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11 items from 2015


A Little Chaos at the Monkey Bar reception by Anne-Katrin Titze

21 June 2015 8:34 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

A Little Chaos with Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Producer Gail Egan, who has worked with Mike Leigh on Mr. Turner, Vera Drake and Happy-Go-Lucky, with Anton Corbijn on A Most Wanted Man, Philip Seymour Hoffman's last role, and with Film4Climate’s Creative Producer Donald Ranvaud on Fernando Meirelles' The Constant Gardener, was celebrated by Alan Rickman. As was his cinematographer, Ellen Kuras, of Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and Be Kind Rewind as well as first-time composer, Peter Gregson, whose music is well placed in the landscape. Cédric Anger, when I spoke with him on his composer, Grégoire Hetzel, for Next Time I’ll Aim For The Heart, told me he had wanted the music in the forest sound like a cathedral. Hetzel also composed the score for Mathieu Amalric's The Blue Room and the positioning in A Little Chaos »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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The Bottom Line: June 12, 2015: It’s a Jurassic World, After All

12 June 2015 8:59 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Last weekend, the new releases offered a lot of variety. The R-rated action-comedy Spy was a somewhat surprising first place finisher, taking in just about $30 million. An impressive number for any R-rated film, but not exactly a blockbuster.Still, I admit I didn’t give Spy much of a shot to win the weekend and I was proven wrong. However, I feel much more confident in my prediction of this weekends box office winner: Soaked in Bleach.

I’m just kidding! Obviously it’s Jurassic World. (Although fans of Kurt Cobain may want to look into the limited release documentary Soaked in Bleach). Let’s take a closer look at Jurassic World and it’s only other competition this weekend.

Jurassic World – (PG-13) 124 min. – School is out for the summer, and Star-Lo- I mean Chris Pratt has never been more popular than he is now. Every teenager in the country »

- Nick DeNitto

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Film Review: Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015): By-The-Numbers Sundance Drama

11 June 2015 1:48 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) Film Review, a film directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, and starring Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, Ronald Cyler II, Jon Bernthal, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, and Molly Shannon.

“I have no idea how to tell this story. I don’t even know how to start it.”

That’s the opening line of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, spoken by our lead character Greg, an awkward high school kid whose only real desire is to not be noticed at all. Greg is a kid who doesn’t have a ton of friends (and refers to his only real friend as his “co-worker”), stemming from his issues with his parents and his lack of confidence in himself. That’s not me reading subtext from the film, because there is literally a scene in which a character describes Greg in this way. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl »

- Michael Smith

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Thomas Mann knows it will be hard to play a teenager again after 'Me and Earl'

8 June 2015 1:40 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Thomas Mann is an actor on the cusp. Think of Miles Teller right before the release of “The Spectacular Now” or Michael B. Jordan before “Fruitvale Station.” Once “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” hits theaters over the course of the next month, the 23-year-old actor is going to find himself busier than ever. Of course, Mann’s mug may be familiar to many moviegoers. He starred in the hit comedy “Project X” ($102 million worldwide) and had supporting roles in “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” and “Beautiful Creatures.” “Earl,” which won both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, is on a completely different level. Based on Jesse Andrews' novel, “Me and Earl” centers on Greg (Mann), a Pittsburgh area high school senior whose life takes a turn after his mom (Connie Britton) pushes him to hang out with a family friend and classmate, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Our favourite Star Wars homages and parodies from Episodes 1-7

15 May 2015 2:06 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

With all six original Star Wars films recently landing on Sky Store's Buy & Keep, and the highly-anticipated next chapter hitting cinemas this year, excitement surrounding the most famous of sci-fi franchises is as strong as ever.

The recent arrival of the trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens predictably kicked off a barrage of homages and parodies of every sort you could imagine. Here are some of our favourites from across the franchise:

Sweded

Jack Black's Be Kind Rewind gave us the concept of 'sweding' - recreating film footage on the smallest budget. Nowadays, every hot new trailer seems to reappear on the web in the guise of cardboard and string.

It was only a matter of time before Star Wars went the same way.

Paper Star Wars

This recreation of the second Force Awakens trailer manages to be both amusing and strangely beautiful.

The running figures and »

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The Wolfpack Review [IFFBoston 2015]

28 April 2015 11:02 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Documentaries are particularly wonderful as a genre in how often they introduce viewers to people that they’d otherwise have about as much of a chance of meeting as they’d have of landing on the moon.

