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Over the next four months, indie labels are invading popcorn-movie season, hoping to prove that summer isn’t just for blockbusters.
While multiplexes will be filled with rampaging dinosaurs and costumed Avengers, companies like Sony Pictures Classics, Roadside Attractions and Fox Searchlight are countering with challenging tales about teenage sexual awakening, troubled musical geniuses and a cancer-stricken high-schooler.
If the gamble pays off, then festival favorites such as “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” “Love & Mercy” and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” will act as shrewd counterprogramming. If it doesn’t, these films and others of their ilk will be steamrollered by the likes of “Jurassic World” and “Minions.”
“We like the summer for independent film, because you’re usually against one or two films for the adult audience as opposed to seven at Oscar time,” said Howard Cohen, co-president of Roadside Attractions.
In past summers, Cohen has »
- Brent Lang
Called “entertaining” by Collider in their review, the film screened Out of Competition at Cannes 2015.
Philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is at rock bottom emotionally, unable to find any meaning or joy in life. Abe feels that everything he’s tried to do, from political activism to teaching, hasn’t made any difference.
Soon after arriving to teach at a small town college, Abe gets involved with two women: Rita Richards (Parker Posey), a lonely professor who wants him to rescue her from her unhappy marriage; and Jill Pollard (Emma Stone), his best student, who becomes his closest friend. While Jill »
- Michelle McCue
Woody Allen's Irrational Man didn't exactly land with a thud with the Cannes crowd when it premiered a couple weeks ago, but it definitely didn't inspire a wealth of positive reviews as "minor Woody" seemed to be more the battle cry than anything else. It's unfortunate because I can't say it doesn't affect my anticipation in seeing it, but perhaps lowered expectations are a good thing as few films can rarely live up to what we want them to be in our heads. Today the first poster for the movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey and Jamie Blakely has arrived featuring Phoenix front and center as the titular character, a philosophy professor dealing with an existential crisis as he gives his life new purpose by entering into a relationship with one of his students (Stone). The movie is heading to theaters on July 17, check out the poster below. »
- Brad Brevet
Last month we got the first trailer for Irrational Man, the latest film from director Woody Allen, which stars Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice) and Emma Stone (Birdman), and now following its Cannes premiere we’ve got a brand new poster, which we have for you here…
On a small town college campus, a philosophy professor (Phoenix) in existential crisis gives his life new purpose when he enters into a relationship with his student (Stone).
- Gary Collinson
Now playing in theaters is director Gil Kenan’s (Monster House) contemporary remake of the classic horror film Poltergeist. Produced by Sam Raimi, the redo stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt as parents trying to fend off a spiritual invasion and save their eight-year-old daughter (Kennedi Clements) from the evil forces trying to take her. The film also stars Jared Harris, Saxon Sharbino, Kyle Catlett, Susan Heyward and Nicholas Braun. While some might be nervous about the remake, I was actually surprised by how well it’s put together. However, it’s definitely aimed at a younger audience, and it’s important to know that going in. For more on Poltergeist, here’s director Gil Kenan, the trailer, Perri’s review and a clip. At the recent Los Angeles press day, I spoke to Kenan. While I already posted part 1 of our conversation (he talked about his first cut of the film, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Cannes — We finally have a Palme d'Or winner (Jacques Audiard's "Dheepan"), but what are our major takeaways from the entire 2015 Cannes Film Festival? Overall, the competition slate was slightly mediocre, with festival programmers really finding only three stellar films. There were a number of major disappointments (“The Sea of Trees”) and true surprises (“Son of Saul,” “Amy”). The Un Certain Regard and Critics’ Week selections didn’t generate much buzz and we missed the textbook over-the-top publicity stunts for Hollywood releases looking to make a mark with the 4,000+ members of the global media credentialed for the festival. The biggest buzz actually came from a Midnight screening (“Love”), a ladies' shoe controversy and attendees questioning why “Mad Max: Fury Road” or “Inside Out” weren't in competition. The question remains, however: Should either film been eligible for a jury prize? We’ll dive into that in our Best and Worst story »
- Gregory Ellwood
Cannes — The jury of the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival handed out its awards on Sunday night.
Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao-hsien received the festival’s director prize for “The Assassin,” a visually dazzling martial-arts epic set in ninth-century China.
The actress prize was awarded, in a tie victory, to Rooney Mara for her performance as a 1950s shopgirl in Todd Haynes’ lesbian love story, “Carol,” and to Emmanuelle Bercot for her turn as a Frenchwoman in an emotionally destructive relationship in Maiwenn’s “Mon roi.” One of the most prominent faces of the 2015 festival, having directed the opening-night film, “Standing Tall,” Bercot gave an effusive speech during which juror Xavier Dolan could be seen brushing away tears.
