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DVD Obscura: The New Indie and International Movies You Need to Watch

5 April 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

New Indie If you missed Mike Mills’s powerful 20th Century Women (Lionsgate Home Entertainment) among the year-end awards movies, then get ready for another singular performance from Annette Bening, this time as a late-in-life single mother facing the challenges of raising a kid during the cultural turbulence of the 1970s. (If Beginners was Mills’s homage to his father, this time it’s his mom who gets the spotlight.) Lucas Jade Zumann plays a teenager being raised by a household of women, including his mother Dorothea (Bening), his best friend and unrequited crush Julie (Elle Fanning) and punk-rock tenant Abbie (Greta Gerwig), with occasional support from handyman William (Billy Crudup). It’s a powerful portrait of people trying to keep it together in a...

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- Alonso Duralde

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Trailer Watch: “Anne” Can Do Anything a Boy Can Do and More

5 April 2017 7:02 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Amybeth McNulty in “Anne”

“My name is Anne Shirley Cuthbert, and please be sure to spell ‘Anne’ with an ‘e’,” the heroine of Netflix’s newest series requests on her first day at a new school. Even if you’ve never heard of “Anne of Green Gables” before, that one line tells you all you need to know about the outspoken, self-assured protagonist.

Based on L.M. Montgomery’s classic series of novels, “Anne” follows the imaginative and adventurous Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty), a young orphan, as she arrives at Prince Edward Island near the turn of the century. “After an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, [Anne] is mistakenly sent to live with an aging sister and brother,” the official synopsis reads. “Over time, 13-year-old Anne will transform the lives of Marilla (Geraldine James) and Matthew Cuthbert (R.H. Thomson) and eventually the entire small town in which they live with her unique spirit, fierce intellect, and brilliant imagination. Anne’s adventures will reflect timeless and topical issues including themes of identity, feminism, bullying, and prejudice.”

The new spot for “Anne” touches on these themes as we see the main character humiliated when a classmate tells her, “I won’t eat next to dirty trash.” But Anne can handle herself: The trailer also shows her arguing with Marilla that “girls can do anything a boy can do and more,” and smacking classmate Gilbert (“20th Century Women’s” Lucas Jade Zumann) across the face with a book after he pulls her hair.

Emmy-winner Moira Walley-Beckett (“Breaking Bad”) is “Anne’s” showrunner. She penned every episode and serves as exec producer alongside Miranda de Pencier (“Beginners”).

Niki Caro helmed the first episode of the series, while Sandra Goldbacher (“Me Without You”), Helen Shaver (“Orphan Black”), Patricia Rozema (“Into the Forest”), and Amanda Tapping (“Supernatural”) are among the series’ other directors.

“Anne” premieres on Netflix May 12.

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- Rachel Montpelier

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Visit Green Gables With New Trailer For Netflix’s ‘Anne’

4 April 2017 10:20 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While Netflix may boast the global representation of “Anne,” Canadians are already enjoying the series week-by-week on CBC. Then again, our friends up north treasure the character created by Lucy Maud Montgomery, with the 1985 miniseries starring Megan Follows deemed a Canadian classic. But these are modern times, and thus, a new take is required — from showrunners Moira Walley-Beckett (“Breaking Bad,” “Flesh and Bone’) and Miranda de Pencier (“Thanks For Sharing,” “Beginners”), no less.

Continue reading Visit Green Gables With New Trailer For Netflix’s ‘Anne’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Giveaway: Win Mike Mills’ ’20th Century Women’ on Blu-ray

30 March 2017 9:41 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

One of our favorite films of last year, Mike Mills‘ emotional, warm-hearted drama 20th Century Women, arrives on Blu-ray this week. We’ve teamed with Lionsgate to give away five copies to our readers. See how to enter below and all entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Sunday, April 2nd.

To enter, do the first three steps and then each additional one counts as another entry into the contest.

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Wamg Giveaway – Win the 20th Century Women Blu-ray

28 March 2017 1:33 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Golden Globe winner Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right, Being Julia) stars in the transformative and insightful film, 20th Century Women, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD March 28 from Lionsgate. Oscar-nominated for Best Original Screenplay and nominated for two Golden Globes (Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actress – Musical or Comedy for Bening), 20th Century Women is a cinematic love letter to the people who raise us and the times that shape us. The true-to-life story inspired by acclaimed writer/director Mike Mills’s (Beginners) mother also stars Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha), Lucas Jade Zumann (Sinister 2), and Billy Crudup (Almost Famous). Theatrically released by A24 and Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh, the “impressive and moving” (The Playlist) celebration of family, womanhood, love, and freedom is a must-see film for all generations.

