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Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice” (The Film Arcade) is the latest mid-summer hit, joining the recent turnaround in art house fortunes. Following his template for “Sleepwalk With Me,” Birbiglia & Co. boosted box office via frequent appearances at their New York cinema. The already strong film surged to a huge initial $90,000 number with many sold out shows on multiple screens.
Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” (Lionsgate) continued to improve on the director’s recent performance, and could end up besting two other recent strong openers. “Captain Fantastic” (Bleecker Street) and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” (The Orchard) continue to have strong expansions; both could end up over $10 million as well.
Asian wide-audience commercial releases are performing well in domestic play, with entries from South Korea, India, the Philippines along with China continuing to deliver strong niche results.
“Don’t Think Twice” (Film Arcade) – Metacritic: 83; Festivals include: South by Southwest, »
- Tom Brueggemann
Ira Glass thinks it’s crazy for anyone to make a film. Ever.
But when his “This American Life” contributor Mike Birbiglia wanted to follow their 2012 collaboration “Sleepwalk with Me” with a film about an improv comedy troupe, Glass went along for another ride.
“It’s very hard for anybody who tries to make things for a living,” Glass said in our video interview at SXSW the morning after the film’s rousing premiere. “It’s hard to make anything that’s good… It struck me even more this time how many things have to go right, in every scene, every sound cue, it’s almost like every minute of the film is another 15 things that you can screw up.”
But Birbiglia, who learned a lot writing, directing, starring, and releasing “Sleepwalk with Me,” was up for the challenge. “It’s like nine art forms — you’ve got photography, acting, »
- Anne Thompson
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Scott J. Davis and Rohan Morbey are back to review the best new films in UK cinemas. This week they discuss Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot; the latest film from director Nicolas Winding Refn ,The Neon Demon; Greta Gerwig and Julianne Moore in Maggie’s Plan; and The Legend of Tarzan, starring Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie….
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- Scott J. Davis
Chicago –Director Todd Solondz has made a career out of not shying away from the most uncomfortable negativities of life. From extreme disconnection (“Happiness”) to pedophilia (“Life During Wartime”) to the sad rejection of pre-teen years (“Welcome to the Dollhouse”), Solondz pulls no punches. He achieves that harsh intent yet again in “Wiener-Dog.”
This is an anthology film, about a group of disparate people who somehow own the same female dachshund dog (the long bodied wiener dogs). It contains a quasi-sequel to “Welcome to the Dollhouse” (1995) – with Greta Gerwig portraying main character Dawn Wiener as an adult – and it tests the patience of any dog loving person as the pooch goes through a series of sorrowful circumstances. But this is what real life is, and Solondz to his credit is not afraid to expose it cinematically. It is tough stuff, and also tends toward the cynical dark side of human nature, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
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
[Editor’s Note: The new movie “Equals” presented an interesting challenge for costume designer Alana Morshead, who alongside co-designer Abby O’Sullivan, had to capture what clothing would look like in a world where humans had freed themselves of emotions. While the movie does take place in the future, director Drake Doremus didn’t want a technology-driven dystopia like we are used to seeing in theaters and was reaching for something quite different. We asked Morshead to take us through her process of creating the characters’ uniforms and what inspired their unique style.]
Before reading the “Equals” script, director Drake Doremus described to me the futuristic love story he was creating with writer Nathan Parker. He described it as an emotionless utopia, where feelings have been eradicated leading to no love, hate or war. There is a disease some have called Switched on Syndrome, or Sos, where you can begin to feel emotions like lovers Nia (Kristen Stewart) and Silas (Nicholas Hoult).
Having only his words to imagine this world, my mind began spinning on who these people were and what they might look like. After reading the script, I was completely drawn to how meticulous and precise the characters are. Everything they do and everything they own has a function, a reason for its existence. The character’s apartments have only what they need. The food »
- Chris O'Falt
Thanks to a well-reviewed movie star, Bleecker Street took “Captain Fantastic” to a now-rare, once-common $20,000-plus limited per theater opening. With all well-oiled cylinders at work, Bleecker filled the demand for older-audience films after two failed recent attempts by others at corralling the younger market (“Swiss Army Man” and “The Neon Demon”).
A wider Bollywood release, Salman Khan-starrer “Sultan” (Yash Raj), achieved something few specialized films have managed in recent months: a Top Ten placement despite playing at fewer than 300 theaters.
