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Madrid — An example of a new strain of powerful crossover Spanish-language movies, Alberto Rodriguez’s “Marshland” (“La Isla Minima”), distributed in Spain by Warner Bros., won the Fapae-ComScore Prize at the 10th Spanish Screenings-Madrid de Cine, Spain’s annual national cinema export market.
The kudo, like 2015’ plaudit for “Wild Tales,” serves as further recognition for a building phenomenon in Spain and Latin America: Powerful art films with more mainstream tropes and wide audience ambitions. Often, as with “Marshland,” they boast muscular broadcaster backing, multi-partner co-production structures, big fest play, vfx or action scenes, and sometimes use of genre not only to drive narrative but make larger social or political points.
A noirish serial killer procedural set in 1980 Spain, “Marshland” was produced by Atresmedia Cine, the film production arm of TV network group Atresmedia, as well as two of Spain’s most resilient indie production houses, Madrid’s Atipica and Seville’s Sacromonte Films. »
- John Hopewell
The scariest aspect of James DeMonaco’s latest depiction of societal cleansing isn’t displayed on-screen. Frankly, The Purge: Election Year becomes more of a cartoonish farce than a dehumanizing horror story. Cut-and-dry action thrills find themselves caught somewhere between Death Race and The Warriors – but there’s still a reality worth fearing.
DeMonaco does his part to highlight the brutal viciousness of legal gunplay (by permitting “controlled” unlawfulness), yet casual viewers who were sitting around me hooted and hollered whenever the film’s “heroes” cleared a room (of foreigners, no less) with smoking guns. There are purposeful close-ups on the weapons themselves – showing how f#*king dangerous these steel reapers are – but roaring crowds only acknowledged the deaths of “bad people,” and cheered patriotically with joy. Like a racehorse wearing blinders to DeMonaco’s real message.
It’s sad, but I must remind you that The Purge: Election Year is pure, »
- Matt Donato
Cinematic trilogies tend to be epic in scope: “The Lord of the Rings,” “Star Wars,” “A Fistful of Dollars.” Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy — 1995’s “Before Sunrise,” 2004’s “Before Sunset” and 2013’s “Before Midnight” — is an exception to that and many other rules, not least because it was never actually intended as a trilogy. The films simply come about one every decade or so, each of them feeling organic and necessary rather than tacked-on additions to a once-perfect story. In a new video, the parallels among the three films are laid out simultaneously.
Lasting just over a minute long, “Three Chapters, One Lifetime” shows how any number of elements from the trilogy repeat themselves: shots of stars Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke walking and talking, shots of Delpy and Hawke…sitting and talking. »
- Michael Nordine
Late last year, it was Quentin Tarantino that served up a rip-roaring Western in the form of The Hateful Eight, an overly violent affair that retained all of the elements that helped lend Tarantino his reputation as a master behind the lens.
But from the hateful to the magnificent, fast forward to summer of 2016 and Sony is beginning to fire up the marketing campaign for The Magnificent Seven, Antoine Fuqua’s star-studded reboot that will trot into theaters come September.
Outside of the trailer reveal and a handful of images scattered here and there, all has been relatively quiet on the Western front – or, more specifically, Rose Creek – but a new poster emerging today assembles Fuqua’s motley crew.
- Michael Briers
MGM and Columbia Pictures have released a new poster for Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming remake of the classic western The Magnificent Seven featuring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier; check it out here…
See Also: Watch the trailer for The Magnificent Seven here
With the sleepy town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate towns people employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.
The Magnificent Seven is set for release on September 23rd, 2016.
- Amie Cranswick
July 8th see’s the release of festival favourite Maggie’s Plan, an off-beat romantic comedy from writer and director Rebecca Miller.
Bloomsbury Methuen Drama is publishing Maggie’s Plan, a new screenplay from Rebecca Miller, to coincide with the film’s release. Based on an unpublished novel by Karen Rinaldi, Maggie’s Plan is an affectionate send-up of highbrow academic culture and a mediation on millennial self-realization. Rebecca Miller’s deft screenplay exhibits her characteristic sensitivity to female experience, but with a playfulness given freer rein than ever before in her work.
The film, boasting an all-star cast of Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore, premiered at the New York Film Festival in October 2015 and received its official premiere in May 2016 to wide critical praise. It hits UK cinemas on July 8th 2016.
