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NYC Weekend Watch: Carlo Di Palma, ‘Blow Up,’ ‘World on a Wire’ & More
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Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind tha
Film Society of Lincoln Center
The great Carlo Di Palma shot some of the finest films ever made, so he gets a series. Featuring Antonioni, Allen, Bertolucci, and more.
Though well past sold-out, the uncut print of Suspiria plays this weekend, as does 3 Women.
The top 10 of director Sergei Loznitsa screens.
Blow Up has been restored and begins screening. »
- Nick Newman
‘From the Land of the Moon’ Exclusive Clip: Marion Cotillard and Louis Garrel Make a Promise
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After taking on two high-profile Hollywood projects last year with Allied and Assassin’s Creed, Marion Cotillard’s latest roles find her going back to her native country. After Ismael’s Ghosts opened Cannes this year, one of last year’s selections, Nicole Garcia’s From the Land of the Moon, arrives in limited U.S. theatrical release today and we’re pleased to debut an exclusive clip.
Set after World War II, the romantic drama follows the actress bound by a loveless and begins an affair. Also starring Louis Garrel and Álex Brendemühl, this clip, courtesy of Sundance Selects, finds the characters played by Cotillard and Garrel making a promise. Check out the exclusive preview below, along with the trailer.
Based on the international best-selling novel and starring Academy Award®-winner Marion Cotillard, From The Land Of The Moon is the story of a free-spirited woman fighting for passionate »
- Jordan Raup
New to Streaming: ‘The Lovers,’ ‘The Graduate,’ ‘Person to Person,’ ‘Obit,’ and More
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With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Small-time private detective Tommy Akhtar (Riz Ahmed) has all the swagger of a hard-boiled snoop: leather jacket on his shoulders and cigarette in his mouth, leaning against London architecture in the darkened night. His office resides above some shops, he makes friendly with local convenience store owner Mrs. Elbaz (Myriam Acharki), and asks new clients where they found him because he’s not advertising in the paper. »
- Jordan Raup
Dealing with the Baggage of ‘The Simpsons Movie’
23 hours ago
Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.
I was born in June of 1992, a year particularly important to Simpsons lore. On one hand, my date of birth fell three months before the airing of the show’s fourth season, which is considered by many »
- Ethan Vestby
‘Suburbicon’ Trailer: Oscar Isaac Preys on Matt Damon and Julianne Moore
27 July 2017 6:08 AM, PDT
As has been proven in cinema past, George Clooney and the Coens are a match made in heaven. In a new project, their collaboration is a bit different. Following our first look at Clooney’s next directorial effort Suburbicon, scripted by his Hail, Caesar! directors, the debut trailer has now arrived for the darkly comedic film that stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Noah Jupe, and Oscar Isaac.
“Well, it’s tricky not to give too much away. It takes place in 1959 on the East Coast. A suburb like Levittown, Pennsylvania,” Clooney tells THR. “Matt Damon and Julianne Moore get into a great deal of trouble and make some terrible decisions. Oscar Isaac comes in and sets into motion a series of pretty horrendous crimes. Basically, Oscar gets to come in and steal the movie.”
Check out the trailer below for the film set to stop by Tiff and Venice ahead of a fall release. »
- Jordan Raup
First Trailer for Sundance Winner ‘The Force’ Goes Behind the Badge
27 July 2017 5:23 AM, PDT
As the rallying cries for reform when it comes to policing in this country get louder by the day, one filmmaker is diving into the middle of the issue. Peter Nicks’ The Force goes deep inside the Oakland Police Department and the results look to be a gripping, unsensationalized document. Winner of the Director’s Prize at this year’s Sundance in its U.S. Documentary category, the first trailer has now arrived ahead of a September release.
