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The Independent Film Community Picks the Best Films of 2016

30 December 2016 7:30 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every year, IndieWire looks beyond the countless top 10 lists written by critics to widen the field. We turn to friends and colleagues in the independent film community — programmers, distributors, publicists and others — to give them the opportunity to share their favorite films and other media from the past 12 months. We also invited them to share their resolutions and anticipated events for 2017.

The Best of 2016: IndieWire’s Year in Review Bible

Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival

I’m limiting my list to films that had Us and Canadian theatrical releases in 2016. I saw far more than 10 this year that I liked, but if I have to be brutal, I’ll limit it to the films that lifted me.

1. “Moonlight

2. “Julieta

3. “Toni Erdmann

4. “Cemetery of Splendor

5. “Arrival

6. “Fences

7. “13th”

8. “American Honey

9. “Things to Come

10. “Moana”

Michael Barker, Co-President, Sony Pictures Classics

“Now is the winter of our discontent. »

- Eric Kohn

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2016’s Feminist Features: 6 Ways Women Dominated the Best Movies of the Year

8 December 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

No year is a “bad year” for movies, but some years aren’t exactly too kind to certain subjects, genres, concepts and people. 2016, for all of its many negatives, has been a good year for film – and for its women, both behind the camera and squarely in front of it.

While female filmmakers are still struggling to be recognized in the same way as their male counterparts, the women who have broken through – from reliable auteurs like Andrea Arnold, Rebecca Miller, Kelly Reichardt and Anne Fontaine to rising stars like Maren Ade, Sophia Takal and Clea Duvall – did so in a very big way this year, thanks to films that spoke to their own talents and visions. Actresses also shown bright in 2016, from awards favorites like Natalie Portman, Annette Bening and Octavia Spencer to fresh faces like Kate Lyn Sheil, Ruth Negga and Sasha Lane.

There’s still a ways to go, »

- Kate Erbland

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‘Equity’: ABC Plans Series Based on Female-Driven Wall Street Movie

19 October 2016 11:53 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Anna Gunn-starring film “Equity” is getting the TV treatment at ABC. Deadline reports that the female-led Wall Street thriller is being adapted for the network, which handed out a script commitment plus penalty.

The drama, written by “The Strain” producer Regina Corrado, is set in the world of cutthroat investment banking and centers on Naomi Bishop, a Wall Street banker, played by Gunn in the film, who is navigating a world where big money and high-power reign, and women have yet to break the glass ceiling. It is unknown if any of the film’s actresses will be part of the series.

The adaptation hails from Corrado and Pascal PicturesAmy Pascal, with Sony TV’s TriStar Television as the studio. Corrado and Pascal will executive produce with Rachel O’Connor and the movie’s producers Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas.

Read More: ‘Equity’: Why It »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Equity’: ABC Plans Series Based on Female-Driven Wall Street Movie

19 October 2016 11:53 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Anna Gunn-starring film “Equity” is getting the TV treatment at ABC. Deadline reports that the female-led Wall Street thriller is being adapted for the network, which handed out a script commitment plus penalty.

The drama, written by “The Strain” producer Regina Corrado, is set in the world of cutthroat investment banking and centers on Naomi Bishop, a Wall Street banker, played by Gunn in the film, who is navigating a world where big money and high-power reign, and women have yet to break the glass ceiling. It is unknown if any of the film’s actresses will be part of the series.

The adaptation hails from Corrado and Pascal PicturesAmy Pascal, with Sony TV’s TriStar Television as the studio. Corrado and Pascal will executive produce with Rachel O’Connor and the movie’s producers Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas.

Read More: ‘Equity’: Why It »

- Liz Calvario

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Kristen Stewart Talks Directing Her First Film: ‘I’ve Never Been Happier Doing Anything’

6 October 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

According to Hollywood lore, as a kid, Kristen Stewart never imagined she’d end up an actress, instead hoping to get into writing and directing, something behind the camera that still allowed her to actively explore an industry she’s loved most of her life. Nearly twenty years later, Stewart’s finally getting to do just that.

While being honored at this week’s “An Evening With Kristen Stewart” event, thrown in conjunction by the New York Film Festival and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, a giddy Stewart spilled a few more details about her first short, a project that was announced back in May as part of Refinery29’s female filmmaker-focused Shatterbox Anthology series. The film is entitled “Come Swim,” and Refinery29 will release it sometime later this year. (You can check out some of the other short films that have come from the Refinery29 and Shatterbox initiative, »

- Kate Erbland

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Why Sony Pictures Classics Thinks Backing Female Directors Is Good for Business and Art

8 September 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Tom Bernard and Michael Barker saw “Equity” at last winter’s Sundance Film Festival, they knew immediately that the thriller about women breaking Wall Street’s glass ceiling would tap into the zeitgeist — before reviews even hit, the Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents snapped up the movie and gamed out a release plan that saw the studio debuting the picture the same week that Hillary Clinton claimed the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.

