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Kong: Skull Island 3-D

3 hours ago | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Kong is back, transformed into a ‘MonsteVerse’ colossus suitable for combat with Kaiju-sized foes. The key inspiration is video games but the day is saved by capable performers in mostly amusing roles. Even though the show treats its fantasy halfway seriously, it’s still an infantile guns ‘n’ monsters romp, embellished with impressive visual effects.

Kong: Skull Island 3D

3-D Blu-ray + Digital

Warner Home Video

2017 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 118 min. / Street Date July 18, 2017 / 44.95

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, Thomas Mann, Brie Larson, Tian Jing .

Cinematography: Larry Fong

Film Editor: Richard Pearson

Original Music: Henry Jackman

Written by Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly, John Gatins

Produced by Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, Alex Garcia

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Much of genre filmmaking is now being corporatized into interrelated ‘shared universes.’ Universal is struggling to shape its horror icons into a Marvel-like gallery of interchangeable ‘fun’ adventure figures. »

- Glenn Erickson

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The 20 Best-Directed TV Comedy Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

11 July 2017 8:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

While dramatic television has seen a wave of directorial ingenuity over the last 17 years (see our list of the best-directed dramas for proof), 21st century TV will probably be remembered more for the growth of vision in the comedy genre. What was once a format dominated by multi-cam sitcoms with live studio audiences has become the most auteur-driven genre on television, and the results have been some of the most creative and personal series the small screen has ever aired.

Read More: The 20 Best-Directed TV Drama Series of the 21st Century, Ranked

In brainstorming the best-directed comedy series of the 21st century, it becomes very clear just how much the genre is driven by personal style. Whether it’s Louis C.K.’s grounded realism or the rapid-fire curveballs of Armando Iannucci and Mitch Hurwitz, the showrunner as auteur has become the lynchpin of what makes 21st century TV comedy so »

- Liz Shannon Miller and Zack Sharf

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The 20 Best-Directed TV Comedy Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

11 July 2017 8:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While dramatic television has seen a wave of directorial ingenuity over the last 17 years (see our list of the best-directed dramas for proof), 21st century TV will probably be remembered more for the growth of vision in the comedy genre. What was once a format dominated by multi-cam sitcoms with live studio audiences has become the most auteur-driven genre on television, and the results have been some of the most creative and personal series the small screen has ever aired.

Read More: The 20 Best-Directed TV Drama Series of the 21st Century, Ranked

In brainstorming the best-directed comedy series of the 21st century, it becomes very clear just how much the genre is driven by personal style. Whether it’s Louis C.K.’s grounded realism or the rapid-fire curveballs of Armando Iannucci and Mitch Hurwitz, the showrunner as auteur has become the lynchpin of what makes 21st century TV comedy so »

- Liz Shannon Miller and Zack Sharf

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Wonder Woman, Baby Driver, and Get Out are among our list of the 10 best films of 2017 so far

7 July 2017 9:49 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Wonder Woman, Baby Driver, and Get Out are among our list of the 10 best films of 2017 so farWonder Woman, Baby Driver, and Get Out are among our list of the 10 best films of 2017 so farAmanda Wood & Adriana Floridia7/7/2017 11:49:00 AMWe are halfway through 2017, which means its time to start talking about the best films of the year. Yes, there's still plenty to come, between summer films like Dunkirk and Detroit, to fall releases like Justice League and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but there's already been so much to love so far. Here are ten of our favourite films in 2017 so far. All are either now playing at Cineplex theatres or available to buy or rent at the Cineplex Store! Wonder Woman

It's hard to believe that it took as long as it did for this iconic superhero to have her own film on the big screen. Although we »

- Amanda Wood & Adriana Floridia

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Why The Live-Action Superman: Red Son Movie Would Be A Mistake

6 July 2017 12:57 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If recent rumors are true, the DC Extended Universe is about to veer into uncharted territory. A new report began making the rounds last week that said Warner Bros. is considering a live-action adaptation of Superman: Red Son. First published in 2003 and written by Mark Millar, the story takes place in an alternate universe, one where Superman’s rocket crash lands in Soviet Russia instead of Smallville.

