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'Girls Trip' Now Available for Rent, Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

6 hours ago | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Spider-Man: Homecoming (umpteenth superhero-franchise reboot; Tom Holland, Zendaya, Michael Keaton, Bokeem Woodbine, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr.; rated PG-13) Girls Trip (comedy; Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate, Mike Colter, Kate Walsh, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah; rated R) Lady Macbeth (romantic drama; Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis; rated R) Menashe (drama; Menashe Lustig, Ruben Niborski; rated PG) Step (documentary about an inner-city Baltimore dance team...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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New to Streaming: ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99,’ ‘The Meyerowitz Stories,’ ‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ and More

13 October 2017 5:35 AM, PDT | 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.

78/52 (Alexandre Philippe)

There’s been documentaries that analyze entire cinematic movements, directors, actors, writers, specific films, and more aspects of filmmaking, but it’s rare to see a feature film devoted to a single scene. With 78/52, if the clunky title addition didn’t tell you already, it explores the infamous shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho with exacting precision and depth. Featuring interviews with Jamie Lee Curtis, Guillermo del Toro, »

- Jordan Raup

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Foreign Film Upheaval: Why Esoteric Cultures Outpace European Mainstays at the Box Office

20 September 2017 9:19 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In 2017, we’ve seen five specialized subtitled films gross over $1 million. But the languages aren’t French, or German, or from anywhere in western Europe: The winners are Turkish, Farsi, Yiddish, and Hebrew.

These films came from Turkey, Iran, Israel, and even the United States, and played at conventional “art house” theaters (as opposed to releases from India, China, Mexico, and elsewhere, which aim at ethnically similar audiences).

Once upon a time, $100 million and more (in adjusted grosses) was possible for films like “La Dolce Vita,” “Life Is Beautiful,” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”: more recently, “Amelie,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and “The Motorcycle Diaries” easily surpassed $20 million. However, over the last few decades we’ve seen the subtitled market shift from decline to near collapse.

Read More:Why French Cinema Faces an Uncertain Future in America

What happened this year shows some revival in the market, but with some twists. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Review: Menashe, A Religious Experience Unto Itself

24 August 2017 8:05 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

What kind of man is Menashe? A valid question, considering his own initial apparent fluidity on the rigidity of his own cultural rules and restrictions. In a deeply sensitive portrayal by the talented Menashe Lustig in his debut role, the film tells the story of a down-on-his-luck widower who’s bucking the rules of his devoutly Hasidic Jewish culture in his efforts to retain custody of his adolescent son. The arbitrators of his insular modern-day community, nestled in the beating heart of New York City, have deemed him an incapable father, an unmotivated nonstarter, and a directionless slob. Never mind that he only wants to raise his son… What if they're right?? Also, there are rules. Including a big rule, stating that a child must be...

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Menashe – Review

24 August 2017 5:16 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

As the Summer season winds down, a new independent flick enters the box office arena concerning the challenges of single parenting. Oh, and this is from a male viewpoint, but it’s not a heart-tugging comedy that will make moviegoers recall The Courtship Of Eddie’S Father (the flick with Glenn Ford or the TV version with Bill Bixby), which helped inspire several sitcoms like “Bachelor Father” and “My Three Sons”. Yes, it’s about a widower, thought its main concern isn’t the search for a new mate (it does factor in a bit). The film is set in New York, but its language gives the story a decided foreign feel. Most of the dialogue (about 95%) is in Yiddish, as the world of Brooklyn’s ultra-orthodox Jewish community is the home of a man (well, almost a Mensch) named Menashe.

The story begins in the bustling early morning hours »

- Jim Batts

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Deauville Film Festival Unveils Lineup, Doug Liman’s ‘American Made’ Set to Open Festival

22 August 2017 10:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Doug Liman’s “American Made,” an action-packed biopic headlined by Tom Cruise, is set to open the 43rd edition of Deauville American Film Festival.

David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story,” Chloé Zhao’s “The Rider” and Marc Webb’s “Mary” are among the 14 films on track to compete at the festival.

A Ghost Story,” a supernatural drama which reunites Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara after Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” premiered at Sundance.

