Category Archives: Festivals
The popular SoCal film fest announced its winners which included Elizabeth Rohrbaugh and Daniel Powell’s musical drama Becks for U.S. Fiction Award and the supernatural drama The Keeping Hours starring Lee Pace and Carrie Coon for Audience Award for Fiction Feature Film.
Looking to change the landscape of animation in Hollywood, a brand new annual festival is launching in Los Angeles this fall. Headed up by GKIDS, the Annecy International Animation Festival, and Variety magazine, the event is aiming to fill a gap in the U.S.’ relationship with this medium.
The big winners of the 70th Cannes Film Festival were announced and Ruben Ostlund walked away with the Palme d’Or for his film, The Square. The film by the Force Majeure director is a satire of the art world and stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, and Dominic West.
Some critics weren’t over the moon for Sophia Coppola’s latest, while others were praising it for flipping the script on the pulpy original. Either way, critics dug deep into the film’s exploration of gender roles.
The Cannes Film Festival is in full-swing and acclaimed director Todd Haynes’ (Carol, Far From Heaven) highly-anticipated adaptation of Brian Selznick’s YA novel Wonderstruck was one of the first films screened at the fest — and it was met with reviews that ranged from raves to lukewarm.
The Los Angeles Film Festival has scored the Colin Trevorrow-directed The Book of Henry for its opening night film. Starring Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, and Sarah Silverman, the family drama-thriller from Focus Features follows a single mother and her genius son as they plan to help a girl who is hiding a dangerous secret.
The lineup for this year’s Cannes Film Festival (or as they call it in France, Festival de Cannes) has been announced and it is robust with Oscar bait, highly-anticipated premieres, star-studded features, and a lot of foreign and obscure films that if watched, will make you feel cinematically superior to everyone else.
The late Carrie Fisher will be among the nine recipients of the Disney Legend Award at this year’s D23 Expo in July. Her co-star Mark Hamill will also be receiving the awards.
The upstart studio is making a major push into the action genre with Den of Thieves, Renegades, The Foreigner and Mark Wahlberg’s upcoming Mile 22.
Big, star-driven movies such as The Dark Tower and Jumani: Welcome to the Jungle also looked good, indicating a strong year ahead for Tom Rothman’s studio.
SXSW recently announced their coveted Audience Award Winners which included Edgar Wright’s highly anticipated Baby Driver as well as the emotional drama The Light of the Moon starring Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Stephanie Beatriz. Other big winners include Noel Wells’ (Master of None) directorial debut, Mr. Roosevelt as well as Netflix’s adaptation of Justin Simien’s Dear White People.
The documentary Becoming Bond takes a refreshing approach to the story of one-and-done 007 actor George Lazenby while Bill Nye: Science Guy gives the iconic TV personality the scientific credit he deserves.
Comedy nerds will love how Nobodies puts an absurd slant on a specific part of the comedy community, while the ’90s-set pic Hot Summer Nights fails to pick a lane when it comes to tone.
Whatever you do, don’t call Mr. Roosevelt quirky. Thrift shop dresses are quirky. Ironic coffee shop wall art is quirky. This comedy is not. What could have been an ordinary, boilerplate indie rom-com of the SXSW ilk, is a solid feature debut with lively personality and perspective from Noel Wells.
Aaron Katz’s celeb murder mystery gives eerie vibes throughout, but as the film rolls along, the story loosens its grasp on the audience and makes for an ending that is simply satisfying rather than shocking.
The winners of SXSW’s Jury and Special Awards have been unveiled. Saturday Night Live cast member Sasheer Zamata announced the winners at a special ceremony at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. Ana Asensio’s psychological thriller Most Beautiful Island nabbed the top award in the Narrative Feature Competition while the captivating prison doc The Work earned the award for Documentary Feature Competition.
A genre mash-up of 28 Days Later, The Raid, and Office Space, Mayhem is a non-stop gnarly ride of tortuous blood-soaked fights driven by rage — and it is unbelievably awesome.
Evan Katz tackles very heady material in this pulpy noir and although it entertains (to a certain extent) and is stacked with a phenomenal roster of actors, the film tends to become over-involved and twisted within itself.
The film garnered acclaim at Sundance and turned the volume up a few of notches when it came to the conversation about identity politics. Now, with the new upcoming television adaptation, director Justin Simien plans to put the volume on blast with a series that allows the characters more room to grow with nuance and complexity that was originally planted with firm roots in the original film.
The adaptation of Greg Sestero’s non-fiction book of the same name tells the story of the author’s friendship with filmmaker and actor (if you want to call him that) Tommy Wiseau, the man responsible for bringing The Room into our lives — which is considered to be “the worst movie of all time.”
From beginning to end this is Charlize Theron’s shining moment as an action star. She’s like James Bond, but a lot cooler. Instead of shaken martinis, she guzzles down vodka on eyes and instead of nifty gadgets, she beats guys with everyday items like hoses, hotplates and house keys.
The Light of the Moon is a whirlwind of emotions, but one that never treats its subject of sexual assault with anything but sincere honesty and compassion. It’s an important watch, especially for women, and continues to make the case for more female creators in this space.
Between the Cornetto trilogy and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, writer-director Edgar Wright has never had a bad film in his career — and he’s continuing that streak with his latest project, Baby Driver.
The latest film from the team of Joe Swanberg and Jake Johnson, Win It All, is a perfectly fine film — good, even, in some regards — but it’s also a safe film.
The new film from Eshom and Ian Nelms, Small Town Crime, feels like it comes exactly out of ’70s Hollywood. Unfortunately, rather than doing anything interesting with the noir crime genre, it simply plays into the same, tired tropes
The American Gods pilot premiere and following Q&A showed today the series is poised to be not only one of the biggest television events of the year, but will also turn out to be one of the most thematically relevant and powerful television series as well.
Ridley Scott introduced three scenes from the upcoming film Alien: Covenant and they are absolutely terrifying — which is, apparently, Scott’s whole goal.
Somewhere in Terrence Malick’s new film Song to Song there’s a beautiful, poignant, heartbreaking story about women but unfortunately, it’s hard to find in the midst of everything else.