Now, you can own the 20th Century Women Blu-ray. Wamg has four copies to give away. »

- Tom Stockman

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Annette Bening Is the Warm and Witty Heart of ‘20th Century Women’

28 March 2017 12:02 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

This Week in Home VideoPlus 12 more new releases to watch at home this week on Blu-ray/DVD.

Welcome to this week in home video! Click the title to buy a Blu-ray/DVD from Amazon and help support Fsr in the process!

Pick of the Week20th Century Women

What is it? A single mother in 1979 California tries to raise her teenage son with assistance from their friends.

Why buy it? Mike Mills’ (Beginners) latest is a beautiful ode to not just motherhood but family and friendships in general. Annette Bening delivers what should have been recognized as the best of last year too as she finds wit and warmth in a character trying to do right by her son. Billy Crudup is equally fantastic, and they’re joined by Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning who also deliver compelling characters. Mills’ film focuses on Bening and her son, but it finds time to explore each of the characters »

- Rob Hunter

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Contest: Win ’20th Century Women’ On Blu-ray

28 March 2017 11:18 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While it only earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay, “20th Century Women” boasts so many riches — from its direction to its performances and more — it could deservedly have earned more Oscar love. But regardless, the picture is a treasure, and today we have copies of the film for some lucky readers.

Read More: Mike Mills’ ’20th Century Women’ Is Impressive, Moving & Heartbreaking [Review]

Directed by Mike Mills (“Beginners“) and starring Annette BeningElle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, and Billy Crudup, the film is set in 1979 Santa Barbara, and follows Dorothea (Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (Zumann), at a time brimming with cultural change.

Continue reading Contest: Win ’20th Century Women’ On Blu-ray at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Silence,’ ‘Blow-Up,’ ’20th Century Women,’ and More

28 March 2017 9:01 AM, PDT | 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.

20th Century Women (Mike Mills)

That emotional profundity most directors try to build to across an entire film? Mike Mills achieves it in every scene of 20th Century Women. There’s such a debilitating warmness to both the vibrant aesthetic and construction of its dynamic characters as Mills quickly soothes one into his story that you’re all the more caught off-guard as the flurry of emotional wallops are presented. Without ever hitting a tonal misstep, Mills’ latest »

- The Film Stage

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20th Century Women – Starring Annette Bening and Greta Gerwig on Blu-ray and DVD March 28th

15 March 2017 8:54 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Golden Globe winner Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right, Being Julia) stars in the transformative and insightful film, 20th Century Women, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD March 28 from Lionsgate. Oscar-nominated for Best Original Screenplay and nominated for two Golden Globes (Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actress – Musical or Comedy for Bening), 20th Century Women is a cinematic love letter to the people who raise us and the times that shape us. The true-to-life story inspired by acclaimed writer/director Mike Mills’s (Beginners) mother also stars Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha), Lucas Jade Zumann (Sinister 2), and Billy Crudup (Almost Famous). Theatrically released by A24 and Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh, the “impressive and moving” (The Playlist) celebration of family, womanhood, love, and freedom is a must-see film for all generations.

Set in 1979 Santa Barbara, 20th Century Women follows Dorothea (Bening), a »

- Tom Stockman

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Phoenix Forgotten Trailer Exposes the Truth Behind a UFO Conspiracy

6 March 2017 3:41 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Cinelou Films has released the first teaser trailer and official poster for their upcoming release Phoenix Forgotten. Don't miss this thriller based on shocking untold true events of mysterious lights appearing above Phoenix, Arizona on March 13th, 1997. From the producers of The Martian & 300 and the creative team behind The Maze Runner, this sci-fi adventure will be in Theaters April 21st.

Phoenix Forgotten is based on the shocking true events of March 13th, 1997, when several mysterious lights appeared over Phoenix, Arizona. This unprecedented and inexplicable phenomenon became known as "The Phoenix Lights", and remains the most famous and widely viewed UFO sighting in history. Phoenix Forgotten tells the story of three teens who went into the desert shortly after the incident, hoping to document the strange events occurring in their town. They disappeared that night, and were never seen again.

