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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Madeleine Olnek’s Emily Dickinson Project

24 November 2015 6:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

What the trades tell us and what is fact are not mutually exclusive. 11th hour film submissions at the Sundance Film Festival do occur — the unfinished form are indeed a rarity, but I’ve seen it happen with fine down to the wire examples in the realm of Alex Ross Perry’s Listen Up Philip, Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash and Kris Swanberg’s Unexpected. Could this shot in NYC and Los Angeles nouveau Emily Dickinson depiction follow suit? Madeleine Olnek has mades ripples and waves at the festival first with 2011’s Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same followed up a weird double showing and vote of confidence (preeming at the 2013’s Sundance Next Weekend and then again at Sundance in 2014) for The Foxy Merkins. An auteur described by our Nicholas Bell as “a refreshing voice to behold in an era of repetitive storytelling and mediocre beats within the realm of independent film, »

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Top 3 Critics’ Picks: Rick Alverson, Josh Mond & Todd Haynes this November

3 November 2015 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »’s Top 3 Critics’ Picks offers a curated approach to the usual quandary: what would you recommend I see in theaters this month? This November, we’ve got a pair of films Sundance Film Festival Next section premiered films that will be found on several best of lists for 2015,  and the other item was one of the most admired films to land on the Croisette.

Entertainment – Rick Alverson

November 13th – Limited Release

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Awards & Fests: Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival with a good number of U.S. film fests, some noteworthy stops included New Directors/New Films, Locarno, Sitges, London and Chicago.

What the critic’s are saying?: Simply put, Rick Alverson’s The Comedy (2012) is brilliant. Predictably his abrasive parameter-less cinema is what sets this filmmaker apart and in this case shows the shortcomings of mainstream audiences. Only four features into his filmography, there »

- Eric Lavallee

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Splitsville: Sarah Adina Smith Enlists Rami Malek for “Buster’s Mal Heart”

2 November 2015 2:35 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s been a long time coming for Short Term 12 supporting player Rami Malek, but the momentum built around television’s highly successful “Mr.Robot” has landed him the coveted lead role in Sarah Adina Smith‘s sophomore film. THR reports that actor leads a cast comprised of Kate Lyn Sheil, DJ QuallsToby HussLin Shaye, Lance Barber, Mark Kelly, Bruce Bundy and Teresa Yenque in Smith’s Buster’s Mal Heart — production is being set up in Montana and should commence filming shortly. Jonako Donley and Snowfort Films’ Travis Stevens (We Are Still Here) are producing. Gamechanger’s Mynette Louie, Julie Parker Benello, Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous, and Wendy Ettinger are executive producing.

Gist: This follows an eccentric mountain man (Malek) on the run from authorities who survives the winter by breaking into empty vacation homes. He’s haunted by a recurring dream of being lost at »

- Eric Lavallee

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AFI Fest 2015: Mediterranea, James White & Krisha Among New Auteurs and American Independents Films Lineup

15 October 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A pair of sections that we’ve been covering almost since its inception, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced their selections for the New Auteurs and American Independents line-ups and we’ve got a noteworthy, eyebrow-raising sampling of award-winning items from the Cannes played hellish immigration drama Mediterranea from Jonas Carpignano to Sundance (Josh Mond’s James White) to SXSW (Trey Edward ShultsKrisha) winners. Since Park City days, our Nicholas Bell has reviewed a good chunk of these titles, but we’ll still likely have a couple of more reviews once the festival begins. Here are the selections and jury members.

New Auteurs Selections (11 Titles)

From Afar – When a middle-aged man is assaulted and robbed by a young criminal, an unlikely relationship develops. Dir Lorenzo Vigas. Scr Lorenzo Vigas. Cast Alfredo Castro and Luis Silva. Venezuela/Mexico. U.S. Premiere

DisorderMatthias Schoenaerts plays an ex-soldier who becomes locked »

- Eric Lavallee

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Top 3 Critics’ Picks: Guy Maddin/Evan Johnson, Sebastián Silva, Hou Hsiao-Hsien in Theatres This October

1 October 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »’s Top 3 Critics’ Picks offers a curated approach to the movie-going theatre dilemma: what would you recommend I see in theaters this month? This month we’ve got a diverse group: a Taiwanese, a Chilean, and a Winnipegger. Solid options….

The Forbidden RoomGuy Maddin/Evan Johnson

October 7th – NYC Release

Distributor: Kino Lorber

Awards & Fests: With world preems at prestige fests such as Sundance, Berlin, Tiff and Nyff.

