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Sundance: Women Sweep Directing Awards

“On Her Shoulders”: Sundance

About 40 percent of the films to screen in Competition at Sundance 2018 were women-directed or co-directed. One hundred percent of its directing prizes went to women. A press release has announced the fest’s winners, and women claimed all four major directing honors.

The Directing Award: U.S. Documentary was received by

Alexandria Bombach for “On Her Shoulders,” a portrait of Nadia Murad, a Yazidi genocide and Isis sexual slavery survivor.

Sara Colangelo claimed The Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic for “The Kindergarten Teacher,” a Maggie Gyllenhaal-starrer about a kindergarten teacher who becomes fixated on one of her students, who she’s convinced is gifted.

The Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary went to Sandi Tan for “Shirkers,” an investigation of what happened to Tan’s former collaborator and mentor who disappeared after they shot a film together in 1992 — and took the footage with him.

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Sundance Review: ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ Engages and Frustrates in Equal Measure

A remake of the Israeli film of the same name, Sara Colangelo’s The Kindergarten Teacher pulls no punches. It leans full-tilt into its disturbing premise: a veteran kindergarten teacher becomes obsessed with a young student who has a gift for poetry. Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as the titular teacher and is the perfect actress for something like this. She plays every moment starkly sincere, ultimately to a fault.

There’s a tonal problem running throughout this picture that’s hard to reconcile. Lisa Spinelli (Gyllenhaal) has been a teacher for twenty years, commuting into the city from Staten Island, where she’s got a husband (Michael Chernus) and two teenage kids. Still determined to be a poet, she takes a night class taught by Gael García Bernal.

Despite her best attempts, Lisa’s poetry is soundly dismissed by teacher and students alike. Cue 5-year old Jimmy Roy (Parker Sevak), a
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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’

We live in an era where the specter and awareness of child abuse is so pervasive that you can’t just throw that issue into a narrative without really taking it on — doing anything less would be like introducing the proverbial gun and then never having anyone fire it. Based on Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s 2014 drama of the same title, Sara Colangelo’s “The Kindergarten Teacher” stars Maggie Gyllenthal as the title figure, a dissatisfied working wife and mother on Staten Island whose frustrated artistic aspirations find an outlet of sorts in the discovery that one of her 5-year-old charges is an apparent poetical prodigy.

As her interest rapidly grows from enthusiasm to obsession, she begins crossing the line of acceptable professional behavior — but with viewers uncertain whether she’s simply an over-zealous mentor or someone who poses a real threat to a child’s well-being, the ambiguity with which Colangelo views that line-crossing frustrates as well
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Patriot: Season Two; Debra Winger Joins Amazon TV Series

Patriot: Season Two; Debra Winger Joins Amazon TV Series
Debra Winger is headed to Amazon. Recently, the streaming service announced The Ranch star has joined season two of Patriot.

The political drama follows intelligence officer John Tavner (Michael Dorman), a mid-level employee at an industrial piping firm who is on assignment to stop Iran from going nuclear.

The cast also includes Michael Chernus, Terry O’Quinn, Kathleen Munroe, Kurtwood Smith, Aliette Opheim, Chris Conrad, Julian Richings, and Gil Bellows.
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Flickering Myth’s Top Ten Movies of 2017

Flickering Myth’s writing team present our top ten movies of 2017…

With 2017 drawing to a close in just a few hours, the writers here at Flickering Myth have been voting on our favourite films of the past twelve months, in order to present our top ten movies of the year.

As with previous years, our writers each presented their own individual top tens, which we used to collate the overall list. We’ve gone by U.S. release dates, and as many of our writers are U.K. based, films such as The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri may well have featured much higher had we all had a chance to see them.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s the Top Ten…

The Disaster Artist

Directed by James Franco.

