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The 50 best films of 2017 in the Us: No 10 Lady Macbeth

As our countdown enters its final stages, Florence Pugh’s sphinxlike anti-heroine revolts against marriage and the wider balance of race, sex, power and class in this powerfully subversive film

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Sex, power, race and class – it’s hard to think, offhand, of a recent movie which has brought these factors together so closely, so pungently and so subversively. William Oldroyd’s smart, spare, low-budget Brit indie Lady Macbeth is based on Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 novella Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. It is adapted by playwright Alice Birch, and transposed from Russia to the rugged English north-east; it has already famously been adapted by Shostakovich as the opera which got him into serious trouble with Stalin and as a film by Andrzej Wajda. Behind it all is Shakespeare’s play and perhaps the most brilliant female character he ever wrote: the perpetrator and instigator of an act of criminal daring.
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Why ‘Lady Macbeth’ Star Florence Pugh Should Be a Dark Horse in this Year’s Best Actress Race

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Why ‘Lady Macbeth’ Star Florence Pugh Should Be a Dark Horse in this Year’s Best Actress Race
There aren’t very many words spoken in William Oldroyd’s “Lady Macbeth” — most of the communication is done through sex, abuse, and murder — but not a one of them is wasted or forgotten. Indeed, the film’s emblematically terse first exchange looms over the 85 minutes that follow like a dark shadow on a bitter day, and it’s proof that Florence Pugh deserves more attention in this year’s competitive awards season.

It’s Katherine’s (Pugh) wedding night, and the 17-year-old bride is being dressed for her deflowering. Her new husband’s chambermaid does the honors, Anna (Naomi Ackie), slipping the girl into her nightgown. “Are you cold?” Anna asks, a valid question on a brutal winter night in the North of England circa 1865. “No,” Katherine responds. “Nervous?” “No.” She looks into Anna’s eyes, either searching the servant’s face to see if she has reason to be nervous,
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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Lady MacBeth DVD – Stars Florence Pugh

The dark, dangerous, Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh™ twisted thriller, Lady Macbeth, arrives on Digital HD October 3 and on DVD and On Demand October 17 from Lionsgate. Up-and-comer Florence Pugh smolders as a young woman in a loveless marriage who embarks on a passionate and forbidden affair, which unleashes an unquenchable thirst for power within her. The “jaw-dropping debut” (Rolling Stone) of theater director William Oldroyd, and written by Alice Birch, Lady Macbeth is adapted from Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 novel “Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk” and is what Indiewire compares to “Alfred Hitchcock directing Wuthering Heights.” The Lady Macbeth DVD includes a behind-the-scenes featurette and will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Now you can own Lady MacBeth on DVD. We Are Movie Geeks has four copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie with the word ‘Lady’ in the title?
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Lady MacBeth Starring Florence Pugh Available on Digital HD October 3rd and on DVD October 17th

The dark, dangerous, Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh™ twisted thriller, Lady Macbeth, arrives on Digital HD October 3 and on DVD and On Demand October 17 from Lionsgate. Up-and-comer Florence Pugh smolders as a young woman in a loveless marriage who embarks on a passionate and forbidden affair, which unleashes an unquenchable thirst for power within her. The “jaw-dropping debut” (Rolling Stone) of theater director William Oldroyd, and written by Alice Birch, Lady Macbeth is adapted from Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 novel “Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk” and is what Indiewire compares to “Alfred Hitchcock directing Wuthering Heights.” The Lady Macbeth DVD includes a behind-the-scenes featurette and will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Lust, power, and murder meet in this sexy, critically acclaimed thriller. Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family is cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on
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‘Lady Macbeth’ DVD Review

Stars: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie, Christopher Fairbank, Golda Rosheuvel, Bill Fellows, Ian Conningham | Written by Nikolai Leskov, Alice Birch | Directed by William Oldroyd

Anybody who had to do Macbeth at school know the enigmatic Lady Macbeth, and what her part was in the play. This version though, based on Nikolai Leskov’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk is not a tale of insanity, but of pure selfish evil.

In rural England 1865, Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stuck in her loveless marriage to a bitter man who holds no love for her. When he and his father leave her alone on the estate, she falls for a young worker Sabastian (Cosmo Jarvis). With the risk of her affair being revealed, what ends will she go to in order to protect herself?

