Category Archives: Film Features

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Will Real World Events Change What Hits the Big Screen?

It’s clear that external forces are affecting the decision-making process of those who decide which films get made and which do not. Some things are scarier to those in charge than others, but are these executives being too sensitive about the wrong things?

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Like It or Not, It’s Time to Start Taking Stock of the Oscar Race

Neil Turitz takes a deep look at where the start of Oscar season using only six words.

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Taran Killam on Making “Killing Gunther” with Arnold Schwarzenegger (Interview)

KillingGuntherTaranKillamTNThe former “Saturday Night Live” cast member writes and directs the action-comedy.

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Alexandre Philippe Explains How Doc “78/52” Delves So Deeply into Hitchcock’s “Psycho” Shower Scene

7852interviewTNFeaturing interviews with Guillermo del Toro, Elijah Wood, Peter Bogdanovich, Danny Elfman and a couple surprise guests.

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Simon Curtis Explores the History of Winnie the Pooh in “Goodbye Christopher Robin”

ChristopherRobinTN The director of My Week with Marilyn and Woman in Gold tells the story of A.A. Milne’s creation of the literary character with Domhnall Gleason, Margot Robbie, and newcomer Will Tilston.

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The Mystique of Cruising: The Characteristics That Make Tom Cruise A Star

tc shades What is it about Tom Cruise that makes you want to go see his movies? Despite struggling domestic box offices, the world has very loudly shouted, we want more Cruise! Except no one has been able to pinpoint exactly what it is we want; we just know we want it.

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Filmmaker Angela Robinson Returns with Her Portrait of Wonder Woman Creator Professor William Marston

AngelaRobinsonTNThe prolific television director, producer (“The L Word”) takes on a passion project in telling the story of “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women,” starring Luke Evans and Rebecca Hall.

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7 Sequels Audiences Would Love to See

While Blade Runner 2049 won raves from critics, the film underperformed in its opening weekend. As studios are determined to stick with franchises, here are seven sequels that could succeed in continuing their original stories and wooing audiences.

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Complex, Tangled Continuity Can Often Be the Undoing of a Potential Franchise Film

batmanvsupermanTNMovies that expect the viewer to have watched previous movies or read previous source material are likely hurting themselves as opposed to fresh new takes on popular characters.

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Is Doug Liman the Most Underrated Filmmaker Working in Hollywood Right Now?

DougLimanTNWith his new film “American Made” and previous one “The Wall,” Liman proves he’s able to do much more than big-budget studio action movies, so why is he rarely the first name mentioned for big-budget tentpole movies?

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Career Therapist: Shouldn’t Rachel Weisz Be More Visible?

RachelWeiszTNThe Oscar-winning actor has been making lower-profile indies the past few years, but shouldn’t she be looking at making something that will remind the general populace what a great actor she is? Or at least movies that might get seen?

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Hindsight Might Be 20/20, But In This Case, Foresight Is 2020

Is planning so far in advance for franchise release dates ultimately hurting studio films? Neil Turitz takes a look at the tentpole movies from Universal, Marvel, and DC that are driving Hollywood’s future.

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11 Best Animated Films That Aren’t From Disney/Pixar

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In honor of My Little Pony: The Movie releasing this weekend April decided to rank her personal favorite animated films, not from Disney or Pixar.

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Tom Petty Dead at 66, But Hollywood Will Help Ensure His Music Lives On Forever (Video)

Tom Petty TrioFor decades, Hollywood has turned to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to provide the perfect song for a number of films and television shows, though no one seems to have been a bigger fan than Cameron Crowe, who used Petty tunes in Jerry Maguire, Elizabethtown and We Bought a Zoo.

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Sadly, Tom Cruise is No Longer a Top Draw

With the actor’s latest, American Made, disappointing at the box office, it might be signaling “the requiem for the Movie Star,” according to Neil Turitz, but he offers some hope on how Cruise can come out of this freefall.

