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Elle

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2017 / Color / 2.40:1 widescreen / Street Date March 14, 2017

Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling.

Cinematography: Stéphane Fontaine

Film Editor: Job Ter Burg

Written by David Birke

Produced by Saïd Ben Saïd and Michel Merkt

Directed by Paul Verhoeven

Michèle Leblanc, glamorous entrepreneur of a successful video game company, is the calm at the center of many storms. Her son’s girlfriend has given birth to another man’s child, an employee is stalking her with anime porn and her botox-ridden mother is betrothed to a male prostitute.

In the face of all this outrageous fortune, Michèle remains cool, calm and collected, even in the aftermath of her own harrowing sexual assault.

Elle, the new film from the Dutch provocateur Paul Verhoeven, begins with that already infamous assault, our heroine struggling under the weight of her attacker while an unblinking cat perches nearby, watching.
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‘Elle,’ ‘Frantz,’ ‘Slack Bay’ Lead Cesar Awards Nominations

‘Elle,’ ‘Frantz,’ ‘Slack Bay’ Lead Cesar Awards Nominations
Paris – Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” with Oscar-nominated Isabelle Huppert, Francois Ozon’s period drama “Frantz” and Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay” lead the nominations at the 42nd Cesar Awards, France’s equivalent of the Oscars.

Elle” and “Frantz” scored 11 Cesar nominations each. “Slack Bay” received nine.

Elle,” which competed at Cannes, has already earned Huppert a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination for best actress. Set in France and produced by Said Ben Said and Michel Merkt, “Elle” has been described as a powerful rape-revenge thriller laced with dark humor. Huppert recently received a honorary prize from the French culture ministry and promotional organization UniFrance. The movie was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics at Cannes.

Her nomination for “Elle” marks Huppert’s 16th Cesar nod. She has won only once, for her performance in Claude Chabrol’s “La Ceremonie.”

Frantz,” starring Pierre Niney (“Yves Saint Laurent”), turns on a
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Jackie review

Off the back of a wave of rave reviews, Jackie has landed in UK cinemas, with Natalie Portman in the lead. So: any good?

It was almost a little too on-the-nose for Entertainment One to release Jackie last Friday, given that it's a film about mourning for a political figure lost in the wake of a terrible tragedy as the peaceful transfer of power takes precedence over anyone's feelings. Then again, the film itself, which stars Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy, is so much a callback to a bygone age that any comparisons to current affairs are moot.

The film dramatises a pivotal Life magazine interview by reporter Theodore H. White (here represented by Billy Crudup as an unnamed character), which took place in the week following John F. Kennedy's assassination in November 1963. Mrs. Kennedy reserves strict editorial control over the cover story, but insists on fulfilling her duty
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‘Jackie’: Pablo Larrain Brings First Lady Story to Screen at Right Time

‘Jackie’: Pablo Larrain Brings First Lady Story to Screen at Right Time
Jackie” began years ago, but its late-2016 debut makes this the right film at the right time.

The Fox Searchlight release looks at Jacqueline Kennedy in the week after her husband’s 1963 assassination. It’s about a woman trying to hold herself, her family, and the nation together, while working to define her husband’s legacy. It’s basically an emotional journey but the film has an added poignancy now: During a national crisis, with the world’s spotlight on her, here was someone in D.C. who was classy, private, and exhibited model behavior. After the past year, this all seems like science fiction, but it’s an important reminder of the not too distant past.

The project started with Noah Oppenheim, and is the first script from this veteran newsman (who is senior VP of NBC News and runs the “Today” show).

Oppenheim says, “I always look for
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Ofcs 2016 awards winners announced

And the winners are…

Best Picture: Moonlight

Best Animated Feature: Kubo and the Two Strings

Best Director: Barry JenkinsMoonlight

Best Actor: Casey AffleckManchester by the Sea

Best Actress: Natalie PortmanJackie

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala AliMoonlight

Best Supporting Actress: Naomie HarrisMoonlight

Best Original Screenplay: Hell or High WaterTaylor Sheridan

Best Adapted Screenplay: ArrivalEric Heisserer, Ted Chiang

Best Editing: La La LandTom Cross

Best Cinematography: La La LandLinus Sandgren

Best Film Not in the English Language: The Handmaiden – South Korea

Best Documentary: O.J.: Made in America

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The Online Film Critics Society — of which I am a member — has announced the nominees for its 2016 awards. Links here go to my reviews, with reviews to come for most if not all those I haven’t yet reviewed. Winners will be announced Tuesday, January 3rd.

