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Box Office: ‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Picks Up $840K in Previews

Box Office: ‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Picks Up $840K in Previews
Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” picked up $840,000 in Thursday night previews.

The adaptation of the 1973 John Bellairs book is aimed at family audiences and is poised to top the domestic box office during an otherwise sleepy weekend at the multiplexes. “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” should bring in between $18 million to $20 million across 3,500 North American locations. It screened in 2,700 theaters last night.

Preview results for “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” are roughly comparable to those for 2015’s “Goosebumps,” which made $600,000 en route to a $23.6 million opening. The fantasy film follows a young boy named Lewis (Owen Vaccaro), who goes to live with his eccentric uncle after his parents die. His uncle’s old house has a mysterious ticking heart that portends terrible things. Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett plays a witch who lives next door. Director Eli Roth,
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Religious faith or child abuse? A new documentary investigates

In Idaho, different belief structures collide, ‘with lives hanging in the balance’, says the film’s producer, Jess Lichtenstein

The Followers of Christ is a Pentecostal church that believes in faith healing. Its members refuse to avail themselves, or their children, of modern medical care.

In many states this exposes them to prosecution. But in Idaho, Nixon-era religious shield laws protect them from charges of child neglect.
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‘Midnight Runner’ Takes Off at San Sebastian New Directors Premiere

San Sebastian — Swiss filmmaker Hannes Baumgartner’s debut feature “Midnight Runner” headed into its San Sebastian’s New Directors world premiere on Saturday afternoon buzzing off a series of international press screenings held the week prior.

The film’s protagonist, Jonas Widmer, seems to have it all together. He’s his country’s most impressive young distance runner and Olympic hopeful; he works as a chef in a high-end restaurant; and he and his girlfriend are looking to buy their first place together.

Beneath that shiny venire, however, is an emotionally damaged, immature young man, still reeling from the recent loss of his brother. He has abandonment issues stemming back to his birth-mother and complicated relationships with women, always putting himself in impossible positions in regards to personal relationships.

As his insecurities accumulate, his training schedule amps up, and he begins experiencing insomnia bordering on night terrors, Jonas turns to
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San Sebastian/Toronto: Simon Jacquemet on ‘The Innocent,’ Frail Faith, Uncertainty

San Sebastian/Toronto: Simon Jacquemet on ‘The Innocent,’ Frail Faith, Uncertainty
World premiering in New Directors at San Sebastian in 2014, Simon Jacquemet’s first feature, “Chrieg” (War), a nuanced portrait of disaffected Swiss youth, established Jacquemet as one of the most prominent voices in a new generation of Swiss directors, questioning Switzerland’s status quo and aura of democratic civility.

Four years later, Jacquemet is back. But, in a step-up in status, his second feature, “The Innocent,” world premiered early September in Toronto’s prestige Platform competition, and, screening at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, now makes its European bow in San Sebastian, playing in main competition.

Few films this year at San Sebastian are likely to challenge audiences more. Its protagonist, Ruth, now 40something, saw her world turned upside down in her youth when her fiancé is convicted of murdering his aunt. Wracked by uncertainty as to his guilt, she has sheltered in more robust beliefs, working in a neuroscience lab
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India Rolls With ‘Village Rockstars’ as Oscar Contender

The Film Federation of India has chosen Rima Das’ “Village Rockstars” as the country’s entry to the Oscars foreign-language category. The film follows a 10-year-old growing up in straitened circumstances in a flood-prone village in the state of Assam, with ambitions of starting her own rock band.

“Rockstars’ premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. It has played the global festival circuit since and has won multiple awards including best film, best film on gender equality and the young critics award at the Mumbai Film Festival; best artistic contribution at Cairo; and best original score at Buenos Aires.

At India’s national film awards “Village Rockstars” won best film and best editing for Rima Das, best child actress for the lead Bhanita Das, and best sound for Mallika Das.

Variety reviewer, Maggie Lee wrote: “In “Village Rockstars,” tucked away in an Indian backwater, a moppet has rock ‘n’ roll dreams,
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‘Valley of the Boom’ Creator and Cast on Telling the True Story of the Internet With Crazy Weird Twists

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‘Valley of the Boom’ Creator and Cast on Telling the True Story of the Internet With Crazy Weird Twists
The story of how the rise of the Internet changed the world is an important one, but it can also be a little dry. That’s why creator Matthew Carnahan, when tackling the subject for the upcoming Nat Geo series “Valley of the Boom,” decided to have some fun with it.

“I’m interested in the subject matter, but not that interested,” he explained during a panel at the Tribeca TV festival, where in the two episodes screened, the story of three rising companies during the 1990s tech boom was told with documentary interviews, scripted reenactments, moments of breaking the fourth wall, interpretative dance, and a rap battle. “I just like to play with that stuff, always, and the prankster-ism of the piece is all in service of bringing the audience in on the fun, rather than it being this dry observational experience.”