Now, on the twentieth anniversary of their disappearance, unseen footage has finally been discovered, »

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20th Century Women review – parenthood, southern California-style

12 February 2017 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Annette Bening stars as a single mother who recruits two women to help raise her son in this warm drama set in the late 70s

Director Mike Mills follows Beginners, his Oscar-winning study of the relationship between a son and his gay father, with another picture that takes as its jumping-off point the bond between parent and child. In the case of this late 70s-set cultural odyssey, the parent is gregarious, open-minded single mother Dorothea (the superb Annette Bening) and the child is Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), the teenage son she isn’t quite sure she can guide on his path to becoming a man.

To this end, she recruits the help of two other women to help raise him. Her lodger, Abbie (Greta Gerwig), is a photographer crowd surfing on the anger and energy of the new wave scene. And Julie (Elle Fanning) is Jamie’s best friend, a »

- Wendy Ide

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Damien Chazelle and Kenneth Lonergan are Neck and Neck in Original Screenplay Oscar Race — Here’s Why

10 February 2017 9:37 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

When the Academy moved Barry Jenkins’ script for “Moonlight” to the Adapted Screenplay category, the Oscar race for Original Screenplay became a battle between two writer-directors. While Damien Chzelle’s reboot of the Hollywood musical is a strong contender throughout its 14 nominations, and Oscar voters will tick plenty of “La La Land” boxes on their ballots, it’s still rare for an original musical to land a screenplay win. (Alan Jay Lerner’s “An American in Paris” and Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” are exceptions.)

That’s why lauded playwright and screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan could win this race.

Here’s how Original Screenplay is shaking out:

Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”)

The Oscar could go to the comeback writer-director for his tragic New England family drama.

Lonergan initially struggled with “Margaret” star Matt Damon and John Krasinski’s story idea about a man with a tragic history who must face »

- Anne Thompson

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Damien Chazelle and Kenneth Lonergan are Neck and Neck in Original Screenplay Oscar Race — Here’s Why

10 February 2017 9:37 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When the Academy moved Barry Jenkins’ script for “Moonlight” to the Adapted Screenplay category, the Oscar race for Original Screenplay became a battle between two writer-directors. While Damien Chzelle’s reboot of the Hollywood musical is a strong contender throughout its 14 nominations, and Oscar voters will tick plenty of “La La Land” boxes on their ballots, it’s still rare for an original musical to land a screenplay win. (Alan Jay Lerner’s “An American in Paris” and Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” are exceptions.)

That’s why lauded playwright and screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan could win this race.

Here’s how Original Screenplay is shaking out:

Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”)

The Oscar could go to the comeback writer-director for his tragic New England family drama.

Lonergan initially struggled with “Margaret” star Matt Damon and John Krasinski’s story idea about a man with a tragic history who must face »

- Anne Thompson

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Movie Review – 20th Century Women (2016)

10 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

20th Century Women, 2016.

Directed by Mike Mills.

Starring Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning, Billy Crudup and Lucas Jade Zumann.

Synopsis:

Three women explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s, as viewed through the eyes of a teenage boy.

It’s the end of the 70s, punk and skateboarding are in full swing, Jimmy Carter’s in The White House and 60 is far from being the new 40.  It’s also the world inhabited by Dorothea (Annette Bening), her teenage son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) and the rest of their unconventional “family” set-up, inside the crumbling walls of their Santa Barbara house.  And, while it may not sound like it, 20th Century Women is a coming of age story.

Inevitably, part of it is Jamie’s own story, maturing into a young adult, trying to understand the older people around him and dealing with his raging hormones. »

- Freda Cooper

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20th Century Women review – tiresomely smug coming-of-age yarn

9 February 2017 2:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Annette Bening gives a fine central performance but this kooky comedy suffers badly from unfocused direction and an unmistakable air of self-indulgence

With tender, personal movies such as Thumbsucker (2005) and Beginners (2010), director Mike Mills has tested taboos and shed light on family, identity and masculinity. His quirkily intimate work has always needed a certain level of indulgence and in the past I’ve been happy to give it. But 20th Century Women tests this tolerance to breaking point. Annette Bening is well cast, and gives a well judged performance, a variation on her uptight and self-questioning mom from American Beauty. However, the film is exasperatingly supercilious and smug – unfocused, self-consciously cute, nostalgic and empathetic, but never properly funny. It feels like someone else’s long therapy session.

