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Tribeca Review: Reed Morano’s ‘Meadowland’ Starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson & Giovanni Ribisi

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We’ve all endured enough gruelling Sundance movies to recognize that grief and the indie film can be a deadly combination when they run unchecked. Worse, beyond just excruciating miserablism, the inherent characteristic of shattered life movies in the wrong hands can also take the form of strange, misguided fantasy—imagine how you might feel if you had to suffer living through this kind of personal trauma. Moreover inauthentic, fraudulent notes can feel like shameful tourism to an audience,exploiting someone else’s personal horror for the sake of drama. Grief not rendered honestly in movies is incredibly tricky to overcome and these issues and problems certainly come up in “Meadowland." The directorial debut of celebrated indie cinematographer Reed Morano (“The Skeleton Twins,” “Kill Your Darlings,” “Frozen River”), suffers from a clunky script, but is reinforced by its fully committed lead actors and the director’s sharp eye for mood and communicating incalculable. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Tribeca Review: Moody Austerity Anti-Thriller 'Wednesday 04:45'

4 hours ago

"Austerity" might be one of the dirtiest words at the moment. Over the past few years, in cities and countries around the world, citizens have taken to the streets to protest government cutbacks to social programs, infrastructure, and more, all done in the name of protecting the economy, and keeping budgets balanced. And another word has been tossed around in equal measure — "responsibility." It's one that you'll hear a lot in Alexis Alexiou's "Wednesday 04:45," an anti-thriller of sorts, set against the backdrop of Greece's recent financial woes. Even though it has a ticking clock narrative, the film relies heavily on mood and atmosphere to tell its tale of a man feeling the grip of the credit crunch, who spends one day-long journey of the soul trying to put his life together, before the various bad decisions he's made over the years tear it all apart.  Stelios (Stelios Manos »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Steve Carell & Emma Stone Reteam For 'Battle Of The Sexes,' Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris To Direct

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Hollywood loves nothing more than pitting two projects against each other, and the latest is the true story about an oddball sports rivalry that captivated the nation. Earlier this year it was reported that Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti would topline HBO's movie based on the 1973 Battles Of The Sexes tennis match between the 29 year-old, number two-ranked Billie Jean King, and the retired loud-mouthed champ Bobby Riggs. Now, a much starrier version is moving forward fast. Fox Searchlight has rounded up "Crazy Stupid Love" co-stars Steve Carell and Emma Stone for "Battle Of The Sexes." This is the project that Danny Boyle once flirted with, and he's still on board to produce, with "Little Miss Sunshine" duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris now directing the script from "Slumdog Millionaire" and "127 Hours" scribe Simon Beaufoy. In short, this one has a ton of talent in front of and behind »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tribeca Review: William Monahan’s ‘Mojave’ Starring Oscar Isaac,Garrett Hedlund & Mark Wahlberg

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A modern dusty Western, a twisty Hitchcock-ian thriller, a Cormac McCarthy-esque existentialist meditation on man, his internal crisis, an exploration of the price of fame and artistry, a slasher-like revenge picture, and even at times a black comedy, William Monahan’s ambitious, but overstuffed sophomore directorial effort, “Mojave,” wants to be several movies at once. While it has trouble working out which kind of movie it exactly is (answer: all of the above), its disparate elements do intermittently and effectively work. However, a shallow premise, pompously overwrought dialogue, and hit-and-miss execution makes for an occasionally enjoyable, but not entirely convincing effort. It’s difficult to engender audience sympathy by opening a movie with a white, wealthy, spoiled 20-something star, who is full of angst, complains about being famous since he was 18, and is in the midst of an experiential crisis at being on top of the mountain and achieving everything goal he’s ever. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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First Look: Alexander Skarsgard Puts Up His Middle Finger In John Michael McDonagh's 'War On Everyone'

