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Our Most-Anticipated Films at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

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 40th 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 16 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 @DanSchindel), and stay tuned to all of our coverage here. One can also see a trailer round-up of Sundance 2018 premieres here.

16. Puzzle (Marc Turtletaub)

Catching our eye due to the peculiarity of the logline,
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Sally Phillips interview: Ferdinand, Taskmaster, Smack The Pony, Veep

Louisa Mellor Dec 15, 2017

We chatted to actor and writer Sally Phillips about comedy, European accents, special cuddles, writing films and more...

“I’m quite keen to meet a Finnish shaman, have you seen them?” asks Sally Phillips three minutes into an interview that’s supposed to be about her role in new family animation Ferdinand. Scrolling through her phone, she presents me with a photograph of a fearsome looking woman with Pris from Blade Runner eye make-up, wearing an elaborate headdress and holding a tambourine.

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“Look at the expression! Very, very miserable, tambourine, excellent eye make-up” says Phillips, delighted. “I play a character who looks a bit like that in Zapped! and I did something else recently where they painted a black chicken on one eye. I thought, well, it’s slowly, slowly happening, I’m turning into a Finnish Shaman.”

Despite not having visited Finland,
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Sundance announces full feature line-up by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-11-30 16:16:09

UK film I Am Not A Witch will feature in the Spotlight section In a break from the usual bitesize announcements, Sundance Film Festival has released the names of all 110 feature film titles that will screen at this year's festival in Utah.

British names in the frame, include Idris Elba - whose directorial debut, crime drama Yardie will premiere - and Rupert Everett, who also makes his directorial debut with the tale of the last days of Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince.

Other British and Irish stars include Kelly Macdonald, Andrea Riseborough, Keira Knightley, Robert Pattinson and rising Dublin-born star Barry Keoghan. The festival will also see actor Paul Dano make his directorial debut with Wildlife and Ethan Hawke step behind the camera again with Blaze.

Other UK productions and co-production premieres to make the cut are Stephen Loveridge's Matangi / Maya / M.I.A., about the Sri Lankan artist,
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‘Lady Macbeth’ Leads 2017 British Independent Film Awards Nominations

Lady Macbeth topped the list of nominations for the 2017 British Independent Film Awards (Bifa) announced this morning by Maisie Williams and Hayley Squires at The London Edition.

Debut features dominate the nominations list, with the first-time writers, producers and directors of Lady Macbeth, I Am Not a Witch and God’s Own Country all recognised in the three newcomer categories – Debut Screenwriter, Breakthrough Producer sponsored by Creativity Media and The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director – as well as Best Screenplay sponsored by BBC Films, Best Director and Best British Independent Film.

Included in Lady Macbeth’s 15 nominations are nods for Florence Pugh, Naomi Ackie and Cosmo Jarvis for their performances; Naomi is nominated twice, for Best Supporting Actress and Most Promising Newcomer sponsored by The London Edition. The film has also been nominated for five technical categories, newly introduced this year, including Best Cinematography sponsored by Blackmagic Design,
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Review: Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017)

When people aspire to succeed, it can sometimes result in quite incredible tales of fighting the odds to achieve victory. However, some stories of real-life achievement are not always as clear cut and blissful in their nature. And back in the mid-20s, when Winnie-the-Pooh was first released into a post-WW2 world, the story of its author A. A. Milne and its inspiration (his young son Christopher Robin Milne and his Teddy Edward) went a little lost, as the books and the character became some of the most cherished in all of children’s literature. In fact, I was not aware at all of the details of the story behind 100-Acre Wood and Winnie The Pooh and his friends but this new film from Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) arrives to tell that very tale…and not everything is as sweet as honey that’s for sure.

Starting off rather concisely,
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Movie Review: Goodbye Christopher Robin

This is not a children’s story about a child. It’s an adult story about a family. Goodbye Christopher Robin illuminates the rather gloomy profile of author A.A. Milne and his family—principally his son, Christopher Robin—and the inspiration behind Winnie the Pooh and its wild success.

Whatever pre-conceived optimisms you have about this film, toss them out and refresh your expectations. This is not the snuggly-wuggly, starry-eyed portrayal you may have hoped for. Audiences expecting a partially animated, frolicsome romp will be largely disappointed when they find that their anticipated “hunny” pots and boisterous, bouncing tigers have been replaced with bits of adapted crude war footage and the minutiae of a writer-turned-veteran’s Ptsd-induced depression.

If you can get past that, then you’re in for a fairly satisfying ride, despite some meandering storylines. Though sad, it is a fascinating portrayal. Goodbye Christopher Robin explores the relationships
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Interview, Audio: Director Simon Curtis of ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’

Chicago – Winnie the Pooh is a cultural icon of four generations, due both to the character’s literary roots and Walt Disney’s interpretation. A new film, “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” is the origin story of the famous bear, as created by author A.A. Milne. The movie is directed by veteran helmsman Simon Curtis.

