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Tribeca Talks 2017: Scarlett Johansson, Kathryn Bigelow, Noah Baumbach, and Lena Dunham Join The Conversation

20 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Tribeca Film Festival announced today its full slate of panels and discussions with industry leaders for the 16th annual festival.

Under the Tribeca Talks banner, the festival presents a talent-filled roster in discussion with leading creative voices across the entertainment industry. That includes conversations with big name directors such as Kathryn Bigelow, Noah Baumbach, Lena Dunham, and Jon Favreau, as well as crossovers from the music and sports industries like Common, Kobe Bryant, and Bruce Springsteen. They will be joining previously announced participants Alejandro González Iñárritu and Barbra Streisand.

Read More: Tribeca 2017 Lineup: New Films From Alex Gibney, Azazel Jacobs and Laurie Simmons Lead the Eclectic Mix

Scarlett Johansson will interview Jon Favreau as part of the Directors Series, and Dustin Hoffman will do the same with Noah Baumbach. The Storytellers Series will feature “Girls” creator Lena Dunham in conversation with longtime collaborator Jenni Konner, as well as a »

- Jude Dry

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Watch a Shot-for-Shot Low-Tech Remake of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Trailer (Video)

9 March 2017 11:04 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Good, bad or something in between? It’s hard to say exactly where this shot-for-shot “homemade” remake of a recent “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” trailer falls, but it’s awesome nonetheless. The video, from CineFix (the “8-Bit Cinema” guys), is exactly what it sounds like — one of the recent “Guardians” trailers remade on the cheap. It’s a lot like “Sweding” from Michel Gondry’s “Be Kind, Rewind,” except it has actual, professional editing. I have to say, I laughed out loud, literally, when the John Travolta action figure flew up at the screen. Somehow, a stuffed raccoon is almost identically adorable. »

- Ross A. Lincoln

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Beauty vs Beast: Bonnie & Clyde's Last Stand

27 February 2017 12:40 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Jason from Mnpp here continuing the talk of last night's big events - specifically the biggest, the corker, the one for the ages, when Warren Beatty rammed the wrong envelope into Faye Dunaway's hands and just made her deal with it. (Something tells me Annette Bening is the one who calls the plumber and writes the checks in that household.) Or was Warren just too scared of Faye to speak up? Don't fuck with her, fellas - if Faye was eyeballing me like that I might crumble to dust too.

Or perhaps it was a Russian conspiracy that will be solved when we finally see Donald Trump's tax returns? So many possibilities, and it's clearly a bit rude to lay any real blame for a dumb mistake at the feet of Faye & Warren, who were after all standing there in the hot glare of two billion eyeballs with »

- JA

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A History Of Violence: Action movies are just starting to recover from Michael Bay’s Bad influence

23 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

With A History Of Violence, Tom Breihan picks the most important action movie of every year, starting with the genre’s birth and moving right up to whatever Vin Diesel’s doing this very minute.

Bad Boys (1995)

Movie directors who broke through to the mainstream in the ’90s tended to do it one of two ways, either through independent film or music videos. The music-video route was probably the less respectable one, but plenty of genuine auteurs still came up through that farm system: Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, David Fincher, Jonathan Glazer, the one-movie wonder Hype Williams. But music videos also produced plenty of big-screen hacks: McG, Brett Ratner, Gore Verbinski, Simon West, Marc Webb. The music-video world only produced one auteur hack, and that was Michael Bay.

Before he became every movie dork’s favorite punching bag, Bay—a former Wesleyan frat boy with feathery hair and a ...


