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‘Scary Mother’ Named Top Film at Beijing Festival

‘Scary Mother’ Named Top Film at Beijing Festival
Scary Mother,” a Georgian-Estonian drama about a woman who chooses to follow her passion for writing, putting it ahead of her family, was named as the best picture at the Beijing International Film Festival. The film’s lead performer Nato Murvanidze was named best actress.

The Tiantan awards were presented at a spectacular closing ceremony on Sunday night outside the Chinese capital. In attendance at the closing ceremony, local stars included Huang Bo, actresses Lin Chi-ling and Tong Liya.

The prizes had been decided on by a jury headed by Wong Kar-wai. British wartime drama, “Journey’s End” collected two prizes, one for Paul Bettany as best supporting actor, and another for Hildur Gudnadottir.

Caucasus-set drama, “Dede” also won two prizes. Mariam Khatchvani was named best director, while Konstantin Esadze earned the cinematography prize.

Joe Cole was named best actor in Kim Nguyen’s drone romance “Eye on Juliet.” Mina Sadati
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'La Flor' Wins Buenos Aires Film Festival

'La Flor' Wins Buenos Aires Film Festival
Cult filmmaker and scriptwriter Mariano Llinas' epic 14 hour-long film La Flor (The Flower) topped the 20th edition of the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival, which began on April 11 and ends Sunday. The film also won the best actress award for its four leads Pilar Gamboa, Valeria Correa, Elisa Carricajo and Laura Paredes.

A record-breaking, 840-minutes film – the longest fiction feature in Argentine history – La flor consists of six different episodes, all starring the same four actresses, who form the acting company Piel de Lava ("Lava Skin"). Shot independently throughout a nine-year period across three continents,...
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2019 Oscars: Best Actress Predictions

Breaking out of Sundance, Netflix-produced Tamara Jenkins drama “Private Life” (Metascore: 81) stars Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn as a couple struggling with a midlife infertility crisis. They turn to their beloved niece (Kayli Carter) to consider donating some of her eggs to the cause, to the horror of her mother (Molly Shannon). Netflix plans a fall festival break for the movie as an awards season launch.

Wash Westmoreland’s “Colette” (Metascore: 74) is a conventional arthouse play, predictably picked up by Bleecker Street (partnering with 30West). The charming British-accented biopic stars Keira Knightley as a smart young French beauty plucked from the country in Burgundy to marry a sophisticated older Parisian, womanizer Henri Gauthier-Villars (Dominic West). She ghostwrites his “Willy” potboilers for him until she eventually grows into her own identity as a woman writer, stage performer and lover of women. Knightley and West are both superb in the well-mounted period movie,
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‘Barry’: Sarah Goldberg on Why Sally’s Unresolved #MeToo Moment Feels True to Life

‘Barry’: Sarah Goldberg on Why Sally’s Unresolved #MeToo Moment Feels True to Life
Barry” is a story filled with payback. Rival mafia gangs order retaliatory hits as payback for dwindling numbers. Even Barry’s (Bill Hader) decision to stick with his acting class is, on some level, a way to get back at Fuches (Stephen Root), his manipulative handler.

A character who doesn’t get that same sense of revenge is Sally (Sarah Goldberg), one of Barry’s classmates. In last week’s episode, a meeting with her potential agent goes from hopeful to predatory when he tells Sally, “I get to this point with a lot of my prospective clients where I have a decision to make: Do I wanna sign them or do I wanna fuck them?” The jarring comment hangs in the air as Sally, unsure of how to respond, pauses, then fumbles until the agent tries to play it off as joke.

“What I thought was so brilliant about
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‘Westworld’ Season 2 Premiere Review: ‘Journey Into Night’ Draws Us Back Into the Compelling Mysteries With a Bloodbath

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‘Westworld’ Season 2 Premiere Review: ‘Journey Into Night’ Draws Us Back Into the Compelling Mysteries With a Bloodbath
[Editor’s Note: This review contains spoilers for “Westworld” Season 2, Episode 1, “Journey Into Night.”]

Programming Update

A good “Westworld” theory today can easily be a big “Westworld” spoiler tomorrow, as fans of the show know. But while critics were provided with the first five episodes of the season by HBO, these weekly reviews will not be influenced by future knowledge of what’s to come, because they’re being written by someone who hasn’t seen beyond each week’s episode.

We’re all on the same page, friend. Saddle up for a hell of a ride.

