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Documentary ‘City Of Ghosts’ Is A Wide-Eyed, Jaw Dropping Look At The Battle Against Isis [Sundance Review]

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“City of Ghosts” is documentarian Matthew Heineman’s third film to bow at Sundance, after 2012’s health care doc “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare” (co-directed with Susan Froemke), and 2015’s searing “Cartel Land,” an immersive, bone-rattling film embedded on the front lines of the drug cartel war in Mexico. This year, he brings “City of Ghosts,” to Park City, which could be described as “ ‘Cartel Land’ but with Isis,” however Heineman’s too sophisticated a filmmaker for that facile comparison.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Landline’ Is A Hit And Miss Followup From ‘Obvious Child’ Team Jenny Slate & Gillian Robespierre [Sundance Review]

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Three years ago, writer-director Gillian Robespierre, writer-producer Elisabeth Holm, and actress-comedian Jenny Slate won over Sundance — and then had a small-but-significant arthouse hit — with their offbeat romantic comedy “Obvious Child,” a frank and funny look at how an unplanned pregnancy shakes up one struggling New Yorker woman’s life. Now the trio are back with “Landline,” which is about three New York ladies — a mother and two daughters — in various stages of personal crisis.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Robert De Niro Still Trying To Get Joe Pesci For ‘The Irishman,’ Martin Scorsese Discusses Cinema History In Engaging 85-Minute Talk

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With one long-developing movie out of the way in “Silence,” Martin Scorsese is now turning his attention to another project that has been on his desk for a while in “The Irishman.” The pieces have been slowly coalescing, especially across the past year, and new details have emerged about the shape it’s taking.

Firstly, in an interview with Scorsese’s longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker in the Associated Press (via 680 News), it’s revealed that the hitman drama “The Irishman” is now aiming to start filming in June.

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- Edward Davis

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Boarding School Doc ‘In Loco Parentis’ Is An Immersive Look At The Transformative Power Of Education [Sundance Review]

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There is little quite as decisive as education. And state-side, there is certainly a weariness related to boarding schools and their outdated traditions, antiquated ideologies, and general eliteness that, at the moment, has reached a near-pariah state (at least outside of the North East). Which makes it plausible that American audiences might sit down to the new Irish documentary “In Loco Parentis” expecting a validation of some preconceived notion. But, as it turns out, “In Loco Parentis” adds a vital perspective on a particular form of education, highlighting most notably that with the right educators and the right environment it can — and should be — a joyous, mind-opening experience.

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- Gary Garrison

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Zoe Kazan Shines In Kumail Nanjiani’s Hilarious & Heartfelt New Comedy ‘The Big Sick’ [Sundance Review]

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Zoe Kazan can transform even the most stock role into something indelible. In the broadest sense, her character Emily in the romantic dramedy “The Big Sick” is about as basic as they come. She’s “the girlfriend”—the woman whose humor, kindness, and vivacity gives the hero the catalyst he needs for change. But Kazan’s so hilarious and three-dimensional, able to turn on a dime from goofy to guarded to outright angry.

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- Noel Murray

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‘God’s Own Country’ Is A Sexy And Muddy Tale Of A Gay Man Finding Love [Sundance Review]

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Park City – There is something inherently familiar about Francis Lee’s feature directorial debut “God’s Own Country” which screened for the press at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on Saturday morning. We’ve seen stories about young gay men struggling with coming out in a conservative community before. We’ve seen the young man be afraid of parents who may or may not be accepting of his sexual orientation. We’ve seen the young man then find that special guy who makes him realize he can truly be himself and come out to his family.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Huh? Hugh Jackman Says ‘Logan’ Is Not Set In The ‘X-Men’ Universe

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This is somewhat strange. So a new “Logan” trailer has been released and as you’ve likely heard by now, Hugh Jackman intends this to be the last Wolverine film—or at least the last one he stars in as the X-Men mutant. As you’ve probably gleaned from the footage and or our in-depth “Logan” report (we saw the first 40 minutes of the film), this James Mangold-directed outing is very different.

