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‘Under the Silver Lake’ Is Turning Cinephiles Into Self-Styled Sleuths

‘Under the Silver Lake’ Is Turning Cinephiles Into Self-Styled Sleuths
Whether you’ve seen “Under the Silver Lake” or not, you might be asking yourself the same question Andrew Garfield spends most of the film pondering: What does it all mean? So are the members of a small-but-devoted subreddit, where tinfoil-hat-wearing sleuths have been theorizing about the many clues in David Robert Mitchell’s sun-baked neo-noir for months.

Not that this isn’t without a certain irony. About an unemployed man named Sam (Garfield) whose obsessive quest to decode pop songs leads him down a dangerous path, “Under the Silver Lake” is hardly an endorsement of that kind of behavior. Sam’s search for meaning among minutiae isn’t exactly a fruitful one, with much of “Under the Silver Lake” unfolding in the same vein as “The Big Lebowski” and “Inherent Vice”: There are clues and intrigue, sure, but few of them lead to anything substantive.

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McU Timeline Shifts as ‘Spider Man: Far From Home’ Confirmed as Phase Three Finale, Not ‘Endgame’

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has kept the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline under lock and key in the lead up to this weekend’s “Avengers: Endgame,” but he did surprise fans at a recent fan event in Shanghai (via Newsweek) by confirming that “Endgame” is not the last chapter in Phase Three of the McU. The upcoming “Spider Man: Far From Home,” set for release this July, is actually the final installment of Phase Three, which began with “Captain America: Civil War” in 2016 and has included such beloved McU entries as “Black Panther” and “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Feige would not speak on the matter outside of responding to a “Far From Home” question by saying, “It’s the end of the third phase.” The executive added this was the first time he was confirming publicly that this nugget of information was confirmed. McU fans have been wondering about the future of the movie universe following “Endgame,
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‘See You Yesterday’ Trailer: Time Travel Might Prevent A Tragic Police Shooting In New Netflix Film From Producer Spike Lee

The constant flood of Netflix original films and TV series gives audiences (and filmmakers) a few mixed feelings. First, the good news is that there’s just a ton of content for people to discover. However, that content (no matter how star-studded or high-profile) can get lost in the mix as more and more stuff just piles on top of it. That being said, there’s one pretty great side-effect of this new business model that is a rare thing in 2019 – surprises.

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‘Vivarium’ Starring Jesse Eisenberg & Imogen Poots Leads 2019 Cannes Critics’ Week Line-Up

As we approach the mid-May launch of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, more and more information is beginning to be announced about what offerings the French event will have this year. No, that doesn’t mean we have any word on the Quentin Tarantino film that everyone seems to be anxious about. Instead, this announcement is about the 2019 Cannes Critics’ Week section that runs parallel to the main competition.

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Cannes 2019. Critics' Week Lineup

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The lineup for the 2019 Cannes Critics’ Week (La Semaine de la Critique) has been announced.Opening FILMLitigante (Franco Lolli): In Bogota, Silvia, a single mum and a lawyer, is implicated in a corruption scandal. A deeper anxiety weighs on her as well. Leticia, her mother, is seriously ill. Upon having to face her inevitable passing, Silvia embarks on a love story for the first time in years. COMPETITIONAbou Leila (Amin Sidi-Boumédiène): Algeria, 1994. S. and Lotfi, two friends from childhood, travel through the desert looking for Abou Leila, a dangerous terrorist on the run. Their quest seems absurd, given that the Sahara has not been affected by the wave of attacks. Lofti has only one priority : to keep S. as far from the capital as possible, knowing his friend is too fragile to face more bloodshed. But the closest they get into the desert, the more they will
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HBO Clarified Arya’s Age Before Airing ‘Game of Thrones’ Sex Scene, Plus Maisie Williams Reacts

HBO Clarified Arya’s Age Before Airing ‘Game of Thrones’ Sex Scene, Plus Maisie Williams Reacts
The second episode of “Game of Thrones” Season 8 ended with the Army of the Dead ready to attack Winterfell, but the only thing most fans were left talking about was Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) losing her virginity to Gendry (Joe Dempsey). The moment was the 22-year-old Williams’ first sex scene on the show and many fans were left shocked since Arya is the youngest of the main characters. Arya was introduced on “Thrones” as a child, so watching the character come of age in a sexual manner proved divisive for some viewers. Many “Thrones” fans even took to social media during the episode to question Arya’s age.

