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Center Stage: Close-Up on Katharina Wyss’s “Sarah Plays A Werewolf”

Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Katharina Wyss's Sarah Plays a Werewolf, which is receiving an exclusive global online premiere on Mubi, is showing from July 2 – July 31, 2019 in Mubi's Debuts series.Accompanied by the booming of an orchestra, a child comes of age and falls apart. Katharina Wyss's cogent chamber drama, Sarah Plays a Werewolf, takes place within a space lined with such clashing processes of knowing and unknowing, entangled in disorientations regarding who is who—or more importantly, who appears as who. Immediately within the title itself, Wyss obfuscates the boundaries between the individual and their assumed part(s). Who is Sarah, and who is the werewolf? How would one tell the difference between a teenage girl and the monster she plays—or is she, rather, a monster playing a teenage girl, the latter acting as a disguise? We may divide Sarah Plays a Werewolf into three acts.
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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: The Best Movie Year Ever, Orson Welles, Sam Peckinpah & More

Winter and spring 2019 have seen a number of gorgeous art and making of books, along with some indispensable looks at Hollywood icons. Plus, we finally have the definitive look at the films of 1999, and what made that year so stellar–and so influential.

Best. Movie. Year. Ever. How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen by Brian Raftery (Simon & Schuster)

This year has seen countless looks at the cinema 1999, and with good reason. It seems almost impossible to imagine a 12-month span that saw the release of such varied gems as The Matrix, Election, Being John Malkovich, Office Space, Fight Club, Magnolia, Boys Don’t Cry, The Limey, Rushmore, and The Virgin Suicides—not to mention Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. All of the aforementioned films are documented in Brian Raftery’s expertly crafted Best. Movie. Year. Ever. And, of course, he also includes Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace,
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The Best Movie New to Every Major Streaming Platform in April 2019

Netflix may get most of the attention, but it’s hardly a one-stop shop for cinephiles who are looking to stream essential classic and contemporary films. Each of the prominent streaming platforms — and there are more of them all the time — caters to its own niche of film obsessives. From chilling horror fare on Shudder, to esoteric (but unmissable) festival hits on the newly launched, IndieWire’s monthly guide will highlight the best of what’s coming to every major streaming site, with an eye towards exclusive titles and bonus features that may help readers decide which of these services is right for them.

Here’s the best of the best for April 2019.

Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime has become the most reliable platform for exclusive streaming access to exciting indie and foreign movies. Netflix might get “Infinity War,” but Amazon Prime gets “Shoplifters.” Netflix might get “Solo,” but Amazon Prime gets “Cold War.
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Revisiting the Cinematic Landscape of 1999

Tom Jolliffe travels back in time 20 years to 1999 to look over the cinematic landscape…

The millennium suddenly draws in. The century is in its final year. Cinema has a pre-occupation with apocalypse and disorder, chaos, among other things. It’s 1999. 20 years ago now. That’s pretty frightening, but regardless, hold my hand, lets go have a look back over the years cinematic output.

Ending a century should be done in style. There are two films in particular that had a long standing impact on pop-culture and cult fandom from the year, which still maintain a strong following. First, 1999 is the year of The Matrix. It kind of grew slowly, really capturing the sub-cultures of society, and garnering a legion of geeky fans who fell in love with anything from the sci-fi references, the clothing, the Hong Kong inspired martial arts action, the ground-breaking effects and the philosophical and literary references within the film.
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Beauty vs Beast: Girls Gone Wildin'

Happy Monday to one and all, Jason from Mnpp here with this week's brand new edition of "Beauty vs Beast" -- enfant terrible provocateur Harmoney Korine is tossing another neon grenade our way this forthcoming Friday with his film The Beach Bum (reviewed at SXSW), twisting our sexual stoner preconceptions of Matthew McConaughey to suit his perverse needs. So for this week's contest, with Britney's voice still warbling in our heads, let's toss it back seven years to Korine's last much celebrated ode to the wacky Florida lifestyle, Spring Breakers.

In one corner we've got our four bikini kill co-eds and everywhere else we've got the drug-dealing pistol-fellating Alien (James Franco), owner of shit.

