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CAFÉ Society – Review

28 July 2016 4:37 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Woody Allen narrates CAFÉ Society, his 47th film and at age 80, his voice is sounding sadly geezerish.  Set in the mid-1930’s, CAFÉ Society has a cool period soundtrack, an older man courting a much younger woman, a Jewish family kibitzing around the dinner table, quotable dialog on love and life, and a neurotic Jewish hero channeling a much younger Woody. In other words, all the elements of a great Woody Allen film. It also has Vittorio Storaro’s rapturous cinematography (a Woody first) and a terrific and complex central performance from Jesse Eisenberg. CAFÉ Society is the most romantic Woody since Annie Hall and one of his best.

Leaving his (very) Jewish family back in the Bronx, young Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) heads west to “learn the movie business” from his Uncle Phil (Steve Carell), a bigtime Hollywood talent agent. Phil assigns his captivating, but romantically unavailable, secretary Vonnie »

- Tom Stockman

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Arthouse Audit: ‘Don’t Think Twice’ Is More Than Alright

24 July 2016 10:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice” (The Film Arcade) is the latest mid-summer hit, joining the recent turnaround in art house fortunes. Following his template for “Sleepwalk With Me,” Birbiglia & Co. boosted box office via frequent appearances at their New York cinema. The already strong film surged to a huge initial $90,000 number with many sold out shows on multiple screens.

Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” (Lionsgate) continued to improve on the director’s recent performance, and could end up besting two other recent strong openers. “Captain Fantastic” (Bleecker Street) and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” (The Orchard) continue to have strong expansions; both could end up over $10 million as well.

Asian wide-audience commercial releases are performing well in domestic play, with entries from South Korea, India, the Philippines along with China continuing to deliver strong niche results.

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“Don’t Think Twice” (Film Arcade) – Metacritic: 83; Festivals include: South by Southwest, »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Arthouse Audit: Woody Allen’s ‘Café Society’ Boosted by Kristen Stewart, But Not ‘Equals’

17 July 2016 10:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Mid-summer brings the biggest limited opening of 2016, with a return to form by Woody Allen as new distributor Amazon Studios and partner Lionsgate pushed “Café Society” to numbers unseen since last December. It’s not at Allen’s top level, but a huge leap above his last two films as well as anything else so far this year.

For a totally different market, Dinesh D’Souza doc “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party” had a limited opening in Middle America with strong front-loaded initial numbers. The political doc goes wider this Friday and could see a better eventual total —via an entirely different audience—than Allen’s film.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople” (The Orchard) from New Zealand leads the films in wider release as it continues to build word-of-mouth success. “Captain Fantastic” (Bleecker Street) boasted a decent second weekend expansion and could end up at a »

- Tom Brueggemann

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The Academy has invited 683 new members to join their ranks

30 June 2016 11:18 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Yesterday afternoon, the ranks of Oscar voters grew substantially, with some welcome diversity added in for good measure. Yes, the Academy sent out invitations for new membership about 24 hours ago, with 683 names getting the coveted tap on the proverbial shoulder. Again, what made it so interesting to note is that AMPAS seemed to actively seek out women, minorities, and younger artists, hoping to make the demographics of the Academy slightly less centered on older white males. It won’t suddenly change the makeup of the Oscar nominations or upend how the Academy Awards go down next year, but it’s a slow step in the right direction, and that’s worth applauding for sure. As you can see below, in addition to basically all of last year’s Oscar winners, the new members are a diverse slate. Among the names you’ll see in the acting branch now are John Boyega, »

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Glamorous New Photos From Woody Allen’s ‘Café Society’ Starring Jesse Eisenberg & Kristen Stewart

26 May 2016 8:48 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The canon of latter day Woody Allen movies can sometimes be a crapshoot — for every “Midnight In Paris” there tends to be a “To Rome With Love” not far behind. But the director seems to have found his stride in his latest, “Café Society.” While it’ll never be mistaken for Allen’s top tier works, […]

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cannes Review: Woody Allen's "Café Society"

14 May 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

This review was originally published in Nathaniel's column at Towleroad. It's reprinted here in a slightly expanded version...

Few things in life are as regular as Woody Allen movies. For the past 40 years or so they arrive exactly once a year. In recent years they generally premiere out of competition at Cannes and predictably reignite the endless cycle of media wars about Woody Allen.

The only thing irregular about the experience is the reviews, box office, and Oscars. For the past 10 years or so it’s been especially hard to predict. In that time he’s delivered critical and commercial Oscar winning hits that the media fawned over (Blue Jasmine, Midnight in Paris), well received films that didn’t quite crossover to that same extent (Match Point, Vicky Cristina Barcelona), critical flops that did surprisingly okay at the box office (To Rome With Love), trifles that people tolerated (Scoop), reanimated »

- NATHANIEL R

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69th Cannes Film Festival Review – Cafe Society (2016)

12 May 2016 7:31 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Café Society, 2016.

Directed by Woody Allen.

Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Parker Posey, Paul Schneider, Corey Stoll, Blake Lively and Anna Camp.

Synopsis:

A 1930s-inspired comedy about a native New Yorker who transfers to glamorous Hollywood and finds himself in a love triangle with a secretary and a powerful married man.

The Cannes film festival’s love affair with Woody Allen has officially broken records – Wednesday’s world premiere of Café Society marked the third time that one of his features has opened the gala. Fortunately, the period comedy is an audience pleaser, showing a return to form for the veteran director after recent missteps Magic in the Moonlight and Irrational Man.

Set in the 1930s Jazz Age, Café Society follows Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg), a young dreamer from the Bronx who decides to move to Hollywood to work for his uncle Phil, a successful, name-dropping studio executive »

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Café Society trailer: first look at Woody's latest suggests sparky Coens-ish satire

22 April 2016 5:38 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jesse Eisenberg makes another bid to be the perfect Woody Allen substitute in La-set, Cannes-bound comedy also starring Kristen Stewart and Steve Carell

Many actors, over the years, have assumed a lesser or great quantity of Woody-isms standing in for him on screen. Some have been no-brainer good fits (Larry David, Owen Wilson) and less easy matches (Kenneth Branagh, Will Ferrell). But it is perhaps Jesse Eisenberg who shows the most promise as a true spiritual soulmate, from his brief appearance in the moderate To Rome With Love.

Related: Robert Downey Jr is back for Sherlock 3 and Spider-Man, and Bastille Day reviewed – the Dailies film podcast

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- Catherine Shoard

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Café Society trailer: first look at Woody's latest suggests sparky Coens-ish satire

22 April 2016 5:38 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jesse Eisenberg makes another bid to be the perfect Woody Allen substitute in La-set, Cannes-bound comedy also starring Kristen Stewart and Steve Carell

Many actors, over the years, have assumed a lesser or great quantity of Woody-isms standing in for him on screen. Some have been no-brainer good fits (Larry David, Owen Wilson) and less easy matches (Kenneth Branagh, Will Ferrell). But it is perhaps Jesse Eisenberg who shows the most promise as a true spiritual soulmate, from his brief appearance in the moderate To Rome With Love.

Related: Robert Downey Jr is back for Sherlock 3 and Spider-Man, and Bastille Day reviewed – the Dailies film podcast

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- Catherine Shoard

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