The character of Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s play is interesting because of the downfall of her character.
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Lady MacBeth – Review

Florence Pugh in Lady MacBeth. Photo credit: Roadside Attractions (c)

Director William Oldroyd’s Lady MacBeth is not Shakespeare but it is certainly Shakespearean in its bloody mix of murder and sex. The story is not about Shakespeare’s murderously ambitious character but is based on a 19th century Russian novel, “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District” by Nikolai Leskov, inspired by Shakespeare. The novel focuses on 19th century society’s strict constraints on women, driving one woman to mad, extreme measures, but this brilliant, gripping thriller of a film takes it further, into questions of class and race.

A powerful performance by beautiful Florence Pugh is sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. This costume drama is anything but restrained, apart from the corsets and the strict limits placed on women of the era, and anything but typical of the genteel genre. Director William Oldroyd makes
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Film Review: Strong Performance Makes ‘Lady Macbeth’ a Cogent Character Study

Chicago - Separating a performance from the rest of the film is usually an easy task. One may be stronger than the other, or vice versa, but either way, they can be judged individually and as a whole. “Lady Macbeth” proves to be that rare character study where a single performance (from breakout actress Florence Pugh) not only makes the film but essentially is the film.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Alice Birch adapts Nikolai Leskov’s novel of the same name but adds a new perspective to the story. Birch doesn’t shy away from showing the unsympathetic darkness inside of Katherine but instead counters it by showing scenes of happiness and giving reasons for her actions. The story is so compellingly told that most of the audience will side with Katherine and be willing to overlook all of her misdeeds up until the last one. Like the film’s namesake, Katherine’s
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‘Lady Macbeth’ Director William Oldroyd Talks Going From Theater To Cinema & Shooting A Movie In 24 Days [Interview]

Florence Pugh is mesmerizing in “Lady Macbeth,” first-time director Wiliam Oldroyd’s adaptation of Nikolai Leskov’s “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.” Set in Victorian London, Pugh plays Lady Katherine, a young woman bought by an older man (an electrifyingly sadistic Christopher Fairbank) who is then forced into marriage with his shallow son Alexander (a gloomily nasty Paul Hilton).

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Review: Lady MacBeth, An Exhilarating and Timely Tale of a Survivalist Woman

Exquisitely acted, framed and paced, William Oldroyd's Lady Macbeth is perhaps the most accomplished debut feature I've seen in years. Based on Nicolai Lestov's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District, a 19th century Russian novel which was adapted and scripted by a well regarded feminist playwright Alice Birch, Oldroyd sets out to tell a Victorian era tale of adultery and murder with a twist. The result is a riveting movie watching experience. Lady Macbeth totally does justice to its title. Katherine (radiant Florence Pugh), a young, bright-eyed, newlywed bride, quickly learns that a marriage in Victorian era England and at large is a life of submission, humiliation and being a captive. The Father-in-law and husband team, Boris (Christopher Fairbank) and Alexander (Paul Hilton), represents a patriarchal...

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'Lady Macbeth' Review: Sex, Lies and Corsets – and One Jaw-Dropping Performance

'Lady Macbeth' Review: Sex, Lies and Corsets – and One Jaw-Dropping Performance
No need to brush up your Shakespeare to feel the thunderbolts coursing through Lady Macbeth. Florence Pugh, in a performance that will soon be legendary, is not playing the Scottish Queen who can't wash the blood off her hands. It's northern England where director William Oldroyd (in a sensational feature directing debut) has chosen to set his tale, adapted by playwright Alice Birch from an 1865 Russian novel by Nikolai Leskov called Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District.

Confused? Let Pugh be your guide – she'll grab you from Scene One. The 21-year-old British powerhouse plays Katherine,
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Lady Macbeth Movie Review

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Lady Macbeth Movie Review
Lady MacBeth Roadside Attractions Director: William Oldroyd Written by: Alice Birch. Adapted from the novella “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District” by Nikolai Leskov Cast: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie, Christopher Fairbank Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 6/14/17 Opens: July 14, 2017 If you read Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and were particularly mesmerized by […]

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Summer 2017 Film Preview

Girls Trip

By Joseph Allen and Kelsey Moore

If the movies are any indication, then we are in for one hot yet refreshing summer. Some of the season’s biggest and action-filled flicks feature powerful, female-led narratives, and goodness, do they come out in full force. The much anticipated female-led “Wonder Woman” is the first to hit summer screens, and if that’s not giving the finger to the male-dominated blockbuster, we don’t know what is.

July also has its fair share of action with Charlize Theron’s “Atomic Blonde.” This spy thriller sends Theron’s character to Berlin during the Cold War in order to save one agent whilst exposing others.