“Some of the footage brings to mind Fox’s Cops, as we follow officers on the beat as they answer routine calls,” we said in our review. “Lawrence Lerew’s editing never stylizes the material, allowing the footage to speak for itself, cutting only for emotional impact. When we see officer’s body-cam footage, it’s garbled and choppy, seemingly filming at a rate of about two frames-per-second. What happens in that »
- Jordan Raup
Venice 2017 Lineup Includes ‘Zama,’ ‘Lean on Pete,’ ‘Mektoub,’ ‘Brawl In Cell Block 99,’ and More
27 July 2017 4:26 AM, PDT
On the heels of the Toronto International Film Festival announcement earlier this week, Venice Film Festival have now delivered their full lineup and while there’s no Terrence Malick as rumored, there’s a plethora of highly-anticipated titles. Along with the previously-announced opener Downsizing and the expected Suburbicon, mother!, The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, there’s Lucrecia Martel’s Zama, Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete, Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color follow-up Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno, and Brawl In Cell Block 99, the latest film from Bone Tomahawk director S. Craig Zahler.
Also in the lineup is Errol Morris’s Netflix crime drama Wormwood, Paul Schrader’s First Reformed, Frederick Wiseman’s Ex Libris – New York Public Library, Hirokazu Koreeda’s The Third Murder, Takeshi Kitano’s closing night film Outrage Coda, Michaël R. Roskam’s Racer and The Jailbird, the Kirsten Dunst-led Woodshock, »
- Jordan Raup
Jon Hamm Becomes a Hologram in First Trailer for ‘Marjorie Prime’
26 July 2017 12:15 PM, PDT
Director Michael Almereyda’s follow-up to his acclaimed 2015 film Experimenter is twofold: his documentary on Hampton Fancher, Escapes, opens today at the IFC Center, and his latest fiction feature entitled Marjorie Prime, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and received the Alfred P. Sloan Prize, is set to open on August 18.
An adaptation of Jordan Harrison’s 2014 play, the science-fiction drama concerns the eponymous Marjorie (Lois Smith) who uses hologram technology to recreate her late husband (Jon Hamm). The result appears to be a contemplative gaze upon memory and mortality, bolstered by the presence of Marjorie’s daughter and son-in-law (Geena Davis and Tim Robbins, respectively), which you can get a taste of in a new trailer.
“Played out in a calm, low-key manner, Marjorie Prime can be most compelling in the ways it prompts contemplation about one’s own life experience,” we said in our review. »
- Ryan Swen
‘Atomic Blonde’ Review: Charlize Theron Crunches Bones Through Diet John le Carré Plotting
26 July 2017 11:53 AM, PDT
There’s a bargain underlying the whole of Atomic Blonde, wherein director David Leitch wavers between its more cheeky qualities and its adherence to the conventions of generic spy fare. The film is, by definition, “cool” in every sense. Despite some wonky plotting best described as Diet John le Carré and a heavy-handed soundtrack that occasionally gets in its own way, Charlize Theron plows full steam ahead with a taut precision and a physicality commanding every moment with an icy ferocity. Thankfully, this helps you ignore the moments where Leitch employs a somewhat masturbatory, Nicolas Winding Refn-esque tendency to remind you how fucking “cool” it all is.
Set in Berlin just prior to the collapse of the wall, Theron’s Lorraine Broughton is assigned to track down a much sought-after list of all the double agents deployed by MI6 throughout the Cold War. What worked for Mission: Impossible and »
- The Film Stage
Chadwick Boseman Takes Revenge in New Trailer for ‘Message from the King’
26 July 2017 5:53 AM, PDT
Considering their lack of transparency when it comes to viewership for specific movies and shows, it’s no surprise that Netflix’s release calendar is not akin to a theatrical roll-out. While we often hear of a movie’s release many months (sometimes years) in advance, when it comes to the streaming giant, it may just be a week or two prior we’ll get a heads up that a film is arriving.
Such is the case with a new film led by Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther, 42), the old-fashioned revenge thriller. Message from the King, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival last fall, is getting a Netflix release next week and now the first trailer has arrived. Directed by Fabrice Du Welz (Alléluia, Calvaire) and also starring Luke Evans, Teresa Palmer, and Alfred Molina, check out the trailer below for the film following Boseman’s character as he heads »
- Jordan Raup
Trailers for New Restorations of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’
26 July 2017 4:37 AM, PDT
Released just 15 years apart, Lawrence of Arabia and Close Encounters of the Third Kind don’t have a great deal in common, thematically-speaking, but as far as epic theatrical experiences go, they are both one-of-a-kind. Each have recently undergone restorations for re-releases and now a pair of trailers have arrived to preview these new editions.
