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NYC Weekend Watch: Max Ophüls, ‘Seven Samurai,’ ‘On the Silver Globe’ & More

7 hours ago

Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Museum of Modern Art

Leo McCarey and the great Gaumont series are continuing their ongoing retrospectives, both of which make for a densely packed lineup.

Metrograph

Relive your traumatized childhood with “This Is PG?!” Jaws, Temple of Doom, and Poltergeist are but a few of the first weekend’s titles.

Helen DeWitt will present a print of Seven Samurai on Sunday. »

- Nick Newman

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New Faces of Independent Film, Abel Gance’s ‘Napoleon’ Restored, Mel Gibson’s Action, and More

11 hours ago

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

Filmmaker Magazine has published their annual 25 New Faces of Independent Film, featuring Sasha Lane, Macon Blair, Connor Jessup, and more.

Watch a clip from the restoration of Abel Gance‘s Napoleon:

Mubi‘s Michael Pattison on Don Hertzfeldt’s It’s Such a Beautiful Day, our favorite animation of the century so far:

Psycholinguists call the opening gag of It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012), Don Hertzfeldt’s delightful hour-long feature, a blend. Bill, a black-on-white stick figure whose only distinctive feature is his top hat, is on his way to the bus stop when he sees someone he recognizes but whose name he doesn’t remember. »

- The Film Stage

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[Fantasia Review] Shelley

11 hours ago

Everything starts so innocently that you’d be hard-pressed to realize Ali Abbasi‘s Shelley is a horror film besides the score’s dread-inducing soundscape rising to a deafening level of static. Sure the setting’s weird with Louise (Ellen Dorrit Petersen) and Kasper (Peter Christoffersen) living in the Danish woods without electricity or running water far-removed from civilization, but the world’s fill of eccentrics. They’re actually quite nice, bringing in a new maid (Cosmina Stratan‘s Romanian single mother Elena) with open arms and warm smiles. It takes some getting used to, but the newcomer is quite content after a while. She adjusts to the quiet, regularly calls home to speak with her mother and son, and resigns herself to the prospect of returning after two to three years accumulating salary abroad.

In a moment of bonding Elena and Louise speak about motherhood to reveal the tragedy of the Dane’s past. »

- Jared Mobarak

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Watch James Cameron’s Sigourney Weaver-Narrated Short Film About Climate Change

12 hours ago

It is, I think, essential that a film-centered publication doesn’t throw its hat into the too-large, shriek-filled tunnel that is American electorate discourse, so I’ll tread lightly when posting this new short by James Cameron — one that concerns climate change, premiered at the Democratic National Convention last night, and attacks a major party’s candidate while exalting the efforts of another. But we’re just here for the cinema! (Maybe.)

Anyway, it’s nice to see something from Cameron, even if that something is only a few minutes long and in large part consists of pre-existing footage. (Call this the “Avatar Effect.”) While one might think Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sigourney Weaver‘s participation are about the only thing that give this an auteurist stamp, consider the relationship of this short’s apocalyptic visions with the likes of Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Abyss, and Titanic… or, well, don’t, »

- Nick Newman

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Giveaway: Win ‘Indignation’ Prize Pack Featuring Tickets, Soundtrack, and Book

12 hours ago

One of the highlights of the summer arrives this week: James SchamusPhilip Roth adaptation Indignation, starring Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, and Tracy Letts. We’ve teamed with Roadside Attractions to give away  a prize pack features a $25 American Express Gift Card to see Indignation in theaters, the official soundtrack, and a copy of Roth’s movie tie-in book. See how to enter below. All entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Sunday, July 31st.

To enter, do the first two steps and then each additional one counts as another entry into the contest.

1. Like The Film Stage on Facebook

2. Follow The Film Stage on Twitter

Follow @TheFilmStage

3. Comment in the box on Facebook with your favorite college-set film.

4. Retweet the following tweet:

We’re giving away an #Indignation prize pack. Rt this & follow us to enter. See details: https://t.co/Qew94nFVNF pic.twitter.com/AXZF »

- The Film Stage

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Zack Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, and Owen Wilson Become ‘Masterminds’ in New Trailer

12 hours ago

After the uneven Don Verdean, Jared Hess is returning to adventure comedy with more of an action tinge in the new trailer for the long-delayed Masterminds. Sad-sack night guard for an armored car company David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) is getting married to Jandice (Kate McKinnon), who comes in a package with her mother. He aspires to be something more, believing he is destined for adventure. Enter Kelly (Kristen Wiig), a new employee with a plan to rob the bank with her cohorts (including Owen Wilson), all the while special agent Scanlon (Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones) is hot on their tail.

