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The Midwife – Review

3 hours ago

(l-r) Catherine Deneuve as Béatrice Sobolevski and Catherine Frot as Claire Breton in The Midwife. Photo by Michaâl Crotto. Courtesy of Music Box Films ©

Two great Catherines – Deneuve and Frot – star in The Midwife, a thoughtful French-language tale of family, childhood memories, and changing life in modern France. As the title suggests, one of the central characters is a midwife, but the film is not about midwifery. Still the film uses the profession’s long and honorable history bringing the next generation into this world as a metaphor a changing French world. It is also telling that the French term for midwife, sage femme, also means “wise woman.”

The film is moving, touching, bittersweet and funny by turns, and an excellent exploration of relationship between women of differing generations. The midwife in the film, Claire (Catherine Frot), is a really good one, the best at the little childbirth clinic near Paris where she works. »

- Cate Marquis

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Atomic Blonde – Review

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(l-r) Charlize Theron and Sofia Boutella as Cold War era spies in East Berlin, in Atomic Blonde. Photo by Jonathan Prime. (c) Focus Features LLC

Yes, no doubt about it: Charlize Theron as a cool, efficient spy in Atomic Blonde makes James Bond look like a little old lady. This is the female action star we have been waiting for., even if the film is not perfect.

Atomic Blonde is adapted from a graphic novel, “The Coldest City,” directed by David Leitch, who helmed John Wick and is set to direct Deadpool 2. The film retains a kind of graphic novel noir visual style. Neon lights dominate, as does half-lighting and cigarette smoke. The visual style sets the mood well but the real fun of the film is in seeing Theron is the action sequences.

Charlize Theron and a wonderful handful of breath-taking, non-stop fight scenes are the major reason »

- Cate Marquis

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Lady MacBeth – Review

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Florence Pugh in Lady MacBeth. Photo credit: Roadside Attractions (c)

Director William Oldroyd’s Lady MacBeth is not Shakespeare but it is certainly Shakespearean in its bloody mix of murder and sex. The story is not about Shakespeare’s murderously ambitious character but is based on a 19th century Russian novel, “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District” by Nikolai Leskov, inspired by Shakespeare. The novel focuses on 19th century society’s strict constraints on women, driving one woman to mad, extreme measures, but this brilliant, gripping thriller of a film takes it further, into questions of class and race.

A powerful performance by beautiful Florence Pugh is sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. This costume drama is anything but restrained, apart from the corsets and the strict limits placed on women of the era, and anything but typical of the genteel genre. Director William Oldroyd makes »

- Cate Marquis

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It Movie Trailer Filled With Scares And Pennywise

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New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “It,” directed by Andy Muschietti (“Mama”), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades.

When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

Check out the scary, and I mean Scary, trailer now. I’ll have nightmares for weeks now.

“It” stars Bill Skarsgård (“Allegiant,” TV’s “Hemlock Grove”) as the story’s central villain, Pennywise. An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher (“Midnight Special”), Jeremy Ray Taylor (“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip”), Sophia Lillis (“37”), Finn Wolfhard (TV’s “Stranger Things”), Wyatt Oleff (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Chosen Jacobs (upcoming “Cops »

- Michelle Hannett

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World Premiere of Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel Closing Night of 55th New York Film Festival

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel as the Closing Night selection of the 55th New York Film Festival (September 28 – October 15), making its World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall on Saturday, October 14.

Amazon Studios will release Wonder Wheel on December 1, 2017, the first film the studio will distribute independently.

In a career spanning 50 years and almost as many features, Woody Allen has periodically refined, reinvented, and redefined the terms of his art, and that’s exactly what he does with his daring new film.

We’re in Coney Island in the 1950s. A lifeguard (Justin Timberlake) tells us a story that just might be filtered through his vivid imagination: a middle-aged carousel operator (James Belushi) and his beleaguered wife (Kate Winslet), who eke out a living on the boardwalk, are visited by his estranged daughter (Juno Temple)—a situation from which layer upon layer of all-too-human complications develop. »

- Michelle Hannett

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The Climber – The Blu Review

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Review by Roger Carpenter

After cutting his teeth on a couple of spaghetti westerns (Django Defies Sartana; Death’s Dealer), director Pasquale Squitieri moved into the popular gangster genre with Gang War in Naples and Blood Brothers, this last film including the all-star cast of Claudia Cardinale, Franco Nero, and Fabio Testi.  He then directed The Climber (1975) , a story about a young, cocky hood who climbs his way up the mafia ladder.

