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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
To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
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Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 8. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Director: Jake Szymanski
Synopsis: Two brothers place an online ad to find dates for a wedding and the ad goes viral.
Director: Chris Renaud, »
- Steve Greene
Even the gentlest caress too repetitively delivered can eventually cause abrasion. Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s films, especially his recent string of honeyed, humanist explorations of childhoods, generational gaps and family dynamics, often have the feel of a hand on your shoulder, or a soft palm beneath your elbow, guiding you toward an ever-more-perfect sympathy with […]
- Jessica Kiang
Our Little Sister Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya Grade: B Director: Hirokazu Koreeda Written by: Hirokazu Koreeda from Akimi Yoshida’s Umimachi Diary Cast: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose, Ryo Kase, Kirin Kiki, Lily Franky, Jun Fubuki, Shinichi Tsutsumi and Shinobu Otake, Opens: July 8th, 2016 Our Little Sister is a Japanese drama that opens and closes with a funeral, dealing with a family of three sisters living at a family home in a small Japanese town. The oldest sister Sachi (Haruka Ayase) is a nurse at a hospital’s Critical Care unit. She feels responsible for her siblings and runs the household. The [ Read More ]
The post Our Little Sister Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Harvey Karten
Six months after announcing intentions to double the number of female and minority members in its ranks by 2020, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 683 new members to join the organization. Forty-six percent of new invitees are female and 41 percent ethnic minorities, the Academy said, adding that the roster boasts 28 Oscar winners and 98 nominees. The youngest invitee is 24 and the oldest 91. Here is the list of the Asians included.
Kim Daniel-dae S. Korea
Lee Byung-hun S. Korea
Tatsuya Nakadai Japan
Peter Pau China
Poon Hang-Sang China
Nelson Yu Lik-Wai China
Zhao Fei China
Yoshihito Akatsuka Japan
Hou Hsiao-Hsien China
Naomi Kawase Japan
Kim So-yong S. Jorea
Kiyoshi Kurosawa Japan
Apichatpong Weerasethakul Thailand
Park Chan-wook S. Korea
Kazuo Hara JApan
Emiko Omori Japan
Trinh T. Minh-ha Vietnam
Jean Tsien Taiwan
Wang Bing China
Shigeru Umebayashi Japan
Albert Lee China
- Panos Kotzathanasis
Are you all caught up with the best films of 2016 so far? It’s now time to turn to the other half of the year and July kicks things off with a promising slate of festival favorites and hopefully a decent summer blockbuster or two. It should be noted that the Coens‘ debut Blood Simple, recently restored, is getting a theatrical release ahead of a Criterion bow in the fall, so make sure to seek that out if it’s playing near you.
Matinees to See: Our Kind of Traitor (7/1), Men Go to Battle (7/8), The Infiltrator (7/13), Don’t Blink – Robert Frank (7/13), Tulip Fever (7/15), Seventh Fire (7/22), Summertime (7/22), The Land (7/29), Into the Forest (7/29), Gleason (7/29), Equity (7/29)
Synopsis: Set in the 1930s, a young Bronx native moves to Hollywood where he falls in love with the secretary of his powerful uncle, an agent to the stars. After returning »
- Jordan Raup
Our Little Sister, 2015.
Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda.
Three sisters experience a new chapter in their lives when they discover they have a younger half sister and invite her into their home.
An intimate and warm story of sisterhood and familial ties, Our Little Sister explores the drama of sororal relationships in a graceful and sensitive style.
Adapted from the best selling graphic novel Umimachi Diary by Yoshida Akimi, this is a drama that plays with subtlety and intricacy, ultimately creating an uplifting and spirited mood. It does not shy away from pain and darkness, with troubled histories and parental break-ups creating a generational fall-out felt for years afterwards. Yet it remains a bright and hopeful document – an affectionate look at how family of all kinds can help each other through life.
Three young sisters, Chika (Kaho »
- Robert W Monk
Japan Cuts, North America’s largest festival of new Japanese film, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. For eleven straight days, Japan Cuts will present about 30 features and 20 shorts of brand-new, can’t-miss film made in and around Japan. The festival will also feature an industry panel and an unprecedented number of special guests. Watch an exclusive trailer for the festival above.
