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'Meda or The Not So Bright Side of Things': Film Review| Sarajevo 2017

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Making the switch from actor to director, Emanuel Parvu has struck it lucky with his debut feature. An emotionally knotty slice of downbeat social realism set in a remote wooded corner of contemporary Romania, Meda or The Not So Bright Side of Things won the top awards for best director and best actor at the Sarajevo Film festival last week.

A regular screen presence in his native Romania, Parvu recently appeared in Cristian Mungiu’s Cannes prize-winner Graduation, though his credits also include trashy Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme action thrillers. For his lean but cumbersomely titled debut, he has »


- Stephen Dalton

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Robert De Niro Comedy 'The War With Grandpa' Shifts Release to 2018

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TWC-Dimension Films is moving Robert De Niro-starrer The War With Grandpa from an Oct. 20 release to Feb. 23 of next year, the studio announced Tuesday. The change is a result of a late start in production.

Based on the best-selling book by Robert Kimmel Smith, the film stars Oakes Fegley as Peter, who is forced to give up his bedroom when his Grandpa Jack (De Niro), with whom he used to have a close relationship, moves in with his family. The boy attempts to drive his grandfather out with a series of pranks, but Grandpa Jack won't go down without »


- Lauren Huff

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The Depressing Inevitability of a Joker Movie

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The news that The Hangover's Todd Philips is working on an origin project for Batman villain The Joker is, on the one hand, a surprising development. Especially given that said project, which he's co-writing with an eye to possibly direct, will be part of a new DC Entertainment label unconnected to the Justice League/Suicide Squad cinematic universe that's continuing to move forward.

On the other hand, though, it's something that seems almost depressingly inevitable: Of course there's going to be a Joker movie, because there's always a Joker movie, no matter the incarnation of DC franchise onscreen. The character »


- Graeme McMillan

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