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Frank Ocean’s 100 Favorite Films: ‘Blue Velvet,’ ‘Solaris,’ ‘Annie Hall’ and 97 More

23 August 2016 4:48 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Frank Ocean: musician, visual-album releaser, list-making cinephile. Following on the heels of his latest album finally being made available to the eager public, Ocean has revealed his 100 favorite films. Originally posted on Genius, which has a breakdown of how movies like “The Little Mermaid” and “Eyes Wide Shut” made their way into his lyrics (“I’m feeling like Stanley Kubrick, this is some visionary shit/Been tryna film pleasure with my eyes wide shut but it keeps on moving”), the list contains a mix of familiar favorites (“Annie Hall,” “The Royal Tenenbaums”) and comparatively obscure arthouse fare (“Woyzeck,” “Sonatine”). Avail yourself of all 100 below.


Un Chien Andalou

Blue Velvet

Barry Lyndon

Battleship Potemkin


Chungking Express

Raging Bull

“The Conformist”

Bicycle Thieves

“Taxi Driver”

A Clockwork Orange

Mean Streets

Gods of the Plague


Mulholland Drive

Happy Together

Fallen Angels

Apocalypse Now

“The Last Laugh”


Full Metal Jacket »

- Michael Nordine

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Frank Ocean Shares His Favorite Films, Including Tarkovsky, PTA, Kurosawa, Lynch, Kubrick & More

23 August 2016 9:17 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After a few delays, Frank Ocean‘s Channel Orange follow-up, Blond, has now arrived and, with it, not only an additional visual album, but Boys Don’t Cry, a magazine that only a select few were able to get their hands on. (Although, if you believe the artist’s mom, we can expect a wider release soon.) In between a personal statement about his new work and a Kanye West poem about McDonalds, Ocean also listed his favorite films of all-time and we have the full list today.

Clocking at 207.23 hours, as Ocean notes, his list includes classics from Andrei TarkovskyDavid Lynch, Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Orson Welles, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean Cocteau, Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola, Fritz Lang, Werner Herzog, Akira Kurosawa, Ridley ScottBernardo BertolucciSergei Eisenstein, F. W. Murnau, Luis Buñuel, and more.

As for some more recent titles, it looks like The Royal Tenenbaums »

- Jordan Raup

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Harvey Keitel On Working With Ferrara, Toback, Scorsese but not on Upcoming ‘Irishman’

7 August 2016 11:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Harvey Keitel jetted to the Locarno Film Festival over the weekend from the Paris-set of French director Amanda Sthers’ English-language comedy “Madame” to receive a lifetime achievement award, handed to him Saturday by director Abel Ferrara on the fest’s open-air Piazza Grande stage, in front of roughly 8,000 spectators. Before holding a public conversation on Sunday about his career, Keitel sat down for a more intimate chat with a small group of international journalists. Excerpts:

How did you feel about being handed the prize by Abel Ferrara, who of course directed you in “The Bad Lieutenant”?

Abel, to begin with, is one of the important talents I’ve met in my life. He’s a maverick. That film, when I travel around the world, everyone seems to know it, and it seems to affect people in a very positive way. It excites their own talents. One of the important things »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Avq&A: What song is inextricably linked to a film or TV show for you?

4 August 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Welcome back to Avq&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d like us and the readers to answer? Email us at

Inspired by a nearly decade-old inventory of songs firmly linked to films, this week’s question comes from reader Drew Evans:

What song is inextricably linked in your mind to a film or TV show scene even though it was written independently of and never intended by the artist to be associated with it? (The classic low-hanging fruit example here being “Stuck In The Middle With You” and Reservoir Dogs.) In short, what song comes on the radio and »

- Erik Adams, Joe Blevins, Zack Handlen, Jesse Hassenger, William Hughes, Gwen Ihnat, Becca James, Alex McCown, Caitlin PenzeyMoog, Dennis Perkins, Nathan Rabin, Caroline Siede, Gus Spelman, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Annie Zaleski, Esther Zuckerman

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Take A Break From The Suicide Squad Drama With This Funny Spoof

