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NYC Weekend Watch: The Non-Actor, Bertolucci, Aki Kaurismäki & 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 that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

“The Non-Actor,” a series so big it seems to encompass the entire history of cinema, is now underway.

Quad Cinema

A retrospective of Bertolucci’s Italian films has kicked off.

Restorations of Renoir’s The Crime of Monsieur Lange and Rivette’s La Belle Noiseuse are screening.


Films by Hartley, »

- Nick Newman

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New to Streaming: ‘Woodshock,’ ‘The Big Sick,’ ‘Heart of a Dog,’ 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.

The Big Sick (Michael Showalter)

From start to finish, The Big Sick, directed by Michael Showalter, works as a lovingly-rendered, cinematic answer to the dinner party question: “So how did you two meet?” Based on comedian Kumail Nanjiani‘s real life (he co-wrote the screenplay with his wife Emily V. Gordon), we meet Kumail (Nanjiani) as he finishes a stand-up set in Chicago. He becomes fast friends with a »

- Jordan Raup

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The Film Stage Show Ep. 272 – The Untamed

22 November 2017 8:50 PM, PST

Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today, Michael Snydel, Bill Graham and I get weird with it and talk about the almost indescribable new film from Amat Escalante, the sexual thriller The Untamed. We’re also giving away three Blu-rays of the film, courtesy of Strand Releasing. Enter by Rt’ing this or becoming a Patreon contributor by 11/27.

Subscribe on iTunes or see below to stream/download. Enter our giveaways, get access to our private Slack channel, and support new episodes by becoming a Patreon contributor.

M4A: The Film Stage Show Ep. 272 – The Untamed

00:00 – 08:16 – Introductions

08:17 – 24:12 – The Untamed review

24:13 – 01:03:01 – Spoilers

The Film Stage is supported by Mubi, a curated online cinema streaming a selection of exceptional independent, classic, and award-winning films from around the world. Each day, Mubi hand-picks a new gem and you have one month to watch it. »

- Brian Roan

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Review: ‘Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story’ Profiles the Brilliant Mind of a Hollywood Icon

22 November 2017 12:49 PM, PST

The tell-all “autobiography” Ecstasy and Me: My Life As A Woman was exactly what Hedy Lamarr’s agent wanted to make quick money. But it wasn’t her life. Whether her ghostwriter’s words were true or not, the story dealt with everything she hoped wouldn’t define her legacy. Sadly she never had the chance to set the record straight with a follow-up of her own creation despite ambitions for one. The former Hollywood starlet became a recluse, barely seen in public and hardly in a position to be listened to or believed. And yet there were rumors — clear-cut facts actually — that Lamarr did much more than act, dance, and sell war bonds. The truth had her being the inventor of a patent with an estimated market value of $30 billion. Hedy Lamarr was a trendsetting genius and no one knew.

So of course director Alexandra Dean would want to »

- Jared Mobarak

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Review: ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ is a Charming Look Behind a Beloved Story

22 November 2017 12:39 PM, PST

As Les Standiford’s book would tell it, Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) found himself in somewhat of a creative rut after a lengthy and expensive tour of America post-Oliver Twist. He had published three flops since buying a new London home in need of wholesale remodeling and began watching his pocketbook dwindle along with his confidence. It was as though the autumn of 1843 presented him a make or break moment wherein he wasn’t certain he would ever write again. And then inspiration struck with the voice of a new maid (Anna Murphy’s Tara) telling the children Irish ghost stories before bed. This idea of Christmas Eve providing a doorway of sorts to the spiritual world planted itself in Dickens’ mind. Soon after Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer) was born.

The last thing anyone needs in 2017 is another adaptation of A Christmas Carol — especially since none have ever come »

- Jared Mobarak

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Doc NYC Review: ‘Maddman: The Steve Madden Story’ is a Lively Look at the Man Behind the Shoe

22 November 2017 12:24 PM, PST

Functioning in the mode of a lifestyle documentary like Dogtown and Z-Boys, Ben Patterson’s Maddman: The Steve Madden Story tells the sweeping take the shoe impresario, a self-made man who started from the bottom as a shoe salesman, worked his way to the top, fell from grace, and came back leading his Long Island City-based design house. It’s a lively, energetic story that only occasionally veers into that documentary gray area called Branded Content. In the opening random shoppers are asked, “What do you know about Steve Madden?,” and evidently nobody knows much about the man.

