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Kristen Stewart Gets Spooked in U.S. Trailer for Olivier Assayas’ ‘Personal Shopper’

7 hours ago

If we were to bestow the title of The Queen of New York Film Festival, it would certainly go to Kristen Stewart. (Although Isabelle Huppert is a strong second choice.) With three films at the festival, this generation’s best actress (at least according to Olivier Assayas) continues to prove her talents. Her latest film with the director, the ghost story Personal Shopper, finds her reeling from the death of her brother. Ahead of a March release, IFC Films has now released the first U.S. trailer.

We said in our review, “After Clouds of Sils Maria, Personal Shopper confirms Olivier Assayas as the director most adept at drawing the best out of Kristen Stewart. Here she follows in the footsteps of Maggie Cheung and Asia Argento, actors whose exceptional central performances prevented fundamentally flawed films by Assayas – Clean and Boarding Gate, respectively – from foundering altogether. Stewart’s achievement is »

- Leonard Pearce

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Watch Park Chan-wook’s 30-Minute Talk on ‘The Handmaiden’ as French Trailer Arrives

8 hours ago

Few fall films, foreign or otherwise, are as likely to generate conversation as Park Chan-wook‘s The Handmaiden, a sprawling and seductive story of deceit, murder, and plenty of sex — or the kind that leaves quite an impression. (Just imagine that I’m making this sound so we can move on.) I’ll be speaking with the South Korean auteur next week, and, while my interview will undoubtedly be better than any other, you might be curious enough to gobble up anything related to the film. If so, consider this your lucky day.

David Poland sat down with Park and his star, Kim Tae-ri, for a you-can-just-about-guess-how-long discussion that reveals a good deal about his process, despite the gap created by a need for translation. Use it as the chaser to the shot that is a new French trailer — presuming you’re willing to concede any of The Handmaiden‘s wild images — that, »

- Nick Newman

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Adam Driver Lives Up to His Name in Trailer for Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Paterson’

10 hours ago

Excepting, say, Toni Erdmann, no 2016 premiere has earned quite the wave of acclaim bestowed upon Jim Jarmusch‘s Paterson, which we called “a fresh new masterpiece for our present decade” that can stand with the best of his oeuvre. Because some things in this world are just and reasoned, we’ll be getting the movie soon enough — by year’s end if you’re in New York or Los Angeles, and (probably) not too long after otherwise. Do you know what that means? Trailer time!

If you actually need to be sold on the thing, I guess. Fans of Jarmusch (or Adam Driver or Golshifteh Farahani) probably won’t need much else, nor take it. Our laudatory review implies that this is a work one should see unfold in its fine-tuned manner, saying, “Like the best poetry, Paterson keeps its meticulous construction hidden, letting its impact sneak up on you unawares. »

- Nick Newman

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The Film Stage Roundtable Ep. 9 – Revealing Rewatches

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Welcome, one and all, to the newest episode of The Film Stage Roundtable, a spin-off podcast from the madmen who bring you The Film Stage Show. On this show we discuss the films we’ve shifted our opinion of after rewatching. Then we discuss progressive casting as it relates to The Magnificent Seven and more.

Give a listen, and then share your thoughts on Twitter and Facebook. Let us know what you think, and what you want to hear about next. Subscribe on iTunes (if you are subscribed to The Film Stage Show, you’ll get it in the same feed) or see below to stream download (right-click and save as…).

M4A: The Film Stage Roundtable Ep. 9 – Revealing Rewatches

00:00 – 3:48 – Introductions

3:49 – 46:18 – Revealing Rewatches

46:19 – 1:23:36 – Magnificent Mecca

The Film Stage is supported by Mubi, a curated online cinema streaming a selection of exceptional independent, classic, »

- Brian Roan

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John Malkovich Plays David Lynch and His Iconic Characters in New Video Series

11 hours ago

If you’ve endlessly rewatched the films of David Lynch and are looking to appreciate his work in a new way, John Malkovich is here to help. In a new inventive video series/short film titled Psychogenic Fugue, the actor embodies not only the director, but seven of his most iconic characters, from John Merrick to Frank Booth to Log Lady and more.