Starring Dave Franco, James Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Josh Hutcherson, Sharon Stone,
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New to Streaming: ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Phoenix,’ ‘Wormwood,’ ‘The Unknown Girl,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan)

In the hours since viewing Dunkirk – the newest film from surprisingly divisive blockbuster director Christopher Nolan – one sensory recollection has stuck out above all others. Every time that British spitfire pilot Farrier (Tom Hardy) accelerates or banks his plane, the soundtrack fills with the noise of metallic rattling, an uncomfortable chorus of knocks and pings that lets you know exactly how much stress and force are
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New Trailer For Netflix's Wormwood Series Which Tells The Untold True Story of The CIA

Netflix has revealed an intense new trailer for their new series Wormwood, and it looks really freakin' good! This is a documentary series that stars Peter Sarsgaard and it tells the untold true story of the CIA. What does that entail? A history of LSD experiments, mind control, and the death of a family man are just a few of the elements involved in a massive cover-up.

The fascinating six-part series comes from director Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War) and it follows the true story of Eric Olsen’s journey to uncover the truth about his father’s death. The telling of this story combines narrative scenes, archival footage, and interviews. These kinds of stories have always intrigued me, so I'm really looking forward to watching this!

Wormwood explores the limits of knowledge about the past and the lengths we’ll go in our search for the truth.
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‘Wormwood’ Trailer: Errol Morris Takes Peter Sarsgaard Down a LSD-Laden CIA Rabbit Hole

After the quaint, touching documentary The B-Side from earlier this year, director Errol Morris is back with a more ambitious undertaking: a six-part Netflix series or (depending who you talk to) a film. Clocking in at 241 minutes and described as “a twisting, evolving story of one man’s sixty-year quest to identify the circumstances of his father’s mysterious death, “Peter Sarsgaard leads the project, which combines Morris’ documentary approach with a narrative.

Ahead of a release on Netflix on December 15, the first trailer has arrived, which mixes LSD, the CIA, and mind control along with a number of directorial techniques. Also starring Molly Parker, Christian Camargo, Scott Shepherd, Tim Blake Nelson, Bob Balaban, Jimmi Simpson, and Michael Chernus see the trailer for your new Netflix obsession below.

Directed by boundary-breaking filmmaker Errol Morris, Wormwood explores the limits of knowledge about the past and the lengths we’ll go in our search for the truth.
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Easy: Is the Netflix TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three?

Vulture Watch Are we going to do this the hard way or the easy way? Is the Easy TV show cancelled or renewed for a third season on Netflix? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Easy, season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?    What's This TV Show About? A Netflix comedy anthology, Easy season two stars Kate Micucci, Jane Adams, Zazie Beetz, Michael Chernus, Kiersey Clemons, Evan Jonigkeit, Elizabeth Reaser, Jacqueline Toboni, Dave Franco, Aya Cash, Marc Maron, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Berlant, Joe Lo Truglio, Michaela Watkins, Judy Greer, and Danielle Macdonald. Easy follows diverse Chicagoans on their quest for sex and love. The modern, urban, scripted series also explores
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Easy

Network: Netflix. Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: September 22, 2016 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman, Jake Johnson, Marc Maron, Dave Franco, Hannibal Buress, Emily Ratajkowski, Michael Chernus, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Aya Cash, Jane Adams, Elizabeth Reaser, Evan Jonigkeit, Kiersey Clemons, Jacqueline Toboni, Aislinn Derbez, Raul Castillo, Zazie Beetz, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Berlant, Joe Lo Truglio, Michaela Watkins, Judy Greer, and Danielle Macdonald. TV show description: From creator, writer, and director Joe Swanberg, the Easy TV show is a modern, urban, scripted comedy anthology. Easy follows diverse Chicagoans on their quest for sex and love. The series also explores what impact technology and the larger culture have upon
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Easy: Season Two; Netflix Teases the Anthology Series' Return

