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Variety’s Peter Debruge reports from Cannes:
“Let’s say for the sake of argument that giants really exist. That they galumph around London, ’round about the witching hour, plucking kids from orphanage windows as a late-night snack. That one among them has misgivings about all this “cannybullism” and might actually make a pretty good friend, if given the chance. Wouldn’t you like to know about it? That’s the beauty of Roald Dahl’s “The BFG,” as brought to life by recent Oscar winner Mark Rylance: You believe. No matter how fantastical the tale (and it gets pretty out-there at points), this splendid Steven Spielberg-directed adaptation makes it possible for audiences of all ages to wrap their heads around one of the unlikeliest friendships in cinema history, resulting in the sort of instant family classic “human beans” once relied upon Disney to deliver.”

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Once you find love, can you ever let go? Watch the new trailer for The Light Between Oceans, starring Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, and Rachel Weisz. See the film in theatres September 2.

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Watch this exclusive brand new clip from the upcoming Stephen Frears film, Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. In this clip, Cosme McMoon (Simon Helberg) tells St Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant) that maybe the show’s star should take some more time to prepare for the show.


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Woody Allen’s much anticipated Cafe Society has made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival. Written and directed by Allen, Cafe Society stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart  as Bobby and Vonnie. Set in the 1930’s, Bobbie moves from New York to Hollywood to work in the industry and but he ends up falling in love and moving back to New York, where he gets swept up on the cafe society that dominated the era.

The official synopsis reads:

“Centering on events in the lives of Bobby’s colorful Bronx family, the film is a glittering valentine to the movie stars, socialites, playboys, debutantes, politicians, and gangsters who epitomized the excitement and glamour of the age.

Bobby’s family features his relentlessly bickering parents Rose (Jeannie Berlin) and Marty (Ken Stott), his casually amoral gangster brother Ben (Corey Stoll); his good-hearted teacher sister Evelyn (Sari Lennick), and her egghead husband Leonard (Stephen Kunken). For the hooligan Ben, there are no questions that can’t be answered with brute force, but the others are more likely to ponder deeper matters, like right and wrong, life and death, and the commercial viability of religion.

Seeking more out of life, Bobby flees his father’s jewelry store for Hollywood, where he works for his high-powered agent uncle Phil (Steve Carell). He soon falls for Phil’s charming assistant Vonnie (Kristen Stewart), but as she’s involved with another man, he settles for friendship. Bobby also befriends Rad (Parker Posey), a model agency owner, and her husband Steve (Paul Schneider), a wealthy producer.

When Vonnie’s boyfriend breaks up with her, Bobby seizes the opportunity to romance her, and she ultimately returns his affections. When he asks her to marry him and move to New York, she is tempted, but things do not go as smoothly as planned.

Heartbroken, Bobby returns to New York, where he begins working for Ben, who has muscled his way into owning a nightclub. Bobby displays natural talents as an impresario and swiftly promotes the club into the hottest in town, renaming it ‘Les Tropiques.’ Rad introduces him to the beautiful socialite Veronica (Blake Lively) and he courts her assiduously. Although he is still carrying a torch for Vonnie, when Veronica reveals she’s pregnant, they marry and begin a genuinely happy life together.

Everything seems to have fallen into place for Bobby until the night Vonnie walks into “Les Tropiques.”
It also stars Jeannie Berlin, Parker Posey, Steve Carrell and Ken Stott.

Check out the poster and trailer below:



Cafe Society is released on July 15. 

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A24 has released the Official red band trailer for Swiss Army Man. Paul Dano stars as a man stranded on an island and is about to kill himself when a corpse played by Daniel Radcliffe washes ashore and changes his life.

In this unique buddy movie, Radcliffe’s character helps guide Dano back to civiliazation and his girlfriend. The movie features a lot of flatulence and Radcliffe’s “Penis compass” as Dano’s character has to survive the elements.

Swiss Army Man made its debut at Sundance earlier this year and will open nationwide on June 24.

Watch the trailer below:


Back in 2007 when the Obamas first came on to the scene, director Richard Tanne was mesmerized by the looks Barack and Michelle were exchanging. Fascinated by the First Couple, Tanne did some reading, and in 2013 he sat down to write Southside With You, a true story about their first date in Chicago.