Throw in a crazed hitman played by the always-game Jason Sudeikis, Hess’ oddball stylings, and the guaranteed constant improv from the cast, and what you get is the makings of a goofy, potentially dark action-comedy to kick off the fall. Here’s hoping it doesn’t get too bogged down »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Watch: Tour of Guillermo del Toro’s “Bleak House” Verifies the Director’s Love of Cinema

13 hours ago

Director Guillermo del Toro is undeniably one of the most gleefully geeky directors working in Hollywood. His love of horror, fantasy, and the history of cinema blends effortlessly into his works, just as his painstaking attention to detail demonstrates his true care for the world of movies. Andy Richter of the Conan O’Brien Show recently visited the Pan’s Labyrinth director’s wondrous and bizarre “Bleak House,” more akin in many ways to a museum than a humble abode.

From a massive Boris Karloff head as Frankstein’s Monster greeting guests in the foyer to incredibly detailed, life-sized recreations of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen poe in the den, del Toro’s locale proves the director’s inspirations (and creations) are truly dear to him. See the full tour below, with a countless number of classic cinematic artifacts and recreations — along with Andy’s cameraman accidentally breaking an object. »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Trailer For Sundance Drama ‘Spa Night’ Features Atmospheric Beauty

14 hours ago

The beautiful, mysterious first trailer has arrived for Spa Night, the directorial debut of Andrew Ahn. Comprising almost entirely of static frames, the objective imagery creates a serious atmosphere and tension even when nothing seems afoot. A particularly memorable shot of a towel of a lamp creates meaning and provokes thought, despite the full context lacking. Premiering at Sundance earlier this year, Spa Night tells the story of a closeted boy who begins work at spa to help his family, and soon discovers an underground world within its confines that both excites and scares him.

We said in our review, “I firmly believe that we’ll know the representation gap in American entertainment will have been closed not when the prestige dramas featuring minorities are getting their fair Oscar shake, but when people don’t bat an eye at the most banal films of every possible category just happening to »

- Mike Mazzanti

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World in Action: A Paul Greengrass Retrospective

15 hours ago

With Jason Bourne arriving this week, we’re looking back on the career of director Paul Greengrass. As the person who single-handedly popularized the technique of “shaky cam” for the new millennium, Greengrass has seen his signature style emulated in action films as wide-ranging as Quantum of Solace and Taken 2. While so many of these pictures exploit the visual chaos of handheld camerawork to mask lazy fight choreography, Greengrass has always wielded the aesthetic with visionary purpose, whether that purpose be visceral, political, or both.

Indeed, shaky cam may be Greengrass’ most recognizable trademark, but it is the filmmaker’s purposefulness in confronting social and political issues that most fully unites his work past and present. Prior to making feature films, Greengrass worked for ten years at World in Action, a British investigative current events program known for its forceful and unorthodox journalistic style. Leaving a trail of controversy in its wake, »

- The Film Stage

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Colin Farrell Recalls the Beautiful Contradiction of Terrence Malick’s ‘The New World’

16 hours ago

With a new restoration of Terrence Malick‘s exceptional historical epic The New World recently arriving on the Criterion Collection, remembrances and examinations are surfacing. In classical Malick form, The New World is at once beautifully sweeping and tactile and raw, painting broad themes and grasping intimate moments into a sensory experience that transports viewers to Jamestown, 1607, as worlds and cultures collide. Thanks to Criterion, a brief video of star Colin Farrell has been shared in which he recounts working with the legendary director and how these two styles came to pass.

“For Terry, there is this contradiction between how prepared he was — and how much I believe the vision of the film lived within him and how he can see it clearly,” Farrell recalls, “and [yet] also how he was moved by nature, and how he’d be moved by what he saw.” On this note, he tells a wonderful »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Trailer for Ron Howard’s ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years’ Would Love to Turn You On

16 hours ago

When I tell you I’m a huge, massive fan of The Beatles, know I’m being serious when I say we don’t really need another documentary about the four lads from Liverpool — certainly not one concerning their best-known years, and maybe not one directed by Ron Howard, who’s here making his leap into the form. The funny thing, then, about those low stakes is that this film’s promise of high-definition, never-before-seen footage is good enough, because if you don’t have expectations or, for that matter, great excitement, just about anything worthwhile can sweeten the deal.

