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Review: Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ is a Visually and Emotionally Complex Rorschach Test

5 hours ago | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Woe betide the critic assigned an auteur’s passion project. To finally experience the long-awaited work of a favorite artist always proves slightly psychotic for yours truly, distilling as it does the central  components — shots, the movements (or lack thereof) within, the cuts linking them together, the framework for which it’s in service — even at their most banal, to a sort of revelation: “So this is what they’ve concocted.” Invest enough in that artist and the concept of how long they’ve sat on material, and the remaining balance has a way of being completely thrown off.

It doesn’t help that Silence, a picture Martin Scorsese has pursued since before I was born, boasts a visual and emotional complexity that has the effect of being open for all and permitting to none — in which Catholicism’s foremost living filmmaker positions faith and spiritual vocation as the central »

- Nick Newman

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Film Review: Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’

9 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Only in the real world do humans possess free will, whereas any film about the nature of belief effectively requires the director to play God, forcing them to answer the very questions they often set out to raise. Despite this paradox, in the history of cinema, there have been many great films about Christian faith — though not nearly enough: Carl Theodor Dreyer’s “Ordet,” Robert Bresson’s “The Diary of a Country Priest,” Jean-Pierre Melville’s “Léon Morin, Priest.” Now, add to that Martin Scorsese’s “Silence,” which marks the culmination of a nearly 30-year journey to adapt Japanese novelist Shūsaku Endō’s tale of a 17th-century Jesuit missionary faced with the dilemma of whether to apostatize.

And yet, judged in broadly cinematic terms, “Silence” is not a great movie, despite having been directed by one of the medium’s greatest masters at a point of great maturity (this is »

- Peter Debruge

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‘Silence’ Review: Martin Scorsese Delivers a Gorgeous Crisis-of-Faith Drama

9 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Beyond pouty gangsters, Catholic guilt is the most reliable theme in Martin Scorsese’s movies. From its overt expression in “The Last Temptation of Christ” to the undercurrents in “The Departed,” Scorsese’s filmography embraces the notion of a spiritual code governing the lives of deeply conflicted men. “Silence,” a gorgeous and reverential treatment of 17th-century Jesuit priests facing persecution in feudal Japan, epitomizes this side of the Scorsese coin while dulling its edges. A slow-burn tale filled with beautiful imagery and understated performances, its elegance yields one of Scorsese’s most subtle efforts.

By no means a masterwork, “Silence” nevertheless displays the first-rate craftsmanship. However, it’s a surprisingly subdued approach to a story filled with vicious struggles involving men wandering the wilderness at their wits’ end, avoiding perils such as torture by boiling water and decapitation. (Even so, it’s less violent than the 1971 version; both are adapted from Shusaku Endo’s book. »

- Eric Kohn

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Front Row courts Lady Macbeth

22 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Dubai/Exclusive: Dubai-based pan-Arab distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment picked up 31 titles at the recent American Film Market, including critically-acclaimed drama Lady Macbeth.

Front Row’s other high-profile acquisitions include Neil Jordan’s The Trainer, starring Liam Neeson as an Irish horse trainer beset by tragedy; and The Old Man And The Gun, starring Robert Redford and Casey Affleck.

The Afm additions also feature Dominic Cooke’s adaptation of Ian McEwan’s romantic drama On Chesil Beach, starring Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson and Anne Marie Duff.

It is among a number of romantic dramas on Front Row’s slate along with Isabel Coixet’s 1950s The Bookshop, starring Emily Mortimer as a widow who shakes the sensibilities of her stuffy home town when she opens a bookshop selling scandalous books.

The company has also acquired a number of highly-anticipated thrillers led by Bryan Buckley’s Dabka, starring Evan Peters as a rookie journalist embedded with Somali pirates »

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2017 Golden Globe Predictions: IndieWire’s Anne Thompson Makes Bold Picks

9 December 2016 1:13 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Early Friday morning, a messenger arrived at the front doors of 90 voting members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Some of them had stayed up all night filling out their paper ballots in all Golden Globe categories, both film and TV (those predictions here). One member admitted to me that she only ventures out to movies she feels she has to see, as she’d rather stay home watching TV. (This is our world, folks.) This group, like the Academy, skews over 50.