In between superheroes and spies, however, there are plenty of festival darlings and lighthearted comedies to enjoy. Marti Noxon’s “To The Bone,” which premiered at Sundance, features Lily Collins as a young woman battling anorexia. The film is based on Noxon’s own experience with an eating disorder and truthfully tackles the fine line between self-acceptance and despair. Gillian Robespierre’s “Landline” reunites Robespierre with “Obvious Child’s” Elisabeth Holm and Jenny Slate. It tackles the messiness of family, growing up, and adultery.

Girls Trip,” on the other hand, is the perfect comedy to help beat the summer heat. Featuring the talents of Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish, this ensemble film follows four friends as they rekindle both their friendships and sense of adventure during a girl’s weekend to New Orleans.

August brings a slew of socially conscious titles, including several directed by women. Kathryn Bigelow’s highly anticipated follow-up to “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Detroit,” tells the story of the 1967 Detroit riots, and speaks to our present moment, one where it feels like little has changed in the 50 years since.

“Whose Streets?,” a documentary about the Ferguson protests, speaks to “Detroit’s” continued relevance as a story of racial animus. Co-director Sabaah Folayan gives us an inside look at the protests, and takes the temperature of a community still filled with righteous anger.

Sundance breakout “Step,” directed by Amanda Lipitz, also debuts in August. The documentary chronicles the hardships of a Baltimore school’s step team during their senior year, and explains how important the team has become for the girls on it.

Here are just some of many women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films releasing this summer. Be sure to keep up with Women and Hollywood for exhaustive monthly previews!

All descriptions are from press materials unless otherwise noted.

June 2

Wonder Woman” — Directed by Patty Jenkins

Wonder Woman

Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Did you know? Gal Gadot has been very adamant about the film’s feminist framework, stressing that Diana is “free of internalized sexism and any knowledge whatsoever of socialized gender roles.”

June 9

“Beatriz at Dinner”

“Beatriz at Dinner”

Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner in Southern California. Don Strutt (John Lithgow) is a real estate developer whose cutthroat tactics have made him a self-made, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two polar opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.

Did you know? “Beatriz at Dinner” opens this year’s Sundance Film Festival London, and certainly feels like a timely release. In fact, John Lithgow’s character reminds us of a certain real-world real estate developer who is currently inhabiting the Oval Office.

June 16

Maudie” — Directed by Aisling Walsh; Written by Sherry White


Maudie,” based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippling arthritis, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, they become a couple. “Maudie” charts a woman seeking her personal freedom, her unending fight to sustain it, and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.

Did you know? Maud Lewis was a Canadian folk artist who possessed no formal training. “Maudie” — which is currently playing in Canada — has ignited a renewed interest in her work. In fact, a painting recently found in a thrift shop just sold for $45,000, approximately three times its appraised value.

Rough Night” — Co-Written and Directed by Lucia Aniello

Rough Night

In this edgy R-rated comedy, five best friends from college (played by Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz) reunite 10 years later for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami. Their hard partying takes a hilariously dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. Amidst the craziness of trying to cover it up, they’re ultimately brought closer together when it matters most.

Did you know? Some would call this a gender-reversed redo of the late ‘90s film “Very Bad Things,” starring Christian Slater. But, let’s be honest: with this ensemble of A-listers and comedic geniuses — we’re looking at you, Kate McKinnon and Ilana Glazer — Aniello’s film is sure to bring a lot more laughs and intrigue.

June 23

The Beguiled” — Written and Directed by Sofia Coppola (Limited Release; Opens in Wider Release June 30)

The Beguiled

The Beguiled” is an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola. The story unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school. Its sheltered women (Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Emma Howard, Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, and Addison Riecke) take in an injured enemy soldier (Colin Farrell). As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events.

Did you know? Director Sofia Coppola does not consider this a remake of the 1971 film. Instead, she wanted to “tell the same story, but flip it to the women characters’ point of view” as they were the ones “cut off during that time, left behind during the war.”

July 14

To the Bone” — Written and Directed by Marti Noxon (Also Available on Netflix)

To The Bone

Ellen (Lily Collins) is an unruly, anorexic 20-year-old who spent the better part of her teenage years being shepherded through various recovery programs, only to find herself several pounds lighter every time. Determined to find a solution, her dysfunctional family agrees to send her to a group home for youths, which is led by a non-traditional doctor (Keanu Reeves). Surprised by the unusual rules — and charmed by her fellow patients — Ellen has to discover for herself how to confront her addiction and attempt self-acceptance, in order to stand a chance against her demons. (Sundance Film Institute)

Did you know? This is a deeply personal project for Noxon. As she discussed with Women and Hollywood, she, too, battled anorexia and bulimia for over 10 years. By exploring this experience in her film, Noxon aims to show just how real these diseases are and how far they are from “an issue of vanity.”

