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11 items from 2017

Bring On the Bidding Wars: 14 Movies That Could Sell Big at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

2 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Bidding wars have already begun for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Buyers snapped up six titles in the days leading up to the fest, including one that A24 purchased sight unseen: David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story,” starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. Other movies acquired in the past two weeks are “Berlin Syndrome” (Netflix), “Call Me By Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics), “Casting JonBenet” (Netflix), “Cries From Syria” (HBO for television rights) and “Long Strange Trip” (Amazon).

Read More: Sundance 2017: Netflix, Vertical Acquire ‘Berlin Syndrome’

With 120 features playing at Sundance, there are plenty of hot titles remaining for acquisition executive, though it will be tough for any film to exceed last year’s $17.5 million purchase of “The Birth of a Nation” by Fox Searchlight, the biggest deal in the festival’s history.

Which movies are likely to have buyers lining up in the cold this year? Here are 14 hot »

- Graham Winfrey

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new and ongoing dvd & vod releases, Us/Can, from Jan 17

23 hours ago | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A simple listing, duplicated from the dvd + vod Us and Canada page, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).

new dvd+vod A Street Cat Named Bob The Free World Jack Reacher: Never Go Back    I’m planning to watch… Antarctica: Ice and Sky

2016’s films, ranked by maryann (still ongoing, now open to all readers)

2017’s films, ranked by maryann (subscribers only until the end of the year)

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- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Founder movie review: look at what the golden arches hath wrought

16 January 2017 1:36 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Rather brilliant and kind of inspiring until it turns frightening and even sinister. A dark tale of the beginning of end-stage capitalism as profit above all. I’m “biast” (pro): love Michael Keaton

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

A year or so ago, I had my first McDonald’s hamburger in maybe a decade, probably longer. I plead drinking — I had been out with a bunch of friends — and it was purely to stave off the next day’s hangover by getting down some grease and carbs to absorb the alcohol. But, man, that burger was delicious. Seriously. So good. (I haven’t had another one since.) They really know what they’re doing at Micky D’s.

I have also once attended what was then the world’s biggest McDonald’s, in Vinita, Oklahoma. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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‘Go North’ Review

14 January 2017 2:06 PM, PST | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

See larger image Go North New From: $14.99 Usd In Stock Release date January 13, 2017.

Let’s face it, there’s nothing new you can do with the post-apocalyptic genre. What we can hope for now is that there’s a visual flair and/or a sincerity and dedication to the characters that will set the story apart, no matter what medium it’s in. Recently, The Maze Runner series brought about an intriguing combination of post-apocalypse and totalitarianism, Mad Max:Fury Road was pure energy on screen, and The Last of Us was an interactive masterpiece. Go North bares the most resemblance to the latter without the terrifying monsters, so slightly less interesting. The inciting incident at the core of Go North is a mystery which we don’t really discover, but it isn’t important no matter how much we might want to know. This is a character movie about finding »

- Mike Hassler

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2016’s films ranked

13 January 2017 2:47 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2016 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the Ofcs and Awfj awards); some films released in the UK without Us releases (and so ineligible for those awards this year) may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2016 unless otherwise noted.

01.03.17: This ranking is not quite final; I will continue to add films and links to reviews through the awards season that ends with the Oscars ceremony on February 26th.

worth paying multiplex prices for

[5 stars]

Arrival (10.10/11.11/11.10)

La La Land (10.07/12.09/01.13.17)

A Monster Calls (10.06/12.23/01.01.17)

The Lobster (07.16.15/05.13/10.16.15)

Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) (02.22/03.04/03.25)

A Bigger Splash (10.08.15/05.04/02.12)

Miss Sloane (11.20/11.25/02.24.17)

London Road (06.03.15/09.09/06.12.15)

The Girl with All the Gifts (07.26/Tba/09.23)

I, Daniel Blake (10.22/12.23/10.21)

Hidden Figures (12.14/12.25/02.17.17)

A United Kingdom (10.05/02.17.17/11.25)

Eye in the Sky (04.07/03.11/04.15)

Moana (11.16/11.23/12.02)

Jackie »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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TV News Roundup: Jennifer Beals Joins Amazon’s ‘The Last Tycoon’

12 January 2017 5:24 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s TV news roundup, Jennifer Beals has been cast in Amazon’s “The Last Tycoon,” plus much more…


Amazon‘s “The Last Tycoon” has added Jennifer Beals in a recurring role, Variety has learned.

The “Flashdance” alum will appear alongside stars Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, Lily Collins, and Rosemarie DeWitt. Based on an unfinished F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, “The Last Tycoon” follows a Hollywood studio exec in the 1930s battling his father figure and boss for the soul of their studio.

Beals will play Margo Taft, a manipulative and poised star who’s willing to do anything to get her way and establish dominance in every one of her pictures.

Beals is repped by Apa and attorney Patti Felker.