Case in point: the Angulo clan, subjects of Crystal Moselle’s intriguing and often unsettling The Wolfpack, live in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, but it’s a wonder that even Moselle came across them. The family’s seven children (six boys and one girl, all with hair tumbling down to their waists) were raised almost exclusively within the confines of a four-bedroom apartment. Their father held the sole key to the front door, and he kept it locked. Home schooled by their mother and educated by a vast assortment of movies borrowed from the library and bought at a discounted price, the children were barely ever allowed outside during their formative years. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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X/Y | Review

4 March 2015 1:30 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Axes of Fulfillment: Williams Explores the Lives of Malcontented Young Adults

There’s a certain way to make multiple, intersecting storylines breathe life into a narrative structure, though it’s a rather abused formula of narrative free form often masking the lack of substance at hand. To be certain, director Ryan Piers Williams makes better use of this structure than a variety of recent examples, giving us a quiet, simplistic approach of four interrelated early thirtysomethings in Manhattan instead of bludgeoning with caustic twists a la Paul Haggis. If the material isn’t innately virginal, Williams takes some unexpected turns (not to mention the added attraction of having his wife, actress America Ferrera starring as one of the main characters). At the end of the day, some of their stories in X/Y are stronger than others, but even throughout the more familiar tics, it’s a well-acted quartet, divided »

- Nicholas Bell

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Stinking Heaven | 2015 Rotterdam Film Festival Review

4 February 2015 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A Place on Earth: Silver’s Period Commune Channels Cinema-Verite

While his 2014 title Uncertain Terms still awaits theatrical release as it makes the rounds of the festival circuit after premiering last year at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the increasingly prolific Nathan Silver unveils his fifth feature. Stinking Heaven represents a change of pace stylistically and dramatically within Silver’s preferred parameters examining human beings tossed vicariously into strained living situations, where they often wear each other down to an inevitable breaking point. A period piece set within the confines of a well-meaning commune in early 90s suburban New Jersey, the grainy look and feel of Silver’s film lends it a vintage realism that aligns it with the cinema-verite styling of documentary filmmaker Allan King, whose films like Warrendale and A Married Couple focused, unobtrusively, on isolated groups or units of people in similar fashion.

Lucy (Deragh Campbell) and »

- Nicholas Bell

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Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Gives to Save Santa Monica’s Vidiots

30 January 2015 6:52 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Filmmakers and cinephiles celebrated news Friday that producer Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures would join a group of benefactors to save beloved Santa Monica video emporium Vidiots, which had announced days earlier that it was going out of business.

Ellison’s rep said she and others would contribute an undisclosed amount of money to help sustain the Pico Boulevard shop, where  writers and directors have found obscure titles and shared their love of cinema for 30 years. It had been slated to close in April because of badly sagging business.

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Megan Ellison (@meganeellison) January 29, 2015

In the face of competition from streaming services and rental kiosks, revenue had plunged by nearly 25% over the last six months.

Regular customers had been aware of Vidiots’ struggles for some time, but reports in the Wall Street Journal and  L.A. Times recently made the store’s imminent demise a cause celebre. »

- James Rainey

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2015 Sundance Diary: ‘Don Verdean,’ ‘The Mask You Live In’ & ‘Me & Earl & The Dying Girl’

30 January 2015 8:47 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Park City, Utah – HollywoodChicago.com’s coverage of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival is far from over. This is the latest batch of reviews of movies that I’ve seen there. One film was a triumph while the other two are titles that I wouldn’t want to be stuck talking to at a party.

Don Verdean

Don Verdean

Image credit: Sundance Institute

Running equal portions of dry goofiness and finite inspired storytelling, Jared Hess’ “Don Verdean” is a rewarding comedy about Biblical archaeology that’s necessary for times in which religious institutions crave sensationalism to get their good word across. For those who read “The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven” before its child author said he made it all up, or those who saw “Heaven Is For Real” as a type of precursor to their own death’s aftermath, this movie is for them. It’s a brilliant take »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Wolfpack’

26 January 2015 6:33 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If Chance the Gardner, the TV-educated savant played by Peter Sellers in “Being There,” had lived together with his six siblings, it might have looked something like “The Wolfpack,” a truly stranger-than-fiction portrait of a New York family who’ve taken great pains to shelter their children from the outside world, but not from the world of Hollywood movies. Indeed, so weirdly fascinating is the tale of the Angulo clan that one wishes “The Wolfpack” were that much sharper, more searching and coherently organized. Still, there is much to enjoy in director Crystal Moselle’s debut documentary feature, which if nothing else begs a where-are-they-now sequel a few years down the road.

There’s a certain fated coincidence to the fact that “The Wolfpack” premiered in Sundance on the same day as Alex Gibney’s “Going Clear,” another documentary about a hermetic community started by a self-styled guru with entertainment-industry aspirations. »

- Scott Foundas

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