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- Edward Davis

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Michelle Morgan’s ‘L.A. Times’ Is A Funny, Woody Allen-Esque Look At Singlehood In Hollywood [Sundance Review]

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When a film is named after a city, it had better have something to say about the town—especially if it’s taking the name of one of the biggies, like London, Paris, or New York. Writer-director-star Michelle Morgan’s “L.A. Times” is unquestionably “a Los Angeles movie,” in that it makes great use of the hills, valleys, galleries, and bars around the city as the backdrop for an episodic romantic comedy.

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- Noel Murray

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Rooney Mara And Jason Segel Don’t Find Much Life In ‘The Discovery’ [Sundance Review]

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Park City – Is there life after death? It’s a question that’s been a recurring theme in both the written word and visual arts for as long as man has walked he earth. What is rarely considered, however, is how the world would react if definitive proof of some sort of afterlife was found. That’s the initial and, frankly, most interesting conceit of Charlie McDowell’s “The Discovery” which debuted Friday night at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Aubrey Plaza And Elizabeth Olsen Skewer The Instagram Age In ‘Ingrid Goes West’ [Sundance Review]

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Park City – Have you ever questioned whether you’re slightly obsessed with someone you follow on Twitter, SnapChat or some other social network? Do you get a little too excited when you get a notification about a post, like, or comment on your own account on said networks? If so, not only will “Ingrid Goes West,” which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival Friday night make you laugh, it might also give you pause.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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‘Deadpool’ Helmer Tim Miller Directing ‘Terminator’ Reboot

20 January 2017 5:09 PM, PST

We’re in the era when franchises are never dead, they just away for awhile. After “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” didn’t meet expectations, it was only two years later that the character was rebooted in “Captain America: Civil War,” and this summer he’ll swing back on the big screen in a new movie, that’s part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Meanwhile, less than two years have passed since rebootquel “Terminator Genisys” bellyflopped, but no matter, because as the famous phrase goes, “I’ll be back.”

Read More: Exclusive: 54-Minute Talk With ‘The Terminator’ Composer Brad Fiedel About The Newly Reissued Soundtrack

Deadline has dropped the bombshell news that “Deadpool” director Tim Miller has been tapped to direct a reboot of the property.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Michael Cera & Abbi Jacobson Can’t Save The Underbaked ‘Person To Person’ [Sundance Review]

20 January 2017 4:41 PM, PST

“Intentionally phony” is one of the hardest tones for a movie to pull off. Wes Anderson can do it, and Jim Jarmusch, Joel and Ethan Coen, and a handful of other filmmakers. Their characters and dialogue are rarely “realistic,” but they fit into a larger vision, and ultimately express something true, no matter how fake they may seem on the surface. Done well, overt artifice can be sublime.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Deadpool Writers Say Their Awards Season Recognition Has Been “Wild, Unexpected & Surreal”

20 January 2017 2:36 PM, PST

Come what may, awards season always arrives with some pleasant and unfortunate surprises. Isabelle Huppert winning a Golden Globe for “Elle” and  being lauded for her performance by film critics groups has been especially heartening. Abundant nominations for Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals” has been somewhat of a headscratcher given it was received with very mixed reviews, is somewhat salaciously silly, and that his previous film — the much more Oscar-friendly “A Single Man” — was mostly snubbed by the Academy.

