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‘La Belle Noiseuse’ Is Jacques Rivette’s Epic Ode To The Creative Process [Review]

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Maybe the fall of 2017 wasn’t the right time for a 4K restoration of “La Belle Noiseuse,”  Jacques Rivette’s four hour ode to the creative process; headlines today are dominated by reports of predatory or simply lascivious men leveraging power to exploit women’s bodies, power being multifaceted by its very definition. Maybe they take advantage through force. Maybe they take advantage using coercion. Either way, this year remains an unflattering lens for revisiting the film, though it’s a comfort to know that it caused a bit of a commotion when it premiered at Cannes back in 1991.

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- Andrew Crump

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The Genius Of ‘Get Out’

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The critical success of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out“ has translated even beyond the box office and this week the film was nominated for multiple Independent Spirit Awards. This summer’s horror/thriller hit moved audiences to face the conventional terrors of horror films, but also confronted them with the psychological horror of racism juxtaposed to sharp, pungent satire. Beyond the film’s poignantly written story, various elements work in tandem to create one of the year’s best films.

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- Julia Teti

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Greta Gerwig Wants Laurie Metcalf To Win Every Award Possible For ‘Lady Bird’ [Interview]

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It’s the Friday before Halloween which means it’s a day before the Saturday before Halloween and when Halloween doesn’t occur on a weekend it means that Saturday is party central in Los Angeles. I’ve spent most of the day multitasking to extremes as I alternate a slew of time-sensitive interviews while running around town trying to get my costume together. That means when I spoke to Greta Gerwig about her indie hit “Lady Bird“ it was a phoner that took place in, of all places, a car with my laptop propped open on my lap to record it somewhere in the depths of the San Fernando Valley.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Greece’s Right Wing Women Step Up In Chilling Doc ‘Golden Dawn Girls’ [Idfa Review]

22 November 2017 1:41 PM, PST

It could be the name of a seniors-only a capella group, but the chummy, sunny title is misleading. If “Golden Dawn Girls,” which premiered in the main competition at the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (Idfa), represents any celestial event, it might well be an eclipse. The film follows a brief moment in recent Greek political life during which, with the (almost exclusively male) leaders of the movement all imprisoned, the womenfolk of the nation’s far-right party, Golden Dawn, literally stepped up to the mic.

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- Jessica Kiang

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Joe Wright’s ‘Darkest Hour’: Nearly Quitting Movies After ‘Pan,’ ‘Dunkirk’ Connections & More

22 November 2017 1:28 PM, PST

When director Joe Wright, the filmmaker behind “Pride and Prejudice,” “Atonement,” “Hanna” and “Anna Karenina,” finished the movie “Pan,” and it was released into the world, he felt shattered. The expensive, big budget spectacle bombed at the box office and he wasn’t sure he’d go on.

Darkest Hour’: Gary Oldman Is Simply A Force Of Nature As Winston Churchill [Review]

“I had just made this $100 million flop.

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- Rodrigo Perez

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Quentin Tarantino Talks Netflix And Why He Doesn’t Like It

22 November 2017 1:09 PM, PST

It’s no secret that dedicated cinephile and 70mm advocate Quentin Tarantino is not a fan of Netflix. After all, this is a director who still watches VHS and tapes things off television. However, Tarantino’s resistance to the digital future isn’t simply borne from an irrational nostalgia to the past. Instead, the former video store employee believes that Netflix has created in audiences an unwillingness to take a chance on something completely unknown to them and stick with it to the end, instead of tuning out if it doesn’t grab their attention immediately.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Noël Wells’ ‘Mr. Roosevelt’ Is An Original, Endearing First Feature [Review]

22 November 2017 12:32 PM, PST

It’s no secret that the film industry is dominated by men. Even the indie game mostly touts male-led films by male directors. As a result, there are a lot of slice-of-life films out there that bravely explore what a bummer it is to be a white dude with depression. While I adore some of those movies, they can be petri dishes for poorly-written women, as the aforementioned dudes usually relearn the value of life from Manic Pixie Dream Girls.

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- Lena Wilson

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Jude Law Joins ‘Captain Marvel’

22 November 2017 12:18 PM, PST

It’s not often that single character from a TV series becomes a meme, but Jude Law‘s titular “The Young Pope” enjoyed a brief life on the Twittersphere earlier this year. Cinephiles in particular were charmed by the eccentric character. And while that probably had little bearing on Marvel‘s decision to recruit the actor for their cinematic universe, it does remind us that the only superhero we want Law to play is The Young Pope.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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James Franco Shot 25 Minutes Of Recreated Scenes From ‘The Room’

22 November 2017 11:59 AM, PST

The canon of movies about passionate, yet awful filmmakers isn’t very large, but Tim Burton‘s terrific “Ed Wood” is about to be joined by James Franco‘s “The Disaster Artist.” The story about the making of Tommy Wiseau‘s cult favorite “The Room” is both hilarious and heartbreaking, with Franco going full Franco, not only directing the movie, but taking the lead role.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ Gives Dan Stevens A Charming Yet Formulaic Holiday Biopic [Review]

22 November 2017 11:36 AM, PST

Movies that center around writers tend to vary. The process of writing is so inherently introspective that trying to make that narratively interesting can be tricky. There are exceptions, of course. There are great movies, like Spike Jonze‘s “Adaptation,” that found ingenious, heartbreaking ways to depict what it means to be a writer without overdoing the showmanship. There are films, like “Barton Fink” and “The Shining,” that use different genres and dark comedy to translate the madness that comes in trying to jot down your thoughts.

