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TIFF: ‘Downriver’ is a deeply chilling murder mystery

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The TIFF website succinctly describes its Discovery section as "Directors to watch. The future of world cinema". Hailing from Down Under is a film...

AFI Fest: Philomena (★★★)

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After receiving praise in both Venice and Toronto, “Philomena” finally made its way to Los Angeles as part of AFI Fest 2013. Despite its...

NYFF Film Review: ‘Happy as Lazzaro’ Looks at Class Disparity With a Slow Burn

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Neorealism is an acquired taste, film wise. For some, it is among the heights of cinema. For others, it can be a slog to...

Middleburg Film Review: ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Uses Words as Weapons and Images...

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2016 MIDDLEBURG FILM FESTIVAL: Following magnificent and sophisticated documentaries about the civil rights movement, "I Am Not Your Negro" from Raoul Peck had huge...

TIFF 2019: Praise Pours In for Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’

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Rian Johnson's much anticipated "Knives Out" had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival to raving first reactions, describing this ensemble whodunit as...

Telluride Review: ‘Wakefield’ Is an Odd and Eccentric Surprise

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2016 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston) is a middle-aged, suburban-living  man who has always lived by the rules. Until one day, shortly after...

SXSW: Much Ado About Nothing (***½)

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Much Ado About Nothing is like much like the libations consumed in the film, a plentiful, seemingly endless pool of delight. Joss Whedon's bold...

LAFF 2013: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (***½)

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Black civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs is one of the most intelligent and energetic 97-year-old women to ever grace the screen. Every second...
Cafe Society

Woody Allen’s ‘Café Society’ to Open 2016 Cannes Film Festival

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Woody Allen’s latest, “Café Society,” will open the 69th Festival International du Film de Cannes on May 11, it was announced today. The move marks...

Noah Baumbach’s ‘Marriage Story’ Set as NYFF Centerpiece Selection

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Noah Baumbach's "Marriage Story" has been selected as the Centerpiece selection at this year's New York Film Festival. The film stars Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers:...

Sundance Interview: Andrew McConnell and Mick Mahon Discuss Hope, Humanity, and Their Documentary ‘Gaza’

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2019 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: On the western coast of Israel, along the Mediterranean Sea, lies a 25 mile strip of territory called Gaza. Years...

LAFF 2013: My Sister’s Quinceañera (**½)

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The coming-of-age story is the new "go-to" Hollywood narrative, but director Aaron Douglas Johnston attempts something rather different with his take on the subgenre....

Comic-Con: Writing for TV: From First Draft to Getting Staffed

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a writer on a TV show or how to become one? During Comic-Con Spiro Skentzos...

NYFF Film Review: ‘Last Flag Flying’ Soars with Steve Carell Leading the Charge

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2017 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Going through the Richard Linklater filmography, you discover his obsession with the theme of time whether it's in his...

Film Fest 919 Audience Award Goes To ‘Parasite’

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Yesterday, the second annual Film Fest 919 announced its Audience Award, capping a week of movies and celebration of cinema down in Chapel Hill,...
The Two Popes

‘The Two Popes’ Is a Favorite at Hamptons International Film Festival

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Fernando Meirelles took the Hamptons by storm with his new film, "The Two Popes," which won the festival's coveted Audience Award. The drama about...
Marta Kauffman

Marta Kauffman to be Honored Alongside Paul Feig and Nancy Meyers at Austin Film...

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The Austin Film Festival is set to honor Emmy and Golden Globe-winning television writer, producer and showrunner Marta Kauffman, as the 2016 Outstanding Television Writer.  Kauffman...

TIFF Review: ‘City of Tiny Lights’ Is a Compelling but Uninspired Neo-Noir

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As the lines between TV and film are increasingly blurred, there's no doubt that film directors have had to step up their game to...

BREAKING: Venice Film Festival Lineup May Include ‘Suburbicon,’ ‘The Shape of Water’

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Ahead of next week's full schedule release, Variety reports that George Clooney's "Suburbicon" and Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" are expected to...

27th Hamptons International Film Festival Announces Jury and Special Prizes

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The 27th Hamptons International Film Festival comes to a close today, and with it comes the announcement of awards and prizes. The slate of exceptional...

Berlinale Review: ‘T2 Trainspotting’ Deftly Balances Sentimentality With Sobering Substance

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2017 Berlin International Film Festival: Danny Boyle's original "Trainspotting" was a seminal masterpiece (and based on Irvine Welsh's novel of the same name). Welsh's novel...

SHOUT! Studios Acquires ‘Tito and the Birds,’ Screening TIFF 2018

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While Disney and Pixar are synonymous with the animated feature category, several more studios have begun to push into the race. Animation is a global medium, and...

London Film Festival Releases a Stellar Lineup for 2018

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News has been slow on the London Film Festival but today they've done a lot to add new films to their lineup. We've known a...

TIFF Film Review: ‘Joker’ Doesn’t Reinvent the Comic Book Movie, But It Keeps the...

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2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: The Joker is one of the most familiar, and intriguing villains to ever exists both on screen and in...

AFI Film Festival Review: Goodnight Mommy (★★½)

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Austrian film has made its foray into the horror genre with the film, Goodnight Mommy. In an isolated house outside of town, twin brothers Lukas...

Reese Witherspoon opens Telluride to ‘WILD’ raves

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At 4 o'clock, Telluride attendees sat down for the kickoff film of the festival: Jean-Marc Vallée's Wild.  Last year, Vallée directed two actors to Oscar-winning...

Mike Leigh’s ‘Mr. Turner’ Wows at #Cannes2014 – New Trailer, Clips, Images Released

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One of the film's that have been on my radar for Oscar this coming season is Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner starring the always dependable...

TIFF Announces Another 115 Films, Including “22 July,” “Mid90s,” and “Boy Erased”

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Earlier today, we received the opening and closing films for TIFF 2018. Now, we've received an additional 100 films to screen at the festival....

Interview: Composer Max Richter Discusses Experimental Music and Scoring ‘Ad Astra’ Twice

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It's been eleven years since Max Richter burst onto the scene with the score for Oscar-nominated, "Waltz With Bashir," an animated feature that would...

Film Review #2: Foxcatcher (★★½)

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AFI Film Festival: To quote a much different movie, "I feel like I'm taking crazy pills." That's the only way to explain the fact that...

TIFF 2015 Preview: Finnish nuclear power doc RETURN OF THE ATOM

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WORLD PREMIERE: Following the 2006 TIFF premiere of his short THE ZONE OF TOTAL ECLIPSE (Wavelengths), Finnish director Mika Taanila returns to Toronto with...
Wonderstruck

Telluride Review: ‘Wonderstruck’ Falters from Director Todd Haynes

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2017 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: In 2011, John Logan adapted Brian Selznick's wonderfully magical book "Hugo" for director Martin Scorsese. The end result was not only...

Telluride Film Review: Kitty Green’s ‘The Assistant’ Highlights Complicity With A Star Making Turn...

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2019 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: Kitty Green writes and directs a heavy, dour look into the makings of a monster, and the complicit nature in...

NYFF: ‘Club Sandwich’, ‘The Dog’, and ‘Jimmy P.’ All Have Their High Points

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Club Sandwich (★★★) A rather unique take on the coming of age tale, Club Sandwich is a very slow burn comedy that embraces the awkwardness...

Comic Con 2015: MTV’s The Shannara Chronicles

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One of the bigger network gambles coming this TV season is MTV's The Shannara Chronicles, a big budget adaptation of the series written by...

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