What the critic’s are saying?: Slant Magazine’s Carson Lund found plenty to admire and points to “one of the principal joys of The Forbidden Room, too easily left unexplored when thinking about its labyrinthine structure, is admiring the utter lunacy of its storytelling idiosyncrasies—the way, for instance, every new character’s entrance is promptly trailed by a lovingly designed title card stating their name, the actor playing them, and often a succinctly worded personality trait. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Strange Case of Serge Bozon: Huppert, Depardieu & Duris Join “Madame Hyde”

30 September 2015 11:35 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Arte France Cinéma’s Director General Olivier Père dropped development news on future French cinema offerings with three new projects that will be supported by the entity. Thierry de Peretti will be directing Une vie violente (produced by Les Films Velvet) and The Secret of the Grain actress Hafsia Herzi will make her directorial debut with Bonnes Mères — she’ll see Quat’sous Films’ Abdellatif Kechiche on board as producer. And the focus of our interest here is: the cast and project info on Serge Bozon‘s fifth feature film. Scoring a career high with Tip Top, there are some creative pairings who’ll be doing some reuniting on Bozon’s Madame Hyde. Bozon reteams with scribe Axelle Ropert and Isabelle Huppert Tip Top, while  the actress reteams with Valley of Love co-star Gérard DepardieuRomain Duris also joins the Films Pelléas production.

Gist: Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s »

- Eric Lavallee

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2015 Venice Film Fest: Corbet, Mahaffy, Saada & Lindholm Preeming in Horizons Section

29 July 2015 11:35 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Back to back mid-summer Xmas mornings with the rollout of major premiere titles at Tiff and now the full line-up for Venice means we’re now carefully dissecting the numerous films announced with our first focus going down the list at the treasure trove of items in the Horizons Section, otherwise known as Orizzonti. Names that pop out of the group of eighteen include Danish helmer Tobias Lindholm‘s heavily anticipated third feature film, A War. Re-teaming with actor Pilou Asbæk in just as many outings, R (2010) and A Hijacking (2012) are part of his already stacked early filmography, this is about a solider stationed in Afghanistan and finds himself caught in a catch-22 type of situation.

Another highly anticipated film (our Nicholas Bell slotted it at #33) which posits a person in a life or death type of situation is Nicolas Saada‘s sophomore film. Based on true horrific events, set »

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Mistress America, Entertainment & Turbo Kid Musically Aligned for 3rd Next Fest

24 June 2015 1:15 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Musicians Sky Ferriera, Sharon Van Etten and dee-jays Neon Indian and Toro Y Moi are now part of the expanding Sundance Film Festival family. Sundance’s Next Fest (August 7th to the 9th) kicks off early on August 2nd, with a showing of Jon Watt’s Cop Car — the filmmaker made the industry news headlines this week when he signed onto direct the new Spiderman. Now in its third year, the fest which intertwines filmmakers and musicians or surprise mentors of the arts is comprised of films from the ’15 edition of the festival with only a pair of Next titles being re-programmed in Rick Alverson’s Entertainment and Michael J. Larnell’s

Cronies. Our Nicholas Bell will be covering the event for the site. Here’s the full lineup:

Sunday, August 2, 8:30 p.m. – Sundance Next Fest Kick Off Event

Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Cop Car / U.S. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Micallef comedy rolls in Melbourne

8 June 2015 9:51 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Ex-pm, a six-part half hour comedy created, written by and starring Shaun Micallef, began filming in Melbourne today. Micallef plays Australia's third longest-serving Prime Minister, Andrew Dugdale. He dined with Presidents and Kings, hosted world summits and changed the lives of millions of his fellow Australians.

But now he's retired, the not-so-elder statesman has far too much time on his hands and no one to waste it on.

The ensemble cast includes Nikki Wendt, Kate Jenkinson, Lucy Honigman, Nicholas Bell, Francis Greenslade, Jackson Tozer, Ming-Zhu Hii and. veteran John Clarke.

Sian Davies (Offspring, Mr & Mrs Murder) directs. Nick Murray (House of Hancock, Stupid Stupid Man), who is producing for Cjz, says: .It.s a rare pleasure with such a great cast and Shaun.s scripts are wonderful..

Micallef says, .I am very much looking forward to stepping in front of the cameras for my new series The Ex-pm. Hopefully »

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Top 3 Critics’ Picks: Andersson, Slaboshpitsky & Patrick Brice Must Sees this June

3 June 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »’s Top 3 Critics’ Picks offers a curated approach to the usual quandary: what would you recommend I see in theaters this month? June is seriously stacked with the wave of Park City premiered items in Eden, award-winning Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and celebrated docu items in 3 ½ Minutes and The Wolfpack on deck. The Sundance stamp of approval happens to be present in two, of our top three suggestions this month as we emphatically point to the final instalment in a loosely tied trilogy by Roy Andersson, to Patrick Brice‘s sophomore film and Miroslav Slaboshpitsky‘s much travelled directorial debut.