The Rider,” which world premiered at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight and nabbed the Art Cinema Award, centers on a young cowboy who embarks on a road trip across America after suffering a near fatal head injury.

“Mary” stars a Chris Evans as a single man raising his child prodigy niece who is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.

Several competition films deal with race relations in America. Daryl Wein’s “Blueprint,” for instance, centers around a young Black man in South »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Film Review: Individualism in ‘Menashe’ Challenges the Tribe

15 August 2017 9:13 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – We all belong to something, be it a family, workplace, congregation or (expansively) a tribe. But within all that belonging is a sometimes nagging feeling of being an outsider. There is not a human being in existence that hasn’t felt that way, and a new film expresses that feeling in “Menashe.”

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The title is a character, a Hasidic Orthodox Jewish man whose wife had died, and due to tribal/religious tradition has lost the right to care for his son. He is the outsider in a very strict religious order, with a dogma that affects virtually every element of his difficult life. In another world, that type of individual would simply walk away, but within this closed society Menashe fights to exist and express, often taking matters destructively into his own hands. The film is unique, funny, sad and wise, plus gives audience outsiders a glimpse into »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Ifp Week Lines Up Chats With Barry Jenkins, Dee Rees, Gillian Robespierre, Julie Klausner, and More

15 August 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ifp’s signature event, Ifp Week, has this year expanded to include a slew of public screenings, talks, meet ups, and exhibitions, all centered on cutting-edge independent content for the big screen, small screen, and Internet. This year will play home to faces old and new — including a number of exciting speakers who return to Ifp Week after launching their careers at the annual event, including speakers like Barry Jenkins and Dee Rees.

Read More:Why the Safdie Brothers Decided to Put Robert Pattinson in Their Gritty World of New York Amateurs

Under the leadership of Head of Programming Amy Dotson and producer Erik Luers, the Ifp Week talks and events will run September 17 – 21 in and around Brooklyn, NY at Bric, The William Vale Hotel, and Ifp’s headquarters, Made in NY Media Center by Ifp.

Check out the newest additions to the Ifp Week schedule, including Filmmaker Magazine Talks, the Ifp Screen Forward Conference, »

- Kate Erbland

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Movie Review – Menashe (2017)

9 August 2017 1:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Menashe, 2017.

Directed by Joshua Z. Weinstein.

Starring Menashe Lustig and Ruben Niborski.

Synopsis:

Within Brooklyn’s ultra-orthodox Jewish community, a widower battles for custody of his son. A tender drama performed entirely in Yiddish, the film intimately explores the nature of faith and the price of parenthood.

Spoken primarily in Yiddish and subtitled in English, Menashe explores a closed off area of Hasidic Jews living in Brooklyn, New York (and was even filmed in secret there) attempting to maintain their conservative, and quite frankly occasionally backward, religious and livelihood beliefs. It’s a film where a woman nervously mentions that it is a negative thing that some people within the community are opening up to the idea of females driving, and while there is a slight bit of humor to be found laughing at the old stereotype of women being dangerous behind the wheel, it’s a scary thought that »

- Robert Kojder

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‘Menashe’: Director Joshua Weinstein & His Star On Hasidic Life & The Pleasures Of Quiet Drama [Interview]

4 August 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

You have never seen a movie quite like Joshua Weinstein‘s “Menashe.” The film was shot by Weinstein on a low-budget, in near cinema-verite style, deep in the heart of New York City’s Hasidic community, and it’s presented in Yiddish with English subtitles. Talk about a gamble even for an indie production.

The film chronicles the trials and tribulations of recently widowed Hasidic Jew Menashe (Menashe Lustig in his big-screen debut) whose community forces his son to be raised by his openly contemptuous brother in-law.

