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Under the Shadow; Blair Witch; The Magnificent Seven and more – review

11 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Babak Anvari’s Tehran terror is the star attraction in a week marked by so-so sequels and Sundance sundries

Its Netflix premiere may have beaten its DVD release by a couple of weeks, but now that Under the Shadow (Signature, 15) is available in either format, you have no excuse not to catch it. Pristinely controlled and darkly suggestive, Bafta-nominated neophyte Babak Anvari’s slow creep of a horror film eschews frantic scares. Rather, it gradually drains air and heat from the room until paralysing panic sets in. Set in post-revolutionary 1980s Tehran, it tightly circles a mother and daughter tormented by an unknown, insidious domestic presence; the political allusions are at once heady, astutely unforced and wholly frightening.

Wiener-Dog culminates in a creosote-dark vignette with Ellen Burstyn that ranks among Todd Solondz’s greatest moments

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- Guy Lodge

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2016’s films ranked

20 January 2017 1:20 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2016 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the Ofcs and Awfj awards); some films released in the UK without Us releases (and so ineligible for those awards this year) may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2016 unless otherwise noted.

01.03.17: This ranking is not quite final; I will continue to add films and links to reviews through the awards season that ends with the Oscars ceremony on February 26th.

worth paying multiplex prices for

[5 stars]

Arrival (10.10/11.11/11.10)

La La Land (10.07/12.09/01.13.17)

A Monster Calls (10.06/12.23/01.01.17)

The Lobster (07.16.15/05.13/10.16.15)

Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) (02.22/03.04/03.25)

A Bigger Splash (10.08.15/05.04/02.12)

Miss Sloane (11.20/11.25/02.24.17)

London Road (06.03.15/09.09/06.12.15)

The Girl with All the Gifts (07.26/Tba/09.23)

I, Daniel Blake (10.22/12.23/10.21)

Hidden Figures (12.14/12.25/02.17.17)

A United Kingdom (10.05/02.17.17/11.25)

Eye in the Sky (04.07/03.11/04.15)

Moana (11.16/11.23/12.02)

Jackie »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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new and ongoing dvd & vod releases, Us/Can, from Jan 17

17 January 2017 10:17 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A simple listing, duplicated from the dvd + vod Us and Canada page, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).

new dvd+vod A Street Cat Named Bob The Free World Jack Reacher: Never Go Back    I’m planning to watch… Antarctica: Ice and Sky

2016’s films, ranked by maryann (still ongoing, now open to all readers)

2017’s films, ranked by maryann (subscribers only until the end of the year)

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recent releases American Honey Best and Most Beautiful Things The Birth of a Nation Christine Deepwater Horizon Department Q trilogy: The Absent One Department Q trilogy: A Conspiracy of Faith Department Q trilogy: The Keeper of Lost Causes The Dressmaker The Girl on the Train Girls Lost (Pojkarna) The Great Gilly Hopkins The Intervention Little Men »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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new and ongoing dvd & vod releases, UK/Ire, from Jan 16

17 January 2017 8:56 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A simple listing, duplicated from the dvd + vod UK and Ireland page, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).

new dvd+vod The Girl with All the Gifts Zero Days Bridget Jones’s Baby The Magnificent Seven    I’m planning to watch… Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Hunt for the Wilderpeople In the Turn The Young Offenders

2016’s films, ranked by maryann (still ongoing, now open to all readers)

2017’s films, ranked by maryann (subscribers only until the end of the year)

get all reviews since 1997 here

recent releases Bad Moms Captain Fantastic Chi-Raq Donnie Darko (4K restoration) Don’t Breathe Hell or High Water Kubo and the Two Strings Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Pete’s Dragon The Purge: Election Year Rosewater Sausage Party »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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New to Streaming: ‘Cameraperson,’ ‘Aquarius,’ ‘Christine,’ ‘It Follows,’ and More

13 January 2017 8:46 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho)

The staggeringly accomplished debut feature by Brazilian critic-turned-director Kleber Mendonça Filho, Neighboring Sounds, announced the arrival of a remarkable new talent in international cinema. Clearly recognizable as the work of the same director, Mendonça’s equally assertive follow-up, Aquarius, establishes his authorial voice as well as his place as one of the most eloquent filmic commentators on the contemporary state of Brazilian society. – Giovanni M. »

- The Film Stage

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Monte’s Favorites of 2016

11 January 2017 9:58 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

To call 2016 a good year for horror would be an understatement. It was a fantastic year with a little something for every genre taste. You didn’t have to venture very far to find something that was absolutely fantastic. With great television shows like Channel Zero: Candle Cove or The Exorcist, wonderful films like The Witch and Green Room, and music from labels like Waxwork Records and Death Waltz Recording, the horror genre was finely taken care of. Here are few of the standouts for me in 2016.

