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‘Madea Halloween’ Scares Away ‘The Snowman’ & ‘Geostorm’ [Box Office]

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‘Tis the season of Halloween which means a lot of shabby horror and spooky movies tend to scare up money at the box office. It also means it’s time for Tyler Perry to do his critic-proof thing with “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween.” Perry’s audience is a perennial staple and they turn up to any of his movies, Halloween related or not. In just over ten years, the Perry phenomenon, seventeen writer/director projects, have grossed $838 million domestically.

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- Rodrigo Perez

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What’s So Great About ‘Close Encounters Of The Third Kind’?

21 October 2017 2:35 PM, PDT

You would think the question posed in the title of this piece would be easy to answer. The truth is, there’s a lot to love about Steven Spielberg‘s overshadowed, underrated 1977 science fiction picture. Bookmarked between the years when “Star Wars” and Ridley Scott‘s “Alien” gained wide acclaim in the realm of science fiction cinema, “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” remains a classic and one of Spielberg’s most ambiguous and personal movies.

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- Julia Teti

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Wong Kar-Wai Talks Amazon Series ‘Tong Wars,’ Drops ‘Gucci’ Movie

21 October 2017 1:59 PM, PDT

Imagine having had as impeccable a cinematic run as filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai. In the ’90s up through the beginning of the aughts, the Chinese auteur delivered “As Tears Go By,” “Chungking Express,” “The Days Of Being Wild,” “Ashes Of Time,” “Fallen Angels,” “Happy Together” and, the peak of it all, “In the Mood For Love.” The unlikely mesmerizing sci-fi sequel “2046” followed in 2004, but it’s been a bumpy, uneven road since then.

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- Jordan Ruimy

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread’: A New, Detailed Synopsis Revealed

21 October 2017 7:16 AM, PDT

Is there a film obsessive cinephiles are looking forward to more this holiday season than Paul Thomas Anderson‘s upcoming movie “Phantom Thread“? The answer is, quite obviously, no. Despite the mixed reaction his last movie, “Inherent Vice,” received back in October of 2014, Anderson is still viewed as one of the greatest working filmmakers in the world today.  “The Phantom Thread” reteams him with, newly retired, “There Will Be Blood” star Daniel Day-Lewis.

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- Jordan Ruimy

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Miles Teller Returns To Real Life With ‘Only The Brave’ And ‘Thank You For Your Service’

20 October 2017 4:08 PM, PDT

It’s hard to believe it’s only been three years since Miles Teller starred in a Best Picture nominee. From the great heights of “Whiplash” came a startling crash as a year later, “Fantastic Four” became something of an albatross around his neck. His co-stars in that misfire seem to be doing O.K., though. Michael B. Jordan rebounded with the monster hit “Creed” and has the upcoming “Black Panther” on deck.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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‘Call Me By Your Name,’ ‘Disaster Artist’ And ‘Hostiles’ are the 2017 AFI Fest Galas

20 October 2017 2:41 PM, PDT

AFI Fest is less than three weeks away and today the annual awards season event revealed its three centerpiece galas.  To say it’s looking like a stranger than usual AFI Fest is sort of an understatement.

As previously announced, Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” will open the festival on Thursday, Nov. 9.  It’s the first opening night film that’s not a world premiere in at least five years. The closing night film is Ridley Scott’s “All The Money In The World” which will have its world premiere on Nov.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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‘Call Me By Your Name’ Soundtrack Features Sufjan Stevens, The Psychedelic Furs, More

20 October 2017 1:32 PM, PDT

By now you’ve seen the .gif that’s gone ’round the world (or at least, around the internet) of Armie Hammer deliciously dancing in “Call Me By Your Name.” The clip it’s derived from spawned a number of mashups and parodies, and even a (now suspended) Twitter account. What you might not know is that the song that sees Hammer go free is “Love My Way” by The Psychedelic Furs, and the rest of the soundtrack is even better.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Strange Ones’ Trailer: A Road Trip Unfolds With Escalating Tension [Exclusive]

20 October 2017 1:00 PM, PDT

Hitting the open road has long been one the great American pastimes, but in Lauren Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliff‘s “The Strange Ones,” it’s the setting for some crackling tension. And today we have the exclusive trailer for the film.

Starring Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson (who won Special Jury Recognition for Breakthrough Performance at this year’s SXSW Film Festival), Emily Althaus, and Gene Jones, the story follows two people traveling across the country, but the facade of normalcy hides something darker.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Secret Behind David Fincher’s Obsessive Cinema

20 October 2017 12:41 PM, PDT

David Fincher is a notoriously meticulous filmmaker. Detail-oriented to the point of obsession, his directorial style hovers on the cusp of perfection. Fincher’s films are often identifiable in their subject matter, tonality, and color palate. But a recent video essay from The Nerdwriter pulls back the veil on the director’s methodological madness to reveal something we were too busy watching to even notice.

Watching a film is relatively demanding, sitting for over an hour and a half fully immersed in images on a screen.