Haynes accepted on behalf of Mara, who had already returned to New York from the festival. “She would be so completely blown away by this prize,” he said. “I’m just so proud of her work, »
- Justin Chang
Now playing in theaters is director Gil Kenan’s (Monster House) contemporary remake of the classic horror film Poltergeist. Produced by Sam Raimi, the redo stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt as parents trying to fend off a spiritual invasion and save their eight-year-old daughter (Kennedi Clements) from the evil forces trying to take her. The film also stars Jared Harris, Saxon Sharbino, Kyle Catlett, Susan Heyward and Nicholas Braun. While some might be nervous about the remake, I was actually surprised by how well it’s put together. However, it’s definitely aimed at a younger audience, and it’s important to know that going in. A few days ago I sat down with Gil Kenan for a video interview. He talked about his first cut of the film, deleted scenes, what he learned from the test screening process, how he’s releasing an extended cut on Blu-ray, what »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Chicago – Sometimes you just need a break, that small window of opportunity to burst through and make the mark. Actor David Dastmalchian knows all about that phenomenon, as he produced and starred in his semi-autobiographical film “Animals,” and got the break of a lifetime landing a role in the film, “The Dark Knight.”
Dastmalchian is a consummate and enthusiastic gentleman, a performer who works hard, but has a humble and appealing attitude of gratitude. His star is ascending further this summer as he scored another role in a superhero epic, this time for Marvel Films, alongside Paul Rudd in “Ant-Man.” David Dastmalchian and director Collin Schiffli will also make a Chicago appearance this week (Friday, May 22nd, 2015) for the Chicago Opening Night screening of “Animals,” part of a limited nationwide release. Click here for details and ticket purchasing information for the Chicago screening.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. Two recurring themes in Woody Allen's filmography are murder and dangerous love affairs. His latest is Irrational Man and it continues this trend with mixed results. But mostly it will leave you with thoughts of revisiting Allen's better efforts like Crimes and Misdemeanors, Match Point and Cassandra's Dream. His latest film (which just premiered at Cannes) takes place in a concentrated college town where everyone seems to know each other and privacy is nonexistent. Insecure philosophy professor Abe Lucas (played by Joaquin Phoenix) has just been hired at the fictional Braylin College and it's treated like an atom bomb of gossip by the faculty and student body. Everyone has a theory about the professor before he's even reached the campus, with rumors flying of alcoholism, erratic behavior and sexual affairs with female students. It doesn't matter if the rumors are true, it's still »
- Marco Cerritos
Woody Allen has been making a film a year for decades now, and each one of them in their own way is its own special treat. Many of his films share similar themes about big questions – Is murder ever justified? What makes us happy? What makes us intellectually fulfilled? – with each film in its own way tackling these philosophical quandaries with a level of humour and sophistication that remains remarkable.
Woody’s latest project Irrational Man stars Joaquin Phoenix as a philosophy prof who wishes to go beyond simple prognostication and actually put his ethical beliefs into practice. Parker Posey plays one of his colleagues with whom be becomes romantically involved, while Emma Stone plays one of his students who similarly seeks out an intimate connection with him.
The film is playing as part of an out-of-competition showcase here at Cannes, a place that the filmmaker has long found a »
- Jason Gorber
I am here at the Cannes Film Festival this week and filing film reviews of some of the more significant titles on display. If you haven’t already, I highly urge you to check out my colleague Mike Fleming Jr’s sensational in-depth interview with Woody Allen. It opens a whole new window on the unique creative process of this remarkable filmmaker. This year marked his 45th film as a director with Irrational Man, a dramedy in which a college professor played by Joaquin Phoenix… »
Today's batch of MPAA ratings bulletin begins with an R-rating for the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy from Asif Kapadia (Senna). This one premiered at Cannes to very good reviews and will be hitting theaters in early July. Another Cannes premiere was Woody Allen's Irrational Man, but the reaction to this one was a bit muted, but that isn't stopping me from looking forward to seeing it. Next is the Sundance hit Dope and then Amy Berg's documentary An Open Secret, a doc investigating accusations of teenagers being sexually abused within the film industry. Finally we have The Final Girls, which played the SXSW Film Festival and Mike gave it a mezzo-mezzo review and it seems the PG-13 rating might have been the thing holding it back. Check out the complete ratings bulletin below. Amy Rated R For language and drug material. Release Date: July 3, 2015 Dark Horse Rated PG »
- Brad Brevet
Woody Allen has been earning some of his best reviews since "Blue Jasmine" for his Cannes out-of-competition premiere "Irrational Man," starring Joaquin Phoenix as a philosophy professor stuck in an existential mire. This leads to entanglements with two women: Rita (Parker Posey), a colleague bored in her marriage, and Jill, the brainy student (Emma Stone) for whom he falls. "With its grim turn of events, 'Irrational Man' enters 'Crimes and Misdemeanors' territory, catapulting its witty banter into increasingly nefarious developments. Even then, however, 'Irrational Man' retains a playful tone," writes Indiewire's Eric Kohn, one of several critics to point out "Irrational Man"'s connection to Allen's 1989 "Crimes" and his 2005 "Match Point," which was a sort-of Dostoevskian reinvention of that earlier film. Variety calls "Irrational Man," Allen's 45th feature, "a darkly funny, intellectually rigorous campus »
- Ryan Lattanzio
“Mad Max: Fury Road” raked in the most social mentions with 17,081 after the first week of the Cannes film festival, according to social-media analysis firm Way to Blue.
