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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ ‘Custody,’ ‘Under the Tree’ to Compete in Zurich

14 September 2017 1:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Xavier Legrand’s “Custody” and Hafsteinn Gunnar’s “Under the Tree” are among the 15 feature films set to compete at the 13th Zurich Film Festival.

“Three Billboards,” a darkly comic drama with Peter Dinklage and Frances McDormand, and “Custody,” a French drama exploring domestic strife, both world-premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won best screenplay and best director awards, respectively. “Custody” also picked up the Lion of the Future for best first film.

“Under the Tree” is an Icelandic dramedy which world-premiered in Venice and is playing in Toronto, where it was just acquired by Magnolia for North American distribution.

Zurich’s competition lineup also includes Joshua Z. Weinstein’s “Menashe,” Justin Chon’s “Gook,” Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato’s “The Desert Bride,” Julia Solomonoff’s “Nobody’s Watching,” Kirsten Tan’s “Pop Aye,” Constantin Popescu’s “Pororoca,” Matan Yair’s “Scaffolding” and Jaron Albertin’s “Weightless »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Zurich: Festival Unveils Competition Line-Up

14 September 2017 12:26 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Justin Chon's Korean American drama Gook and Pororoca, the latest from Romanian auteur Constantin Popescu (Tales from the Golden Age) are among the titles selected for competition at this year's Zurich International Film Festival.

The Zurich line-up, announced Wednesday, is a compelling mix of U.S. and international arthouse titles, with highlights including Peter Mackie Burns' Daphne starring Emily Beecham; Venice Film Festival entry Under The Tree from Icelandic helmer Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson and Weightless, the feature debut of music video director Jaron Albertin, which stars Marc Menchaca, Julianna Nicholson and Johnny Knoxville.

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- Scott Roxborough

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‘Kings’ Review: Halle Berry and Daniel Craig Star in Another Misbegotten Movie About Race in America — Tiff

13 September 2017 5:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The last thing the world needs right now is another star-studded movie about the race riots that scarred 20th Century America. Okay, that’s not entirely true — past trauma can be an indispensable lens through which to see present tragedies, and we sure have plenty of both — but anyone who suffered through this summer’s “Detroit” would certainly be forgiven for thinking otherwise. The halos of celebrity and commercialism tend to obfuscate the potential value of exhuming such terrible events, and that blockage is only compounded by the insistent whiteness that always makes it possible. These films may be made with the best of intentions (and the most humanistic of ideals), but something is invariably lost in translation.

Consider the differences between Justin Chon’s “Gook,” which came out late this summer, and Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s “Kings,” which is slated for release this fall. Both films are about the L. »

- David Ehrlich

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New York Comic-Con 2017 TV Schedule: Find Out Which Shows Are Heading to Nycc

5 September 2017 12:54 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comic-Con is hitting the East Coast for its annual pop culture convention at the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan this October. To keep you updated on the happenings this year, Variety is compiling a master list of screenings and panels for the Oct. 5-Oct. 8 event. Bookmark this page to stay up to date on the schedule, as we will continue to update when networks and studios release their schedules for the event.

Friday, Oct. 6

The Orville (6-7 p.m., Hammerstein Ballroom, 20th Century Fox) Join series creator and star Seth MacFarlane, series star Adrianne Palicki, and executive producers David A. Goodman and Brannon Braga for an extended look at an unaired episode and discussion about the sci-fi comedic drama.

