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New to Streaming: ‘The Lovers,’ ‘The Graduate,’ ‘Person to Person,’ ‘Obit,’ 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.

City of Tiny Lights (Pete Travis)

Small-time private detective Tommy Akhtar (Riz Ahmed) has all the swagger of a hard-boiled snoop: leather jacket on his shoulders and cigarette in his mouth, leaning against London architecture in the darkened night. His office resides above some shops, he makes friendly with local convenience store owner Mrs. Elbaz (Myriam Acharki), and asks new clients where they found him because he’s not advertising in the paper.
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‘Mad Men’ at 10: The Last Great Drama of TV’s Golden Age

‘Mad Men’ at 10: The Last Great Drama of TV’s Golden Age
A decade after its premiere, “Mad Men” is still one of the leading lights of prestige television, a hall-of-fame show that put together an array of once-in-a-lifetime performances. On a more personal note, it’s also one of my favorite dramas; possibly, probably, my favorite drama ever. There are a lot of reasons why: Its historicity, its emphasis on New York City, its exploration of gender, its reckoning with the underpinnings of advertising. I’ve written about the show in appreciation, and so have many others.

Looking back on it 10 years later, what’s surprising is not its quality or the widespread nature of its phenomenon, but how the firmament of television around it has changed so much. The series was an inflection point, of sorts, in the contemporary history of the medium. Everything before it was one thing; everything after, another. When “Mad Men” aired its series finale in 2015, it ended not just its window into
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Posterized July 2017: ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘A Ghost Story,’ ‘Atomic Blonde,’ and More

“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably.

For being a summer month, July only having two sequels (yes, An Inconvenient Sequel in limited release on the 28th counts) and one reboot is kind of an astonishing realization.

It’s a tough market for originality out there, but maybe we’re turning a corner. A24 is bringing its niche auteurs to wide release, big studios like Warner Bros. are affording A-listers the room for passion projects, and no matter how misguided The Emoji Movie (July 28) seems, the reality of it not having a number after its
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‘The Untamed’: Amat Escalante’s Insane Alien-Centric Erotic Horror Film Gets a Wild New Trailer — Watch

‘The Untamed’: Amat Escalante’s Insane Alien-Centric Erotic Horror Film Gets a Wild New Trailer — Watch
“Untamed” is an appropriate description of Amat Escalante’s latest film, which uses a relatively benign plotline — an unhappy couple have secrets to spare, and then a compelling newcomer arrives in their town — to frame up one of the most wild films of the year.

The Untamed” follows married couple Alejandra and Angel, who are struggling to connect thanks to both petty domestic squabbles and a massive mystery that could upend not just their relationship, but their entire family and their provincial city. When the mysterious Veronica arrives and befriends Alejandra’s brother Fabian, she introduces some unexpected new elements into everyone’s lives, and no one will be the same. Sounds standard, right? Hardly.

Read More: 10 Great Erotic Thrillers to Stream on Netflix and Amazon Prime Right Now

Soon, Veronica and her new acquaintances are trotting off into the nearby woods — where, not to worry, a meteorite has recently landed — to meet a mysterious creature that offers up both pleasure (yes, that kind) and pain to the various people who come to interact with it, including Alejandra, Angel, and Fabian. Part horror story, part sci-fi outing, and part “wait, what the hell is that thing?,” the film deftly blends relatable problems with some very out of the box solutions.

The film was a hit on the festival circuit, where it earned Escalante accolades at events as diverse as Fantastic Fest (so you know it’s insane) and Venice (where the director won the Silver Lion and was nominated for both the Golden Lion and the Queer Lion), and it’s now bound for a limited release, all the better to hit more audiences right in the ol’ shock and awe.

Put it this way: you’re guaranteed to gasp at least once — a big one, borne of shock and maybe fear — during this trailer, and this is just two minutes of the entire film. Check it out below, and prepare yourself.

The Untamed” will hit limited release on Friday, July 21.

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Locarno Film Fest to Honor Swiss Producer Michel Merkt (Exclusive)

Locarno Film Fest to Honor Swiss Producer Michel Merkt (Exclusive)
Rome – The Locarno Film Festival will fete Swiss producer Michel Merkt with its Raimondo Rezzonico Prize, which is awarded to a producer who epitomizes the indie ethos.

In the past 10 years, the Monte Carlo-based Merkt, 44, has shepherded some of the creme de la creme of recent European art-house hits, including “Elle” and “Toni Erdmann.” He has also ventured beyond Europe as a producer on David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” in Canada, Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World,” Walter Hill’s thriller “The Assignment,” “Aquarius” by Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho, and standout titles from the Arab world and Asia.