“They instantly understood that the movie was an opportunity to have a conversation about women in business,” says Meera Menon, the film’s director. So Bernard and Barker worked with Menon and producers Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas to set up screenings with women’s groups all over the country, organizing discussions about gender discrimination around the film.

“It’s a thriller and a Wall Street drama, but it’s also an issues movie,” says Bernard. »

- Brent Lang

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Equity review – off the money

4 September 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Are financial dramas inherently thrilling? Don’t bank on this one…

There’s an oily bank executive in this exploration of murky financial misdeeds who forces his co-workers to take part in an ongoing game of Jenga whenever they enter his office. The film-makers could hardly have chosen a more obvious visual metaphor for the high-stakes, low-excitement wheeler-dealing at the heart of this turgid, TV movie-standard financial thriller. Labouring under the misconception that just because there’s lots of money swilling around this world must be interesting, director Meera Menon delivers a crushingly dull series of scenes in which smug corporate bankers shaft each other in conference rooms and expense account restaurants over plates of “Tasmanian sea trout”.

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- Wendy Ide

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Equity Review

2 September 2016 1:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Equity is a film directed, written, produced and financed by women, and the fact that this is so rare it becomes a selling point is a sorry indictment on the state of the industry, so it’s hard to begrudge writer Amy Fox and director Meera Menon for sticking it to the men on camera. Almost […]

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- Andy Psyllides

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Equity movie review: a disappointing return on investment

30 August 2016 4:14 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

We’ve never seen this before, multiple female characters open about ambition, power, and money. But representation alone does not make for a gripping tale. I’m “biast” (pro): desperate for stories about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

To say that Wall Street shenanigans are well storied onscreen is both an understatement and a misdirection. Sure, there have been lots of movies (and documentaries) set in the world of high finance… and as with nearly ever other human endeavor that gets depicted in film, most of them are about men. Even in movies about Big Money based on real-life events in which women played significant roles, women’s contributions tend to get glossed over or eliminated entirely; see The Big Short. We may think we’ve got a good grip on how Wall Street operates based on the movies we’ve seen, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Equity – Review

25 August 2016 5:02 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Equity is a film about Wall Street but not the usual kind. For one thing, it is about women working on Wall Street. The film is also not about the economic meltdown or other famous scandal, but instead is just about an investment banker, Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn), who has risen to the top, playing the investment game with the big boys, in what is predominately a man’s business world. The title refers more to the kind of equity one means when you say “pay equity.”

This is a remarkable film for what it is not – the usual financial drama with men in the lead roles. Not only is the main character a woman but all the major characters are women. In this financial drama, all the really central roles filled by women, and men are in the supporting and romantic interest parts, the movie roles to which women are too often consigned. »

- Cate Marquis

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Film Review: ‘Equity’ Tells a Story of Women in High Finance

14 August 2016 9:29 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The key moment in “Equity” is early in the film. The main character was asked at a seminar why she got into high level finance. She paused for a second, and said “money.” The gals can be just as greedy as the guys, and their stakes in that greed can be just as exploitable.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

But this isn’t about greed as much as the madness of financial pursuit. It is portrayed as an addictive high, hard to let go of no matter how much has been added to the bank account. And there are always rivals, and at that level they’ll stop at nothing to get advantage. This is a human story created by women, and not so much a cautionary tale but a lesson in the status quo. The pacing of this story is deliberate, to a fault, yet the humanity is true. There is no evolution in competition, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Q&A: ‘Equity’ Star Anna Gunn Isn’t Afraid to Play Complex Women

11 August 2016 3:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Anna Gunn has played her share of powerful women, be it on stage or screen. Now the two-time Emmy winner is headlining “Equity,” a film about a steely Wall Street investment banker trying to manage an Ipo while unsure who around her she can trust. Gunn isn’t afraid to tackle complex women; she famously penned a piece for the NY Times about the response to her “Breaking Bad” character, Skyler White.

The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, has a team of strong women behind the camera as well. Actors Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas produced the film and worked on the story with screenwriter Amy Fox. And it’s directed by Meera Menon, whose feature debut “Farah Goes Bang” earned her the Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Equity” is playing in limited release in Los Angeles and will be expanding »

- Jenelle Riley

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Equity Movie Review

2 August 2016 9:05 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Equity Sony Pictures Classics/Broad Street Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: Meera Menon Written by: Amy Fox, story by Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner, Amy Fox Cast: Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner Screened at: Sony, NYC, 6/29/16 Opens: July 29, 2016 When a woman congratulates a business associate on the latter’s pregnancy, she may be stabbing her in the back (to avoid hurting the fetus, presumably).  This is the case when Samantha (Alysia Reiner) wants nobody in her firm to know her condition, since people on the fast track could transfer quickly to the mommy track if the boss finds out—which is exactly  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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‘Equity’ Review: Feminism Comes To Wall Street In This Uneven Financial Thriller

29 July 2016 2:31 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here’s the thing: The idea of a “strong female character” is not a moral determination. Katniss Everdeen, protagonist of the “Hunger Games” saga, may be a strong female character, but that’s not because she’s a hero — it’s not because she’s possessed with an infallible sense of virtue and a Christ-like selflessness that defies any reasonable human standard. By the same token, slathering Scarlett Johansson in spandex and having her fight alongside Iron Man doesn’t make Black Widow a strong female character either, no matter how many asses she kicks.