Diagnostic Report

Season 2 opens with the mirror of the opening of Season 1 — Bernard telling Dolores about his dream, as opposed to the other way around. Timeline-wise, this scene is a bit nebulous (much like the similar Arnold/Bernard and Dolores scenes were in Season 1), but does continue the show’s ongoing engagement with the nature of reality, in the context of
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James Cameron —Who Is Planning 4 ‘Avatar’ Films— Talks Upcoming ‘Avengers’ Fatigue

Just in time for Marvel’s highly anticipated superhero showdown “Avengers: Infinity War,” James Cameron is hoping “we’ll start getting ‘Avenger’ fatigue here pretty soon.”

Read More: James Cameron Says ‘Avatar’ Sequels Will Be ‘The Godfather’-Esque Tale Of Jake Sully’s Pandora Family

On a recent press tour promoting his new docuseries “AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction,” Cameron lamented about his frustrations with the big-budgeted sci-fi movies of today.
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‘Sharp Objects’ Trailer: The Director Of ‘Big Little Lies’ & Amy Adams Lead HBO’s Anticipated Drama

As Hollywood rushes to produce stories that show women can do anything, the excellent crime novels of Gillian Flynn show that women can do truly anything, including some really dark and twisted stuff. As smart and perceptive as her most significant hit “Gone Girl” was, in terms of sheer terror, her debut novel “Sharp Objects” takes the cake. It’s now coming to HBO this summer as an eight-episode series developed by Marti Noxon (UnREAL) and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.
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‘Sharp Objects’ Teaser: HBO’s Next Super-Dark Miniseries Has Amy Adams and Danger Lurking Around Every Corner

‘Sharp Objects’ Teaser: HBO’s Next Super-Dark Miniseries Has Amy Adams and Danger Lurking Around Every Corner
A year after “Big Little Lies,” HBO is offering a first glimpse at their latest attempt at turning a runaway literary success into TV gold. The network released the initial teaser for “Sharp Objects,” the upcoming miniseries that will try to follow in the big footsteps of some recent crime classics.

Sharp Objects” stars Amy Adams as Camille Preaker, a crime reporter recovering from a recent stint at a psychiatric center. Trying to move past her own personal traumas, she dives headlong into investigating the murder of two children. In the process, she has to confront even more of her own past, including the watchful eye of her mother Adora (Patricia Clarkson).

True to form for director Jean-Marc Vallée, this sneak peek is more atmospheric than anything. But judging by the menacing glances, eerie music, and dramatic mirror shots, Camille’s investigation is set to be anything but a pleasant one.
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‘The Seagull’ Review: Annette Bening and Saoirse Ronan Do Chekhov Well, But the Movie Can’t Keep Up — Tribeca

‘The Seagull’ Review: Annette Bening and Saoirse Ronan Do Chekhov Well, But the Movie Can’t Keep Up — Tribeca
Great plays are plays for a reason. If something succeeds onstage, it’s usually because it was written for that medium. Of course, if Hollywood can make a blockbuster out of a video game, classic Russian dramas are fair game. Unfortunately, although “The Seagull” sports a winning cast, the latest adaptation of the stage classic should have let Anton Chekhov’s writing speak for itself.

The drama unfolds on a Russian country estate, and it involves the intertwining love lives of the actress Irina Arkadina (Annette Bening), her lover and well-known author Boris Trigorin (Corey Stoll), her lovesick son Konstantin (Billy Howle), and their young neighbor Nina (Saoirse Ronan). Konstantin loves Nina and envies Trigorin’s success, Nina is starstruck and becomes infatuated with Boris, who’s aroused by Nina’s admiration, and Irina is too busy tracking Trigorin’s waning desire to take an interest in her son.

Meanwhile,
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‘Killing Eve’: BBC America’s Feminist Assassin Series Just Went From Fun and Addictive to Essential Viewing

‘Killing Eve’: BBC America’s Feminist Assassin Series Just Went From Fun and Addictive to Essential Viewing
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Killing Eve” Episode 3, “Don’t I Know You?”]

Killing Eve” has been a wild and daring ride so far, but it’s always kept the tone lighthearted and breezy. Sure, the gamine assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) murders people willy-nilly throughout Europe, but it’s always done with such flair and only to peripheral characters that it felt more like fantasy violence than anything else. Death by hairpin or perfume? Come on. That’s just downright die-lightful!

Sunday’s third episode of the season broke the spell on that fantasy and marks a turning point, for when the series went from fun and addictive to essential viewing. In “Don’t I Know You?” Mi-6 agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) has yet to be killed, but a bit of her heart dies when her former boss-turned-employee Bill (David Haig) becomes Villanelle’s latest victim.