Meantime, The Orchard’s “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” expanded again to strong numbers close to last weekend’s. This word-of-mouth hit could play all summer and expand wider. There is still an audience out there: it’s just more selective.
“Captain Fantastic” (Bleecker Street) – Metacritic: 70; Festivals include: Sundance, »
- Tom Brueggemann
Great Gerwig and Julianne Moore win the day in this smart and subversive love triangle tale
A young woman’s decision to take control of her destiny and her fertility backfires when she falls in (and out of) love with a married man. There’s something of the Jane Austen heroine in manipulative but well-meaning Maggie (Greta Gerwig, dialling down some of the kookiness that unbalanced Mistress America): she’s Emma transposed to the age of turkey basters and sperm donors. A refreshingly complex and even somewhat unlikable character, she is presented without judgment. Gerwig’s gift for gauche naturalism brings an easy familiarity to the role; Maggie feels like the annoyingly controlling friend you can’t help but love despite yourself.
Related: Greta Gerwig: 'I love people. I believe in their essential goodness’
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- Wendy Ide
Wiener Dog, a four-story anthology from writer/director Tod Solondz, follows a little dachshund from one home to the next, finding masters who represent four stages of life – childhood, young adulthood, middle age, and elderly. The pooch is but a linking device to introduce Solondz’s real subjects; the dark and despairing characters that we associate with the oddball director. With his output of deadpan black comedies like Welcome To The Dollhouse and Happiness, Solondz has specialized in human weakness and cruelty, awkward exchanges, and embarrassing confrontations. He continues this tradition with Wiener Dog, easily his finest film since Happiness and one which features a trio of human performances from Julie Delpy, Danny DeVito, and Ellen Burstyn that are among the year’s best.
In the first story, the pooch is adopted by a high-strung couple (Julie Delpy and Pulitzer-winning playwright Tracy Letts) for their son Remi (Keaton Nigel Cooke »
- Tom Stockman
A romantic comedy worthy of the name isn’t what I expected of Rebecca Miller, whose previous pictures have been strained and unrelaxed exercises, often based on her novels. But Maggie’s Plan is terrifically funny and enjoyable – a metropolitan comedy in the former high style of Woody Allen, directed with elegance and dash by Miller and co-scripted by her with publisher-turned-screenwriter Karen Rinaldi. Greta Gerwig stars in her idiot savant Annie Hall mode as Maggie, a New York lecturer in “ficto-critical anthropology” who is trying to become a single mom using sperm donated by an old school contemporary who is now making a fortune marketing pickles. Her plan is to get pregnant within four months, but then she has an encounter with handsome, distrait colleague John »
- Peter Bradshaw
Having caught up with Rebecca Miller’s latest, the Manhattan-set screwball comedy Maggie’s Plan, in Berlin – finally we welcome the picture to screens across the UK, and to mark the film’s release, we caught up with the director herself. Miller discusses the joy in collaborating with leading star Greta Gerwig, and where she takes her […]
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- Stefan Pape
Acclaimed dramedy Maggie’s Plan is released in UK cinemas this Friday [read our ★★★★ review here] and writer-director Rebecca Miller has been chatting to Flickering Myth’s Freda Cooper about the film and how she became involved.
Maggie’s Plan marks Miller’s first film since 2009’s The Private Lives of Pippa Lee and when she first discovered the project, it still had yet to be finished:
“The book came to me through my friend Karen Rinaldi and he actually on sent me the Maggie chapters of the book – I haven’t actually read the whole book yet! It’s published in a year’s time but in those chapters was the fundamentals of the love triangle and the basic hook of the movie. I added the best friends and the pickle man so a lot of the plot was built out by me.”
Maggie’s Plan owes a debt to many of the »
- Scott J. Davis
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“Wiener-Dog,” which opens on July 15, 2016 in Chicago and is rated “R,” also stars Ellen Burstyn, Kieran Culkin, Danny DeVito, Tracy Letts and Zosia Mamet from writer and director Todd Solondz. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Welcome to the doghouse: the latest hilariously biting comedy from Todd Solondz is a twisted Lassie for misanthropes. It follows the wayward adventures of a dachshund who passes from oddball owner to oddball owner—including the world’s worst mom, a beleaguered screenwriter, and the grownup incarnation of Welcome to the Dollhouse’s Dawn Wiener—whose radically dysfunctional lives are all impacted by the pooch.
Featuring an all-star cast that includes Greta Gerwig, Julie Delpy, Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn, and Zosia Mamet, Wiener-dog is a tragically funny, wondrously warped look at the absurdity of life (and death) from one of contemporary cinema’s most fearless and unique voices.