Lady Macbeth” — Written by Alice Birch (Opens in NY and La)

Lady Macbeth

Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age (Paul Hilton), and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker (Cosmo Jarvis) on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Did you know? Though she made a memorable impression in Carol Morley’s “The Falling” and TV crime thriller “Marcella,” this marks the first major leading role for Florence Pugh, who is receiving fantastic reviews for her performance.

July 21

Girls Trip” — Co-Written by Tracy Oliver, Karen Mccullah, and Erica Rivinoja

When four lifelong friends (Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish) travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

Did you know? Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith have not been onscreen together since 1996. Their first collaboration, “Set it Off” (also starring Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly Elise), examines the personal and financial struggles of four women who decide to start robbing banks together.

Landline” — Directed by Gillian Robespierre; Written by Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm


The Manhattan of 1995: a land without cell phones, but abundant in CD listening stations, bar smoke, and family dysfunction. Enter the Jacobs. Eldest daughter Dana’s (Jenny Slate) looming marriage to straight-laced Ben (Jay Duplass) prompts a willful dive into her wild side, while her younger sister, Ali (Abby Quinn), is still in high school but leads a covert life of sex, drugs, and clubbing. After discovering love letters penned by their father (John Turturro), the sisters try to expose his apparent affair while keeping it from their all-too-composed mother (Edie Falco). (Sundance Film Institute)

Did you know? Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm previously collaborated on critically acclaimed “Obvious Child,” which also stars Jenny Slate. As Ropespierre told Women and Hollywood, her new film explores the “female perspective of monogamy across multiple generations.”

July 28

Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde

The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality, and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

Did you know? Charlize Theron fought for her character’s no-strings-attached, one-night stand with a female agent. After all, as Theron herself rhetorically asks, “Why is it that James Bond can sleep with every girl in every movie” and nobody questions his lack of emotional investment?

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Bonni Cohen

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

A decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes — in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Did you know? During an interview with Women and Hollywood, Cohen explained that she wanted audiences to leave the film feeling “empowered — like change is possible and in their hands.” This thirst for change continues throughout her personal work; she is a co-founder of the Catapult Film Fund, which provides development funding and informal mentorship to documentarians.

“From the Land of the Moon” — Co-Written and Directed by Nicole Garcia

“From the Land of the Moon”

In 1950s France, Gabrielle (Marion Cotillard) is a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man (Louis Garrel) when she is sent away to the Alps to treat an illness. Gabrielle yearns to free herself and run away with André.

Did you know? “From the Land of the Moon” was one of only three female-directed films that played in competition at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Garcia’s work was in good company, as Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey” and Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” also graced the screen. Think this year’s Cannes is any better? Check out Women and Hollywood’s infographic and festival thoughts.

August 4

Step” (Documentary) — Directed by Amanda Lipitz


Baltimore is a city that is fighting to save its youth. This documentary chronicles the trials and triumphs of the Senior girls on the high school’s Step Team as they prepare to be the first in their families to go to college — and the first graduating class of The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. “Step” is more than just a hobby for these girls, it is the outlet that keeps them united and fighting for their goals.

Did you know? “Step” was awarded the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking at Sundance 2017 and was picked up at the festival by Fox Searchlight for $4 million.

Detroit” — Directed by Kathryn Bigelow


In the summer of 1967, a handful of rioters took over the city of Detroit following a police raid on an unlicensed bar. Army paratroopers, National Guardsmen, and state and local police were called on to help put a stop to the rioting, which lasted for five days. What sparked the riots was the racism and discrimination of the police force that was felt within the city by the African American population.

Did you know? This is the third collaboration between Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, who also worked together on “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker.” Both Bigelow and Boal won Oscars for the latter.

August 11

Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) is an unstable young woman with a checkered past of obsessive behavior. She secretly moves to Los Angeles to get close to Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) — an Instagram “lifestyle guru” with a fabulous artist boyfriend, a camera-ready terrier, and an array of new products and brands to promote to her followers. After Ingrid adopts a Taylor-made identity for herself, her machinations to prove she’s Bff material for her Insta idol are underway — that is, until she meets Taylor’s obnoxious brother Nicky (Billy Magnussen), who threatens to tear down her façade. (Sundance Film Festival)

Did you know? “Ingrid Goes West” won the Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance 2017, and was picked up by distributor Neon.