Goodbye Christopher Robin” features Dohmnall Gleeson as A.A. Milne, who was a notable playwright in 1920s England, but found himself at a crossroads in his career. Moving to the country, he began to find inspiration in the imagination of his son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston as the younger Cr) and created the books of Winnie the Pooh. The book was a runaway best seller – much to the pleasure of his flapper wife Daphne (Margot Robbie) and the consternation of the boy’s nanny (Kelly Macdonald) – but a torture to the actual Christopher Robin, who couldn’t understand the family’s sudden fame.
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Goodbye Christopher Robin – Review

And once more we dive into the overflowing sea of films “inspired by true events”, though it has a touch of the “biopic”. Much as with the recent Mark Felt and Thurgood Marshall movies, it doesn’t offer a “cradle to grave” overview of the person’s life. But it certainly covers a bigger “chunk” than those flicks, going from the first World War to the second. Plus, it can considered an “origin” story of a favorite popular culture icon as with last weekend’s Professor Marston And The Wonder Women (still miffed that it wasn’t shown to the press), and like the princess, one that’s still very favored by the younger set, starring in a still steady stream of feature films (though most go straight to home video). This is the saga of author A.A. Milne whose son inspired him to write the tale of Winnie the Pooh
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Movie Review – Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017)

Goodbye Christopher Robin, 2017.

Directed by Simon Curtis.

Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald, Will Tilston, Stephen Campbell Moore, Richard McCabe, Vicki Pepperdine, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Alex Lawther.


A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne.

Realistically, the most gracious compliment to be given to Goodbye Christopher Robin is that it isn’t awful, although there’s no excuse for all of its fragmented, sometimes intersecting narrative points to miss the mark this badly. Imagine trying to hurl a baseball at a beehive full of honey, only for the pitch to wildly miss and smash Eeyore in the face, and you have the script for this film. What’s most frustrating is that the structure is solidly crafted to do the creation of Winnie the Pooh and company justice, rarely attaining
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Review: ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Emphasizes the Pain that Birthed ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’

If you’ve always liked Winnie-the-Pooh but wish it overflowed with death undertones and ponderings on the destructive nature of fame, has Simon Curtis made the film for you! In Goodbye Christopher Robin, the director goes behind the story that led British playwright A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) to begin writing children’s books using his son’s favorite toys as protagonists, and how it altered the little boy’s life forever. When we first meet Milne, he’s a shell-shocked veteran plagued by constant nightmares about his days battling the German Empire in France. Milne can’t fathom the frivolity with which life went on after the war, and never misses a chance to share his opinion with society members, who quietly disapprove of him.

For his socialite wife Daphne (Margot Robbie) this means a life of dullness, which leads her to leave her husband and their child Christopher Robin
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Goodbye Christopher Robin In St. Louis

Goodbye Christopher Robin gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

Directed by Simon Curtis (Woman In Gold, My Week With Marilyn), the film opens in St. Louis on October 20th.

Wamg invites you to enter for the chance to win Two (2) seats to the advance screening of Goodbye Christopher Robin on October 17 at 7:00 pm in the St. Louis area.

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Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie Fete Winnie the Pooh at 'Goodbye Christopher Robin' Bash

Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie Fete Winnie the Pooh at 'Goodbye Christopher Robin' Bash
Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie, who star in Goodbye Christopher Robin, celebrated the legacy of Winnie the Pooh on Wednesday night at the New York Public Library, where the original toys that inspired the characters are currently housed.

Directed by Simon Curtis, the Fox Searchlight historical drama sees Gleeson portraying beloved author creator A.A. Milne as he creates the magical world based on the toys of his son, Christopher Robin. Also starring Will Tilston and Kelly Macdonald, the biopic follows the Milne family as they’re swept up in the international success of the books, which bring hope and comfort to...
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“Goodbye Christopher Robin” reveals the origins of Winnie the Pooh

There is perhaps no more beloved children’s book or character than Winnie the Pooh. For nearly a century now, kids have been delighted by this bear. As such, there’s an avenue for a biopic about author A.A. Milne and the origins of this story. Opening on Friday, Goodbye Christopher Robin seeks to transform Milne’s tale into something that will touch audiences of all ages. Unfortunately, this is a pretty standard issue biopic, without any thing to really set it apart. Awards prospects are slim, but more on that later. Pooh fans might see it as a curiosity, but this writer mostly just views it as a disappointment. The film is, as mentioned above, a biopic of writer A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson), the man who created Winnie the Pooh. Struggling after seeing the horrors of World War I, A.A., or Alan, finds peace by creating a world with his son C.
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‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Review: Dir: Simon Curtis (2017)

Goodbye Christopher Robin review: Simon Curtis directs this exceptionally well-executed drama led by Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie.

Goodbye Christopher Robin review by Luke Ryan Baldock.

Goodbye Christopher Robin review

There’s are strange subsets of genres within the movie industry, one of them being the biopic of British authors. We’ve had Finding Neverland, Becoming Jane, and Miss Potter. Such tales always have an uphill climb, as they need to blur facts and intertwine the moments for which they are famous. They can also be highly enlightening (if all the information presented can be trusted), or at least a fascinating examination of fame. Goodbye Christopher Robin works on all accounts, offering a beautiful emotional insight into the world behind a classic character, while also being surprisingly relevant to the world of fame today.

