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Weed & Grief Collide Humorously In Stoner Comedy ‘One Week And A Day’ [Review]

13 hours ago

Among the national cinemas represented at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, there was a notably large contingent of Israeli films. In addition to Un Certain Regard selections “Beyond the Mountain and Hills” and “Personal Affairs,” the country found itself featured in the Critic’s Week—a sidebar devoted to first and second-time filmmakers—with “One Week And A Day.” American-born Asaph Polonsky’s debut feature is a droll crowd-pleaser about a couple mourning the loss of their son, and the shape of their daily routine afterwards.

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- Bradley Warren

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James Mangold Confirms ‘Logan’ Is Getting A Black & White Release In May

13 hours ago

You can thank George Miller: re-releasing your movie in theaters in black and white is all the rage. You’ll recall the “Black & Chrome” edition of “Mad Max: Fury Road” hit DVD and a one-week run in U.K. earlier this year. Now, director James Mangold is following in similar footsteps with a black and white release of “Logan” arriving for one day on May 16 in the U.S.

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- Edward Davis

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‘For Ahkeem’: One Sobering Story Of Hardship Reflects Many [Tribeca Review]

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A coming of age documentary told against the fiery backdrop of teenager Mike Brown’s tragic death and the Ferguson, Missouri riots and protests that followed in 2014, the documentary “For Ahkeem” is a sobering piece of work. One of the most startling and lingering sequences begins when the film’s subject Daje Shelton and her mother sit shellshocked watching television as protests erupt in Ferguson following the grand jury ruling on the police officers that killed an unarmed teenage boy.

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- Ally Johnson

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Vin Diesel Says That James Gunn Wants A ‘Rocket & Groot’ Spin-Off

14 hours ago

In the distant world of about 36 months ago, when the world was still marginally more sane and not on fire all the time, “Guardians Of The Galaxy” was not a franchise whose second entry was about to make an enormous amount of money. It was a Marvel gamble that was known, almost exclusively, among the general public as ‘oh, the raccoon and tree movie?’ But part of the brilliance of Gunn’s original was the way that he took the two strangest character in Marvel history — murderous space-rodent Rocket and upbeat plant-creature Groot — and made them highlights of the movie.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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‘Gilbert’ Gottfried Doc Does Justice To A Comedy Legend [Tribeca Review]

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Gilbert Gottfried might not be a human being. He might actually be a cat in a human being costume. About forty minutes into “Gilbert,” Neil Berkeley’s incongruously warm and fuzzy doc about the comic legend’s life and times, Gilbert packs a couple suitcases for a cross-country tour. He readies to leave the apartment he and his wife, Dara Gottfried, live in, and as he makes for the door she makes a request.

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- Andrew Crump

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‘Roseanne’ Getting A Limited Series Revival, John Goodman On Board Despite His Character Being Dead

15 hours ago

TV’s mania for revivals doesn’t seem to be stinted much by the fact that just as many fail as succeed. Already this year, we’ve seen “24: Legacy” and the “Prison Break” resurrection under perform in the ratings, and shows like “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Coach” have stalled before even making it to screens. But frustratingly, every so often, one proves a hit, whether it’s “The X-Files” or “Fuller House,” and so we’re doomed to have networks continue to attempt this for, probably, as long as they still exist.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Low-Budget Superhero Tale ‘Sleight’ Makes Director J.D. Dillard One To Watch [Review]

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“Anyone can learn a trick, but doing something that no one else is willing to do makes you a magician. I can do what no one else can,” Bo (Jacob Latimore) attests in a critical moment of confession, avowing his commitment to achieving the extraordinary in “Sleight.” It’s a line that wouldn’t feel out of place in Christopher Nolan’s “The Prestige,” as Christian Bale’s thaumaturge pledges similar sacrifices to his craft at all costs.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Mike Myers Hosting ‘Gong Show’ Revival In Heavy Prosthetic Make-Up As Fake British Comedian

16 hours ago

Well, it took ’til the very end, but the strangest story of the week has just arrived, and that’s in a week when it was revealed that Will Smith was on the Cannes jury, and that Fyre Festival thing. It’s a while since we’ve seen much of Mike Myers: the Canadian superstar comedian’s two main franchises, “Shrek” and “Austin Powers,” lie dormant, and Myers hasn’t actually appeared on screen since his cameo in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” in 2009, although he did direct 2013’s documentary “Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon.”

