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Arthouse Audit: Audiences Skip Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’

15 January 2017 10:18 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This year’s award season continues to yield a robust specialized bounty. The Oscar contenders are led by “La La Land” (Lionsgate) and “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox). The public, particularly older audiences, are coming out in big numbers for films that launched in limited release.

That doesn’t extend to new limited openings, with nearly all top distributors holding back until the awards noise dies down. Still, a few are venturing out with smaller less heralded films in New York (along with a plethora of Video on Demand releases). This week sees three of note, led by a very surprising total for “World’s Apart” (Cinema Libre), an under-the-radar 2015 Greek economic crisis drama.

Check out our Award Season video interviews. 

(All figures for three-day weekend through Sunday January 15.)

Opening

Worlds Apart (Cinema Libre)

$14,000 gross at 1 theater; PTA (per theater average): $14,000

This Greek film, which tells three loosely related »

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Paterson – Review

13 January 2017 2:36 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Adam Driver stars as a driver named Paterson from Paterson in Paterson. Got that? He drives a bus in New Jersey’s third most populous city where he lives in a small house with wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani) and bulldog Marvin. Each day, Paterson gets up, eats breakfast, walks Marvin, then goes to work.  Fascinated by his passengers, he listens in on their conversations. After work he stops by the same tavern for just one beer, then goes home to his wife. Paterson repeats that routine again the next day. A quiet man, Paterson writes poetry in a notebook in his spare time. His words are spelled out across the screen and we often hear him reciting them or working them out as he goes.

On the surface, not a lot happens in Paterson. His bus breaks down, but it’s hardly a crisis. Someone fires a gun in his favorite bar, »

- Tom Stockman

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Kate Mara's Iraq War Drama 'Megan Leavey' Nabbed by Bleecker Street for U.S.

11 January 2017 12:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Bleecker Street has acquired U.S. rights to the Kate Mara starrer Megan Leavey.

Blackfish helmer Gabriela Cowperthwaite directed the real-life drama centered on the bond between a young Marine corporal in a K9 unit (Mara) and her combat dog during the Iraq war.

Edie Falco also stars in the feature, along with Ramon Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford and Common.

Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo and Tim Lovestedt wrote the screenplay for Megan Leavey, which was produced by Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon and Jennifer Monroe.

Eric Thompson and UTA negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

Bleecker Street recently released the Adam Driver starrer Paterson and will »

- Mia Galuppo

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East vs. West at the Oscars: Will a Coastal Contender Prevail Again?

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

The East Coast and West Coast have been playing tug of war over the top Oscar the past dozen years, and this year the regional divide is especially pronounced.

La La Land” and “Manchester by the Sea,” two of the awards season’s earliest and enduring favorites, represent each other’s coastal opposite: Kenneth Lonergan’s prototypically New England “Manchester by the Sea” is as wintry and repressed as Damien Chazelle’s retro Los Angeles musical is sun-drenched and yearning. It’s impossible to imagine either movie set elsewhere: the chill is palpable from the moment Casey Affleck’s handyman starts shoveling snow at the outset of “Manchester by the Sea.” “La La Land,” by contrast, opens with a gridlock-defying dance routine on a freeway, establishing Emma Stone’s Mia as a wannabe actress driving a Prius, the eco-friendly car popular with the city’s creative class.

Both movies hope »

- Diane Garrett

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Nsfc Winners pt. 2: Acclaimed O.J. Doc, African-American Pioneers

8 January 2017 9:34 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Only in America: The O.J. Simpson saga [See previous post: Isabelle Huppert & Moonlight among Nsfc winners.] The National Society of Film Critics' Best Non-Fiction Film was Ezra Edelman's five-part Espn Films documentary O.J.: Made in America, about the trials (there were two) and tribulations of disgraced all-American football player and sometime movie actor O.J. Simpson (The Towering Inferno, The Naked Gun: From the Files of the Police Squad!). In 1994, Simpson was accused of murdering his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Lyle Goldman in Los Angeles' Brentwood neighborhood. The ensuing trial became one of the ugliest – and most popular – all-American circuses of the second half of the 20th century. With the assistance of a high-profile defense team, Simpson was acquitted of the murders, but at a follow-up civil trial he was found liable for Brown Simpson's and Goldman's wrongful deaths. Years later, in 2008, he would be convicted of and imprisoned for several felonies unrelated to the 1994 murders. »

