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New to Streaming: ‘The Great Buddha+,’ ‘Come Sunday,’ ‘Kékszakállú,’ ‘Borg vs. McEnroe,’ and More

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.

Borg vs. McEnroe (Janus Metz)

Juan Martin del Potro just ruined the match-up everyone wanted to see at the 2017 Us Open—a semi-final pitting Rafa Nadal against Roger Federer. Despite both being in their thirties, their rivalry has never stopped. What’s intriguing, however, is how amiable it has always been (or seemed to be). With the quieter Pete Sampras and emotional Andre Agassi a generation earlier, the same
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'Borg vs. McEnroe' Review: Legendary Tennis Showdown Gives Shia the Spotlight

'Borg vs. McEnroe' Review: Legendary Tennis Showdown Gives Shia the Spotlight
Anyone who's ever psyched themselves out prepping for a game, any game – life included – should take a look at Borg vs. McEnroe. There's a lesson to be learned in watching two tennis titans go at it in a movie dished out for maximum entertainment and a sneaky sense of unease. It's Wimbledon, 1980, and Swedish champion Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) is going for a record-breaking fifth Wimbledon title against bratty American newcomer John McEnroe (Shia Labeouf). Ancient history? Maybe. Tennis buffs all know how it turned out. Uninitiated millennials, not so much.
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‘Borg Vs. McEnroe’ Review: Shia Labeouf Serves Up A Winning Impression Of A Bratty Tennis Great And Scores

‘Borg Vs. McEnroe’ Review: Shia Labeouf Serves Up A Winning Impression Of A Bratty Tennis Great And Scores
Almost as big a challenge as knocking off a four-time Wimbledon champion is actually centering an entire movie around a match where most probably already know the outcome. But that is exactly what director Janus Metz and screenwriter Ronnie Sandahl have done with Borg Vs. McEnroe, a recreation of the infamous 1980 Wimbledon men’s tennis final that pitted four-time victor Bjorn Borg against the current bad boy of the game John McEnroe. Utilizing flashbacks to get their…
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‘Borg/McEnroe’ Film Review: Shia Labeouf Tennis Movie Mixes Backhands With Psychoanalysis

‘Borg/McEnroe’ Film Review: Shia Labeouf Tennis Movie Mixes Backhands With Psychoanalysis
If nothing else, “Borg/McEnroe” makes its ambitions clear from the start. The film from director Janus Metz opens with a title-card quote from Andre Agassi (who otherwise has nothing to do with this particular tennis story) that concludes, “Every match is a life in miniature.”

Make that two lives in miniature, because “Borg/McEnroe” sets out to encapsulate the troubled journeys of tennis stars Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe within one epic match. That came in the 1980 Wimbledon final, when the emotionless Swede was going for a record fifth consecutive Wimbledon title and the brash American was trying to climb to No. 1.

The film does a respectable job of it, tying on-court demeanor to past traumas and building to a suitably dramatic ending. After a while, though, you start to feel sorry for poor tennis, forced to bear the burden of all that metaphor.

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The prospect of celebrated hothead John McEnroe portrayed by celebrated hothead Shia Labeouf is no doubt responsible for a lot of the attention that “Borg/McEnroe” garnered before its premiere as the opening-night attraction at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. But the argumentative New Yorker takes definite back seat in the film to his Nordic rival.

The film starts with Sverrir Gudnason’s Borg, on top of the world after his four consecutive Wimbledon titles but clearly troubled and lonely in his high-rise Monaco retreat. He’s besieged by fans, conflicted by fame and scared that if he doesn’t win again he’ll be remembered as a one-time loser, not a four-time winner.

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McEnroe comes in later, a pugnacious competitor vilified in the New York Times as “the worst representative for American values since Al Capone” and obsessed with overtaking the man he says “isn’t human” after watching a Borg press conference.

It’s the emotionless Swede vs. the guy who’s all emotion – but one of the points of “Borg/McEnroe” is that this shorthand just isn’t true, that Borg was as fiery as McEnroe but had made a conscious decision to stifle his emotion in public.

