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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘The New World,’ ‘Sing Street,’ African-American Cinema and More

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The New World (Terrence Malick)

Terrence Malick is a filmmaker who has always valued photogenic artistry over narrative thrust, content to let his stories and characters wash over the audience like a crashing wave. There are few directors who indulge in such visual splendor, his creative aphorism seemingly being beauty for the sake of beauty. For Lubezki’s first collaboration with the director, The New World, it was also an opportunity for him to shoot (at least partially) on 65mm. »

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Brooklyn Helmer John Crowley To Take Point On The Goldfinch

21 July 2016 9:38 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

John Crowley is bound for the bright lights of New York City.

Deadline is reporting that the filmmaker has inked a deal to take point on The Goldfinch, an all-new adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel of the same name. It’s by no means the first time that Crowley has teed up a project relating to the Big Apple, of course, after whisking Saoirse Ronan across the pond in the acclaimed feature, Brooklyn. Released in 2015, it drew unanimous praise across the board, bagging three Oscar nominations that included Best Picture and Best Actress for Ronan.

The Goldfinch isn’t too far removed that coming-of-age saga, either, instead revolving around Theo Decker, an orphaned 13-year-old boy who nicks Carel Fabritius’ title painting, only to spend much of his adult life pouring over said artwork in a bid to unravel its mysteries.

It’s an intimate tale told across two generations, »

- Michael Briers

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John le Carré’s ‘The Spy Who Came In From the Cold’ Getting Limited Series TV Treatment

21 July 2016 6:41 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The past few years have been a treasure trove of adaptations of John Le Carré works, ranging from the terrific “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and limited series adaptation “The Night Manager,” to efforts that received more mixed notices like “A Most Wanted Man” and “Our Kind Of Traitor.” But across all those projects, the material […]

The post John le Carré’s ‘The Spy Who Came In From the Cold’ Getting Limited Series TV Treatment appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Goldfinch’: Why Director John Crowley Is The Perfect Pick To Helm Donna Tartt’s Literary Masterpiece

20 July 2016 12:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hot off a successful awards season run with his latest stirring period piece, “Brooklyn” director John Crowley has been tapped to direct a big screen version of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Goldfinch.” It’s a gig that the “Intermission” and “Closed Circuit” filmmaker, certainly no stranger to literary adaptations, has apparently been chasing for quite awhile — so he’s likely passionate about the project — and it’s also one that his talents are perfectly suited for.

Read More: How ‘Brooklyn’ Director John Crowley Avoids Earnestness In His Emotion-Driven Films

When IndieWire spoke to Crowley at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival in support of his “Brooklyn,” the filmmaker summed up his aims when crafting a film pretty succinctly: “I don’t trust earnestness in storytelling, I try to avoid it.” For a director who has often helmed extremely emotion-driven films — from the wonderfully human “Brooklyn” to »

- Kate Erbland

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John Crowley to Follow ‘Brooklyn’ with ‘The Goldfinch’; ‘Don Quixote’ Possibly Adds Willem Dafoe and Stellan Skarsgård

20 July 2016 12:12 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Combine the director of a beloved Best Picture nominee with a recent Pulitzer winner and you have… well, the results have yet to be seen, but Warner Bros. and Brett Ratner‘s RatPac Entertainment (what a vile name) are tapping Brooklyn helmer John Crowley for The Goldfinch, their adaptation of Donna Tartt‘s 2013 novel of loss, grief, violence, and redemption. [Deadline]

This might be the most natural choice among contemporary directors, though The Goldfinch has a much darker undertone than Crowley’s smash hit. Tartt’s epic kicks off with a terrorist attack (upon New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art) that spares 13-year-old Theodore Decker and takes his mother, with whom he stays connected through Carel Fabritius’ eponymous painting — an item he stole from the attack’s site. That work follows him through years and years of pain, up to and including an eventual redemption.

The Goldfinch is likely to »

- Nick Newman

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"Brooklyn" Helmer To Direct "The Goldfinch"

20 July 2016 12:02 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Warner Bros. Pictures has set "Brooklyn" director John Crowley as helmer of its big-screen adaptation of Donna Tartt's 2013 novel "The Goldfinch".

