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Aurora Borealis | 2017 Warsaw Film Festival Review

21 October 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

Daughters of the Dawn: Meszaros Examines Painful Period with Reconciliation Drama

Hungary’s cinematic canon can’t be discussed without a deliberation on the importance of Marta Meszaros, credited as the country’s first woman director (with 1968’s The Girl), and until Ildiko Enyedi’s 2017 On Body and Soul, was the only Hungarian Golden Bear winner out of the Berlin International Film Festival with 1975’s Adoption.

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- Nicholas Bell

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Hungry like the Wolf: Naomi Watts Toplines Alistair Banks Griffin’s Psychological Thriller

20 October 2017 12:20 PM, PDT

Alistair Banks Griffin is currently in pre-production and finally gearing up for his long-awaited sophomore feature with Naomi Watts confirmed as the lead in the not to be confused with the Haneke film, The Wolf Hour.

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- Eric Lavallée

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Wonderstruck | Review

20 October 2017 12:05 PM, PDT

Time After Time: Haynes Captures Wistful Tone of Bygone Eras

American indie auteur Todd Haynes explores dual cinematic pastiche in his most family friendly film to date, Wonderstruck, adapted from the novel by Brian Selznick (of The Invention of Hugo Cabret).

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- Nicholas Bell

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer | Review

20 October 2017 11:05 AM, PDT

The Dear Hunter: Lanthimos Flatlines with Terse Revenge Fantasy

There’s no arguing the unique capabilities of Greek Weird Wave alum Yorgos Lanthimos, who broke out back in 2009 with Dogtooth.

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- Nicholas Bell

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Bpm (Beats Per Minute) | Review

20 October 2017 10:05 AM, PDT

The Beat Goes On: Campillo Mounts Generous Homage to Act Up Paris

While there are several noted cinematic renderings of the early days of the AIDS crisis and the subsequent activism in response to a lack of resources, information, or humanity at the governmental level, Robin Campillo’s Bpm (Beats Per Minute) is perhaps the first to present a sobering, gracefully humanizing homage in the completest sense possible to some of the brave men and women on the frontlines of these nightmarish years.

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- Nicholas Bell

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Reviews & Reflections: Östlund’s The Square Leads Top 5 Nyff Films That Lived Up To The Hype

19 October 2017 12:15 PM, PDT

As the New York Film Festival comes to a close, so marks the end of the 2017 festival season: a year-long tsunami that began with Sundance, gathered force in Berlin, crested in Cannes and kept rolling through Venice, Telluride, Toronto and, until this past Sunday, Nyff 55.

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- Dylan Kai Dempsey

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Sweet Country | 2017 BFI London Film Festival Review

19 October 2017 11:45 AM, PDT

Once Upon a Time in Australia: Thornton’s Western-inspired Saga of Violent Racial Discrimination

Racial tensions in Australian society are given historic treatment in the outback-Western Sweet Country, Warwick Thornton’s follow-up to his immensely successful debut Samson & Delilah, which received the Camera d’Or in Cannes Film Festival in 2009.

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- Emre Caglayan

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Guess Who’s Coming to the Awards Dinner? Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” Leads 2017 Gotham Award Noms

19 October 2017 11:30 AM, PDT

Today’s Gotham Awards nominees announcement proves that the film’s themselves have their own against all odds narratives. With the five noms for the Best Feature category, we have the studio pic made for the price of two Moonlights that has netted profit of 250 million (Get Out).

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- Eric Lavallée

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Journeyman | 2017 BFI London Film Festival Review

18 October 2017 11:05 AM, PDT

Fading Bull: Considine’s Heartfelt Drama of an Incapacitated Boxer

Following his final championship match, a boxer suffers a serious head injury that alters his personality and hinders his physical abilities, with far-reaching consequences upon his family and friends in Journeyman, written and directed by Paddy Considine, who also stars in the main role.

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- Emre Caglayan

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Wonder Wheel | 2017 Nyff Review

17 October 2017 12:30 PM, PDT

Woody Allen’s Wheel of Misfortunes: An Opera of Human Frailty

Year after year, films by the prolific Woody Allen seem to build on each other like snippets of a longer conversation.

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- Dylan Kai Dempsey

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Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune Femme) | 2017 BFI London Film Festival Review

17 October 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

Wander Woman: Serraille’s Tantalizing Tale of Wayward Independence

Upon breaking up with her former lover, a youthful woman roams the streets of Paris with a view to securing economic stability in Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune Femme), written and directed by first timer Léonor Serraille.

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- Emre Caglayan

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On Chesil Beach | 2017 BFI London Film Festival Review

17 October 2017 11:45 AM, PDT

On the Waterfront: Cooke’s Tender Adaptation of Sexual Aversion in 1960s England

A couple of newly weds hit an irresolvable and unpleasant barrier during their awkward honeymoon dinner in On Chesil Beach, adapted for the screen by Ian McEwan from his critically acclaimed novella.

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- Emre Caglayan

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Criterion Collection: Personal Shopper | Blu-ray Review

17 October 2017 11:15 AM, PDT

One of French auteur Olivier Assayas’ most divisive films to date (it drew jeers at its premiere at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, but snatched him a Best Director win, his first accolade after competing five times on the Croisette), Personal Shopper is a deliciously odd little duck.

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- Nicholas Bell

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Criterion Collection: The Lure | Blu-ray Review

17 October 2017 10:30 AM, PDT

Agnieszka Smoczynska’s idiosyncratic directorial debut The Lure has cult classic written all over it.

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- Nicholas Bell

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