You’ll see plenty of that in a full-length trailer for Howard’s documentary, which will be broadcast across England on September 15 with restored footage of their legendary Shea Stadium concert. American audiences will only have to wait until September 17, when it goes to Hulu — exactly the venue to replay »

- Nick Newman

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Jessica Chastain in Talks for ‘The Division,’ Oprah Winfrey Reteams with Ava DuVernay, & More

16 hours ago

With the hopeful success of Michael Fassbender jumping off buildings, Ubisoft is gearing up for an adaptation of another one of their video games titled The Division, which already stars Jake Gyllenhaal. Now, THR reports Jessica Chastain may join the Nightcrawler star in the dystopian action thriller set in New York City after a smallpox outbreak leaves the world torn. Hollywood has long-since tried to bring video games to the big screen, usually with muddled results. Star caliber of this rate is a good starting point, but who is set to helm and pen the film will be the next test to see how serious Ubisoft is to make this work. Chastain was most recently seen in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, and she’s slated for six films over the next year. Gyllenhaal is also producing the film with Gerard Guillemot of Ubisoft.

In non-button-mashing news, it’s been »

- Mike Mazzanti

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U.S. Trailer For ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Starring Léa Seydoux and Vincent Cassel

17 hours ago

An undeniable trend in Hollywood is taking a classic fantasy story — more often than not by Disney — and turning them into live-action, darker blockbusters. It’s been going… alright. So here’s an idea: take the trend out of Hollywood, too. Volià! The first U.S. trailer has arrived for a version hailing from the roots of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont‘s tale, Beauty and the Beast, and — can you guess it? — it’s live-action, darker version of the classic fable.

Again, this is not the one with Emma Watson slated for next year,  rather this one is helmed by Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of the WolfSilent Hill) and features a cast including Vincent Cassel as the titular Beast and Léa Seydoux as the Beauty. Ahead of a fall release here in the United States, check out the trailer below.

1810. After the wreck of his ships, a financially-ruined merchant (Andre »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Matt Damon Fights Monsters in First Trailer For Zhang Yimou’s ‘The Great Wall’

17 hours ago

People love — or are at least intrigued by — stories about national monuments and mysteries that are contained within them. So comes Zhang Yimou‘s latest feature, The Great Wall. The first trailer has arrived for the action thriller, which follows Matt Damon and mysterious circumstances around the construction of the titular wall in China. Explosions, monsters, and Damon’s infamous ponytail ensue.

Based on the story by Max Brooks and Thomas Tull, the script is co-penned by Tony Gilroy, who has a longstanding filmic collaboration with Damon. Dp Stuart Dryburgh‘s (Blackhat) sharp eye is on full display, mixing grand imagery with more intimate strokes.

“The film takes place about 1,000 years ago. At its core, it is a period piece and an action film,” the director tells EW. “The fantasy element does play a major role because of the monsters. But, what makes our film unique is that these are ancient Chinese monsters. »

- Mike Mazzanti

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[Review] Miss Sharon Jones!

18 hours ago

A cursory spin of the works of Sharon Jones could leave one with the impression that these tracks were recorded in the golden era of soul in the late ’60s and early ’70s. But that’s not the case. Formed in the mid ’90s, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are a Brooklyn-based funk-soul revivalist band whose tastes remain locked in that gorgeous bygone era. Despite their lack of radio success, the band has developed a huge following worldwide with Jones herself often being described as the female James Brown. When Jones met the Godfather of Soul early in her career, he affectionately dubbed her “his daughter,” a compliment which so moved the singer that her eyes can be seen rimmed with joyful tears in the resulting photograph. Before rising to this critical and audience acclaim, Jones even supported herself as a corrections officer after being told by a record company »

- Tony Hinds

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[Review] Gleason

19 hours ago

Gleason is a decently effective sob-extraction mechanism, a nexus where sports fans and documentary enthusiasts alike can join to vent some ragged emotion. The film, which follows former football player Steve Gleason over the course of five years or so, during which he simultaneously succumbs to Lou Gehrig’s disease and experiences the joys of new fatherhood, is full of all the devastating and gladdening life beats you’d expect from both situations. And yet I was mostly unmoved.