On Twitter, Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts spoke about how he pitched a Red Son movie months ago. Millar chimed in as well, noting that Warner Bros. has tossed around the idea with a few directors. While that may be exciting to fans, it’s important to realize that a live-action adaptation of this comic would be a big mistake for the still-burgeoning Dceu.

This isn’t a knock on the story itself. Since it was first published, Red Son has gone »

- Percival Constantine

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Warner Bros. Orchestrates Kaiju Destruction In First Set Pics For Godzilla: King Of The Monsters

4 July 2017 2:05 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Filming is now underway on the Atlanta set of Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, and the first behind-the-scenes stills have surfaced online to prove it.

First spotted by Facebook fan page Gormaru Island (via Screen Rant), the photos themselves are fairly nondescript in that they only spotlight various nighttime shots, controlled explosions, and a handful of camera operators and other members of the crew. Bear in mind that this is a CG-heavy blockbuster, and considering that King of the Monsters only began filming in mid-June, it’ll be some time yet before we catch a glimpse of Gojira’s new nemeses: Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah.

Nevertheless, eagle-eyed readers may be able to glean some additional tidbits from the set photos below, which appear to showcase either the aftermath of a Kaiju attack, one in which the humans go up against those God-sized monsters, or some form of monstrous brawl »

- Michael Briers

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Midway Oscars Forecast: Studios Aim for Gold With Spectacle and Zeitgeist

30 June 2017 12:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If the upcoming slate of indie Oscar hopefuls promises to be packed with the kind of risky mid-budgeted visions corporate cultures aren’t often eager to back, then the major studios are teeing up exactly what they’re capable of when they throw money at the right talent. Bold genre filmmaking and superhero yarns with actual meat on their bones dot the landscape, while a few of-the-moment dramas and comedies aim to get their licks in as well.

Twentieth Century Fox has a trio of prestige plays in store. For the holidays, Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum in Michael Gracey’s “The Greatest Showman,” though that could register more as a family film than an awards juggernaut. Meanwhile, Kenneth Branagh aims to dust off an Agatha Christie classic with the star-studded “Murder on the Orient Express.” But if ever there was a project that, sight unseen, felt destined for gold baubles, it »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Top 10 Films of 2017 (So Far)

30 June 2017 2:07 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Flickering Myth team vote…

July marks the second half of 2017, can you believe it’s been half a year already? We’ve seen so much already! Audiences have been wowed by the movies approved by the Academy, Beauty and the Beast earned $1 billion, we’ve seen Fate of the Furious push the franchise to whole new levels of crazy, and we’ve been surprised by Kong: Skull Island and Wonder Woman. It’s not all been good though, there was Alien: Covenant and The Mummy, after all.

So with it being the halfway point of the year, we tasked the Flickering Myth writing staff to vote for their favourite films of 2017 so far. It’s quite simple: each writer submits their top 5 nominations, and their top pick gets five points, the second gets four points and so on. Over 40 films were nominated across 24 writers, and you can see the results below… »

- Luke Owen

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DC Extended Universe: Is WB Hoping To Get A Red Son Movie Off The Ground?

28 June 2017 10:26 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Sparked by a back and forth on Twitter between comic book writer Mark Millar and film director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, it appears that Warner Bros may be considering making a Red Son movie. Vogt-Roberts, who directed Kong: Skull Island, said that he had made a pitch to Warner Bros. for the movie, although the idea was shot down, and Mark Millar (who wrote the Red Son comic run) mentioned that two friends of his have received pitches from the studio over the last two months.

According to Den of Geek UK’s “very very very” reliable sources it has been confirmed that this is a live action film that is being discussed, and not an animated one. The outlet spoke with Millar about how serious Warner Bros may be about a Red Son movie:

"Is this something they're genuinely planning? I have no idea," Millar told Den of Geek. "I've got »

- Seth McDonald

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Is DC Seriously Planning A Superman: Red Son Movie?