The strength of a role has nothing to do with decency, and everything to do with depth.

What makes “Equity” such a vital feminist film, even when its other qualities are often few and far between, is how defiantly it internalizes that idea. At a time when someone can be a mother and a professional (or, »

- David Ehrlich

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‘Equity’ Review: Anna Gunn Is a She-Wolf of Wall Street in Overdone Drama

29 July 2016 1:12 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Equity,” for the most part, may be a refreshing story about female investment bankers — and coders and investigators — who can behave just as ferociously as men in their respective careers. But whereas Meera Menon’s film portrays the pitfalls that often await women who work in a predominantly male business, it’s also overcharged with so much grrrl power that it could blackout an entire Wall Street block. “Diamonds,” says our heroine, Naomi (Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”), when her longtime boyfriend, hedge-funder Michael (James Purefoy), asks why they never got married. She then relates the anecdote about how they met, »

- Tricia Olszewski

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3 years later, Anna Gunn reflects on 'Breaking Bad' backlash: 'It was painful'

29 July 2016 11:25 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When I tried to think of an equivalent to Meera Menon's excellent new Wall Street drama Equity off the top of my head, the task proved incredibly difficult. What other film focusing on the hardball world of investment banking centers on a woman protagonist, after all? It was only after a Google search that I managed to find a single example: Mike Nichols' Working Girl, the breezy 1988 Melanie Griffith starring vehicle that is widely considered one of the best -- yes -- romantic comedies of the 1980s. For all of Working Girl's relative sophistication, it's nowhere near an ideal comparison. Indeed, I feel pretty confident in stating that Equity is the only film of its kind: a hardball financial drama that revolves its plot around an unabashedly ambitious woman who has risen to the top of the investment banking world. The protagonist here is Naomi Bishop (supremely »

- Chris Eggertsen

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‘Equity’: Why It Was Important To Have A Group of Strong Women Tell a Gritty Wall Street Tale

29 July 2016 10:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When producers Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas cooked up the idea to make the first female-driven Wall Street movie, their mandate for the feature was clear: It would be written by female screenwriter, directed by a female director and lead by a very strong female cast. The duo put years of work into researching the feature, shoring up investors and making sure that what would become “Equity” retained their original vision from top to bottom.

The film follows hard-driving investment banker Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn) as she embarks on the biggest deal of her career – shepherding a rising Silicon Valley company that smacks of Facebook and Snapchat to its initial public offering – a task she’s made her speciality during a mostly successful career. Burnt by a previous deal that went awry and newly passed over for a major promotion, Naomi is dedicated to doing her job flawlessly. But »

- Kate Erbland

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Weekend Box Office Preview: ‘Jason Bourne’ Returns, ‘Bad Moms’ Could Surprise

28 July 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With sequel “Jason Bourne” leading the way, this weekend’s three new wide studio releases should provide an uptick during this seesaw summer season, which is down from 2015 despite a surge of animated blockbusters, continues to stage a rebound this weekend.

Last weekend saw “Star Trek Beyond” at $59 million pushing Top Ten grosses up significantly from the previous year. Now “Jason Bourne,” which is projected to end up in similar territory, could be joined by two other openers, Stx’s R-rated femme comedy “Bad Moms,” and younger-audience thriller “Nerve” (Lionsgate) combining to gross what last week’s other two openers (“Ice Age: Collision Course” and “Lights Out”) took in (just over $40 million combined). That plus reasonable holdover totals should propel the weekend substantially above the $136 million brought in last year at the same time.

The question is whether “Jason Bourne” will measure up to late July 2015’s “Mission: Impossible—”Rogue Nation, »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 29, 2016)

28 July 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

For July, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 29. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.

Wide

Bad Moms

Director: John Lucas and Scott Moore

Cast: Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Emjay Anthony, Jay Jablonski, Kesha Rose Sebert

Synopsis: A woman with a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, overachieving kids, beautiful home, stunning looks and still holding down a career. »

- Steve Greene

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Equity | Review

27 July 2016 12:45 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Greed is God: Menon Crafts Terse, Uneven Femme-Centric Wall Street Noir

Meera Menon follows up her 2013 road-trip comedy Farah Goes Bang with a low-fi neo noir, Equity, a thriller which often seems to get lost in its marketing thrust as the “first female driven Wall Street movie.” Such distinctions often lends material a false sense of heightened expectation or originality (such as something like “the first gay horror movie” yoking 2004’s Hellbent), as is the case here with a narrative concerning a seasoned senior investment banker irrevocably tarnished by the type of financial scandal she’s seen sink countless male counterparts.

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- Nicholas Bell

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