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Summer Movie Winners and Losers: A Critic’s Round-Up

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

In the movie world, the difference between success and failure will always be measured, to a degree, at the box office. But that can’t be the only measure. What follows is a semi-objective (as in: let’s tote up a few numbers and see what they mean) and critically subjective (as in: here’s what was good, whether or not it made money) compilation of the highlights and lowlights of the 2016 summer movie season. Please feel free to agree, disagree, or call out your own favorites and duds.

Winner: The way to get animated  Twenty-one years ago, the launch of Pixar didn’t just herald the age of digital animation. It kicked off a renaissance in mainstream animated filmmaking that, miraculously, has only grown. Nearly all of these films are products for children, yet it’s an exhilarating paradox that the best of them are defined by what we »

- Owen Gleiberman

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9 Lessons Studio Films Should Take From The Indie World This Summer

25 August 2016 9:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Much has been written about just how dismal this year’s summer movies have been, but one of the silver linings in such a poor season has remarkably been indies. Where blockbusters like “The Legend Of Tarzan,” “Warcraft” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” failed, indies such as “The Lobster,” “Cafe Society” and “Love and Friendship” succeeded. And while studios were certainly rolling in cash when it came to “Suicide Squad” and “The Secret Life Of Pets,” critics weren’t exactly impressed. It was a rough season for studio films, but it won’t be a total waste if executives can learn from their mistakes and start course correcting. Below, we look towards the indie world in order to offer up the biggest lessons for studio films.

Read More: IndieWire On Demand: ‘Krisha,’ ‘The Lobster’ And More Great 2016 Indies To Watch On VOD

1)  World-Building Needs To Be Organic To The Story (“The Lobster »

- Zack Sharf, Anne Thompson, Kate Erbland, Graham Winfrey, Steve Greene, William Earl and David Ehrlich

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Weekly Rushes. "Olli Mäki," Ingrid Bergman's Home Movies, Trailers Galore, Scott Walker's Score

24 August 2016 10:08 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

NEWSMost exciting for us this week is the news that the Cannes Un Certain Regard prizewinner this year, Juho Kuosmanen's wonderful debut film The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, will be having its North American premiere in the Discovery section of the Toronto International Film Festival. Mubi is distributing the film theatrically and digitally in the United States and United Kingdom.Recommended VIEWINGCourtesy of the Criterion Collection, excerpts of Ingrid Bergman's home movies, which include Alfred Hitchcock, made around the time of their collaboration on Spellbound. With the full lineup of the Toronto International Film Festival announced and the autumn film season nearly upon us, wonderful trailers have been released in an overwhelming deluge. Here are some of the highlights:The much-anticipated restoration and re-release of Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust.Hong Sang-soo's Yourself and Yours, which gets a typically wacky trailer.Bertrand Bonello's Nocturama, »

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What Was The Best Film Of Summer 2016? — IndieWire Critics Survey

22 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, the CriticWire Survey asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday morning. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What was the best film of summer 2016?

Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Rolling Stone

Gosh, where to start! It’s been a banner summer if, like me, you enjoy submerging yourself in vast unending ocean of incomprehensible bullshit at the movies. There was “Suicide Squad,” which is to plot structure what the Elephant Man is to facial bone structure. Loved me some “X-Men: Apocalypse,” an epic battle between an uncomfortable-looking ensemble of interesting-to-talented actors and a script intent on turning them all into cardboard cutouts. “The Shallows” was fun in the way that completing the maze on the back of a cereal box is fun, »

- David Ehrlich

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New to Streaming: ‘Love & Friendship,’ ‘A Bigger Splash,’ ‘Lo and Behold,’ ‘Morris From America,’ and More

19 August 2016 8:23 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Almost Holy (Steve Hoover)

The most fascinating part of Steve Hoover‘s latest documentary Almost Holy is how its subject Gennadiy Mokhnenko parallels the life of well-known Russian cartoon Krokodil Gena. The latter deals with a lonely crocodile zoo worker named Gena and his friend Cheburashka: a young, abandoned creature rejected by the establishment employing him. The two therefore construct a home for the lonely as »

- The Film Stage

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San Francisco Film Society Announces Finalists For 2016 Documentary Film Fund

18 August 2016 3:25 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Today, the San Francisco Film Society today announced the ten finalists for the 2016 Sffs Documentary Film Fund awards totaling $75,000. The Sffs Documentary Film Fund supports feature-length documentaries in postproduction and was created to support singular nonfiction film work. Finalists were selected from more than 200 applications, and winners will be announced in mid-September.