28 June 2017 8:55 AM, PDT | Fortress of Solitude - Movie News | See recent Fortress of Solitude - Movie News news »

If the rumours are to be believed, the Dceu might get a whole lot more interesting. After a Twitter conversation between comic book writer Mark Millar and director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the internet has been buzzing with speculation that Warner is considering the development of the Elseworlds story Superman: Red Son. For those who don’t know, […]

The post Is DC Seriously Planning A Superman: Red Son Movie? appeared first on Fortress of Solitude. »

- Edward Nigma

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Superhero Buzz: DC Considers Soviet 'Superman' Movie; 'Power Rangers 2' Goes with Obvious Villain

27 June 2017 8:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

It's time for another round of superhero movie news, as we've got the latest on an alternate Superman story pitch, which villain the Power Rangers will battle next, and more teaser clips for the latest Spider-Man reboot.   The Soviet Superman One of the great "what if" ideas in comics was a miniseries by Mark Millar imagining baby Kal-El, aka Superman, landing in Soviet-era Russia rather than Smallville, Kansas. The Kryptonian superhero would have grown up fighting for the cause of communism rather than "truth, justice and the American way." In a Twitter thread involving Millar and filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong; Skull Island), the latter revealed he pitched DC on a movie version of this series, titled Superman: Red Son...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Superman: Red Son Live-Action Movie Being Planned?

27 June 2017 4:30 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The DC Extended Universe may be getting a whole lot more interesting. And possibly confusing. Right out of the gate, we have to say that Warner Bros. has not officially commented on the matter, so this is just a rumor right now, but the future of Superman in the Dcue may be in the Soviet Union, That's right, DC fans. If this news is correct, it sounds like Warner Bros. is currently courting directors to helm an adaptation of the famous and beloved comic book story, Superman: Red Son.

As reported by Den of Geek, writer Mark Millar, who wrote the Superman: Red Son book for DC Comics, had a very interesting Twitter exchange with Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. In the exchange, Roberts revealed that he pitched a Red Son movie to Warner Bros. several months ago and, they passed. However, Mark Millar revealed that the studio has »

- MovieWeb

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Why it might be time to look beyond cinematic universes

27 June 2017 10:24 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jun 29, 2017

Universal’s Dark Universe. Transformers. Are audiences and filmmakers alike starting to grow weary of cinematic universes, we wonder...

When Marvel made Iron Man in 2007, it didn’t just release a new superhero movie; it also embarked on something quite new in cinema. While we’ve all seen sequels, prequels, spin-offs and remakes before, the notion of a movie universe was different: a series of interlinked films, all building up to the summer blockbuster equivalent of a team-up comic.

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With each subsequent entry - well, apart from The Incredible Hulk, which people don’t really talk about much anymore - Marvel’s movies built up anticipation for the main event, so that by the time The Avengers came out in 2012, it brought with it a »

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Scene Slammed for Insanely Fast Editing — Watch

27 June 2017 7:45 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Kong: Skull Island” is not the only Hollywood movie to employ dizzyingly fast editing, but the latest installment of Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse is taking some hits for its rapid cutting pace. A YouTube video entitled “Terrible editing in Kong: Skull Island” reveals that an early sequence in the film averages one cut every two seconds during a nearly five-minute span.

