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The 50 best films of 2017 in the UK: No 10 Manchester by the Sea

As our countdown enters the final stages, Cath Clarke champions a harrowing, beautifully acted film where tragedy has no easy resolution

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What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Hollywood tends to side with Nietzsche on the subject of human suffering. So films end with characters recovering from tragedy, or at the very least achieving some kind of emotional closure, and we all get to go home with the uplifting message that everything in life happens for a reason – even the crappy stuff. But Kenneth Lonergan’s shattering portrait of grief has something different to say. What if some tragedies are impossible to come back from? What happens to the people broken into too many pieces to heal?

So no, Manchester by the Sea doesn’t win the prize for cheeriest film of 2017. But it is definitely in the running for most beautifully acted
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Howards End: Starz Releases Series Premiere Date and Trailer for British Drama

There's a beginning to every end. Starz has announced Kenneth Lonergan's Howards End TV show adaptation will debut in April of 2018. The premium cable service has also released a new trailer for the miniseries, which is based on the E.M. Forster 1910 novel of the same name. In UK, the series premiered on BBC One, on November 12, 2017. A Starz period drama, Howard's End stars Hayley Atwell, Philippa Coulthard, Alex Lawther, Tracey Ullman, Matthew Macfadyen, Julia Ormond, Joe Bannister, Jonah Hauer-King, Bessie Carter, Joseph Quinn, and Rosalind Eleazar. In 1992, the story was adapted as a feature film starring Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, James Wilby, Samuel West, Jemma Redgrave, and Prunella Scales. Read More…
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‘Howard’s End’ Trailer Reveals Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen in Starz’s Miniseries

My co-workers saved this trailer for me to write up because they knew how on-brand it is for me. Let me count the ways: In Edwardian (check) London (check), two unconventional sisters (check) follow romance (check) and get embroiled in a secret (check) that could undo their happiness. Plus there are horses and beautiful English homes and witty conversations and an amazing cast. I mean who needs to be convinced of this? Howard's End is Kenneth Lonergan's (Manchester by the Sea) adaptation of E.M. Forester's celebrated novel, and stars Hayley Atwell, Philippa Coulthard, Matthew …
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‘Howards End’ Trailer: Hayley Atwell Searches For Love In Kenneth Lonergan Adaptation

If you’re a serious Anglophile, chances are you’ve already worked your way through all four episodes of “Howards End,” which aired on this fall on BBC One. But if you’re like us, you’re still struggling with a mountain of Things To Watch, and you’re more than happy to have the breathing room and wait for this series to land stateside.

Based on E.M. Forster‘s novel, adapted by Kenneth Lonergan (“You Can Count On Me,” “Manchester By The Sea“), and directed by BAFTA winner Hettie Macdonald (“White Girl,” “Fortitude“), the story follows two sisters as they search for love and meaning while navigating an ever-changing world.

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Howards End Trailer: Hayley Atwell Unearths a Secret in Starz Miniseries — Plus: Find Out When It'll Premiere

Howards End Trailer: Hayley Atwell Unearths a Secret in Starz Miniseries — Plus: Find Out When It'll Premiere
Even though Agent Carter’s no longer on the case, Hayley Atwell is still getting to the bottom of things.

Take the newly released trailer for Starz’s adaptation of Howards End, E.M. Forster’s 1910 novel about three families in turn-of-the-century England. Marvel’s Agent Carter alum Atwell plays Margaret Schlegel, an intelligent and independent sort who lives with her sister Helen (played by The Catch‘s Philippa Coulthard) and brother Tibby (Black Mirror‘s Alex Lawther) and who — among other intrigues — becomes involved in drama surrounding the widowed Henry Wilcox (Ripper Street‘s Matthew Macfadyen).

PhotosHowards End First
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‘Howards End’: Trailer, Premiere Set For Starz Limited Series

One big house, many big secrets and a premiere month. This new trailer for Starz’ Howards End limited series, adapted by Kenneth Lonergan from the E.M Forster masterpiece, promises it all. Starz announced today that the four hour-long episodes will air in the U.S. in April 2018. Howards End recently aired on BBC One in the UK. Famously adapted for the screen by James Ivory in 1992, Howards End makes its TV adaptation debut with Longergan’s take. The limited series is…
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Don't Bogart Those Billboards

If I could, I would rent three billboards and they would read:

Billboard One: This movie is frustrating

Billboard Two: Because its story is badly flawed

Billboard Three: But the performances are great

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri goes rogue after the first act/first third of the movie.