4 August 2016 9:06 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Courtesy of Loot Crate, check out this Suicide Squad spoof which imagines a Quentin Tarantino version of the "Worst of the worst."  The video features Django from Django Unchained, The Bride and Gogo from Kill Bill, Aldo from Inglourious Basterds and Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction.  "Django? He shoots people. The Bride? She slices people. Aldo? He scalps people. Jules? He shoots people...again. Gogo? She's just crazy.  " Back in January, Tarantino himself confirmed that all of his films are (kinda) connected and in his own way, established that he's created two separate Cinematic Universes from in his body of work.  "There’s the realer than real universe, alright, and all the characters inhabit that one. But then there’s this movie universe. And so “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Kill Bill,” they all take place in this special movie universe. So basically when the characters of “Reservoir Dogs” or “Pulp Fiction, »

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9 genre movies with scenes which may be lost forever

2 August 2016 7:38 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Aug 9, 2016

From 2001 and Metropolis, to The Wicker Man and Event Horizon: a look at nine films with scenes we may never see...

There are some movies whose images and ideas are so indelible, it's difficult to imagine a world without them. Yet films are by their nature delicate things; they're the end-product of months or even years of craftsmanship, and whether they're stored on celluloid or captured digitally, they're as vulnerable to the ravages of time or acts of god as any other artform.

Cinema history is littered with stories of lost and damaged movies. Back in the 1920s, eminent director Erich von Stroheim made Greed, an expensive, nine-and-a-half hour epic that was repeatedly cut until only 140 minutes of its original footage remained. Legend has it that a janitor accidentally threw out the removed footage and, just like that, years of work were gone - seemingly forever. »

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Harvey Keitel Set for Lifetime Achievement Award at Locarno Film Festival

1 August 2016 7:06 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — Actor Harvey Keitel is to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Locarno Film Festival in recognition of the way he represents “the various animating spirits of that indie cinema we hold so dear,” artistic director Carlo Chatrian said in a statement Monday.

The U.S. actor and producer will be making the trek to the prominent Swiss event dedicated to cutting-edge cinema for a tribute that will include an open-air screening of Wayne Wang’s “Smoke,” in which Keitel makes a memorable speech out of Paul Auster’s “Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story,” the inspiration for the film. “Smoke” will screen Aug. 6 on Locarno’s 8,000-seat Piazza Grande. The pic won the fest’s audience award in 1995. Keitel will hold an onstage conversation on Aug. 7.

Keitel, who debuted playing a tough guy from New York’s Little Italy in Martin Scorsese’s first feature, “Who’s That Knocking »

- Nick Vivarelli

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‘Yarn’ Exclusive Clip: International Artists & Knitters Are Redefining How We Engage With Yarn

12 July 2016 4:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The upcoming poetic documentary “Yarn” follows different artists who are redefining the tradition of knitting and crochet for newer generations, bringing it out of the homes and into the world. The film introduces us to characters from four different countries, each who use yarn in very different ways. Their view of the world is reflected through their work as they travel the world spreading their love and passion. But each character has one thing in common: They all work with their hands trying to engage with their respective environments, hoping to use art to help people view the world in a different light.

Read More: SXSW: Complete List of Winners at the 2016 Film Awards

Aided by animation to illustrate some of the stories, along with beautiful artwork and original music, “Yarn” tries to showcase how bringing the world together to involve themselves in a tactile craft can help promote peace and harmony in greater society. »

- Vikram Murthi

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Quentin Tarantino Says to Expect Just Two More Films

12 July 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jerusalem — “Shabbat Shalom,” shouted Quentin Tarantino as he burst into the stage of the jam-packed Jerusalem Cinematheque to present “Pulp Fiction” and chat about his career, his relationship with actors and what keeps him going. The director, who was the subject of an homage during the festival’s opening ceremony July 7, delivered a humor-filled talk that underscored his passion and toughness. Here’s what he said about critics, dialogue and casting, among other topics.

About his claim that he only wants to make 10 movies:

“I’m planning on stopping at 10. So it’ll be two more. Even if at 75, if I have this other story to tell, it would still kind of work because that would make those 10. They would be there and that would be that. But the one he did when he was an old f—ing man, that geriatric one exists completely on its own in the »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Quentin Tarantino thrills Jerusalem festival audience

9 July 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Tarantino revealed the best character he’s ever written and discussed retiring after 10 movies.