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Previously I figured last week's Eternal Sunshine contest wouldn't be close but it really, really, wasn't close -- Kirsten Dunst walked away with 92% of the vote over Elijah Wood's mega-creep; said Fitz:

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Criterion Channel Announces First Month of Programming — Stream 10 David Lynch Movies and More

Criterion Channel Announces First Month of Programming — Stream 10 David Lynch Movies and More
Out of the ashes of FilmStruck comes the Criterion Channel, which is launching April 8 and has announced an exciting first slate of new programming being added onto the streaming platform throughout its first month. When the service goes live next month it will be the exclusive streaming home for the Criterion Collection and Janus Films’ library of more than 1,000 classic and contemporary films. Original series that aired on FilmStruck will be back on the Criterion Channel, including “Adventures in Moviegoing,” “Meet the Filmmakers,” and “Observations on Film Art.”

In addition to its extensive library, Criterion Channel will be adding new films daily. The first new addition to the service on April 8 will be a spotlight on Columbia Pictures’ history of film noir through 11 movies: “My Name Is Julia Ross”; “So Dark the Night” (Joseph H. Lewis, 1946); “The Big Heat” (Fritz Lang, 1953); “Human Desire” (Fritz Lang, 1954); “Drive a Crooked Road” (Richard Quine,
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Gunslingers Face Off in the Wild West in Exclusive Clip from Big Kill

After exchanging tense words, characters with deadly agendas use their guns to solve a dilemma at the saloon in an exclusive clip from Scott Martin's new Western Big Kill.

Below, you can check out our exclusive clip from Big Kill, which is coming to On Demand, Digital HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 19th from Cinedigm.

Synopsis: "After the death of his wife, Jim, the accountant, has come from the East to join his brother in business. Jake and Travis, two misfit rogues with one foot on each side of the law, have come from the south after being run out of Mexico under a hail of gunfire. What they find in the West is a wild ride, a fight for survival, and a moment of decision that will change them all forever."

Big Kill stars Christoph Sander, Jason Patric "(Speed 2: Cruise Control, The Yellow Birds) , Michael Paré, Clint Hummel,
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Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray Reunite: ‘Lost In Translation’ Duo Team Up for ‘On the Rocks’ — First Details

Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray Reunite: ‘Lost In Translation’ Duo Team Up for ‘On the Rocks’ — First Details
Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray are officially reuniting on a new project entitled “On the Rocks.” The movie is the latest effort from the duo behind “Lost in Translation,” which earned Murray an Oscar nomination for Best Actor and won Sofia Coppola the Best Original Screenplay Oscar. The two last worked together on Murray’s 2017 Netflix special “A Very Murray Christmas,” which Coppola directed. “On the Rocks” is the first project announced under A24 and Apple’s new partnership.

“On the Rocks” will star Murray opposite Rashida Jones in the story of a young mother who reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father on an adventure through New York. Coppola will direct the movie on location in New York City. Production begins this spring. Coppola is producing the film with Youree Henley. “On the Rocks” is Coppola’s second A24 movie following her 2013 satirical crime film “The Bling Ring.”

A24 announced
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What’s Coming to Hulu in January 2019

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There may not be any more eggnog to drink or mistletoe to stand under, but don’t despair — Hulu is coming in clutch with over 200 new titles arriving to the streaming service next month.

Ease into the new year by rewatching classics like “Beetlejuice,” “Heathers” and “Rain Man,” or snuggle up with a bowl of popcorn for family movies like “Shrek,” “Surf’s Up,” and “The Twilight Saga.” If reality TV is more your style, then you’re in luck, as a slew of favorites are set to make their Hulu debut this month including Season 7 of “Dance Moms,” Season 2 of “90 Day Fiancé,” and Season 10 of “American Pickers.” Starting out this year’s slate of Hulu originals, Season 2 of “Future Man” drops Jan. 11.

Find the complete list of this month’s new arrivals below and stream now on Right now, the streaming service is knocking its monthly price
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Here’s Everything Coming to and Leaving Hulu in January

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Hulu’s slate of new titles arriving on the platform in January is here.

The second season of Hulu original “Future Man” will arrive on the service Jan. 11, while the Natalie Portman-Tessa Thompson science fiction film “Annihilation” will be available to stream on Jan. 4. The film is Alex Garland’s follow-up to “Ex Machina” and starred Portman, Thompson and Jennifer Jason Leigh as a group of scientists investigating a strange environmental phenomenon known as “the shimmer.”

Here’s the full list of what’s coming and going in January.

