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New to Streaming: ‘The Other Side of the Wind,’ ‘Claire’s Camera,’ ‘Children of Men,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón)

Some of the best sci-fi stories ask one simple question and then imagine a world in which that question becomes a real concern. What happens when the sun dies? What happens when AI becomes indistinguishable from a person? Children of Men, flawlessly directed by Alfonso Cuarón, asks a question that is painful to consider and even more painful to observe: what happens when people can’t reproduce? The world that is created in the wake of this question is one in which hope and progress have died together, the last vestiges of society and technology crumbling simultaneously. But, as with all science fiction that truly endures,
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Fritz Ofner’s ‘Weapon of Choice’ Finds Out Why the Glock Is The World’s Most Popular Handgun

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Fritz Ofner’s ‘Weapon of Choice’ Finds Out Why the Glock Is The World’s Most Popular Handgun
What links Tupac Shakur and Saddam Hussein? In Fritz Ofner’s engrossing, hypnotically digressive doc, which he co-directed with Eva Hausberger, it is a fascination for the Glock handgun, first patented by Austrian engineer Gaston Glock in 1981, now made by the thousand in the company’s Deutsch-Wagram factory complex, and shipped all over the world.

It seems perverse to label a gun a “design classic” but that’s what the Glock is: with its polymer frame and few moving metal parts, it is easy to strip and very reliable – which makes it the go-to gun for everyone from gangster rappers to law enforcement officers, soldiers and even, in the Middle East, war criminals. Indeed, as Ofner’s film shows, Saddam Hussein’s own personal Glock now hangs in the George W. Bush museum as a souvenir of the war in Iraq.

Just after Ofner’s film “Weapon of Choice” made
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New to Streaming: ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ ‘The Guilty,’ ‘Incredibles 2,’ ‘Shirkers,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh (Steven Brill)

All of Adam Sandler’s non-Baumbach-directed Netflix original movies were worth it if it meant we got this. His latest stand-up special is funny, yes, but also honest and emotionally piercing in unexpected ways. It’s a return to form with a sincere dose of nostalgia for both those that grew up with his comedies and for Sandler, who reflects on his career and those that have been with him along the way. I’ve watched it twice this week and nearly teared up both times. Bring on Uncut Gems. – Jordan R.

Where to Stream: Netflix

BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee)

There are
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Doug Liman Takes a Second Crack at ‘Fair Game’; New Cut to Be Released on Netflix

In 2010, Summit Entertainment released Doug Liman’s Fair Game. The film pretty much disappeared the moment it was released. The movie was based on the Plame affair, where the Bush Administration outed the identity of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame as retaliation for her husband, Joe Wilson, penning an op-ed casting doubt on the administration’s claim that Saddam Hussein had sought quantities of uranium from Africa. The affair led to a criminal investigation where Scooter Libby, an adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted of lying to investigators, but his sentence was commuted by Bush and …
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Ar Content Sets Ziad Doueri To Direct Saddam Hussein Interrogation Drama ‘Debriefing The President’

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Ar Content Sets Ziad Doueri To Direct Saddam Hussein Interrogation Drama ‘Debriefing The President’
Exclusive: Russian producer Alexander Rodnyansky has set Ziad Doueiri to direct an adaptation of Debriefing the President. Daniel Stiepleman, who scripted the upcoming Ruth Bader Ginsburg drama On the Basis of Sex, will adapt former CIA analyst John Nixon’s non-fiction book about his experience being the first American to identify and interrogate Saddam Hussein following his 2003 capture. The Lebanese-born Doueiri’s The Insult was last year nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. His first film, West Beirut, won the Prix Francois Chalais at Cannes and he also directed The Attack.

Nixon was a senior leadership analyst with the CIA from 1998-2011 who regularly wrote for and briefed those at the most senior levels of the U.S. government and later taught leadership analysis to the new generation of analysts coming at the Sherman Kent School, the agency’s in-house analytic training center.