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Dff has an excellent track record for championing compelling films that have gone on to earn great acclaim. Previous winners include Zachary Heinzerling’s “Cutie and the Boxer,” which won Sundance’s Directing Award for documentary and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature; Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson’s “American Promise,”which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won the festival’s Special Jury Prize in the documentary category; and Moby Longinotto’s “The Joneses,” which premiered at the 2016 San Francisco International Film Festival. »

- Vikram Murthi

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Film Review: ‘David Brent: Life on the Road’

10 August 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ricky Gervais’ eternally hopeless sales rep David Brent is back, older if not wiser, and he’s determined to have another bash at rock superstardom. In “David Brent: Life on the Road,” the first cinematic outing for the British comedy icon initially established in beloved BBC TV mockumentary “The Office,” he’s hitching his wagon to infinitely cooler young talent Dom (Doc Brown), a rapper who is everything Brent is not: modest, quietly confident, and great with an audience. It’s a recipe for humor and conflict which, judging by the home-turf success of other recent theatrical transplants of U.K. sitcoms — namely this year’s “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” and “Dad’s Army” — should have no trouble connecting with the original show’s sizable fanbase.

In the 15 years since “The Office” first hit British television screens, the series has spawned seven international versions — including the U.S. behemoth that »

- Catherine Bray

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The 50 Best Comedies of the 21st Century Thus Far

10 August 2016 12:16 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

No genre is more subjective than comedy. What makes one person laugh may make another cringe. Some “comedies” may only result in a few chuckles while watching, yet are heightened as one looks back. Others may cause constant laughter, yet are forgettable after theater’s lights come on.

With Seth Rogen‘s latest comedy, Sausage Party, arriving in theaters this week, we’ve set out to reflect on the millennium’s comedies that have most excelled. To note: we only stuck with feature-length works of 60 minutes or longer and, to make room for a few more titles, our definition of “the 21st century” stretched to include 2000.

Following our favorite sci-fi films and animations, check out our top 50 below and, in the comments, let us know your favorites. If you’re on Letterboxd, you can follow the list here.

50. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (Jake Kasdan)

It is wholly possible »

- The Film Stage

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Bo Report: Suicide Squad beats Bourne, Ab Fab to take out top spot

7 August 2016 4:27 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Suicide Squad.

Despite mixed reviews, Suicide Squad, starring Aussie Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, has debuted on top of the box office, raking in an impressive $13.8 million.

Trailing well behind was Jason Bourne, which fell 54 per cent in its second week to bring in $3.6 million. The fifth installment in the series has rung up $13.5 million overall.

Eddie and Patsy's big screen adventure, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, had a darling debut, opening on $2.7 million.

Now in its third week, Star Trek Beyond fell 58 per cent, bringing in $739,233. The third film in the rebooted franchise has a cume so far of $8.3 million..

Ghostbusters had weekend takings of $698,767, a 48 per cent drop, and has now made $11.4 million in its four weeks on screens.

Lights Out, directed by David F. Sandberg and produced by Aussie James Wan, fell 53 per cent in its third week with takings of $384,347. The horror film has grossed almost $2.9 million so far. »

- Jackie Keast

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Amazon Boss Says He’s Investing in More Programming, But There’s a Limit

7 August 2016 4:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Amazon Studios is on a TV spending spree – but there’s a ceiling.

The company doubled its series production budget in the second half of 2015 vs. the previous year, just as Amazon Prime subscribers were up 47% in the U.S. year-to-year.

“It’s on an upward trajectory,” said Amazon Studios boss Roy Price, who touted the service’s new and returning series to reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday. Upcoming new entries include David E. Kelley’s “Goliath,” starring Billy Bob Thornton, and Woody Allen’s “Crisis in Six Scenes.”

Read More: Amazon Reveals Title, More Details for Woody Allen’s New Half-Hour Series

The elusive Price was extremely light on details, frustrating reporters with a lack of specifics on the state of Amazon’s TV affairs.

“This year, we’re up considerable in terms of original series,” Price said. “Look at the number of original series this fall. »

- Michael Schneider

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Amazon Boss Says He’s Investing in More Programming, But There’s a Limit

7 August 2016 4:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Amazon Studios is on a TV spending spree – but there’s a ceiling.

The company doubled its series production budget in the second half of 2015 vs. the previous year, just as Amazon Prime subscribers were up 47% in the U.S. year-to-year.

“It’s on an upward trajectory,” said Amazon Studios boss Roy Price, who touted the service’s new and returning series to reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday. Upcoming new entries include David E. Kelley’s “Goliath,” starring Billy Bob Thornton, and Woody Allen’s “Crisis in Six Scenes.”