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There are few writer/directors that can balance dark drama with incisive wit, but John Michael McDonagh is one of them. With just two films — "The Guard" and "Calvary," both of which could probably use a bit more attention — he's established himself as a filmmaker who can handle a variety of tones with deft ease, while creating distinct, memorable characters. And his latest is his biggest effort to date. Filming has started on the perfectly titled "War On Everyone," and the first cheeky image is here. Michael Peña, Alexander Skarsgård, Theo James, Tessa Thompson, Caleb Landry Jones, Paul Reiser, Stephanie Sigman, and David Wilmot star in the action-comedy about two crooked cops who blackmail everyone they can, until one criminal proves to be more difficult to handle than they anticipated. So yes, we're very, very stoked on this one. Read More: Review: John Michael McDonagh's 'Calvary' Starring Brendan Gleeson, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tribeca Review: Neil Labute’s ‘Dirty Weekend’ Starring Matthew Broderick And Alice Eve

6 hours ago

The Scandinavians have Lars Von Trier, and Americans may boast Harmony Korine as our enfante terrible, but writer/director Neil Labute is still unquestionably America’s premier big screen provocateur. Over the years, he’s poked, prodded and challenged audiences with many confrontational and discomfiting topics both in film and on the stage, tackling misogyny and sexism (“In The Company Of Men”), obesity/female body issues (the stage play “Fat Pig”), the duplicity of the art world and calculating females (“The Shape Of Things”), post 9/11 fallout (“The Mercy Seat”) and the repercussions of an interracial love triangle ("This Is How It Goes," "Lakeview Terrace”). Labute functions like a portrait artist of nasty, vicious human behavior, deceitful psychologies and devious assholes —his worldview is often deeply cynical, presenting the unpleasant aspects of human nature. Nearly once a year, he turns out a new work that’s sharp, funny, observational and indeed. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Watch: New TV Spots, Clips And Images For 'Far From The Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan

6 hours ago

One of our 41 Most Anticipated Movies Of Summer 2015, "Far From The Madding Crowd" is not what is presently understood as a seasonal blockbuster. It's based on a literary classic, rather than a comic book. And it's from a director not known for explosions leveling entire cities, but for deep drama and complex characters. So basically, it's right up our alley, and today comes a few new looks at the movie. A trio of new TV spots provide another look at the sweeping drama based on the novel by Thomas Hardy, and new images give us a closer look at the top shelf cast for Thomas Vinterberg's film, including Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge. And finally, a couple more clips have arrived as well. "Far From The Madding Crowd" arrives on May 1st. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tribeca Review: 'Ashby' Starring Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts And Sarah Silverman

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No one knows their neighbors anymore. Tony McNamara’s off-kilter but admirably good-hearted “Ashby” makes such a case. Young Ed Wallis’ (Nat Wolff) neighbor is a former CIA agent with nearly a hundred kills under his fashionably distressed belt. Who would want to live next door to someone like that? Conveniently enough, Ed would. He's the new kid in town and doesn’t have any friends to speak of, and the combination of a contrived school assignment (basically, “meet an old person, talk to them, write about it”) and the discovery of the bluehair next door inspires Ed to make a pal out of Ashby (Mickey Rourke). Too bad the guy has secrets —government-sanctioned murder the least among them— that just might keep him from letting Ed in. Just kidding! Ashby takes to Ed well enough, or at least he doesn't mind having a fresh-faced teen available to tote him to complete some mysterious missions, »

- Kate Erbland

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Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' Will Cost $154 Million Dollars

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While it would be easy to dismiss Sony's aggressive plans to expand the "Ghostbusters" franchise, it's worth noting that Paul Feig, who will get out of the gate first with the upcoming female driven entry, was hesitant at first about taking it on. “I just couldn’t get my head around it,” he admitted to Variety, but when he struck upon switching up genders, inspiration hit. “I know how to do that movie, and I know all these funny women.” But no franchise expansion comes without risk and cost, and Feig's movie will definitely have both. Taking a look at Sony, now operating under the leadership of ex-Fox honcho Tom Rothman and following the departure of Amy Pascal, THR reveals that this "Ghostbusters" will have quite a price tag: $154 million. And that's after Feig tweaked the script for budget conscious Rothman, allowing the cost to be scaled back from an initial $169 million. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: First Trailer For Sex Comedy 'The Overnight' With Adam Scott And Jason Schwartzman