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling novel, the story follows thirteen-year-old New Yorker Theo Decker whose mother is killed during a terrorist attack at a museum in the city.

Theo survives, beginning an odyssey that involves one of the museum's paintings and runs into his adult life.

Peter Straughan ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy") adapted the script while casting will begin this Fall. Nina Jacobson, Brett Ratner and Brad Simpson are producing.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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Brooklyn director to take reins of The Goldfinch film adaption

20 July 2016 10:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

John Crowley set to enter the big league with Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel and a screenplay from the writer of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Brooklyn director John Crowley is nearing a deal to follow-up his Oscar-nominated drama with an adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel The Goldfinch.

For Crowley, the Warner Bros film would mark his highest-profile project to date. Before making Brooklyn, which netted three Oscar nominations, including best picture and best actress for Saoirse Ronan, the Irish film-maker was best known for helming the small-scale dramas Intermission and Boy A. The latter won Crowley the Bafta for best director in 2007.

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‘The Goldfinch’: ‘Brooklyn’ Director John Crowley to Adapt Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize–Winning Novel

20 July 2016 9:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

John Crowley is set to bring another acclaimed New York novel to the silver screen. Deadline reports that the “Brooklyn” director has been hired to helm the adaptation of Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch,” a bestseller that won the Pulitzer Prize two years ago. RatPat Entertainment and Warner Bros. are developing the project with a script by “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” screenwriter Peter Straughan.

Read More: Donna Tartt, Annie Baker Win Pulitzers

James Packer will serve as executive producer, with Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson producing alongside RatPac co-founder Brett Ratner. Crowley, who’s worked extensively in theater on both sides of the Atlantic, also directed “Boy A,” “Closed Circuit” and an episode from the underrated second season of “True Detective.” “Brooklyn” received three Oscar nominations: Best Actress for Saoirse Ronan, Best Adapted Screenplay for Nick Hornby and Best Picture.

Read More: How They Transported Saoirse Ronan »

- Michael Nordine

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Sing Street,’ ‘A Touch of Zen,’ ‘To Have and Have Not,’ and More

19 July 2016 8:51 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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Night & Fog (Alain Resnais)

Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, filmmaker Alain Resnais documented the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek in Night and Fog (Nuit et brouillard), one of the first cinematic reflections on the Holocaust. Juxtaposing the stillness of the abandoned camps’ empty buildings with haunting wartime footage, Resnais investigates humanity’s capacity for violence, and presents the devastating suggestion that such horrors could occur again. – Criterion

Sing Street (John Carney)

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John Madden’ Miss Sloane Starring Jessica Chastain To Be Released December 9, 2016

14 July 2016 9:25 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

EuropaCorp and FilmNation announced today that Miss Sloane will be released on December 9. The film is directed by Oscar-nominated John Madden (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Shakespeare In Love) and is based on the original screenplay by Jonathan Perera.

Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar) stars in the title role of Elizabeth Sloane. The film is produced by FilmNation’s Ben Browning and Archery PicturesKris Thykier along with EuropaCorp’s Ariel Zeitoun, FilmNation’s Patrick Chu and Aaron Ryder serves as the executive producers.

Also starring in the film are Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond The Lights, Belle), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man), Alison Pill (The Newsroom), Jake Lacy (Carol), Oscar-nominated actor Sam Waterston (The Killing Fields, Law & Order), and Oscar-nominated John Lithgow (Interstellar, Dexter).

Miss Sloane is the story a ruthless lobbyist (Jessica Chastain) who is notorious for her unparalleled talent and »

- Michelle McCue

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Kevin Costner in Criminal Arrives On Blu-ray, DVD, & 4K Ultra-hd July 26

9 July 2016 2:37 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Proving there is a fine line between good and evil, Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (Best Director, Dances with Wolves¸ 1990) stars in Criminal, arriving on Digital HD on July 12 and on 4K Ultra-hd Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), and On Demand on July 26from Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate Company. The all-star cast of this “seriously engaging action flick” (reelfilm.com) also includes Academy Award® nominee Gary Oldman (Best Actor,Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, 2011) alongside Academy Award® winner Tommy Lee Jones (Best Supporting Actor, The Fugitive, 1993) and rising stars Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Gal Gadot (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice). The pulse-pounding thriller will be available on Digital HD on July 12.