Hollywood icon Quentin Tarantino regaled a sold-out crowd at Jerusalem Cinematheque on Friday with tales from his directing career and his enduring love for cinema.

The famously loquacious film-maker spoke with enthusiasm and energy about his craft, comparing his method to that of a 13-year-old child imagining writing an episode of his favourite TV series.

“If you’re a kid, you don’t know any of the rules and regulations, you just want to make the greatest Star Trek episode ever, a wild, crazy version of it — that actually sounds fucking exciting,” said the director, whose nine features include debut Reservoir Dogs, Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight. “My take on genre is not dissimilar; I want to deliver the pleasures that are there but I want to do it my way.”

Tarantino was speaking before a screening of his second feature, 1994’s »

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Review: ‘Carnage Park’ Is A Bloody Tarantino Homage That Hits A Dead End

7 July 2016 12:21 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Located in the dusty stretch of hell that lies between homage and pastiche, Mickey Keating’s “Carnage Park” is a lean, mean, motherfucker of a movie that confirms the young director’s outsized potential but fails to follow through on his most explicit promise. A twisted “true crime” story that’s heavily indebted to Quentin Tarantino and boasts all the historical validity of “Inglourious Basterds,” this gnarly gore-fest opens with the kind of reckless, apocryphal declaration that’s only made by geniuses or kids too young to know any better: “The film you are about to see is perhaps the most bizarre episode in the annals of American crime.” That’s a mighty big gauntlet to drop at the feet of an unsuspecting audience, but “Carnage Park” nearly lives up to its own hype — at least for a little while, anyway.

1978. A deranged Vietnam vet named Wyatt Moss (played by »

- David Ehrlich

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‘Vigilante Diaries’ Exclusive Clip: Michael Madsen and Paul Sloan Star In Graphic Novel-Style Action Movie

5 July 2016 2:41 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Vigilante Diaries” follows The Vigilante (Paul Sloan), a plays-by-his-own-rules renegade crime fighter that has gone missing and has caused turmoil between the Mafia, drug cartels, and shadowy Special Ops teams. Vlogger Michael Hanover (Jason Mewes) eventually catches up with him to track his disappearance, but when The Vigilante takes down the wrong bad guy, it sets off a chain of events they had never anticipated. The film also stars Michael Madsen (“Reservoir Dogs”), Michael Jai White (“Spawn”), Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (“The A-Team”), and more. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below featuring Paul Sloan and Michael Madsen share nasty threats over video chat.

Read More: Watch: Michael Madsen Tries to Stop His ‘Death in the Desert’ in Exclusive Clip

The film is directed by Christian Sesma, who specializes in low-budget, independent genre fare. He began his career with the 2005 action short “6:30,” before following it up an indie horror feature “On Bloody Sunday, »

- Vikram Murthi

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The top 25 films of Jeff Daniels

5 July 2016 3:16 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Dan Cooper Jul 8, 2016

From Dumb & Dumber and The Martian, through to Arachnophobia and Steve Jobs - we salute the screen work of Jeff Daniels...

They say that when you play the Game of Thrones, “you win or you die”. The Game of Jeff Daniels, however, is an undeniably different beast and for the most part is a definite “you win or you win”. After viewing dozens of Jeff Daniels movies and spending many, many hours with his on-screen personas, it’s fair to say that the maxim has been sorely tested but guess what? It still holds true. This list has been carefully curated to celebrate the veteran actor’s talent, versatility and wit and no matter which (if any) of these movies you decide to revisit or check out for the first time, Jeff is guaranteed to give you something to love in each and every one.

25. Dumb And Dumber To (2014)

Hmmm. »

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FrightFest Presents Review – Last Girl Standing (2015)

4 July 2016 12:42 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last Girl Standing, 2015.

Directed by Benjamin R. Moody.

Starring Akasha Villalobos, Danielle Evon Ploeger, Brian Villalobos, Jason Vines, Laura Ray, Ryan Hamilton and Kelsey Pribilski.