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If Rotten Tomatoes Is Hurting Movies at the Box Office, Is Not Screening for Critics the Answer?

Sony’s “Flatliners” is the latest movie to not have any critics’ screenings in advance. Going by its 0% Rotten Tomatoes score, it probably was a wise move… or was it?

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The Must Stream Movies and Shows Coming to Netflix this October

With summer officially over, it’s time to buckle down and huddle around the Netflix enabled device for warmth this Halloween season.

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Ever “Wonder” What’s In a Movie Title? This Year, It’s Probably That Word

Wonder2There are four films coming out before the end of the year that feature the word “wonder” in their titles, and they arrive on the heels of a wonderful summer movie called Wonder Woman.

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Gavin O’Connor Might Be the Perfect Director to Take Over “Suicide Squad 2”

While the announcement a few weeks back may have seemed like an unconventional choice, that might actually make O’Connor the better choice.

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Under the Radar: “The Force” is a Riveting Doc about the Oakland Police Department Dealing with Change

Filmmaker Peter Nicks spent two years tailing the police department as they dealt with scandals and controversy in the face of the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

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Why is Horror So Popular in the “45” Era?

With Warner Bros’ “It” killing at the box office and other 2017 horror hits like Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” and Shyamalan’s “Split,” it seems like more than a coincidence.

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Hollywood Needs to Stop Looking to the Past to Define Its Future

JLCHamiltonNeil Turitz is glad Jamie Lee Curtis and Linda Hamilton have been cast in high-profile movies, but thinks it be far more interesting if they each fronted something new, something that could accentuate their respective strengths without necessarily revisiting frequently trod paths.

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Feminism Plays a More Important Role in Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” Than Jennifer Lawrence’s Martyr

Mother!The Tracking Board introduces a new columnist, Sabrina Cognata, who doesn’t hold back in her analysis of Darren Aronofsky’s polarizing new movie.

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Toronto: Jeff and Ed’s Top 10 Movies of the Festival, From “Novitiate” to “Call Me by Your Name”

CMBYNTrue stories such as Battle of the Sexes, Darkest Hour and The Disaster Artist reigned supreme at TIFF, where The Killing of a Sacred Deer also made a strong impression.

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Harry Dean Stanton Actually Made You Believe He Would Never Die

harry dean stanton 2“Getting older means you realize you can’t waste a minute. Harry Dean knew that since he was 13 years old, and he never wasted a single second,” said John Carroll Lynch.

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With His Big Weekend in Toronto, Byron Allen Has Announced His Arrival

byron allen excerptThere’s just no other way to describe what Byron Allen has been doing at the Toronto Film Festival over the past few days, so Neil Turitz takes a step back to look at what the variety show host-turned-titan of the industry has accomplished.

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Why Is Everyone Taking the Fun Out of All the Festivals?

neil festival excerpt“Rather than going to these festivals and seeing the bright shining lights that emerge from them, we instead choose to focus on which of these movies premiering in front of an audience has any chance at all of scoring Oscar gold, as if that’s the only true measure of a movie’s worth,” writes Neil Turitz.

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In Honor of “It,” Here Are the 11 Best Stephen King Movies in GIF Form

itIt’s hard to believe that Stephen King could write a better prison story than The Green Mile, but as fans of The Shawshank Redemption will surely tell you, it’s true.

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“Star Wars: Episode IX”: The Top 10 Kinds of Directors Lucasfilm Is Likely Considering to Replace Colin Trevorrow

Star Wars: Episode IX DirectorsCan you see Disney turning to one of its Marvel or Pixar directors like Ryan Coogler, Taika Waititi or Brad Bird? What about Ava DuVernay, who just directed A Wrinkle in Time for the studio?

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Career Therapist: Where in the World is Joseph Gordon-Levitt?

JGLevittTNIt’s been year since he starred in Oliver Stone’s Snowden , but otherwise, the 36 year-old actor seems to have stayed with his HitRecord venture and having kids. Will he back in the acting and/or directing saddle soon?

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