Kevin Costner stars in this story of the right man in the wrong body. In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, »

- Tom Stockman

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Only Yesterday,’ ‘The In-Laws,’ ‘Boy & the World’ & More

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Boy & the World (Alê Abreu)

Crayon-like scribblings and simple geometric patterns meticulously complicate themselves like a fractal over the course of this child’s-eye odyssey through the global struggle between humankind and the forces that oppress it. Kaleidoscopic visuals use repetition to explore the communal nature of both work and celebration. This film continually pulls back to show the larger picture of society, its visuals becoming more complex in kind, before it reduces to a more intimate view »

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Our Kind Of Traitor – Review

30 June 2016 8:16 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

John le Carré incorporates many of the same ingredients in each of his literary recipes: espionage, intrigue, and corruption. How he uses these ingredients and a few others sprinkled in is what makes each of his dishes satisfying. Our Kind Of Traitor might be the author’s least complicated recipe. There are fewer players and even fewer entanglements than some of his recent film adaptations, such as A Most Wanted Man and the acclaimed Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. As a result, Our Kind Of Traitor might be the most easily digestible for those looking for a more straight-forward approach to his world of international crime.

Ewan McGregor stars as a poetry teacher who dips his pen into the wrong inkwell. After a vacation in Morocco with his wife turns sour (Naomie Harris), the “professor” ends up going out on the town with a man he meets one night at a restaurant, »

- Michael Haffner

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Review: ‘Our Kind of Traitor’ Shows Why John le Carré and Hollywood Don’t Mix

30 June 2016 4:22 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When John le Carré’s name is attached to a movie or television series, you already know what to expect. An author whose firsthand experience in the intelligence world informs his work, the novelist has developed a singular approach to spy stories. The films and series based on his work have attracted sizable budgets and A-list casts despite the labyrinthine governmental entanglements and devastating, feel-bad endings that come with le Carré’s territory. But where some of those other projects managed to preserve the author’s grounded approach, “Our Kind of Traitor” represents a Hollywood pivot to a film that, while entertaining at points, dilutes le Carré’s potency.

The aforementioned star power here comes from Ewan McGregor, playing unassuming poetry professor Perry (introduced kissing and caressing a woman’s naked back, lest you think he lacks mainstream movie spy bona fides), who becomes an unlikely pawn in a cross-continent informational tug-of-war. »

- Steve Greene

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Dr. Strangelove,’ ‘Clouds of Sils Maria,’ ‘Cemetery of Splendor,’ and More

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Cemetery of Splendor (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

If it is by now redundant to say that Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul (who understands pronunciation troubles and insists people call him “Joe”) is truly in a class of his own, we might blame both the general excellence of his output — a large oeuvre consisting of features, shorts, and installations — and the difficulty that’s often associated with describing them in either literal or opinion-based terms. The further one gets into his work, »

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Knight of Cups,’ ‘Midnight Special,’ ‘Embrace of the Serpent,’ and More

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Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra)

With its focus on the effects of exploration by white men on foreign lands, Ciro Guerra’s Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent will inevitably be compared to Werner Herzog’s stories of savage nature, and while Guerra is investigating some of Herzog’s most well trodden themes, the chaos of man exists in the background, while the unspoiled sit front and center here. Embrace of the Serpent centers on two explorers, separated by decades in time, »

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ’10 Cloverfield Lane, ’45 Years,’ ‘La Chienne,’ and More

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10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg)