Whether or not HBO knew Arya’s sex scene would cause a stir online remains to be seen, but the network did get ahead of any potential controversy by confirming Arya is 18 years old in a social media post published hours before the episode aired.
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2019 Cannes Critics’ Week Lineup Revealed, Including Jesse Eisenberg in ‘Vivarium’

2019 Cannes Critics’ Week Lineup Revealed, Including Jesse Eisenberg in ‘Vivarium’
The 2019 Cannes Critics’ Week lineup as been announced, revealing the seven features and 10 short films that will compete in the prestigious sidebar to the Cannes Film Festival. Critics’ Week is celebrating its 58th year in 2019. “Embrace of the Serpent” filmmaker and “Birds of Passage” co-director Ciro Guerra is serving as the president of the Critics’ Week jury.

This year’s Critics’ Week competition includes the world premiere of “Vivarium,” a science-fiction thriller from Irish filmmaker Lorcan Finnegan (“Without a Name”). The movie stars Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots as a young couple who move into a new housing development, only to discover the place is far more surreal than anticipated. “Vivarium” is Finnegan’s second feature. Critics’ Week screens directorial debuts and second features, with first-time films eligible for the Camera d’Or honor. A special screening of “Litigante” from director Franco Lolli will open Critics’ Week.

The 2019 Cannes Critics
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‘Game Of Thrones’ Episode 8.2: ‘A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms’ Is The Calm Before The Storm [Recap]

With its single location, this week’s “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” is the “Game of Thrones” version of a bottle episode. Sure, it takes place all over the castle of Winterfell, rather than in just a single space à la “Pine Barrens” on “The Sopranos” or “Fly” on “Breaking Bad,” but this is as minimalist as this HBO show can get.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Review: The Final Season Keeps Stalling in a Frustrating ‘Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’

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‘Game of Thrones’ Review: The Final Season Keeps Stalling in a Frustrating ‘Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’
[Editor’s note: The following review contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 8 Episode 2, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.”]

Do you like shows featuring a lot of fireside chats and talking about battles soon to be fought? Well, the second episode of “Game of Throne’s” eighth season totally delivered for you. “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” keeps bringing together so many of the show’s established characters that the few left out are likely feeling a bit of Fomo. But what matters isn’t their absence but the tragic lack of action as various characters confronted foes from seasons past… and basically made their peace with each other.

It’s honestly bizarre. This episode was packed with answers to the generic fan question, “Oh man, what will happen when [Blank] sees [Blank] again?” But while one might have expected “Game of Thrones” to make more of the “reunion” between Bran Stark and Jaime Lannister — especially given Daenerys’ family
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‘Les Misérables’: Lily Collins Considers the Happy Side of Fantine That the Musical Usually Skips Over

‘Les Misérables’: Lily Collins Considers the Happy Side of Fantine That the Musical Usually Skips Over
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from Episode 2 of “Les Misérables” on PBS.]

“I Dreamed a Dream” is perhaps one of the most well-known tunes from the musical version of “Les Misérables,” but without leaning on those songs, PBS’ six-part non-musical series based on Victor Hugo’s novel goes deeper with its storytelling. Lily Collins, who plays the lowly grisette Fantine, was able to reveal more backstory when her character falls in love and becomes pregnant by a rich student (Johnny Flynn), who abandoned her.

In an interview with IndieWire and during a panel for “Les Misérables” earlier this year, Collins shared her thoughts about this version of Fantine.

“I was really excited to get to show a side of Fantine that we really haven’t seen before. Usually, you cut into her storyline when she’s already in the factory,” she said. “You don’t get to see her fall in love, and be naive, and fun-loving, and having fun.
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‘Killing Eve’ Review: Everyone Gives Into Temptation Except Carolyn in a Maddening Episode

‘Killing Eve’ Review: Everyone Gives Into Temptation Except Carolyn in a Maddening Episode
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Killing Eve” Season 2, Episode 3, “The Hungry Caterpillar.”]