"This is so awful." Netflix has released the official trailer for season two of Easy.From Joe Swanberg, the anthology series follows a "set of diverse characters in Chicago as they fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology, and culture." The cast includes Aubrey Plaza, Dave Franco, Aya Cash, Judy Greer, Kate Berlant, Joe Lo Truglio, Zazie Beetz, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Micucci, Michael Chernus, Jane Adams, Jacqueline Toboni, Evan Jonigkeit, Marz Timms, and Kiersey Clemons."Read More…
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‘Easy’ Season 2 Trailer: Joe Swanberg’s Netflix Series Returns With Aubrey Plaza and More Sex

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‘Easy’ Season 2 Trailer: Joe Swanberg’s Netflix Series Returns With Aubrey Plaza and More Sex
Season 2 of “Easy,” the Netflix anthology comedy series created by Joe Swanberg, is one step closer, now that the streaming giant has dropped the trailer for the show’s upcoming season.

The show will continue to explore, as it did with Season 1 last year, a set of diverse characters in the Chicago urban space as they blunder “through the modern maze of love, sex, technology, and culture,” according to Netflix.

Related:How ‘Easy’ Creator Joe Swanberg Talked Himself Into Making TV for Netflix

Easy’ will follow the same individually anthologized episode structure, with some new stars joining the show, including Aubrey Plaza, Kate Berlant, Joe Lo Truglio, Michaela Watkins, Judy Greer, and Danielle Macdonald.

Returning cast includes Dave Franco, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Micucci, Marc Maron, Zazie Beetz, Michael Chernus, Kiersey Clemons, Evan Jonigkeit, Jacqueline Toboni, and Aya Cash. Whether they will play their Season 1 characters is still unknown.

IndieWire’s TV
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Meeting the Meyerowitzes by Anne-Katrin Titze

‪Rebecca Miller‬ on being in Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected): "It's not like I'm going to start acting now. I just did it because of Noah." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected), a highlight of the New York Film Festival, has a terrific ensemble cast including Dustin Hoffman, Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson, Elizabeth Marvel, Ben Stiller, Grace Van Patten, Judd Hirsch, Candice Bergen, Michael Chernus, and Rebecca Miller.

Rebecca Miller, whose documentary on her father, Arthur Miller: Writer, is also screening during this year's festival, took on the role of Loretta (named after Loretta Young or Loretta Lynn, we wondered, and if Maureen came from Maureen O'Hara) in her friend Noah Baumbach's latest. Adam Sandler is Danny, one of the Meyerowitz sons.

Rebecca Miller‬: "It was great to work with Adam Sandler. He is just such a wonderful performer,
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61st London Film Festival Review – The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected) (2017)

The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected), 2017.

Directed by Noah Baumbach.

Starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Marvel, Grace Van Patten, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Adam Driver, Judd Hirsch, Candice Bergen, Rebecca Miller, Danny Flaherty, Adam David Thompson, Ronald Peet, Matthew Shear, Michael Chernus, and Sigourney Weaver.

Synopsis:

A dysfunctional family comes together when the father, a retired sculptor, becomes seriously ill. His children are forced to confront their differences while, at the same time, they have to cope with an event to celebrate his work.

Admit it! Our parents drive us crazy, right? It doesn’t matter how much we love them, there are always times when they send us round the bend for all kinds of reasons. And if dad – or “the dad” as wife Maureen (Emma Thompson) calls him – happens to be Harold Meyerowitz (Dustin Hoffman), he’s a master when it comes to pushing his children’s respective buttons,
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Easy: Season Two Premiere and Cast Set by Netflix

Take it easy, now. Netflix has announced the season two cast and release date for its Easy TV show. From creator Joe Swanberg, Easy, season two, premieres on December 1, 2017. The first season dropped in September of 2016. Press materials for the Easy series premiere say it follows, "...diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture." Cast returning in the second season include: Kate Micucci, Jane Adams, Zazie Beetz, Michael Chernus, Kiersey Clemons, Evan Jonigkeit, Elizabeth Reaser, Jacqueline Toboni, Dave Franco, Aya Cash and Marc Maron. Aubrey Plaza, Kate Berlant, Joe Lo Truglio, Michaela Watkins, Judy Greer and Danielle Macdonald are joining season two of Easy, on Netflix. Read More…
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Netflix Anthology 'Easy' Sets New and Returning Cast for Season 2 (Exclusive)

Netflix's comedic anthology Easy is officially returning for a second season with a group of new and returning faces.