Following a stint as a film journalist for French paybox Canal Plus, Merkt got his first official producer credit in 2008 on “Person to Person,” a Wim Wenders-directed segment of portmanteau pic “8,” inspired by the United Nations’ fight against poverty.

The first feature Merkt produced was “The Miscreants,
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Check out the outstanding Chicago Critics Film Festival lineup and its guest appearances

It goes without saying that Flickering Myth is primarily a UK based multimedia website, but Chicago is also quickly becoming our second home so to speak. As a critic writing for this site coming up on three years now, it is truly an honor to be a part of the Chicago Critics Film Festival for the first time alongside its fifth year running. Naturally, we would like as many of our Midwest American readers as possible to come out for the slate of awesome film premieres, retro showings, documentaries, and shorts, some of which feature special guests.

Kicking things off will be raunchy nun comedy The Little Hours complete with Aubrey Plaza and more in attendance, while David Lowery’s (Pete’s Dragon, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) artistic look at time and loss in A Ghost Story will close out the festivities. Emanating from the historic Music Box Theatre
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Film Festival Roundup: Maryland Unveils Narrative Picks, Sundance London Announces Opener and More

Film Festival Roundup: Maryland Unveils Narrative Picks, Sundance London Announces Opener and More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– Sundance Institute and Picturehouse have announced that the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: London will open with the European premiere of “Beatriz at Dinner.”

The film world premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, USA, and will be introduced to London audiences by director Miguel Arteta, screenwriter Mike White, and lead actress Salma Hayek on June 1 at Picturehouse Central.

– The American Pavilion has announced its 2017 lineup for the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase. The impressive program features 25 short documentary and narrative films by up-and-coming filmmakers from the U.S. and around the world, all of which will screen at The American Pavilion during the Cannes Film Festival. More information about the showcase and links to view the films’ trailers are available at its official site.
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Rushes. Philippe Garrel on Jean Seberg, Kubrick's Typography, Terrence Malick's "Radegund"

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveriesNEWSThe Summer Is GoneCineuropa reports on an open letter of protest by "500 Portuguese and international personalities from the film industry" over "a new amendment to the [Portuguese] film law, which relieves national film body the Ica of the responsibility of choosing the juries for the institution’s financial support schemes." The proposed shift in approval power is a significant one, and the protest has drawn signatures from such figures as Leos Garax, Pedro Almodóvar, Aki Kaurismäki.The lineup for New Directors/New Films, New York's annual collaboration between the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art, is announced and looks great, including Notebook favorites Person to Person (Dustin Guy Defa), Arábia (João Dumans & Affonso Uchoa), The Dreamed Path (Angela Schenelac), The Future Perfect (Nele Wohlatz), and The Summer Is Gone (Dalei Zhang). Recommended VIEWINGThe trailer for It Comes At Night,
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Rushes. Farhadi Not Attending Oscars, John Hurt & Emmanuelle Riva, Post-Sundance Travails

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveriesNEWSJohn Hurt and Emmanuelle RivaCurrently, due to American President Donald Trump's executive travel ban, Academy Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi cannot travel to the United States. But in a statement made to The New York Times, the filmmaker, who is nominated again this year for The Salesman, says he wouldn't attend even if granted an exception:Instilling fear in the people is an important tool used to justify extremist and fanatic behavior by narrow-minded individuals.

However, I believe that the similarities among the human beings on this earth and its various lands, and among its cultures and its faiths, far outweigh their differences. Last week we lost two great actors, John Hurt (1940 - 2017) and Emmanuelle Riva (1927 - 2017).Francis Ford Coppola's recent forays into moving images, whether the super-local indie thriller Twixt or his "live cinema" project, have been ambitious and unusual,
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The Weekend Warrior’s Unconventional Sundance Awards 2017

Welcome to the first, hopefully annual, Weekend Warrior Sundance Awards, where I go through the couple dozen movies I had a chance to see over the course of the past week and pick some of my favorite things.

I ended up seeing roughly thirty movies in total, only walking out of a couple (that won’t be mentioned), and overall, it was a generally decent Sundance, although only a few movies really stood out and will be remembered later in the year when we start talking about next year’s Oscars.

Oddly, I missed many of the movies that won actual awards at Sundance, so I’ve decided to give a few of my own.