The movie makes that point partly through copious flashbacks and partly through effectively nuanced performances by Sverrir Gudnason and Labeouf (though the latter brings his own persona with him, which hampers our ability to see him as McEnroe). But it also overplays its hand by being a little too obvious with the armchair psychoanalysis.

And in the home stretch, when we get close to the Wimbledon final, Metz revs up a game of “who can be more tortured and carry more baggage onto Centre Court?” In this corner, McEnroe explodes at the press; over there, Borg writhes on the shower floor from the pressure.

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And then McEnroe says, “Everything I’ve ever done has led up to this match,” and we’re in for five epic sets. McEnroe glowers and smashes. Borg sweats and lunges. McEnroe glowers some more. (Labeouf, it must be said, is an accomplished glowerer.)

The backhands and ground strokes get bigger, the music gets more pretentious, an international cadre of reporters spells things out for us (“And now it’s all about heart!”) and well, it’s just a bit much.

Borg, for the record, attended a Swedish screening and said the film was “Ok.” McEnroe reportedly disagreed and said, “I don’t think it is a good movie.”

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Borg vs McEnroe movie review: they get served

MaryAnn’s quick take… Excruciatingly suspenseful and unexpectedly moving portrait of the on-court rivalry between the two great tennis players… and the intriguing secret layer to the public dynamic between them. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): not a sports fan

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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If you don’t already know who won the men’s singles tennis championship at Wimbledon in 1980, then for the sake of your own entertainment, try not to find out before you see Borg vs McEnroe, which is absolutely worth your time even if you don’t give a fig about tennis. I couldn’t possibly care less about the sport, and I nevertheless found this depiction of that Wimbledon final match — considered by some to be the finest tennis game ever — to be incredibly tense and gripping.
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Borg Vs. McEnroe Movie Review

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Borg Vs.  McEnroe Movie Review
Borg vs. McEnroe Neon Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Janus Metz Screenwriter: Ronnie Sandahl Cast: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia Labeouf, Stellan Skarsgard, Tuva Novotny, Björn Granath, David Bamber Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 4/3/18 Opens: April 13, 2018 Concussions result from body contact in boxing and football. Those who abhor such contact sports and who don’t […]

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Borg Vs. McEnroe Trailer: Shia Labeouf Is a Tennis Legend

Borg Vs. McEnroe Trailer: Shia Labeouf Is a Tennis Legend
A new trailer for Borg vs. McEnroe has arrived online. Sports movies have long been a staple in Hollywood and often go on to become some of the best movies the industry has to offer. Specifically, we often get the chance to see actors deliver excellent and memorable performances in sports movies. Such may be the case with Shia Labeouf, who stars as tennis legend John McEnroe in the movie, going up against his real-life rival Bj&#246rn Borg, played here by Sverrir Gudnason. Could this be the beginning of a career renaissance for Labeouf? Or at the very least, a good performance not overshadowed by his off-screen antics?

This new trailer for Borg Vs. McEnroe makes tennis look surprisingly intense and cinematic. There have been quite a few improbable sports movies over the years, with Moneyball somehow making the science behind putting together a modern baseball team quite exciting,
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Anyone For Tennis? U.S. ‘Borg Vs. McEnroe’ Trailer Serves Up Sports Drama

With its 2017 Toronto International Film Festival premiere in the rear view, the sports drama “Borg vs. McEnroe” will finally head into U.S. theaters and on demand next month. Director Janus Metz serves up a rivalry between two tennis legends — Swedish pro Björn Borg and legendary American jackass, John McEnroe — in an epic and world-famous Wimbledon match. It’s been months since critics have seen the film, which was the opening night feature at September’s Tiff.
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Ascot Elite acquires Efm quartet including Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder rom-com

Ascot Elite acquires Efm quartet including Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder rom-com
Titles include Neil Jordan’s The Widow.

Zurich-based distributor Ascot Elite has secured rights to a quartet of titles from the European Film Market, which took place last month in Berlin.

The company has taken The Widow, Destination Wedding, The Unthinkable and The Guilty for German-speaking Europe and Switzerland.

Directed by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) The Widow was produced by Quentin Tarantino’s longtime collaborator Lawrence Bender, the film depicts the friendship between a young woman (Chloë Grace Moretz) whose mother has died and a lonely widow (Isabelle Huppert). The deal was struck with sales agent Sierra/Affinity.