Also Read: Here's What You Can Stream With Your Amazon Prime Membership in January

Available Jan. 1

Atlanta: Complete Season 2 (FX)

The Detectorists: Complete Season 3 (Drg)

Dot.: Complete Season 2B (Universal Kids)

Saints & Sinners: Complete Seasons 1-3 (Bounce TV)

X Company: Complete Seasons 2&3 (Sony)

54 (1998)

10 Years (2011)

2 Days in the Valley (1996)

9 to 5 (1980)

A Charlie Brown Valentine (2002)

A Simple Plan (1998)

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‘Lost In Translation,’ 15 Years Later: Sofia Coppola on Ending the Film on Her Terms and the Year It Took to Cast Bill Murray

‘Lost In Translation,’ 15 Years Later: Sofia Coppola on Ending the Film on Her Terms and the Year It Took to Cast Bill Murray
Sofia Coppola already had “The Virgin Suicides” under her belt when Focus Features opened “Lost In Translation” in limited release on September 12, 2003, but her career forever changed with her second directorial effort. “Translation” broke through on a mainstream level, grossing $119 million at the worldwide box office and winning Coppola the Oscar for best original screenplay. If “Suicides” made Coppola a breakout director to watch, then “Translation” cemented her status as one of the best directors in the business.

Lost In Translation” turns 15 years old this September, and Little White Lies celebrated the milestone anniversary by reliving the film’s making with Coppola herself. The writer-director remembered the idea for the movie percolating not long after she got married to Spike Jonze and started to feel isolated.

“I was in this stage where I wasn’t sure if I’d made the right choices or what I was doing in the
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‘Hot Summer Nights’ Review: Timothee Chalamet’s Stuck in Lukewarm Drama

‘Hot Summer Nights’ Review: Timothee Chalamet’s Stuck in Lukewarm Drama
Set on Cape Cod during the sizzling summer of 1991 – and on the cusp of Hurricane Bob’s arrival – Hot Summer Nights features breakout star Timothee Chalamet as Daniel, a teen who’s been sent by his widowed mom to spend the season on Cape Cod with his Aunt Barb (Rebecca Koon) before starting college in the fall. A premise like this could go any number of ways: comedy, romance, crime drama, sexual coming-of-ager … name your overworked genre. In a cover-all-your-bets move, debuting director Elijah Bynum makes the risky decision to
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‘Hot Summer Nights’ Review: Timothée Chalamet Stars in His Own Stale ‘Adventureland’

Coming of age is a constant negotiation between who you are and who you’re not — it’s the most intense period of a process that will last for the rest of your life. Coming-of-age movies naturally tend to dramatize that negotiation, which is why so many of them hinge on hollowed out Harry Potter types who become the most boring characters in their own stories: It’s easier to paint on a portrait on a blank slate, easier to keep score of what someone is adding to (or subtracting from) themselves when you start from scratch. The only problem with that approach is that it strands a lot of very similar teenagers in films about how they’re not like everyone else.

It’s a trap that’s endemic to its genre, and one that “Hot Summer Nights” tries to avoid in fascinating and disastrous fashion: Here’s a
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‘Breath’ Review: A Wistful Coming of Age Story about Surfing, Surrender, and Erotic Asphyxiation

‘Breath’ Review: A Wistful Coming of Age Story about Surfing, Surrender, and Erotic Asphyxiation
Breath” is a wistful and wounded coming-of-age story about surfing, surrender, and the sordid experience of losing your virginity to a married older woman who’s got a thing for erotic asphyxiation. The movie is able to ride a line right through so many of its genre’s worst clichés because it never stops negotiating between fear and desire, risk and reward. It’s an assured directorial debut from “The Mentalist” actor Simon Baker, who — after 12 long years — has finally done something more impressive than getting Anne Hathaway those “Harry Potter” manuscripts in “The Devil Wears Prada.”

Breath” doesn’t spend that much time on the water, but it reckons with each wave — from ankle-busters to groundswells — and every single one of them dares these young protagonists to prove something to themselves. Without belaboring the point, or betraying the soft touch of the Tom Winton novel on which his film is based,
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Scores on Screen. Clouds Up: Air and the Soundtrack of "The Virgin Suicides"

Scores on Screen is a column by Clare Nina Norelli on film soundtracks.“I think that we wrote the spirit — the musical spirit — that [Sofia Coppola] had needed for her movie.”–Jean-Benoît Dunckel (Air)1The Virgin Suicides (1999) opens with a blonde teen-aged girl standing in the middle of a suburban street eating a popsicle. She is looking out past the camera, appears simultaneously bored and amused, and is surrounded by the familiar sounds of imminent dusk: birds chirping, the hiss of sprinklers, the bark of a dog, the elongated buzz of crickets, and a child’s shouts. Underneath this chorus of the everyday, a grave electric organ-driven dirge on the soundtrack invests the otherwise commonplace scene with an eerie solemnity. The girl moves off camera and, amidst the golden hues of sunlight flickering through tree branches, we are shown other residents of her neighborhood going about their afternoons, their faces obscured,
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Jonathan Tucker Is in Westworld Now, and We're Not Mad About It