Read More: Amazon Reveals Title, More Details for Woody Allen’s New Half-Hour Series

The elusive Price was extremely light on details, frustrating reporters with a lack of specifics on the state of Amazon’s TV affairs.

“This year, we’re up considerable in terms of original series,” Price said. “Look at the number of original series this fall. »

- Michael Schneider

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Chloe Sevigny, Salma Hayek Join Drama ‘Beatriz at Dinner’

1 August 2016 1:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chloe Sevigny, Salma Hayek, and Jay Duplass have joined the independent drama “Beatriz at Dinner” opposite John Lithgow and Connie Britton.

Miguel Arteta is directing from a script by Mike White. The story follows a holistic medicine practitioner who joins a dinner party when her car breaks down at a wealthy client’s house.

The film is a Bron Studios and Killer Films production in association with Creative Wealth Media FinanceKiller Films chief Christine Vachon is producing along with Pam Koffler and David HinojosaJason Cloth and Lewis Hendler are executive producing.

Killer produced “Carol” with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and the upcoming “Wonderstruck,” directed by Todd Haynes and starring Julianne Moore.

Bron’s credits include a pair of awards-season contenders: Nate Parker’s upcoming “The Birth of a Nation” for Fox Searchlight and Denzel Washington’s “Fences” for Paramount.

Sevigny stars in Whit Stillman’s “Love And Friendship” opposite Kate Beckinsale, »

- Dave McNary

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Bo Report: Star Trek Beyond flies clear of Ghostbusters, The Legend of Tarzan

24 July 2016 4:39 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Star Trek Beyond.

Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond, the third film in the rebooted franchise, has landed on top of the box office, bringing in over $3.9 million over its opening weekend.

Behind it was Ghostbusters, which fell 48 per cent in its second weekend, bringing in $2.4 million. Paul Feig's all female-reboot has totalled $8.6 million so far.

David Yates' The Legend of Tarzan also took a tumble, dropping 47 per cent over its third weekend with takings of $1.3 million, and has now made $10.3 million overall.

David F. Sandberg's horror flick.Lights Out, co-produced by James Wan and starring Teresa Palmer, bowed this week on 171 screens and earned $1.1 million.

Finding Dory was down 61 per cent with a weekend taking of $953,238. The sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo has raked in $46.8 million over six weeks at the box office.

Now in its fourth week, The Bfg fell 57 per cent to bring in »

- Jackie Keast

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Xavier Samuel chats Love and Friendship, The Death and Life of Otto Bloom

20 July 2016 8:33 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Kate Beckinsale and Xavier Samuel in Love & Friendship.

According to Xavier Samuel, when you have the chance to work with a writer and director like Whit Stillman (Metropolitian, The Last Days of Disco), you take it.

.He.s an auteur and he doesn.t make films very often, so to have the opportunity to work with him is something you don.t really have to think about,. Samuel told If..

The Adelaide-raised actor stars as Reginald DeCourcy in Stillman.s latest film, Love & Friendship, an adaptation of an early Jane Austen novella, Lady Susan.

The manipulative and charming Lady Susan (played by Kate Beckinsale) is on a mission to find a new husband for herself and for her long suffering daughter Frederica, and swiftly seduces Samuel.s DeCourcy.

.It.s really a kind of joy to see a film that has a central female character who.s beating the system »

- Jackie Keast

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Xavier Samuel chats Love and Friendship, the Death and Life of Otto Bloom

20 July 2016 8:33 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Kate Beckinsale and Xavier Samuel in Love & Friendship.

According to Xavier Samuel, when you have the chance to work with a writer and director like Whit Stillman (Metropolitian, The Last Days of Disco), you take it.

.He.s an auteur and he doesn.t make films very often, so to have the opportunity to work with him is something you don.t really have to think about,. Samuel told If..

The Adelaide-raised actor stars as Reginald DeCourcy in Stillman.s latest film, Love & Friendship, an adaptation of an early Jane Austen novella, Lady Susan.

The manipulative and charming Lady Susan (played by Kate Beckinsale) is on a mission to find a new husband for herself and for her long suffering daughter Frederica, and swiftly seduces Samuel.s DeCourcy.

.It.s really a kind of joy to see a film that has a central female character who.s beating the system »

- Jackie Keast

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‘The Death of Louis Xiv,’ ‘One Week And a Day’ Scoop Awards at Jerusalem Festival

17 July 2016 1:09 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Albert Serra’s “The Death of Louis Xiv” won the inaugural international competition at the 33rd edition of Jerusalem Film Festival, which wraps today.