Cult actor Joe Dallesandro stars as the cocky hoodlum, Aldo.  Dallesandro had just completed Warhol’s Dracula and Frankenstein films and had decided to stay in Europe. He was riding a crest of popularity and had no trouble finding work.  Squitieri was happy to pick him up for this film, alongside co-star Stefania Casini (Warhol’s Dracula, Bertolucci’s 1900, as well as Suspiria).

The film opens with Aldo making off with a load of stolen cigarettes from the docks of Naples. »

- Movie Geeks

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Call Me By Your Name Poster Features Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet

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Sony Pictures Classics has released the stunning poster for Call Me By Your Name.

Don’t miss this sensual and transcendent tale of first love starring Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet & Michael Stuhlbarg.

Call Me By Your Name, the new film by Luca Guadagnino, is a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman.

It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious 17- year-old American-Italian boy, spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel). Elio enjoys a close relationship with his father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother Annella (Amira Casar), a translator, who favor him with the fruits of high culture in a setting that overflows with natural delights.

While Elio’s »

- Michelle Hannett

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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Blu-ray of The Exception Starring Lily James and Christopher Plummer

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Make the ultimate choice when the espionage thriller, The Exception, arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD August 8 from Lionsgate. Set during World War II in Nazi-occupied Holland, The Exceptionfollows German officer Captain Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney), who must carefully choose between his country and an unexpected romance amidst political unrest. Based on Alan Judd’s captivating novel, “The Kaiser’s Last Kiss,” the film also stars Oscar® winner Christopher Plummer (Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Beginners, 2011) and features a standout performance by Lily James. Directed by five-time Tony Award® nominee David Leveaux and written for the screen by Simon BurkeThe Exception Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Now you can own the The Exception Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has Four copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering »

- Tom Stockman

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Faster Pussycat Kill Kill! Screening at Schlafly Bottleworks August 2nd

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Russ Meyer’s Faster Pussycat Kill Kill! screens Wednesday, August 2nd at 8pm at Schlafly Bottleworks Restaurant and Bar (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143) as part of Webster University’s Award-Winning Strange Brew Film Series. The film will be followed by an interview with its star Tura Satana that was conducted on-stage at the Way Out Club in St. Louis in October of 2008. Admission is $5

In 1953 Playboy magazine debuted and one of its first centerfold photographers was Russ Meyer, who had been a combat photographer in WWII. Meyer had a knack, and a passion, for photographing gorgeous, busty women and felt that the gals in the nudist camp movies that were popular in the ‘50s were far too plain-looking for his tastes. In 1959, Meyer scraped together $24,000 and made The Immoral Mr. Teas, a quaint, colorful, and cartoonish movie about a nerdy fellow whose life is constantly interrupted by »

- Tom Stockman

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A Ghost Story – Review

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There is a long unedited sequence 30 minutes into A Ghost Story where a ghost, wearing a white bedsheet with two eye-holes cut out like Charlie Brown with the Great Pumpkin, is observing his sobbing widow.  She sits on the kitchen floor and eats a pie. That entire pie, bite by bite, is devoured in a scene that goes on a good five minutes. I think this is where uninformed moviegoers who may have wandered into  A Ghost Story expecting a conventional haunted house thriller will have their patience stretched to the breaking point. A Ghost Story is an arty meditation on love and loss, glacial in pace, and on the surface not much happens in it. It’s not for all tastes, but for adventurous film fans it is rewarding, one of those strange movies that promises to stay with you long after the end credits have rolled.

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- Tom Stockman

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Final Detroit Trailer – In Select Theaters Friday, July 28

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Annapurna Pictures has released a final trailer for Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit, the upcoming film with a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score as of this morning.

See the trailer before the film hits select theaters tomorrow in New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington DC, Atlanta, Houston and Baltimore and everywhere August 4th.

From the Academy Award winning director of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Detroit tells the gripping story of one of the most terrifying moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of ’67.

John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever, Jack Reynor, Ben O’Toole, Joseph David Jones, Ephraim Sykes, Leon Thomas III, Nathan Davis Jr., Peyton Alex Smith, Malcolm David Kelley, Gbenga Akinnabve, Chris Chalk, Jeremy Strong, Laz Alonzo, Austin Hebert, Miguel Pimentel, Kris Davis, with John Krasinski and Anthony Mackie star.