The Glass Castle” — Co-Written by Marti Noxon

The Glass Castle

Based on one of the longest-running New York Times bestsellers, “The Glass Castle” tells the story of Jeannette Walls’ (Brie Larson) unconventional upbringing at the hands of her deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant parents (Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson), and her journey towards acceptance and fulfillment.

Did you know? The film is based on a true story, and Jennifer Lawrence was originally set to star. Brie Larson eventually replaced her.

“Whose Streets?” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Sabaah Folayan

“Whose Streets?”

The activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice bring you “Whose Streets?” — a documentary about the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and then left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis County. Grief, long-standing tension, and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. In the days that follow, artists, musicians, teachers, and parents turn into freedom fighters, standing on the front lines to demand justice. As the National Guard descends on Ferguson, a small suburb of St. Louis, with military grade weaponry, these young community members become torchbearers of a new wave of resistance.

Did you know? As Sabaah Folayan told Women and Hollywood, “Whose Streets?” exists to “honor those who put their lives and livelihoods on the line to fight for our constitutional rights.”

August 18

“Patti Cake$”

“Patti Cake$”

In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper (Danielle Macdonald) finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making in “Patti Cake$,” the first feature film from acclaimed commercial and music video director Geremy Jasper. Set in gritty strip-mall suburbia, “Patti Cake$” chronicles an underdog’s quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy, and some unforgettable beats.

Did you know? The film has been compared to “8 Mile” and “Hustle & Flow,” but it’s a departure from these films because its central figure is a woman. “Patti Cake$” examines the barriers women face in entering the world of hip hop. At the same time, it questions whether its central figure is appropriating black culture.

August 25

“The Unknown Girl”

“The Unknown Girl”

Dr. Jenny Davin (Adèle Haenel) runs a busy bare-bones medical clinic on the outskirts of Liege. Late one night, hours past closing time, Jenny ignores a buzz at the clinic’s door. The next morning she learns that this buzz came from a young woman in need of help, and that this unidentified caller is now dead. Weighed down by guilt and the thought of an unknown girl in an unmarked grave, Jenny applies her methodical, diagnostic mind to the case, making it her mission to find out who this woman was, and who, or what, was responsible for her death. (Toronto International Film Festival)

Did you know? The film’s directors, the Dardenne brothers, initially wanted to cast Marion Cottilard in the role, but ended up casting her in the Oscar-nominated “Two Days, One Night” instead.

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Lady Macbeth review – with murder in her mind

Rising British star Florence Pugh electrifies as a teenage bride stuck in a suffocating marriage in William Oldroyd’s heady feature debut

The Russian author Nikolai Leskov’s lurid Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District was first published in Dostoevsky’s Epoch magazine in 1865, and has inspired varied adaptations ranging from a 1934 Russian opera by Shostakovich to Polish director Andrzej Wajda’s 1962 film Siberian Lady Macbeth. This latest incarnation transfers the twisted passions of the source material to the rugged landscapes of Victorian-era north-east England, where repression and rebellion conjoin in a heady cocktail of lust, intrigue and murder. In the process, Lady Macbeth both cements rising star Florence Pugh’s deserved reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting screen talents and announces theatre graduate William Oldroyd as a film director of immense promise.

Written with razor-sharp wit by playwright Alice Birch (also making her feature debut), the
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Lady Macbeth review

With a standout performance by Florence Pugh, the excellent Lady Macbeth lands in UK cinemas today. Here's our review...

William Oldroyd’s astoundingly assured debut Lady Macbeth may be devoid of any Shakespearean lineage, but this unconventional Victorian chamber piece is just as scintillating as its Scottish namesake. Shrewdly adapted from Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 Russian novella Lady Macbeth Of The Mtsensk, British playwright and first time screenwriter Alice Birch relocates the stiflingly patriarchal proceedings to a sequestered moor in rural England.

Forced into a loveless marriage with a man twice her age in order to pay off a family debt, Katherine (Florence Pugh) is reluctantly under the domineering keep of her impotent husband (Paul Hilton) and equally acrimonious father-in-law (Christopher Fairbank). Limited to the soulless confines of their stately yet draughty manor, Katherine is practically forbade any semblance of freedom, and the young bride’s daily interactions are restricted to
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Movie Review – Lady Macbeth (2016)

Lady Macbeth, 2016.