Salma Hayek as Beatriz in Beatriz At Dinner

Most Literal Use of a Movie Title

1. Beatriz at Dinner (starring Salma Hayek as a Mexican healer named Beatriz who is invited to stay for dinner at
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Jon Hamm Thinks Don Draper’s Spiritual Epiphany In The ‘Mad Men’ Finale Didn’t Last

Jon Hamm Thinks Don Draper’s Spiritual Epiphany In The ‘Mad Men’ Finale Didn’t Last
In May of 2015, Matthew Weiner’s AMC series “Mad Men,” an existential drama about a talented advertising executive amidst the historical developments of 1960’s America, came to a close. The series finale ended with protagonist Don Draper (Jon Hamm) meditating in an Esalen-like spiritual retreat with a smile on his face as the show smash cuts to the 1971 “Hilltop” TV advertisement for Coca-Cola. The ending has opened itself up to a couple different interpretations: some say Don finally found enlightenment and peace away from his traditional New York lifestyle, while others say he returned to New York unchanged and create the Coke ad.

Read More: Review: ‘Mad Men’ Series Finale, Season 7 Episode 14, ‘Person to Person’ Ends an Era with Empathy

On “The Rich Eisen Show,” Hamm has come out in favor of the latter interpretation. When asked where Don Draper is right now, he joked that he’s “six feet
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‘Person To Person’ Review: Tavi Gevinson And Philip Baker Hall Shine In This Charming New York City Mosaic — Sundance 2017

‘Person To Person’ Review: Tavi Gevinson And Philip Baker Hall Shine In This Charming New York City Mosaic — Sundance 2017
Dustin Guy Defa’s “Person to Person” is a gentle summer breeze of a movie that’s set during an early fall day. Amiably unstuck in time without feeling anachronistic, Defa’s second feature pulls off the trick of offering an analog version of New York in a digital age. Threading together enough vignettes to compete with a young Paul Thomas Anderson, Defa bounces between a motley crew of characters, all of whom are living together on their own time. On their own, they don’t add up to much, but play them together and they cohere into the cinematic equivalent of vinyl.

Dusting off a title that Defa previously used for a beloved 2014 short, the feature-length version of “Person to Person” isn’t an adaptation of that earlier work so much as a shaggy expansion pack. In fact, the two films might seem entirely unrelated if not for their one shared character,
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Tragedy, Neurosis, Sundance: The Long, Strange Journey of ‘Person to Person’ Director Dustin Guy Defa

Tragedy, Neurosis, Sundance: The Long, Strange Journey of ‘Person to Person’ Director Dustin Guy Defa
Dustin Guy Defa makes his Sundance Film Festival feature debut with “Person to Person,” and he doesn’t know what to expect. He’s had a lot of disappointments in his life, ranging from being the kind of penniless artist whose survival demands long-term couch surfing to overcoming a nightmare family of origin. (It yielded his 2011 Sundance short, “Family Nightmare.”)

However, “Person To Person” also gives real weight to the time-worn trope that values the journey over the destination. With a cast that includes names like Michael Cera and”Broad City” star Abbi Jacobson as well as indie filmmaking stalwarts like David Zellner and Benny Safdie, it reflects the success he’s had building his place in independent filmmaking and the joy he brings with it. “It comes through loud and clear in his work,” said filmmaker David Lowery, a longtime Defa fan. “It’s the reason why his movies
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Sundance 2017: Why the Dealmaking Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story — Critic’s Notebook

Sundance 2017: Why the Dealmaking Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story — Critic’s Notebook
For every Sundance Film Festival movie that sells for a big sum, there’s another one that doesn’t.

While hordes of buyers scatter throughout Park City over the next week, a Sundance premiere from two years ago quietly hits theaters on January 27 with little fanfare. “I Am Michael,” Justin Kelly’s perceptive and troubling look at gay-activist-turned-Christian-pastor Michael Glatze (James Franco), hits theaters and VOD long after the Sundance hype has moved on. It’s a missed opportunity for the movie, in which Franco gives one his most complex performances, as audiences struggle alongside the character’s tragic sense of conflict with his faith.

At a divided moment in American history, it’s a shrewd look at conflicting values at the root of modern society. But no distributor took a gamble on it when its fleeting spotlight in Utah came and went; now, dumped onto digital platforms at the start of the year,
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Sundance Film Festival 2017: The Ultimate Party Guide

Sundance Film Festival 2017: The Ultimate Party Guide
The annual trek to Park City, Utah has already begun for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 19 until Jan. 29. Peter Dinklage, Larry Wilmore, and Gael Garcia Bernal are among those named to the juries in this year’s competition. The awards will be handed out on Jan. 28 in a ceremony hosted by “The Daily Show” alum Jessica Williams.