7 hours ago

Moving to a new place and trying to forge new connections can be tough. And it's arguably even more difficult when you're married and raising a child. Where do you find the time to meet new people and make a connection? Well, some between the sheets action helps forge those bonds in the new sex comedy "The Overnight," and the first trailer is here. Premiering in January at the Sundance Film Festival, the movie stars Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godrèche and follows Alex and Emily, who move from Seattle to Los Angeles and meet Kurt and Charlotte. But an invitation to family pizza night soon takes a wild turn. A movie we called "hysterically funny," "The Overnight" opens on June 19th. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The 41 Most Anticipated Movies Of Summer 2015

8 hours ago

It feels like it was Christmas only yesterday, and yet suddenly we blinked and it’s now the dying days of April, which means that summer movie season is about to arrive. You could argue that it’s actually been underway for a while, with “Furious 7” doing gangbusters numbers in theaters (speeding swiftly towards a billion dollars), but soon, multiplexes will be literally full of superheroes. It’s as crowded a time as ever, not just for blockbusters but also for counter-programming indie fare, and as we’ve done traditionally at this time of year, we’ve dug into the release schedule and picked out forty of the movies we’re most excited about. It’s a varied mix, from half-a-billion-dollar-budgeted blockbusters to tiny indies, foreign films and documentaries, but all together, it’s a pretty good argument for staying indoors through to the end of August. So with no further ado, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Watch: C-3Po & R2-D2 Hosted Documentary 'The Making Of Star Wars' From 1977

8 hours ago

Now that everyone’s losing their friggin’ minds and creating genius memes that exploit one of last year’s most emotionally devastating scenes after laying eyes on the brand new teaser for “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens," it might be fun to go back to the very beginning of the saga, with the very first making-of documentary produced about it, simply called “The Making of Star Wars."  The cast and crew of the first 'Star Wars' movie speculate about a possible sequel, but they probably could not have guessed just how big “George’s silly kids movie” (a nickname that the English crew tacked on to the movie now known as “A New Hope”) would turn out. In fact, if you’d tell Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford that they’d return for a sequel almost forty years after the first movie, they »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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Watch: New International Trailer For Animated, Cannes-Bound 'The Little Prince'

9 hours ago

The Cannes Film Festival isn't only high brow, arty movies. Amongst the selection this year is something for the whole family, and while it won't win the Palme d'Or (indeed, its screening Out Of Competition), the movie will still see plenty of big stars on the red carpet, tellling a story everyone knows from childhood. A pretty amazing voicecast — Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Paul Rudd, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Albert Brooks, Bud Cort, and Ricky Gervais — has been lined up for Mark Osborne's "The Little Prince," and this new animated trailer for the movie shows the tale has been expanded well beyond the tiny kids' book. Whether it can retain the magic of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s timeless story remains to be seen. Read More: The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far "The Little Prince" opens overseas on July 29th. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Mark Hamill Suggests Key 'Star Wars' Character Returns In 'The Force Awakens'

9 hours ago

You've dissected the new "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer by now, but of course, there will be those examining each frame to try and decipher more clues. Mark Hamill has revealed a little something to consider about the movie which will follow "Star Wars: Episode VI — Return Of The Jedi."  Read More: New Infographic Lays Out Canonical 'Star Wars' Timeline With Films, TV, And Books The new teaser's voiceover (from 'Jedi') — "The force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power, too." — is delivered by Luke Skywalker himself, though he admits that he kept messing up during one crucial part of it.  Speaking with AP, Hamill noted that in re-recording the voiceover, he kept saying, "My father had it." Of course, we all know Luke's father is none other than Darth Vader, and while »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: The Bellas Go Global With The International Trailer For 'Pitch Perfect 2'

10 hours ago

To be perfectly honest, my wife and her friends should be the ones writing this article about the new international trailer for “Pitch Perfect 2." They’re the ones who care a bit more than I do about “Glee: The Movie, But With More Talented and Charming People” a.k.a. “Pitch Perfect," and they're not the only ones. The first movie was a surprise success, and sold a boatload of soundtracks. There's every indication this highly anticipated sequel should be a smash hit. The first movie had a lot of charm, mostly spearheaded by energetic and likable performances by Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. Kendrick, Wilson, as well as the entire Barden Bellas are back for the sequel, this time directed by Elizabeth Banks, who also returns to the cast as the obnoxious presenter from the first film. “Pitch Perfect 2” represents Banks’ feature directorial debut. She previously helmed »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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Watch: Monstrous New Trailer For 'Jurassic World' Arrives With Chris Pratt And Bryce Dallas Howard