Forget the Cloverfield connection. The actors who were in this film didn’t even know what the title was until moments before the first trailer dropped. Producer J.J. Abrams used that branding as part of the wrapping for its promotional mystery box, but the movie stands perfectly alone from 2008’s found-footage monster picture. Hell, 10 Cloverfield Lane perhaps doesn’t even take place within the same fictional universe as that film — although a friend asked if it’s secretly a Super 8 sequel, and, honestly, you could think of it as one without contradicting anything in either movie. Whether the Cloverfield name fills you with wariness or enthusiasm, it would be unwise to burden Dan Trachtenberg‘s film with such prejudices. – Dan S. (full review)

45 Years (Andrew Haigh)

Andrew Haigh’s third feature as a director, 45 Years, is an excellent companion piece to its 2011 predecessor, Weekend. The latter examined the inception of a potential relationship between two men over the course of a weekend, whereas its successor considers the opposite extreme. Again sticking to a tight timeframe, the film chronicles the six days leading up to a couple’s 45th wedding anniversary. Though highly accomplished, Weekend nevertheless suffered from a tendency towards commenting on itself as a gay issues film, which at times overrode the otherwise compelling realism. Despite treating material arguably even more underrepresented in cinema – senior relationships – Haigh avoids this same self-reflexive pitfall in 45 Years, pulling off an incisive and emotionally ensnaring tour de force. – Giovanni M.C. (full review)

Here Comes Mr. Jordan (Alexander Hall)

A sophisticated supernatural Hollywood comedy whose influence continues to be felt, Here Comes Mr. Jordan stars the eminently versatile Robert Montgomery as a working-class boxer and amateur aviator whose plane crashes in a freak accident. He finds himself in heaven but is told, by a wry angel named Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains), that his death was a clerical error, and that he can return to Earth by entering the body of a corrupt (and about-to-be-murdered) financier—whose soul could use a transplant. Nominated for seven Oscars (it won two) and the inspiration for a sequel with Rita Hayworth and two remakes, Alexander Hall’s effervescent Here Comes Mr. Jordan is comic perfection. – Criterion.com

La Chienne (Jean Renoir)

Jean Renoir’s ruthless love triangle tale, his second sound film, is a true precursor to his brilliantly bitter The Rules of the Game, displaying all of the filmmaker’s visual genius and fully imbued with his profound humanity. Michel Simon cuts a tragic figure as an unhappily married cashier and amateur painter who becomes so smitten with a prostitute that he refuses to see the obvious: that she and her pimp boyfriend are taking advantage of him. Renoir’s elegant compositions and camera movements carry this twisting narrative—a stinging commentary on class and sexual divisions—to an unforgettably ironic conclusion. – Criterion.com

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Hail, Caesar!,’ ‘Anomalisa,’ ‘Le Amiche,’ and More

7 June 2016 6:38 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson)

Charlie Kaufman, the writer behind Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, teams up with animator Duke Johnson to create a complex emotional drama starring lifelike puppets. The premise is riddled with existential dread of modern-day life, presented uniquely through Kaufman’s idiosyncratic point-of-view. For protagonist and self-help author Michael Stone (voiced soulfully by David Thewlis), everyone around him has the same voice (thanks to Tom Noonan) and nothing feels right. It isn’t »

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Recommended Discs & Deals: Wim Wenders, ‘City of Women,’ ‘Horse Money,’ and More

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City of Women (Federico Fellini)

Federico Fellini‘s epic 1980 fantasia introduced the start of the Maestro’s delirious late period. A surrealist tour-de-force filmed on soundstages and locations alike, and overflowing with the same sensory (and sensual) invention heretofore found only in the classic movie-musicals (and Fellini’s own oeuvre), La città delle donne [City of Women] taps into the era’s restless youth culture, coalescing into nothing less than Fellini’s post-punk opus. Marcello Mastroianni appears as Fellini’s alter »

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘The Player,’ ‘Manhunter,’ ‘A Married Woman,’ and More

24 May 2016 8:28 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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A Married Woman (Jean-Luc Godard)

A Married Woman is an often overlooked masterwork from Godard’s most productive period. The plot appears to be simple: Charlotte (Macha Méril) is a young married woman having an affair with an actor. When she discovers that she is pregnant, she must decide which man is the father and which man she will stay with. In Godard’s hands, however, the film, described as a film about a woman’s beauty and the ugliness of her world, »

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