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The Film Stage Show

The Film Stage Show is the official podcast of The Film Stage. From independent discoveries to foreign favorites to Hollywood blockbusters, we cover it all on a weekly-plus basis. Hosted by Brian Roan, Michael Snydel, and Bill Graham, each review episode features an in-depth discussion of the featured film, while special episodes include roundtable discussions, […]

Review: ‘Proud Mary’ Undercuts Taraji P. Henson’s Talents

Theatrical ReviewScreen Gems / Sony Pictures Releasing; 89 minutes Director: Babak Najafi Written by Jared Mobarak on January 13, 2018  The first trailer for Proud Mary hit the internet in July of 2017. After that came a few badass 70s-style James Bond-like posters with star Taraji P. Henson in shadows, gun drawn. It was hard […]

Review: ‘Saturday Church’ Tells a Generic Coming-of-Age Story with Conviction

Theatrical ReviewSamuel Goldwyn Films; 90 minutes Director: Damon Cardasis Written by Andrew Ward on January 12, 2018  Saturday Church is the sort of debut indie feature that would be best played with the sound off. In some ways, this is more of a compliment to the film’s virtues than a criticism. In today’s supersaturated, content-driven, […]

NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Magnolia,’ ‘The Abyss,’ ‘Memories of Underdevelopment’ & 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 […]

New to Streaming: ‘A Ghost Story,’ The Films of Lars von Trier, ‘Blame,’ 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 […]

Joaquin Phoenix Brings Retribution in U.K. Trailer for ‘You Were Never Really Here’

Considering it has yet to be released in the United States, or stop by any festivals here, it was quite a feat for Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin follow-up You Were Never Really Here earned a spot in our top 25 films of 2017, which shows just how much our international contributors adored it. Starring […]

‘Tully’ Trailer: Charlize Theron, Diablo Cody, and Jason Reitman Reteam

Celebrating its 10-year-anniversary this past fall, Juno marked a breakthrough for Jason Reitman, which he followed up with the equally-acclaimed Up in the Air. In the years since then it’s been more of a rocky road. I embraced the darkness of Young Adult, but it certainly didn’t click with others, then Men, Women & Children […]

Listen to Jonny Greenwood’s Full Score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread’

Counting down the 25 best scores and soundtracks of the past year, coming in at the top spot is the newest work from one of the greatest continuing collaborations in filmmaking: Johnny Greenwood’s score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest work. Now available to stream in full, the Radiohead member’s work is a shimmery, deeply moving orchestral triumph. […]

Aliens Invade in U.S. Trailer for Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s ‘Before We Vanish’

When it comes to the U.S. distribution of Kiyoshi Kurosawa films, we often learn about their arrival just before they debut. Following the VOD-only release of Daguerrotype last fall, this is certainly the case for his sci-fi invasion feature Before We Vanish. Following a Cannes premiere and ahead of a February release, a new trailer […]

Lesley Manville on the Power Dynamics in ‘Phantom Thread,’ Deleted Scenes, and PTA’s Humor

The casting of Lesley Manville in Phantom Thread led some to believe Paul Thomas Anderson might be taking on a sprawling, character-filled Mike Leigh-esque look on London society, with a touch of inspiration from his mentor Robert Altman. However, his latest film quickly reveals itself to be a chamber drama (or comedy) and a more minor, but no less integral part […]