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While that is a lot of cutting, Hollywood in general has tended to use faster editing in action movies, with some scenes even averaging less than two seconds per cut. Both “Taken 3” and “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” include scenes with average shot lengths of 1.7 seconds, No Film School reported last year. Tony Scott’s 2005 film “Domino” also features sequences with an Asl of 1.8, while “The Bourne Ultimatum” and “Mad Mad: Fury Road” clock in at 2.0 and 2.1 respectively. »

- Graham Winfrey

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WB Turned Down Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Pitch For ‘Superman: Red Son’

27 June 2017 7:39 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As much as we might pick on DC Films from time to time, the task that Geoff Johns and co. have in figuring out which characters to bring to the big screen and how is far from enviable. Aside from having to cater to fan expectations, there is a wealth of official canon and offshoot material to draw from. It leaves creatives with the choice of telling the same variations on the origin stories that the general public knows and is familiar with, or taking a riskier approach by offering retooled and redrawn characters (take this winter’s “Logan” for example, which turned the cigar-chomping smart-ass Wolverine into an aging, weakened, near suicidal superhero).

Continue reading WB Turned Down Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Pitch For ‘Superman: Red Son’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Superman: Warner Bros pitching to directors for live action Red Son movie

27 June 2017 1:59 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Ryan Lambie Jun 27, 2017

Superman: Red Son is under discussion as a live action feature at Warner Bros. Story updated with word from Mark Millar...

Please Note:  Den Of Geek UK has now confirmed with very, very, very reliable sources that this is not an animated movie that Warner Bros is looking into, but a live action one.

Here's the story...

A Twitter exchange between Mark Millar and director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has thrown up some intriguing news about Warner Bros’ plans for a Superman movie based on the Red Son limited run.

Red Son, just to set the scene, was a Superman comic book penned by Mark Millar, that posited what would have happened were Superman to have been raised in the Soviet Union. It was published back in 2003, and was widely acclaimed. We've no intention of spilling the full plot of it here, just to reiterate it's very, »

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Vimeo Surrenders to Netflix: Why the Subscription Video Plan Was Never Going to Work

26 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Vimeo has decided it can’t compete with Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. The company will not be launching the subscription video-on-demand service it had been touting since last year and had planned to roll out in 2018, Vimeo said on Monday.

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Vimeo has confirmed that it has decided not to proceed in offering a subscription based original program service scheduled to begin in ’18,” a spokesperson said in a statement. The company has more than 760,000 paying subscribers who use its filmmaker tools, and roughly 240 million monthly viewers of its videos, and was determined to create a service that would attract millions of customers willing to pay for exclusive original content.

So why is Vimeo, which last November said it would invest “tens of millions” to compete with newcomers like YouTube Red, now changing course? Here are »

- Graham Winfrey

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New to Streaming: ‘The Bad Batch,’ ‘Summer Hours,’ ‘Kong: Skull Island,’ ‘Paterson,’ and More

23 June 2017 5:31 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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.

The Bad Batch (Ana Lily Amirpour)

Ana Lily Amirpour’s second feature shoots for Harmony Korine meets Mad Max and would have nearly almost hit the mark were it not for the gratingly aloof attitude and the swaths of directorial license being taken. The Bad Batch — an ambitious, expansive dystopian sci-fi western which features partying, drugs, and cannibals — might come as music to the ears of diehard fans of films like Spring Breakers and Gummo (a kid doesn’t quite eat spaghetti in a bathtub, but a kid does eat spaghetti after being in a bathtub). However, beneath its dazzlingly hip surface the script and characters leave much to be desired. It’s like taking a trip to Burning Man: a pseudo-spiritual, uniquely punky experience perhaps, but one that’s full of annoying rich kids and ultimately emotionally shallow. – Rory O. (full review)

Where to Stream: Amazon, iTunes

Kong: Skull Island (Jordan Vogt-Roberts)

Though it may not feel fully inspired so much as competently pre-visualized, Kong: Skull Island fits snugly into the growing canon of reboots that exist within ever-expanding movie universes. That’s a first sentence to a positive review that perhaps reads a bit more cynically than intended. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and written by a bunch of dudes (Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly with a story credited to John Gatins), this umpteenth version of the King Kong story pulls from every available pop-culture source in building a fun creature feature. Much of the credit goes to the breathtaking effects and brisk pace, which distract from some lofty line readings and silly plot devices. – Dan M. (full review)

Where to Stream: Amazon, iTunes, Google

Le Trou (Jacques Becker)

One of the greatest prison escape dramas of all-time, Jacques Becker’s recently-restored Le Trou is a masterclass in tension. By putting us both in the physical and psychological headspace of our protagonists, it’s an enveloping experience as we see a number of close calls, leading up to one of the most unforgettable endings in cinema. – Jordan r.