Only on “Killing Eve” can a dangerous blade hidden in lipstick be interpreted as a love note. In the final moments of Sunday’s episode, MI6 agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) cuts herself using the doctored lipstick left in her purse by killer Villanelle (Jodie Comer). The name of the lip shade, Love in an Elevator, not only connects Villanelle to a recent assassination in a lift, but reflects her mindset is still firmly focused on Eve. The pain and blood caused by the knife isn’t a threat; it’s a bloody, coded kiss.

Despite this and many other delicious highlights in “The Hungry Caterpillar,” the episode doesn’t make much progress in their cat-and-mouse game and even presses reset by placing Villanelle back with her old handler Konstantin (Kim Bodnia). Compared to Season 1’s third episode, which catapulted the series forward by changing the stakes,
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‘Hail Satan?’ and the Moral Panic That Helped Inspire Its Creation

‘Hail Satan?’ and the Moral Panic That Helped Inspire Its Creation
That the title of Penny Lane’s documentary is a question, not a statement, holds more meaning than you might think. “Hail Satan?” follows the Satanic Temple’s years-long efforts to advocate for religious pluralism and redefine what it means to be a Satanist, as the group believes that “witch hunters” have been allowed to set the terms of debate for too long. One case in point: the Satanic Panic that influenced everything from the public perception of bands like Judas Priest to how the West Memphis Three were prosecuted.

“You can’t really fully understand the Satanic Temple if you don’t understand the Satanic Panic of the 1980s and ’90s,” says Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves in the film, over footage of news segments carrying ominous titles like “Devil Worship: Exposing Satan’s Underground.” “The United States was caught up by anti-Satanist hysterics.”

Lane doesn’t go in depth on this subject,
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Battles on Earth and in Heaven

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Carlos Reygadas's Battle in Heaven (2005) and Silent Light (2007) are showing April and May, 2019 on Mubi in the United States as part of the series What Is an Auteur?Battle in HeavenEmerging six years after Post Tenebras Lux (2012), Our Time, the latest film from Mexican auteur Carlos Reygadas, offers an unsparing account of a marriage in crisis. Starring the director and his real-life spouse Natalia López (and their children), the film depicts a couple navigating the difficult terrain of an open relationship. Characteristically, Our Time disavows many of the conventions of cinema, adopting an approach that mirrors non-fiction filmmaking to capture the beauty and intimacy of the daily life of the couple and their clan. Shifting his gaze from the human drama at the center of the narrative to the rich environment of the family’s ranch and its surroundings, the director asks challenging questions about the nature of romantic
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Bastard Child of Paul Verhoeven and Axl Rose: Alex Ross Perry and "Her Smell"

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My first encounter with the work of Alex Ross Perry came in the fall of 2009, at a small festival of extremely low-budget and experimental movies in Chicago. Some friends, long since moved away and lost touch with, had talked me to going into the sole screening of a feature with an odd title. If memory serves, it was the only one in the program to have been shot and projected on film. The movie turned out to be Perry’s debut, Impolex, and though I dread the thought of revisiting whatever it is that I wrote about it at the time, this Thomas Pynchon-inspired surrealist comedy about a narcoleptic World War II soldier who wanders a forest in search of a V-2 rocket left a substantial impression. To be honest, it was probably just as important back then that Perry seemed like one of us. That is, video store people,
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‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Scares Up Easter Weekend Win [Box Office]

It’s the calm before the storm weekend, and Warner Bros./New Line has two success stories coming out of Easter. First up, “The Conjuring” series keeps posting results. The sixth film in the series (‘Conjuring 3’ doesn’t come out until 2020), “The Curse of La Llorona,” a horror spin-off from the series won the weekend singlehandedly with a very nice $26.5 million; even better when you consider the movie cost $9 million to make.

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Led by ‘The Curse of La Llorona,’ This Easter Box Office Is the Worst In a Quarter Century

Led by ‘The Curse of La Llorona,’ This Easter Box Office Is the Worst In a Quarter Century
With total grosses this weekend around $110 million, “Avengers: Endgame” can’t come soon enough. In attendance, it’s the worst Easter weekend since at least 1994 — a period when the North American population was 20% less than what it is today.