Continue reading ‘Menashe’: Director Joshua Weinstein & His Star On Hasidic Life & The Pleasures Of Quiet Drama [Interview] at The Playlist. »

- Jordan Ruimy

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Interview: Joshua Z Weinstein Takes Us Inside the Hasidic Community in A24’s Menashe

28 July 2017 12:47 PM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Joshua Weinstein delivers a rare and unique film with Menashe. He takes us inside the Hasidic Community in Brooklyn’s Borough Park and tells the story of Menashe, a grocery »

- Jazz Tangcay

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Menashe review – tender drama reveals New York's Orthodox Jewish community

27 July 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A humane and unsentimental character study of a man struggling to take care of his son after his wife’s death also offers a fascinating look inside a secretive pocket of Brooklyn

For many Brooklynites, there’s a lingering curiosity surrounding Borough Park, an area south of the many hipster-dwelling enclaves that have cropped up in recent years. Despite being within jogging distance of the many cold brew and avocado smash-serving cafes, it remains refreshingly devoid of gentrification, for it’s home to an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, one of the largest in the Us.

It’s an understandably secretive and self-contained part of the city, but in the charming new Yiddish language drama Menashe, director Joshua Z Weinstein offers us a rare glimpse inside, focusing on the life of one schlimazel (that means an “unlucky man”) and taking us with him through an alternately pedestrian and emotionally impactful week in his life. »

- Benjamin Lee

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Movie Review: A widowed Hasidic father faces a custody battle in the New York drama Menashe

26 July 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Before making the film Menashe, documentarian Joshua Weinstein donned a yarmulke and explored Brooklyn’s Borough Park, getting to know the stories and personalities of New York’s Hasidic Jews. That was the easy part of the process. It was trickier when Weinstein returned to the neighborhood with a camera crew to work with the locals he’d hired for his cast. In this insular society—which for the most part has kept itself purposefully cut off from popular culture—the whole Menashe project seemed morally suspect. Weinstein reportedly lost locations and actors as the shoot went on, and left some people’s names out of the credits so that they wouldn’t bring shame to their families.

Throughout, the movie’s key collaborator remained steadfast. And thank goodness he did. Menashe Lustig brings warmth and a lumpen charisma to Menashe’s lead role, giving life to a film based »

- Noel Murray

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Menashe Movie Review

25 July 2017 8:39 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Menashe Director: Joshua Z. Weinstein Written by: Joshua Z. Weinstein, Alex Lipschulz, Musa Syeed Cast: Menashe Lustig, Ruben Niborski, Yoel Weisshau, Meyer Schwartz Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 7/24/17 Opens: July 28, 2017 When Rabbi Menachem Schneerson died in 1994, people asked me whether I had gone to his funeral. Schneerson, whom some in his […]

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- Harvey Karten

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Sarajevo's Kinoscope to show 'The Square', 'Loveless'

25 July 2017 3:34 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Michael Haneke’s Happy End also among titles in non-competitive strand.

The Sarajevo International Film Festival (August 11-18) has unveiled the line-up for its Kinoscope programme, with 17 titles competing.

The non-competitive strand, which first launched in 2012, selects titles from around the globe and excludes territories featured in the main competition.

Among this year’s cohort are major titles to have competed at Cannes including the Palme d’Or-winner The Square, Michael Haneke’s latest feature Happy End and Andrey Zvyagintsev’s well-received Loveless.

Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa’s Gabriel And The Mountain, Léonor Serraille’s Montparnasse Bienvenüe, Chloé Zhao’s The Rider and Valeska Grisebach’s Western are also included.

The 2017 Kinoscope Line-up

Ava

France, 2017, 105 min.

Director: Léa Mysius

Gabriel And The Mountain / Gabriel E A Montanha 

Brazil, France, 2017, 127 min.

Director: Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa

A Ghost Story

USA, 2017, 93 min.

Director: David Lowery

Godspeed / Yi Lu Shun Feng 

Taiwan, 2016, 111 min.

Director: Mong-Hong Chung

Happy End 

France, Austria, Germany »

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Film Review: ‘Menashe’

6 July 2017 5:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Menashe” is a rarity among American indies: a foreign-language film set in the middle of urban New York City (technically, Borough Park, Brooklyn). Apart from a few lines of English, and a few more in Spanish, the vast majority of the dialogue is in Yiddish, as spoken by the Orthodox Jewish community the movie depicts. Naturally, language alone will be a limiting factor in this deserving drama’s ability to find an audience, but it enhances the authenticity of documentary director Joshua Z Weinstein’s narrative debut, which invites audiences into the insular world of Hasidic New York via a character they won’t soon forget, memorably embodied by first-timer Menashe Lustig.