While some may think this would come from the mind of Spike Jonze as some sort of spin-off to his 1999 feature, the project is actually directed by Sandro Miller and created for David Lynch Foundation. You’ll have to head over to the official site to see the full film (featuring new music from Angelo Badalamenti, Lykke Li, The Flaming Lips, among others) via a donation, but as a preview, we have a trailer and Twin Peaks-inspired clip. At the very least, it’ll help the »

- Leonard Pearce

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U.S. Trailer for Tiff Winner ‘I Am Not Madame Bovary’ Starring Fan Bingbing

12 hours ago

We were sold on I Am Not Madame Bovary based on its teaser trailer, which largely features beautiful paintings before moving into even more gorgeous imagery with a peculiar circular aspect ratio. Stunning cinematography aside, the plot itself has us intrigued, following a café proprietor who is attempting to get retribution in a decade-long fight for divorce. While we didn’t get a chance to see it at Tiff, Well Go USA will release the film this fall and they’ve now unveiled the full trailer.

The latest film from Feng Xiaogang (Aftershock, Back to 1942, If You Are the One) actually picked up the Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) for Special Presentations at Tiff this year. The jury said exclaimed the award was deserved “for its ambitious rendering of a woman’s Kafkaesque struggle as she takes on the Chinese legal system, and sophisticated play of both form and content, »

- Jordan Raup

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Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie Raise Christopher Robin in First Look at ‘Winnie the Pooh’ Author Biopic

14 hours ago

Winnie the Pooh has seen a number of iterations over the years, but now he’s getting his own biopic of sorts. More precisely, it follows author A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his wife Daphne (Margot Robbie) as they raise their son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston). Once titled Goodbye Christopher Robin and currently going by the hopefully soon-to-be-changed The Untitled A.A. Milne Project, the first images have now arrived.

Scripted by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Simon Vaughn, the film explores the Milne family as they encounter fame following World War I and specifically the father-son relationship at the center. With production kicking off in London, Fox Searchlight has the distribution rights, which we imagine they’ll take advantage of for a 2017 release.

Check out the new images above and below (via The Telegraph) for what should make a fine double feature with Alex Ross Perry’s upcoming film.

The Untitled A.A. Milne Project, »

- Jordan Raup

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Alden Ehrenreich Charms Lily Collins in New Trailer for Warren Beatty’s ‘Rules Don’t Apply’

14 hours ago

Coming back to directing for the first time since the last millennium, Warren Beatty recently secured a fitting world premiere for his romantic period piece drama Rules Don’t Apply at AFI Fest on November 10th. Led by Alden EhrenreichLily CollinsHaley BennettTaissa FarmigaEd HarrisAlec BaldwinMatthew BroderickMartin SheenAnnette Bening, Lousie Linton, and Oliver Platt, not to mention Beatty himself as Howard Hughes, a new trailer has now arrived.

Following a love story between an aspiring actress, her driver, and the eccentric billionaire they both work for, the drama looks to have some refreshing throwback charm. Set to arrive in theaters just before Thanksgiving, we’ll be curious to see if today’s audience is still receptive to Beatty’s old-school style, and hopefully that’ll be the case. Check out the new trailer below.

An aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious »

- Jordan Raup

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Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Sky Ladder’ Reaches Colorful New Heights

28 September 2016 1:59 PM, PDT

While Netflix produces and distributes a slew of indie dramas and comedies, it’s nice to see them make selections from the realm of reality. So comes the first trailer for Sky Ladder, a documentary focusing on Cai Guo-Qiang‘s explosive art installations that have rocked the world. Directed by Oscar-winner Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), Sky Ladder charts Guo-Qiang’s rise to art world fame, and his attempts at crafting his biggest work yet: the titular art piece that is un unforgettable sight.

The trailer is an emotional, rousing look into Guo-Qiang’s process, family, and ideologies as he “explores a connection to an unseen place” through his pieces. We said in our review, “Using gunpowder and sky as his canvas, Chinese-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s extraordinary statements on environmentalism, capitalism and humanity do require a large screen to absorb. An intimate yet occasionally grand biography of Cai, »

- Mike Mazzanti

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[Review] Milton’s Secret

28 September 2016 12:38 PM, PDT

After finding international success with his spiritual teachings through best-selling books The Power of Now and A New Earth, author and counselor Eckhart Tolle set his sights on children in 2008 with Milton’s Secret and its blatantly synergistic subtitle to those previous works “An Adventure of Discovery through Then, When, and the Power of Now.” Written in collaboration with Robert S. Friedman and illustrator Frank Riccio, this tale focuses upon the titular eleven-year old (soon-to-be twelve) boy as an example of the internal transformative power we all possess to stop letting the past and future dictate our actions. With help from his grandfather Howard, Milton discovers how to live in the now as the proactive person he wants to be rather than the reactive one he had become.