The screenplay evidently attracted some spectacular actors led by Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell, and my guess is that the script by Martin McDonagh -- who is a terrific playwright -- was much different than what eventually made it to the screen. That's the only way I can imagine that such great actors would sign on to this Indie film. In my fantasy, the film as originally intended didn't test well and sat on a shelf until it was radically re-cut and then released. [Note: I have no idea whether this happened, it is my fantasy.]

The plot, such as it is, revolves around McDormand seeking justice for her daughter who was raped and murdered.
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Happy 50th Mark Ruffalo !

by Eric Blume

Today marks the 50th birthday of one of our very best actors, three-time Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo. Ruffalo burst onto the scene in 2000 with a remarkable lead performance in Kenneth Lonergan’s You Can Count on Me. His complex, layered work had critics fairly sprouting comparisons to Brando, and his gorgeous duet with Laura Linney still feels like the standard-bearer for on-screen sibling chemistry. It’s astonishing to think Ruffalo missed out on an Oscar nomination that year, considering his performance is unquestionably better than several of the eventual nominees -- was it category confusion or lack of name-recognition? Oscar has remained historically slow to coronate good looking young actors, and that recognition remained on hold for him for over another decade...
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‘Happy End’ Trailer: Isabelle Huppert and Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’ Semi-Sequel Probably Isn’t Too Happy — Watch

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‘Happy End’ Trailer: Isabelle Huppert and Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’ Semi-Sequel Probably Isn’t Too Happy — Watch
Sony Pictures Classics has released the trailer for “Happy End,” Michael Haneke’s semi-sequel to “Amour.” Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant reprise their roles in the film, whose title is almost certainly ironic — Haneke’s movies, like “Funny Games” and “The White Ribbon,” are among the most severe in the world. Watch the trailer below.

Read More:‘Happy End’ Review: In This Quasi-Sequel to ‘Amour,’ Michael Haneke is a Master of Bourgeois Despair

Here’s the synopsis, courtesy of AFI Fest: “The Laurent family has issues. Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant), the aging patriarch of the wealthy Callais clan, is more interested in exiting this world than enjoying it. Anne (Isabelle Huppert) has a repellent adult son to deal with, and Thomas (Mathieu Kassovitz) is having a graphic online affair. The match to this tinderbox of dysfunction is adolescent Eve, who moves in after her mother’s apparent suicide attempt, and in
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‘Howards End’ Trailer: Kenneth Lonergan Follows ‘Manchester by the Sea’ With a New Take on the Celebrated Novel — Watch

‘Howards End’ Trailer: Kenneth Lonergan Follows ‘Manchester by the Sea’ With a New Take on the Celebrated Novel — Watch
BBC has released a new trailer for “Howards End,” an upcoming miniseries adaptation of the E.M. Forster novel that was previously made into a Merchant-Ivory film. Kenneth Lonergan wrote this new take on the book, which stars Hayley Atwell. Watch the trailer below.

Read More:‘Howards End’ Photos: Kenneth Lonergan and Hayley Atwell Bring the Classic Novel to Television

Here’s the synopsis, which is appropriately wordy: “Margaret Schlegel (Atwell) is an intelligent, idealistic young woman who is courted by the older Henry Wilcox (Matthew Macfadyen), a self-made conservative businessman, after his wife Ruth Wilcox (Julia Ormond) dies unexpectedly and he becomes owner of Howards End.