- Tom Breihan

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Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2017 Berlin Film Festival Movies

20 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Other Side of Hope”

Winsome, sweet, and often very funny, the second chapter of Aki Kaurismäki’s unofficial trilogy about port cities is a delightful story about the power of kindness that unfolds like a slightly more somber riff on 2011’s “Le Havre.” The Finnish auteur’s latest refugee story begins with a twentysomething Syrian man named Khaled (terrific newcomer Sherwan Haji), who escapes from Aleppo after burying most of his family and sneaks into Finland by stowing away in the cargo hold of a coal freighter. His path eventually crosses with Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), a newly single restauranteur who could use a helping hand. Part Roy Andersson and part Frank Capra, “The Other Side of Hope” deepens the director’s recognition of how immigrants and refugees are victimized by their invisibility, and its timeliness could help it strike a chord with domestic audiences. “Le Havre” grossed more than »

- David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn and Jude Dry

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Love Actually: Close-Up on Albert Brooks’ "Modern Romance"

20 February 2017 7:59 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Albert Brooks' Modern Romance (1981) is showing February 17 - March 19, 2017 in the United Kingdom in the series The Rom Com Variations.  She’s out of my lifeShe’s out of my lifeAnd I don’t know whether to laugh or cry—Michael Jackson, “She’s Out of My Life”“cras amet qui numquam amavitquique amavit cras amet”—The Magus (John Fowles) Life comes at you fast. As someone recently on the receiving end of an unexpected breakup, I was a little cool on the idea of watching Albert Brooks’ 1981 film Modern Romance—whose premise was summarized, on the one-sheets at the time, in the following terms: “Robert was madly in love with Mary. Mary was madly in love with Robert. Under the circumstances they did the only thing they could do… they broke up.” But then, in that brutal darkness of heartache, »

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Review: Berlin Golden Bear Winner ‘On Body and Soul’ is a Workplace Romance About Dreams

18 February 2017 2:33 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“On Body and Soul” opens with the tender, lyrical image of a deer and buck wandering across a snow-encrusted landscape. With time, it’s revealed that these affectionate animals represent the shared perspectives of dreamers Endre (Géza Morcsányi), the middle-aged manager of a Hungarian slaughterhouse, and Mária (Alexandra Borbély), his much younger employee. Their inexplicable ability to join together in animal form after hours could easily turn absurd or painfully maudlin in the wrong hands. And it nearly does that, but writer-director Ildikó Enyedi mostly gets away with the outrageous scenario, injecting it with a touching, understated romanticism epitomized by that magisterial opening moment. Despite its otherworldly setup, “On Body and Soul” is grounded in familiar emotions.

Read More: Berlin Film Festival: Golden Bear For Best Film Goes to “On Body and Soul”

Enyedi’s name may not resonate around the world, but she’s been on the scene for quite some time, »

- Eric Kohn

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Avq&A: Definitely not Love, Actually: 11 candidates for the most romantic movie ever

16 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

Welcome back to Avq&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d like us and the readers to answer? Email us at

In honor of this week’s holiday celebration of love and/or capitalism, it seems worth asking the following question:

What’s the most romantic movie you’ve ever seen?

William Hughes

Real romance is about honesty. And there’s no movie more brutally honest about what love is, and the ways it inspires and destroys us, than Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. For all its sci-fi trappings, the film is a clear-eyed »

- Laura Adamczyk, Erik Adams, A.A. Dowd, William Hughes, Gwen Ihnat, Alex McCown-Levy, Sean O'Neal, Caitlin PenzeyMoog, Nathan Rabin, Katie Rife, Esther Zuckerman

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Great Job, Internet!: To understand David Fincher, look at his music videos

16 February 2017 8:33 AM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

Unlike the much-celebrated early work of Michel Gondry or Spike Jonze, whose music videos are considered on par with their eventual feature films, David Fincher’s pop videos are generally thought of as merely an interesting addendum to his later work. We do not place Madonna’s videos for “Express Yourself” and “Vogue” alongside, say, Zodiac or The Social Network, and video essayist Patrick H. Willems thinks this is because they’re unabashedly pop, not just because of the artists involved but in their very aim. Unlike artier video directors, who may’ve strived to create short films that functioned on their own alongside the music, Fincher’s goal is clearly to accompany and accentuate the virtues of the artist performing. But looking back at how he did that also shows all of his skills as a later filmmaker—namely, the thoughtful editing, masterful framing, and compositional precision—in full »

- Clayton Purdom

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Beauty vs Beast: Blessed Are The Forgetful

13 February 2017 9:22 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

"Random thoughts for Valentine's day... Today is a holiday invented by greeting card companies to make people feel like crap."

