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Paul Schrader Reteams with Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe for ‘Nine Men from Now’

Needless to say, the follow-up to our #1 film of the year blips on the radar a little more strongly. Word has recently emerged, thanks in no small part to Erick Weber hearing it from the man himself, that Paul Schrader will follow First Reformed with Nine Men from Now, a western starring Willem Dafoe and […]

A24’s ‘The Hole in the Ground’ Gets First Trailer Ahead of Sundance Premiere

Last year at Sundance Film Festival saw the premiere of A24’s Hereditary, which went on to be the company’s biggest hit worldwide. Do they have another horror hit debuting at the festival this year? Lee Cronin’s directorial debut The Hole in the Ground will premiere in Park City and we now have the first trailer. Following […]

Steve McQueen to Direct WWII Documentary ‘The Occupied City’

Following his first three films–Hunger, Shame, and 12 Years a Slave–Steve McQueen took a different path with Widows, carving a female-led heist thriller that still bore his signature style. The director is now forging ahead on his next project, which will see his switch to the nonfiction arena as he looks back into the mid-20th […]

Review: ‘The Standoff at Sparrow Creek’ Shows the Monstrousness of Complicity

The film begins in total silence to the point where you wonder if something went wrong with the sound. The camera pans through still trees until finding Gannon (James Badge Dale) on the ground with rifle ready to take out the deer we can assume is somewhere out of frame. It’s only when we hear […]

Review: ‘The Upside’ is an Anemic Remake Jolted by Comedic Chemistry

Hearing the logline for The Upside one might be forgiven for assuming that they could predict the beats of the film act by act. After all, after viewing nearly a century of films in which two men from vastly different racial and economic backgrounds are forced together through the machinations of outrageous fortune, how much variation […]

Review: ‘Perfect Strangers’ Captures a Dinner Party Gone Awry Through Modern Technology

If the movies have taught us something is that nothing good ever comes from dinner parties. So when the seven friends in Manolo Caro’s Perfect Strangers get together for an evening of food and drinks, one can’t help but squirm a bit in preparation of what’s to come. That feeling of “something’s coming and it […]

NYC Weekend Watch: Lubitsch, ‘Kaili Blues,’ ‘Celine and Julie Go Boating’ & 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: ‘First Man,’ ‘Milla,’ ‘Y Tu Mamá También,’ ‘Annihilation,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here. Annihilation (Alex Garland) Without all its wild ideas and analogies, this would […]

Netflix Announces Martin Scorsese’s New Bob Dylan Doc ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’

Martin Scorsese continues his long, strong tradition of music-focused docs by focusing once more on Bob Dylan, but don’t expect something kin with his more strait-laced (and excellent all the same) No Direction Home. Variety have learned that Netflix will, this year, unveil Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, described as “part documentary, […]

‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ Trailer: Jake Gyllenhaal & Rene Russo Reteam with ‘Nightcrawler’ Director Dan Gilroy

While his last film Roman J. Israel, Esq. didn’t earn as much acclaim as Nightcrawler, this writer found it to be a more fascinating, idiosyncratic character study. Dan Gilroy is now back his third film, Velvet Buzzsaw, which reteams him with Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo in the story of the strange world of fine-art trading. […]