That said, expect a few surprises when the nominations are announced Monday morning. With both Musical/Comedy and Drama categories — which will likely be dominated by consensus favorites “La La Land” and “Manchester By the Sea,” respectively — there are more slots for Globe winners such as “Florence Foster Jenkins” stars Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, Tom Hanks (“Sully”), Denzel Washington (“Fences”), Mel Gibson (“Hacksaw Ridge”), Amy Adams (“Arrival”), Sally Field (“Hello, »

- Anne Thompson

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‘A Monster Calls’ Director Says Film Is His ‘Love Letter to Fantasy’

8 December 2016 10:05 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At the New York premiere of “A Monster Calls,” held Wednesday night at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater, actress Sigourney Weaver told Variety that while she appreciated that directors such as Joss Whedon (“Alien: Resurrection”), Greg Mottola (“Paul”), and “Monster”-helmer J. A. Bayona sought her out because of her “Aliens” and “Ghostbusters” pedigree, she never set out to be a genre queen.

“I never go out of my way to find a sci-fi film or a fantasy film, but the use of some of these elements to tell a story is absolutely apt,” she explained. “I think great literature has always involved a certain amount of fantasy and a lot of imagination. To me, these genre labels are not very helpful. Sci-fi is a genre that’s often dismissed, but some of our most interesting films, such as ‘District 9,’ come out of it.”

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- Michael Tedder

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'A Monster Calls' Speaks to Both Kids and Adults, Says Sigourney Weaver

8 December 2016 8:29 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, Lewis MacDougall and director J.A. Bayona gathered at AMC Lincoln Square on Wednesday for the New York premiere of A Monster Calls, Focus' adaptation of the award-winning novel about a boy who deals with the terminal illness of his mother (played by Felicity Jones) by escaping into a fantastical world.

"It's a beautiful story of how we're sometimes so afraid to tell the truth that we're blocked — sometimes, we're more scared to tell the truth than of the truth itself," the director told The Hollywood Reporter at the premiere, also attended by Focus »

- Ashley Lee

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Oscars 2017: Who Is ‘Silence’ Star Issei Ogata, the Film’s Breakout Supporting Actor?

8 December 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Issei Ogata

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

There’s a newcomer to the best supporting actor race for the 2017 Oscars: Silence star Issei Ogata. Until recently the 64-year-old Japanese actor was flying under the radar and then, all of a sudden, he’s a force to be reckoned with — but who exactly is this talented thespian?

Silence is a historical drama, set in the 17th century, that follows two Jesuit priests — Father Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Father Francisco Garrpe (Adam Driver) — who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor, Father Cristóvão Ferreira (Liam Neeson), and promote Christianity. Ogata plays Inoue Masashige, one of the Japanese officials in charge of persecuting and eradicating Christians from the country. The film, co-written by Jay Cocks and Martin Scorsese, is based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Shūsaku Endō.

Ogata made headlines over the weekend »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Exclusive: 'Vikings' Star Clive Standen Talks Rollo's Absence, Teases 'Fiery' Reunion Between Rollo and Bjorn

7 December 2016 7:00 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Vikings has made its triumphant return, but so far, no Rollo.

The History Channel show last saw the character in April’s mid-season finale, where Rollo made his allegiance clear, and battled it out with Ragnar in the waters of Frankia.

Exclusive: 'Vikings' Season 4 Teasers Foreshadow Bloodshed and Death -- Watch the Intense Promos!

Et hopped on the phone with Rollo himself, Clive Standen, on Tuesday, where he dished on his character’s recent absence -- and revealed that since the series’ time jump, Rollo has “seemingly everything he’s ever wanted.”