And the nominees are:

Best Picture

Arrival

The Handmaiden
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The Top 10 Shots of 2016

For a decade now I’ve written about the year in single images. It’s an annual tradition that started on a whim — certain shots from “No Country for Old Men” and “The Bourne Ultimatum” spurred a desire to seek out other potent imagery and chew on it — and it has developed into my own little way of adding to the usual year-in-review cavalcade.

The rise of press screeners has certainly helped me to be thorough. Re-watching the year’s movies and scrubbing them for stand-out shots I might have missed has become its own unique form of absorbing movies. Other outlets have come along and taken similar approaches, which is great, because this is as subjective as anything else. But many have bailed after giving it a go, too, which I understand: this can be sort of taxing.

But I’ve cherished it. I’ve delighted, and continue to delight,
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Chicago Film Critics Choose "Moonlight"

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards:

Best Picture

The Handmaiden

Jackie

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight -- winner

Best Director

Damien Chazelle (-) La La Land

Barry Jenkins (-) Moonlight -- winner

Pablo Larraín (-) Jackie

Kenneth Lonergan (-) Manchester by the Sea

Chan-wook Park (-) The Handmaiden

Best Actor

Casey Affleck (-) Manchester by the Sea -- winner

Adam Driver (-) Paterson

Joel Edgerton (-) Loving

Colin Farrell (-) The Lobster

Denzel Washington (-) Fences

Best Actress

Amy Adams (-) Arrival

Rebecca Hall (-) Christine

Isabelle Huppert (-) Elle

Natalie Portman (-) Jackie -- winner

Emma Stone (-) La La Land

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali (-) Moonlight -- winner

Alden Ehrenreich (-) Hail, Caesar!

Ben Foster (-) Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges (-) Manchester by the Sea

Trevante Rhodes (-) Moonlight

Michael Shannon (-
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Austin Film Critics Association Nominations

The Austin Film Critics Association (Afca) has announced the nominees for its yearly awards. Winners will be revealed on Dec. 28. Here's the complete list of nominees:

Best Film:

Arrival

The Handmaiden

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Best Director:

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Denis Villeneuve, Arrival

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Park Chan-wook, The Handmaiden

Best Actor:

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Colin Farrell, The Lobster

Denzel Washington, Fences

Joel Edgerton, Loving

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Best Actress:

Amy Adams, Arrival

Annette Bening, 20th Century Women

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Ruth Negga, Loving

Best Supporting Actor:

Ben Foster, Hell or High Water

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Trevante Rhodes, Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress:

Greta Gerwig, 20th Century Women

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Min-hee Kim, The Handmaiden

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Viola Davis,
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Watch the UK trailer for Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Elle’

Elle UK trailer lands: The film, starring an Oscar-worth Isabelle Huppert, is the latest film from controversial filmmaker Paul Verhoeven.

Watch the Elle UK trailer below.

Paul Verhoeven is getting some huge praise for his latest film Elle, which stars French actress Isabelle Huppert, and rightly so as it’s simply superb.

After debuting at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and then Toronto and then London, the film opens across UK cinemas on March 10th, 2017 from Picturehouse Entertainment.

Huppert is Michèle LeBlanc; founder and CEO of a successful video game company, who is attacked in her own home. Taking what appears to be a desire to shrug off the terrifying incident, she locks the door after her attacker and refuses to tell the police. Upending our expectations, Michèle begins to track down her assailant, and soon they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game, one that at
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Nominees of the 2016 Chicago Film Critics Awards

Here's the complete list of nominees, winners will be announced on Dec. 15:

Best Picture

The Handmaiden

Jackie

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Best Director

Damien Chazelle (-) La La Land

Barry Jenkins (-) Moonlight

Pablo Larraín (-) Jackie

Kenneth Lonergan (-) Manchester by the Sea

Chan-wook Park (-) The Handmaiden

Best Actor

Casey Affleck (-) Manchester by the Sea

Adam Driver (-) Paterson

Joel Edgerton (-) Loving

Colin Farrell (-) The Lobster

Denzel Washington (-) Fences

Best Actress

Amy Adams (-) Arrival

Rebecca Hall (-) Christine

Isabelle Huppert (-) Elle

Natalie Portman (-) Jackie

Emma Stone (-) La La Land

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali (-) Moonlight

Alden Ehrenreich (-) Hail, Caesar!