Directed by William Oldroyd.

Starring Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie, and Christopher Fairbank.


Rural England, 1865. Katherine is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

When the name Lady Macbeth is spoken, whose face is it that fills our minds? Is it Marion Cotillard, who became the latest incarnation of this most murderous of women in Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth only a few short years ago? A powerful performance, Cotillard leant her deep gaze to her Ladyship, the expressive eyes windows onto the manipulative and murderous malice that resides deep inside. Yet the French actress is cast into the shadows perhaps by two actresses,
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Lady Macbeth Review

Author: Stefan Pape

Adapted from the Nikolai Leskov novella, Lady Macbeth protagonist Katherine follows on from other nuanced heroines that adorn a privileged class period landscape, comparable to the likes of Madame Bovary or Anna Karenina in how we studiously linger over the suffocation of the female lead, restricted, bored, oppressed both socially and sexually – and this William Oldroyd offering is no less dark than the aforementioned classics.

Set in the 19th century, Florence Pugh plays the eponymous protagonist; a young bride who is sold into the marriage of the middle-aged Alexander (Paul Hilton), who expects very little of his new wife other than to stand naked before him, and avoid going outside and enjoying any semblance of freedom. Conversing with very few people other than the housemaid Anna (Naomi Ackie), and remaining mostly confined within these soulless walls of their grandiose abode, she finds herself longing for the affections
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The Most Trapped: Discussing "Lady Macbeth" with William Oldroyd

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Lady Macbeth—a constrained, choked-up chamber piece from British director William Oldroyd—is neither a revision or retelling of Shakespeare’s canonical work. Not a parallel text, but an unequivocal heir. In this adaptation of Nikolai Leskov’s obscure Russian novella “Lady Macbeth of Mtensk,” our villain-heroine Katherine (Florence Pugh) does not find herself in the same setting or dramatic situation as Shakespeare’s symbol of malevolent, malignant female power. Katherine, a child-bride married off by Boris (Christopher Fairbank) to his older, impotent, abusive, and often absent son (Paul Hilton), begins an affair with local laborer Sebastian (Cosmo Jarvis). Soon caught out and cornered, it is Katherine who takes direct control of their circumstance, and liberates herself. In Lady Macbeth, murder is not gendered masculine.We met with director William Oldroyd to discuss his debut feature.Notebook: This is your first feature film, so I would like to ask you
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Portrait of a Lady by Amber Wilkinson

Florence Pugh, Naomi Ackie and Cosmo Jarvis in Lady Macbeth. William Oldroyd: 'I thought, why haven’t we seen this on film' William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth, which screens at New York’s New Directors/New Films this month ahead of a UK release on April 28, tells the story of a young woman, Katherine (Florence Pugh) sold into a loveless marriage with lord of the manor Alexander (Paul Hilton), who turns increasingly murderous as she becomes obsessed with one of the workers on the estate (Cosmo Jarvis). Based on the novella Lady Macbeth Of The Mtensk by Nikolei Leskov, screenwriter Alice Birch and Oldroyd transport the action the north-east of England, while retaining the period setting.

“We wondered for a while if we should contemporise the story,” said Oldroyd when I caught up with him in San Sebastian, where his film had just won the Fipresci prize. “It was
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Rising star Florence Pugh stars in brooding trailer for Lady Macbeth

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You could be forgiven in thinking, with a title such as Lady Macbeth, we are about to get yet another film adaptation based on Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth and in particular his wife. Most recently the play adapted for the big screen in 2015 with Michael Fassbender playing Macbeth and Marion Cotillard as his long-suffering wife Lady Macbeth. From the recently released trailer of this new film from director William Oldroyd, it has the same brooding tone but that’s where the similarities end.

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This story of Lady Macbeth is an adaptation loosely based on the nineteenth century novella called Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov, with the title role played by the rising talent of Florence Pugh, who won the Evening Standard British Film Award for Breakthrough of the Year for this role.

In this film she stars alongside
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New trailer for Lady Macbeth arrives online

Ahead of its UK release next month, Altitude Film Distribution has unveiled a new trailer for the upcoming drama Lady Macbeth. Directed by William Oldroyd, the film is based on the nineteenth century novella Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District and features a cast that includes Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie, and Christopher Fairbank; watch it below after the official synopsis…

Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

The film is loosely based on a nineteenth century novella called Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov and was later adapted as an Opera. Lady Macbeth is
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