17 items from 2017
The latest film from independent film distributor Gravitas Ventures is “Bakery in Brooklyn,” about two cousins with very different attitudes forced to band together in order to preserve their family’s legacy. After their Aunt Isabelle (Linda Lavin) dies, she leaves behind her Brooklyn boulangerie, a cornerstone of the neighborhood, to her two cousins Vivien (Aimee Teegarden) and Chloe (Krysta Rodriguez). Chloe wants to change up the shop’s image while Vivien wants to retain its original atmosphere, forcing the two of them to split the business in half and compete for every last customer. But when the bank threatens to foreclose on the bakery, it’s up to them to work together to save the shop. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
- Vikram Murthi
Although the 2016 season in film isn't quite over until the Oscars take place, 2017's newest and most anticipated films are about to usher their way onto the (screen) scene. The Sundance Film Festival has arrived! This year's festival consists of 113 full-length films coming from as many as 31 countries and debuting 36 first-time filmmakers. Those included in the lineup come from a whopping 13,782 submissions, 95 of which will be world premieres. And to save you some trouble (read: countless hours scrolling Rotten Tomatoes), we've rounded up the most eagerly awaited movies you're most likely to hear about postpremiere. How about that for upping your indie culture game? 1. Before I Fall Director: Ry Russo-Young Cast: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Diego Boneta This is a book-to-film adaptation based on the 2010 novel of same name by Lauren Oliver. High schooler Samantha Kingston (Deutch) thinks she has it all, living life amongst her Mean Girls-esque clique, »
- McCall Minnor
The annual trek to Park City, Utah has already begun for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 19 until Jan. 29. Peter Dinklage, Larry Wilmore, and Gael Garcia Bernal are among those named to the juries in this year’s competition. The awards will be handed out on Jan. 28 in a ceremony hosted by “The Daily Show” alum Jessica Williams.
In between all of the prizes and premieres, stars and film aficionados endure the cold temperatures with help from the city’s pop-up party scene, featuring swag, drinks and exclusive dinners.
Thursday, Jan. 19
Après Ski Festival Kick-off Rooftop Party – 4 to 8 p.m.
An Artist at the Table – 8 p.m.
The annual benefit kicks off the first day of the festival with director Jeff Orlowski set as keynote speaker. The private cocktail reception and dinner follows the premiere of “An Inconvenient Sequel” at the Eccles Theatre.
Friday, Jan. 20
Village at the Lift
AtTT takes over this year’s village that runs from Jan. 20-22, showcasing DirecTV in the Cabin, Audience in the Café and Jeff Vespa’s WireImage Studio. This year’s winter escape from the cold features beverages and light fare from notable Japanese restaurant Nobu, along with high-speed internet. »
- Mannie Holmes
Last night, while we were busy shining a spotlight on some troubling remarks made about Wonder Woman (which you can see by Clicking Here!), someone else was busy planting the seed of another rumor on the net. Ryan Reynolds posted an image on his Instagram account that's got an awful lot of tongues wagging this morning, because everyone's wondering if he just revealed who'll be playing Cable in Deadpool 2.
See, for months, all eyes have been on potential suitors for the role of Cable in Deadpool 2. From actors like Stephen Lang and Ron Perlman throwing their names into the hat, to thespians like Kyle Chandler being mentioned as frontrunners, and fan campaigns for guys like Dolph Lundgren to get the role, it seems everyone's keen to find out who'll eventually land the part.
Now, thanks to this post by Reynolds, a name that was on nobody's radar is »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Comprising a considerable amount of our top 50 films of last year, Sundance Film Festival has proven to yield the first genuine look at what the year in cinema will bring. Now in its 39th iteration, we’ll be heading back to Park City this week, but before we do, it’s time to highlight the films we’re most looking forward to, including documentaries and narrative features from all around the world.