Adapted by director Barnet Bain and co-writers Sara B. Cooper and Donald Martin, the cinematic version of this children’s book retains »

- Jared Mobarak

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John Carpenter Returns to Sci-Fi in New Music Video, Isn’t a Big Fan of Rob Zombie

28 September 2016 11:43 AM, PDT

It’s been years since horror maestro John Carpenter picked up the pen or stepped behind the camera for a feature, but that doesn’t mean he’s been idle from work. To accompany his latest standalone album Lost Themes II, along with a current tour, a music video for Utopian Facade has been released. The penultimate song from the album, Facade is pure Carpenter, with thumping synths and electronic bells carrying swelling layers of dread that give way to one of the more hopeful melodies on the album. Carpenter is a self-taught master of synth scores, originally starting out when he had to score Assault on Precinct 13 on his own when the team ran out of money to pay for a composer. From there, Carpenter continued his growing aesthetic of electro-infused soundtracks with each of his films.

The video, directed by Gavin Hignight and Ben Verhulst, features a »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Horror Classic ‘Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer’ Returns in Trailer for New Restoration

28 September 2016 11:32 AM, PDT

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer‘s nature has long prevented the mainstream exposure some horror films of its era (e.g. The Evil Dead) were able to attain, but earned more respect than just about any other for its uncompromising vision of aggression and hatred. The specter of John McNaughton‘s feature will undoubtedly grow larger this fall, when Henry returns with a 30th-anniversary restoration and theatrical run from Dark Sky Films.

And it may have paid off solely for the quality of this new edition, which rather clearly supersedes any footage you can find — an important component for a work whose sense of atmosphere has long been a source of its acclaim. What better way to appreciate Michael Rooker‘s legendary performance than in the clearest form possible?

See it below, as well as Siskel and Ebert‘s rave review from 1990:

Henry (Michael Rooker) is a psychopathic »

- Nick Newman

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Fan Fiction is Brought Vividly to Life in Trailer for SXSW Hit ‘Slash’

28 September 2016 11:23 AM, PDT

Have you ever wanted steamy fan-fiction visualized into a teen comedy? Well, we have just the thing for you. The first trailer has been released for Slash (its title stemming from the phrase “slash fiction”). Writer-director Clay Liford‘s quirky comedy centers on Neil (Michael Johnston), a freshman in high school who spends his spare time writing erotic slash fiction. After a humiliating encounter reveals his hobby to his entire class, he catches the attention of Julia (Hannah Marks) — who also writes steamy fan fics. She encourages him to share it on an online forum and voila! He catches the attention of the site’s moderator, Denis (Michael Ian Black). Just like that, we have a tangled web of real life and fan-fic romance as Neil falls for Julia, Denis falls for Neil, and maybe Julia just falls for the words… but you know, also probably him.

The trailer is »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Jim Jarmusch Captures The Stooges in First Trailer For ‘Gimme Danger’

28 September 2016 10:30 AM, PDT

What’s better than one Jim Jarmusch movie? Two, of course. Before one of the most acclaimed films of the year, Paterson, arrives this December, the director has decided to rock out by exploring the legendary career of The Stooges with Gimme Danger. While it looks to be given the fairly standard talking head/archival footage treatment, it looks to be required viewing for fans. Ahead of an October release from Amazon Studios and Magnolia Pictures, we now have the first trailer.

We said in our review, “A huge part of The Stooges’ appeal derives from the raw intensity of their music – it’s not coincidental that their most iconic album is called Raw Power – and of Iggy’s charismatically convulsive stage performances, and both of these are insufficiently conveyed in Gimme Danger. While it’s possible that not enough footage exists of their concerts, considering it was the ’70s »

- Leonard Pearce

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25 Films to See at the 2016 New York Film Festival

28 September 2016 10:00 AM, PDT

While Venice, Cannes, Berlin, Sundance, and Toronto premiere some of the year’s best films, no annual cinematic event boasts finer curation than the New York Film Festival, which kicks off this weekend. Those attending will witness, over two weeks, some of the best features that this year — and next — have to offer.