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- Will Ashton

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Alternate Studio Logo Treatment For ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Revealed

22 November 2017 11:02 AM, PST

Every movie starts with a handful of distributor and producer logos, and most of the time, they give you a few extra seconds to get comfortable before the film actually starts. However, every now and then filmmakers use that corporate branding as one more element to pull viewers into the world of their movie. And Denis Villeneuve accomplished that very thing with “Blade Runner 2049.”

With Warner Bros., Sony, Columbia, and Alcon Entertainment logos to run through, the director had the team at Prodigal Pictures gave them a glitchy, noir-ish, futuristic sheen.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Spike Lee’s ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Can’t Charm Its Way Out Of Its Flaws [Review]

22 November 2017 10:28 AM, PST

In 1986, Spike Lee wowed the world with “She’s Gotta Have It,” an homage to black female sexuality. With its jazzy score, sumptuous visuals, and a frank attitude toward sex, the film perfectly combined arthouse innovation and contemporary cool. Its characters were unique without seeming overwrought, and its story was fresh without seeming too precocious.

Over 30 years later, Lee and Netflix have attempted to revive that classic by adapting it into a miniseries.

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- Lena Wilson

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‘Journeyman’ Trailer: Paddy Considine Fights For His Life

22 November 2017 9:58 AM, PST

We’ve been waiting a while for Paddy Considine to get back behind the camera following his excellent and underrated BAFTA-Award winning “Tyrannosaur.” Well, the time has finally arrived as he’s pulling off triple duty writing, directing, and starring in “Journeyman.”

Also featuring Jodie Whittaker (“One Day”), Faraz Ayub (“Honor”), Tony Pitts (“War Horse”) and Paul Popplewell (“’71”), beneath the boxing drama surface of the movie lies the story of a pugilist who has to rebuild his entire life after suffering a traumatic brain injury in the ring.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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How Warner Bros. Could’ve Fixed ‘Justice League’

22 November 2017 9:49 AM, PST

Justice League” keeps returning to my mind. Not because it’s good or bad, but because it’s fundamentally, irritably mediocre. It’s designed by a team of high-level executives at Warner Bros. to be as safe and broadly appealing as possible. It’s a multi-million dollar blockbuster constructed to appease everyone. Therefore, it’s for nobody.

It’s not Zack Snyder’s film, even though he’s credited as the director.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Paddington 2’ Trailer: The Beloved Bear Is Back

22 November 2017 9:21 AM, PST

The live-action/animation hybrid “Paddington,” which starred Ben Whishaw as the voice of the title bear from Michael Bond‘s book series, made a big impression when it moseyed into theaters in 2015. While it cost $55 million to make, it earned over $268 million at the worldwide box office and a 98 percent Rotten Tomatoes score (and yes, for those of you who are counting, that’s one percent better than “Boyhood”).

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- Bennett Campbell Ferguson

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‘The Crown’ Season 2 Trailer: The Mystery Of Philip Unravels

22 November 2017 8:21 AM, PST

As handsome as he is mysterious, Queen Elizabeth’s husband Philip was a bit of an enigma in the first season of “The Crown.” Suffering through the various royal functions he’s forced to attend with this wife, Philip could be loyal one minute, unpredictable the next. And in the upcoming season, we’ll be getting a bit more background about the man who stands in the shadow of the throne.

One of the longest running royal rumors is that Philip had extramarital dalliances, and that story thread will continue to be pulled in the upcoming episodes.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Mel Gibson Has Something To Say About Harvey Weinstein

22 November 2017 8:02 AM, PST

Remember that time when Mel Gibson unleashed all that racist, sexist, anti-Semitic hate speech? And those other times he was openly homophobic? Well, Hollywood has forgotten and forgiven, and so too have moviegoers. The actor and filmmaker returned to the mainstream this month with “Daddy’s Home 2,” a box office success that marks his best opening in front of the camera since “Signs.” Now, Gibson — who was once investigated for domestic violence and admitted hitting his former partner Oksana Grigorieva — has deemed it necessary to weigh in on the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Coco’ Directors Bask In The Glow Of Mexico’s Love

22 November 2017 7:31 AM, PST

Imagine three weeks ago. To say it was a different time is something of an understatement. Walt Disney Studios was basking the glow of not only a gigantic haul and critical acclaim for Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok, but a soon to be record box office tally for Pixar’s “Coco” in Mexico.

The Mexican set tale centers on Miguel (voiced by youngster Anthony Gonzalez), a 12-year old boy who has been forced to keep his guitar playing and singing skills a secret from his family.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Rashida Jones Responds To John Lasseter Allegations

22 November 2017 6:57 AM, PST

Hollywood is still reeling from the news that John Lasseter, co-founder of Pixar and chief creative officer of both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is taking a leave of absence in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. Numerous outlets had extensive reports about Lasseter’s behavior which has been alarming brass at Disney for years, but about which nothing was done. However, one of the specific allegations has turned out to be untrue.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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’12 Strong’ Trailer: Chris Hemsworth Wins The First Victory In The War On Terror

22 November 2017 6:36 AM, PST

So, “12 Strong: The Declassified True Story Of The Horse Soldiers” (my god, that title) is now billing itself as “The true story of the first victory in the war on terror.” Honestly, I’m not sure I’m ready to process of all that, but nonetheless, flag waving marketing probably finds an audience.

Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Trevante Rhodes, Geoff Stults, Thad Luckinbill, Austin Stowell, Ben O’Toole, Austin Hebert, Kenneth Miller, Kenny Sheard, Jack Kesy, Navid Negahban, Laith Nakli, Fahim Fazli, Numan Acar, Elsa Pataky, William Fichtner and Rob Riggle, the war drama follows a U.S.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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