So what does happen to the final girl once the chase is over? She doesn’t live happily ever after apparently…


Have you ever wondered what really happens to the final girl in the gruesome world of slasher movies? Some make it into the sequel and get killed off within the first 10 minutes as a new bunch of debauched teens becomes the focus of whichever franchise killer is the current pop culture icon but, for the purposes of this film at least, let us assume that there are no sequels and that the final survivor must continue their life with the weight of what they have been through resting on their shoulders. That is where Last Girl Standing begins.

The film opens where most slashers end, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Vigilante Diaries Blu-ray

30 June 2016 5:28 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Anchor Bay Entertainment will release the action-comedy Vigilante Diaries  in Theaters and iTunes on June 24th, and and arrives on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on July 5th. 

The film features an all-star ensemble cast led by Paul Sloan (I Am Wrath, The Night Crew), Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (A-Team, Ufc Light Heavyweight Champ), action icon Michael Jai White (SpawnThe Dark KnightKill Bill,Black Dynamite), Jason Mewes (Clerks, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back) and Michael Madsen (Reservoir DogsKill Bill).

It’s a fun one :)  Check out the trailer:

Now you can own the Vigilante Diaries Blu-ray!

We Are Movie Geeks has two copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling us what your favorite Vigilante movie is (mine is Death Wish 3)! It’s so easy!

1. You must have a U.S. mailing address.

2. No purchase necessary.

We’ll contact the winners next week! »

- Tom Stockman

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‘Quitters’ Exclusive Trailer & Poster: A Smart-Aleck Teen Escapes His Troubled Home For a New Family

16 June 2016 7:41 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »


In “Quitters,” young Clark (Ben Konigsberg) is a smart-aleck San Francisco teen who thinks he can outsmart the entire world, but his home life is a mess. His mother (Mira Sorvino) has a prescription pill addiction that lands her in rehab, and Clark doesn’t have much of a relationship with his impatient father (Gregg Germann).

So what does he do? He decides to find a new family, specifically the family of an attractive classmate Natalia (Morgan Turner) who lets Clark temporarily move in as a houseguest. When conflict inevitably arises, it’s up to Clark to face up to the reality of his situation. The film also stars Kara Hayward (“Moonrise Kingdom”), Kieran Culkin (“Margaret”), Saffron Burrows (“Mozart in the Jungle”), and Scott Lawrence (“Jag”). Watch an exclusive trailer for “Quitters” above.

Read More: Meet the 2015 SXSW Filmmakers #12: Noah Pritzker’s ‘Quitters’ Sees a Family Falling Apart

Quitters” is the debut feature from director Noah Pritzker who also co-wrote the script with Ben Tarnoff. Pritzker recently told IndieWire, “‘Quitters’ initially came out of a short I was writing while at film school. The short focused on Clark’s family, and I was eager to keep writing and see where Clark would go and show more of the San Francisco world he would travel through. At the time, Ben Tarnoff – who I wrote the movie with – was writing a book about 19th century San Francisco. We both grew up there, went to the same high school, and were both drawn to the idea of writing about the city.”

“My short film ‘Little Dad’ got into SXSW while we were finishing a draft of ‘Quitters,’ which helped us get the movie made,” he added. “One of the first people to come on board was our casting director Doug Aibel. He and his team looked far and wide for the main character, played by Ben Konigsberg, whose performance as Clark defines the film.”

The film premiered at last year’s South by Southwest Festival. Star Ben Konigsberg is best known for his role as Yusef on the Netflix original series “Orange is the New Black” as well as Hal in Tim Blake Nelson’s latest film “Anesthesia.”

Quitters” opens in select theaters and VOD on July 22. Check out a poster from the film below.

Read More: SXSW: Complete List of Winners at the 2016 Film Awards

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- Vikram Murthi

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12 Must-See Films at BAMCinemaFest 2016

13 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This month, Brooklyn plays home to the annual BAMCinemaFest, featuring both some tried and true festival favorites (imagine if Sundance just happened to take place in New York City in the summer) and some brand-new standouts. Here’s the best of what’s on offer, as curated and culled by the IndieWire film team.