Joined by cast members Bradley Whitford, Steve Zahn,
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‘Apostle’ Review: Gareth Evans Trades Combat for Carnage in Ambitious Cult Horror | Fantastic Fest

You are not ready for Apostle. You may think you're ready for Apostle, but this brutal piece of British folk horror boasts the kind of crazy carnage that will have you watching through squinted eyes and squirming in your seat. Director Gareth Evans, best known for his action masterpieces The Raid and The Raid 2, trades combat for carnage in his new Netflix film, building a sense of sickening tension for the first half before flaying flesh and mangling bodies with abandon when the cult craziness boils over. Dan Stevens stars as Thomas Richardson, long lost son to a …
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Film Review: ‘A Happening of Monumental Proportions’

Film Review: ‘A Happening of Monumental Proportions’
Some projects presumably gather their own momentum heedless of whether they ought to have gotten rolling in the first place. A first directorial and screenplay feature for actors Judy Greer and Gary Lundy, respectively, “A Happening of Monumental Proportions” boasts a cast of worthy names (down to some significant cameos), no doubt each of whom were attracted by the people who’d signed on before them. Involvement surely seemed like a good idea at the time.

Yet here the film is, sneaking into an unlucky 13 U.S. theaters well after an under-radar festival premiere, and darned if anyone seeing the final result could suss why so much established talent climbed aboard a vessel doomed to sink at the dock. This is one of those mirthless ensemble comedies in which the central mistake is assuming that having a couple “normal” characters afflicted by numerous cartoonishly annoying ones will be hilarious — and somehow life-affirming in the end.
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Film Review: ‘Johnny English Strikes Again’

Film Review: ‘Johnny English Strikes Again’
In a pop-culture era rife with cleverness for its own sake, how did Rowan Atkinson’s new spy-spoof sequel wind up with a title as retro bland as “Johnny English Strikes Again”? Was “Johnny English Is Back!” already taken? How about “The Return of Johnny English”? “Johnny English Strikes Again” is the third in the series of goofy air-popped espionage satires in which Atkinson plays an MI7 agent who is stuck in the James Bond ’60s That said, it might as well be the 33rd entry in the series. Because it’s not as if we’re living in a world that’s hungry — starved! — for vintage spy spoofs.

The “Austin Powers” movies took the same comic theme and ran with it in a far more ticklishly crackpot, laugh-out-loud merry-surreal way. Michel Hazanavicius’s “Oss 117” films, starring Jean Dujardin, are succulently deft and detailed period satires. And then, of course,
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Superhero Bits: ‘Captain Marvel’ Doesn’t Need to Smile, ‘Spider-Man’ PS4 Breaks Records & More

Superhero Bits: ‘Captain Marvel’ Doesn’t Need to Smile, ‘Spider-Man’ PS4 Breaks Records & More
How many copies did Spider-Man sell in the first three days of release? How did Brie Larson respond to fans who said Captain Marvel needs to smile more? How long is the runtime for Venom? Would you believe a Marvel executive has no idea what Anthony & Joe Russo are teasing in that Avengers 4 […]

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Daily Podcast: Should Filmmakers Criticize Critics? Diablo, Child’s Play, Robert Redford, Life Itself, Joker, and The Eternals

Daily Podcast: Should Filmmakers Criticize Critics? Diablo, Child’s Play, Robert Redford, Life Itself, Joker, and The Eternals
On the September 21, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to talk about the latest film and tv news, including Diablo, Child’s Play, Robert Redford, Life Itself, Joker, and The Eternals. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Play, Overcast, […]

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Meryl Streep Wants Her Best Friend Tracey Ullman to Run for President

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The Season 3 premiere of “Tracey Ullman’s Show” at Tribeca TV turned into a major lovefest between two legends on Friday evening in New York. Introduced by Tribeca founder Jane Rosenthal as “Tracey Ullman’s very best dearest friend,” Meryl Streep joined Ullman for a post-screening Q&A that covered not just the breadth of Ullman’s career, but the deep bond between the two actors.

“I met you when I was 32,” Streep said, “and I said to my husband, ‘I think I’ve made a new friend.’ It’s hard to make a new friend when you’re old and famous.”