10 hours ago

Everyone has an opinion on "Jurassic World" it would seem, including Joss Whedon, who snagged headlines when he called the first clip from the movie " '70s era sexist." It was a pretty big gauntlet to throw considering no one has actually seen the completed movie yet, and thus we don't know the arcs of the characters involved. But today, Universal drops a new trailer for their summer blockbuster and franchise extender, so we can see a lot more of what's coming. Read More: 5 Versions Of 'Jurassic Park' You Never Saw Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, Bd Wong, and Judy Greer are the key ensemble players in Colin Trevorrow's film. This time, we find the theme park attraction in major trouble, once again, when scientists get the idea of cooking up a new dinosaur species in a lab. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'The Anarchists' With Tahar Rahim & Adele Exarchopolous And Miguel Gomes' 6-Hour 'Arabian Nights' Head To Cannes

11 hours ago

The spring is always a bit of a head-spinning time to be a cinephile. In addition to the onslaught of big money blockbusters, the arthouse world rolls out its finest at the Cannes Film Festival and sidebar lineups. And this week kicks off with big news about the lineups in those sister festivals. For those who thought that "Tabu" director Miguel Gomes' epic "Arabian Nights" would be headed to the main show, guess again. THR reveals that the six-hour movie will instead screen at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight. “The breath-taking triptych is inspired by the tales told by Scheherazade and by some events that occurred in Portugal between 2013 and 2014, while the country was subjected to a political power denying all forms of social justice,” the festival's Artistic Director Edouard Waintrop said. Meanwhile, Cannes Critics' Week has unveiled their slate, and the starriest attraction is Elie Wajeman’s “The Anarchists, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Ian McKellen Returns To Baker Street In New Trailer For 'Mr. Holmes'

11 hours ago

Summer is the season of finding a quiet, sun warmed spot, cracking open a cold drink, and opening a breezy page-turner. "Mr. Holmes" may just be the cinematic equivalent of that annual tradition, and today a new trailer has arrived for the latest effort between Ian McKellen and Bill Condon. Read More: Berlin Review: Bill Condon's 'Mr. Holmes' Starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney & Milo Parker Yes, this is a movie about Sherlock Holmes, but not the dashing hero you might know from countless other iterations. Instead, this time around our hero tries to solve a decades old case, one that he may have gotten wrong the first time around. It's a trip down memory lane of sorts, with the added complication that his own cognitive abilities are on the wane. The result is a movie we called "a thoughtful and moving study of age and memory, fiction and reality, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Tom Hardy Is The Road Warrior In New International Trailer For 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

12 hours ago

With about a month to go before "Mad Max: Fury Road" hits the Cannes Film Festival, Warner Bros. is starting to make the franchise connection more pronounced. Last week came a legacy trailer for the film, which underscored how it continues from the previous three films starring Mel Gibson. Now, a new Japanese spot brings us a bit more footage and a little more voiceover from the man who refers to himself as the "Road Warrior." Read More: George Miller Says Script For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Sequel Already Written Running just over a minute long and powered by some truly terrible alternative rock (which I hope isn't indicative of the finished movie), we get introduced to bits of new footage, a few more moments of dialogue, and of course, lots of explosions. If you're looking to get your pulse racing this summer, 'Fury Road' looks like the choice to beat. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Arty First Posters For 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Plus Retro Trailer Mashup

12 hours ago

Tonight is Warner Bros. big IMAX event for "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice," but some of the sting has certainly been taken out of it. With the trailer leaking last week,  followed by a hastily posted official version late on Friday, reaction has been very divided. Zack Snyder's serious, dark tone has turned off many, while others are intrigued by the thematic ideas being offered up. Certainly these new posters for the movie are a visual representation of DC's distinct approach and how vastly different it is from Marvel. Read More: WB Pres. Explains 'Batman v. Superman' Move, Says 'Justice League' Will Come Soon After Instead of going for the bright, candy colors of their rivals, which tend to deliver either character standalone one-sheets, or crammed, character-packed posters, these relatively simple 'Batman v. Superman' posters tell a story. They highlight two heroes divided, obsessed with each other, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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