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence – Roy Andersson

June 3rd – Limited Release

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Awards & Fests: It lost to Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure at this year’s Swedish equivalent to the Oscars, but won the highest honor in the Golden »

- Eric Lavallee

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Amplify Releasing Prepare Summer Harvest for Dolan’s “Tom at the Farm”

2 June 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Going on almost two full years since it landed in competition for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Amplify Releasing have made their first foreign film language pick-up and have set it up Tom at the Farm with an August 14th release. Labeled as his homage to Hitch despite the filmmaker not being versed in the MacGuffin, Xavier Dolan’s fourth film and what I describe as bully porn and best work to date (I’m in the minority with this one) is the only film in his five film filmography to not have premiered in Cannes.

Gist: After the sudden death of his lover, Guillaume (Caleb Landry-Jones), Tom (Dolan) travels from his home in the city to Guillaume’s family’s remote country farm for the funeral. Upon arriving, he’s shocked to find that the family knows nothing of him and was expecting a woman in his place. »

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2015 Cannes Film Festival: Our Coverage

26 May 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »’s 2015 Cannes Film Festival coverage.

Standing TallNicholas Bell

Tale of Tales – Blake Williams

Our Little SisterNicholas Bell

One Floor Review – Blake Williams

Son of Saul – Nicholas Bell

In the Shadow of Women – Blake Williams

Carol – Nicholas Bell

The Lobster – Nicholas Bell

The Sea of Trees – Nicholas Bell

Mia Madre – Nicholas Bell

Louder than Bombs – Nicholas Bell

Cemetery of Splendor – Blake Williams

Sicario – Nicholas Bell

Youth – Nicholas Bell

Love – Nicholas Bell

Chronic – Nicholas Bell

Valley of Love – Nicholas Bell

The Treasure – Blake Williams

Arabian Nights Volume 1: The Restless One – Blake Williams

Arabian Nights Volume 2: The Desolate One – Blake Williams

Arabian Nights Volume 3: The Enchanted One – Blake Williams

Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 2: Our Little Sister

Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 2: Tale of Tales

Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 3: The Lobster

Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 3: Son of Saul

Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 4: Mia Madre »

- Eric Lavallee

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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Full Grid

26 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Final grades were officially tallied up after the repeat screenings on Sunday, and while the 1-2-3-4 positions haven’t changed, Todd HaynesCarol further cemented it’s status as the best from the 2015 In Comp class with a final 3.9 grade.

We’d like to once again thank our group of sixteen: Nicholas Bell, Blake Williams and Yama Rahimi from were joined by Christophe Beney, Dave Calhoun, Per Juul Carlsen, Paola Casella, Mike D’Angelo, Jean-Philippe Guerand, Carlos F. Heredero, Aaron Hillis, Fabien Lemercier, Marc-André Lussier, Liu Min, Isabelle Regnier and Cédric Succivalli. We already look forward to next year with Haneke, Pedro, Dolan and the Dardennes in the mix. Click on the grid below for a larger version.


- Eric Lavallee

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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 10: Takes Two to Limbo in Nicloux’s “Valley Of Love”

23 May 2015 7:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A Croisette anomaly of sorts and still a relative unknown despite his three decade and dozen film span, Guillaume Nicloux’s only previous Cannes showing was 1994’s Faut pas rire du bonheur landing in the Directors’ Fortnight. An American based West Coast meeting place grief-stricken drama, this also happens to be Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu’s on-screen reunion a good 35 years after Maurice Pialat’s “Loulou”. Working with Huppert once again after 2013’s The Nun, Valley of Love actually follows last year’s The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq. While our panel gave the film your average passing grade of three, our Nicholas Bell appears to have been the among the few touched by the awkwardness of the affair stating that the film is “a rather beautiful, melancholy poem about guilt, grief, and the tragedy of expectation.”  


- Eric Lavallee

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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 10: Pulling the Plug on Michel Franco’s “Chronic”

22 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s a Tim Roth lead Un Certain Regard jury that awarded Michel Franco with the highest honor of the section. Michel Franco has moved up the Croisette, debuting his Daniel and Ana in the Directors’ Fortnight section in 2009, and the Ucr in 2012 with the equally disturbing After, Lucia. Naturally landing an In Comp spot, Chronic fittingly tapped Roth to play the caretaker protag in the Mexican filmmaker’s fourth feature. As our Nicholas Bell mentioned in his review, “Franco’s bleak predilection for misanthropy shows no signs of waning,” and my guess is that the oft-mentioned comparisons to Haneke made this too jarring of a portrait at the tale end of the fest.