Romantic
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'The Nile Hilton Incident' beats 'The Square' at Sweden’s Guldbagge Awards

Sami Blood, Borg McEnroe also scoop prizes.

At an awards ceremony held in Swedish capital Stockholm last night (Jan 22), The Nile Hilton Incident was the surprise big winner of the 2018 edition of the Guldbagge Awards, Sweden’s primary film awards ceremony.

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The Nile Hilton Incident / The Square

Kristina Åberg’s crime drama, which premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, triumphed over Ruben Ostlund’s The Square, the 2017 Palme d’Or winner at Cannes.

Ostlund did take home best director from the ceremony, and his film also picked up the best cinematography prize for Fredrik Wenzel.

The Nile Hilton Incident won five prizes overall, scooping best actor for Fares Fares, best costume design for Louize Nissen, best sound design for Fredrik Jonsäter, and best set design for Roger Rosenberg.

Among the other big winners on the night was Amanda Kernell’s 2016 Venice premiere Sami Blood, which took best actress
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'Borg vs. McEnroe' Secures 10 Nominations for Sweden's Guldbagge Awards

'Borg vs. McEnroe' Secures 10 Nominations for Sweden's Guldbagge Awards
Borg vs. McEnroe, Janus Metz' tennis drama centered around the legendary rivalry between John McEnroe and Sweden's Bjorn Borg, leads the nominations for the Guldbagge Awards, Sweden's top film honor.

Borg vs McEnroe received a total of 10 Guldbagge noms, including for best film, best director and best actor for Sverrir Gudnason, who portrays Borg in the biopic. Shia Labeouf picked up a best supporting actor nominations for his performance as McEnroe, as did Stellan Skarsgard, who plays Borg's Swedish coach.

Ruben Ostlund's art scene satire The Square, which won the Palme d'Or at Cannes last year, swept...
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‘Hunting Season’ Takes Top Prize at Macao Festival

‘Hunting Season’ Takes Top Prize at Macao Festival
Hunting Season,” by Argentinian first-time feature director Natalia Garagiola was named as best film at the International Film Festival and Awards Macao. France’s Xavier Legrand was named best director for domestic terrorism thriller “Custody.”

Prizes were handed out Thursday evening at Macau’s Cultural Centre, in front of a crowd that mixed local dignitaries, Hong Kong movie folk and a high-profile international contingent of film makers, industry executives, and festival programmers.

The prizes were decided on by a jury headed by France’s Laurent Cantet. The judging panel also included actress Joan Chen, writer-director Joan Chen, novelist Lawrence Osborne, and director Royston Tan.

The jury chose “Hunting Season” for its “fluid style and construction… the precision of its directing .. and for the quality of its acting,” Cantet said. “The film deals with subjects both difficult and delicate : mourning for a mother’s death, the reconciliation between estranged fathers and sons, the loneliness
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Hungary’s ‘On Body and Soul’ Wins Top Award at Camerimage Film Festival

Hungary’s ‘On Body and Soul’ Wins Top Award at Camerimage Film Festival
Poland’s Camerimage fest wrapped Saturday with the Golden Frog top prize for “On Body and Soul,” a Hungarian story of shared dreams filmed by Mate Herbai and directed by Ildiko Enyedi.

The jury, headed by British director Michael Apted, honored Russian family drama “Loveless,” with cinematography by Mikhail Krichman and directing by Andrei Zvyagintsev (“Leviathan”), with a Silver Frog, while the Bronze Frog went to Angelina Jolie’s account of the Cambodian guerilla war, “First They Killed My Father,” filmed by Anthony Dod Mantle.

The jury honored Warwick Thornton’s “Sweet Country,” an Australian outback thriller filmed by Dylan River and Thornton, with the Fipresci award, while “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” shot by Ben Davis and directed by Martin McDonagh, won the fest’s first-ever audience prize.