“He beats his brother in battle, he goes back victorious, he has this lovely princess to go home to, and a whole realm that kind of worships him as the savior of Paris,” he explained, before noting that Rollo still yearns for the Viking life. “He’s having a bit of a Viking mid-life crisis. The only difference is that in modern society »

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Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Love "La La Land"

7 December 2016 5:11 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Winners of the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Awards:

Best Film: La La Land

Best Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Jackie

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences

Best Acting Ensemble: Hell or High Water

Best Youth Performance: Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Best Voice Performance: Liam Neeson, A Monster Calls

Best Motion Capture Performance: Mark Rylance, The Bfg

Best Original Screenplay: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Best Adapted Screenplay: Eric Heisserer (based on the Story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang), Arrival

Best Animated Feature: Kubo and the Two Strings

Best Documentary: The 13th

Best Foreign Language Film: Elle

Best Production Design: David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, Sdsa, La La Land

Best Cinematography: Linus Sandgren, Sfs, La La Land

Best Editing: Tom Cross, Ace, La La Land

Best Original Score: Justin Hurwitz, »

- Manny

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‘A Monster Calls: The Art and Vision Behind The Film’ Exclusive Excerpt: See Images From The New Behind-The-Scenes Book

7 December 2016 3:04 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In 2011, Patrick Ness published the children’s novel “A Monster Calls,” based on an original idea by Siobhan Dowd, about a boy in England who struggles to cope with the consequences of his mother’s terminal cancer. He’s then repeatedly visited by a monster in the middle of the night who tells him stories to teach him to cope. The book was adapted into a film by director J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible”) and Ness himself, and stars Lewis MacDougall (“Pan”), Sigourney Weaver (“Alien”), Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything”) and Liam Neeson (“Schindler’s List”).

Read More: ‘A Monster Calls’ Review: J.A. Bayona’s Fantasy With Liam Neeson Is Equal Parts ‘Big Fish’ and ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’

Now, there’s a new book out now entitled “A Monster Calls: The Art and Vision Behind The Film” which dives deep into the creation of the film through interviews with »

- Vikram Murthi

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A Monster Calls Gets A New Video on The Making of the Film

7 December 2016 1:35 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

A visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Impossible”), based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel. 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith. The new film stars Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson, and Sigourney Weaver. “A Monster Calls” hits theaters on December 23rd in a limited release and wide on January 6, 2017.

The post A Monster Calls Gets A New Video on The Making of the Film appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Rudie Obias

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Movie Review – A Monster Calls (2016)

7 December 2016 4:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A Monster Calls, 2016.

Directed by J.A Bayona.

Starring Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell and Liam Neeson.

Synopsis:

A boy seeks the help of a Tree monster to help his mother with her terminal illness.

A Monster Calls is a truly tragic coming of age story, a 12-year-old boy Conor (Lewis MacDougall) dealing with the slow death of his Mother (Felicity Jones) from terminal cancer with the only help coming from a Grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) whom he despises and an absent Father (Toby Kebbell) who has a new family across an ocean and is only a fleeting part of his life. With no friends at school and a bully to contend with Conor confides and talks with the great Tree Monster (Liam Neeson) he imagines that comes to him.

Neeson’s voice exudes terror and the animation adds a real element of fear when we first meet the Monster, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Are Rey's Parents Revealed in Star Wars: The Force Awakens After All?

6 December 2016 4:11 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally hit theaters last year, fans learned the answers to a lot of questions, although there were many other mysteries that remained unsolved. In the months leading into the theatrical release, director J.J. Abrams made it clear that there was a good reason the surnames for both Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) have not yet been revealed. There are plenty of rumors that the subsequent sequels Star Wars 8 and Star Wars 9 will eventually reveal the true parents for both Rey and Finn, but today we have a new report which claims that Star Wars: The Force Awakens may have already revealed Rey's parents, at least according to Daisy Ridley.

Time Out caught up with Daisy Ridley, who was promoting the documentary The Eagle and the Huntress, which she serves as a narrator for. When asked about Rey's parents, the actress seemed to be caught off guard, »

- MovieWeb

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A Monster Calls Gets A New Video on The Story Behind The Story

5 December 2016 1:35 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

A visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Impossible”), based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel. 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith. The new film stars Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson, and Sigourney Weaver. “A Monster Calls” hits theaters on December 23rd in a limited release and wide on January 6, 2017.