Like nearly the entire cast, Lustig has never acted professionally, bringing an awkwardness to the role that makes Menashe all the more endearing — a necessary quality in a film that questions whether the character is fit to be a single father in a culture that »

- Peter Debruge

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15 Films to See in July

5 July 2017 9:53 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The heat of the summer season is upon us, and with it comes the most promising tentpole line-up of the year thus far. (Along with it, there’s perhaps the best film I’ve seen in several years.) After you finish catching up on the best films of 2017 so far, kick off the second half of this year with our recommended picks below.

Matinees to See: Bronx Gothic (7/12), To the Bone (7/14), Chasing Coral (7/14), The Fencer (7/21), Killing Ground (7/21), Kékszakállú (7/21), Strange Weather (7/28), Brigsby Bear (7/28), and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (7/28)

15. Person To Person (Dustin Guy Defa; July 28)

Synopsis: Follows a variety of New York characters as they navigate personal relationships and unexpected problems over the course of one day.

Trailer

Why You Should Watch It: One of the more divisive films to come out of Sundance this year, the 16mm-shot Person to Person packs quite the varied ensemble — from Michael Cera »

- Jordan Raup

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Best Movies to See in July: Spider-Man, Charlize Theron Kicking Ass and More

30 June 2017 7:03 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

We're only at the year's halfway mark, but July is quickly shaping up to be the best moviegoing month of 2017: There are blockbusters lighthearted (Spidey's back yet again, and Sony swears they've cracked the formula this time) and solemn (Chris Nolan goes to war with Harry Styles in tow). Do you like your sci-fi weird (monkey in a tank!) or extra-weird (sentient brains!)? Indie types can check out an urgent new doc on Syria, a groundbreaking Yiddish-language drama or a British period piece-cum-feminist revenge thriller metaphysical drama. See, there »

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A24 After ‘Moonlight’: Why They’re Finally Ready To Conquer the Older Arthouse Crowd

27 April 2017 12:47 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A24 cemented its perception as the new-model indie distributor when Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” won three Oscars, including that dramatic best-picture win. So what does the upstart indie, hailed for holding the skeleton key that unlocks the precious millennial demo, do for an encore?

The Tribeca Film Festival showcased two upcoming A24 releases, both of which seem oddly retro: World War II costume drama “The Exception,” starring Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer as Kaiser Wilhelm II, and “The Lovers,” starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as an unhappy older married couple. They also dropped the trailer for Yiddish-language Hasidic family drama “Menashe” and suddenly, the new boss looks a lot like the old one.

What gives? This older-demo arthouse trio could easily carry the signature blue-and-white logo of venerable specialty distributor Sony Pictures Classics. But don’t be deceived by appearances. A24 is a far cry from older-generation studio indies like Spc and Fox Searchlight, »

- Anne Thompson

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A24 After ‘Moonlight:’ Why They’re Finally Ready To Conquer the Older Arthouse Crowd

27 April 2017 12:47 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

A24 cemented its perception as the new-model indie distributor when Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” won three Oscars, including that dramatic best-picture win. So what does the upstart indie, hailed for holding the skeleton key that unlocks the precious millennial demo, do for an encore?

The Tribeca Film Festival showcased three upcoming A24 releases, all of which seem oddly retro. There’s Yiddish-language Hasidic family drama “Menashe,” World War II costume drama “The Exception,” starring Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer as Kaiser Wilhelm II, and “The Lovers,” starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as an unhappy older married couple. Suddenly, the new boss looks a lot like the old one.

What gives? This older-demo arthouse trio could easily carry the signature blue-and-white logo of venerable specialty distributor Sony Pictures Classics. But don’t be deceived by appearances. A24 is a far cry from older-generation studio indies like Spc and Fox Searchlight, which tend to follow an established playbook. »

- Anne Thompson

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