Detroit hits »

- Michelle Hannett

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Matt Damon, Julianne Moore And Oscar Isaac Star In Suburbicon Trailer

27 July 2017 7:32 AM, PDT

In February of 1989 a fantastic gem from director Joe Dante was released into theaters called The Burbs.

Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern and Rick Ducommun starred in what has become a Saturday night, cult classic where suburbanites at the end of a culdesac in Everywhere, U.S.A. went a little nuts when they began suspecting their neighbors of nefarious activities.

“Remember what you were saying about people in the ‘burbs, Art, people like Skip, people who mow their lawn for the 800th time, and then Snap? Well, That’S Us. It’S Not Them, That’S Us. We’Re the ones who are vaulting over the fences, and peeking in through people’s windows. We’re the ones who are Throwing Garbage In The Street, And Lighting Fires. We’Re The Ones Who Are Acting Suspicious And Paranoid, Art. We’Re The Lunatics. Us. It’S Not Them. It’s us. »

- Melissa Thompson

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Russ Meyer’s Faster Pussycat Kill Kill! Screening at Schlafly Bottleworks August 2nd

26 July 2017 5:50 PM, PDT

Russ Meyer’s Faster Pussycat Kill Kill! screens Wednesday, August 2nd at 8pm at Schlafly Bottleworks Restaurant and Bar (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143) as part of Webster University’s Award-Winning Strange Brew Film Series. The film will be followed by an interview with its star Tura Satana that was conducted on-stage at the Way Out Club in St. Louis in October of 2008. Admission is $5

In 1953 Playboy magazine debuted and one of its first centerfold photographers was Russ Meyer, who had been a combat photographer in WWII. Meyer had a knack, and a passion, for photographing gorgeous, busty women and felt that the gals in the nudist camp movies that were popular in the ‘50s were far too plain-looking for his tastes. In 1959, Meyer scraped together $24,000 and made The Immoral Mr. Teas, a quaint, colorful, and cartoonish movie about a nerdy fellow whose life is constantly interrupted by »

- Tom Stockman

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Mune: Guardian Of The Moon Coming to 300 Movie Theaters on August 12th

26 July 2017 5:24 PM, PDT

As part of a larger partnership to bring the best animation to the big screen, Gkids, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award®-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events are bringing “Mune: Guardian of the Moon” to U.S. movie theaters for its cinematic debut. Moviegoers will plunge into a world of wonder, magic and beauty in this fantastical animated adventure from the producers of “The Little Prince,” which hailed by critics as “Stunning! Captivating! Like a made-for-children Avatar!” (Le Monde).

Mune: Guardian of the Moon” will be in movie theaters nationwide for one day only on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 12:55 p.m. local time. The French produced film is being released in a new English language version featuring: Rob Lowe (Sohone), Christian Slater(Leyoon), Patton Oswalt (Mox), Ed Helms (Spleen) and Jeff Dunham (Phospho). The program also includes Gkids Minifest a super-fun, super-condensed festival of the best short animation from around the world. »

- Tom Stockman

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The Dinner Starring Richard Gere and Rebecca Hall Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD August 8th

26 July 2017 11:25 AM, PDT

Based on the international best seller of the same name, The Dinner, a dark pyshological thiller about how far parents will go to protect their children, arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD on August 8from Lionsgate. Boasting powerful performances from an all-star cast, including Golden Globe winner Richard Gere (2003, Best Actor – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Chicago), Oscar nominee Laura Linney (2007, Best Actress, The Savages), Oscar nominee Steve Coogan (2013, Best Picture,Philomena), Oscar nominee  Chloë Sevigny (1999, Best Supporting Actress, Boys Don’t Cry), and Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Hall (2009, Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Vicky Christina Barcelona), the film was nominated for Best Film at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival. Written and directed by Oscar nominee Oren Moverman (2009, Best Writing, Original Screenplay, The Messenger), The Dinner Blu-ray and DVD include audio commentary with Moverman and Linney and a photo gallery and will be available for the »

- Tom Stockman

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The Exception Starring Lily James and Christopher Plummer – Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD August 8