The post A Monster Calls Gets A New Video on The Story Behind The Story appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Rudie Obias

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Oscar Predictions With 3 Months to Go: Emma Stone, Natalie Portman & the Best Best Actress Race in Years

5 December 2016 1:30 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Until the envelopes are opened and the newest class of Oscar winners is officially named on Feb. 26, 2017, everything is just a guess. But with three months to go until the Academy Awards, most of the qualifying films are in theaters or screening for critics and the night's so-called big six are beginning to look a little clearer. As the countdown to the big night begins, here's where our predictions stand:

Best Picture

Etonline

Predictions:

1. Arrival

2. Fences

3. Hidden Figures

4. Jackie

5. La La Land

6. Lion

7. Loving

8. Manchester by the Sea

9. Moonlight

10. Silence

Alternates: As the Academy may nominate up to 10 films, but is not required to actually nominate 10, some of the above could be considered alternates. Nonetheless, both Hacksaw Ridge and Hell or High Water are also certainly worthy of accolades, while Live by Night and Sully have a whiff of prestige the Academy tends to sniff out. And while Florence Foster Jenkins is all but guaranteed a Golden »

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The Campaign Begins: Inside the First Weekend Push to Woo Academy Voters with Food, Swag, and Celebs

5 December 2016 12:22 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Truth is, while there are about 6,000 voting Academy members, it can take only 300 or so Oscar votes to get a movie nominated. Hence all the relentless campaigning, which is in full gear, as distributors, foreign countries, and Oscar-whisperers plan and execute relentless rounds of screenings with public appearances — at lunches, Q&A panels, premieres, DVD launch parties, and “holiday” fetes.

Check out this slice of the past few days to get a sense of all the wining and dining that goes on. Academy members are being constantly wooed, just like the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who vote on the Golden Globes, with yummy food, drink, music, and celebrities —despite various attempts by the Academy to monitor and limit the scale of all this campaigning.

On the animation side, for example, this past week saw a Friday Academy screening of Universal/Illumination’s animated contest musical “Sing,” directed by live-action director »

- Anne Thompson

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The Campaign Begins: Inside the First Weekend Push to Woo Academy Voters with Food, Swag, and Celebs

5 December 2016 12:22 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Truth is, while there are about 6,000 voting Academy members, it can take only 300 or so Oscar votes to get a movie nominated. Hence all the relentless campaigning, which is in full gear, as distributors, foreign countries, and Oscar-whisperers plan and execute relentless rounds of screenings with public appearances — at lunches, Q&A panels, premieres, DVD launch parties, and “holiday” fetes.

Check out this slice of the past few days to get a sense of all the wining and dining that goes on. Academy members are being constantly wooed, just like the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who vote on the Golden Globes, with yummy food, drink, music, and celebrities —despite various attempts by the Academy to monitor and limit the scale of all this campaigning.

On the animation side, for example, this past week saw a Friday Academy screening of Universal/Illumination’s animated contest musical “Sing,” directed by live-action director »

- Anne Thompson

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New A Monster Calls Featurette Explores the Poignant Story Behind the Film

5 December 2016 9:45 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

A new featurette for Juan Antonio Bayona's (The Impossible) A Monster Calls has arrived, featuring the film's screenwriter and author of the novel, Patrick Ness, providing audiences with insight on how he continued Siobhan Dowd's (the original author of A Monster Calls) story after her untimely passing.

Synopsis: "A visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Impossible”), based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel. 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith."

Directed by J.A. Bayona from a screenplay by Patrick Ness (based on his novel of the same name), A Monster Calls stars Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson, and Sigourney Weaver. The film hits theaters on December 23rd from Focus Features. »

- Tamika Jones

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The IndieWire 2016-17 Awards Season Winners Guide

5 December 2016 8:25 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

And we’re off! The 2016-17 awards season is in full swing after a handful of major announcements were made last week, including end-of-the-year picks from the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. With so many critics groups, guilds and organizations set to make announcements over the next three months, IndieWire is putting together a guide to make all the awards season madness a little bit clearer.

Read More: 2017 Oscar Predictions

Below you’ll find all of the films walking away with top honors this awards season. The guide will prove handy in determining which films are breaking out ahead of the pack with the most overall wins this awards season. The information will be updated with each new announcement made during the 2016-17 awards season.

13th

Best Documentary – Atlanta Film Critics Society

Best Documentary – Washington D.C. Area »

- Steve Greene and Zack Sharf

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