The company ranked films by calculating numbers for “overall buzz” and “intent-to-view,” as well as most buzzed about topics and stars from a sample size of 550,000 mentions from May 13-19. Since the reboot also opened around the world last week, the festival helped increase the overall buzz for George Miller’s film.
Following “Mad Max,” which led in overall buzz and intent-to-view, was the Cate Blanchett-Rooney Mara lesbian love story “Carol,” which pulled in 12,031 mentions. Blanchett was also the second most buzzed-about star behind Lupita Nyong’o, who took to the Cannes carpet in Gucci green. Other films generating buzz were the Matthew McConaughey mystery “The Sea of Trees,” Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man,” “The Lobster,” starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, »
- Seth Kelley
The closing credits for Gil Kenan’s remake of the 1982 horror classic “Poltergeist” feature the band Spoon covering the Cramps’ 1980 punk classic “TV Set.” Spoon is a tasteful, studious yet largely anodyne indie rock outfit that has become an NPR staple; the Cramps were a scuzzy, unhinged psychobilly band whose most famous gig took place in an actual mental hospital. It’s hard to think of a more fitting postscript for this professionally executed yet bloodless film, itself an act of homage that hews reverently to its source material while missing the essential spirit and vitality that once powered it. Generally entertaining yet fundamentally unnecessary, this tribute-band take on one of the genre’s greatest hits should score decent opening weekend numbers before finding its way into the light.
- Andrew Barker
We don't mean to be nosy, but what's your freaking secret Emma Stone?! The 26-year-old arrived back home in Los Angeles Monday afternoon looking makeup-free. And lo and behold, the Hollywood star still looked pretty darn gorgeous. Wearing a white sweater with glasses and a shoulder bag, the actress kept things casual and comfortable while waiting to meet her ride at Lax airport. It's quite the different look from a few days earlier when Stone attended the photocall for her latest Woody Allen film Irrational Man at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival. Wearing a classic black lace Oscar de La Renta mini-dress, Stone received rave reviews from fans on Twitter. She »
By Alex Simon
There are few rituals in life more chaotic, confounding and magical than the wedding. Appropriately, marriages have provided the backdrop for many a story spun through the ages. Whether it’s sending out multitudes of wedding invitations, choosing the right dress, or whether to seat Aunt Mabel next to her second or fifth ex-husband at the reception, weddings both in life and on film are almost always guaranteed to bring forth a surge of emotions. Below are a few of our favorite cinematic nuptials:
1. The Searchers (1956)
John Ford’s western masterpiece is full of many iconic moments, not the least of which is one of the screen’s greatest knock-down, drag-out fights between Jeffrey Hunter and Ken Curtis for the hand of comely Vera Miles. Martin Scorsese loved this scene so much, he paid homage by having his characters watch it in Mean Streets (1973).
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Over the past week or so, the 2015 Cannes Film Festival has slowly unveiled some big time releases. Some, like Woody Allen’s Irrational Man and Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees, have turned out to be longer shots for any Academy Award attention. On the other hand, Cannes has seen Todd Haynes’ Carol launch towards the top of quite a few Oscar contention lists. Yes, while the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, and Emma Stone saw their chances fade, Cate Blanchett, Kyle Chandler, Rooney Mara, and Sarah Paulson certainly had their stock rise. Carol is the cream of the Cannes crop so far… As a primer, the film is an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel The Price of Salt (later retitled Carol). In it, Blanchett plays a married older woman who begins a flirtation and then an affair with a younger woman, played by Mara. »
- Joey Magidson
To call the partnership between director Olivier Assayas and actress Kristen Stewart a successful one would be an understatement. Both received overwhelming praise for drama Clouds of Sils Maria, one of the year’s best movies so far, in which Stewart played the personal assistant to an aging actress (Juliette Binoche). The film was particularly successful on the festival circuit, with Stewart becoming the first American actress to win a Cesar and the film earning five other César nominations. Now, Assayas and Stewart are smartly reteaming, for an English-language drama called Personal Shopper.
Described as a “ghost story taking place in the fashion underworld,” Personal Shopper is expected to touch on the same themes of celebrity and aging that Assayas and Stewart explored in Clouds of Sils Maria, with an added “genre/fantasy dimension.”
Despite being made in English, it’s a European production and set in Paris – the last »
- Isaac Feldberg
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