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The Venice Film Festival is in a unique position to capture the first blush of a film that might ultimately do well during Oscar season.  This was true of Gravity and it was true of Birdman. The next stop after Venice is Telluride, which is its own kind of launch pad that doesn’t necessarily need […]

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My glaring mistake on the Gurus of Gold chart still sits there unfixed, even though I wrote to David Poland about it and also tweeted it out. That mistake was in somehow mistaking the word “Youth” in my head for “Shame,” which I do more often than I care to admit. I have no explanation […]

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The Second Mother is easily one of the best films I’ve seen this year. It’s deeply satisfyingly to see a story so deceptively simple unfold with such thoughtful and thought provoking resonance. Two channels to the left of The Second Mother and you arrive at Pedro Almodovar. Two channels to the right and you arrive […]

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In the early stages before the Oscar race heats up, days can go by when nothing significant happens and then we’ll have an afternoon when a half dozen developments rain down all at once. Those bursts of activity are about to become a lot more frequent, so we’re inaugurating a new weekly roundup to help […]

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt star in By the Sea and it will open the AFI Fest, Tim Gray reports. Written and directed by Angelina Jolie, the film is about a couple weathering the storms of a marriage in the 1970s. Jolie went big with Unbroken and now is going much smaller with By the […]

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The BFI are set to bestow it’s highest honor on Cate Blanchett at this year’s London Film Festival. Blanchett will be the receipient of the BFI Fellowship Award, the award is given to individuals in recoginition of their contribution to film or TV. Blanchett will make two appearances at the London Film Festival when Carol […]

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Debbie Reynolds, Gena Rowlands and Spike Lee will be recipients of this year’s honorary Oscars. Reynolds will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Oscar. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President said, “The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge […]
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Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer have partnered up to write a comedy. Furthermore, they won’t only be writing the screenplay, they both plan to star in it too. Lawrence broke the news in an interview with the New York Times. Lawrence said, “We play sisters. We’re almost done writing. It just flowed out of us. […]

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From Sasha’s review of Youth at Cannes in May: Paolo Sorrentino just hit it out of the park here at Cannes, delivering what has to be the most compelling screening of everything I’ve seen here thus far with the possible exception of Carol. When it finally came to an end, the audience sat in stunned […]

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Last year, Anne Thompson at Thompson on Hollywood @Indiewire did an interesting thing. She decided to only make predictions about films she had seen as opposed to what 99% of Oscar predictors do — give an assessment of movies already seen and make assumptions and educated guesses about all the rest. I adopted her approach […]
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In a year where the outlook appeared to be barren without Breaking Bad and True Detective in contention, House of Cards began as the default Emmy consensus front-runner earlier this year, says ADTV’s Ryan Showers. It just seemed to “fit” as the next Drama Series winner after having to stand by Breaking Bad for two […]
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Maggie Smith helms what will likely do pretty good business in limited release, The Lady in the Van. Maggie Smith played the character in the original 1999 production. It “tells the true story about an elderly woman called Mary Shepherd who lived in a battered car on the driveway of the writer Alan Bennett for […]

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I’m not one of those people who thinks it’s a good idea to jump on everything people say. Outrage culture is a drag, most will agree. Political correctness threatens to strangle art. This we also know. But there is a reason why films about women and films directed by women hold little interest for the […]

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Kyle Buchanan in his must-not-miss Oscar column asks whether Fury Road has the stuff it takes to go all the way, or at least to warrant nominations in the big five categories; we know it’s a shoo-in for the tech nods. The wholly original film (even though a sequel) has crackled and maintained admirers long […]

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“Unbreakable! They alive, damnit! It’s a miracle!” sings ADTV’s Robin Write of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s brilliant first season. The instantly clever, quirky title sequence of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a viral video mash-up video of a neighbor being interviewed following the discovery of the mole women in an underground bunker, held there for fifteen […]

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