The thing is, I’m honestly unsure whether this is the movie’s fault or my own. Cinephiles love to parrot Ebert’s line about how movies are machines built for empathy, but I sometimes wonder whether heavy film viewing has in some ways deadened my own sense of empathy, particularly when it comes to pain. There’s a numbing effect to seeing all manner of tragedy play out over and over, »

- Daniel Schindel

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Andrew Garfield Goes to War in First Trailer For Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

19 hours ago

While Mel Gibson slowly tries to rebuild his acting career, he is also stepping behind the camera again to continue his directorial efforts before he takes on the sequel to The Passion of the Christ. The first trailer has been released for his World War II biographical drama, Hacksaw Ridge, which will premiere at Venice and centers around the real life army medic Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield) who became the first Conscientious Objector to win a Medal of Honor after he refused to kill enemy troops during the Battle of Okinawa.

Garfield looks rough and war-worn, yet with a ray of hope glinting in his eyes as he traverses the battlefield and goes behind enemy lines to save fellow soldiers. Say what you will about Gibson, but he’s proven he can stage a hard-hitting battle sequence while retaining an emotional connection amongst the bloodshed with efforts like Apocalytpo and Braveheart, »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Second Trailer For ‘The Accountant’ Finds Ben Affleck Protecting His Pockets (and Killing)

20 hours ago

He speaks! After an initial trailer which featured a wordless Ben Affleck as a brilliant man with a shady role of employment, the second trailer for Gavin O’Connor‘s The Accountant shows the titular Affleck uttering his first words. Between DC roles, this could be a solid role for Affleck to keep his acting muscles flexed and a potentially solid entry for O’Connor’s occasionally rocky career.

The new trailer also demonstrates more of the film’s cool color palette and cold, calculated cinematography by Seamus McGarvey, suggesting O’Connor is going for a more objective language, as opposed to something like Warrior. See the second trailer below, for the film which also stars J.K. SimmonsAnna KendrickJon BernthalJohn LithgowJeffrey Tambor, and Alison Wright

Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town Cpa office, »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Venice 2016 Line-Up Includes New Films From Terrence Malick, Denis Villeneuve, Ana Lily Amirpour & More

21 hours ago

On the heels of the Toronto International Film Festival announcement, this year’s slate for the Venice International Film Festival has arrived — and it’s a fantastic-looking line-up. Outside some of the Tiff titles (La La Land, Arrival, Frantz, The Age of Shadows, Nocturnal Animals, etc.), they’ll have the world premiere of one of our most-anticipated films of the year: Terrence Malick‘s documentary Voyage of Time (the 90-minute Cate Blanchett-narrated version).

Also among the premieres are Ana Lily Amirpour’s follow-up to A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, The Bad Batch, Mel Gibson‘s return to the director’s chair, Hacksaw Ridge, Derek Cianfrance‘s The Light Between Oceans, Pablo Larrain‘s Natalie Portman-led Jackie, as well as new films from Andrew Dominik, Lav Diaz, Ulrich Seidl, Emir Kusturica, and more. Check out the line-up below and return for our coverage.

Opening Night Film

La La Land, »

- Jordan Raup

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Giveaway: Win John Carney’s ‘Sing Street’ on Blu-ray and Soundtrack

27 July 2016 1:34 PM, PDT

Arriving on Blu-ray this week is John Carney‘s charming musical dramedy Sing Street. We’ve teamed with Anchor Bay Entertainment to give away a prize pack featuring one Blu-ray and one iTunes gift card of $25 to purchase the soundtrack. See how to enter below and all entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Sunday, July 31st.

To enter, do the first two steps and then each additional one counts as another entry into the contest.

1. Like The Film Stage on Facebook

2. Follow The Film Stage on Twitter

Follow @TheFilmStage

3. Comment in the box on Facebook with your favorite music-related film.

4. Retweet the following tweet:

We're giving away #SingStreet Blu-ray and soundtrack. Rt this & follow us to enter. Details: https://t.co/KiGLraClbg pic.twitter.com/prPemCQTTw

— The Film Stage (@TheFilmStage) July 27, 2016

We will select the winners at random and notify via Facebook or Twitter message. One entry per household. »

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