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Review: ‘Remember Me’ is a Humorously Tragic Dramedy

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I’d assume the majority of people treat/treated their grandparents as somewhat of an escape. They were family who you loved and cared for that had a home you could stay at whenever you wanted. So you showed face once in a while to do your due diligence in case that guest room was needed in the near future. Maybe you took them to a show, kept them company, or simply shared a meal. It’s a nice gesture—one that scores karma points on a nonexistent scale your conscience cares about anyway. Suffer through the small talk. Endure the awkward silences when pleasantries are exhausted. Check your watch, “remember” a necessary task, and stage your exit until next month’s session. In Remember Me, Vincent Seder (Steve Goldbloom) has it down to a science.

His self-absorbed buzzkill of a voiceover anchor—who fancies himself a journalist despite the »

- Jared Mobarak

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The Film Stage Show Ep. 271 – Justice League

20 November 2017 8:02 PM, PST

Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today, Bill Graham and I are joined by Dan Mecca, uniting in a Judgement League. We talk about the newest entry into the Dceu, Justice League, directed by Zack Snyder. Be warned: Spoilers come later in the episode, but we don’t have a hard break between sections.

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- Brian Roan

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Doc NYC Review: ’12th and Clairmount’ is an Evocative History Lesson

20 November 2017 6:29 PM, PST

Produced collaboratively by the Detroit Free Press and community institutions, 12th and Clairmount is a rare immersive look at Detroit during the unrest of 1967, the same time period chronicled through the lens of the Algers Hotel massacre in Kathryn Bigelow’s horrific Detroit. Directed by Brian Kaufman with the assistance of longtime beat reporters, the film tells the story of common Detroit residents of color as the city experiences white flight to the suburbs. Kaufman chooses to tell the story through 400 reels of 16mm home movie footage donated by families, news footage, newspaper clippings, voice-over, and crude drawings. The drawings, which look as if they were provided by the paper’s courtroom sketch artist, don’t create as polished a portrait as a film like Keith Maitland’s Tower.

12th and Clairmount, despite its name, isn’t focused on a single event. Rather it’s a commemorative film in which »

- John Fink

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‘The Mercy’ Trailer: Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz Sail the High Seas

20 November 2017 6:01 PM, PST

The Theory of Everything and Man on Wire director James Marsh is once again looking back to history for his next film. In The Mercy, he’s shipping Colin Firth around the globe as infamous yachting fraud Donald Crowhurst, who sent falsified reports of his location as his vastly underprepared crew tried to stay the course.

Also starring Rachel Weisz, the first trailer has now arrived ahead of a February release in the United Kingdom. With a mix of romance and adventure, hopefully it has more of a bite than Marsh’s last film. Lionsgate haven’t set a U.S. release date yet, but one see the preview below.

Following his Academy Award® nominated film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the »

- Jordan Raup

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Review: ‘Coco’ Plucks Guitar Strings and Heartstrings

20 November 2017 5:23 PM, PST

Pixar’s 19th feature Coco was conceived as a tribute to Mexican culture, which is perhaps its most innovative quality, though it’s nevertheless a transporting and entertaining addition to their canon. It’s a testament to the animation company’s creative ingenuity that they have managed to make a film that tackles a subject matter as desolate as death in ways that children could breezily enjoy and adults could ponder in more thought-provoking ways. After a string of films ranging from safe sequels (Finding Dory) to franchise duds (Cars 3) to not-fully-realized adventures (The Good Dinosaur), this is Pixar coming back in a heartfelt, gorgeous way.

Coco’s main protagonist is 12-year-old Miguel Rivera (Anthony Gonzalez, in fine vocal form) who was raised by his family to disavow anything having to do with music. It’s been three generations since the Riveras have even heard music in the house, »

- The Film Stage

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Daniel Day-Lewis Gets Fashionable in New Trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread’

20 November 2017 6:26 AM, PST

If you can press pause on your umpteenth viewing of the trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, a new look at the 1950s-set fashion drama has arrived. Before the first screening of the film, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, and Lesley Manville, occurs this Friday in La for Academy and SAG members, Focus Features have released a new batch of images, as well as a SAG-geared poster, which takes a different angle from the official poster.

“It’s not your standard love story,” PTA tells EW. “It’s more peculiar for sure. A lot of directors have tried and failed to make Rebecca. I’m probably next in line, but it’s a different story. I’m a large aficionado of those large Gothic romance movies as the old masters might do them. What I like about those kinds of love stories is that they’re very suspenseful. »

- Jordan Raup

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‘The Road Movie’ Trailer: Russian Dash-Cam Documentary Brings Non-Fiction Insanity

20 November 2017 5:57 AM, PST

Much of the Western world first learned about the weird, wonderful, and bizarre culture of Russian dashboard cameras in 2013, when the Chelyabinsk meteor blazed across the Ural Mountains and was captured on a multitude of low-grade lenses. Now, there is a documentary set to open in this nation next year from Oscilloscope Laboratories composed solely of Russian automobile footage.

Entitled The Road MovieDmitrii Kalashnikov’s feature premiered at the 2016 International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam and played at the prestigious True/False Film Festival. Judging from the just-premiered trailer and its plethora of descriptive pull quotes, The Road Movie promises to be a “can’t believe your eyes” extravaganza, featuring armed road rage, bears, forest fires, and tanks.

See the trailer and poster below.

A mosaic of asphalt adventures, landscape photography, and some of the craziest shit you’ve ever seen, Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s The Road Movie is a »

- Ryan Swen

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Listen: Greta Gerwig and Spike Jonze Discuss ‘Lady Bird,’ Directorial Advice, and Motherhood

20 November 2017 5:47 AM, PST

Not only is Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, one of the year’s best films, it’s also one the most successful. In under 250 theaters, it’s already made nearly $5 million and is well on its way to becoming one of A24’s biggest films. Since its debut at Telluride, Gerwig and her collaborators have been going in-depth on the making of the coming-of-age story and now today we have one of the most essential conversations.

Sitting down at the DGA theater in Los Angeles, Gerwig participated in a talk with Spike Jonze. In preparing for the film, Gerwig would call up directors — including Jonze, Mike Mills, Rebecca Miller, Wes Anderson, Todd Solondz, Whit Stillman, and, of course, Noah Baumbach — and talk to them for hours about a variety of questions she had. So, this was a reunion of sorts for Jonze and Gerwig as they discussed the advice that was given. »

- Jordan Raup

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