Told through interviews with Madden, his brother John, his ex-wife Wendy, and several key employees, many from the old days relay the story of how a fashion brand with one SoHo store grew into a billion dollar business. After a modest success with his signature Marilyn shoe, his company goes public via »

- John Fink

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Review: ‘Sylvio’ is a Touching, Absurdist Comedy

22 November 2017 12:03 PM, PST

Vine fad “Simply Sylvio” and its film adaptation — more plainly titled Sylvio — by directors Albert Birney and Kentucker Audley offer a tense amalgamation of lowbrow sensibilities and highbrow execution, which the anthropomorphic gorilla then beats into submission. In a film about dualities, it makes sense for Sylvio to tread lightly despite its loud premise, concerning the budding relationship between aspiring talk-show host Al Reynolds and the eponymous gorilla, as well as their fame, derived from the success of a recurring segment on the show in which Sylvio goes bananas by breaking stuff on-screen.

It is difficult to speak on the film without considering its possible influencers, most evident in something like Comedy Central’s The Eric Andre Show, or Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show, Good Job! which the film replicates aesthetically with The Al Reynolds Show, and thematically with its deadpan parody treatment of public access »

- The Film Stage

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First Look at Julianne Moore in Sebastián Lelio’s ‘Gloria’ Remake

22 November 2017 11:45 AM, PST

After getting on our radar with this tender 2013 character study Gloria, Chile’s Sebastián Lelio followed it up with two features this year, A Fantastic Woman (currently having a one-week awards qualifying run before a February release) and Disobedience, which premiered at Tiff and will be released this April by Bleecker Street. For his next project, he’s doing something only a few other directors have done: remaking his own film.

His English-language version of Gloria, which Lelio also scripted, is led by Julianne Moore and the first image has arrived today. Also starring John Turturro, Michael Cera, Brad Garrett, Holland Taylor, and Caren Pistorius, check out the image below after the synopsis.

The story follows Gloria (Moore), a free-spirited woman in her 50s. Though lonely, she makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults in Los Angeles. Her »

- Jordan Raup

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Recommended Discs & Deals: Black Friday 2017 Edition

22 November 2017 7:01 AM, PST

To help wade through the plethora of Black Friday deals, we’ve rounded up the Blu-rays on sale that are worth watching. From some of this year’s best films (The Lost City of Z, Get Out, Girls Trip) to favorites in recent years (Under the Skin, The Edge of Seventeen, Gone Girl), and more, check out our round-up below and return for updates throughout the week. All are Blu-rays unless otherwise noted.

Alien: Covenant – $8.99

Allied – $5.96

Arrival – $5.96

The Assassination of Jesse James by The Coward Robert Ford – $9.99

The Babadook – $7.88

Baby Driver – $9.00

Beasts of the Southern Wild – $8.47

The Beguiled – $9.99

The Big Sick – $8.99

Bridesmaids – $4.99

Brooklyn – $4.00

Calvary – $8.30

Close Encounters of the Third Kind – $9.99

Crimson Peak –  $7.88

A Cure for Wellness – $6.99

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – $9.99

Ex Machina (4K Ultra HD) – $9.99

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $7.99

Get Out – $8.99

The Gift – $5.00

Girls Trip – $9.99

Goodfellas / The Aviator / The Departed Triple Pack – $9.40

Gone Girl – $6.99

The Hateful Eight »

- Jordan Raup

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Review: ‘Remember Me’ is a Humorously Tragic Dramedy

22 November 2017 5:00 AM, PST

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.

Subscribe on iTunes or see below to stream/download. Enter our giveaways, get access to our private Slack channel, and support new episodes by becoming a Patreon contributor.

M4A: The Film Stage Show Ep. 271 – Justice League

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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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