And to be fair, Bill’s fate is
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‘Zoe’: Drake Doremus Tackles Artificial Intelligence With Ewan McGregor & Lea Seydoux

As artificial intelligence technology develops, so too does our cultural fascination with the blurring line between human and machines. From “Her” and “Ex Machina” to “Black Mirror” and “Westworld,” AI is hot right now – literally. If we’re not thinking about how to build humanoid machines, we’re thinking about fucking them. In movies and television, these sexy bots are always female, their creators always male. Occasionally, such works complicate or criticize that dynamic (as in “Ex Machina” and “Westworld”).
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‘In a Relationship’ Review: Emma Roberts and Michael Angarano Tell a Painfully Relatable Story of Modern Love — Tribeca

You’ve probably seen “In a Relationship” before — hell, if you’re over 25, you’ve probably lived it. But what Sam Boyd’s tender and winning debut feature lacks in originality and ambition, it makes up for in honesty and charm.

Yet another of those movies about beautiful millennials having sex with each other while trying to sort out How We Love Now, Boyd’s film retreads familiar territory that people like Drake Doremus and the Duplass brothers might seem to have already farmed dry. A white boy with bad hair. A button-nosed girl with bad taste. A lot of navel-gazing commentary about hook-up culture, the rules of the game, and how they’ve changed for a generation in which constant connection hasn’t brought everybody closer. Some funny references. Too many synths. Even the best of these stories — even the ones that might reflect your own experience a tiny
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2019 Oscars: Best Supporting Actor Predictions

2019 Oscars: Best Supporting Actor Predictions
At this point, many are ready to hand the Oscar to “Black Panther” star Michael B. Jordan, given Killmonger’s status as the most layered Marvel villain thus far.

While last year brought the battle of the mothers at the Oscars, a series of fathers could compete in 2019. Matthew McConaughey plays the father of the youngest FBI informant ever in “White Boy Rick.” Steve Carell is the beleaguered dad of a young drug addict (Timothée Chalamet) in “Beautiful Boy.” In “Boy Erased,” Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman are the Baptist parents of an outed gay teen (Lucas Hedges) who battles his conversion therapist (writer-director Joel Edgerton).

It will be the battle of the Scorsese vets in “The Irishman,” as Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino vie for supremacy in more ways than one.

Oscar-winner Sam Rockwell could be back in the race as George W. Bush in Adam McKay’s “Backseat,
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‘The Party’s Just Beginning’ Review: Karen Gillan’s Homegrown Drama Is a Directorial Debut That Promises Great Things — Tribeca

‘The Party’s Just Beginning’ Review: Karen Gillan’s Homegrown Drama Is a Directorial Debut That Promises Great Things — Tribeca
The opposite of a vanity project, actress Karen Gillan’s dramatic feature directorial debut “The Party’s Just Beginning” gives the former “Doctor Who” and current McU star the space to dig into a meaty role while also showing off her serious filmmaking chops. Set in Gillan’s own hometown of Inverness, the film uses the tragic history of the Scottish Highlands (which has the highest suicide rate in the U.K.) to spin out an intimate coming of age tale, bolstered by Gillan’s dark sense of humor and a firm understanding of how to play with narrative conventions. She’s got real style, and it shows in every minute of this particular party.

Fittingly enough, “The Party’s Just Beginning” opens at a rollicking pub, where a wasted Liusaidh (Gillan) is crooning out bad karaoke — half lyrics, half garbled manifesto. Candy pink subtitles stream across the screen, all
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2019 Oscars: Best Actor Predictions

2019 Oscars: Best Actor Predictions
Of the films we have already seen, Chadwick Boseman buffed his stardom in the lead role in Marvel blockbuster “Black Panther,” while Joaquin Phoenix took home Best Actor at Cannes as a brutal killer trying to save a young girl from the sex trade in “You Were Never Really Here.”

Returning Oscar winners will likely include “The Irishman” star Robert De Niro –who last scored a Supporting Actor nomination for “Silver Linings Playbook” in 2013 — and “The Old Man and the Gun” veteran Robert Redford, who won his last (honorary) Oscar in 2002.

