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NYC Weekend Watch: German Genre, ‘Dangerous Game,’ ‘Last Year at Marienbad’ & 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 […]

Robert Pattinson to Play Batman in Matt Reeves’ Superhero Film

After the last few years working with some of the best directors in Hollywood and beyond–Claire Denis, James Gray, the Safdies, and David Cronenberg, just to name a few–Robert Pattinson has been inching his way back into the studio arena. He’s set to star in Christopher Nolan’s next film, and now he’s been cast in […]

Montclair Review: ‘Ms. White Light’ is an Odd, Tender, and Quirky Life and Death Drama

Written and directed by Paul Shoulberg, the odd and occasionally profound dark comedy Ms. White Light features a unique profession at its core: the morality industry offering a niche product to consumers looking for a person to comfort their loved ones as they pass. A hospice nurse can pump them full of drugs, but the mortality […]

Montclair Review: ‘Jules of Light and Dark’ Features Love, Longing, and a Sparse Narrative

Set deep in the heart of Texas, Daniel Laabs’ Jules of Light and Dark explores the landscape of recovery as an unlikely friendship is formed between college student Maya (Tallie Medel) and divorced oil worker Freddy (Robert Longstreet). Both are coming to terms with past baggage as Maya recovers from a breakup with Jules (Betsy […]

Chris Rock Will Reboot the ‘Saw’ Franchise

The Saw series has already proved that titling something The Final Chapter (at least on home video) does not mean the end of the series, and now the horror franchise has been given another life yet again, this time from an unexpected source. Chris Rock, mostly recognized for his comedic work, has been given the task […]

James Gray Prepares Autobiographical Feature ‘Armageddon Time’

Hardly one to waste an opportunity, James Gray has already lined up his post-Ad Astra (coming this fall! maybe!) picture. Whatever can be said for how that oft-delayed project turns out, it’s seemingly given incentive to go somewhere familiar: Variety tell us the film, Armageddon Time, concerns his mid-80s upbringing in Queens’ Kew-Forest School, its […]

Watch: A Seance Begins in First Clip from Bertrand Bonello’s ‘Zombi Child’

One of the best directors working today, Bertrand Bonello continually pushes boundaries in thrilling ways. Following his provocative terrorist thriller Nocturama, he’ll be paying homage to Jacques Tourneur with his next film, Zombi Child, premiering in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight tomorrow. Starting in 1962 in Haiti, it finds a man brought back to the dead, then 55 […]

The B-Side – John Singleton

Welcome to The B-Side, from The Film Stage. Here we explore movies from established stars that flopped at the box office, have been forgotten by time, or remain hidden gems. These aren’t the films that made them famous or kept them famous. These are the other ones. Today, however, we break the mold to celebrate […]

Joanna Hogg on Finding the Heart of ‘The Souvenir,’ the Perfect Frame, and Looking Ahead to Part Two

After a trio of impressive films that arrived fairly quietly to the United States, Joanna Hogg’s fourth film marks a genuine breakthrough for the director, in both expanding her scope in a singular way and delivering a story with immense emotion.  As I noted in my review from the Sundance world premiere, The Souvenir tells both a […]

The Film Stage Show Ep. 347 – Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today, Michael Snydel, Bill Graham and I are joined by Dominick Suzanne-Mayer to put on some deerstalker hats and investigate Pokémon Detective Pikachu. Subscribe on iTunes or see below to stream. We are also now on Spotify and Stitcher! Enter our giveaways, get access […]