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Recommended Discs & Deals of the Week: ‘Crimson Peak,’ ’99 Homes,’ ‘Whiplash,’ and More

20 hours ago | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

99 Homes (Ramin Bahrani)

Ramin Bahrani made a name for himself with three independent films over the last decade, focusing on humanity’s daily struggles, reinvented foreign lives in America, and a fundamental sense of decency. With 2012’s At Any Price and this year’s 99 Homes, Bahrani has twice returned to the festival that launched his career, presenting the evolution of those themes. Not coincidentally, the worst years of the financial crisis stand between his acclaimed Goodbye, Solo and the tepidly received 2012 picture, »

- TFS Staff

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Best of Fest: Sundance 2016’s Top 10 New Faces

5 February 2016 2:30 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Yesterday, Nicholas Bell and I issued our Top 10 New Voices, and now we launch into our New Faces. They range in age, amount of screen time, and in this year’s batch of New Faces made memorable turns in supporting or principle character roles. Narrowly breaking into our top ten list we have names such as Sand Storm‘s Lammis Ammar and Spa Night‘s Haerry Kim. Here is our top ten countdown.

#10. Royalty HightowerThe Fits.

Move over Creed. The youngest featured actress to be profiled in our ten set was embraced in Park City as the next “it” personality and for good reason. In Anna Rose Holmer’s debut, Royalty Hightower’s Toni has a lot of volume – she physically inhabits a character who is at odds with her burgeoning teenagehood (a transition that is not always welcomed) in a performance that empathically comes across as non-actingly natural. »

- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers

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New to Streaming: ‘Steve Jobs,’ ‘Bridge of Spies,’ ‘Spotlight,’ ‘Arabian Nights,’ and More

5 February 2016 9:13 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Amy (Asif Kapadia)

Amy is genuinely moving because it asks what you would do if you were a loved one witnessing Amy Winehouse’s demise. It’s a question many of us would like to pose an answer to, but the reality is that you were dealing with a woman who was fully independent and had more money at her fingers than many could imagine. This »

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Watch: Spike Lee on His Blistering Film 'Chi-Raq,' Now Available on Amazon Prime

4 February 2016 10:38 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

For Amazon Studios' first original movie release, they agreed to finance Spike Lee's rhyming reworking of Aristophanes' classic Lysistrata, "Chi-Raq" (Lionsgate/Roadside, December 4), betting that the Brooklyn filmmaker was back in his agit-prop sweet spot from the days of "She's Gotta Have It," "Do the Right Thing" and "Bamboozled."  Indeed, "Chi-Raq" is ripped from the headlines of violence between young black males on Chicago's South Side. It's what you expect from Lee: vibrant, lively, idiosyncratic, engaging, musical, chaotic and bombastic. It's never dull. Dapper Samuel L. Jackson serves as the film's narrator/Mc/Greek chorus, as we follow wondrous beauty Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris of "Dear White People"), who loves her raucous sex with her gangsta man Chi-Raq ("Drumline" star Nick Cannon), but hates the gun violence his posse wrecks on the people of their neighborhood. Lee »

- Anne Thompson

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#OscarsSoWhite: how questions of diversity are inextricably linked to taste

3 February 2016 2:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Some say that arguments over race shouldn’t rest on which films were passed over at the Oscars, but our views of what’s good and bad are linked to our prejudices – and ultimately racism itself is an aesthetic judgment

Aesthetics are subjective. To me, as I said in a recent Guardian article, it’s blindingly obvious that Pam Grier’s layered performance in 1997’s Jackie Brown is infinitely superior to Helen Hunt’s by-the-numbers spunky, angelic waitress in As Good As it Gets. But maybe you think (somehow) Hunt was better. Maybe you think she really should have won the Oscar that year, and that, therefore, her victory was a sign of virtue and merit rewarded, rather than an example of the Oscars’ usual preference for white actors in stories about white people. The existence of racism, or the ability to see racism, is built on the tottering foundation of personal taste. »

- Noah Berlatsky

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The Birth of a Nation | 2016 Sundance Film Festival Review

31 January 2016 3:15 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Born Again: Parker Resuscitates Turner Narrative in Painful Labor of Love

An odd, continued legacy of unquestioned applause greets the reception of actor Nate Parker’s commendable directorial debut, The Birth of a Nation, a powerful and grotesque revival of a slave rebellion led by Nat Turner, a man who’s most revered account heretofore was a celebrated novel by William Styron. The referenced legacy is in relation to highly regarded depictions of black lives in film and the sort of acknowledgment reserved for an incomprehensibly small number of these items made by or featuring black artists. As a cultural trend concerning the glaring whiteness of another set of Oscar nominees for this year’s ‘best’ efforts in American filmmaking rages on around us, Parker’s film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it took home both the Audience and Grand Jury Prize—but neither its subject matter or »

- Nicholas Bell

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[Sundance Review] Southside With You

27 January 2016 2:29 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Arriving just in time for the end of the Obama era, Southside With You depicts a history-changing summer afternoon in 1989 in which our future national leader took Michelle Robinson out on what would become their first date. Barack Obama (a convincing Parker Sawyers), working at a corporate law farm as an associate from Harvard Law, persuades his co-worker Michelle (Tika Sumpter, also a producer here) to attend a community meeting, which is not a date, according to her.