When it comes to a preview of what to see, a simple copy-and-pasting of the line-up would suffice, but we’ve done our best to narrow it down to 25 selections that are the most worth your time. This doesn’t even include shorts from Bertrand Bonello, Jia Zhangke, and more, as well as comprehensive Retrospective and Revivals sections that include restored films from Robert Bresson, Jean-Pierre Melville, Edward Yang, Marlon Brando, and more — but it should serve as a basic primer for what to seek out.

Check out our favorites below, and look for our complete coverage over the next few weeks. »

- The Film Stage

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‘Winter Sleep’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’ Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan Reveals Next Feature

28 September 2016 9:13 AM, PDT

Following up one of the best films of the decade so far, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan picked up the Palme d’Or for his drama Winter Sleep. A few years later, he has returned for his next feature, which has been revealed today.

Arte (via Cine Europa) reports that financing has come together for Ceylan’s Le poirier sauvage (Ahlat agaci) (which loosely translates to The Wild Pear). The drama will follow Sinan, a man “who is passionate about literature and has always wanted to be a writer.” The story finds him “returning to the village where he was born” as “he pours his heart and soul into scraping together the money he needs to be published, but his father’s debts catch up with him.”

“Whether we like it or not, we can’t help but inherit certain defining features from our fathers, »

- Jordan Raup

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[Review] Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

28 September 2016 8:37 AM, PDT

Tim Burton provides such a distinct look, feel, and texture to every one of his films — regardless of how you might feel about them — that he’s very much a genre unto himself. Taking a heavy influence from landmark German Expressionist films, he’s pioneering this generation’s brand of wacky, dark-tinged cinema as his creations have danced across the screen for more than a quarter of a century. Yet, as we’ve seen in his recent efforts, a little too much creative freedom — as in all of it — can yield the most unwieldy or disastrous of narratives. For his latest effort, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the eccentric director gets to do what he does best: play in his macabre sandbox with endless whimsy and delight at his fingertips.

A mostly winning combination of the strange and unusual, the adventure is an entertaining, clever, and fun one. »

- Marc Ciafardini

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Keanu Reeves Gets a New Canine Companion in First Images From ‘John Wick: Chapter Two’

28 September 2016 7:10 AM, PDT

Outside of perhaps Kill Zone 2 and Blood Father, this year’s action offerings have been severely lacking. That’s thankfully about to change in early 2017 as Keanu Reeves returns with John Wick: Chapter Two, a sequel to his surprise hit back in 2014. Following the poster debut, the first images have now landed, which finds Wick alongside a new canine companion.

“I would say we had twice as much action as the first movie,” director Chad Stahelski says. “We took it all a full notch up as far as the driving car stuff went. A great portion of the car chase in the opening of the film is Keanu, which is very impressive.” As we await the first trailer, which will likely arrive around the time of the Nycc Comic-Con Panel on October 8, check out the new images above and below, as well as the poster if you missed it. »

- Jordan Raup

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Watch: Life Unfolds in Five Minutes from Terrence Malick’s ‘Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience’

28 September 2016 6:31 AM, PDT

With Terrence Malick‘s long-awaited Voyage of Time arriving in just over a week to IMAX screens, having seen it on that format, we wouldn’t recommend viewing any footage beforehand on your computer screens — or, dare I say, mobile device. However, if you’re on the fence about whether or not this 45-minute journey is worth taking (we’d say so), a batch of clips amounting to over five minutes should help to convince you.

We said in our review of the Life’s Journey version, “Many viewers may feel they’ve seen familiar things in the work of David Attenborough, or even in films such as Koyaanisqatsi or Samsara. However, Malick might be singular in his earnest search for the sublime. Voyage of Time resembles much of the director’s recent work in how it may be a Rorschach test for anyone choosing to see it. The audience »

- Jordan Raup

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Final Trailer for ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Brings the Magic

28 September 2016 5:57 AM, PDT

From Star Wars to Marvel, there’s a number of big blockbusters this year, but only one film will feature a return to a world we haven’t seen in over half-a-decade. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, a spin-off of sorts in this magical world of Harry Potter, is actually scripted by J.K. Rowling herself and features the return of director David Yates (who helmed the final four films). This new film follows Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, the wizarding world’s preeminent magizoologist, who stops in New York following his travels to find and document magical creatures.

“I read the books and I then started watching the films and it was just like the most wonderful escapism,” Redmayne tells Collider. “Like every year or two, you got to go and sort of dive into this world and J.K. Rowling’s capacity to kind of, really sort of »

- Jordan Raup

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