While much of the joy found in the festival comes from surprises throughout the event, below one will find our 20 most-anticipated titles. Check out everything below and for updates straight from the festival, make sure to follow us on Twitter (@TheFilmStage, @jpraup, @djmecca and @FinkJohnJ), and stay tuned to all of our coverage here.
- Jordan Raup
To celebrate the release of the critically acclaimed and award winning film Manchester By The Sea in cinemas now starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, we have three prize bundles to giveaway including a selection of Blu-rays plus a Manchester By The Sea poster and soundtrack.
In the critically acclaimed feature film from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count On Me, Margaret), Casey Affleck stars as Lee, a man whose sparse existence is suddenly ruptured when the death of his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) forces him to return to the hometown he abandoned years before. Rocked by contact with his estranged ex-wife (Michelle Williams) and the revelation that Joe has made him guardian of his teenage son (Lucas Hedges), Lee is forced to face up to painful memories and new-found levels of responsibility as he reconnects with his family.
Nominated for six BAFTA Awards including Best Film, »
Manchester by the Sea is writer/director Kenneth Lonergan’s first film in five years – since the universally critically acclaimed Margaret – and he’s getting used to people asking him why it took him so long.
“It’s a lot of work, and it takes a lot of time to do, and a lot of time to plan. I’m also a playwright, so in the time between Margaret and this film, I wrote three plays and directed two of them. I do other kinds of work as well.”
Manchester by the Sea began when his friend Matt Damon asked Lonergan if he would consider writing the screenplay. They had worked together in 2002 in a West End production of Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth.
- Paul Heath
The non-linear structure of Manchester By The Sea means that we meet Casey Affleck's Lee Chandler twice at the start of the film. First, as he teaches his young nephew to fish and kids around on his brother's boat, then seven years later, as he miserably shovels snow off the path outside the box room where he lives. Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan has us hooked from this first contrast and then reels us in as the drama unfolds.
We soon learn that Lee lives a simple and unfulfilled existence as a janitor in Boston, serving whingy residents in a run-down tenement. When he gets word that his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) has succumbed to a terminal heart condition, he heads back to his hometown of Manchester, »
Manchester by the Sea, 2016.
Directed by Kenneth Lonergan.
An uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.
Few writers/directors understand the minutiae of human interaction quite like Kenneth Lonergan. His films tackle grief and loss with a quietly dignified, murmured confidence. Conversations have the feel of intrusion, the audience as a peeping Tom. It’s emotional voyeurism. With Manchester by the Sea, only Lonergan’s third film in 17 years, he’s carved a masterpiece out of broken bodies and tired souls.
Where thematically his films nod towards the melancholy and the tragic, they manifest as subtext buried beneath far broader ideas. The trailer for Manchester, somewhat smartly, totally avoids this subtext in place of the louder, »
- Amie Cranswick
When Kyle Chandler was preparing for his role in Kenneth Lonergan’s eagerly awaited new drama, Manchester by the Sea, he admits that the prospect of nailing his character’s distinctive accent was troubling him.
“I think I almost said ‘no’ just because of the Boston accent. I might have even asked Kenny, ‘can I keep my Texas accent? Does that work? Maybe my character went away and came back!’” he laughs. “But we had a wonderful dialect coach, and that all worked out. I think I did a pretty good job, and she kept a whip over me.”
Kyle spent many of his childhood years in Georgia and now lives in Texas with his wife and family, and his natural voice has that distinctive southern drawl. But he certainly did more than a “pretty good job” playing Joe. »
- Gary Collinson
Kenneth Lonergan’s last film, Margaret – a vast New York opera which movingly explored the nature of subjectivity – was secretly one of the best American films of the century so far. But given that film’s “challenging” production and distribution, no one would begrudge him the success of Manchester by the Sea, a safer, more palatable awards contender.