Little Men” New York City-centric filmmaker Ira Sachs has long used his keen observational eye to track the worlds of the city’s adult denizens with features like “Love is Strange” and “Keep the Lights On,” but he’s going for a younger set of stars (and troubles) in his moving new feature, “Little Men.” The new film debuted at Sundance earlier this year, where it pulled plenty of heartstrings (including mine) with its gentle, deeply human story of two seemingly different young teens (Theo Taplitz as the worldly Jake, Michael Barbieri as the more rough and tumble Tony) who quickly bond when one of them moves into the other’s Brooklyn neighborhood. Jake and Tony become fast friends, but their relationship is threatened by drama brewing between their parents, as Jake’s parents own the small store that Tony’s mom operates below the family’s apartment.When Jake’s parents (Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle) are bothered by looming money troubles, they turn to Tony’s mom (Paulina García) and ask her to pay a higher rent, a seemingly reasonable query that has heart-breaking consequences for both families and both boys. It’s a small story that hits hard, thanks to wonderful performances and the kind of emotion that’s hard to fake. – Kate Erbland “Kate Plays Christine

It’s usually easy enough to find common themes cropping up at various film festivals, but few people could have anticipated that this year’s Sundance would play home to two stories about Christine Chubbuck, a tragic tale that had been previously unknown by most of the population (the other Chubbuck story to crop up at Sundance was Antonio Campos’ closely observed narrative “Christine,” a winner in its own right). In 1974, Chubbuck — a television reporter for a local Sarasota, Florida TV station — killed herself live on air after a series of disappointing events and a lifetime of mental unhappiness. Robert Greene’s “Kate Plays Christine” takes an ambitious angle on Chubbuck’s story, mixing fact and fiction to present a story of an actress (Kate Lyn Sheil) grappling with her preparations to play Chubbuck in a narrative feature that doesn’t exist. Sheil is tasked with playing a mostly real version of herself, a heightened version of herself as the story winds on and even Chubbuck in a series of re-enactments. The concept is complex, but it pays off, and “Kate Plays Christine” is easily one of the year’s most ambitious and fascinating documentaries. – Ke


This eye-opening documentary focuses on Brooklyn-based tailoring company Bindle & Keep, which designs clothes for transgender and gender fluid clients. Produced by Lena Dunham and her “Girls” producer Jenni Konner, the HBO Documentary looks at fashion through the eyes of several people across the gender identity spectrum, including a transitioning teen in need of a suit for his Bar Mitzvah and a transgender man buying a tuxedo for his wedding. The film has a deep personal connection to Dunham, whose gender nonconforming sister Grace has been a vocal activist within the transgender community. “Suited” is the first solo-directing effort from Jason Benjamin, who previously co-directed the 2002 documentary “Carnival Roots,” about Trinidad & Tobago’s annual music festival. – Graham Winfrey


Todd Solondz’s first directorial effort since 2011’s “Dark Horse” is literally about an animal this time. “Wiener-Dog” follows a dachshund that goes from one strange owner to the next, serving as a central character in four stories that bring out the pointlessness of human existence. The offbeat comedy’s stellar cast includes Greta Gerwig, Danny DeVito, Julie Delpy and “Girls’” Zosia Mamet. Amazon nabbed all domestic media rights to the film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, while IFC Films is handling the theatrical release. Financed by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures and produced by Christine Vachon’s Killer Films, the film marked Solondz’s first movie to play at Sundance since 1995’s “Welcome to the Dollhouse.” – Gw

Last Night at the Alamo

Eagle Pennell has become lost to film history, despite making two of the most important films of the modern indie era. His 1978 film “The Whole Shootin’ Match” inspired Robert Redford to start Sundance and his 1984 classic “Last Night at the Alamo” has been championed by Tarantino and Linklater, who along with IFC Films and SXSW founder Louis Black is responsible for the restoration that will be playing at Bam. “Alamo,” which tells the story of a cowboy’s last ditch effort to save a local watering hole, is credited for having given birth to the Austin film scene and for laying the groundwork for the rebirth of the American indie that came later in the decade. Pennell’s career was cut short by alcoholism, but “Alamo” stands tribute to his incredible talent, pioneering spirit and the influence he’s had on so many great filmmakers. – Chris O’Falt

Read More: Indie Legend Who Inspired Sundance, ‘Reservoir Dogs’ And More Will Have Classic Films Restored

“Author: The J.T. LeRoy Story”