Family Guy (7-8 p.m., Hammerstein Ballroom, 20th Century Fox) The “Family Guy” cast, voiced by Seth MacFarlane, Alex Bornstein, Seth Green and Mike Henry, along with executive producers Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin, are »

- Rebecca Rubin

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'Gook' Review: This Look at L.A. Riots Is 'Hardass Yet Hypnotically Beautiful'

25 August 2017 9:25 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Set in Los Angeles during the 1992 race riots, Gook – the spellbinding second feature from writer-director Justin Chon, following Man Up – looks at bigotry through the eyes of two Korean brothers caught in the firestorm. Chon, best known as an actor in the Twilight series, plays Eli,  who teams with his brother Daniel (David So), a wannabe R&B singer, to run a women's shoe store that their father established on the border of South Central, where the customers are mostly black and Chicano. Eli and Daniel are of the community, »

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‘England Is Mine’ Review: Maybe the World Didn’t Need a Young Morrissey Biopic

23 August 2017 2:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A handsome little biopic that’s sopping wet with the same clichés that its whiny hero so adamantly disavows, Mark Gill’s “England Is Mine” distills the early days of one Steven Patrick Morrissey into an anonymous coming-of-age story that — if not for its keen sense of place — could really be about any mopey white boy whose talents are dulled by torpor. The film begins in the late ’70s, when young Steven is still living in his family’s splintered Stretford council house and writing flippant concert reviews for some local music rags; it ends a few years later, before he and Johnny Marr have yet to record their first track as The Smiths. This isn’t a portrait of an iconoclastic rock god, but of a brooding artist who thinks he’s far too good for such a boring town, and resents the fact that he should ever have »

- David Ehrlich

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Deauville Film Festival Unveils Lineup, Doug Liman’s ‘American Made’ Set to Open Festival

22 August 2017 10:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Doug Liman’s “American Made,” an action-packed biopic headlined by Tom Cruise, is set to open the 43rd edition of Deauville American Film Festival.

David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story,” Chloé Zhao’s “The Rider” and Marc Webb’s “Mary” are among the 14 films on track to compete at the festival.

A Ghost Story,” a supernatural drama which reunites Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara after Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” premiered at Sundance.

The Rider,” which world premiered at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight and nabbed the Art Cinema Award, centers on a young cowboy who embarks on a road trip across America after suffering a near fatal head injury.

“Mary” stars a Chris Evans as a single man raising his child prodigy niece who is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.

Several competition films deal with race relations in America. Daryl Wein’s “Blueprint,” for instance, centers around a young Black man in South »

- Elsa Keslassy

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‘Gook’ Robust In L.A.; ‘Ingrid Goes West’ Solid In Expansion – Specialty Box Office

20 August 2017 10:29 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The Los Angeles bow of Gook from Samuel Goldwyn Films had the best per theater average among the weekend's slew of new Specialty films. The Sundance fest title, directed by second-time feature director Justin Chon, grossed a combined $31K from two locations. Amazon Studios/IFC Films' Crown Heights opened in three theaters to a decent $28K. Coming in with lower opening PTAs were Fox Searchlight's Patti Cake$, which had an estimated $66K in 14 theaters as well as FilmRise's… »

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Gook: Ben Munoz Talks About Playing A Relatable Hispanic In La Riots-Based Story

18 August 2017 4:32 PM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

Despite racial tensions in Us history, many people of different races will come together as family and friends despite these issues.

Ben Munoz (Enemy Within, A Father’s Journey) stars alongside with Justin Chon, Simone Baker and David So in this story about friendship as the La riots unfolded in Gook.

Gook follows Eli and Daniel, two Korean-American brothers that run their late father’s show store in a predominantly African-American community of Los Angeles. These two brothers strike up a unique and unlikely friendship with an 11-year-old African-American girl, Kamila. As Daniel dreams of becoming a recording artist and Eli struggles to keep the story afloat, racial tensions build to a breaking point in Los Angeles as the ‘infamous’ La Riots break out.

The film is also written and directed by Justin Chon (Twilight, 21 & Over).