Oscars shoe-in Casey Affleck plays Lee, a jobbing Boston janitor, endlessly shovelling driveways which will be snowed over by tomorrow. He gets glimpses of the lives of others but it only reinforces the sense that he hasn’t a life of his own. One day Lee learns that his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) has died. Lee returns to the town of the title, where he is made aware that Joe’s son, Patrick (Lucas Hedges) is now »
- Rupert Harvey
Manchester by the Sea, 2016.
Directed by Kenneth Lonergan.
Working as a janitor, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) has his life turned upside down by the sudden death of his older brother. It’s a double shock when he discovers he’s been made guardian to his teenage nephew, Patrick (Lucas Hedges). And the boy has no intention of leaving his home for a new life with his uncle.
Casey Affleck’s irresistible charge towards this year’s Best Actor Oscar makes it all too easy to view Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea as a one performance movie. But the truth is more complex and multi-layered.
From the outside, the story of a man forced into becoming his nephew’s legal guardian doesn’t sound like much of a story. But this isn’t a film relying »
- Freda Cooper
Indie director Kenneth Lonergan was in serious debt until a famous friend came along with the idea for a harrowing emotional drama. Now, it’s an Oscars frontrunner
Related: 2017 Golden Globes: full list of nominations
Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea is certainly not the cheeriest start to the new year but it will make you want to hug people afterwards. A quiet, delicate portrayal of grief and survival, the story follows Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), a testy, troubled handyman who returns to his self-exiled Massachusetts home town after his brother (Kyle Chandler) dies. In his will, his brother has asked for Lee to become guardian of his teenage son Patrick (Lucas Hedges), a relationship that catches them both off guard.
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- Alex Godfrey
La La Land was the big winner at the 74th Golden Globes. With a record 7 awards, the film garnered wins for Best Picture (Comedy/Musical), Best Director and Screenplay (Damien Chazelle), Best Actress (Emma Stone), Best Actor (Ryan Gosling), Best Score (Justin Hurwitz) and Best Song (Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul).
Written and directed by Chazelle, La La Land (review) tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.
- Michelle McCue
Samuel Brace with the top Netflix shows to look out for in 2017…
Netflix is very good at TV. They have a myriad of great content and a library replete of exceptional series. And 2017 is looking to be another fantastic year for the streaming service with top returning shows and eagerly anticipated new properties. So let’s run down the list of the best TV Netflix will have to offer in 2017.
The House of Cards hype train has certainly slowed down a little in recent seasons. People still love the show but perhaps not with the same fervour as before. It’s still a wonderful series however and season 5 will see its return. There is no doubt House of Cards is one of the best political dramas of all time; the behind the scenes wheeling’s and dealings (and occasional murders) of the White House has been a »
- Samuel Brace
The subject matter of Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg’s new film Patriots Day might be even tougher to some as their last film, Deepwater Horizon, as it looks at the terrorist bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 that left three dead and dozens injured.
In the movie, Wahlberg plays police officer Tommy Saunders, who is on duty at the marathon on the day of the bombing, so he’s on the forefront of the investigation to find those responsible. His wife Carol is played by Michelle Monaghan, who has given breakout performances in films like Shane Black’s Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Ben Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone, Duncan Jones’ Source Code, as well as the acclaimed first season of HBO’s True Detective, and she brings more humanity to the movie which ends up following the FBI and Boston Pd as they go after the perps.
- Edward Douglas
Manchester By The Sea opens in cinemas across the UK and Ireland from next Friday 13th January. Frequent visitors to the site will know how much we love the film – we filed a five-star review after seeing it for the first time back in September at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In the film from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan, Casey Affleck stars as Lee, a man whose sparse existence is suddenly ruptured when the death of his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) forces him to return to the hometown he abandoned years before. Rocked by contact with his estranged ex-wife (Michelle Williams) and the revelation that Joe has made him guardian of his teenage son (Lucas Hedges), Lee is forced to face up to painful memories and new-found levels of responsibility as he reconnects with his family.
Apart from the acting, the storytelling an superb direction, one of the film’s biggest assets are its wonderful locations, »
- Paul Heath
17 items from 2017
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