First up, Park Circus is distributing a new 70mm restoration of David Lean’s epic and this new trailer makes the classic look better than ever. If you’re in NYC, it’ll screen at the Museum of Moving Image in August and keep your eyes peeled for more dates throughout the country.
Next up, we have a new trailer to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic, which has been newly restored in 4K (Director’s Cut edition) and will have a one-week theatrical run starting September 1st.
Check out both previews below, »
- Jordan Raup
First Look at Matt Damon and Julianne Moore in George Clooney’s Coens-Scripted ‘Suburbicon’
25 July 2017 1:44 PM, PDT
Announced as a North American premiere at Toronto International Film Festival today, it likely means George Clooney’s next directorial effort Suburbicon will first debut at Venice Film Festival. Ahead of the debut trailer soon, the first look has now arrived for the film that stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Noah Jupe, and Oscar Isaac (as well as another major cast member not mentioned officially by Paramount, but can be easily found, though we’ll respect their want not to spoil whatever his involvement may indicate).
“This was a film they [the Coens] kept trying to get made for quite a few years,” Clooney explains to Yahoo! Movies. “I was offered to play the role that Oscar is playing back in 2001. There are some similar themes to Fargo and Burn After Reading. Hapless characters making really bad decisions. The original script took place in the 1980s and didn’t have the Mayer »
- Jordan Raup
Christopher Nolan Discusses the Making of ‘Dunkirk’ in Extensive Talks
25 July 2017 8:43 AM, PDT
Dunkirk will no doubt be a central point of discussion throughout the year in cinema (we’ve already had two differing takes) and far beyond, and for those looking to go behind the scenes of its making, today brings a number of wide-ranging talks with Christopher Nolan about his WWII epic (as well as one great conversation he moderated with Edgar Wright about Baby Driver). Ranging from the nitty-gritty technical details to the historical context (and why not a lot of it is in the film) to his thoughts on the future of filmmaking, all these are a must-watch after seeing his suspenseful thriller, preferably in IMAX 70mm if you have the opportunity.
“The idea was that you don’t depart from a very human scale of storytelling,” Nolan tells NPR. “You don’t cut away to generals in rooms with maps kind of, you know, talking about the politics or the history or whatever. »
- Jordan Raup
Ben Stiller Has a Midlife Crisis in First Trailer for Mike White’s ‘Brad’s Status’
25 July 2017 8:16 AM, PDT
Already having quite a summer with his writing duties on Beatriz at Dinner (not to mention a script credit on The Emoji Movie), Mike White is back with his first directorial feature in a decade with Brad’s Status. Starring Ben Stiller, it follows his character going through a mid-life crisis of sorts while also trying to help his son get into college.
Ahead of a release this September, the first trailer has now landed. Employing the mix of humorous drama that has defined White’s career, hopefully it’ll be an early fall highlight. Also starring Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, Jemaine Clement, Jenna Fischer, and Austin Abrams, check out the trailer below.
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 »
- Jordan Raup
Tiff 2017 Lineup Includes ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘mother!,’ ‘Downsizing,’ and More
25 July 2017 7:40 AM, PDT
Even though Toronto International Film Festival have reduced their lineup by around 20% when compared to past years, there’s no shortage of high-profile premieres and potential discoveries. Ahead of the festival, which runs from September 7 through 17, they’ve now unveiled the first look at their lineup, including Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, Darren Aronofsky’s mother!, Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, George Clooney’s Suburbicon, Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird (opening the festival), Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, and many more.