“Meanwhile Margaret’s passionate and capricious younger sister Helen Schlegel (Philippa Coulthard) takes up the cause of Leonard Bast (Joseph Quinn) a young bank clerk who falls on hard times at work and at home with his partner Jacky (Rosalind Eleazar). In the absence of their late parents,
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‘Howards End’ Trailer: Kenneth Lonergan Follows ‘Manchester by the Sea’ With a New Take on the Celebrated Novel — Watch

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‘Howards End’ Trailer: Kenneth Lonergan Follows ‘Manchester by the Sea’ With a New Take on the Celebrated Novel — Watch
BBC has released a new trailer for “Howards End,” an upcoming miniseries adaptation of the E.M. Forster novel that was previously made into a Merchant-Ivory film. Kenneth Lonergan wrote this new take on the book, which stars Hayley Atwell. Watch the trailer below.

Read More:‘Howards End’ Photos: Kenneth Lonergan and Hayley Atwell Bring the Classic Novel to Television

Here’s the synopsis, which is appropriately wordy: “Margaret Schlegel (Atwell) is an intelligent, idealistic young woman who is courted by the older Henry Wilcox (Matthew Macfadyen), a self-made conservative businessman, after his wife Ruth Wilcox (Julia Ormond) dies unexpectedly and he becomes owner of Howards End.

“Meanwhile Margaret’s passionate and capricious younger sister Helen Schlegel (Philippa Coulthard) takes up the cause of Leonard Bast (Joseph Quinn) a young bank clerk who falls on hard times at work and at home with his partner Jacky (Rosalind Eleazar). In the absence of their late parents,
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‘Howards End’ Trailer: Kenneth Lonergan’s TV Adaptation Starring Hayley Atwell

Following the awards season run for “Manchester By The Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan decided to take a detour from the big screen, and head to television where he’s written a mini-series adaptation of E.M. Forster’s “Howard’s End.” The book has already been adapted in the beloved 1992 Merchant/Ivory jam, but a series allows audiences to go a bit deeper with the characters.

If you’re not up on your literature, the story focuses on two sisters (Hayley Atwell and Philippa Coulthard), the former of whom is wooed by an older widower (Matthew MacFayden), the latter of whom attempts to help a young bank clerk (Joseph Quinn).

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Kenneth Lonergan, Vanessa Redgrave, Claude Lelouch to Attend Mar del Plata Film Festival

Madrid — The 38th Mar del Plata Film Festival opens on Nov. 17 with Serge Bozon’s farce “Mrs. Hyde,” starring Isabelle Huppert, and inevitable speculation about how Peter Scarlet’s appointment as artistic director will re-set Argentina’s most august film event. Kogonada’s “Columbus” is one of the films in the main international feature competition.

In broad terms, his influence can be seen in several ways. First, festival titles have been pared back from 420 to 320. That may still be too many, Scarlet said, but is a step in the right direction. “I believe festivals are about quality of films rather than quantity. I’m trying to go in that direction.”

Second, Mar del Plata’s masterclasses, a fixture at the Atlantic Coast event, have multiplied in heavyweight name attendance, while morphing into conversations, reflecting Scarlet’s pulling power after nearly 30 years directing the San Francisco (1983-2001), Tribeca (2003-09) and Abu Dhabi (2009-13) film festivals. “Manchester By the Sea’s” [link
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Austin Film Festival Sticks to the Script

Austin Film Festival Sticks to the Script
As Austin, Texas, continues to flaunt its clout as a filmmaking destination, its festival calendar grows ever more crowded, with newer events striving to carve out their own corners of the scene. But one of the city’s more idiosyncratic annual fests is also one of its oldest, and the 24th Austin Film Festival, taking place from Oct. 26-Nov. 2, has remained true to its initial mission — moving the spotlight from actors and directors to screenwriters.

This year, the fest has no shortage of Oscar-contending films scheduled to make their Lone Star debuts, from “Darkest Hour” to “Call Me by Your Name” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” as well as an opening night gala for “Lady Bird” with writer-director Greta Gerwig in attendance, and a closing night presentation of “Chappaquiddick” with screenwriters Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan. Texas native Dan Rather will be on hand to discuss higher-ed documentary “Fail State,” and the festival
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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Team for Movie on America's First Detectives

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Team for Movie on America's First Detectives
Paramount Pictures is teaming up with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon through their Pearl Street Films production company to produce The Shadows, based on a true story set in their hometown of Boston. There is no indication that either actor will star in the film, and it seems they will both just be producing at this time. This news comes just days after Ben Affleck was accused of sexual misconduct, for groping actress Hilarie Burton while she was hosting MTV's Trl back in 2004. The actor later apologized for his actions.