Ben Foster (-) Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges (-) Manchester by the Sea

Trevante Rhodes (-) Moonlight

Michael Shannon (-) Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis (-) Fences

Lily Gladstone (-) Certain Women
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Jeff Bayer’s Official Ballot for the 22nd Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

I am a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca), which means I vote for the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. The winners will be revealed live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on A&E on Sunday, December 11 at 8Pm Et/ 5Pm Pt. T.J. Miller will return as the show’s host.

Here are my official choices. They have been bolded and italicized.

Best Picture

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Lion

Loving

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Sully

Best Actor

Casey AffleckManchester by the Sea

Joel EdgertonLoving

Andrew GarfieldHacksaw Ridge

Ryan GoslingLa La Land

Tom HanksSully

Denzel WashingtonFences

Best Actress

Amy AdamsArrival

Annette Bening – 20th Century Women

Isabelle HuppertElle

Ruth NeggaLoving

Natalie PortmanJackie

Emma StoneLa La Land

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala AliMoonlight

Jeff BridgesHell or High Water

Ben Foster
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La La Land leads the nominations for the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards

The Broadcast Film Critics Association have announced the nominations for the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards, with Damien Chazelle’s La La Land leading the field with 12 nominations in total, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Ryan Gosling) and Best Actress (Emma Stone).

Moonlight and Arrival both scored ten nominations apiece, and will contest Best Picture with La La Land against Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Lion, Loving, Manchester by the Sea and Sully.

Here’s the full list of nominations…

Best Picture

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Lion

Loving

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Sully

Best Director

Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water)

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Denzel Washington (Fences)

Best Actor

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

Joel Edgerton (Loving)

Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge
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The 2017 Critics Choice Awards nominations are in

The 2017 Critics Choice Awards nominations have come in and, as expected, the stunning La La Land is leading the way with no less than twelve nominations. Also doing well out of the nods are the equally stunning Moonlight, Manchester By The Sea, Lion and even David Mackenzie’s heist drama Hell Or High Water. Loving, Sully, Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge and Denzel Washington’s directorial effort Fences also get a look in in multiple categories.

Winners will be announced at the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday December 11. Deadpool’s T.J. Miller will host the show from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

Here are the 2017 Critic Choice Awards nominations in full.

Best Picture

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Lion

Loving

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Sully

Best Director

Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”)

Mel Gibson (“Hacksaw Ridge”)

Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”)

Kenneth Lonergan
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Critics’ Choice Award 2017 Nominations: La La Land, Arrival, & Moonlight Lead The Pack!

Image via the Critics' Choice Awards

Goodbye, 2016, hello, awards season! Man, what a year it’s been! A year with a lot of highs and a lot of lows. But like clockwork, just prior to the New Years bell ringing, members of various different groups sit down and vote on some of the standouts of the year in terms of film achievement. Just this past Monday, The Annie Awards released their big nominations for the year, and now, the Critics’ Choice Awards have done the same!

Read: Annie Awards 2017: Zootopia And Kubo Top This Year's Nominations!

As expected, coming out of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the Ryan Gosling/Emma Stone vehicle La La Land is at the top of the nominations list with 12 nominations.Tied for second are the amazing sci-fi film Arrival, and the hard-hitting drama film, Moonlight, who each have 10 nominations.

One of the
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Arrival, La La Land And Fences Lead Nominees For 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards

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The 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards nominations are in and, somewhat unsurprisingly, Damien Chazelle’s old-timey musical La La Land has emerged as an early frontrunner.

It bagged 12 nominations in total, including nods in some of the more prestigious categories – Best Picture, Ryan Gosling for Best Actor, Emma Stone for Best Actress, Chazelle for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. It’s an impressive haul for the Oscar-tipped drama, and one that will surely strengthen its status as the one candidate to beat as the weeks wear on.

Elsewhere, other films to score big in the list of nominations include acclaimed sci-fi Arrival and Fences, Denzel Washington’s adaptation that sees him in the role of a former baseball star struggling to find meaning in 1950s Pittsburgh.

Due to take place on December 11, the Critics’ Choice Awards will get underway on A
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"La La Land" Sings to the Top of Critics' Choice Awards Nominations! See Full List!