To be in with a chance of winning a copy of the book, signed by Rebecca Miller herself, »
- The Hollywood News
“Behind every successful woman is another successful woman,” says the video for the new campaign “Lean In” by LeanIn.Org and AOL’s Makers, to celebrate the power of women supporting each other and the amazing things that happen when they do.
In the minute-and-a-half video, celebrities like Emma Watson, Lena Dunham, Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington and more thank the women who have helped them along the way and encouraged them to go further.
The video really hopes that together women can get to equality, »
- Liz Calvario
Year after year film releases from January through June get the short end of the stick during the Oscar season, when latter-year entries — many of them fresh off exposure-boosting festival circuits — drown everything out.
There are exceptions, of course, but mostly, without the help of critical kudos and other precursor awards that deign to have long memories, quality work is frequently left in the also-ran pile. In an effort to keep the spotlight trained on deserving contenders, here is a long list of players we’d like to see remembered by the Academy later this year.
[Note: This list only includes films theatrically released to the public through the year’s midway point. Not all festival entries are eligible.]
Best Picture: “Weiner”
Rather than save it for the documentary feature category, why not just call one of the year’s best movies exactly what it is? This Sundance hit is somehow the perfect movie for now: Flawed heroes, media obsession with titillation yielding obfuscation of substance — it’s brilliantly in tune with the zeitgeist. »
- Kristopher Tapley and Jenelle Riley
To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list here, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for June 2016
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, June 24. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Director: Gary Ross
Synopsis: “In Jones County, Miss., Newt Knight joins forces with other farmers and a group of slaves to lead a rebellion against the Confederacy.”
- Steve Greene
A a time when the cachet of talk therapy continues on its long slow downward spiral (so much more time-consuming, and déclassé, than the mood-altering drugs marketed by Big Pharma), movies about the wonders of baring your soul to a doctor who’s been paid to care are not exactly in high demand. HBO, of course, did its bit to stir up the drama of therapy with “The Sopranos” and “In Treatment.” But it’s now a different world from the one where ordinary people once sought out movies like “Ordinary People.” When you watch “The Phenom,” about a superstar Major League rookie pitcher who is having control issues, you think you’re in for a baseball story, but it’s really a movie about how a guy who throws five wild pitches in one inning needs to heal on the inside.
Hopper Gibson (Johnny Simmons), just out of high school, »
- Owen Gleiberman
For a film that’s nominally a sports movie, there’s something conspicuously absent from “The Phenom”: teammates. Instead, writer-director Noah Buschel carves out the time usually spent on building camaraderie and team-based drama to hone in on a single player. Without that team as the go-to filter to understand this talented-but-struggling pitcher, what follows in “The Phenom” is an atypical meditation on what it means to succeed on stages great and small.
Johnny Simmons stars as Hopper Gibson, a young righthander consigned to a rehab assignment after his lack of control derails a promising career. His team enlists the help of Dr. Mobley (Paul Giamatti), a renowned sports psychologist, to help unlock the mental secret to restoring Hopper to winning ways. While Hopper and Mobley philosophize over the nature of mental blocks, Buschel intersperses scenes from the player’s past family turmoil and struggles as a high school standout. »
- Steve Greene
The promising rookie, the come from behind victory, the underdog beating the odds, the veteran making one last stand — baseball movies usually follow a familiar pattern, and generally speaking, the genre has largely drawn from this well. They are also pictures that usually have an extra coating of nostalgia for the country’s national pastime, […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
I admittedly didn’t think too much on The Phenom after watching its trailer. There was a good cast, its look behind the curtain of fame seemed intriguing, and there’d probably be some darkly honest depictions of sports abuse at the hands of over-zealous parents. But then I saw who the writer/director was and suddenly all I could do was think. Noah Buschel is the man behind a wonderful little character piece from a few years back called Sparrows Dance and seeing his name as the creator of this baseball movie had me scratching my head. It looked run-of-the-mill: prodigy gets the “yips” and must face his past to overcome. It didn’t seem like something the author of Sparrows Dance would tackle. And to a point I was right.