J.T. Leroy was an literary and pop culture sensation, until it was revealed that the HIV-positive, ex-male-prostitute teenage author was actually the creation of a 40 year old mother by the name Laura Albert.  Jeff Feuerzeig’s documentary, starring Albert and featuring her recorded phone calls from the hoax, is the best yarn of 2016. You will not believe the twist-and-turns of the behind the scenes story of how Albert pulled off the hoax and cultivated close relationships (with her sister-in-law posing at Jt) with celebrities like filmmaker Gus Van Sant and Smashing Pumpkins’ Bill Corgan, both of whom play key supporting roles in this stranger-than-fiction film. Trust us, “Author” will be one of the most entertaining films you see this summer. – Co

Dark Night

Loosely based on the 2012 shooting in Aurora, Colorado during a multiplex screening of “The Dark Knight,” Tim Sutton’s elegantly designed “Dark Night” contains a fascinating, enigmatic agenda. In its opening moments, Maica Armata’s mournful score plays out as we watch a traumatized face lit up by the red-blue glow of a nearby police car. Mirroring the media image of tragedy divorced from the lives affected by it, the ensuing movie fills in those details. Like Gus Van Sant’s “Elephant,” Sutton’s ambitious project dissects the moments surrounding the infamous event with a perceptive eye that avoids passing judgement. While some viewers may find this disaffected approach infuriating — the divisive Sundance reaction suggested as much — there’s no doubting the topicality of Sutton’s technique, which delves into the malaise of daily lives that surrounds every horrific event of this type with a keen eye. It may not change the gun control debate, but it adds a gorgeous and provocative footnote to the conversation. – Eric Kohn

A Stray

Musa Syeed’s tender look at a Somali refugee community in Minneapolis puts a human face on the immigration crisis through the exploits of Adan (Barkhad Abdirahman), a young man adrift in his solitary world. Kicked out by his mother and unwelcome at the local mosque where he tries to crash, Adan meets his only source of companionship in a stray dog he finds wandering the streets. Alternating between social outings and job prospects, Adan’s struggles never strain credibility, even when an FBI agent tries to wrestle control of his situation to turn him into a spy. Shot with near-documentary realism, Syed’s insightful portrait of his forlorn character’s life recalls the earlier films of Ramin Bahrani (“Man Push Cart,” “Chop Shop”), which also capture an oft-ignored side of modern America. With immigration stories all too frequently coopted for political fuel, “A Stray” provides a refreshingly intimate alternative, which should appeal to audiences curious about the bigger picture — or those who can relate to it. – Ek


After making a blistering impression at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, Andrew Neel’s fraternity psychodrama “Goat” comes to Bam with great acclaim and sky high anticipation. Starring breakout Ben Schnetzer and Nick Jonas, the film centers around a 19-year-old college student who pledges the same fraternity as his older brother, only to realize the world of hazing and endless parties is darker than he could ever imagine. In lesser hands, “Goat” would be a one-note takedown of hedonistic bro culture, but Neel’s slick direction brings you to the core of animalistic behavior and forces you to weigh the clashing egos of masculinity. By cutting underneath the layers of machismo, Neel creates a drama of insecurities buried beneath the war between predator and prey. It’s an intense and intelligent study of a world the movies have always been obsessed with. – Zack Sharf

Read More: Sundance: How Robert Greene and Kate Lyn Sheil Made the Festival’s Most Fascinating Documentary

The Childhood of a Leader

Brady Corbet has been one of the most reliable supporting actors in films like “Funny Games,” “Force Majeure,” “Clouds of Sils Maria” and more, and he even broke through as a lead in the great indie “Simon Killer,” but it turns out Corbet’s real skills are behind the camera. In his directorial debut, “The Childhood of a Leader,” the actor creates an unnerving period psychodrama that evokes shades of “The Omen” by way of Hitchcock. Set in Europe after Wwi, the movie follows a young boy as he develops a terrifying ego after witnessing the creation of the Treaty of Versailles. Cast members Robert Pattinson and Berenice Bejo deliver reliably strong turns, but it’s Corbet’s impressive control that makes the film a tightly-wound skin-crawler. His ambition is alive in every frame and detail, resulting in a commanding debut that announces him as a major filmmaker to watch. – Zs