25 July 2017 8:40 PM, PDT

Make the ultimate choice when the espionage thriller, The Exception, arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD August 8 from Lionsgate. Set during World War II in Nazi-occupied Holland, The Exceptionfollows German officer Captain Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney), who must carefully choose between his country and an unexpected romance amidst political unrest. Based on Alan Judd’s captivating novel, “The Kaiser’s Last Kiss,” the film also stars Oscar® winner Christopher Plummer (Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Beginners, 2011) and features a standout performance by Lily James. Directed by five-time Tony Award® nominee David Leveaux and written for the screen by Simon BurkeThe Exception Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

A riveting World War II thriller filled with espionage and romance in equal measure, The Exception follows German officer Captain Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) as he goes on »

- Tom Stockman

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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind Celebrates 40th Anniversary With New Poster And Trailer

25 July 2017 1:54 PM, PDT

“This means something. This is important.” Prior to the 4th of July holiday, this mysterious video was released sparking a wildfire of internet buzz over the below teaser. Was it a clever way to announce a remake or sequel? Either way it was pretty awesome.

Now we know.

A 40th Anniversary trailer and poster have landed for Sony Pictures Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.  The film will be re-released in cinemas September 1, 2017.

As a highlight of the celebration, the film has been restored and remastered in 4K and will be returning to the big screen in the United States and Canada. The Director’s Cut will receive an exclusive 1 week engagement in theaters across the country starting September 1, as well as a World Premiere in the Venezia Classici section of the Venice International Film Festival.

In their original review from 1977, The Hollywood Reporter wrote:

“To get to the bottom line with minimum delay, »

- Michelle Hannett

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Julianne Moore And Matt Damon Are Featured In First Look Photos From George Clooney’s Suburbicon

25 July 2017 12:07 PM, PDT

Left to right: Matt Damon as Gardner and Noah Jupe as Nicky in Suburbicon, from Paramount Pictures and Black Bear Pictures.

See the first images from George Clooney’s highly anticipated Suburbicon starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Noah Jupe and Oscar Isaac.

Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns…the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that.

But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence.

Left to right: Julianne Moore as Margaret and Matt Damon as Gardner in Suburbicon, from Paramount Pictures and Black Bear Pictures.

This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices. This is Suburbicon.

Suburbicon is in theaters October 27, 2017

Follow Suburbicon online

Facebook: @SuburbiconMovie

Twitter: @SuburbiconMovie »

- Michelle Hannett

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Ben Stiller Stars In Brad’S Status – Check out The Delightful Trailer

25 July 2017 8:38 AM, PDT

Are you powerful, wealthy, retired or Brad?

Find out in the brand new trailer for Brad’ Status.

When Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) accompanies his college bound son to the East Coast, the visit triggers a crisis of confidence in Brad’S Status, writer and director Mike White’s bittersweet comedy.

Brad has a satisfying career and a comfortable life in suburban Sacramento where he lives with his sweet-natured wife, Melanie (Jenna Fischer), and their musical prodigy son, Troy (Austin Abrams), but it’s not quite what he imagined during his college glory days.

Showing Troy around Boston, where Brad went to university, he can’t help comparing his life with those of his four best college friends: a Hollywood bigshot (White), a hedge fund founder (Luke Wilson), a tech entrepreneur (Jemaine Clement), and a political pundit and bestselling author (Michael Sheen).

As he imagines their wealthy, glamorous lives, he wonders »

- Michelle Hannett

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First Look Photo of Johnny Depp From Set Of Richard Says Goodbye

25 July 2017 7:56 AM, PDT

Principal photography started on location in Vancouver on Richard Says Goodbye starring three-time Academy Award® nominee Johnny Depp, it was announced today by Im Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford.

Golden Globe® nominee Danny Huston (Wonder Woman, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Rosemarie DeWitt (La La Land, Rachel’s Getting Married), Zoey Deutch (Everybody Wants Some!!, upcoming The Disaster Artist), Devon Terrell (Barry), and Odessa Young (Looking for Grace, The Daughter) have joined the cast of the comedy drama, which is written and directed by Wayne Roberts (Katie Says Goodbye).

Im Global and Cirrina Studios are co-financing the film with additional financing from Leeding Media.

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Sinister, Midnight Special) of Automatik Entertainment and Im Global’s President of Production Greg Shapiro (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) are producing the film. Ford and Miguel Palos of Im Global, Karine Martin, David Lipman and Jim Pesoli of Cirrina Studios, David U. Lee »

- Michelle Hannett

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