Where to Stream: Mubi (free 30-day trial)

Moana (John Musker and Ron Clements)

It’s time for another Disney Princess movie, and you know how it goes. Disney knows too, and wants you to know that it knows. When the title character of Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) denies that she’s a princess, claiming that she’s merely the daughter of her island’s chief and the next chieftain, her adventuring partner Maui (Dwayne Johnson) asserts, “Same difference,” and that, “You wear a dress and have an animal sidekick. You’re a princess.” But Disney is doing its best to make the culture rethink cinematic fantasy princesses, countering the stereotypes of helpless femininity (which the studio largely put in place) with a new roster of highly capable action heroines. And Moana is, as they call it, a good role model. And the movie around her is fine. – Dan S. (full review)

Where to Stream: Netflix

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (Brian Knappenberger)

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press uses a salacious story and website as the launching pad to discuss where we currently are, so much so that I imagine director Brian Knappenberger — who uses footage from President Trump’s infamous press conference only a few days before the film’s Sundance premiere — may wish to stay on the story. Gawker, a site spun out of Gizmodo, was founded to share the types of stories mainstream news outlets would often shy away from, including celebrity sex tapes, outings, drug use, and allegations that have swirled but not picked up traction. They’ve featured Rob Ford smoking crack, Bill Cosby’s multiple accusers, Hillary Clinton’s emails, Tom Cruise’s prominent role in Scientology, and the one that brought them down: the infamous Hulk Hogan sex tape recorded for private use by Hogan pal and infamous Tampa shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, best known nationally for his stint on Howard Stern’s satellite channel. Bubba’s antics will no doubt some day be the subject of a documentary of their own, from his role in both the Hogan affair to his odd appearance in the David Petraeus saga. – John F. (full review)

Where to Stream: Netflix

Paterson (Jim Jarmusch)

Jim Jarmusch proved he was back in a major way with Only Lovers Left Alive a few years ago, and the streak continues with Paterson, a calm, introspective drama with such positive views on marriage and creativity that I was left floored. In following the cyclical life of Adam Driver‘s Paterson, a bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey, who also has dreams of being a poet, Jarmusch superbly shows that one’s own life experience — however seemingly insubstantial — is the only requirement to produce something beautiful. Moreso than any other film in 2016, this is the kind of world I want to live in. – Jordan R.

Where to Stream: Amazon Prime

Star Trek Beyond (Justin Lin)

After the pleasant fluff of its kick-off installment and the frog march of unpleasantness that was Into Darkness, the rebooted Star Trek film series finally hits a fun median between big-budget bombast and classic Trek bigheartedness with Star Trek Beyond. Does the franchise’s full descent into action, with only the barest lip service paid to big ideas, cause Gene Roddenberry’s ashes to spin in their space capsule? Probably, but in the barren desert of summer 2016 blockbusters, this is a lovely oasis. – Dan S. (full review)

Where to Stream: Amazon Prime

Summer Hours (Olivier Assayas)

Perhaps a point of contention on New York Times’ top 25 films of the 21st century list, Olivier AssayasSummer Hours is a commendable top 10 pick. Led by Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, Jérémie Renier, and Kyle Eastwood, this drama follows a family reuniting following the death of their mother. Like the best of Assayas’ films, it’s an impeccably-crafted, subtly-moving experience, one that wades in the ideas of the value of what we hold on to and a graceful reflection on the passage of time. – Jordan R.