Wiener-dog opens in St. Louis on Friday, July 8.
Wamg invites you to enter for a chance to win a pass (Good for 2) to the advance screening of Wiener-dog on Wednesday, July 6th at 7:00 Pm in the St. Louis area.
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- Movie Geeks
We first reviewed the film at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, and were absolutely delighted with it. Maggie’s Plan revolves around Gerwig’s title character of Maggie. Maggie desperately wants a baby, and it seems she’ll do anything to get her wish. She even has an exact date of when she’d like to conceive with the prospective father; sperm donor, and pickle entrepreneur Guy (Travis Fimmel – Vikings, upcoming Warcraft). However, things take a slightly different turn when fate gets in the way and fellow lecturer, and wannabe fiction writer John (Ethan Hawke), comes into Maggie’s life. A relationship soon forms, despite the fact that John is still married, with two children, to Georgette (Julianne Moore). Maggie and John’s relationship develops and »
- Paul Heath
The Independence Day weekend tends not to be a big one for specialized audiences. Upscale viewers, particularly in the biggest cities, often pursue other interests, many of them out of town. But prime theaters still need new product, offering opportunities for new releases to take their shot.
The best among the limited openers this weekend was the Polish-French nun story “The Innocents” (Music Box), bucking the recent trend of weak subtitled films. Next best among the limited new releases was the heart-tugging Sundance autism documentary “Life, Animated” (The Orchard) which nonetheless opened a little below some other recent docs.
The limp second week expansion of “Swiss Army Man” (A24) showed »
- Tom Brueggemann
The actor has gone from indie darling to millennial emblem with her ditzy but heartfelt characters. What’s the secret of her appeal?
“I think this Fall is going to be my moment to finally acquire a poodle,” says Greta Gerwig, sounding exactly like Greta Gerwig. She’s walking through New York and every bit of chit-chat could be a line from one of her charming, off-kilter films. She warns of “the risk of the walking interview” (police sirens). She talks of eating like a wolf. She enthuses about a 1926 novel called Lolly Willowes (“It’s kind of about a woman who becomes a witch!”), recommended to her by director Todd Solondz after she asked him for reading lists “because I wanted to know what was on his bookshelf”.
Related: Maggie’s Plan review: Julianne Moore steals agreeably messy comedy
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- Alex Godfrey
Yesterday afternoon, the ranks of Oscar voters grew substantially, with some welcome diversity added in for good measure. Yes, the Academy sent out invitations for new membership about 24 hours ago, with 683 names getting the coveted tap on the proverbial shoulder. Again, what made it so interesting to note is that AMPAS seemed to actively seek out women, minorities, and younger artists, hoping to make the demographics of the Academy slightly less centered on older white males. It won’t suddenly change the makeup of the Oscar nominations or upend how the Academy Awards go down next year, but it’s a slow step in the right direction, and that’s worth applauding for sure. As you can see below, in addition to basically all of last year’s Oscar winners, the new members are a diverse slate. Among the names you’ll see in the acting branch now are John Boyega, »
- Joey Magidson
After its most contentious year ever, it appears the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is finally attempting to correct its severe diversity problem. The organization announced its official new members today — a whopping list of 683 names — and the class of 2016 is 46% female and 41% people of color.
The new roster follows a year full of controversy against the lack of diversity among Oscar nominees and within the Academy itself. Last November, President Cheryl Boone Isaacs issued a 5-year initiative to help diversify the Academy, and while there is still a lot of work to be done, the new members represent a step in the right direction.
Read More: The Academy’s Diversity Problem Is Complicated
Notable new additions to the Academy this year include: John Boyega, Michael B. Jordan, Oscar Isaac, Regina King, Marielle Heller, Dakota Johnson, Tom Hiddleston, Eva Mendes, Rachel McAdams, Michelle Rodriguez, Greta Gerwig, Damon Waynes Jr, »
- Zack Sharf
A24 has acquired the U.S. rights to Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women,” the company announced Wednesday. The comedy focuses on three women, each from a different era in the 20th century, who come together to teach one’s son about life and love, sex and freedom, men and women. The film stars Annette Bening as Dorothea, the mother of the boy. The cast will also include Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann. Also Read: Will Academy's #OscarsSoWhite Makeover Begin With New Election, Board Meeting? It is produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures, Anne Carey »
- Rasha Ali
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