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Joshua’s Top Ten Films Of 2016

8 January 2017 8:53 PM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

2016 wasn’t a banner year. Say what you will, even outside the realm of politics, 2016 was a profoundly troubling year that will go down in the history books as a turning point on a global scale. We lost many a legend, and nations are growing more and more divisively divided. However, despite this seemingly ever-expanding divide between not only cultures but sub-cultures therein, the world of film saw numerous films that will forever alter the language with which filmmakers speak to one another and their audiences. Be it profound documentaries about forgotten sub-societies or nuanced and empathetic dramas offering glimpses into underrepresented groups in today’s world, 2016 is one of the great film years of this decade, and these are the top ten films that I can’t stop myself from talking or thinking about.

10. I Am Not Your Negro

Starting off this list is one of the truly great documentaries, »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Golden Globes 2017: All the winners as they happen

8 January 2017 2:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Moonlight, Manchester By The Sea and La La Land have been the awards season heavyweights, trading blows and earning kudos from the various critics groups and voting bodies.

La La Land begins the night with the most nods (seven) for best film – musical or comedy, actress for Emma Stone, actor for Ryan Gosling, director and screenplay for Damien Chazelle, score and song, City Of Stars. As of Sunday it ranked fifth at the North American box office on $51.7m after five weekends of release.

Lionsgate’s musical kicked off awards season last autumn with the Coppa Volpi best actress award for Stone at the Venice Film Festival. It was named best film by the New York Film Critics Circle (Nyfcc) and took second place in the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Lafca).

Moonlight, named best film by the National Society Of Film Critics on Saturday, has earned six nods: best film – drama, director and screenplay »

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Arthouse Audit: Awards Contenders Thrive on Golden Globe Weekend

8 January 2017 10:30 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The arthouse world is thriving, with multiple awards contenders amassing the best pre-Oscar nomination numbers in recent memory. (This weekend’s limited openers are also available on VOD.)

Multiple recent releases are scoring well in wider breaks. December platform launches “Hidden Figures,” “La La Land,” and “Manchester By the Sea” are all in the Top Ten, while laggard “A Monster Calls” also expanded, to far lesser results. (Check later analysis of how these films have sprung from initial platforms to wider runs in Top Ten Takeaways).

Several holiday openers have yet to widen. Sony Pictures Classics’ Oscar Foreign Language contender “Toni Erdmann” fell only a bit in its three initial runs, while Ben Affleck’s “Live By Night” (Warner Bros.) is flailing in four theaters in advance of its wide national break this Friday.

International Release:

Railroad Tigers (Well Go USA/China) – $(est.) 110,000 in 42 theaters

Week Two

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- Tom Brueggemann

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Golden Globes 2017: 'Elle' wins foreign language prize

8 January 2017 12:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

French thriller Elle starring Isabelle Huppert was named best foreign-language film at the 74th awards show on Sunday.

Director Paul Verhoeven accepted the award and thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association “for being so open-minded.”

Of Huppert, Verhoeven said: “It has been a wonderful experience to work with Isabelle. She is so talented. I thank you Isabelle for everything you have given to this movie, for your talent for your audacity and the authenticity your performance. It was wonderful to work with you. I love you, I love you, I love you.”

Meanwhile a trio of British stars has triumphed through their performances in The Night Manager.

Tom Hiddleston won best actor for a limited series or TV movie, after earlier supporting acting wins for Olivia Colman and Hugh Laurie.

Accepting his award, Laurie joked he was honoured to receive an award at “the last Golden Globes.

“I don’t’ mean to be gloomy but if it has »

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Golden Globes 2017: Viola Davis wins best supporting actress

8 January 2017 12:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Fences star was named best supporting actress on Sunday night, finally prevailing with her fifth Golden Globe nomination.

“I’m a friend and a fan,” Davis said to her co-star and director Denzel Washington, himself nominated for best dramatic actor, watching in the audience. “Thank you for being an extraordinary leader.”

Lionsgate’s musical La La Land won best score and best song for ‘City Of Stars’ in two early film awards at Sunday’s 74th awards show.

The Night Manager’s Olivia Colman won best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, limited series or TV movie but was not present to collect her award.

Shortly before that, the show’s Hugh Laurie won best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, limited series or TV movie.

Accepting his award, Laurie joked he was honoured to receive an award at “the last Golden Globes.

