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NYC Weekend Watch: Jiri Trnka, Anne Wiazemsky, Tsui Hark & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not […]

Review: ‘The Devil and Father Amorth’ Finds William Friedkin Haphazardly Returning to Exorcism

Director William Friedkin had never seen an actual exorcism when he made the canonical possession film The Exorcist. No one seems to think the material suffered for it, but perhaps that’s because those who have experienced an exorcism–or something titled an exorcism–are less frequent in number any other categorization that screenwriters are decried for not depicting […]

First Trailer for ‘Blindspotting’ Finds Daveed Diggs Trying to Survive in Oakland

Going into Sundance Film Festival this year, we knew there was bound to be a handful of movies depicting police brutality and the state of race relations in America. We were greeted on opening night with Blindspotting, a film that took a different angle on these issues. Carlos López Estrada’s debut feature mixes comedy, hip-hop, […]

New to Streaming: ‘Happy End,’ ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower,’ ‘Hostiles,’ ‘The Nothing Factory,’ 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 […]

‘Filmworker’ Trailer Profiles Stanley Kubrick’s Right-Hand Man Leon Vitali

A week before Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey gets a 50th anniversary theatrical release, featuring an unrestored 70mm print, a documentary that captures his right-hand man, Leon Vitali, will arrive. While it isn’t necessarily the most polished production, it’s still a worthy angle on a different side of Kubrick’s production process. Ahead of a […]

Kelly Macdonald Solves a ‘Puzzle’ in First Trailer for Sundance Hit

Proving that a crowdpleaser doesn’t need to pander to succeed, Puzzle was one of the better films I saw at Sundance this year. Featuring a great Kelly Macdonald performance, the Marc Turtletaub-directed drama follows our lead as a housewife who knows little life outside of pleasing her family and husband. One day, she discovers a […]

40 Films to See This Summer

The summer movie season is upon us, which means a seemingly endless pile-up of superheroes, reboots, and sequels will crowd the multiplexes. While a very select few show some promise, we’ve set out to highlight a vast range of titles–40 in total–that will arrive over the next four months, many of which we’ve already given […]

‘Sollers Point’ Trailer: ‘Putty Hill’ Director Matthew Porterfield Returns with Another Baltimore-Set Drama

With his small-scale, deeply felt, and wonderfully-realized dramas, Matthew Porterfield has carved out an impressive eye for a Baltimore we don’t often see on screen. After earning acclaim on the festival circuit and elsewhere with Putty Hill and I Used to Be Darker, the director returns this summer with Sollers Point. Premiering at San Sebastián International […]

First Teaser for Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built,’ Among Cannes 2018 Lineup Additions

The complete Cannes 2018 lineup has now come into focus. After a number of announcements, the presumably final one has arrived and leading the pack is Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built (out of competition), Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s The Wild Pear Tree (in competition), and closing the festival is Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who […]

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Cannes-Bound ‘Shoplifters’ Gets Full International Trailer

As he preps for his newest film starring Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda is returning to Cannes with another feature. Shoplifters, Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Kengo Kora, Sosuke Ikematsu, Chizuru Ikewaki, Yuki Yamada, Yoko Moriguchi and Akira Emoto, will premiere in competition at Cannes, and now the full international trailer has arrived. With the story […]