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (of which I'm a proud member) has revealed the nominations for the 22nd Critics' Choice Awards! And I'm loving that my favorite film of the year, "La La Land," led the pack with 12 nominations including Best Picture. "Moonlight" and "Arrival" followed with 10 noms each. The three films will compete with "Fences," "Hacksaw Ridge," "Hell or High Water," "Lion," "Loving," "Manchester by the Sea," and "Sully" for the Best Picture trophy. Winners will be announced live on A&E on Sunday, December 11th and I will be there!

Before I give you the nominations, how cool is it that August Wilson, who wrote the play "Fences" that Denzel Washington faithfully adapted, received a Best Adapted Screenplay nod? The best part? The great playwright has been gone for 11 years! Kudos to Washington for handling Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece with love!

Here's the complete nominations list of
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Critics’ Choice Awards 2017 Nominations: La La Land Tops the List

Critics’ Choice Awards 2017 Nominations: La La Land Tops the List
La La Land is dancing its way to Oscar gold!

The Critics’ Choice Awards nominations were announced on Thursday, and the Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone-led musical topped the list with a whopping 12 nods, including best picture, best actor, best actress, best director (Damien Chazelle), and two nominations for best song.

Gosling also scored a second Best Actor nomination for his turn in The Nice Guys.

Moonlight and Arrival trailed close behind, tying for second place with 10 nominations each. Other early Oscar contenders like Manchester By the Sea and Jackie were also singled out.

Marvel films also came out on top,
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‘La La Land’ Leads Critics Choice Awards With 12 Nominations, Other Big Nominees Include ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Arrival’

‘La La Land’ Leads Critics Choice Awards With 12 Nominations, Other Big Nominees Include ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Arrival’
The Critics Choice Awards have gone gaga for “La La Land.”

Damien Chazelle’s big-hearted Hollywood musical leads the pack of nominations this year, pulling in an enviable 12 nods, including Best Picture, Ryan Gosling for Best Actor, Emma Stone for Best Actress, Chazelle for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, Linus Sandgren for Best Cinematography, David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco for Best Production Design, Tom Cross for Best Editing, Mary Zophres for Best Costume Design, Two Best Song Nominations for “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” and “City of Stars,” and Justin Hurwitz for Best Score.

Read More: Gotham Awards 2016: Complete Winners List

That’s something to sing about for the perceived Oscar frontrunner, which now heads into December with a major boost.

This morning’s nomination announcement also heaped big love on “Arrival” and “Moonlight,” with ten nominations each, putting both films in the running for Best Picture, Best Director,
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'La La Land,' 'Arrival,' 'Moonlight' Lead Critics' Choice Movie Nominations

'La La Land,' 'Arrival,' 'Moonlight' Lead Critics' Choice Movie Nominations
With 12 nominations, Damien Chazelle’s musical “La La Land” led the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards movie nominations, including notices for best picture, best director, best actor (Ryan Gosling) and best actress (Emma Stone).

Not far behind were a pair of critically acclaimed dramas, Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival” and Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight,” with 10 nominations apiece.

All three films received best picture nominations, along with “Fences, “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hell or High Water,” “Lion,” “Loving,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Sully.”

With 27 categories, the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. — which puts on the Critics’ Choice Awards — leaves itself plenty of opportunity to cover all bases. Genre categories for action, comedy and sci-fi/horror ensure peripheral recognition for films like “Jason Bourne,” “10 Cloverfield Lane” and “Central Intelligence.” Even the critically reviled DC films “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad” landed notices, for actresses Gal Gadot and Margot Robbie, respectively.
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Critics’ Choice Awards 2017: La La Land, Moonlight, Arrival Lead Movie Nominees

Critics’ Choice Awards 2017: La La Land, Moonlight, Arrival Lead Movie Nominees
Damien Chazelle’s lavish musical La La Land topped the list with a whopping 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Ryan Gosling), Best Actress (Emma Stone), Best Director, and two separate nominations for Best Song. (Gosling also scored a second nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy for The Nice Guys.)

Moonlight and Arrival tied for second place with 10 nods apiece, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Screenplay — Moonlight for original screenplay, Arrival for adapted.

Other big nominees include awards season favorites like Manchester by the Sea, Fences, and Jackie, while Captain America: Civil War, Deadpool, and Doctor Strange
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