The pair met when Ullman, then 21, and Streep were cast in the 1985 film “Plenty.” They have remained close since — as evidenced by a natural banter that sometimes slipped into the pair singing together on stage. “We had babies at the same time, shared life experiences,” Ullman said. “People ask me,
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Votd: ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ Anime Trailer Recreates a Classic

How many times have you seen Star Wars: A New Hope? I’m guessing the answer is “a lot.” If so, the film may no longer seem particularly fresh – you know ever shot, every frame, by heart. If so, here’s a way for to experience the film anew again. Below, Star Wars: A New Hope gets […]

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Sequel Bits: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’, ‘Willow 2’, ‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ & More

Sequel Bits: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’, ‘Willow 2’, ‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ & More
In this edition of Sequel Bits: Watch an Imagine Dragons music video created for Ralph Breaks the Internet An update to the Monarch website has some news about Godzilla‘s activity Get some new details on the possibility of a Willow sequel See a new clip from Johnny English Strikes Again Find out which Muppets characters […]

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‘Roma’ Gets Company: Why the Foreign Language Oscar Race Is Heating Up — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

‘Roma’ Gets Company: Why the Foreign Language Oscar Race Is Heating Up — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast
Ever since it premiered at the Venice Film Festival, “Roma” has been the sensation of the fall season. It won Venice’s Golden Lion, wowed critics from Telluride to Tiff, and stands to continue that crowdpleasing trajectory at the New York Film Festival. As Netflix enters awards season with an Oscar campaign off to the races, Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white paean to his youth in Mexico seems like an obvious frontrunner for best foreign language film, in addition to other major categories. But “Roma” is going to have a lot of company from around the world, as several countries have now revealed the movies they will be submitting to the race, from Israel to Sweden. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss which foreign language contenders they’ve already seen — and which ones have already dropped out of the running. They also touch
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‘Maniac’ Review: Breaking Down an Enticing Ending with Many Meanings and One Powerful Message — Spoilers

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the Netflix limited series, “Maniac,” including the ending.]

Maniac” is an experiment in and of itself. The warping genres, tones, and story structure within creator Patrick Somerville and director Cary Fukunaga’s 10-part limited series make it a story that demands close inspection, while Annie (Emma Stone) and Owen (Jonah Hill) team up for a moving story that helps to justify the time needed to study it.

Is it successful? Yes and no, but more often leaning toward the former. As noted in IndieWire’s spoiler-free review, “Maniac” lacks the finesse to effortlessly convey its deeper meanings, but the onscreen strain is intriguing in its own right. By the end of the series, many of the pieces click into place — just not in the way you might think. The core narrative wraps up, sure, but little conspicuous clues and seemingly offhand stories (that could be forgotten in the swirl of information) earn callbacks,
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‘Mister Rogers’ Google Doodle Invites You To Be Its Neighbor

‘Mister Rogers’ Google Doodle Invites You To Be Its Neighbor
Happy Friday everyone, are you ready to cry? Because the latest Google Doodle paying tribute to the beloved Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood will do its darnedest to make you sob sweet, nostalgic tears. A Mister Rogers Google Doodle has been released to celebrate Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’s 51st anniversary, right on the heels of the moving documentary Won’t […]

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John C. Reilly’s Producing Partner and Wife, Alison Dickey, Is the Secret Hero of ‘The Sisters Brothers’

John C. Reilly’s Producing Partner and Wife, Alison Dickey, Is the Secret Hero of ‘The Sisters Brothers’
From his melancholic Oscar-nominated turn in “Chicago” to feuding with Will Ferrell in “Step Brothers,” John C. Reilly is the rare American actor to oscillate from dramatic roles to broad comedies. His wife, Alison Dickey, has always hoped to unite those two modes. “We’ve been together a long time,” said Dickey. An independent producer, she met Reilly when she was working as Sean Penn’s assistant on the set of “Casualties of War” in 1989. “I’ve seen the whole trajectory of his career. I’m so well aware of what he’s capable of doing. I always feel somewhat satisfied and somewhat unsatisfied after I watch a film of his, just in terms of wanting to get the whole palette.”

Eventually, she decided to do something about it. While developing her own projects, Dickey scouted for talent on the festival circuit. It was her enthusiasm for Mark and Jay Duplass
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‘The Sisters Brothers’ Trailer: John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix are Guns for Hire

‘The Sisters Brothers’ Trailer: John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix are Guns for Hire
The Sisters Brothers is a strange, lovely, post-modern Western, and it’s now playing in limited release. In honor of the film’s slow rollout, a final Sisters Brothers trailer is here, selling the curious nature of the movie. This is one of the more interesting films you’ll see all year, and it’s almost impossible to truly classify. […]

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Fantastic Fest Day 1: ‘Halloween’ Slays, ‘Luz’ Confounds, and ‘The Perfection’ Rises to Glorious Lows

(Welcome to The Fantastic Fest Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the United States’ largest genre film festival.) It’s raining at Fantastic Fest this year. The forecast says it’ll drizzle all week. And when the skies aren’t opening up, the air is thick with humidity. It’s typical of Austin, […]

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