But something of a comeback may be on the way: Myers has been talking about a possible fourth “Austin Powers” film this week to mark the film’s 20th anniversary; he’s starring with Margot Robbie and Simon Pegg in crime thriller “Terminal”; and today, Myers sort-of completes a return to the spotlight in the strangest, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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‘La 92’ Is A Harrowing, Incendiary Epic Of The 1992 Los Angeles Riots [Tribeca Review]

16 hours ago

As heartrending as it is heart-racing, “La 92” will make an uneasy fit when it gets broadcast on National Geographic alongside episodes of “Monster Fish” and “Locked Up Abroad.” Receiving its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin’s unnerving documentary is one of several retrospectives coming out this year on the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

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- Chris Barsanti

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Netflix’s ‘Dear White People’ Series Is A Hilarious, Provocative Improvement On The Excellent Movie [Review]

17 hours ago

With a title meant to inspire, intrigue, and ire, the latest Netflix series “Dear White People” wastes no time in challenging and charming audiences. But it might not always manage both. The moment its trailer hit, online outrage came fast and oblivious from those who threatened to boycott the streaming subscription service, accusing the unseen show of “reverse racism.” Apparently, they’d never heard of creator Justin Simien‘s 2014 film of the same name, which earned rousing critical praise and became the jumping off point for this scathingly hilarious comedy series.

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- Kristy Puchko

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Exclusive Clip: Cannes 2016 Tragicomedy ‘One Week And A Day’

17 hours ago

It’s the last weekend before blockbuster (and blockbuster counter-programming) season, and it’s traditionally one of the quieter ones of the year for new releases. So if you’re looking for something to see in theaters, you could do a lot worse than Israeli comedy-drama “One Week And A Day.”

Read More: 2017 Summer Movie Preview: Blockbusters And Beyond

After premiering at Cannes last year to strong notices, the film opens today, and we’re delighted to say we have an exclusive clip courtesy of Oscilloscope, so you can see the film’s pleasures for yourself.

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- The Playlist

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Watch The First Nsfw Trailer For Philippe Garrel’s Cannes-Bound ‘Lover For A Day’

17 hours ago

Good news, everyone: Philippe Garrel has made another film! The French New Wave veteran isn’t as well-known among the public as a Godard or a Truffaut (he’s a fair bit younger — he was just 16 when he made his first short film, “Les enfants désaccordés,” in 1964), but among a certain kind of cinephile, he’s a hallowed name, either for his experimental early work (which included his collaborations with then-lover Nico in the 1970s), or for his more recent meditations on love, family and politics, often in collaboration with his son, actor Louis Garrel.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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New Teaser For The Return Of ‘Twin Peaks’ Reintroduces You To The Show’s World [Watch]

18 hours ago

We’re now only three weeks away from the return of “Twin Peaks” to our screens, with the first of 18 episodes directed by David Lynch arriving on Showtime after the first few premiere at Cannes in the early days of the festival. But it’s remarkable, given how keenly anticipated the show is, how much the show remains under wraps.