“The Death of Louis Xiv,” which world premiered at Cannes and stars Jean-Pierre Léaud as the Sun King in his final days, won the top prize of the international competition. The award includes a $20,000 cash prize from the Wilf Family Foundation.

The international jury, which included Cornerstone FilmsAlison Thompson, Icelandic helmer Grímur Hákonarson (“Rams”) and Israeli director Talya Lavie (“Zero Motivation”), described Serra’s film as “a bold and distinctive chamber piece in a beautifully detailed world.” The jury also praised the design and cinematography.

The other prize of the international competition, the jury’s honorable mention, went to Tobias Lindholm’s Oscar-nominated “A War.”

Commenting on the launch of Jerusalem film festival’s international competition, Elad Samorzik, the fest’s artistic director, said the »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Arthouse Audit: Woody Allen’s ‘Café Society’ Boosted by Kristen Stewart, But Not ‘Equals’

17 July 2016 10:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Mid-summer brings the biggest limited opening of 2016, with a return to form by Woody Allen as new distributor Amazon Studios and partner Lionsgate pushed “Café Society” to numbers unseen since last December. It’s not at Allen’s top level, but a huge leap above his last two films as well as anything else so far this year.

For a totally different market, Dinesh D’Souza doc “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party” had a limited opening in Middle America with strong front-loaded initial numbers. The political doc goes wider this Friday and could see a better eventual total —via an entirely different audience—than Allen’s film.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople” (The Orchard) from New Zealand leads the films in wider release as it continues to build word-of-mouth success. “Captain Fantastic” (Bleecker Street) boasted a decent second weekend expansion and could end up at a »

- Tom Brueggemann

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'Death Of Louis Xiv', 'One Week And A Day' win top prizes in Jerusalem

15 July 2016 2:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Festival’s new $20,000 international competition prize goes to Albert Serra for The Death Of Louis Xiv; One Week And A Day wins best Israeli feature.

The 33rd Jerusalem Film Festival, which wraps on Sunday, has awarded its top prizes to The Death Of Louis Xiv by Albert Serra (best international film), One Week And A Day by Asaph Polonsky (best Israeli feature), and Dimona Twist by Michal Aviad (best Israeli documentary).

The international jury was comprised of Cornerstone FilmsAlison Thompson, Icelandic director Grímur Hákonarson, and Israeli director Talya Lavie, who praised Serra “for creating a bold and distinctive chamber piece in a beautifully detailed world. For its stunning set design and cinematography that captures its period brilliantly. For creating an intimate and moving look at the sunset of a great figure in history.”

An honourable mention went to Tobias Lindholm’s A War.

The Death Of Louis Xiv wins the $20,000 cash prize for the festival’s new international »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Louis Xiv, One Week And A Day win top prizes in Jerusalem

15 July 2016 2:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Festival’s new $20,000 international competition prize goes to Albert Serra for The Death of Louis Xiv; One Week And a Day wins best Israeli feature.

The 33rd Jerusalem Film Festival, which wraps on Sunday, has awarded its top prizes to The Death of Louis Xiv by Albert Serra (best international film), One Week And A Day by Asaph Polonsky (best Israeli feature), and Dimona Twist by Michal Aviad (best Israeli documentary).

The jury was comprised of Cornerstone FilmsAlison Thompson, Icelandic director Grímur Hákonarson, and Israeli director Talya Lavie, who praised Serra “for creating a bold and distinctive chamber piece in a beautifully detailed world. For its stunning set design and cinematography that captures its period brilliantly. For creating an intimate and moving look at the sunset of a great figure in history.”

An honourable mention went to Tobias Lindholm’s A War.

Louis Xiv wins the $20,000 cash prize for the festival’s new international competition, supported »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Oscar Chart Updates: Picture, Director, Screenplay

14 July 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

It's time to overhaul those April Fool's Oscar Predictions. Release dates have shifted around a bit with Miss Sloane (starring Jessica Chastain) and The Founder (starring Michael Keaton) moving to a very crowded December. Same as it ever was. Quite strangely every Oscar hopeful wants to open opposite Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, so those that have firmly planted their flags in October and November like Birth of a Nation, Billy Lynn's Halftime Walk, and Loving are looking extra smart since that's where Best Picture winners come from for a whole decade now. So why do studios keep banking on December? The answer is twofold. If you don't get buried in the glut (that's the risk) you can make a lot of money during the holidays and get a higher nomination count than you probably could have managed had you opened in October since you're so fresh in the memory. »

- NATHANIEL R

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