The Joe Swanberg-created individual episodic anthology will return Dec. 1 on the streaming giant and continue to explore diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture.  

New faces joining the franchise are Aubrey Plaza, Kate Berlant, Joe Lo Truglio, Michaela Watkins, Judy Greer and Danielle Macdonald.

Stars set to return in season two are Kate Micucci, Jane Adams, Zazie Beetz, Michael Chernus, Kiersey Clemons, Evan Jonigkeit, Elizabeth Reaser,...
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Movie Review – The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017)

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), 2017.

Written and Directed by Noah Baumbach.

Starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Marvel, Grace Van Patten, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Adam Driver, Judd Hirsch, Candice Bergen, Rebecca Miller, Danny Flaherty, Adam David Thompson, Ronald Peet, Matthew Shear, Michael Chernus, and Sigourney Weaver.

Synopsis:

An estranged family gathers together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father.

Writer and director Noah Baumbach (Mistress America, Frances Ha) is without question one of the most gifted comedic/ dysfunctional family filmmakers working today, so it’s a godsend that he takes actors of exhaustedly lowbrow routines (Adam Sandler who has been slumming it up on the Netflix scene thanks to an overly lucrative financial deal that allows him to pump out garbage like The Ridiculous Six on the regular, or Ben Stiller who seems to be content reviving franchises of which no one
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Update: Spider-Man: Homecoming Blu-ray special features and limited edition set announced

Everyone’s favourite neighbourhood Spider-Man will be making his way onto home video soon. Spider-Man: Homecoming will be getting a digital release on September 26th before its release on 4K, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD on October 17th, and Sony has announced the special features that will come with the various releases.

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The special features come in at 90 minutes of bonus material. Listed are:

The Spidey Study Guide

10 Deleted Scenes

Gag Reel

Seven Featurettes

“A Tangled Web”

“Searching For Spider-Man”

“Spidey Stunts”

“Aftermath”

“The Vulture Takes Flight”

Jon Watts: Head of the Class

Pros And Cons of Spider-Man”

Rappin’ with Cap: Captain America PSAs

Photo Gallery

4K Ultra HD Bonus Materials Include:

Feature film presented with Dolby Vision high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound

The Spidey Study Guide

Photo Gallery

Update: And here’s a limited edition 4K Ultra
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Marvel Hints At The Return Of A Spider-Man: Homecoming Villain

After a sterling first solo outing in the McU with Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tom Holland’s webslinger is next scheduled to do battle alongside Marvel’s greatest heroes in Avengers: Infinity War. It sounds as if he’s going to swing out of that apocalypse relatively unscathed as well, as Marvel and Sony have already confirmed that we’re going to see a Spider-Man: Homecoming 2. Not only that, but the sequel may also herald the return of a villain from the first film.

Thanks to the special features on the digital release of Homecoming, we have a hint as to which antagonist may be back for more. This comes courtesy of the film’s co-producer, Eric Hauserman Carroll, who speaks on a feature titled Aftermath and said the following:

Going forward, we’re going to have this new expanded view of the universe, We’re going to have this new perspective on the McU.
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Miles Morales name-dropped in Spider-Man: Homecoming deleted scene

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming featured a nice little Easter egg for fans of Miles Morales, as Donald Glover’s Aaron Davis reveals to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man that he had a nephew living in the city. However, a deleted scene has surfaced online which features a much less subtle reference, with Aaron name-dropping Miles as he speaks to him on the phone whilst still webbed to his car following his earlier encounter with the wall-crawler. Take a look here…

See Also: Watch the gag reel for Spider-Man: Homecoming

See Also: Watch the first 10 minutes of Spider-Man: Homecoming

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A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives
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