“I don’t’ mean »

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Golden Globes 2017: Aaron Taylor-Johnson wins supporting actor

8 January 2017 12:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The 74th Golden Globes kicked off with a shock as Aaron Taylor-Johnson won best supporting actor for Nocturnal Animals.

Mahershala Ali from Moonlight had been regarded as the frontrunner. “Thank you for putting up with me,” Taylor Johnson said to his wife Sam Taylor-Johnson. “I was not very pleasant in this role.”

In two early TV awards, Billy Bob Thronton of Goliath won Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Drama, while Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy went to Tracee Ellis Ross for Black-ish.

Preamble: Moonlight, Manchester By The Sea and La La Land have been the awards season heavyweights, trading blows and earning kudos from the various critics groups and voting bodies.

La La Land begins the night with the most nods (seven) for best film – musical or comedy, actress for Emma Stone, actor for Ryan Gosling, director and screenplay for Damien Chazelle, score and song »

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Sociopsychological Drama with Central Gay Character, French Film Icon Top Nsfc Choices

7 January 2017 9:04 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

2016 movies Things to Come (pictured) and Elle have earned French cinema icon Isabelle Huppert her – surprisingly – first National Society of Film Critics Best Actress Award. 2016 Movies: Isabelle Huppert & 'Moonlight' among National Society of Film Critics' top picks Earlier today (Jan. 7), the National Society of Film Critics announced their top 2016 movies and performances. Somewhat surprisingly, this year's Nsfc list – which generally contains more offbeat entries than those of other U.S.-based critics groups – is quite similar to their counterparts', most of which came out last December. No, that doesn't mean the National Society of Film Critics has opted for the crowd-pleasing route. Instead, this awards season U.S. critics have not infrequently gone for even less mainstream entries than usual. Examples, among either the Nsfc winners or runners-up, include Isabelle Huppert in Elle, Moonlight, Toni Erdmann, Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea, and Lily Gladstone in Certain Women. French »

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National Society of Film Critics Names ‘Moonlight’ Best Picture of 2016

7 January 2017 12:35 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Adding to its list of accolades, “Moonlight” has been named the Best Picture of 2016 by the National Society of Film Critics on Saturday, January 7.

Directed by Barry Jenkins (who also won the Best Director honor), the movie explores the life of a young man’s struggles, told across three defining chapters of his life, as he grapples with his sexuality and broken family. Mahershala Ali, who portrays Juan in the film, also received the award for Best Supporting Actor.

Read More: La Film Critics Association Names ‘Moonlight’ Best Film of 2016

Isabelle Huppert received the Best Actress award for her roles in “Elle” and “Things to Come,” runner-ups included Annette Bening (“20th Century Women”) and Sandra Huller (“Toni Erdmann”). The Best Actor prize went to “Manchester by the Sea” star Casey Affleck, with Denzel Washington (“Fences”) and Adam Driver (“Paterson”) as runner-ups.

Marking the 51st annual meeting of the National Society of Film Critics, »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Moonlight’ Named Best Picture by National Society of Film Critics

7 January 2017 10:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Moonlight,” the coming-of-age story of a gay black boy named Chiron living in Miami, was named the best picture winner by the National Society of Film Critics on Saturday.

In the acting categories, “Manchester by the Sea” star Casey Affleck took the award for best actor, while Isabelle Huppert won the actress prize for her performances in both “Elle” and “Things to Come.” Affleck’s “Manchester” co-star Michelle Williams scored the prize for supporting actress, and “Moonlight” standout Mahershala Ali nabbed the award for supporting actor.

“Manchester” also won the best screenplay award. “Moonlight” continued its run by winning cinematography for James Laxton and director for Barry Jenkins.

The foreign film prize went to “Toni Erdmann” — the film’s lead actress Sandra Huller was a runner up in her category. “O.J.: Made in America” won in the nonfiction category.

This year the group had 38 people vote from around the country. »

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'Moonlight' wins National Society Of Film Critics poll

6 January 2017 4:04 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The drama prevailed in Saturday’s vote, earning best picture, director for Barry Jenkins, supporting actor for Mahershala Ali and cinematography for James Laxton.

Manchester By The Sea earned three prizes for Casey Affleck in the best actor race, Michelle Williams as best supporting actress and Kenneth Lonergan for his screenplay.

Isabelle Huppert was named best actress for Elle and Things To Come, while Toni Erdmann took best foreign-language honours and O.J.: Made In America prevailed in the non-fiction contest.