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Westworld gained a new villain in the second episode of season two, titled "Reunion," when Dolores tracks down Major Craddock and uses her considerable powers of persuasion - by which we mean total fearlessness and badassery - to get Craddock and his men to follow her to "Glory."

If Craddock looks familiar to you, there's a reason for that. Jonathan Tucker is one of the actors who very quickly seems to have appeared all over the small-screen landscape (though he did have a noteworthy role in The Virgin Suicides when he was just 16 years old).

Related: Westworld's Season 2 Premiere Finally Reveals the Park's Mysterious Location

About 10 years ago, Tucker starred on the short-lived NBC drama The Black Donnellys, about an Irish family in New York that gets caught up in organized crime. After that was canceled, Tucker appeared in small roles on a ton of shows
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Sofia Coppola Talks The Teenage Dream Of Her Striking ‘Virgin Suicides’ Debut [Interview]

Sofia Coppola‘s striking debut feature “The Virgin Suicides,” was a type of cotillion in its day: an coming out announcement signaling the arrival of a remarkable new feminine voice in cinema, and a new auteur that was here to stay. The daughter of the legendary Francis Ford Coppola, the young Sofia, then 28-years-old, may have had filmmaking in her blood, traveling on film sets all her life, but with “The Virgin Suicides,” it was clear her singular vision was already full-formed and completely unique.
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Soundtracking: "The Virgin Suicides"

Chris looks at the music of Sofia Coppola's debut, now a part of The Criterion Collection.

Time has been kind to Sofia Coppola The Virgin Suicides, as effective a critique on the male gaze as anything else in the past twenty years. In Coppola’s gauzy vision of its central Lisbon sisters (as told by neighborhood boys) is a reflection of male idolatry that ignores the voice and emotional reality of real women. While the film is typically remembered for how it visually creates this perspective, it also uses music in interesting ways to subvert male self-serving worship.

The film is haunted by Air’s “Playground Love”, it’s most evocative and film-defining musical passage. It’s an apt song choice, one that tempts you into its pull like the tumble into a teenage crush, all jazzy hormones mired in lyrical thinness. And yet despite its temptation and seemingly feminine sway,
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Sofia Coppola: Paramount Classics Feared ‘Virgin Suicides’ Release Would Encourage Girls to Commit Suicide

Sofia Coppola: Paramount Classics Feared ‘Virgin Suicides’ Release Would Encourage Girls to Commit Suicide
The Virgin Suicides” is often listed among the greatest coming-of-age films ever made, and this month finds the drama making history as the first Sofia Coppola film to become a member of The Criterion Collection. The filmmaker marked the occasion by sitting down for a new interview with Entertainment Weekly. Coppola remembered not being entirely pleased with the movie’s 2000 theatrical release, noting that distributor Paramount Classics was unsure how to handle the film’s release 18 years ago.

“It didn’t have much of a release,” Coppola said. “Paramount Classics didn’t really know what to do with it. They were afraid that girls were going to commit suicide if they saw it! It had a really small release. We made it for very little, so they didn’t have to do much to make it.”

The film was hardly a box office hit at the time of release, grossing
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Westworld Season 2: What We Know & What’s to Come

The season 1 finale of Westworld was shockingly badass to say the very least, and while there were certain payoffs to various storylines that had been building throughout the first 10 episodes, it also raised a bunch of questions as to just where exactly the story will be heading in season 2. So, in anticipation of this weekend’s premiere episode on HBO, here’s a look at what we know so far about Westworld and what we’re hoping to see during this new season, which kicks off Sunday night at 9:00pm Est.

[Spoiler Warning: If you haven’t seen any of Westworld Season 1, the following does contain some spoilers, so you may want to catch up with the series first before reading on.]

Fresh Blood: While we haven’t seen them in action yet, Westworld expands its cast with six newcomers for season 2, including the always great Betty Gabriel, Jonathan Tucker, Fares Fares, Gustaf Skarsgård, Katja Herbers (The Leftovers), and Neil Jackson.
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