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BAMcinemaFest Review: ‘En el Séptimo Día’ is a Compassionate Portrait of the Immigrant Experience

BAMcinemaFest 2017 ReviewIndependent; 90 minutes Director: Jim McKay Written by Ryan Swen on June 22, 2017  Discussing the ways in which fiction films shift between their linear, wholly narrative impulses and something approaching ethnography is among the most illuminating aspects of movies so deeply tied to a specific time and milieu. En el Séptimo Día, […]

Chadwick Boseman Fights for Freedom in First Trailer for ‘Marshall’

While Chadwick Boseman will be most seen as a superhero on the big screen, he’s no stranger to playing real-life icons. After Jackie Robinson and James Brown, he’s portrayed Thurgood Marshall for a new historical drama this fall, aptly titled Marshall, and now the first trailer has arrived. Directed by Reginald Hudlin (The Ladies Man, House […]

June 1977: When New Hollywood Got Weird

Last month, coverage of the 40th anniversary of Star Wars was understandably extensive, with pop-culture publications, daily newspapers, and TV media commemorating a film that by all rights changed the landscape of Hollywood, for better or worse. Conversely, there will likely be relatively little retrospective celebration for William Friedkin’s Sorcerer or Martin Scorsese’s New York, […]

Get Empowered Through Dance in Exclusive Stills from Sundance Winner ‘Step’

One of the most inspirational films at Sundance this year — so much so it won a specific Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking in its U.S. Documentary section — was Amanda Lipitz‘s Step. Following an inner-city, all-girls step dance team in Baltimore as they challenge themselves both on stage and off, they are empowered by their […]

Lily Collins is on the Road to Recovery in Trailer for ‘To the Bone’

Premiering at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, To the Bone marks the directorial debut of Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Marti Noxon. Led by Lily Collins, it tells the story of a young adult afflicted with anorexia and her battle in attempting to overcome it. Set for a release on Netflix next month, the first […]

Claire Denis Will Begin Production on Her Sci-Fi Drama ‘High Life’ Next Month

When Claire Denis announced her new film Let the Sunshine In and premiered it at Cannes just last month, some thought it signaled a further delay for her ambitious sci-fi feature High Life, but thankfully it looks like things are back on track. The project, starring Robert Pattinson, Patricia Arquette, Mia Goth, and Lars Eidinger, will be kicking off […]

Review: ‘Dawson City: Frozen Time’ Might Be the Ultimate Found Footage Film

Theatrical ReviewKino Lorber; 120 minutes Director: Bill Morrison Written by Jose Solís on June 21, 2017  There is a scholarly theory that proposes films are always telling the story of their creation, singing an endless song about their own history. That seemed to have been literally the case in 1978 when Frank Barrett, a construction […]

Daniel Day-Lewis Announces Retirement from Acting

Finally lending a bit of gravity and anticipation to his first collaboration with Paul Thomas Anderson since 2007’s There Will Be Blood, a.k.a. many people’s choice for this century’s greatest film, Daniel Day-Lewis has announced a retirement from acting. From his spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, comes the word, which reads: “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working […]

Isabelle Huppert Has a Musical Past in New Trailer for ‘Souvenir’

It’s not a major film festival without a new film from Isabelle Huppert. While Cannes saw the premieres of Happy End and Claire’s Camera, last fall a handful of films starring the actress came to TIFF and one was the drama Souvenir. Directed by Bavo Defurne, the film follows her as a factory worker whose semi-famous past […]

War is Hell in First Trailer for Miles Teller-Led ‘Thank You For Your Service’

As Miles Teller moves farther away from YA adaptations and comic book films and more towards fully-fledged dramatic work, the path hasn’t been so easy. Last year’s boxing drama Bleed for This didn’t make much of a mark, but he’ll try again this fall with the PTSD war film Thank You For Your Service. Ahead of […]