The Love Witch

Meet your new obsession: A spellbinding homage to old pulp paperbacks and the Technicolor melodramas of the 1960s, Anna Biller’s “The Love Witch” is a throwback that’s told with the kind of perverse conviction and studied expertise that would make Quentin Tarantino blush. Shot in velvety 35mm, the film follows a beautiful, sociopathic, love-starved young witch named Elaine (Samantha Robinson, absolutely unforgettable in a demented breakthrough performance) as she blows into a coastal Californian town in desperate search of a replacement for her dead husband. Sex, death, Satanic rituals, God-level costume design, and cinema’s greatest tampon joke ensue, as Biller spins an arch but hyper-sincere story about the true price of patriarchy. – David Ehrlich

Morris From America

Coming-of-age movies are a dime a dozen (and the going rate is even cheaper at Sundance), but Chad Hartigan’s absurdly charming follow-up to “This Is Martin Bonner” puts a fresh spin on a tired genre. Played by lovable newcomer Markees Christmas, Morris is a 13-year-old New Yorker who’s forced to move to the suburbs of Germany when his widower dad (a note-perfect Craig Robinson) accepts a job as the coach of a Heidelberg soccer team. It’s tough being a teen, but Morris — as the only black kid in a foreign town that still has one foot stuck in the old world — has it way harder than most. But there’s a whole lot of joy here, as Hartigan’s sweet and sensitive fish out of water story leverages a handful of killer performances into a great little movie about becoming your own man. – De

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The Nice Guys review – sleaze and slapstick in 70s La

5 June 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe do chalk and cheese in Lethal Weapon writer Shane Black’s old-school buddy pic

Ryan Gosling’s private investigator makes most of his discoveries by falling off, over and into things

In the late 80s, Shane Black’s Lethal Weapon script became a touchstone for saleable, hard-boiled, odd-couple buddy pics, movies that combined action, comedy and wise-assed verbal vulgarity in varying measures. 1991’s The Last Boy Scout built on Black’s fondness for smart, nihilistic profanity, predating the arrival of Reservoir Dogs, after which anything involving swearing, guns and cine-literacy would be lazily labelled “Tarantino-esque”. In 1996, Black made headlines by earning a record-breaking $4m for penning the script for what became the Geena Davis/Samuel Jackson thriller The Long Kiss Goodnight. But it wasn’t until 2005 that the writer finally turned director with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, a tongue-in-cheek La neo-noir, the mistyped tagline for which ran: “SeX. »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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The Last Heist – Review

3 June 2016 5:01 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Review by Stephen Tronicek

Lots of good movies borrow from great movies. Tarantino did it in Reservoir Dogs, and Scorsese even did it in The Departed. Good ideas come from throwbacks of famous genres past all the time. The Last Heist steals from all the heist movies, and tries to be as interesting as most of those. One can only imagine the pitch for The Last Heist: We’re going to do a sleek modern robbers movie, but one of the guys in the bank is a serial killer. That premise is all well and good, but it’s also pretty much the last thing that The Last Heist has to offer.

The plot here is as mentioned before. The Last Heist is a movie about a group of robbers who try to rob a closing safety deposit box center, but soon encounter a brutal serial killer. It’s a fun idea, »

- Movie Geeks

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Paul Schrader and Willem Dafoe: 'We thought we should really do the nasty'

27 May 2016 12:56 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Schrader and Dafoe – who plays psychotic criminal Mad Dog – discuss the director’s latest film, Dog Eat Dog, a bad-taste epic for the ‘post-rules generation’

Deep in the filth, squashed under the weight of the American dream, three men with crazy names (Troy, Mad Dog and Diesel) scrabble for space. Try as they might, the gangsters at the heart of Paul Schrader’s latest are damned. Down they go, still clinging to the hope of one last, redemptive job, digging on deep to the gates of hell.

Dog Eat Dog, which was let off the leash at last week’s Cannes film festival, is a hard-scrap story. Based on the book by former criminal, writer and actor Eddie Bunker (who played Reservoir Dogs’s Mr Blue), it’s set and shot among the strip malls and dive bars of post-crash Cleveland. Nicolas Cage stars as Troy, a once-wealthy heir whose fortunes have crumbled. »

- Henry Barnes

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