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Berlinale 2017 Winners Include ‘On Body and Soul,’ Kim Min-hee, ‘The Other Side of Hope,’ and More

A certain mutant send-off may have gotten the most global attention out of the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, but if one retracts their claws, some of the finest in major international cinema comes into focus. Ahead of our picks of the best of the festival, the jury has delivered their awards. Led by Paul Verhoeven, the […]

U.S. Trailer for Acclaimed Documentary ‘The Settlers’ Explores Life in the West Bank

With a filmmaking career extending to 35 years, the Romanian-born, Israeli-raised director Shimon Dotan (Repeat Dive, The Finest Hour, You Can Thank Me Later) will bow his latest film in U.S. theaters next month. The Settlers present audiences with the harsh reality that Jewish people who live along the West Bank face today. After earning acclaim following its […]

Enter ‘The Void’ in First Teaser for John Carpenter-Esque Horror Film

With horror recently enjoying an arthouse renaissance, another film that looks to fit the bill will arrive this year. The first teaser trailer for director Jeremy Gillespie’s (Father’s Day) latest horror film The Void has now arrived. Last year, the film stopped by Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas where it made an blood-splattered impression with […]

Berlin Review: ‘Félicité’ is a Structurally Adventurous African Drama

Berlin 2017 ReviewIndependent; 123 minutes Director: Alain Gomis Written by Ed Frankl on February 18, 2017  A wild and adventurous fourth feature from French-African director Alain Gomis, Félicité find ourselves in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the world’s most dangerous places and a hard place in the best of times to […]

Berlin Review: ‘Have a Nice Day’ is a Tarantino-Esque Slice of Contemporary Greed and Crime

Berlin 2017 ReviewIndependent; 75 minutes Director: Liu Jian Written by Rory O’Connor on February 18, 2017  Liu Jian’s Have a Nice Day won’t be mistaken for anything less than an utterly contemporary piece of Chinese filmmaking but, as the title might tell you, it’s also a film seeped in 1990s American pop culture. Channeling the […]

Berlin Review: ‘A Fantastic Woman’ is a Dazzling, Fiery Drama

Berlin 2017 ReviewSony Pictures Classics; 104 minutes Director: Sebastián Lelio Written by Ed Frankl on February 17, 2017  Chilean director Sebastián Lelio’s follow-up to his 2013 hit Gloria is a dazzling companion piece that once again focuses on a woman’s resilience in a world where what doesn’t kill you doesn’t necessarily make you stronger. Timely […]

Berlin Review: ‘Logan’ Sees Hugh Jackman Lay Down the Claws with Remarkable Class

Berlin 2017 Review20th Century Fox; 135 minutes Director: James Mangold Written by Rory O’Connor on February 17, 2017  It will be a little worrying for some readers to consider that it’s been 17 years since Hugh Jackman first broke out the adamantium claws. Since then, the affable Aussie megastar has enjoyed nine outings as the […]

Cary Fukunaga to Tell Story of Hiroshima with ‘Shockwave’; Sam Raimi Eyes Bermuda Triangle Picture

Continuing his “auteurist TV here, prestige picture there” pattern, Cary Fukunaga may follow Beasts of No Nation and forthcoming Netflix series Maniac with a recounting of the Hiroshima bombing — an ambitious-sounding project in no small part because it’s taken after such a comprehensive piece of material. Per Deadline, he’s conspiring with scribe Hossein Amini (Drive) […]

Armie Hammer Gets Stranded in Hostile Territory in First Trailer for ‘Mine’

The first trailer has arrived for American Sniper 2 — err, sorry — Shooter 2 — no, sorry — Mine! Starring Armie Hammer — coming off what looks to be his best performance yet in Call Me By Your Name — the military thriller follows his sniper Mike who, after a failed assassination, is stranded in the desert with a slew […]

Berlin Review: ‘Joaquim’ is an Ambitious, Flawed Historical Epic

Berlin 2017 ReviewIndependent; 97 minutes Director: Marcelo Gomes Written by Ed Frankl on February 17, 2017  “Gold ruins everything. First the land, then the man.” That’s the gist of Marcelo Gomes’ ambitious historical epic, set in 18th-century Brazil when the South American colony’s people and resources were being exploited under Portuguese oppression. A fictional tale […]