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SXSW Review: ‘Sadie’ is a Provocative, Emotionally Violent Coming-of-Age Drama

SXSW 2018 Review Independent; 92 minutes Director: Megan Griffiths Written by John Fink on March 15, 2018  While on its surface, Sadie is not an explicitly political film about the present American condition, it is a story of the “forgotten men and women” hidden from the public eye in various social contexts. Following a troubled young […]

Tilda Swinton to Star in Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s New Film ‘Memoria’

Having worked with Derek Jarman, Wes Anderson, Sally Potter, Luca Guadagnino, Bong Joon-ho, David Fincher, Lynne Ramsay, the Coens, and the list goes on, Tilda Swinton has better taste than just about any other actor. Her next role, however, is certainly the ultimate union of international cinema greats. It’s been revealed that she will star in the […]

‘Eighth Grade’ Trailer: Bo Burnham Revisits the Awkwardness of Adolescence in Directorial Debut

If comedy is best pulled from trauma, there are few moments in one’s life more distressingly rich to mine from than middle school. With his directorial debut Eighth Grade, comedian-turned-director Bo Burnham, now more than a decade removed for proper reflection, depicts the specific time period with all the spot-on crippling anxiety and all-consuming awkwardness. […]

Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde Experience ‘Life Itself’ in First Trailer

After mostly focusing on animation, scripting Tangled, Bolt, Cars, and more, Dan Fogelman jumped into live-action with Crazy, Stupid, Love., and then soon followed with his directorial debut Danny Collins, a good-natured, affable showcase for Al Pacino. He’s now returning this fall with Life Itself–no relation to Roger Ebert–starring Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Mandy Patinkin, Olivia Cooke, Laia Costa, […]

Walk Through Terrence Malick’s VR Experience ‘Together’

Following last year’s debut of Song to Song at South by Southwest Film Festival, a new project from Terrence Malick premiered at this year’s edition. The VR experience Together, which is directed by Malick and shot by cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (Silence, The Wolf of Wall Street, Brokeback Mountain), is a movement piece that incorporates the visuals of […]

The Film Stage Show Ep. 287 – A Wrinkle in Time

Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today, Michael Snydel, Bill Graham, and I travel the length and breadth of the universe in our conversation about A Wrinkle in Time, the newest film from Ava Duvernay. Subscribe on iTunes or see below to stream/download. Enter our giveaways, get access to our […]

Christian Petzold on ‘Transit,’ the Refugee Crisis, ‘The Sopranos,’ and Cinematic Rules

Barbara and Phoenix director Christian Petzold returned to Berlinale this year with Transit, without regular muse Nina Hoss for the first time since 2005’s Ghosts. Rather, the drama centers on Georg (Franz Rogowski), an escapee of a concentration camp who flees Paris just as the Nazis march in as the film depicts his few weeks in the […]

First Teaser for Paolo Sorrentino’s Silvio Berlusconi Biopic ‘Loro’

Following his Jude Law-led show The Young Pope, Italy’s Paolo Sorrentino is diving back into the world of features with a biopic on Silvio Berlusconi. Led by Toni Servillo, the star of his Oscar-winning The Great Beauty, as well as Ill Divo, it’s in fact two biopics. Titled Loro (aka Them), which is also a play on L’oro, meaning gold, it follows the media mogul who become Italy’s 50th Prime […]

First Trailer for Steven Soderbergh-Produced ‘Perfect,’ Scored by Flying Lotus

Not only is Steven Soderbergh directing new projects and movies at a fast clip (he’s currently shooting another feature with his iPhone at the moment), he’s also backing promising up-and-coming filmmakers. Eddie Alcazar, who premiered his Flying Lotus short film FUCKKKYOUUU at Sundance a few years back, is now returning to the festival circuit with his […]

First Trailer for Pablo Trapero’s ‘La Quietud’ Starring Bérénice Bejo, Edgar Ramírez & Martina Gusmán

After getting on our radar with The Clan a few years back, Pablo Trapero is back with his seemingly highest-profile film yet, the thriller La Quietud. Starring Martina Gusmán, Bérénice Bejo and Edgar Ramírez, it follows sisters who reunite to reflect on a haunted past and the ownership of their family estate in the backdrop of am Argentina […]