Twin Peaks Vinyl Soundtrack (Death Waltz Recording / Mondo): Every single year, Death Waltz comes out with a release that makes me absolutely overjoyed. David Lynch’s films are stunning genre works. The lurid imagery, the bold characters, and the music composition within his films give Lynch’s work a unique quality. The Twin Peaks soundtrack, lovingly released by Death Waltz, comes »

- Monte Yazzie

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'La La Land' Leads the 2017 BAFTA Awards Nominations with 11 Total

10 January 2017 2:14 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

With the Golden Globes out of the way, and the Oscar noms coming up, it's time for the Brits to reveal their favorites. The nominations for the 70th Annual BAFTA Awards (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) were announced today. The top film is La La Land, with a grand total of 11 nominations, followed by Arrival and Nocturnal Animals scoring nine nominations each. The BAFTAs have a large set of categories similar to the Oscars, and they always feature some very unique picks among the nominees. This year's Best Film line-up: Arrival, I, Daniel Blake, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight. Five great films. Here's the complete list of nominations for this year's 70th Annual BAFTAs (via BAFTA.org): Best Film Arrival I, Daniel Blake La La Land Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Outstanding British Film American Honey Denial Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them I, »

- Alex Billington

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Arrival and La La Land lead the 2017 BAFTA nominations

10 January 2017 8:22 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Arrival and La La Land lead the 2017 BAFTA nominationsArrival and La La Land lead the 2017 BAFTA nominationsAdriana Floridia1/10/2017 11:22:00 Am

The BAFTAs are the British equivalent of the Oscars, and although the awards are given overseas, they still factor into the American awards race.

Yet again, we see the same three films having a strong presence here: La La Land, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight. However, BAFTA is also spreading the love to other awards favourites like Arrival, Nocturnal Animals, and Lion.

Some interesting omissions here include Denzel Washington for Fences. His co-star Viola Davis is nominated in the supporting category, but it looks as though BAFTA went for other potential Oscar contenders Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge and Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic. They're also the first major awards body to nominate Jake Gyllenhaal's leading performance in Nocturnal Animals.

The British film and Palm D'Or winner I, »

- Adriana Floridia

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2017 BAFTA Nominations Spotlight The Usual Suspects; La La Land, Arrival All Up For Awards

10 January 2017 6:55 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With little over a month to go until the big night, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has unveiled the 2017 BAFTA nominations, and it’s Damien Chazelle’s La La Land that leads the charge.

Following its historic turn at last weekend’s Golden Globes ceremony – Chazelle’s old-timey musical walked away with seven wins, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor/Actress gongs for Ryan Gosling and Emma StoneLa La Land continues its strong run in this year’s awards season with BAFTA nominations in all of the major categories.

For Best Film, it’ll be competing against Arrival, Manchester By the Sea and Moonlight – three formidable and worthy opponents that have collected scores of nominations between them – along with I, Daniel BlakeKen Loach’s profound and perceptive portrayal of unemployment and its subsequent stigma in northerly England. By and large, the official BAFTA »

- Michael Briers

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Baftas 2017 analysis: 'La La Land' soars, diversity debate simmers

10 January 2017 5:43 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Silence and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk among shutouts; #Baftassowhite a non-starter.Baftas 2017Baftas 2017: full list of nominations‘La La Land’ leads the way with 11 nominationsBaftas 2017: nominees’ reactionsBaftas 2017: eOne and Lionsgate score record number of nominations

One day after setting a record for most wins at the Golden Globes, La La Land continued its fine awards season by claiming 11 Bafta nominations, the joint-most since The Artist scored 12 nominations five years ago.

As predicted, Damien Chazelle’s throwback musical-romance scored nominations in most leading categories including best film, director, actor, actress, original screenplay and cinematography.

