presentations banner on Oct. 15. Ava DuVernay’s […]

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TIFF: ‘La La Land’ Wins the 2016 People’s Choice Award

Closing out the fest with its anticipated awards ceremony, the Toronto International Film Festival handed out several prizes at the TIFF Bell Lightbox today. Unsurprisingly it was “La La Land” which claimed the coveted People’s Choice Award, further confirming its status as the darling of the festival circuit so far. Elsewhere, Pablo Larrain’s critical hit […]

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TIFF Review: ‘Vaya’ and ‘We Are Never Alone’ Bring Harrowing Tales of Two Cities

When it comes to international film festivals, it’s almost a given that there will be at least one dark multi-narrative film among the lineup. This year’s Toronto International Film Festival was no exception. Hailing from two countries as vastly different as South Africa and the Czech Republic, respectively, directors Akin Omotoso and Petr Václav brought a […]