Writer-director Richard Tanne understands that this would be difficult to pull off if it didn’t work as a romantic drama first and foremost. Injecting personality and flair with a soulful soundtrack and warm cinematography form Patrick Scola, Southside With You impresses with its vision of a lower-class Chicago and a sincere emotional center. Even with a known outcome, it’s compelling to see the burgeoning relationship between these individuals as they sport authentic chemistry. »

- Jordan Raup

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Talking With the Barack and Michelle Obama of Sundance’s Southside With You

27 January 2016 8:53 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Once upon a time, there was a young, ambitious lawyer named Michelle Robinson from Chicago's Southside, who lived with her parents to help care for her father, who ailed from Ms. In the summer of 1989, Robinson spent an afternoon with a charismatic, cigarette-addicted summer associate from Hawaii named Barack Obama, strolling the steamy streets of their beloved city. They made, and make, a delightful couple, which is why filmmaker Richard Tanne decided to re-create the early days of their romance in his Sundance entry, Southside With You. The film has been compared, favorably, to Before Sunrise, and it traces the Obamas' adorable very-first date, from clashing dessert choices and Michelle's ample skepticism to holding hands during a screening of Do the Right Thing. It will also, as Vulture Kyle has pointed out, be one of the only movies of 2016 (if it gets released this year) to feature a black »

- Stacey Wilson Hunt

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Sundance: A Welcome Rebuke to Hollywood’s Diversity Woes

27 January 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Peter Debruge: At the studio level, American cinema seems to be in the full throes of a diversity crisis, as moviegoers and the media alike are finally taking Hollywood to task for its lopsidedly white-centric worldview. It’s a real problem, and one whose solution I’m happy to see suggested at the Sundance Film Festival, which has long extended a megaphone to so-called “outsider” voices. Judging by the U.S. competition alone, the broad-ranging field of representation includes Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” (which re-creates Nat Turner’s rebellion) and Richard Tanne’s “Southside With You” (which re-creates Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date) alongside Andrew Ahn’s gay-Asian identity exploration “Spa Night” and Elizabeth Wood’s wildly over-the-top “White Girl” (Wood is one of five distaff directors in competition, two of whom aren’t white).

The good news is that these movies somehow managed »

- Justin Chang, Peter Debruge and Guy Lodge

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Best of 2015: Nathaniel's Top Fifteen

25 January 2016 10:01 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

When you devote your life to the movies, you come to cherish the movies that give back as if they're devoted, in return, to you. Yes, you, specifically. Our consumption of movies may be communal but in some ineffable way, especially when it comes to list-making, they're deeply personal; movies in conversation with your soul. At least if you're doing it right. It's painful enough to "rank" a top 15 for 2015. So I included a second tier of favorites. The 30 best of the year, according to your host, took place all over the world as we know it (Germany keeps popping up as does seemingly every place with an arid climate in an odd but starkly beautiful coincidence) to weirdly recognizable places beyond it (Why, Jakku, you look so much like Tattoine!). The unifying thread might be that however alien their perspectives and locales (inside a young girl's brain, locked in a 10 x 10 shed, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Southside With You’

24 January 2016 5:54 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“We have to let go of judgment,” a young Barack Obama tells a group of frustrated community activists, encouraging them to place themselves in the shoes of those they’re up against. While most of the intended viewers for “Southside With You” are probably already inclined to listen to their president, it’s nice to think at least a few non-supporters in the audience might be moved by the spirit of empathy that suffuses this soulful and disarmingly romantic snapshot of Obama’s fateful first date with Michelle Robinson on a summer day in 1989 Chicago, long before either guessed they’d someday be president and First Lady of the United States. On the surface a mellow and agreeably meandering “Before Sunrise”-style walkabout, Richard Tanne’s writing-directing debut deepens into a pointed, flowing conversation about the many challenges (and varieties) of African-American identity, the need for both idealism and compromise, »

- Justin Chang

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Spike Lee Says Oscars 'Did the Right Thing' with Sweeping Changes After Diversity Controversy - but He's Still Boycotting the Ceremony

24 January 2016 7:35 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The IMDb Studio: Spike Lee On Academy from IMDb on Vimeo. Spike Lee supports the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the sweeping changes it announced last week in response to the lack of diversity among this year's nominees - but he's still boycotting the ceremony. In a new interview from IMDb's Sundance Studio from Saturday, the Do the Right Thing and Chi-Raq filmmaker said, "They had to do something, it was a fire storm of protest. And I want to thank [Academy] President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Board of Governors, for doing the right thing." AMPAS' changes will overhaul its voting bloc, »

- Adam Carlson, @acarlson91

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Spike Lee Says Oscars 'Did the Right Thing' with Sweeping Changes After Diversity Controversy - but He's Still Boycotting the Ceremony