In between all of the prizes and premieres, stars and film aficionados endure the cold temperatures with help from the city’s pop-up party scene, featuring swag, drinks and exclusive dinners.

Thursday, Jan. 19

Après Ski Festival Kick-off Rooftop Party – 4 to 8 p.m.

An Artist at the Table – 8 p.m.

The annual benefit kicks off the first day of the festival with director Jeff Orlowski set as keynote speaker. The private cocktail reception and dinner follows the premiere of “An Inconvenient Sequel” at the Eccles Theatre.

Friday, Jan. 20

Village at the Lift

AtTT takes over this year’s village that runs from Jan. 20-22, showcasing DirecTV in the Cabin, Audience in the Café and Jeff Vespa’s WireImage Studio. This year’s winter escape from the cold features beverages and light fare from notable Japanese restaurant Nobu, along with high-speed internet.
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Jerry Sandusky Accuser Says Joe Paterno Dismissed Sex Abuse Claim in 1976: 'I Have a Football Season to Worry About'

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Jerry Sandusky Accuser Says Joe Paterno Dismissed Sex Abuse Claim in 1976: 'I Have a Football Season to Worry About'
A man who says he alerted former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in 1976 that he was allegedly being sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky when he was 14 claims Paterno brushed him off, according to newly released documents reviewed by People. "Is it accurate that Coach Paterno quickly said to you, 'I don't want to hear about any of that stuff, I have a football season to worry about?,' " an attorney said in questioning the man, who is identified in the documents only as John Doe 150. "Specifically yes," answered the man, who added, "I was shocked, disappointed, offended. I was insulted.
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Writers Guild Awards: Mad Men, Veep, Mr. Robot and Gh Among Winners

Writers Guild Awards: Mad Men, Veep, Mr. Robot and Gh Among Winners
The 2016 Writers Guild Awards were handed out Saturday night in Los Angeles and New York City, and the final salvo of AMC’s Mad Men claimed the top drama prize, while HBO’s Veep beat out the comedy competition.

RelatedNAACP Image Awards: black-ish, Empire, The Wiz Live Lead TV Winners

AMC’s Better Call Saul and HBO’s Silicon Valley earned individual episode accolades. USA Network’s critical darling Mr. Robot walked away with the New Series award.

TV’s major winners are listed below.

Drama Series

The Americans

Better Call Saul

Game of Thrones

Mad Men — Winner

Mr. Robot
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Alejandro G. Inarritu wins DGA Award for The Revenant, full list of winners here

For the second year in a row (and the first time they’ve ever handed out back-to-back awards), the Directors Guild of America has honoured Alejandro G. Inarritu with the top prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards, with Inarittu collecting Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Revenant.

Inarritu won the DGA Award last year for Birdman, and went on to collect the Best Director award at the Oscars. Should he repeat the feat this year with The Revenant, he’d become only the third director in history to win back-to-back Best Director Academy Awards after John Ford and Joseph Mankiewicz.

And, should The Revenant also win Best Picture, it would be the first time a director has ever won back-to-back Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture.

Here’s the full list of winners from last night:

Feature Film

Alejandro González IñárrituThe Revenant

Tom McCarthy
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Here Are the 2015 DGA Awards TV Nominees

After announcing the nominees for best film direction yesterday, the Directors Guild of America revealed the slate for TV direction in dramas and comedies today.

"Game of Thrones" seeks to add to its trophy haul for David Nutter's direction of the season 5 finale, "Mother's Mercy," which won an Emmy last September. But HBO's epic fantasy series will be challenged by the series finale of "Mad Men," directed by creator Matthew Weiner.

On the comedy side, "Transparent" will vie with the usual suspects, "Veep" and "Silicon Valley." Here is the full list of nominees:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series

Michael Engler

Downton Abbey, "Episode 8" (PBS)

Lesli Linka Glatter

Homeland, "The Tradition of Hospitality" (Showtime)

David Nutter

Game of Thrones, "Mother's Mercy" (HBO)

Steven Soderbergh

The Knick, "Williams and Walker" (Cinemax)

Matthew Weiner

Mad Men, "Person to Person" (AMC)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series

Chris Addison

Veep, "Election Night" (HBO)

Louis C.K.

Louie,
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