The setting is Santa Monica, 1979, and Dorothea (Bening) is a fiftysomething single mother with bold progressive instincts. She is bringing up her teenage »

- Peter Bradshaw

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20th Century Women movie review: sometimes it’s hard to be a woman

7 February 2017 4:49 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Poignant and hilarious and wise, a melancholy ode to a moment when the world was changing for women (and men)… and how it still and always is. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Sex, some, though more awkwardness and regrets than action. Not much in the way of drugs; just some beer, oh, and lots of cigarettes; it has several points to make about cigarettes, actually. Rock ’n’ roll, definitely: an ongoing battle between punk and “art fag” music (think: Talking Heads).

Plenty of talk about women’s orgasms, which — hey! — 20th Century Women reminds us does not automatically fall under the Sex heading the way it does for men. And a scene around a dinner table in which menstruation and painful virginity-losing is discussed, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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20th Century Women review: Dir. Mike Mills (2017)

7 February 2017 12:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

20th Century Women review: Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning deliver three of the best performances of the year thus far in this excellent drama from writer, director Mike Mills.

20th Century Women review, Paul Heath, 2017.

20th Century Women review

Every once in a while a film comes along out of nowhere and grabs you with its relatable themes, character studies and outstanding acting. I’ve just seen 20th Century Women, which is absolutely one of those films.

The film isn’t really about the story, but a world and a time and the people that occupy it. It is 1979 Santa Barbara, a  city on the central Californian coast, mostly known for its Spanish heritage and fine wines, but in 20th Century Women it’s all about Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a fifty-something divorcee with a teenage son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), two needy lodgers and a forty-a-day cigarette habit. »

- Paul Heath

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‘Deadpool,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Zootopia’ Scribes and More Discuss Breaking Convention

4 February 2017 3:57 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The scribes behind seven of the year’s top awards contenders came together at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Saturday to discuss the most challenging scenes they had to write, their unique writing processes and crafting stories that fly in the face of conventional wisdom.

Taylor Sheridan (“Hell or High Water”) said he learned how to write by taking note of what didn’t work. And he confessed, as a former actor, that he had plenty of practice working through bad material.

“I spent most of my time on TV shows kind of spewing exposition,” he said. “When I write I almost never use dialogue to move the plot forward because I understand painfully the traps. I try to have the lines tell you something about the character.”

He said he wasn’t sure what genre you could call his film, but that part of the fun for him »

- Kristopher Tapley

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20th Century Women: Mike Mills on Bringing a Personal Story to Life

1 February 2017 12:53 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

After exploring a teenager’s odd obsession in Thumbsucker and helming the semi-autographical Beginners about his father coming out of the closet late in laugh, in his third narrative, Mike Mills returns to deeply personal material from his own life. 20th Century Women has been hailed as his best work yet and earned him an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay. The film is a coming of age tale about a teenage boy raised by three women from different generations in 1979 Santa Barbara. It’s a portrait of the city in a quieter, simpler time, as well as an ode to his steadfast mother […] »

- Ariston Anderson

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Exclusive: Oscar Nominee Mike Mills Reflects on Late Mother’s Contribution to ‘20th Century Women’

24 January 2017 12:00 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

For many, today’s announcement of the 2017 Oscar nominations was marked in their calendar, with would-be nominees ready for their call. But not so for filmmaker Mike Mills, the writer and director behind the semi-autobiographical 20th Century Women, who was fast asleep when his publicist woke him with the news that the movie earned him a nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

“When my publicist called at 5:30 in the morning, I had no idea it happened that early or people called you like that,” Mills reveals to Et. “I just jolted out of bed, thinking there was an earthquake or some sort of emergency and it was the last thing I saw coming.”

2017 Oscars: The Snubs & Surprises!

He actually has been busy this morning with dad duty while his wife is away, getting his son ready for school. “Hopper doesn’t care at all about the Oscars, I’ll tell you right now,” he says, jumping »

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