Where to Stream: FilmStruck

Wilson (Craig Johnson)

The world of Daniel Clowes is one without manners, glamour, and tact, but it is also one of uncomfortable truth, as scathing as it might be. One may have never verbally conveyed the discourteous musings of his characters to the extent to which it is their everyday vernacular, but we’ve all had similar thoughts when life isn’t going our way. The latest adaptation of his work comes with Wilson, directed by Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins), featuring a role Woody Harrelson is clearly having the time of his life with. Despite his commitment to a lack of civility, there’s a darker film lying in the cynical heart of Wilson, one that gets squandered by its mawkish aesthetic and lack of interest in exploring these characters beyond their crudeness. – Jordan R. (full review)

Where to Stream: Amazon, iTunes, Google

The Zookeeper’s Wife (Niki Caro)

The Zookeeper’s Wife begins with those five famous words that hold the power to either become a film’s dependency (and therefore downfall) or its empowering catalyst, laying the foundation to convey a poignant tale: “Based on a true story.” Fortunately, The Zookeeper’s Wife sticks with the latter, and the true tale being told is one for the ages. Niki Caro‘s drama follows a couple who hide Jews in their zoo and use it as a point of passage and escape during the Nazi takeover of Warsaw. The narrative is a simple one, allowing The Zookeeper’s Wife to shine in its performances, imagery, and storytelling, which it pristinely accomplishes. – Chelsey G. (full review)

Where to Stream: Amazon, iTunes, Google

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Mubi (free 30-day trial)

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Lost in Lebanon

Being 14

Molly’s Theory of Relativity

Le Moulin


The Stanford Prison Experiment (review)

Discover more titles that are now available to stream. »

- Jordan Raup

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Vimeo Staff Picks: How to Get Your Film Seen By Hollywood Producers and Brands

22 June 2017 9:33 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With more than 240 million monthly viewers, Vimeo has grown into one of the best online platforms for filmmakers to share their work with the world and discover other talented artists. The site’s flagship channel, Vimeo Staff Picks, features the best videos on Vimeo, and is billed as a “never-ending film festival” that runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

The benefit of a Staff Pick can be getting your short film, music video or other short form work seen by production companies, advertising agencies and brands looking for emerging talent. Filmmaker Patrick Jean’s short film “Pixels” was chosen as a Staff Pick, went viral, and attracted the attention of Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, which hired Patrick to direct the feature-length version. Though Happy Madison ultimately brought Chris Columbus on board to direct, Patrick stayed on as an executive producer and co-writer of the script.

Timelapse cinematographer Drew Geraci’s “District Nights” similarly landed him a job shooting the opening credits sequence for Netflix’s “House of Cards,” while Daniel Mercadante’s two-minute short “Laughs” led to Volkswagen hiring him to shoot a second version for a TV commercial. Other Staff Picks alumni who have gained critical exposure through Vimeo include “Swiss Army Man” co-directors the Daniels (12 Staff Picks) and “Kong: Skull Island” filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts (2 Staff Picks).

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Curated by a five-person in-house team, Staff Picks is comprised of the core verticals of Drama, Comedy, Action Sports and Documentary, and also includes Music Video, Animation, Travel and Eye Candy. Vimeo selects around four Staff Picks per day and features the videos on its homepage. Out of the tens of millions of videos uploaded to Vimeo on a yearly basis, roughly 1,000 are chosen as Staff Picks. The site also selects around 10 “Best of the Month” videos per month.

Though Staff Picks are free to watch, Vimeo on Demand offers filmmakers a way to monetize their work via a 90/10 split, with 90 percent of revenue going to the creators. Launched in 2013, the site’s VOD content features more than 50,000 videos with more than 1 million paying customers. If a filmmaker wants to earn revenue off of his or her Vimeo Staff Pick, the film can be moved to the subscription-only platform.

So how can you secure a coveted Vimeo Staff Picks badge for your film? Here are five key factors paraphrased from a presentation by Meghan Oretsky, one of the company’s five curators, during an event at the company’s New York office.

