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Barry Jenkins to Direct Chadwick Boseman in ‘Expatriate,’ Shares ‘Phantom Thread’ Reaction

It’s been quite the past year for Barry Jenkins. After earning acclaimed for his breakthrough feature Moonlight, it went on to win Best Picture in a surprising, welcome victory and now he’s already begin working on his follow-up, an adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk (which nearly made the top spot on […]

Trailer Round-Up for Sundance Film Festival 2018 Premieres

Starting this week, the 2018 Sundance Film Festival gives us a first glimpse at the year in cinema, but even if you won’t be at Park City, we’re rounding up an initial glimpse at the premieres. After highlighting our most-anticipated films, bookmark this page for a continually-updated round-up of trailers and clips, kicking off with the […]

Our Most-Anticipated Films at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

Comprising a considerable amount of our top 50 films of last year, Sundance Film Festival has proven to yield the first genuine look at what the year in cinema will bring. Now in its 40th iteration, we’ll be heading back to Park City this week, but before we do, it’s time to highlight the films we’re most looking […]

‘The Commuter’ Cinematographer Paul Cameron on Creating Tension, Spatial Coherence, ‘Collateral,’ and Tony Scott

The current state of action cinematography owes a debt to Paul Cameron. Along with being on the forefront of the digital revolution with his stunning night-time work on Collateral, he also collaborated with Tony Scottt on films which have an experimental visual energy simply missing from the genre today. His latest feature, The Commuter,  finds […]

Review: ‘The Road Movie’ is a Greatest Hits of Russian Dash-Cam Insanity

Theatrical ReviewOscilloscope; 67 minutes Director: Dmitrii Kalashnikov Written by Jared Mobarak on January 15, 2018  I’d like to know the regulations for automobile tires in Russia because Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s dash-cam compilation documentary The Road Movie has too many violent fishtails and gravity-enforced overturns to not have its audience infer the country as being riddled with […]

The Film Stage Show Ep. 279 – The Commuter

Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today, Michael Snydel, Bill Graham, and I are joined by Allison Shoemaker to talk about the newest film from Jaume Collet-Serra, The Commuter, starring Liam Neeson. We also spend a weird amount of time pitching the new John Wick-inspired TV series coming […]

The Film Stage Show Ep. 278 – Call Me By Your Name

Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today, Michael Snydel, Bill Graham, and I review Call Me By Your Name, the newest film from Luca Guadagnino. Be warned: this conversation gets intense at a certain point, but once the flames die down and the ashes settle, Michael and I […]

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, […]