The gala closing ceremony at the Opera Nova hall in Bydgoszcz topped a week of 283 film screenings and scores of workshops, filmmaker talks and
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‘Borg McEnroe,’ Starring Shia Labeouf, Triumphs at Rome Film Festival

‘Borg McEnroe,’ Starring Shia Labeouf, Triumphs at Rome Film Festival
Rome — Danish director Janus Metz Pedersen’s “Borg McEnroe,” the story of one of the great tennis rivalries of all time, is the winner of the Bnl People’s Choice at the Rome Film Festival which wrapped its twelfth edition on a positive note with ticket sales up 13%.

The sports history dramatisation toplining Sweden’s Sverrir Gudnasson and Shia Labeouf in the title roles — which was the Toronto Film Festival opener in September — is among many crowdpleasers and upcoming awards-season hopefuls that screened during the non-competitive Eternal City event. Pic will open in Italy on Nov. 9 via distributor Lucky Red.

Austrian director Adrian Goiginger’s first feature “The Best of All Worlds,” about a heroin addict contending with motherhood, won the top prize in the fest’s independently-run Alice in the City section for younger audiences.

On Saturday David Lynch held one of many high-caliber onstage conversations that have become a trademark of the big city fest
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Rome Film Fest: 'Borg vs. McEnroe' Wins People’s Choice Award

The Rome Film Festival has just one award, and this year Danish film director Janus Metz Pedersen took home the prize, the Bnl's People's Choice Award, for his new film Borg vs. McEnroe.

The pic tells the story of the famous 1980s rivalry between tennis greats John McEnroe (Shia Labeouf) and Bjorn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason). It had its world premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was the opening-night film. Borg vs. McEnroe is set to open Thursday in Italy via distributor Lucky Red.

The Rome Film Fest closed on another high note this year under the leadership...
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Rome Film Festival Lineup Packed With Crowd-Pleasers

Rome Film Festival Lineup Packed With Crowd-Pleasers
Rome – The Rome Film Festival has announced a lineup full of crowd-pleasers, many out of Hollywood, that span a wide range of genres. The fest’s 12th edition opens with Scott Cooper’s brutal Western, “Hostiles.”

Though world premieres are scarce, they include Japanese director Junji Shimizu’s manga pic “Mazinger Z Infinity” (pictured), produced by Toei Animation to mark the 45th anniversary of the “Mazinger” franchise, which has a global following. Its creator, manga artist Go Nagai, will be on hand.

The closer will be the world premiere of Italian title “The Place” by Paolo Genovese, whose “Perfect Strangers” was a mega-hit at the home box office and has sold widely around the world.

Sandwiched in between are lots of Hollywood awards-season hopefuls, including Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit,” Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya,” Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying,” Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky,” and Netflix’s “Mudbound” by Dee Rees.

Other
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Borg vs McEnroe review – a five-set thriller of a film

Sverrir Gudnason is superb as the ice-cool Swede struggling to contain a cauldron of emotion – and Shia Labeouf’s not bad either as his voluble opponent

A tale of sporting rivalry is given a brooding, introspective Scandinavian twist by Janus Metz, hitherto best known for his award-winning documentary Armadillo. Stoic, seemingly unflappable Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) and volatile, temperamental brat John McEnroe (Shia Labeouf) competed for the Wimbledon title in 1980. On paper, it was a clash of opposites. But in fact, this film argues that the two men had more in common than anyone suspected at the time. Ice-man Borg, the main focus of this film, was in fact a volcano; his obsession with detail, his superstitions, were all part of the meticulous control mechanism he constructed to prevent the eruptions of anger that so tarnished McEnroe’s early reputation.

Whether or not you know the outcome, this is a cracking watch.
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Tom Hanks to Star in Remake of Swedish Hit Comedy ‘A Man Called Ove’

Tom Hanks to Star in Remake of Swedish Hit Comedy ‘A Man Called Ove’
Tom Hanks is attached to star in “A Man Called Ove,” a remake of the popular Swedish film directed by Hannes Holm.

Hanks will also produce along with his producing partner Gary Goetzman through their Playtone production banner. Rita Wilson will also produce along with Fredrik Wikstrom Nicastro for his Nordic major Sf Studios.

A Man Called Ove” was nominated for two Academy Awards earlier this year and was the highest-grossing foreign language film in the United States in 2016. In addition, the film was awarded best comedy at the European Film Awards in 2016.

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