A warning should probably precede Simon Curtis’ third cinematic true story adaptation. A warning that if
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Composer Carter Burwell’s Goodbye Christopher Robin Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD Drops on October 27

Sony Classical announces the release of Goodbye Christopher Robin (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with an original score by Academy Award®-nominated composer Carter Burwell.

The soundtrack will be released digitally on October 13 and on CD on October 27, 2017. The film will be released in the Us on October 13, 2017.

Pre-order here.

Goodbye Christopher Robin is directed by Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn, Woman in Gold) and will be released in Us theaters by Fox Searchlight Pictures on October 13, 2017.

Carter Burwell said about the score:

“One of the riskier decisions Simon Curtis and I made with the score was to withhold the main theme until the middle of the film, when A. A. Milne begins to write and his friend Ernest Shepard begins to illustrate “Winnie The Pooh”. We did this to make that moment especially noteworthy, to make it the turning point of the story. Before that point, the music plays
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Goodbye Christopher Robin review

Domnhall Gleeson and Margot Robbie star in a film that discovers the story behind Winnie The Pooh's creation...

Anytime something bills itself as the ‘untold story’, there’s a danger it means the quite boring story that we’ve jazzed up and embellished a bit. What starts as a true tale becomes a slightly unbelievable feast of easter eggs, nudges and winks relating to whatever intellectual property the film is tied to.

What’s very interesting about Goodbye Christopher Robin - the true story about the creation of beloved children's books Winnie The Pooh - then, is that while the trailers made it seem like one of those bland, disappointing biopics, the film offers up something a little different.

The story of Christopher Robin (Will Tilston), the real child behind the book’s own figure of childhood, isn’t a particularly happy one. While the world saw him as
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The Child in Time review – an agonising portrayal of panic and guilt

Benedict Cumberbatch and Kelly Macdonald are both brilliant as the parents whose child goes missing in a deeply affecting drama. Plus: Antiques Roadshow hits Brideshead

God, that’s not an easy watch, the first 10 minutes or so of The Child in Time (BBC1). First, Stephen (Benedict Cumberbatch) returns home in a police car and goes inside to tell his wife, Julie (Kelly Macdonald), the worst news in the world: that their four-year-old daughter Kate has disappeared. “She was there,” he says. “She was there, she was just there, she was right there.”

Next, we’re a few years down the line. Stephen, a writer of children’s books as well as a member of a government childcare committee, is trying – inevitably not entirely successfully – to carry on with some kind of life. Without Julie, however, who, also inevitably, now lives separately. How can a marriage ever survive that? Not just the loss and the pain,
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Movie Review – Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017)

Goodbye Christopher Robin, 2017.

Directed by Simon Curtis.

Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald, Will Tilston, Stephen Campbell Moore, and Alex Lawther.


The story behind Winnie the Pooh. Inspired by his son’s toys, author A. A. Milne creates a magical series of books that become an international success. But for the young Christopher Robin, and the rest of the family, there’s a price to pay.

“My childhood was wonderful. It was growing up that was hard.” The words belong to the Christopher Robin of the title, now a young man reflecting on his earlier years. They weren’t always idyllic. Nor is Simon Curtis’s bio-pic of A. A. Milne’s (Domhnall Gleeson) relationship with his son. Anybody expecting a cuddly, family film is in for a surprise.

Yes, it’s about a family, but it’s not all jollity. The dark side of the story, Milne
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‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Review: This Biopic About Winnie the Pooh’s Creator Is Totally Run of the Milne

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‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Review: This Biopic About Winnie the Pooh’s Creator Is Totally Run of the Milne
Once upon a time we used to tell stories; now we just tell stories about how we used to tell stories. At least, that’s how it feels to watch a consistently milquetoast, comfortably middlebrow bit of true-life fluff like “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” which does for Winnie the Pooh what “Finding Neverland” did for Peter Pan (which is to say that it takes a formative and utterly unique work of literature and reverse engineers it into a passable biopic that has no hope of changing the world or anyone in it).

It’s a shame, because A.A. Milne’s personal and professional lives are both fertile dramatic territory, and the film’s script — by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Simon Vaughan — makes sure to point out all of the interesting movies that could have been mined from this material as they pass by and fade out of sight. Instead, we’re
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Film Review: ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’

Film Review: ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’
There was no such thing as a “Pooh” until A.A. Milne made it so, although walking, talking teddy bear Winnie’s companion, Christopher Robin, wasn’t just some character the English novelist invented, but a boy based on Milne’s own son, who grew up to resent how the success of “Winnie-the-Pooh” wrecked his childhood. That’s just one of the behind-the-scenes revelations the predictably handsome, predictably stuffy literary biopic “Goodbye Christopher Robin” has in store for those who adore Milne’s novels — consistently voted among the most popular kidlit creations of all time — but who haven’t necessarily heard how they came to be.

Milne wouldn’t be the first teller of children’s stories to be something of a brute when it came to dealing with the little nippers in person (“Alice” creator Charles Dodgson also comes to mind), although the movie doesn’t feel unreasonably tough in the way it holds Milne accountable for
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