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This year’s special guests include Lily Franky, this year’s recipient of the Cut Above Award for Outstanding Performance in Film. He will appear in “The Shell Collector,” an enigmatic film by Yoshifumi Tsubota about a blind professor who has a shellfish that holds a healing power, which will premiere at the festival on July 21st. Franky has previously appeared in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s acclaimed drama “Like Father, Like Son,” about a successful businessman who discovers his son was switched with another child after birth.
Other guests include influential auteur Sion Sono, whose credits include “Why Don’t You Play In Hell?” “Love Exposure,” “Suicide Club,” and more; he will premiere two films at the festival: his passion project “Love & Peace” as well as the black-and-white sci-fi “The Whispering Star.” Nagisa Oshima’s son, Arata Oshima, has made “The Sion Sono,” a documentary about Sono, which will be at the festival as well.
Japan Cuts runs from July 14th through the 24th. For a full list of the festival’s impressive lineup, check out the full program here.
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- Vikram Murthi
The latest family drama from the Croisette regular follows Ryota, a man (Hiroshi Abe) dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author who wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support.
After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) — until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.
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- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
The opening scene of Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s “After The Storm” is among the greatest single scenes this master of the heartswellingly humane family drama has ever put together and all it is, is a grandmother and her grown-up daughter bickering and sparring over the preparation of a meal, and gently bitching about their ne’er-do-well […]
- Jessica Kiang
After nearly two weeks of viewing some of the best that cinema will have to offer this year, the 69th Cannes Film Festival has concluded. With Ken Loach‘s I, Daniel Blake taking the top jury prize of Palme d’Or (full list of winners here), we’ve set out to wrap up our experience with our 10 favorite films from the festival, which extends to the Un Certain Regard and Directors’ Fortnight side bars.
It should be noted that The Nice Guys, which screened out of competition, was among our favorites of the festival (review here), but, considering it’s now in wide release, we’ve elected to give room to other titles. Check out our top 13 films below, followed by the rest of the reviews and all of our features. One can also return in the coming months as we learn of distribution news for all of the mentioned films. »
- The Film Stage
“A stew needs time for the flavors to sink in; so do people,” observes the sage matriarch of “After the Storm.” The same could be said for Hirokazu Kore-eda’s filmmaking, which keeps the melancholy tale of a broken family reunited briefly by a typhoon on a slow simmer until the last act, which is sprinkled with small epiphanies about our humble existence. Featuring an uncomplicated plot and easily relatable personalities, this is a divertissement compared with the thematic heft of “Like Father, Like Son.” Still its gentle contemplation of life’s disappointments and human inadequacy may draw new recruits beyond the director-writer’s euro-arthouse base.
The character arc of a deadbeat father struggling to win back the love and respect of his estranged wife and son is one often found in pugilist films. But for Kore-eda, it’s a means to rework past themes in his family dramas, such »
- Maggie Lee
Can our children pick and choose the personality traits they inherit, or are they doomed to obtain our lesser qualities? These are the hard questions being meditated on in After the Storm, a sobering, transcendent tale of a divorced man’s efforts to nudge back into his son’s life. Beautifully shot by regular cinematographer Yutaka Yamasaki, it marks a welcome and quite brilliant return to serious fare for writer-editor-director Hirokazu Kore-eda following last year’s Our Little Sister, widely regarded as one of the slightest works of his career thus far.
Recent Kore-eda regular Abe Hiroshi plays Ryota, a prize-winning author struggling to live up to the success of his first novel. He’s a father of one, a gambling addict, and probably a bit of an asshole. We learn the man’s been researching for his follow-up book by moonlighting as a private eye. The job adds an »
- Rory O'Connor
★★★★☆ From Still Walking to his latest offering After the Storm, premièring in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, Hirokazu Kore-eda has proven himself a master at delineating the changing dynamics of Japanese family life. Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) is something of a failure. But it hasn't always been so. He had high hopes, a young family and even wrote a prize-winning novel called - somewhat prophetically - The Empty Table. But he's frittered away his good luck on a gambling addiction and now works part-time as a detective, snooping on adulterous couples in order to make his child support. His ex-wife Kyoko (Yoko Maki) is losing patience and believes their 11-year-old son Shingo (Toyota Yoshizawa) might be better off without him in their life.
