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Superb Venice & Tiff-Winning Aussie Western ‘Sweet Country’ With Sam Neill [Review]

9 hours ago

There are fewer more charged, more disturbingly redolent images than that of a black man in shackles. And so when Australian director Warwick Thornton, winner of the Venice Special Jury Prize and the Toronto Platform Best Film opens his outback western with just such an image (after an enigmatic prologue of offscreen violence which is gradually explained) it’s like he is drawing a line in the sand — that reddish dust that turns the parched ground round here the color of old blood.

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- Jessica Kiang

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There Are So Many ‘Game Of Thrones’ Spinoffs In The Works We’re Losing Count

10 hours ago

If you’re losing track of how many “Game Of Thrones” spinoff/successor series are in the works, that’s okay, so are we. That said, it’s understandable that HBO is putting as many options on the table as possible when it comes to figuring out how they’re going to keep their most lucrative brand going. Now, they’ve got another spinning plate to consider.

Way back in the spring, George R.R.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Fox Chief Talks Rebooting Wolverine & Superhero Fatigue

11 hours ago

Hugh Jackman finally said goodbye to Wolverine this year with “Logan,” which is trying to earn some Oscar love (more on that in a second), and for now the character is in the movie vault. But in today’s climate, no character is truly gone, and if you look over at Warner Bros., they’re more than happy to have two actors play the same role in different projects (a situation that has left Jared Leto not too pleased about someone else playing Joker in a developing spinoff).

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Matthew Vaughn Talks ‘X-Men’ Movie He Wanted To Make, Redoing ‘Fantastic Four’

12 hours ago

Director Matthew Vaughn is quickly coming into his own as a filmmaker with the blockbuster touch. This week he continues the franchise world of irreverent super spies with “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” he was one of the producers on the unfortunate “Fantastic Four” reboot, and it’s easy forget he was behind the camera for “X-Men: First Class.” Whether you enjoy his brand of spectacle or not, Vaughn knows how to sell popcorn, and has his own storytelling vision.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Judi Dench Is Sbiff’s 2017 Kirk Douglas Award Winner

13 hours ago

The awards machine is in full effect and that means a slew of new lifetime achievement awards are on the horizon.  The latest honoree?  None other than Dame Judi Dench who will be awarded the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Kirk Douglas Award in Excellence on Nov. 30th.

The 100-year-old Douglas, who attended the annual ceremony up until just a few years ago, said in a statement, “I am especially delighted to learn that Dame Judi Dench will accept the award that bears my name.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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“I Wouldn’t Be Able To Do It Again”: Jennifer Lawrence Talks Making ‘mother!’

13 hours ago

The unpacking of “mother!” continues, as fans and foes continue to discuss the film’s biblical and environmental themes. Darren Aronofsky‘s movie is a molotov cocktail to the standard fare at the multiplex, and an undeniably intense cinematic experience, no matter where you opinion ultimately falls on the picture. And as you might guess, making it was no walk in the park, and for Jennifer Lawrence, once was enough.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Stephen Frears Talks ‘Victoria & Abdul,’ Working With The “Brilliant” Judi Dench

13 hours ago

For all the gentility and good natured humor in the work of filmmaker Stephen Frears the 76-year-old director was a bit more reserved in our interview during the Toronto International Film Festival for the debut of his new movie “Victoria And Abdul.” Set in the late 1800s “Victoria & Abdul,” centers on the untold story of the hush-hushed relationship and special bond between an aged Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and her Indian servant, Abdul Kareem (Ali Fazal).

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- Jordan Ruimy

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Even Sean Penn Is Joining Peak TV

14 hours ago

We haven’t seen much from Sean Penn lately. The actor’s last big screen role was in 2015’s “Taken“-esque “The Gunman,” and his last project, the directorial effort “The Last Face,” was a disastrous flop. Everyone’s gotta eat, and it’s been a while since Penn has been involved in something worth his talents, so he’s gonna kill two birds with one stone by following the growing herd to Peak TV.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Trailer: Time To Meet The Dysfunctional Family

14 hours ago

The narrative that we paint each and every time Adam Sandler deems us worthy to experience a “serious” (re: not terrible) performance from him needs to die. When there are so many talented and versatile performers in the world who would love to hold the clout Sandler does in Hollywood, the idea that we clamor to enthusiastically support Sandler’s non-just for the paycheck/only ever for the paycheck roles is embarrassing. Not pushing out trash on a consistent basis (with seemingly the knowledge of what it is) isn’t anything commendable.

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- Ally Johnson

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‘Ferdinand’ Trailer: John Cena Gets Bullish

14 hours ago

2017 has been a lackluster year for animated films. There have been one too many saccharine, soulless products like “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” and “Smurfs: The Lost Village” that insult their young target audience by assaulting them with condescending lessons about the importance of teamwork. Soon, kids will likely get more of the same from “Ferdinand,” which was directed by Carlos Saldanha (the “Ice Age” franchise) and stars John Cena as the voice of a kindly bull who learns the importance of playing nice with hedgehogs (or something).

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- Bennett Campbell Ferguson

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‘Lego Ninjago’: Daddy Issues, Divorce & Kung Fu Fighting [Review]

14 hours ago

While there may be plenty of reasons to scoff, here’s a friendly reminder that whenever you’re ready to dismiss the next movie announcement based on a brand likea “Pez,” “Monopoly” or “Candyland,” there can be exceptions to the rule. An outstanding little animated picture called “The Lego Movie” was a tooner you sneered at initially too.