Viceland‘s new six-part series “Hate Thy Neighbor,” starring British comedian Jamali Maddix as he takes on the issue of worldwide racism, will premiere at 10 p.m. on »

- Dani Levy

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Sundance 2017: 20 Must-See Films At This Year’s Festival

11 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This year’s Sundance Film Festival is mere days from unspooling in snowy Park City, Utah and, with it comes a brand new year of indie filmmaking to get excited about. As ever, the annual festival is playing home to dozens of feature films, short offerings and technologically-influenced experiences, and while there’s plenty to anticipate seeing, we’ve waded through the lineup to pick out the ones we’re most looking forward to checking out.

From returning filmmakers like Alex Ross Perry and Gillian Robesepierre to a handful of long-gestating passion projects and at least one film about a ghost, we’ve got a little something for every stripe of film fan.

Read More: Sundance 2017: Check Out the Full Lineup, Including Competition Titles, Premieres and Shorts

Ahead, check out 20 titles we’re excited to finally check out at this year’s festival.


The trifecta behind previous Sundance »

- Chris O'Falt, Eric Kohn, Graham Winfrey, Jude Dry, Kate Erbland, Steve Greene and Zack Sharf

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Horror Highlights: The Monster Charity Project 2017, Attack Of The Lederhosen Zombies, Ravenwolf Towers, Pitchfork, Go North

10 January 2017 7:01 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Twenty-five of the UK's special effects experts have come together for a good cause. Each artist is customizing a bust of Frankenstein's monster, and 100% of the proceeds raised at the auction of these busts will be donated to Make-a-Wish UK. Also, details on the premiere screening of Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies, Ravenwolf Towers episode 2 details, a new trailer for Pitchfork, and the trailer and tie-in Vr video for Go North.

The Monster Charity Project 2017 Details: From the Press Release: "25 of the UK's top prop-making, sculpting and Spfx make-up artists have been brought together to take part in a unique charity project. Each artist has been given a bespoke Frankenstein-inspired monster bust, created and supplied by Svfx University of Bolton Special & Visual Effects team, with the simple instruction: Customise him into any design you like.

Once customised, the artists then donate the finished bust back to the Monster Charity Project »

- Tamika Jones

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‘Go North’ Exclusive Vr Short Film: Two Teens Try To Find a Safe Haven In an Adult-Free Post-Apocalyptic World

5 January 2017 3:23 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Hunger Games” and “Divergent” film series may have finished, but pop culture hasn’t seen the last of coming-of-age post-apocalyptic stories. Matthew Ogens’ new film “Go North” examines a world ruled by teenagers and children after a global catastrophe wiped out every single adult.

Read More: Morgan Spurlock’s Digital Vision: What The ‘Super Size Me’ Creator Has In Common With the YouTube Generation

Executive produced by Morgan Spurlock, the film follows a young boy named Josh (Jacob Lofland) who decides to flee the dangerous confines of his abandoned city and embark on a journey with his classmate and neighbor Jessie (Sophie Kennedy Clark) to the last safe haven in the world. Though they don’t know how to get there or if it even exists, they strive to migrate to the place safe from disaster. The film co-stars Patrick Schwarzenegger (“Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse”), James Bloor »

- Vikram Murthi

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Kids Go Wild in Apocalyptic Go North Trailer

3 January 2017 2:36 PM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

The post-apocalyptic Go North is the narrative debut of Emmy-nominated documentarian Matt Ogens (Meet the Hitlers) and was Executive Produced by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, Rats).

Its haunting, evocative score was composed by Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla.


In the aftermath of an unknown catastrophe, a community left with zero living adults has descended into a modern-day Lord of the Flies, run by a small cabal of what had been the jocks occupying the athletic and social upper crust of the local high school, headed by Caleb (Patrick Schwarzenegger).

Faced with the bleak despair of their situation, Josh (Jacob Lofland) and Jessie (Sophie Kennedy Clark) strike out on a dangerous journey into the unknown to find family and hope for the f [Continued ...] »

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Why a film celebrating McDonald's is the perfect start for Trump cinema

3 January 2017 10:39 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Founder, about the man who built McDonald’s, is a fitting start to the new era. But Hollywood’s love affair with Trump’s kind of anarcho-capitalism began long ago

It is the early 1950s. A travelling salesman named Ray Kroc, played in the forthcoming biopic The Founder by Michael Keaton, sells milkshake machines to restaurants all over the Us. Then he discovers an extraordinary little place in California called McDonald’s, run by the McDonald brothers, who have revolutionised the fast-food business with menus limited to burgers, fries and soda, walk-up counters, huge grills and fryers for speedy, short-order volume. In a blinding flash, Kroc sees how the brothers can franchise their operation around the country. They could be an American church, as ubiquitous as decent people’s houses flying the stars’n’stripes. When we saw Ray in his scuzzy hotel room, listening to a self-motivation LP on a portable record player, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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