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11 items from 2016

NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Gimme Shelter,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘The Insider’ & More

11 February 2016 8:57 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Museum of the Moving Image

“See It Big! Documentary” has an amazing weekend, starting with The Last Waltz on Friday. Following that are a new restoration of Vertov‘s Man with a Movie Camera (with live musical accompaniment) and a Maysles double-feature of Salesman and Gimme Shelter on Saturday. Sunday offers Errol Morris‘ Fast, Cheap & Out of Control, »

- Nick Newman

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Jennifer Jason Leigh in talks for Alex Garland’s Annihilation

11 February 2016 5:20 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ex Machina writer-director Alex Garland may soon add another lead to his upcoming sci-fi film Anihilation, Jennifer Jason Leigh, hot off a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination, would join a female-centric cast made up of Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez and Tessa Thompson.

The film will be based upon the novel by Jeff VanderMeer and produced by Scott Rudin. The novel, the first volume in Vandermeer’s Southern Reach trilogy sci-fi series, follows a group of four women who, as part of the twelfth expedition, venture out on a dangerous mission to a contaminated land called Area X.

The group is made up of an anthropologist, a psychologist, a surveyor and a biologist (who also acts as the group’s leader and the story’s narrator). According to TheWrap, Leigh has been made an offer to co-star and is eager to join but a deal has yet to be locked down. »

- William Fanelli

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The Perfect Rom-Com, When Harry Met Sally returns to the big screen

8 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Hollywood rom-coms don’t get much better than 1989’s beloved When Harry Met Sally…, a movie that helped define the genre and paved the way for countless (and lesser) knockoffs.

Wisecracking Harry (Billy Crystal) and tightly wound Sally (Meg Ryan) hate each other when they first meet, but over time become platonic best friends.

However, their attraction to each other grows, leading to complications that threaten their friendship.

Director Rob Reiner and screenwriter Nora Ephron based the film on their experiences as divorced people thrust back into the dating world. Ephron spent years honing a script packed with memorable one-liners and, what was groundbreaking at the time, scenes featuring men and women having frank, funny discussions about sex.

It all comes together in the hands of the two leads. Crystal is at his charming best, but his Harry is also smug and emotionally aloof, while girl-next-door Ryan relishes playing a woman beset with insecurities. »

- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine

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Ken DuBow launches Bob’s Your Uncle

28 January 2016 3:08 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The film and TV veteran heads to the Efm with his new worldwide sales and distribution venture, kicking off with two projects.

First up on the Bob’s Your Uncle slate is Being Charlie directed by Rob Reiner, about the troubled son of an actor-turned-politician forced to take control of his life. Nick Reiner and Matt Elisofon wrote the screenplay.

Nick Robinson from Sony release The 5th Wave stars with Morgan Saylor, Devon Bostick, Cary Elwes and Common.

The film from Castle Rock Entertainment and Jorva Entertainment Productions was made in association with Defiant Pictures and premiered in Toronto last autumn. Reiner produced with Johnson Chan, Stephanie Rennie and Simon Goldberg.

DuBow has scheduled market screenings in Berlin on February 12 and 16.

John Jarratt makes his directorial debut and stars in Stalkher, about a home invader who chooses the wrong property.

The Ozpix Entertainment Production is produced by Craig A. Kocincki, [link »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Movie Review – Sleeping with Other People (2015)

23 January 2016 5:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sleeping with Other People, 2015.

Written and Directed by Leslye Headland.

Starring Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Jason Mantzoukas, Adam Scott, Adam Brody, Natasha Lyonne, Katherine Waterston, Andrea Savage, Marc Blucas and Amanda Peet


A good-natured womaniser and a serial cheater form a platonic relationship that helps reform them in ways, while a mutual attraction sets in.