Check back tomorrow for our final grades. Click on the grid below for a larger version.




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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 8 & 9: Between a Rock & a Hard R Place for Noé’s “Love”

21 May 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s only his fourth feature film, but his eighth trip to Cannes, Gaspar Noé hasn’t let go of the short or long format. He first broke into the fest with the Directors’ Fortnight included Carne (1991), La Bouche de Jean-Pierre (short – 1996), Seul Contre Tous (short – 1998), Irreversible (2002), Sida (short – 2006), Enter the Void (2009), 7 Days in Havana (one of seven short films – 2012). If we only received a small sampling of critic grades for the 8:30 a.m. screening of Jacques Audiard’s Dheephan, it might have a lot to do with the conflict of interest and sleep deprivation associated to Noé’s Love 15 minutes past midnight screening. This year we made an exception in our Critics’ Panel, including this tantalizing 3D offering which our Nicholas Bell only reminds us that “Noé was already beaten to the punch by Michael Winterbottom with his film 9 Songs“. For many, this might be the filmmaker’s »

- Eric Lavallee

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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 8: No Love Lost on Sorrentino’s “Youth”

21 May 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The last of the three competing Italian films for the Palme d’Or, unlike 2008 where Garrone’s Gomorrah edged out Sorrentino’s Il Divo, here, solely going by grade average, it is Youth that is edging Tale of Tales. His seventh feature film, a Toni Servillo-less second English language film and fifth to appear In Comp at Cannes, Youth stars Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda in what appears to be a nice companion piece to his Oscar-winning The Great Beauty. Our Nicholas Bell describes the filmmaker’s touch as “less bombastic and potentially meditative with characters contemplating a last hurrah as they remember highs and lows.” Previously the filmmaker first shored up in Cannes with 2004’s The Consequences of Love, 2006’s Friend of the Family and who can forget career belly-flop in 2011’s This Must Be the Place.


- Eric Lavallee

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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 3: Son of Saul Puts Focus on One Individual

16 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s a next to nil chance that a first time filmmaker will have the opportunity to walk the red carpet steps of the Main Comp at the Cannes Film Festival. You need to be vetted first, introduced via a sidebar, parallel section before you get to spend time with the cool kids. Of course, there are indeed exceptions to these no-written rules. We saw it in Red Road, Persepolis, Synecdoche, New York, Markus Schleinzer’s Michael and last year’s Wild Tales – (the later two were godfathered by the likes of Palme d’Or mainstays Haneke and Pedro) which is why when a Camera d’Or candidate is included in the mix it’s a surefire telling sign that the film, and filmmaker have indeed earned it their stripes. This can only be further compounded when there is a jubilation in the press core. Post screening talk must have »

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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 2: Kore-eda Needs No Introductions with “Our Little Sister”

14 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The race for the Palme d’Or officially begins today. It’s day 2 at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival which means the press core and as per usual, our Cannes Critics’ Panel are already in game mode. New this year to the our sweet sixteen group (you can follow them all on twitter) areMarc-André Lussier (La Presse), Jean-Philippe Guerand (Le Film Français), Aaron Hillis (the proprietor of Video Free Brooklyn who needs no introduction — penning for Filmmaker Magazine & Vice), and joining stalwarts Nicholas Bell and Blake Williams we find Yama Rahimi. Looks for grades on all nineteen Main Comp offerings plus as added bonus: Gaspar Noé’s Love.

The first film to uncork the ’15 edition is a filmmaker who is technically more synonymous with the Toronto Int. Film Festival than the French riviera. This nonetheless marks Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s fifth trip to Cannes with his last picture Like Father, »

- Eric Lavallee

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The Orchard Had a Little…: Partridge’s “Lamb” to Receive 2016 Release

13 May 2015 1:45 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Orchard are still adding to their SXSW shopping cart as IndieWIRE reports that the distributor has landed the North American, UK and Australian and New Zealand rights to Ross Partridge’s Lamb. Slaying SXSW auds and garnering all-around positive reviews (including our site), the drama recently won Sarasota Film Fest’s Independent Visions award. The drama looks set for more film fest exposure before receiving an eventual 2016 theatrical release.

Gist: Based on the novel by Bonnie Nadzam, hoping to regain some faith in his own goodness, he turns his attention to Tommie (Oona Laurence), an awkward and unpopular 11-year-old girl. Lamb is convinced that he can help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness, and takes Tommie for a road trip from Chicago to the Rockies, planning to initiate her into the beauty of the mountain wilderness.

Worth Noting: Ross Partridge, the actor turned director will net be »

- Eric Lavallee

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