After confirming the prisoner was indeed the
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Revisiting Hours: ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ and Our Era of Perpetual War

Every Friday, we’re recommending an older movie that’s available to stream or download and worth seeing again through the lens of our current moment. We’re calling the series “Revisiting Hours” — consider this Rolling Stone’s unofficial film club. This week: Scott Tobias on Jonathan Demme’s 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate.

It never sounded like a good idea to remake The Manchurian Candidate. Majors studios are always looking to plunder the vaults, eager to turn yesterday’s properties into tomorrow’s surefire hits, but John Frankenheimer’s
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Emmy episode analysis: Michael Stuhlbarg (‘The Looming Tower’) deals with the aftermath of tragedy on ‘9/11’

Emmy episode analysis: Michael Stuhlbarg (‘The Looming Tower’) deals with the aftermath of tragedy on ‘9/11’
Michael Stuhlbarg’s strong year isn’t over yet. Late in 2017 he appeared in three films that earned Oscar nominations for Best Picture: “Call Me by Your Name,” “The Post” and the ultimate winner “The Shape of Water.” Despite being a triple threat, Stuhlbarg wasn’t nominated for an Oscar himself, but now he’s nominated at the Emmys for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor for the Hulu miniseries “The Looming Tower.” Stuhlbarg plays Richard Clarke, the real-life former chief counter-terrorism advisor on the National Security Council. He has submitted the final installment of the series, “9/11,” to Emmy voters for consideration.

The episode begins with Clarke giving his opening statement before the 9/11 Commission in which he apologized to the families of 9/11 victims and famously proclaimed, “Your government failed you.” We then flash back to Clarke at the White House, refusing to leave even though the building is being evacuated in
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Win Shock and Awe on DVD

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To mark the release of Shock and Awe on 10th September, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.

In a post-9/11 political landscape, a group of journalists working for the Knight Ridder media company, covering George Bush’s planned invasion of Iraq in 2003, are sceptical of the president’s claim that Saddam Hussein has ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’. Journalists Jonathan Landay (Woody Harrelson) and Warren Strobel (James Marsden) decide to play a risky game by questioning the true nature of the White House’s justification for the conflict. Shock And Awe depicts their race to unveil the truth, to change the course of history, in order to prevent another war.

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Open to UK residents only The competition will close 20th September 2018 at 23.59 GMT The winner will be picked at random from
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‘Doctor Who’ & ‘Lore’ Director Alice Troughton Set As Lead Director For C4 Drama ‘Baghdad Central’

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‘Doctor Who’ & ‘Lore’ Director Alice Troughton Set As Lead Director For C4 Drama ‘Baghdad Central’
Updated With Cast… Altered Carbon’s Waleed Zuaiter, Homeland’s July Namir, Condor’s Leem Lubany, Doctor Foster’s Bertie Carvel and House of CardsCorey Stoll star in C4 drama Baghdad Central.

Exclusive: Doctor Who and Lore director Alice Troughton has been set as lead director of Channel 4’s crime thriller Baghdad Central as filming kicks off in Morocco.

Troughton is a rising star in British directing, having directed the Mary Webster episode of Amazon’s horror drama Lore and an episode of Netflix’s sci-fi epic Lost in Space. She’s also recently worked on Sky’s A Discovery of Witches and Tin Star, as well as episodes of The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Teen Wolf. She previously directed a number of episodes of Doctor Who and spin-offs Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

She is joined on Baghdad Central, which is produced by FremantleMedia’s Euston Films,
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My Love Is Not Your Love: Two Documentaries Misunderstand Whitney Houston's Magic

“It’s about more than the music.” This is what one of the talking heads in Kevin Macdonald’s Whitney insists—that the story of legendary pop vocalist Whitney Houston is about more than her music. Houston’s grisly descent into drugs and addiction certainly has a steeper dramatic arc than the rise-rise, slow fade-and-fall trajectory of her celebrated voice, which was severely damaged by the time she was found face down in a hotel bathtub at the age of 48 in February of 2012.Except, the music is a big part of Houston’s story. Daughter of soul singer Cissy Houston, cousin of Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, goddaughter to Darlene Love and unofficial niece to Aretha ‘Auntie Ree’ Franklin, she was born into family of singers. An instantly recognisable mezzo-soprano with a powerful, clean, goosebump-inducing belt, her emotional range could reach celestial highs, buoyed by her trademark melismas and stemming
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Rob Reiner: His best films to date