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- Julia Teti

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‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer’ Is Absolutely F***king Brilliant [Review]

20 October 2017 12:19 PM, PDT

This is a reprint of our review from the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

Maybe the second or third shot in Yorgos Lanthimos‘ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” is of a hospital waste bin, over which Colin Farrell, as heart surgeon Steven Murphy, peels off his bloodied latex gloves post-surgery. Now, if you hold simultaneously in your head the established ideas of the surgeon-as-God and the director-as-God, then that suggests the surgeon equates to the director, and gives us a neat metaphor.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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“It’s Another Version, Not A Remake”: Tilda Swinton Talks ‘Suspiria’

20 October 2017 11:47 AM, PDT

Director Luca Guadagnino will spent the rest of the year deservedly basking in the acclaim for “Call Me By Your Name.” However, next year he’ll be back in the spotlight, with horror fans giving him plenty of scrutiny about his redo of the classic “Suspiria.” The project is packed with talent, with Tilda SwintonDakota JohnsonMia GothChloë Grace Moretz, Lutz Ebersdorf and Jessica Harper leading the cast, and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke providing the score.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Brett Morgen’s ‘Jane’ Is One Of 2017’s Best Documentaries [Review]

20 October 2017 11:10 AM, PDT

Like director Brett Morgen‘s “The Kids Stays in the Picture” with Robert Evans and “Cobain: Montage of Heck” with Kurt Cobain, “Jane” is a portrait of a single, singular figure who had an enormous impact on culture: Jane Goodall. This wildly entertaining documentary combines over 100 hours of unearthed footage from the 1960s with current interviews and voiceover from the primatologist to create a film that is simultaneously full of both emotion and intelligence.

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- Kimber Myers

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‘The Dark Tower’ TV Series Will Be “A Complete Reboot”

20 October 2017 10:51 AM, PDT

Even as summer season flop “The Dark Tower” took major hits from critics, and stories emerged about its fractious post-production, everyone involved put on their game faces. Just days before the critically slammed picture opened, “The Walking Dead” showrunner Glen Mazzara was hired to work his magic on the developing TV series. The plan before the movie opened was create a cinematic universe (obviously) that would tell Stephen King‘s epic story on both the big and small screen, with everything linking up together.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Delivers Real & Honest Truths About Activism

20 October 2017 10:25 AM, PDT

“Bpm (Beats per Minute)” is a defiantly messy film, portraying both the personal and political lives of the Paris Act Up chapter in the early 1990s as they struggled to bring AIDS out of the shadows, by confronting the public and state with its devastation while providing help and community to victims. There’s a deeply earned feeling of authenticity to the film, drawn from the personal experiences with Act Up of director Robin Campillo and co-writer Philippe Mangeot.

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- Joe Blessing

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Darren Aronofsky Explains Why Rex Reed’s ‘mother!’ Review Was A “Victory”

20 October 2017 10:07 AM, PDT

One of the most divisive movies of the year, everyone has an opinion on “mother!” but Rex Reed‘s review for The Observer might take the cake. The critic has never been a fan of Darren Aronofsky, but “mother!” holds a special place of loathing in his heart, as we writes, “I hesitate to label it the ‘Worst movie of the year’ when ‘Worst movie of the century’ fits it even better.” Ouch.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Duffers Warn You Might “Damage The Experience” Watching ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Trailer Too Much

20 October 2017 9:31 AM, PDT

It’s one week until we all go back into the Upside Down, and while you can listen to the soundtrack right now, I presume most of us are waiting for the total “Stranger Things” season 2 experience. In the year since the show debuted, it has become a phenomenon, and a merchandising bonanza. This means the marketing has had to step it up a notch, but the magic of season one was that everyone knew very little going in.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Family Reconnects In First 5 Minutes Of ‘Barracuda’ [Exclusive]

20 October 2017 8:59 AM, PDT

Sometimes you have to travel half the world to find your family, and that notion sparks the indie drama “Barracuda.” Directed by Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund, the film tells the story of a family fractured and stitched back together, and today we have the exclusive look at the first five minutes of the film.

Starring Allison Tolman, Sophie Reid, JoBeth Williams, Luis Bordonada, and Larry Jack Dotson, the story follows two half-sisters, connected by their deceased musician father, and darker secret that lies between them.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Day I Met El Chapo’ Trailer: The Netflix Documentary Sean Penn Doesn’t Want You To See

20 October 2017 8:24 AM, PDT

Last year, Sean Penn made headlines with his piece in Rolling Stone, recounting his odd but very casual hang time with notorious Mexican drug dealer Joaquín Guzmán Loera better known as El Chapo, a meeting arranged by Mexican actress Kate del Castillo.  The piece made waves for a number reasons, but mostly because it was published a day after El Chapo was captured, and it featured this haunting closing line: “El Chapo?

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Stephen King Explains His “Laissez-Faire Attitude” Toward Adaptations Of His Work

20 October 2017 7:46 AM, PDT

For an author who has already seen plenty of adaptations of his work, 2017 has been a bit of a banner year for Stephen King. On television, “The Mist” and “Mr. Mercedes” unfolded. At the multiplex “The Dark Tower” and “It” were unveiled, while Netflix delivered “1922” and “Gerald’s Game.” And while the results have varied pretty wildly, one person who has learned not be precious about it is King himself.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tilda Swinton Reteaming With Jim Jarmusch For New Film

20 October 2017 7:14 AM, PDT

When Tilda Swinton works with a director she likes, there’s a good chance she’ll wind up making another movie with them should the opportunity arise. One of the filmmakers on her Rolodex is Jim Jarmusch, with the pair previously collaborating on “Broken Flowers,” “The Limits Of Control,” and “Only Lovers Left Alive.” Now, it looks like she’s gearing up to re-team with the filmmaker once again.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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