The project comes from writer Chris Bremner, who took his pitch to Paramount, which the studio acquired, and now he will be writing the script. The story will be based on Matthew Pearl's Boston Globe Magazine article "Into the Shadows," which chronicles America's first ever undercover police officers, who were based in Affleck and Damon's hometown of Boston. Ben Affleck
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‘Thoroughbreds’ Trailer: Good Breeding Goes Bad in One of Anton Yelchin’s Last Performances — Watch

‘Thoroughbreds’ Trailer: Good Breeding Goes Bad in One of Anton Yelchin’s Last Performances — Watch
When playwrights make the jump to screenwriting, we get films like Kenneth Lonergan’s “You Can Count on Me,” Martin McDonagh’s “In Bruges,” and Tom Stoppard’s “Brazil.” Joining their ranks is Cory Finley, a New York-based playwright who wrote the script for his directorial debut, “Thoroughbreds,” based on his play of the same name. The film electrified Sundance audiences when it premiered in early 2017, when Focus Features snatched it up for $5m in one of the festival’s first deals. Finley’s skill with dramatic writing is apparent in the first official teaser for the film, which looks like a grown-up version of “Heathers” for 2017.

Thoroughbreds” stars Anton Yelchin in one of his last performances before the actor’s tragic death, as well as Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Witch”) and Olivia Cooke (“Bates Motel”). In the only full scene show in the teaser, the two young women approach Yelchin
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The time of the harvest moon by Anne-Katrin Titze

Serge Bozon having a Hard, Fast And Beautiful First Encounter with Gavin Smith Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

First Encounters at the Quad Cinema have included Kenneth Lonergan and Edward Yang's Yi Yi, John Turturro and Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali, and two directors who have films in the Main Slate of this year's New York Film Festival, Greta Gerwig with Lady Bird watched David Lynch's Blue Velvet and The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected) director Noah Baumbach's First Encounter was Bruce Robinson's Withnail And I.

Serge Bozon, who is in the Main Slate program with Mrs. Hyde (Madame Hyde), starring Isabelle Huppert with Romain Duris and José Garcia, chose Ida Lupino's Hard, Fast And Beautiful with Claire Trevor, Sally Forrest, Robert Clarke, Kenneth Patterson, and Carleton G Young for his First Encounter.

Isabelle Huppert in ‪Serge Bozon‬'s Mrs. Hyde (Madame Hyde)

Hard, Fast And Beautiful
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2018 Oscar predictions: Amazon Studios contenders include ‘Last Flag Flying,’ ‘The Big Sick,’ ‘Wonderstruck,’ ‘Wonder Wheel’

At the 2017 Academy Awards, Amazon Studios established itself as a significant Oscar player, winning two of six bids for the domestic drama “Manchester by the Sea” (Best Actor, Casey Affleck; Best Original Screenplay, Kenneth Lonergan) as well as Best Foreign Language Feature for “The Salesman.” This year, the streaming service has partnered with various […]
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15 Films to See in October

If September was a precursor to the fall season, October delivers beyond imagination with a slate packed with some of the year’s best films (not just limited to arthouse and foreign fare). There’s big-budget sci-fi, jaunts through the French countryside, cinematic social experiments, explorations of cinematic icons, gruesome exploitation films, and much more. Check out our picks of what to see and let us know what you’re most looking forward to.

Matinees to See: Walking Out (10/5), Better Watch Out (10/6), The Mountain Between Us (10/6), Dina (10/6), Breathe (10/13) Man From Earth: Holocene (10/13), The Foreigner (10/13), Human Flow (10/13), Marshall (10/13), Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (10/13), The Killing of the Sacred Deer (10/20), The Strange Ones (10/20), One of Us (10/20), Félicité (10/27), and Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (10/27)

Bonus: Spielberg (Susan Lacy; Oct. 7)

Synopsis: A documentary about the king of blockbusters.

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Why You Should See It: What more could we want to know about
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