Lrm had a sit-down video interview with Ben Munoz earlier this month. We discussed »

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‘Gook’ Review: Indie Drama Offers Korean American Pov of La Riots

18 August 2017 10:58 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

There’s something wondrous about being in a car wash. For a few stolen moments, real life dissolves into a cool, dark shadow world where splashes and bubbles rain down just inches away from your face but can’t touch you. Soft-tipped whirligigs gently rock your vehicle — which, finally, for a couple of seconds at least, ceases to feel like a self-imposed cage. In “Gook,” Eli (Justin Chon, who also writes and directs) and his half-sister Kamilla (Simone Baker, “American Horror Story: Roanoke”) take full advantage of their break from the pressures of everyday existence. They forget that Eli’s junker. »

- Inkoo Kang

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‘Gook’ Review: Justin Chon Delivers a Powerfully Unsubtle Drama for Painfully Unsubtle Times

18 August 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Almost certainly the most confrontational film about the Asian-American experience since “Better Luck Tomorrow,” Justin Chon’s “Gook” is about as subtle as a trash can smashing through a pizzeria window, but this isn’t a story for subtle times. Set on April 29, 1992 — the first night of the Los Angeles Riots — it’s not a story about subtle times, either. On the contrary, this messy but lived-in drama is intended for a climate that’s tilted towards hatred and erasure, an environment in which people are forced to scream their voices hoarse just to remind the world of their basic humanity. You don’t call a movie “Gook” because you feel heard.

A frequently angry call to action that’s shot in spare black-and-white (all the better to evoke the scrappy kind of indies that were arriving on the scene back in the “Clerks” era), “Gook” hinges on two normal Korean-American guys. »

- David Ehrlich

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Gook Offers a Visually Striking But Distant Korean Perspective on the L.A. Riots

18 August 2017 9:26 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Star and director Justin Chon is using a completely different visual vocabulary to talk about the riots. »

- Emily Yoshida

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‘American Made’ Review: Tom Cruise Finally Lands a Role Worthy of His Talents

17 August 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There’s a case to be made that Tom Cruise is a compelling screen presence when he looks desperate. Much evidence for this claim was gathered in his millennial run – 1999’s “Eyes Wide Shut” and “Magnolia,” 2001’s “Vanilla Sky” – in which varyingly forceful writer-directors did their level best to chip away at their star’s glib toothpaste-salesman confidence and expose the very human doubts and frailties behind it. After those box-office failures, Cruise retreated to the surety of known properties and franchises; though we got glimpses of other Cruises – notably the Comic Cruise of “Tropic Thunder” – this was his fall-back position up until the disastrous “The Mummy.” It’s possible that audiences had grown tired of watching a performer playing it so consistently safe: as Kubrick and Paul Thomas Anderson had twigged, it’s always more revealing watching a control freak losing control.

American Made” isn’t a major breakthrough, »

- Mike McCahill

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Gook Movie Review

16 August 2017 8:55 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Gook Director: Justin Chon Written by: Justin Chon Cast: Justin Chon, Simone Baker, David So, Curtiss Cook Jr., Sang Chon, Ben Munoz, Omono Okojie Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 8/8/17 Opens: August 18, 2017 The pejorative term “gook” was used daily by our servicemen during the Vietnam War. Never mind that the perceived enemy was […]

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- Harvey Karten

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Ava DuVernay Interviews 'Gook' Director Justin Chon: "Isn’t It Nice to Hear Filmmakers of Color Talk About Craft?"

13 August 2017 2:01 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

“No tiki torches from any cowards here,” Ava DuVernay declared from the stage at Sundance Next Fest on Saturday afternoon, the day after the start of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. The acclaimed director, who made her own Sundance debut in 2012 with Middle of Nowhere, was in the rare position of playing interviewer, not interviewee, and she made the most of her opportunity.

“Ninety-nine out of a hundred times, I’m asked about [race and gender]. I’m very seldom asked questions about filmmaking,” she told Gook director Justin Chon following a screening of his »

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Quentin Tarantino Kicks Off Sundance’s Next Fest With ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and a Message of Hope

11 August 2017 12:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Are you gonna bark all day, little doggy, or are you gonna bite?”