For about 35 years now, Rob Reiner has been a director. For the first decade and a half, he was among the best in the business. Recently? Not so much. That being said, we’re focusing on the good today. Since he’s releasing a new film in the next few days, it feels apt to look at his best work. So, that’s what I’m doing. A full ranking of all of his movies is on the way, with special attention paid to his top features. I would argue that half of his output is good to very good, with five or six legitimately great works on his resume. This week, Reiner puts out his 20th feature, this time another political offering. It’s Shock and Awe, his treatise on the lies of the Bush Administration, namely in terms of going to war with Iraq. As per IMDb:
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Whitney Review

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You wait for one Whitney Houston film and then, in the space of 12 months, two follow hot on the heels of one another. Having been pipped to the post by Nick Broomfield’s Whitney: Why Can’t I Be Me, prolific Scot Kevin MacDonald now weighs in with Whitney.

Leading off with the positive notes of her apotheosis rather the ignominy of her end, his work is neither hagiography nor hatchet job. Intentions persist to tell the story as the main players saw it. And what main players are procured. Unlike Broomfield’s doc, which might just shade Whitney in terms of overall execution, a real coup is secured in the form of testimonials from Bobby Brown (ex-husband), as well as other members of her family aside from her mother, Cissy, and one of her brothers, Gary.

What arises is something of a contradictory account of the wiles and whims of the star.
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PopPolitics: Rob Reiner on Where Media Went Wrong on Iraq — and Then With Trump (Listen)

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PopPolitics: Rob Reiner on Where Media Went Wrong on Iraq — and Then With Trump (Listen)
Washington — Rob Reiner’s new movie “Shock & Awe” is the story of the Knight-Ridder D.C. journalists who “got it right” on Iraq, as he says, in their skeptical coverage that cast serious doubts about the Bush administration’s case for war.

Reiner plays bureau chief John Walcott, who at one point tells his reporters, “When the government says something, you only have one question to ask, and that is, ‘Is it true?'”

“Certainly most of the mainstream journalists did not ask those tough questions in the run up to the war in Iraq, and I would submit that they didn’t ask those questions of Donald Trump during the campaign,” Reiner tells Variety‘s “PopPolitics” on SiriusXM’s Potus Channel. “And I think he got pretty much a free ride.”

He said that since Trump was elected, many news outlets are “doing their due diligence, but now we
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Longtime Rsa President Jules Daly Transitions To Scott Free Movie Producing Deal With Big Red Shingle

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Exclusive: Jules Daly, who spent 17 of her 28 years at Rsa Films as president of the film, TV and commercials production company started by Ridley and Tony Scott, is transitioning into an independent producing deal with sister company Scott Free Productions. Daly launches her own banner, Big Red Films, with seven feature film projects.

Rsa, which is approaching 50 years in business with tons of commercials including Scott’s famed 1984 Apple spot, will now be run by company veteran David Mitchell. Mitchell has produced high-profile commercials with Jake Scott and many other directors including Michael Mann, Jordan Scott, Terence Neale, Samuel Bayer, Chris Cunningham and Ridley and Tony Scott. He has been elevated to Rsa managing director.

While much of running Rsa consisted of managing thousands of commercials shot by emerging director clients in locales all over the world, Daly also produced films that included the Joe Carnahan-directed The Grey, The
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Trailer for Rob Reiner's Investigative Journalism Film 'Shock and Awe'