24 January 2016 7:35 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The IMDb Studio: Spike Lee On Academy from IMDb on Vimeo. Spike Lee supports the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the sweeping changes it announced last week in response to the lack of diversity among this year's nominees - but he's still boycotting the ceremony. In a new interview from IMDb's Sundance Studio from Saturday, the Do the Right Thing and Chi-Raq filmmaker said, "They had to do something, it was a fire storm of protest. And I want to thank [Academy] President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Board of Governors, for doing the right thing." AMPAS' changes will overhaul its voting bloc, »

- Adam Carlson, @acarlson91

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What's Changed? People's 1996 Special Report on the Exclusion of African-Americans from Hollywood Remains All Too Relevant

22 January 2016 3:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This year, controversy over the repeated snubbing of African-American actors from the Oscars has once again dominated headlines.Twenty years ago, a special report in People examined diversity in the movie industry and labeled Hollywood's "continued exclusion of African-Americans" as "a national disgrace".The report was reexamined five years later in a follow up exposé, and while People uncovered encouraging signs of improvement, the African-American actors interviewed made it clear they felt the industry still had a long way to go.Now, another fifteen years later, and with calls to boycott the award show gaining traction, the original article appears »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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What's Changed? People's 1996 Special Report on the Exclusion of African-Americans from Hollywood Remains All Too Relevant

22 January 2016 3:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This year, controversy over the repeated snubbing of African-American actors from the Oscars has once again dominated headlines.Twenty years ago, a special report in People examined diversity in the movie industry and labeled Hollywood's "continued exclusion of African-Americans" as "a national disgrace".The report was reexamined five years later in a follow up exposé, and while People uncovered encouraging signs of improvement, the African-American actors interviewed made it clear they felt the industry still had a long way to go.Now, another fifteen years later, and with calls to boycott the award show gaining traction, the original article appears »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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The Oscars -- Academy Members Vote ... We'll Be Less White

22 January 2016 1:35 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

The Motion Picture Academy is getting some "brothas on the wall" -- to quote Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" -- after unanimously voting to increase its minority and female membership. Thursday night's vote -- a clear reaction to outrage over a lack of black Oscar nominees recently -- will not affect this year's ceremony, but instead aims to double the Academy's diversity by 2020. Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said they will immediately begin recruiting new minority members. »

- TMZ Staff

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Oscars 2016: Why the #OscarsSoWhite Boycott Only Scratches the Surface

22 January 2016 7:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Anyone who thinks the Oscars are trivial, that they're just about privileged people who live in a bubble giving each other golden trophies, wasn't paying attention this week.

The #OscarsSoWhite controversy has only grown more shrill and bitter in the week since the Academy announced its second straight slate of all-white acting nominees. Not only have numerous stars weighed in, but so have politicians, including presidential candidate Donald Trump and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. So the discussion over the lack of diversity at the Oscars has affected the real world outside the Dolby Theatre -- as it should.

The underlying issue here is bigger than the Oscars, which only represent the end of the process. As many prominent movie folk have noted, from Spike Lee to Viola Davis to George Clooney, the problem is at the beginning of the process -- when the studios decide which stories to »

- Gary Susman

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First Clip from 'Southside With You' - Sundance Drama on Barack & Michelle Obama's First Date

20 January 2016 6:07 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Here is a first clip from "Southside With You," the "Before Sunset"-style film which takes place entirely in one day, set during the summer of 1989, when one Barack Obama (then a first-year Harvard Law student) took his future wife, Michelle Robinson (an associate at a Chicago law firm), out on a first date, which included a tour of Chicago’s South Side.  The future couple also caught a screening of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" - something the president has talked about previously. I assume that moment in time will be incorporated into the script. The film, which is directed by Richard Tanne, from his own screenplay »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Spike Lee Walks Back All Of That Oscar Boycott Talk

20 January 2016 12:26 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Spike Lee wants to make one thing clear: he never said he was boycotting the Oscars. In fact, the lauded filmmaker wants you to know that the reason why he won.t be attending the 88th Academy Awards next month is because he.ll be at Madison Square Garden watching the Knicks.  On Monday, Spike Lee took to his Instagram account to reveal that he and his wife would not be attending the Oscars, while also criticising the Academy for the fact that all of the acting nominees were white. But the Do The Right Thing director believes that, since uploading his post, his words have been somewhat twisted. Spike Lee stopped by Good Morning America (via The Hollywood Reporter) on Wednesday to add to his remarks, telling George Stephanopoulos that he simply has other plans on Oscar night and that he.s not encouraging anyone to "boycott" the ceremony. »

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Academy CEO Says Oscars in 'Crisis' as More Members & Actors Speak Out For and Against the Awards

20 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Tensions are coming to a head over the approaching Oscars, as many stars continue to voice their opinions on the lack of diversity in this year's nominations while Academy members rush to defend the storied ceremony. Backlash against the Academy has been strong in the week following the announcement of the 2016 Oscar nominations, as many stars have publicly scoffed at the complete snub of non-white actors. While some big names have decided to skip the ceremony altogether - and are calling for host Chris Rock to do the same - others point to a larger diversity issue in Hollywood. Following »

- Lindsay Kimble

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