There’s also past festival favorites, including Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or winner The Square, The Rider, Mudbound, and more. Other highly-anticipated projects include Joachim Trier’s Thelma, Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience (whose A Fantastic Woman is also in the lineup), the Jessica Chastain-led Woman Walks Ahead, »
- Jordan Raup
Fantasia Review: ‘Lowlife’ is Brutal, Funny, and Violently Heart-Warming
25 July 2017 6:52 AM, PDT
An ex-junkie, ex-convict, and luchador enter a fish taco shack … the punch line is a three-pronged adventure through Compton while engulfed by the shadow of a lunatic pimp moonlighting as a black market organ wholesaler. Director Ryan Prows and the rest of his quintet of writers (Tim Cairo, Jake Gibson, Shaye Ogbonna, and Maxwell Michael Towson) bring together a menagerie of monsters, fiends, thugs, and criminals all searching for an escape in their violently heart-warming film Lowlife. Full of heinous acts justified by a universal goal to save the ones they love, every eccentrically drawn character earns our sympathy despite the blood spilled by their hands. With their worlds colliding just as each appears ready to implode, a common enemy unites the hope within to reclaim their honor.
- Jared Mobarak
Fantasia Review: ‘The Night of the Virgin’ is Brimming with Bodily Fluids and Boredom
25 July 2017 6:48 AM, PDT
Don’t mess with a Nepali “cantara” on New Year’s—especially if you’re a virgin. Had young Nico (Javier Bódalo) only been warned, he might have avoided the worst nightmare of his life. While his virginity wasn’t for a lack of trying (or spilled drinks, vomit, and curt rebukes), somehow surviving a night in the home of the first female to ever look at him with desire (Miriam Martín’s Medea) could force him to never want to undress again let alone wish to do so in the vicinity of a woman who might potentially let him. Let’s just say that Nico’s travels to a cesspool of urban filth (Medea’s bathroom rivals Trainspotting) in hopes of being deflowered by someone twice his age don’t quite turn out how he imagined.
The film that has Nico by the balls (although anus may be more »
- Jared Mobarak
Dark Mood Woods: A Twin Peaks Podcast – Episode 11
25 July 2017 4:49 AM, PDT
Welcome to Dark Mood Woods: A Twin Peaks Podcast, in which Managing Editor Nick Newman and contributor Ethan Vestby discuss David Lynch’s return to long-form filmmaking. This summer, join us as we offer insight and knowledge only devoted fans can bring, along with the curiosity of what, exactly, has been happening in the Pacific Northwest these last 25 years.
In this discussion of Episode 11, we talk the latest hour of Twin Peaks: The Return, featuring Becky’s gun-equipped rampage, Gordon Cole and company’s portal-opening trip, Dougie’s peculiar encounter with the Mitchum brothers, and more.
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MP3: Dark Mood Woods: A Twin Peaks Podcast – Episode 11
Illustration by artist Ben Holmes.
E-mail us or respond on Twitter and Facebook with any questions or comments. »
- Ethan Vestby
Review: ‘Logan Lucky’ Finds Steven Soderbergh Playing Loose and Humorous
24 July 2017 9:33 AM, PDT
Steven Soderbergh is back, baby — assuming you put less-than-a-film’s worth of stock into two ten-hour seasons of television, a premium-cable something-or-other we might (please?) one day witness, a stage play, various fan edits of classic cinema, a Twitter novella, and editing/cinematography duties on one of the 21st century’s greatest sequels.
All of which is to say that Logan Lucky, his first theatrical feature since 2013 — debates about whether or not Behind the Candelabra is at or after the cut-off point will be carried out elsewhere — probably doesn’t befit a greeting tantamount to Christ emerging in Revelations, nor come close to having that in mind. But a heap of goodwill is deserved, not least of all for how it evinces so much of what’s made him that rare journeyman between arthouse and multiplex; and while one is by and large well-inclined not to presume much about career-sized intentions, »
- Nick Newman
The Film Stage Show Ep. 255 – Dunkirk
23 July 2017 8:04 PM, PDT
Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today Michael Snydel, Bill Graham, and I give a brief moment of silence for the artists lost this past week. Then, we try to unravel what makes Dunkirk one of the best films of the summer.
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M4A: The Film Stage Show Ep. 254 – Dunkirk
00:00 – 07:23 – Introductions
07:24 – 48:03 – Dunkirk discussion
57:59 – 1:27:17 – Spoiler discussion
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- Brian Roan