- CineVue UK
The International Film Festival of Cannes, May 11th to 22nd, is the largest media event in the world after the Olympics. The Red Carpet Gala Premieres of world renowned auteur films, movie stars plus their photos go to every newspaper, magazine and television station in the world.
This year we’ll see the stars (and directors with their entourages) in films by Woody Allen, Jim Jarmusch, Jodie Foster ♀, Stephen Spielberg, Jeff Nichols, Sean Penn, Nicolas Winding Refn, Pedro Almodóvar, Ashghar Farhadi, Andrea Arnold ♀, Olivier Assayas, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Xavier Dolan, Bruno Dumont, Nicole Garcia ♀, Ken Loach, Paul Verhoeven, Hirokazu Kore-Eda, David Mackenzie, Matt Ross, Shane Black, Paul Schrader, Rithy Panh and others from almost 30 countries as they pose on the red carpet.
The Official Selection Competition shows films of bankable masters and Un Certain Regard spotlights original and young talent. The Official Selection also includes Out of Competition films, Special Screenings, Midnight Screenings, Cannes Classics, and the Cinéfondation Selection targeting film schools. The Cannes Short Film Corner offers a panorama of short film production worldwide.
There are more short films in the festival and three other “sidebar” festivals which have evolved since Cannes began in 1946. Directors banded together to create the Directors’ Fortnight, critics created the Critics Week and 20 years ago independent filmmakers created Acid.
And with all this hoopla, there are less than 95 feature films screening in all.
At the same time, there is an enormous film market called the Marché du Film. It is the most important event of the film industry, the meeting point for more than 10,000 professionals, including 3,200 producers, 1,500 international sales agents licensing almost 4,000 films and projects to 2,300 distributors from everywhere in the world (about 60 “territories” covering Europe, Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Asia and North America), and 790 festival organizers all there to discover the gems which will make them stand out.
There are gala parties, panel discussions hosted by many different organizations, and for the past three years there has been an increasingly bright spotlight on women and the need for parity in all areas of the film industry.
Traditional theatrical and movie channel buyers are looking for undiscovered jewels, whether in the festival or in the market, films which they judge will be most appealing to their audiences.
In the market itself, Cmg is selling directors Dorota Kobiela and Welchman’s “Loving Vincent”, an animated story of Vincent Van Gogh, still unfinished but which has “presold” in 17 territories. It features over 120 of Vincent Van Gogh’s greatest paintings with a plot drawn from the 800 letters written by the painter himself, leading us to the significant people and events in the time leading up to his unexpected death.
The other big issue today is the unequal number of women in the directors’ ranks…4% worldwide is not representative of the 51% population. Cannes is working to show its interest in improving the numbers. The need to find and show good films by women is important to everyone.
Cambodia and Singapore. Critics’ Week, devoted to first and second features, chose 10 films out of 1,100 feature-length submissions and is dominated by female film-makers, with Justine Triet’s “In Bed With Victoria”, a crime thriller, selected as the opening film. And totally unique, closing night will be three short films – including Chloë Sevigny’s adaptation of the Paul Bowles novel “Kitty”, “Smile” (“Bonne Figure”) by Sandrine Kiberlain of France and “En moi” by Laetitia Casta of France.
Other films from afar include the Opening Night film of Un Certain Regard, “Eshtebak” (“Clash”) by Egypt’s Mohamed Diab, Cambodia’s “Diamond island” by Davy Chou in Competition in Critics’ Week, a Cambodian-French-German coproduction. There are two films from Lebanon, “Fallen From Heaven” a first feature in Acid and “Tramontane” in Critics Week. From Tunisia comes Karim Dridi’s “Chouf” in the Official Selection Special Screenings.