Lionsgate will now make the feel-good musical its widest ever UK release this weekend (603 screens), pushing it out on more screens than its flagship franchise The Hunger Games.

La La Land has been on a high since it wowed audiences at Venice in September and with Ampas voting set to end on Friday it is tightening its grip on »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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La La Land leads BAFTA nominations by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-01-10 12:02:17

10 January 2017 4:02 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

La La Land received 11 nominations, including Lead Actor and Actress for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone Fresh from sweeping the board at the Golden Globes, La La Land is leading the charge in this year's BAFTA nominations with 11 nods.

The musical, directed by Damien Chazelle won a record-breaking seven Golden Globes on Sunday and is out in the UK this Friday (January 13).

There were nine nominations each for Denis Villeneuve's thoughtful science fiction adaptation Arrival and Tom Ford's psychological drama Nocturnal Animals.

The Outstanding British film award category will see established names Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake) and Andrea Arnold (American Honey) vie against first-time feature directors Pete Middleton and James Spinney (Notes On Blindness) and Babak Anvari (Under The Shadow), with David Yates' blockbuster Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and Mick Jackson's Holocaust drama Denial rounding out the category.

Here is the full list »

- Amber Wilkinson

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BAFTA Nominations: A Good Day for Ken Loach and ‘La La Land,’ Less So for Diversity

10 January 2017 2:03 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There was a time, way back in the mists of the 20th century, when you wouldn’t have looked to the BAFTAs to confirm any predictions you had about the upcoming Academy Awards — not least because they took place comfortably after the Oscars, happily marching to their own beat not just in terms of scheduling, but voting too. Those were days when “Jean de Florette” and “The Commitments” won Best Picture, while Wim Wenders could sneak in a Best Director win for “Paris, Texas.”

They’re also very much over: Since 2001, when BAFTA jumped back to precede the Academy’s shindig, they’ve embraced their Oscar precursor status, gravitating almost exclusively around films and artists with awards buzz echoing from across the Atlantic, and giving mostly short shrift to Britain’s own independent cinema.

This morning’s BAFTA nominations see them largely stick to that system, albeit with some key »

- Guy Lodge

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Baftas 2017: eOne and Lionsgate score record number of nominations

10 January 2017 12:05 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Arrival helped eOne top the overall list, while Lionsgate was bouyed by La La Land.Baftas 2017Baftas 2017: ‘La La Land’ leads the way with 11 nominationsBaftas 2017: full list of nominationsBaftas 2017: nominees’ reactionsBaftas 2017 analysis: ‘La La Land’ soars, diversity debate simmers

Entertainment One (eOne), the UK’s leading indie at the box office in 2016, has topped the list of distributors nominated for Bafta film awards this year with 20 nods, a company record.

Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival was the company’s top title, securing nine nominations, the joint second-highest for an individual film.

Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake received five nominations, while Pablo Larrain’s Jackie received three. Further eOne titles to secure nods included Captain Fantastic, Denial, and The Girl On The Train.

Impressively, Lionsgate secured a record 18 nominations, including 11 for red hot favourite La La Land, the highest individual total on the day.

The company also received five nods for Mel Gibson’s [link »

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Baftas 2017: full list of nominations

9 January 2017 11:50 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sophie Turner and Dominic Cooper presented this year’s nominations.Baftas 2017‘La La Land’ leads the way with 11 nominationsBaftas 2017: nominees’ reactionsBaftas 2017: eOne and Lionsgate score record number of nominationsBaftas 2017 analysis: ‘La La Land’ soars, diversity debate simmers

Bafta chair Jane Lush was joined by Sophie Turner and Dominic Cooper to announce the nominations for the Ee British Academy Film Awards in London on January 10 2017.

The awards will take place on Feb 12 at the Royal Albert Hall and will be hosted once again by Stephen Fry. The show will be broadcast on BBC One.

