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Lindsay Burdge Sparkles In The Delicious Psycho Sexual Thriller ‘Thirst Street’ [Tribeca Review]

To keep it indie 100 for a minute, and hopefully not sound too obscure, if indie filmmaker Alex Ross Perry was to Roman Polanski what his paranoiac feature “Queen Of Earth” was to Polanski’s “The Tenant,” then director Nathan Silver is to Rainer Werner Fassbinder what “Thirst Street” is to the German New Wave director’s “Lola.” Plus, well, throw […]

‘Trip To Spain’ Is Another Treat In The Delightful Food, Travel & Improv Franchise [Tribeca Review]

As a sort of litmus test, noted film critic Gene Siskel would ask of a film, “Is it more interesting than a documentary of the actors having lunch?” Michael Winterbottom’s trilogy of “The Trip”films effectively turn the question inside out, rendering the act of watching a pair of actors have lunch as something riotous, a […]

‘Fast & Furious 8’ Hits $900 Million Worldwide In Just Two Week, Repeats #1 Spot [Box Office]

The fastest film to reach $1 billion ever? That distinction goes to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which hit the mark in all of 12 days. “The Fate Of The Furious” isn’t quite there yet, but revving to a $908 million haul in 10 days is still super impressive. So yes, in case you were […]

New Release Dates: Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Red Sparrow’ & Films By Steven Spielberg, Steve McQueen & More

Guys, why just not deliver all these release dates at once? 20th Century Fox has been a leaky faucet this weekend with its announcements. The first drip came Saturday morning revealing the released dates for four “Avatar” films going through 2020-2025 (ha, like we’ll be alive by then). In the afternoon, Fox then unveiled details on […]

“Watch The Queen Conquer” – Margot Robbie Cast As Queen Elizabeth I in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’

Move over “Reign,” (sorry CW!) there’s a new adaptation of the historical Mary Stuart vs. Queen Elizabeth I royal feud in town. Margot Robbie is in talks to play Queen Elizabeth I opposite Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”) as Mary Stuart in Focus Features and Working Title’s “Mary Queen of Scots.” Josie Rourke (“The Vote,” “Saint Joan”) is […]

Engrossing Doc ‘A River Below’ Dives In Search Of Dying Amazon River Dolphins [Tribeca Review]

In the first 15 minutes of the documentary “A River Below,” director Mark Grieco introduces two unforgettable characters, and one mystery. First up is Fernando Trujillo, a conservationist who’s spent years leading a team that tracks the population of Amazon river dolphins—a.k.a. “pink dolphins” or “botos”—in order to warn Brazilians that careless native fisherman are […]

When Fantasies Kill: The Murderous Madness Of An Alt-Right Paranoiac In ‘A Gray State’ [Tribeca Review]

Not long into Erik Nelson’s tightly-packed and disturbing documentary “A Gray State,” discussing a December 2015 murder-suicide in a Minneapolis suburb that left filmmaker David Crowley, his wife Komel, and their five-year-old daughter Raniya dead, local journalist Cory Zurowski noted that it was “catnip for conspiracy theorists.” Why? Because for several years, Crowley had been […]

New Details Disclosed On The Tricked-Out, Tony Stark-Made Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Costume

It wouldn’t be an inaccurate statement to say the world’s most popular superhero was in limbo after Sony’s “Amazing Spider-Man” franchise reboot crashed and burned in 2014. While critics and fans have been reassured of Marvel Studios’ handling of Spider-Man due to Tom Holland’s (“The Impossible”) scene-stealing, plucky presence in “Captain America: Civil War” there […]

‘The Reagan Show’ Is A Comedic But Sober Documentary About Politics As Blooper Reel [Tribeca Review]

There’s a reason that Ronald Reagan is still called “The Great Communicator” all these years later, and it’s all on screen in Sierra Pettengill and Pacho Velez’s documentary “The Reagan Show,” making its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Eschewing both the cozily intimate style of modern political portraits like “Mitt” or the hard-hitting […]

New Details, Images & Creepy Videos Revealed For ‘Alien: Covenant’

The marketing campaign for Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” continues to surge forward with the release of two more new stills (three were released yesterday), a series of short goodbye films from each of the crew members, and new details regarding Michael Fassbender’s role in the film: Three recently revealed Michael Fassbender  as twin androids and more […]