Perhaps the most exotic film showing is the Afghanistan-Denmark- France-Sweden coproduction, “Wolf and Sheep” in Directors’ Fortnight. In her debut feature, the young Afghan filmmaker Shahrbanoo Sadat portrays the community in a small village in rural Afghanistan through shepherd children.
Although he is still confined in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Julian Assange will make an appearance at the Cannes film festival – via Laura Poitras’s documentary “Risk”, which has been selected for the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar.
Iran’s famous Oscar-winning (“A Separation”) director, Asghar Farhadi is here with “Inversion”.
As always everyone will be running on adrenalin trying to accomplish everything in ten neverending days.
- Sydney Levine
The Cannes Film Festival is going to have plenty of auteurs swaggering their way around the Croisette this year, but one filmmaker who tends to keep things pretty humble is Hirokazu Koreeda. There’s no explicit sex or bursts of graphic violence, instead, his movies are packed with quiet moments of devastating emotion, which makes “After The […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Cannes Film Festival, cinema’s most esteemed yearly event, begins this week. While we’ll soon be on the ground for coverage, today brings a preview of what we’re most looking forward to among the eclectic line-up, ranging from films in competition to special screenings to select titles on the various sidebars. We should note that while we’re greatly looking forward to The Nice Guys, we’ve elected to make room for films that won’t be getting a wide release next week. Check out our most-anticipated features below and follow our complete coverage here throughout the month.
Following up his acclaimed prison drama Starred Up, featuring Jack O’Connell’s best performance thus far, director David Mackenzie is back. The film, previously titled Comancheria, is now going by Hell or High Water, and will premiere in the Un Certain Regard »
- Jordan Raup
Hong Kong director and producer Derek Yee (“Protege,” “One Nite in Mongkok”) is expected to head the competition jury of next month’s Shanghai International Film Festival. The festival runs June 11-19.
Other jury members include Korean producer Jonathan Kim, Japanese director Koji Fukada, Chinese director Zhang Meng “(The Piano in a Factory”) and actress Jiang Yiyan (“The Bullet Vanishes”.) The news was announced in state media on Friday.
The festival also announced a non-competitive section of contemporary Japanese movies.
Titles include “What A Wonderful Family” by Yoji Yamada, “Living with My Mother” by Yoji Yamada, “The Inerasable”by Yoshihiro Nakamura, Creepy”by Kiyoshi Kurosawa,“Our Little Sister” by Hirokazu Koreeda, “A Hunger Artist” by Masao Adachi, “The Whispering Star,” by Sion Sono and “Terra Formars” by Takashi Miike.
- Patrick Frater
As Cannes approaches, Screen casts its eye back at the winners and losers of 2013 according to our jury of critics.
Each year, Screen International’s Jury Grid collates the verdicts of an international panel of critics to provide an impressively reliable prophecy of the year’s top prizes.
In 2013, the Screen International’s jury grid of critics were in complete agreement with the Cannes jury, and gave their top spot to Abdellatif Kechiche’s coming-of-age romance Blue Is The Warmest Colour.
The film, which the jury grid gave 3.4 out of 4, went on to win both the Palme d’Or and the Fipresci prize. It also made Cannes history by being the first film to be officially awarded the festival’s top prize for the work of its leading actors - Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux – alongside director Kechiche.
Juries revealed for Un Certain Regard, Short Films & Cinéfondation and Caméra d’or.
Swiss actress Marthe Keller is to preside over the Un Certain Regard jury at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22). Keller is still perhaps best known for her role opposite Dustin Hoffman in Marathon Man (1976) and will next be seen in Joachim Lafosse’s After Love, which will play in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes.
The jury, which will consider 18 films in competition, includes: Mexican filmmaker Diego Luno, who stars in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off Rogue One; Ruben Ostlund, the Swedish director of Un Certain Regard jury prize winner Force Majeure (2014); and French actress Céline Sallette, perhaps best known for roles in Rust And Bone (2012) and TV series The Returned.
The winners will be announced on May 21.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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