Exceptional craft

Staff Picks should look good and sound amazing, but filmmakers should also ask themselves whether their work innovates and pushes the medium to a new level. Check out “Analogue Loaders” by from Raphael Vangelis.

Conversation starting

To get people talking about a short film, it should present provocative ideas and visuals that ideally appeal to a millennial audience. Vimeo knows a video is a winner when the curators anticipate it being shared and sparking conversations amongst friends. Check out “Black Holes” by Noodles.

Engaging storytelling

Stories should draw the viewer in, elicit an emotional response and ultimately be something that people want to the share with their friends. A good example is the short film “Con Amor” by Cole Webley.


Vimeo creators should have a unique style and story. A good question to ask is, have we seen this story told time and time again? If so, are they bringing any new ideas or a new voice to the genre? Check out Ilya Naishuller’s music video for Leningrad’s “Kolshick.” 

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Diverse Voices

Vimeo’s curators attend niche festivals in order to find content from female filmmakers, the Lgbtq community, people with disabilities, the indigenous community and more. Check out David M. Helman’s music video for Michael Kiwanuka “Cold Little Heart.”

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- Graham Winfrey

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Oscars: 13 Deserving Contenders From 2017 So Far

22 June 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As we rapidly approach 2017’s midway point, there are already a number of films that deserve to be remembered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences when Oscar ballots go out at the end of the year. Academy voters notoriously have short memories, though it’s hardly their fault alone; studios are so obsessed with back-loading the year with prestige product that in the rush, earlier gems are often forgotten.

So we’re here to help. Perhaps members will take a moment to bear these contenders in mind before the awards season glut finally hits.

Note: This list spotlights films theatrically released to the paying public. There have been festival standouts that won’t hit theaters until the coming months, and a number would bear mentioning. Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler are all fantastic in Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” for example. And David Lowery’s vision for “A Ghost Story” makes for one of the greatest motion pictures of the year. But we’ll stick to what will hit theaters as of June 30 for this piece’s purposes.


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Best Picture: “The Big Sick

Don’t dismiss it just because it’s the funniest movie of the year so far, it’s also the most heartfelt and intelligent. Willing to mix big issues with big laughs, the tone is held together perfectly by director Michael Showalter, the outstanding cast and an excellent script. (Jr)

– Other Standouts: “Baby Driver”; Get Out”; “Logan”; “Okja

Best Director: Bong Joon Ho (“Okja”)

Netflix’s Cannes entry is a whole lot of movie, and a whole lot of vision. Director Bong Joon Ho dazzles with his deft kinetic touch while also pulling an impressive performance out of young lead Seo-Hyun Ahn to anchor the zany satire. But as ever, Bong proves a master of balancing tonal shifts, ultimately crafting a moving piece of work. (KT)

– Other Standouts: Sofia Coppola (“The Beguiled”); Michael Showalter (“The Big Sick”); Jordan Peele (“Get Out”); Trey Edward Shults (“It Comes At Night”)

Best Actor: Sam Elliott (“The Hero”)

The role of an aging star who never realized his greatness fits Elliott like a glove. It’s also a reminder of how underutilized he has been on the big screen. (Jr)

– Other Standouts: Richard Gere (“Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer”); Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”); James McAvoy (“Split”); Kumail Nanjiani (“The Big Sick”)

Best Actress: Sally Hawkins (“Maudie”)

Hawkins is always excellent and reliable, but she outdoes herself portraying Canadian painter Maud Lewis. Crippled by arthritis, married to a rough fisherman (a great Ethan Hawke), Hawkins allows Maud’s joy to shine through. (Jr)

– Other Standouts: Jessica Chastain (“The Zookeeper’s Wife”); Anne Hathaway (“Colossal”); Salma Hayek (“Beatriz at Dinner”); Rachel Weisz (“My Cousin Rachel”)

Best Supporting Actor: Patrick Stewart (“Logan”)