Jason from Mnpp here, wishing everybody a happy Valentines (even if I do lean towards the incredulous sentiment expressed above). When you ask yourselves what the great romantic films of our times are, what answers do you come up with? Because I asked myself that question in order to choose this week's holiday-themed edition of "Beauty vs Beast" and it was Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (from whence that quote came) that was the very first movie I thought of...


- JA

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The unmade films of Kevin Smith

12 February 2017 6:35 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Feb 13, 2017

Superman Lives, The Green Hornet and sadly now Clerks III: here’s a rundown of the Kevin Smith films we’ll probably never see...

Kevin Smith has always had to fight to get his films off the ground: he started his filmmaking career by maxing out multiple credit cards to self-finance Clerks, and more recently, legend has it, it was only Johnny Depp’s decision to come on board as a wacky supporting character that allowed Smith to secure financing for his walrus-centric horror flick Tusk.

Smith has, across his career, been offered several barmy jobs (he rejected a chance to pen Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian back in the 90s) and he’s also signed up for a lot of projects that never got past the script phase.

The latter camp of could’ve-beens is what we’re talking about today, following that news that Clerks III »

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Berlin Review: ‘On Body and Soul’ is a Dreamy Hungarian Relationship Drama

11 February 2017 6:19 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s one thing to give your movie a title as sweepingly ambitious as On Body and Soul, but quite another to deliver something equally transcendent. With this competition entry from Hungary, we saw some encouraging signs of artistic experimentation on the first full day of the Berlin Film Festival that’s sorely missing from the opening night presentation, but a home-run is still elusive.

The film opens with shots of two deer roaming, gently grazing against each other in a snow-capped forest. It’s a lovely sight not just for the natural grandeur and inherent serenity of wildlife, but also the camera’s intense focus, describing the texture and temperature of the scene in great detail. This quietly evocative introduction, which would prove to be a recurring theme and much more than mere decoration, leads to a montage of animals in captivity, waiting to be butchered and men, resting »

- Zhuo-Ning Su

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Groundhog Day and 10 more films about time, dreams, and perception

2 February 2017 7:30 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Groundhog Day and 10 more films about time, dreams, and perceptionGroundhog Day and 10 more films about time, dreams, and perceptionAdriana Floridia2/2/2017 10:30:00 Am

Today is Groundhog Day, where the myth lives on that a groundhog who sees his shadow will doom us to a longer winter than we deserve. Then there is Harold RamisGroundhog Day, the film in which Bill Murray’s weatherman, Phil Connors mysteriously finds himself living the same day over and over again. On a traditional level the movie is a comedy, but it actually touches upon some really dark philosophical themes. It’s estimated by the filmmakers that Phil lives the same day for 10 years.  

In honour of Groundhog Day, we’re taking a look back at ten other films that deal with time, memory, dreams, and repeated experiences. While there may be no film that tackles the topic as precisely as Groundhog Day, these »

- Adriana Floridia

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'American Mary' celebrates 4 year anniversary with give away

10 January 2017 7:45 PM, PST | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

By Seth Metoyer,

It's hard to believe that my favorite horror movie of 2013 is already 4 years old (yep, that's how math works)!

The Soska sisters are having a celebration for the 4th anniversary of American Mary that might interest fans. Including a give away for budding filmmakers who what to submit an American Mary "Swede" film!

Don't know what that is? Well, let Jen Soska explain it in the press release below. Good luck!

From The Press Release

American Mary celebrates her 4 Year Anniversary January 11th. She made her grand world release in the UK (we Love the UK!!) on January 11th, 2013 after a wonderous premiere at FrightFest in the summer of 2012. With it were released a series of beautiful, huge, American Mary banners that some of you might see for sale on our online store ( But why Buy one when you can Win one? »

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