It also marks the 13th weekend out of 16 so far in 2019 in which results lagged below the preceding year. This one is particularly grim because this 12% drop compares to a date one week post Easter. The actual 2018 Easter weekend grossed $140 million, which would represent a 21% drop. Best not to think about it.

That makes the results for “The Curse of La Llorona” stand out more. Budgeted at $9 million, this horror film (tangentially related to the “Conjuring” franchise) opened over $25 million. Easter weekend typically is a strong draw for Latino audiences, and they made up about half of the ticket buyers for this Mexican-folklore story. This is a core group that continues to be underserved by studios,
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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Episode 2 Leaks Online Ahead of Its Premiere

As has happened many times before, much to the chagrin of HBO, the latest “Game of Thrones” episode has leaked online ahead of its official premiere. Last week’s Season 8 finale made its way onto the internet four hours early due to a DirecTV error, whereas the second episode began streaming early on Amazon Prime Video in Germany.

It then made its way to other corners of the internet, ditto details of what transpires in it — which is to say, be careful on social media until actually watching tonight’s episode directed by David Nutter. The helmer is a “Game of Thrones” veteran, having won an Emmy for directing Season 5 finale “Mother Mercy” and also taking the reins on such well-received episodes as “The Rains of Castamere,” “A Man Without Honor,” and last week’s “Winterfell.” He will also direct Episode 4 of this eighth and final season, bringing his time
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Andrew Garfield’s ‘Under the Silver Lake’ Tops Shaky Specialty Box Office

In a rickety specialty market, A24’s Cannes 2018 film noir “Under the Silver Lake,” starring Andrew Garfield, delivered the best opener, beating out “Red Joan” (IFC), the latest from reliable Judi Dench, which opened far below her usual results. Several other indie titles (five from women directors) debuted to varying initial interest. And on its second weekend, moviegoers ignored “Teen Spirit” (Bleecker Street), starring Elle Fanning, as it moved into several hundred nearly empty venues.

On the other hand, many arthouse patrons checked out high-end Chinese drama “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” (Kino Lorber), which includes a lengthy 3D sequence that impressed critics and audiences alike. The film is now playing Los Angeles as well as New York.

Opening

Under the Silver Lake (A24) – Metacritic: 59; Festivals include: Cannes 2018

$40,157 in 2 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $20,079

David Robert Mitchell’s long-delayed Los Angeles neo-noir opened in two top theaters in
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Abigail Disney Says Disney CEO Bob Iger’s ‘Insane’ Salary Has a ‘Corrosive Effect on Society’

Disney CEO Bob Iger made $65.6 million last year, or 1,424 times that of the median Mouse House employee. If that strikes you as a bit much, you aren’t alone: Abigail Disney, granddaughter of Disney co-founder Roy Disney, believes that Iger’s salary is not only “insane” but is part of a larger problem that has a “corrosive effect on society.”

“Let me very clear. I like Bob Iger. I do Not speak for my family but only for myself. Other than owning shares (not that many) I have no more say in what happens there than anyone else. But by any objective measure a pay ratio over a thousand is insane,” she wrote in the first of many tweets about executive compensation.

“To brush aside criticism of the low wage you pay workers at the company by saying you pay more than the Federal Minimum Wage and that you provide
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Keeps Most of Her Awards Out of Sight

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Keeps Most of Her Awards Out of Sight
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won a lot of awards: 11 Emmys, a Golden Globe, and nine Screen Actors Guild prizes. Were you to visit the “Veep” star’s home, however, you would only glimpse of a few of those statuettes out on display. “I don’t want to keep them all in one spot — that feels sort of show-off-y,” she told Porter. “So I have some out…but others are tucked away under a bed.”

In terms of Emmys, Louis-Dreyfus has won for “Seinfeld,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” and “Veep”; her Globe (one of the nine for which she’s been nominated) was for “Seinfeld,” and her SAG prizes were for “Seinfeld” and “Veep,” both as part of the ensembles as well as for her own performances.

Despite not wanting to be a show-off, she does have to wonder: “Why is a powerful woman a complicated thing? Why is asserting ourselves so hard?
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