The film screened earlier this year at Sundance and will be released this Summer. Tika Sumpter, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Parker Sawyers and Jerod Haynes star in the film that recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama (Sawyers) tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (Sumpter) during a daylong date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.

Watch the trailer below.


Miramax and Roadside Attractions will release SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU in theaters August 26, 2016

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Academy Award®-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year.

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The Founder is tells the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.

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The powerful trailer offering us a first look at Birth Of A Nation has arrived. Produced, Written, and Directed by Nate Parker, the film tells the story about Nat Turner, a slave who led a rebellion in 1831 Virginia.

Fox Searchlight will release the film on October 7.


Announced just a few hours as one of the films in competition next month at Cannes, here’s the official trailer for The Neon Demon, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, co-written by Mary Laws and Refn, and starring Elle Fanning and Keanu Reeves. Amazon Studios acquired The Neon Demon last November at the AFI festival and is expected to release the film in June alongside early-window availability on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and now we have a clear picture of what America’s wizarding world looked like in 1926. Eddie Redmanye plays Newt Scamander who has just arrived in New York, and Scamander has smuggled some magical beasts. However, one of the creatures escapes and Colin Farrell’s Percival Graves comes after him.

The film is based on the JK Rowling book which is a prequel to the Harry Potter series. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is released in November, and is part of a trilogy with the sequel coming out in 2018 and the final coming out in 2020.

Watch the trailer below:





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The first trailer for Love & Friendship has arrived. Based on Jane Austen’s unfinished Lady Susan, Love & Friendship stars Kate Beckinsdale and Chloe Sevigny.

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A24 has announced a that festival favorite, The Lobster will be released Stateside on May 13. The film starring Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell and John C. Reilly is a highly imaginative, delightfully absurdist comedy from visionary director Yorgos Lanthimos.

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“We’re what’s known in common parlance as peculiar.”

Tim Burton brings Ranson Riggs’s 2012 novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children to life in this adaptation starring Eva Green in the title role.  The story is about a seemingly ordinary young man named Jake who discovers a secret hideout run by Miss Peregrine. She watches over a group of children with unusual abilities. However, a dark force is lying in wait, and Jake is tasked with defending Miss Peregrine’s children.


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Written and directed by Richard Linklater. ’nuff said.

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Directed by Tom Tykwer (his first film since directing parts of Cloud Atlas), A Hologram for the King is based on Dave Eggers novel of the same name. Unlike Eggers previous more elaborate work that revels in his flair for language, Hologram is written in deliberately spare, almost storybook prose and feels like a cautionary parable about the unexpected side-effects of globalization, outsourcing and the downsizing of the American Dream. The novel is starkly matter-of-fact without quite conveying any actual recognizable reality, like a sustained unsettling acid trip. From the trailer, it appears this detached dreamlike quality of the novel is the tricky inflection being translated into visual terms, and they’re obviously playing up the comedic elements. Hard to say how this will all come together, but Tykwer and his long-time collaborator cinematographer Frank Griebe always strike a cinematic tone all their own (ever since Run Lola Run).

(By the way, IMDb lists Ahmed Al-Ibrahim as co-director, as part of “Miscellaneous Crew,” and he’s credited as receiving special “Thanks.” Not sure how any of this passed inspection at IMDb, but it’s almost certainly all false.)

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Oregon based stop-motion animation studio Laika is set to release its fourth feature this summer, Kubo and The Two Strings. The new animation features characters voiced by Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei, and Matthew McConaughey. Art Parkinson voices the lead character, Kubo, the son of a legendary samurai who embarks on a magical quest with a samisen—a three-stringed Japanese lute played with a large pick. With the help of his shamisen, Kubo must battle gods and monsters as he sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known.

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Neither Ricki and The Flash nor Suffragette made it to the Oscars which meant this years Oscars lacked Meryl Streep. But Streep is back this time playing Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York socialite who aspired to become an opera singer. Except her voice was off-key, but that didn’t stop her from performing in concert halls across America for over two decades.

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