"How real is the chatter about Iraq?" "Very." Vertical Entertainment has released the first official trailer for Rob Reiner's new film, an investigative journalism thriller titled Shock and Awe. The film is based on the true events of Knight Ridder journalists who were the only ones who "got it right" in the lead-up to the 2003 Iraq War. They were the only ones skeptical skeptical of President Bush's claim that Iraq's Saddam Hussein has "weapons of mass destruction." James Marsden stars as Warren Strobel, and Woody Harrelson as Jonathan Landay, with a cast including Jessica Biel, Milla Jovovich, Tommy Lee Jones, Rob Reiner himself, and Richard Schiff. This looks like another strong film about the power and importance of good journalism. And you know, I am happier seeing films about journalism instead of more films about the war. Here's the first official trailer for Rob Reiner's Shock and Awe, direct
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Woody Harrelson and James Marsden star in trailer for Iraq War drama Shock and Awe

Ahead of its arrival on DirecTV next month, a trailer has been released for director Rob Reiner’s Iraq war drama Shock and Awe starring Woody Harrelson, James Marsden, Jessica Biel, Tommy Lee Jones, and Milla Jovovich.

Shock and Awe is based on the true events of Knight Ridder journalists who were the only ones who “got it right” in the lead-up to the 2003 Iraq War when they questioned the true nature of the Bush administration’s claims that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, which was used as justification for the conflict.

Take a look at the trailer here…

Shock and Awe is set to arrive on DirecTV on June 14th, followed by a theatrical release on July 13th.

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Woody Harrelson & James Marsden expose harsh truths in Shock and Awe trailer

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The year was 2002, when Dick Cheney remarked to the world that “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.” As the 46th Vice President of the United States shared these doom-stricken words, panic settled into the bones of politicians, journalists, and a frightened public, who were left with little choice but to fear... Read More...
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‘Shock And Awe’ Trailer: Rob Reiner’s Thriller About Journalists Vs. The Government’s Iraq War Justification

‘Shock And Awe’ Trailer: Rob Reiner’s Thriller About Journalists Vs. The Government’s Iraq War Justification
“Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.” It was 2002, and Dick Cheney had just delivered that chilling line to the world. As politicians, civilians and journalists digested its broad implications, a team of reporters at Knight Ridder were told to “see if we can nail them down.” This is their story.

Here is the first trailer for Shock and Awe, director Rob Reiner’s politically charged film starring Woody Harrelson and James Marsden as Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel, two of the Kr staffers who began “working on a theory that the [Bush] administration’s already decided to go to war and are now focused on how to justify it.” Things rachet up when a source tells them, “It’s not a theory.”

Reiner also stars in Shock and Awe as John Walcott, then the Washington bureau chief of the Knight Ridder newspaper chain.
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Whitney’ Documentary

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Whitney’ Documentary
“Whitney” is the second documentary about the life and death of Whitney Houston to come along in a year, and it’s also the second one that’s entrancingly well-done. Here’s the thing about Whitney Houston: She was so incandescent that if you sat through nine documentaries about her, you’d probably experience, each time, what I did during the early scenes of “Whitney” — the hope that somehow, this time, the beautiful enraptured young singer in front of you will find a way to defeat her demons, that they won’t drag her down, that the story will turn out different.

Because surely, it’s one of the most tragic — and, its way, inexplicable — downfalls in the history of American show business. Cocaine addiction, of course, is an insidious monster, but Houston, even after rehab, kept returning to it, as if she wanted to destroy herself. To see her life story is always,
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Alexander Rodnyansky Launches Ar Content, Action On Saddam Hussein Interrogation Pic ‘Debriefing The President’

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Alexander Rodnyansky Launches Ar Content, Action On Saddam Hussein Interrogation Pic ‘Debriefing The President’
Exclusive: Alexander Rodnyansky, the producer who in the past unveiled Leviathan and Loveless here, is back at the Cannes Film Festival to launch a new company. Ar Content is designed to invest in strong scripts and source material, aimed to exploit the demand for global-minded commercial content.

“Everybody wants great material, but nobody wants to investing in developing it, and so that is why I decided that will be my focus,” Rodnyansky told Deadline. “Developing great material, and not simply financing packages. It was obvious to me the priority is to make films that are global because that is where the business is going, and I am sensitive to it, coming from a different part of the world.

“Ar Content is a sister company to Ar Films, which produced both Leviathan and Loveless,” he said. “This is a response to a growing demand for premium quality, particularly as streaming distribution
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