25 years later, this is the line from “Reservoir Dogs” that most stays in the mind — no small feat, given how quotable Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece of mafioso banter is. Maybe it’s because it signals the violence to come from Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), whose stuck-in-the-middle-with-you torture sequence has lost none of its disturbing luster — or perhaps it’s because, nearly three decades later, it almost reads as a statement of intent from Tarantino himself.

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The film first made landfall at Sundance in 1992, making it a fitting opener for the most recent edition of Next Fest. Now in its fifth year, the weekend-long affair brings a curated selection of Park City offerings (all of them from the Next section, »

- Michael Nordine

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Quentin Tarantino Honored With Vanguard Leadership Award at Sundance Next Fest Kick-Off

11 August 2017 10:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Sundance Institute’s Next Fest kicked off on Thursday evening at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles with the presentation of the vanguard leadership award to lauded filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, along with a 35 mm 25th anniversary screening of his film “Reservoir Dogs.”

Michelle Satter, the founding director of the Sundance feature film program, presented Tarantino with the award, commending him for his continued support of the organization that helped give him his start through the Sundance Institute Directors Lab. In 2015, Tarantino returned as a creative adviser to the lab, and has also contributed to the Sally Menke Memorial Fellowship, which was established after his longtime film editor died in 2010.


Sundance Next Fest to Include Conversations With Ava DuVernay, Larry Wilmore

Clad in his trademark brown leather jacket, Tarantino accepted the award to a packed house and received a standing ovation as he took the stage. True to his gregarious self, »

- Erin Nyren

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15 Films to See in August

1 August 2017 6:03 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The end of the summer movie season is upon us, which normally means a dry spell for studio releases, and while that indeed looks to be the case, this is one of the best months of the year if one digs a little deeper. From European getaways to redneck heists to dramas about riots and terrorism, there’s an abundance of appealing choices at the cinema this August. See our picks below and let us know what you’re most looking forward to.

Matinees: It’s Not Yet Dark (8/4), This Time Tomorrow (8/4), Icarus (8/4), Machines (8/9), After Love (8/9), In This Corner of the World (8/11), The Nile Hilton Incident (8/11), The Wound (8/16), Sidemen: Long Road to Glory (8/18), What Happened to Monday (8/18), Crown Heights (8/25), Death Note (8/25), The Villainess (8/25), and The Teacher (8/30)

15. Lemon (Janicza Bravo; Aug. 18)

Synopsis: A man watches his life unravel after he is left by his girlfriend of 10 years.


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- Jordan Raup

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2017 Sundance Next Fest: Ava DuVernay, M83 & Kate Micucci Join Justin Chon, Janicza Bravo & Alex Ross Perry

29 July 2017 3:05 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

After having identified their film slate (mostly Next section items from this past Sundance), the Next Fest programmers have unveiled the complete line-up of participants and we’ve got a true carbonated smorgasboard of multidisciplinary folks that have been paired with American indie helmers such as Justin Chon, Janicza Bravo and Alex Ross Perry.

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Sundance Next Fest to Include Conversations With Ava DuVernay, Larry Wilmore

27 July 2017 1:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ava DuVernay and Larry Willmore have been added to the lineup of Sundance Next Fest, which runs Aug. 10-13 at Los Angeles’ Theatre at Ace Hotel. Conversations between talented filmmakers, music video world premieres and three female comedians as hosts are part of the slate.

On Aug. 12, DuVernay will join “Gook” director Justin Chon in conversation after a 4 p.m. screening of the film. America Ferrera, executive producer of “Gente-fied,” will talk with the series’s director, creator and co-writer Marvin Lemus, co-writer Linda Yvette Chavez and producer Aaliyah Williams after a noon screening of all seven episodes of the new series.

Wilmore will join directors Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles on Aug. 13 for a conversation following the screening of “Dina,” a new documentary about an unconventional relationship. Peter Bogdanovich will be in conversation with filmmaker Alex Ross Perry following the 4 p.m. screening of “Golden Exits.”

In addition to musical performances by Lizzo, Electric Guest »

- Erin Nyren

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