Another week, another rom-com, at least that’s how it always seems to be throughout the many weeks of a cinematic year. But whilst the Nicholas Spark train keeps chugging along, it’s about time we had a romantic comedy that wasn’t all fairytale and schmaltz. Sleeping with Other People, produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay (Anchorman), is such a film to shake up the genre with its look at relationships and love in 2015/6, and if the age-old question of whether men all women can just be friends is still as ripe »

- Scott J. Davis

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You’

22 January 2016 1:49 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With politics of representation in the U.S. entertainment industry currently under intense scrutiny, “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” doesn’t feel quite like the comforting nostalgia trip one might expect. Instead, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s sprightly, brightly assembled celebration of the veteran showrunner holds up a mirror to contemporary American television, tacitly asking if it’s addressing issues of difference and prejudice as directly (and daringly) as Lear’s shows, including such 1970s staples as “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” did. Generally laudatory in its approach to its irresistible human subject — if Lear’s signature white hat remains immovably on his head, the film’s stays very much in hand — this appreciation is nonetheless most fascinating in a brief stretch where the political correctness of Lear’s work is called into question by black performers. Brassily entertaining as it is, “Just Another Version »

- Guy Lodge

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The Definitive Romantic Comedies: 10-1

9 January 2016 4:55 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Well, we’ve finally reached the summit: the 10 most definitive romantic comedies of all time. Unlike the other sections of this list, there is not a movie here that approaches “bad.” As always, some are better than others, despite the order. But one thing is for sure: if you plan to have a rom-com binge-a-thon soon, this is where you start, no questions asked. In fact, after reading this, you should go do that and report back.

courtesy of 10. Some Like It Hot (1959)

What’s funnier than men dressing in drag? Depends on who you ask. It’s Billy Wilder again with a fictional story of two musicians – Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) – who witness the St. Valentine’s Day massacre in Chicago and leave town. But, since the mob has ties everywhere, they need to disguise themselves as best they can: as women in an »

- Joshua Gaul

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The Definitive Romantic Comedies: 20-11

9 January 2016 4:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

So, we’ve arrived at the top 20, slowly creeping toward those films that are exactly what a romantic comedy should be. We’ve seen films that fall into the category, but lean more toward other genres. We’ve seen romantic films that are funny enough to be comedies, but don’t entirely represent the spirit of the rom-com, despite being brilliant films. Now, we form a clearer picture of what a romantic comedy is. Not all of the films in this section are necessarily “good,” but they’re all iconic, definitive romantic comedies (hence their inclusion). Memorability does not necessarily come partnered with quality. It means right place, right time.

courtesy of 20. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Tom Hanks had been the leading man in romantic comedies before (e.g. Splash). But the same year he took home his first Oscar (Philadelphia), he also starred opposite Meg Ryan in this »

- Joshua Gaul

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Notebook's 8th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2015

4 January 2016 6:41 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2015?Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2015—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2015 to create a unique double feature.All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2015 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »

- Notebook

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Spirit Of ’76 Wednesday Night at Schlafly Bottleworks – Wear Your Bellbottoms!

3 January 2016 6:30 PM, PST | | See recent news »

“What sign are you? Because my mood ring just, like, totally changed colors!”

Spirit Of ’76 screens Wednesday night January 6th at Schlafly Bottleworks at 8pm

You never know what’s brewing at Webster University’s Strange Brew Film series, and this month, you’ll be able to go back in time – 40 years to a decade you probably never wanted to revisit. In Spirit Of ’76 (made in 1990), time travelers traveling to 1776 get inadvertently dropped in 1976 instead. Hilarity, bell bottoms and leisure suits ensue. Spirit Of ’76 used to play on cable a lot in the early ‘90s but I haven’t seen it in years. It’s one of those forgotten classics that, for some reason, has been forgotten (I guess that’s why they call it a ‘forgotten classic’). It’s silly and cheesy but I remember much of the humor being spot-on. One of my favorite aspects of the film are all the cameos… »

- Tom Stockman

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Film Review: When Harry Met Sally

3 January 2016 2:54 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★ Has the form of the romantic comedy ever been more perfectly expressed than in When Harry Met Sally (1989), rereleased in UK cinemas just in time for Christmas? Rob Reiner's film might not have been the first rom-com, but taking their cue from It Happened One Night (1934) and the screwball comedies of the 1930s and 40s, the dream team of director Reiner, writer Nora Ephron and stars Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, fashioned a rom-com that to this day remains the gold standard for the genre.


- CineVue UK

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