Let’s be honest; take away the superhero element and this would be an Oscar slam-dunk. Stewart’s portrayal of Charles Xavier in waning health with a broken mind will break your heart. (Jr)

– Other Standouts: Sharlto Copley (“Free Fire”); Ethan Hawke (“Maudie”); LilRel Howery (“Get Out”); Ray Romano (“The Big Sick”)

Best Supporting Actress: Betty Gabriel (“Get Out”)

Jordan Peele’s impressive directorial debut deserves a shout-out in virtually every category, but hopefully no one snoozes on Betty Gabriel’s unsettling work as a housekeeper trapped in “the sunken place.” She etches that inner turmoil across her face with such aplomb you simply cannot look away. (KT)

– Other Standouts: Laura Dern (“Wilson”); Holly Hunter (“The Big Sick”); Dafne Keen (“Logan”); Terry Pheto (“A United Kingdom”)


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Best Screenplay: “Shimmer Lake

Technically ineligible for Oscars as it didn’t receive a theatrical run, that doesn’t stop this twisty thriller from earning our consideration. What sounds like a gimmick — a crime drama told backwards — proves absolutely essential to telling a fascinating story. (Jr)

– Other Standouts: “The Big Sick”; “Get Out”; “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore”; Split

Best Cinematography: “Kong: Skull Island

Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ simian sequel was a bit of a tonal omelette, but one element that gave it an unexpected level of iconography was Larry Fong’s striking photography. Sunburnt vistas and heat-rippled frames sometimes call back to “Apocalypse Now,” but more often they give the film its own intriguing visual identity. (KT)

– Other Standouts: “Alien: Covenant”; “The Beguiled”; “The Lost City of Z”; “Song to Song

Best Costume Design: “Wonder Woman

Speaking of iconography, one of the eye-popping elements of Patty Jenkins’ landmark superhero entry is the iconic image actress Gal Gadot strikes as the eponymous Amazon. But beyond Diana Prince’s well-known threads, there’s a whole array of dazzling outfits on the screen, from the battle gear of Themyscira to 1920s fashion and World War I attire. (KT)

– Other Standouts: “Beauty and the Beast”; “The Beguiled”; “The Great Wall”; “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Best Film Editing: “LA92”

Lest we forget, National Geographic’s Emmy-contending L.A riots documentary is also eligible for Oscar consideration this year. Last year “O.J.: Made in America” garnered some attention for its handling of tons of material, and hopefully reminded voters that documentary editing ought to be recognized. Reams of footage were assembled from countless sources to drive this particular version of the story, which was also covered elegantly by director John Ridley in “Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992.” (KT)

– Other Standouts: “Baby Driver”; “Get Out”; “Logan”; “Okja


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Best Production Design: “Beauty and the Beast”

It’s a tall order to match the stunning animation of the original film, but the “Beauty and the Beast” team pulled it off. Every ornate touch, from the Beast’s castle to the world of Belle’s village, was a visual feast. (Jr)

– Other Standouts: “The Great Wall”; “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2”; “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”; “Wonder Woman

Best Sound Editing: “Baby Driver

Being something of a musical-slash-actioner, Edgar Wright’s latest owes everything to its soundtrack. But more than that, the precision with which sound is layered and cut to enhance the various tracks scattered throughout gives the film an innervating sense of propulsion. When there’s no sound, you’re desperate for it to scream back. (KT)

– Other Standouts: “Free Fire”; “John Wick: Chapter Two”; “Okja”; “Transformers: The Last Knight

Best Visual Effects: “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2

It’s a pity we can’t throw “War for the Planet of the Apes” (July 14) in here, but more on that in due time. Marvel’s latest installment of the “Guardians” franchise doubles down on rendered environments. When you have a character who at times serves as the actual location (I guess you have to see the film to understand), the sky is the limit on VFX. (KT)

– Other Standouts: “Beauty and the Beast”; “Ghost in the Shell”; The Great Wall”; “Okja

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