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    AFI Film Festival Review: ‘The Truth’ Solely Revolves Around Catherine Deneuve

    For as long as there has been theater, there’s been the trope of the prima donna actress. When done best, it either exaggerates the behavior to comic degree (see Dianne Weist in “Bullets Over Broadway”) or makes efforts to take their concerns seriously (see Juliette Binoche in “Clouds of Sils Maria”). As he showed in the Oscar-nominated film “Shoplifters,” […] More

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    Venice Film Festival: Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘The Truth’ Opens Festival with High Praise Reactions for Lead Actress Catherine Deneuve

    The fall movie season is in full swing as the 76th Venice Film Festival begins with Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s opening night French drama, “The Truth” at the Sala Grande. The film marks the Japanese filmmaker’s first trek into a different dialect in his feature film career, just fresh off last year’s Palme d’Or-winning film and official Oscar-nominated selection […] More

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    NYFF Film Review: Robert Pattinson Provides Compelling Work in the Confounding ‘High Life’

    There are times in Claire Denis‘ new movie “High Life” that it’s almost impossible to know what’s on her mind. At other times, the haunting images and strong lead performance from Robert Pattinson shines through. It’s a puzzling bit of cinema playing at the New York Film Festival. Often confounding, nearly impenetrable, and almost impossible […] More

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    NYFF Film Review: ‘Non-Fiction’ Lives In Its Ensemble and Its Simplicity

    2018 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Charm and satire are wonderfully intertwined in Olivier Assayas‘ cleverly constructed foreign piece “Non-Fiction.”  Assembling a thunderous cast that includes Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche, Guillaume Canet, Vincent Macaigne, and Nora Hamzawi, this prickly yet enjoyable ensemble elevates a simple enough story about the changing world of literature as the […] More

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    A24 Picks Up Claire Denis English Debut ‘High Life’ Starring Robert Pattinson

    A24 loves to work with strong filmmakers and they’ve proven it over the years. From Great Gerwig to Barry Jenkins, the studio loves to bring up new talent. However, they’ve also spent time working to make inroads with established filmmakers. Today, they reached a deal to bring one of those filmmakers into the fold. At TIFF, Claire Denis‘ new film […] More

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    Hirokazu Kore-eda Sets ‘La Vérité’ with Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke

    The Cannes Film Festival can provide a career boost to any filmmaker who attends. However, for some auteurs, it showcases their talents on an international stage. Hirokazu Kore-eda has been making quality films for years. He finally received validation from the international film community when “Shoplifters” won the Palme D’Or this past summer. With that acknowledgment, a very […] More

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    Top 10: Best Performances from a ‘Twilight’ Alum

    Few film franchises have endured more ire than the “Twilight” franchise. The first film was produced for a relatively small budget from Summit Entertainment in 2008. While met with middling reviews, it became a massive surprise hit amongst the younger crowds. From there, the sequels skyrocketed in box office, but took a nosedive in quality. […] More

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    Film Review: L’ATTESA (The Wait) (★★★)

    Italian director Piero Messina has graduated from his mentor’s tutelage – Paolo Sorrentino of The Great Beauty fame — with his stunning debut feature, the piercingly tragic L’attesa (The Wait). Like many new filmmakers looking to impress, Messina is guilty of overtly stylizing to an unnecessary degree, especially given how fundamentally simple his premise is. […] More

  • Film Review: The 33 (★★)

    I have no doubt that there’s a powerful film to be made about the chilean miners that captured our attention about a half decade ago. Sadly, The 33 is not that film. Well intentioned and good natured, the movie is all over the place, with certain sequences that are downright terrible. Now, director Patricia Riggen […] More

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