The Society held its 51st annual awards vote at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Center as guests of the Film Society Of Lincoln Center in New York.

The weighted voting system produced mostly runaway winners, although there were ties for second and third place in the lead actress and foreign-language categories.

Fifty-four members were eligible to vote and to qualify, entries must have opened in the Us during 2016.

Full Winners At National Society Of Film Critics 51st Annual »

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Film Feature: The 10 Best Films of 2016, By Patrick McDonald

5 January 2017 1:08 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – It’s that time of the film year, the “Ten Best” lists. In representing my 2016 picks – as “Patrick McDonald” – I looked for the emotional experience as much as anything. I think every filmgoer, from the most casual to the ardent buff, adhere to their favorites through that feeling of connection.

There are honorable mentions all over the place, often just missing the 10th spot – I like to characterize them as all tied for eleventh. My favorite superhero film was “Captain America: Civil War,” for the Marvel Comics angst that works best in this genre of movies. The dramas “Arrival,” “Elle,” “Little Men” and “A Monster Calls” were excellent and heartfelt experiences. I loved the wacky tribute that writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen gave to 1950s Hollywood in “Hail, Caesar!” And after watching it again after initial reservations, I realized and connected to the ardent celebration in the musical “La La Land. »

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Editing ‘Jackie’: How a Classical Biopic Became an Elliptical Ghost Story

4 January 2017 1:47 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sixteen minutes into “Jackie,” a reporter (Billy Crudup) asks the recently widowed First Lady (Natalie Portman), “What did the bullet sound like?”

A gunshot rings out on the soundtrack and the film cuts to a series of visceral shots of President Kennedy’s motorcade racing down the empty highway, the last of which gives the audience a brief glimpse of the recently shot President, dying or dead, on his wife’s lap.

Read More: Xavier Dolan on ‘Jackie’: ‘It Left Me Artistically Intimidated and Wonderstruck’

The film then makes a jarring cut to an extremely tight close up of a distraught Portman wiping blood off her face for close to a minute of screen time. Not until the film cuts to a wider reverse shot do we realize she’s on Air Force One with her husband’s corpse and the soon-to-be President Lyndon Johnson (John Carroll Lynch).

“You »

- Chris O'Falt

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Movie News: Woody Harrelson Touted for 'Han Solo' Movie; Adam Driver, Sylvester Stallone Team for Veteran Drama

4 January 2017 12:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Han Solo: Woody Harrelson (The Edge of Seventeen, above) is in early talks to play Han Solo's mentor in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off movie. Reportedly, he is the top choice for the role, though it's far from a done deal. If things work out, Harrelson would join Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke. The movie, which will be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, is set for release in 2018. [Variety]   Tough As They Come: Adam Driver (Paterson, above) and Sylvester Stallone (Creed, above) will star in Tough As They Come. Stallone is also attached to direct. It's based on a memoir by Travis Mills (Driver), who was severely injured in battle and then had to cope with life as a quadruple amputee, aided by the support of his father-in-law...

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Newswire: Bar talk becomes poetry in an exclusive clip from Paterson

4 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Paterson, Jim Jarmusch’s sublime ode to the poetry of everyday life, is currently set to expand to theaters across the U.S. after opening in select cities at the end of 2016. Paterson stars Adam Driver as Paterson, a bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey with a secret notebook full of poetry and an ordinary daily routine. Golshifteh Farahani co-stars as his wife Laura, a sensitive, artistic spirit who encourages her husband to share his talent with the world.

Part of Paterson’s daily routine is stopping by a local bar for exactly one drink while he’s out walking his dog. And we’ve got an exclusive clip from one of those nightly visits, as bartender Doc (Barry Shabaka Henry) regales Paterson (the man) with tales of one of Paterson’s (the town) many famous natives:

Paterson was voted No. 9 on The A.V. Club’s list ...

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- Katie Rife

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News Briefs: Woody Harrelson Touted As Han Solo's Mentor

3 January 2017 7:50 PM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Han Solo: Woody Harrelson (The Edge of Seventeen, above) is in early talks to play Han Solo's mentor in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off movie. Reportedly, he is the top choice for the role, though it's far from a done deal. If things work out, Harrelson would join Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke. The movie, which will be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, is set for release in 2018. [Variety]   Tough As They Come: Adam Driver (Paterson, above) and...

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