‘Lego’ shouldn’t have worked on paper, but clever filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller proved creative minds could build bricks out of anything by using an imaginative take.

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- Rodrigo Perez

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Jake Gyllenhaal On ‘Letting Go Of The Cynic In Me’ For ‘Stronger’ [Interview]

15 hours ago

Toronto – There is a theory I have about interviewing famous people which I probably tell too much. It tends to come up in conversation when someone asks about such and such a well known actress or actor.  As a journalist for some time and having interviewed literally hundreds of  industry talent (perhaps over 1,000 different subjects) I’ve recognized there are three different types of people you tend to meet.

The first is someone who doesn’t forget that you’ve interviewed them five or six times before. 

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Zack Snyder Not Returning To ‘Justice League,’ Still Working On ‘The Fountainhead’

16 hours ago

Earlier this year, Zack Snyder stepped back from the very bright spotlight of “Justice League” to deal with a tragic, family situation, and passed the reins to Joss Whedon, who will be finishing picture. Now, the filmmaker is slowly stepping back behind the camera, flexing some creative muscles with a new, iPhone shot short film, “Snow Steam Iron” (trailer below).  However, even as the director gets back to work, he won’t be reuniting with the “Justice League” gang.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Punisher’ Trailer: The Truth Must Be Taken

16 hours ago

Three things. 1) it’s interesting how Netflix plays by its own rules. If you look at any 2017 TV schedule, every network and cable channel have had their release dates listed for months, and often a trailer arrives several months in advance. Not Netflix. For example they just released the trailer for “Lady Dynamite” last week and it’s coming out in less than two months. The strategy is slightly different for Marvel’s “The Punisher,” but not by much.

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- Edward Davis

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Arnold Schwarzenegger & Linda Hamilton Officially Back For New ‘Terminator’ Trilogy

16 hours ago

Does this sound familiar to you? There’s a new “Terminator” reboot (or whatever, I honestly could care less about timelines at this point or what they’re actually calling it) that will see some old faces return, with the idea of passing the torch to a new, young female lead. That’s right, this is what they attempted to dismal results in “Terminator Genisys” just two years ago, but fuck it, they’re going to do it again.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Wonderstruck’ Trailer: Todd Haynes Unravels A Mystery

17 hours ago

The biggest problem facing “Wonderstruck” so far has been a respectful if somewhat muted reaction to the latest film by Todd Haynes. His new fantasy/drama debut at the Cannes Film Festival, where we liked it a bit better than most, calling it “a lovely wish-fulfillment movie” that will leave you “struck by wonder.” However, even with an appearance at the all important Telluride Film Festival, it hasn’t seemed to leap into the awards season conversation.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’: The Rock Goes Exploring In 2 New Trailers

17 hours ago

There’s several ways you can look at “Jumanji,” a reboot of the franchise started in 1995 with Robin Williams, but quickly abandoned. One, the modern version features Dwayne Johnson, arguably the world’s biggest and bankable star, so it has that going for it. It also looks like a cross between “Kong: Skull Island” and “Land Of The Lost.”

Read More: Dwayne Johnson’s 6 Best Movies, And Why He Is The Biggest Star In The World

But what’s perhaps more interesting to us is the fact the film’s being directed by Jake Kasdan, the comedy filmmaker behind films like “Bad Teacher” “Sex Tape” and Judd Apatow’s “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.” And like many filmmakers around him, Kasdan is making the ambitious leap into big-budget filmmaking with “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle.

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- Edward Davis

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi May Direct The ‘Akira’ Movie

19 September 2017 5:33 PM, PDT

You could say New Zealand-born director Taika Waititi decided to change careers midway through his directorial life. Once a comedian helmer behind satires like “What We Do In The Shadows” and sweet and cheeky coming of age dramas such as “Boy,” and “Hunt For The Wilderpeople,” Waititi seriously changed gears midstream and that’s evinced once more with the news the filmmaker may direct the long-in-the-works “Akira” adaptation.

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- Rodrigo Perez

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Contender Countdown: Anybody And Everybody Is In It For Best Picture

19 September 2017 3:22 PM, PDT

Please realize this is not an exaggeration. This is very, very, very strange Best Picture race. Yes, there are always a ton of contenders vying for a Best Picture nomination after the trifecta of Venice, Telluride and Toronto unofficially kick off awards season. Yes, many of those players often fall to the wayside. It’s how the Best Picture race works. But you can pretty much figure out at least five to six of the nominees by now (eh most of the time).

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- Gregory Ellwood

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2018 Best Director Oscars Predictions

19 September 2017 3:17 PM, PDT

This is a very fluid field with likely only Nolan and del Toro the only locks for a nomination at this point. [Posted Sept. 19]

Frontrunners

Sean Baker, “The Florida Project

Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water

Luca Guadagnino,”Call Me By Your Name

Richard Linklater, “Last Flag Flying

Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk

Jordan Peele, “Get Out

Steven Spielberg, “The Post

Joe Wright, “The Darkest Hour

Almost there

Paul Thomas Anderson, “Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson

Kathryn Bigelow, “Detroit

Sofia Coppola, “The Beguiled

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, “Battle of the Sexes

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird

Patty Jenkins, “Wonder Woman

Angelina Jolie, “First They Killed My Father”

Yorgis Lanthimos, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”

Dee Rees, “Mudbound

Ridley Scott, “All The Money In The World

Michael Showalter, “The Big Sick

Denis Villeneuve, “Blade Runner 2049

Longshots

Woody Allen, “Wonder Wheel

Darren Aronofsky, “Mother!”

Noah Baumbach, “The »

- Gregory Ellwood

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