Read More: The 30 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2017

Expect that to change, even just a little, as it gets closer, and to kick off, Showtime just dropped a new teaser.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy & Pierce Brosnan To Star In True-Life Prison Escape Movie ‘H-Block’

18 hours ago

Irish director Jim Sheridan is a six-time Oscar nominee for his work on acclaimed films like “My Left Foot,” “In The Name Of The Father” and “In America,” but his career has had ups and downs more recently — he was the decidedly odd choice to make 50 Cent biopic “Get Rich Or Die Tryin’”; “Brothers” with Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman and Tobey Maguire failed to take off; horror-thriller “Dream House” had a troubled production and died at the box office; and Rooney Mara vehicle “The Secret Scripture” got tepid reviews at Tiff.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Watch: First Trailer For Acclaimed Sundance Award-Winner ‘Gook’

19 hours ago

It’s apparently L.A. Riots day — tonight sees the debut of John Ridley’s “Let It Fall,” a documentary pegged to the 25th anniversary of the uprising (which kicked off with the acquittal of the officers caught on video beating Rodney King on April 29th, 1992), on ABC after a brief theatrical run. And the riots will also be captured later in the year with Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s “Kings” with Daniel Craig and Halle Berry.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Watch The Nsfw Full Trailer For Francois Ozon’s Thriller ‘L’Amant Double’ With Jeremie Renier & Marine Vacth

19 hours ago

There are few filmmakers that can match Francois Ozon for versatility or for sheer volume of output. The acclaimed French helmer has made 16 films in his 20-year career, and his latest “L’Amant Double,” will be his eighth movie in ten years, arriving barely six months after his last film, “Frantz,” screened in theaters. Ozon has many modes — he’s recently made comedy-of-manners with “Potiche,” “Belle Du Jour”-style character study with “Young & Beautiful,” transgender comedy-drama with “The New Girlfriend,” and period romance with “Frantz,” but his latest sees him return to the sexy-thriller territory of some of his best movies, like 2003’s “Swimming Pool.”

Set to premiere in competition at Cannes in a few weeks, “L’Amant Double,” reteams Ozon with two previous stars: Dardennes favorite Jeremie Renier (“Potiche”), and “Young & Beautiful” lead Marine Vacth, with Jacqueline Bisset also in the cast.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Bingeworthy Breakdown: Should You Be Watching Netflix’s ‘Girlboss’?

20 hours ago

The Bingeworthy Breakdown is an occasional look at new TV shows. An estimated 500 scripted seasons of TV will air in 2017, and to help you sort the wheat from the chaff, we’re going to look at the first episodes of the most notable of these to help you work out whether it’s worth tuning in every week for them, waiting to binge later, or using the time to finally catch up on “13 Reasons Why” or whatever else you’ve been waiting for.

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- Will Ashton

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Stephen King’s ‘Firestarter’ Getting A Remake From ‘Get Out’ Producers

20 hours ago

To say that veteran horror author Stephen King is having a moment is probably a bit simplistic — he’s one of the most popular and successful authors of all time, and his work has been the source material for classics including “The Shining” and “The Shawshank Redemption,” so it’s pretty rare that he hasn’t been having a moment. But King looks to be more present on screen than ever across 2017 and 2018, even by his prolific standards.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Sharks Try & Eat Mandy Moore In The Trailer For ’47 Meters Down’ [Watch]

21 hours ago

All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl,” Jean-Luc Godard famously said. But sometimes, all you need for a movie is a shark and a girl, as last year’s “The Shallows” proved: Jaume Collet-Serra’s thriller basically just had those two ingredients, and yet proved to be one of the most slickly entertaining and knuckle-bitingly tense studio movies of 2016. And one of the most profitable, too.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Watch: Kristen Stewart Makes Music Video Directorial Debut With Chvrches’s ‘Down Side Of Me’

21 hours ago

MTV might have stopped showing them a long time ago, but music videos were saved by the dawn of YouTube, which allowed the best, or the most-featuring-Justin-Bieber-ish, to go viral. And they continue to attract big name directors — only yesterday, we saw Paul Thomas Anderson helming the first track from the new album by Haim.

And today brings another treat, and likely your first chance to see something directed by Kristen Stewart — her first short film has played Sundance and is headed to Cannes, but likely won’t be visible for the general public for a while, whereas this clip for a new version of great Scottish electro-pop band Chvrches’ “Down Side Of Me” is available right now.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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