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- Rodrigo Perez

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Michael Fassbender Brings Charisma To The Eccentric Crime Dramedy ‘Trespass Against Us’ [Review]

20 January 2017 1:55 PM, PST

In the centerpiece scene of the eccentric UK crime dramedy “Trespass Against Us,” the cocky son of an unlikely mastermind leads his gang on their biggest smash-and-grab yet: driving through the ceiling-to-floor-length front windows of a country estate, and then driving off again with millions of dollars worth of art and antiques. Michael Fassbender plays the heist’s point-man, Chad Cutler, who reluctantly takes the assignment from his dad and boss, Colby (Brendan Gleeson), yet comes to life when he’s behind the wheel of the getaway car, leading the cops on a chase through narrow streets and bumpy fields.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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ABC TV’s Ben Sherwood Updates Status Of Live Action ‘Star Wars’ TV Series

20 January 2017 1:29 PM, PST

Last summer, “Star Wars” fans freaked when at the Television Critics Association August event, network president Channing Dungey said that “hush, hush” “conversations” were happening with Lucasfilm about a potential live action series that would take place in a galaxy far, far away. Would George Lucas‘ scrapped “Star Wars: Underworld” get revived? Would the show connect with the main saga?

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Neo-Noir ‘Detour’ Starring Tye Sheridan, Bel Powley And Emory Cohen Underwhelms [Review]

20 January 2017 12:57 PM, PST

If any one of the ’90s Quentin Tarantino copycats remade “Sliding Doors,” this neo-noir would be the result, even down to the casting of John Lynch, who starred in the 1998 film. Filled with would-be-witty dialogue, “Detour” takes a Choose Your Own Adventure approach to its twist-filled narrative about a college student whose attempts for revenge go very wrong. Director Christopher Smith employs split screen to show what happens when his hero makes a decision and flips back in time when it wants to show the audience just how little they know.

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- Kimber Myers

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Watch The First Clip From The ‘Inconvenient Truth’ Sequel, Plus Last Night’s Al Gore-Led Q&A From Sundance

20 January 2017 12:52 PM, PST

You know what’s fun? When you wake up after Inauguration Day and learn that the White House leaders and Donald Trump have taken down the White House climate-change page and replaced it with a pledge to drill more oil. Oy, it’s going to be one of those days four years.

Read More: The 30 Most Exciting Films In The Sundance 2017 Lineup

Speaking of taking care of the environment, last night, Al Gore and the producers of the “An Inconvenient Truth” eco-doc sequel “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power” premiered their new film to much praise and a standing ovation at Sundance.

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- Rodrigo Perez

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Annapurna Steps Into Distribution Game, Sets Release Date For Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Riots Movie

20 January 2017 12:32 PM, PST

The indie distribution game is always in a state of flux. Former titans The Weinstein Company now seem to be barely getting by these days, and the era of streaming hasn’t stopped new companies from coming along. Just this week, it was announced that former RADiUS honcho Tom Quinn and Alamo Drafthouse’s Tim League were teaming up to form Neon (Anne Hathaway‘s monster movie “Colossal” will be their first release).

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Emily Browning Feels The New York Groove In Sundance Trailer For Alex Ross Perry’s ‘Golden Exits’

20 January 2017 11:59 AM, PST

With a cast that includes Emily Browning, Jason SchwartzmanAdam Horovitz, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe, and Chloë Sevigny, it’s not a big surprise that Alex Ross Perry‘s “Golden Exits” is one of the The 30 Most Exciting Films In The Sundance 2017 Lineup. And while we’ll have our verdict soon, this teaser provides a nice preview of what’s to come.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Ryan Reynolds Reportedly On Star-Studded Shortlist For ‘Green Lantern Corps’

20 January 2017 11:45 AM, PST

With President Trump now in the White House and trying to figure out how to open the drawers of the desk in the Oval Office with his tiny hands, even he can’t stop Hollywood from making superhero movies. Nor can he stop Warner Bros. from dreaming big about their brewing “Green Lantern Corps” movie.

Read More: How Warner Bros. Turned The DC Movie Universe Into A Franchise Problem Child

The Wrap reports that on the star-studded shortlist for Hal Jordan is Tom Cruise, Joel McHale, Bradley Cooper, Armie Hammer, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Ryan Reynolds.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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