2017 nominationsBEST Filmarrival Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Aaron RyderI, Daniel Blake Rebecca O’BrienLA La Land Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc PlattMANCHESTER By The Sea Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. WalshMOONLIGHT Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele RomanskiOUTSTANDING British Filmamerican Honey Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Pouya Shahbazian, Jay Van HoyDENIAL Mick Jackson, Gary Foster, [link »

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Baftas 2017: nominees' reactions

9 January 2017 10:05 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Reactions roll in following this year’s BAFTA nominations.Baftas 2017Baftas 2017: full list of nominationsBaftas 2017: ‘La La Land’ leads the way with 11 nominationsBaftas 2017: eOne and Lionsgate score record number of nominationsBaftas 2017 analysis: ‘La La Land’ soars, diversity debate simmersLion

Dev Patel (actor): “Thank you so much to the BAFTA’s for your support. Ever since I was a kid growing up outside of London, I’ve watched the Bafta awards with my family. It was a tradition of ours and served as an inspiration to me as I decided to embark on my journey as an actor. Since Lion is a film about identity and finding “home,” this Bafta nomination today truly means so much to me.

“I’m thrilled for Nicole Kidman, Luke Davies, Greig and the composers for their respective nominations. I am beyond grateful to Garth Davis, our fearless and soulful director who brought this film to life in such »

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January 10th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Under The Shadow, Dead Of Winter

9 January 2017 6:49 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

For the second week of January, horror and sci-fi fans have another relatively quiet week of home entertainment releases to look forward to this Tuesday. Scream Factory has given the underrated thriller Dead of Winter an HD overhaul on their upcoming Blu-ray, and Severin Films is resurrecting the cult classic The Survivor with a brand new 2K transfer.

Other releases for January 10th include Under the Shadow, B.C. Butcher, The Harrow, The Summoning, and the double feature Blu-ray of Crystal Lake Memories and Never Sleep Again.

Dead of Winter (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Katie McGovern will do anything to make it as an actress…even if it kills her.

Academy Award winner Mary Steenburgen* and Roddy McDowell star in the chilling Dead Of Winter. When struggling actress Katie (Steenburgen) is offered the opportunity to replace an actress who has suffered an emotional breakdown during a film shoot, she jumps at »

- Heather Wixson

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Patrick’s Favorites of 2016

9 January 2017 4:46 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Make no mistake about it: this was a great year for horror fans. It was so good, in fact, that making a list of “favorites” is almost impossible because there’s just too much I want to talk about. The independent horror scene continues to crank out new classics and minor gems, but even studio horror was good this year: The Conjuring 2, Don’t Breathe, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Lights Out (not my bag, but a lot of people really enjoyed it), The Boy (not a lot of people’s bag, but I really enjoyed it), The Purge: Election Year, and so on. Even better? Pretty much every one of them was successful at the box office. As more and more horror moves are released with the limited release / VOD model, it’s nice to know that good movies still play to big audiences at the multiplex.

And what about horror on TV? »

- Patrick Bromley

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Awards Voters Should Dig Deeper to Reward Performances Outside of Mainstream

6 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Back in May at the Cannes Film Festival, a colleague was gushing — as was pretty much everyone, this critic included — about Isabelle Huppert’s ice-cool, high-wire tour de force as a rape victim with a very unusual psychology in Paul Verhoeven’s comeback feature “Elle.”

“She should win the Oscar in a walk,” she asserted, before adding a predictable caveat. “Shame awards voters won’t touch that performance with a 50-foot-pole.”

Seven months later, my colleague might not be feeling so pessimistic. Despite being housed in a chilly, controversial, French-language film, Huppert has emerged as the surprise dark horse of the season so far, bulldozing through the major critics’ awards and landing a Golden Globe nomination.

Whether she scores her first-ever Oscar nomination in a competitive category remains to be seen, but she’s very much in the conversation. That’s unprecedented territory for Huppert, despite the Frenchwoman’s reputation »

- Guy Lodge

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Heather’s Favorites of 2016

3 January 2017 2:37 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

This has easily been the hardest time I’ve ever had whittling down my favorite genre offerings for the year. I was fortunate to watch so many great movies throughout the course of the last 12 months (over 150—new and old!), and considering the quality of projects from both the studio and independent sides of the business was exceedingly high, I probably could have featured 20 films on this list, and still would have at least a dozen more I could recommend to fellow fans. 2016 was definitely one of the best recent years in horror and that’s pretty rad.

Beyond the realm of movies, horror also had a strong showing on TV, as it seems almost every single network these days has something of interest if you’re looking to immerse yourself in horror on the small screen. I was also fortunate enough to attend several amazing genre events in 2016, making »

- Heather Wixson

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