Up-and-down shape-shifter Christian Bale gained 40 pounds to play Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s “Backseat”; Ryan Gosling also takes on an iconic figure, moon-walking astronaut Neil Armstrong, in Damien Chazelle’s “First Man”; bearded Willem Dafoe follows up last year’s nomination for “The Florida Project” as Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh in Julian Schnabel’s “At Eternity’s
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‘Penguins’ Trailer: Disneynature’s Newest Documentary Is All About, You Guessed It, Penguins — Watch

‘Penguins’ Trailer: Disneynature’s Newest Documentary Is All About, You Guessed It, Penguins — Watch
If you need a new documentary that anthropomorphizes animals in your life, it would appear that Disneynature has you covered with “Penguins.” The film introduces us to Steve, whose quest for domestic bliss of the arctic variety is threatened by such predators as orcas and seals. Watch the trailer below.

Per the synopsis, “Penguins” is a “coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he’s targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after.”

Disneynature most recently released “Born in China” and “Ghost of the Mountains.” “Penguins” is due in theaters on April 19, 2019, which happens to be three days before Earth Day.
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‘Diane’ Review: Mary Kay Place Delivers a Heartbreaking Performance in Kent Jones’ Spiritual Character Study — Tribeca

‘Diane’ Review: Mary Kay Place Delivers a Heartbreaking Performance in Kent Jones’ Spiritual Character Study — Tribeca
There’s a famous passage from Paul Bowles’ “The Sheltering Sky” that continues to resonate because of how plainly it speaks to the bittersweet shortsightedness of being alive: “Because we don’t know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really… And yet it all seems limitless.”

Of all the references sewn into the fabric of Kent Jones’ first narrative feature — the revered film critic and programmer nods to Paul Schrader, Bob Dylan, and executive producer Martin Scorsese among others in his chilly amuse-bouche of artistic inspirations — Bowles isn’t high on the list. Jones is too hyper-literate and omnivorous to be unfamiliar with the book, but even filmmaker Matías Piñeiro and Stephin Merritt serve as more explicit muses for this intimate drama.

And yet, Bowles’ writing — his resigned
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Kit Harington Says Sexual Harassment Is ‘Everywhere’ in Show Business

Kit Harington Says Sexual Harassment Is ‘Everywhere’ in Show Business
Kit Harington is upset and disturbed by all the stories of sexual harassment that have been coming out of Hollywood and elsewhere over the last six months, but he isn’t surprised. The “Game of Thrones” star tells the Sydney Morning Herald that “most actors” have been aware of the problem “forever,” as people in the industry “hear stories” about this sort of thing all the time.

“It’s upsetting and disturbing, but it’s not shocking,” Harington adds. “I think most actors hear stories, and people in the industry hear stories. It’s just very hard for people to come out and talk about it. But the doors have been blown open a bit, and we can only be thankful for that.”

In addition to “Game of Thrones,” which will return for its eighth and final season next year, Harington will soon be seen as the title character in
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‘A Quiet Place’ Again Rules the Box Office and ‘Super Troopers 2’ Makes an Impressive Return

‘A Quiet Place’ Again Rules the Box Office and ‘Super Troopers 2’ Makes an Impressive Return
This weekend, it took just $22 million to be #1 at the box office. In its third weekend, “A Quiet Place” led a closely matched group in the top four spots, bringing in about 16 percent more business than the same time last year. And this was supposed to be a calm before the storm that is next weekend’s “Avengers: Infinity War.” No one wants to position a top film ahead of that juggernaut.

Instead, we saw three wider releases take a chance at reaching targeted audiences. “I Feel Pretty” with Amy Schumer did the best of the three with a little over $16 million, with “Super Troopers 2” close behind. “Traffik” lagged behind with under $4 million in close to 1,000 theaters.

Of note for these individual titles:

A Quiet Place” returned to #1. More significantly, and nearly unheard of for a wide-release horror film, it fell only 33 percent its third weekend. John Krasinski’s
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Dwayne Johnson Won’t Take You to Prom, but He Will Rent Out an Entire Theater So You Can See ‘Rampage’ — Watch

Dwayne Johnson Won’t Take You to Prom, but He Will Rent Out an Entire Theater So You Can See ‘Rampage’ — Watch
A high-school student asked Dwayne Johnson to prom, and you’ll never guess what happened next: He said no! It’s okay, though, because the only reason he politely declined was because he’ll be filming “Jungle Cruise” when the end-of-year dance takes place. In lieu of wearing a tux and getting one Katie Kelzenberg a corsage, The Rock was kind enough to rent out an entire theater so that she and her friends could see “Rampage” — and he announced it over the school’s intercom system. Watch below.

Kelzenberg invited Johnson to prom via a clever tweet, which prompted an Instagram response from the eight-time WWE Champion. “I was so impressed by this young lady’s charm and confidence to even ask me (ladies always get shy in front of me) that I had to do something special,” he writes. “I decided to rent out an entire theater (capacity
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