The Phenom isn’t about baseball. Sure we see a few pitches — mostly the wild ones that derailed »
- Jared Mobarak
Uma Thurman was injured this week during a horse-riding accident, suffering several broken bones, her rep confirmed to The New York Post's Page Six Tuesday. "Uma was in an equestrian accident," her rep said. "She was training on a young thoroughbred who got spooked. She was thrown and broke a few bones." Sources told the site that Thurman was spotted looking pained and uncomfortable, "like she had hip surgery," as her children helped her into a restaurant in St. Bart's. The mom of three co-parents with ex-husband Ethan Hawke, the father of two of her kids, and ex-fiancé Arpad Busson, with whom she shares a 3-year-old daughter. Hopefully the men will step in »
Calling The Phenom a baseball movie is deceptive despite obvious themes. Yes, a rookie struggles with focus on a major league level, but Noah Buschel’s latest film is less about athletic superiority, and more about mental health. We rarely see baseball movies that explore a young character who doesn’t take to fame and success with celebrity grace, since filmmakers typically opt for happy-go-lucky stories of underdogs finding superiority. Is an 18-year-old pitcher no longer a kid just because he signed on the dotted line? Buschel offers an intriguing look into the mind of a boy who’s forced into maturity on a public stage, pumped full of praise while a regretful father blurs the lines between motivation and abuse.
Johnny Simmons stars as Hopper Gibson, a rookie hurler dealing with confidence and control issues in his first year as a big-leaguer. After leaving high school and entering the »
- Matt Donato
Lrm Reader 'Mike Markus' alerted us that Sony Pictures and MGM has released a new poster for the upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven, which you can check out below.
The film stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Byung Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, Matt Bomer, Billy Slaughter, Vinnie Jones, and Peter Sarsgaard.
With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns - Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D'Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, »
- Kellvin Chavez
Sales closed now include Weltkino (Germany/Austria), Filmcoopi (Switzerland), Cinema Srl (Italy), Vertigo (Spain), Scanbox (Scandinavia), Imagine (Benelux), Longride (Japan), Madman (Australia), Green Narae (South Korea), Leopardo (Portugal), Ama (Greece), Gutek (Poland), Aero (Czech Republic/Slovakia) and McF (former Yugoslavia).
K5 is also in the final stages of closing deals with buyers in remaining territories including Canada, Russia, Turkey, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Latin American countries.
“’Paterson’ was fantastically well-received by critics, audiences and buyers in Cannes. The excellent sales we have concluded throughout the world are testament both to the genius of Jim Jarmusch and this film, which is one of his very finest, and also »
- Leo Barraclough
Richard Linklater’s latest film “Everybody Wants Some!!” follows a group of college baseball players over the course of one weekend in 1980. Our audience surrogate is Jake (Blake Jenner), a hotshot high school pitcher, who soon meets his rambunctious teammates, who include the smooth-talker Finnegan (Glen Powell), cocky star pitcher Glen McReynolds (Tyler Hoechlin), stoner transfer student Willoughby (Wyatt Russell), and more. During his introduction to the campus lifestyle, Jake eventually meets Beverley (Zoey Deutch), an outgoing performing arts major, who shows him the ways of the artsy side of college life.
Amidst all the drinking and competition, Jake witnesses how a malleable environment can beget individual adaptation, and how the mix-and-match qualities of college all but beg a student to embrace their own fluidity of self. Watch an exclusive clip from the “Everybody Wants Some!! More Stuff That’s Not In The Movie” special feature off the upcoming Blu-ray »
- Vikram Murthi
Maggie’s Plan, 2016.
Directed by Rebecca Miller
Maggie’s plan to have a baby on her own is derailed when she falls in love with John, a married man, destroying his volatile marriage to the brilliant Georgette.
If there’s one thing in Hollywood over the past few years that’s a certainty is the tremendous ability for comedy that Greta Gerwig has in abundance. In her last few films, she has been catapulted to the top of the tree with her performances in such brilliant comedies as 2013’s Frances Ha, last year’s Mistress America and her other upcoming role in Todd Solondz’s Weiner-Dog. But for her new film, Maggie’s Plan, she is changing tack slightly with the help of acclaimed filmmaker Rebecca Miller. Different Gerwig, sure, but still classic and magnificent Gerwig. »
- Scott J. Davis
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column.
– Exclusive: The 6th Annual Lower East Side Film Festival and their 2016 panel of judges, including Ethan Hawke, Cindy Tolan, Steve Farneth and Raul Castillo have announced their winners. Check them out below.
The Lesff Neighborhood Award – “Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream” – By Michael Levine
Audience Award »
- Kate Erbland
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