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Todd Haynes on Campaigning for ‘Carol’ and the Historical Appeal of ‘Wonderstruck’

26 years, 6 movies, and 1 miniseries since winning the grand Jury Prize with his debut film Poison at Sundance, Todd Haynes remains a remarkably difficult auteur to pin down. He made his first short while still in high school but decided to focus on semiotics in university instead. That knowledge would nevertheless bleed into […]

Review: ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Stumbles in its Search for Laughs

Theatrical ReviewLionsgate/Summit; 118 minutes Director: Patrick Hughes Written by Dan Mecca on August 16, 2017  Though it’s clear The Hitman’s Bodyguard, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds, is built to be action-comedy comfort food, it’s a bit too comfortable for its own good. Directed by Patrick Hughes (responsible for the underseen gem Red Hill), there are […]

John Woo Gets Back into Action in the First Trailer for ‘Manhunt’

After a decade-long stint in Hollywood, which includes the likes of a bombastic Mission: Impossible entry and the infinitely rewatchable Face/Off, in the last decade, John Woo has mostly stuck to large-scale Chinese epics which haven’t quite made a splash stateside. However, that could change which is next project, which finds him returning to his action […]

‘Gemini’ Trailer: Lola Kirke Discovers a Mystery in Aaron Katz’s Neo-Noir

After his comedic-tinged drama Cold Weather and the hilarious, touching Iceland-set adventure Land Ho!, we’ve been waiting some time for writer-director Aaron Katz’s next feature. Gemini finally debuted at SXSW earlier this year and while we’ll have to wait until next spring for the theatrical release, NEON has now debuted the first trailer. Sporting impressive style […]

Previewing TIFF 2017’s Boundary-Pushing Wavelengths Program

The true highlight of Toronto International Film Festival every year is the Wavelengths program, an expertly curated selection of the most boundary-pushing cinema from around the world. Led in particular by the programming vision of Andréa Picard, also known for her  contributions to Cinema Scope since its inception, it acts as its own mini-festival of sorts. We were […]

First Trailer for Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ Finds a Family Falling Apart

Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer premiered at Cannes Film Festival earlier this year where, like The Lobster, it made audiences squirm. In our review, Giovanni Marchini Camia said that Lanthimos “creates a gripping and steadily intensifying sense of foreboding” while also noting the film was “inordinately vicious” and that “one can’t help but be disgusted by […]

Review: ‘Lemon’ is a Miserabilist Comedy That Finds Humor in Humiliation

Theatrical ReviewMagnolia Pictures; 85 minutes Director: Janicza Bravo Written by Jason Ooi on August 16, 2017  Lemon opens with a title card disclaimer: “This film was photographed and recorded in its entirety in Los Angeles, California.” It’s clear why the setting is important. This isn’t Hollywood, home to celebrities and various success stories. This is […]

Locarno Review: Ben Russell’s Hypnotic Mining Documentary ‘Good Luck’ Shows Two Sides of a Tough Gig

Locarno 2017 RerviewIndependent; 143 minutes Director: Ben Russell Written by Rory O’Connor on August 16, 2017  There is a symbol at the beginning, middle and end of Good Luck. It is a simple geometric circle with a horizontal line evenly separating top from bottom. Does it represent above ground and below; Northern and Southern Hemispheres; […]

Anya Taylor-Joy Reteams with ‘The Witch’ Director Robert Eggers for ‘Nosferatu’ Remake

The Witch’s Anya Taylor-Joy and Robert Eggers are reuniting for another tale of terror, with the actress set to star in Eggers’ remake of F. W. Murnau’s silent classic Nosferatu. Eggers, a production designer who rose to prominence with his acclaimed directorial debut The Witch (or The VVitch, if you want to be a jerk […]

First Trailer for Noah Baumbach’s ‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)’

A new Adam Sandler movie is coming to Netflix, but don’t run away just yet. Rather than being part of his own comedy deal with the streaming giant, he’s starring in the latest film from Noah Baumbach. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), also starring Ben Stiller, Emma Thompson, and Dustin Hoffman, follows a family […]