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SXSW Review: ‘Thunder Road’ is a Wholly Original One-Man Portrait of a Fractured Soul

SXSW 2018 Review Independent; 91 minutes Director: Jim Cummings Written by John Fink on March 16, 2018  Uncompromisingly challenging at times, Jim Cummings’ feature-length adaptation of his award-winning 2016 short film Thunder Road offers a unique portrait of a tightly wound lawman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Cummings stars as Patrolman Jim Arnaud, a mild-mannered […]

First Teaser for Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Shoplifters’

With his stellar drama After the Storm getting a U.S. release last year, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda will likely return to Cannes this year with a new feature. Only recently completing production, Shoplifters stars Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Kengo Kora, Sosuke Ikematsu, Chizuru Ikewaki, Yuki Yamada, Yoko Moriguchi and Akira Emoto. The story follows a family of shoplifters who […]

All is Lost for Shailene Woodley in First Trailer for ‘Adrift’

In what is unfortunately based on true events and not just Open Water 2, Shailene Woodley’s latest role sets her out to sea. Director Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns, Everest) is looking to get into the harrowing romance business as he will tell the tale of hurricane-crossed lovers stranded in the ocean in the upcoming Adrift. […]

New to Streaming: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ ‘Jane,’ ‘Mimosas,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles […]

NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Chelsea Girls,’ Al Pacino, ‘Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day’ & 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 […]

Review: ‘Love, Simon’ Will Hopefully Pave the Wave for Better Gay Rom-Coms in Hollywood

Theatrical Review 20th Century Fox; 109 minutes Director: Greg Berlanti Written by Daniel Schindel on March 15, 2018  Besides being gay, Simon Spier is a completely traditional millennial teen movie protagonist. He’s played by a 20-something, sleeps in a ridiculously over-designed bedroom, and has musical tastes much older than his age group. That one big […]

Alexander Payne to Direct ‘The Burial’

While his most ambitious film was also his most disappointing, Alexander Payne’s Downsizing still deserves a look if you missed it in theaters. Thankfully, it hasn’t taken long for the director to bounce back as news of his follow-up has already arrived. He will next direct the drama The Burial for Amazon Studios, Deadline reports, […]

Kristen Stewart Will Play Jean Seberg in ‘Against All Enemies’

The French New Wave has been immeasurably influential for the past many decades of emerging filmmakers. The appreciation has recently taken on a new level as a few films are actually recreating the period in historical biopics. Next month Michel Hazanavicius’s Jean-Luc Godard biopic will be released, and now Kristen Stewart is lining up a […]

Review: The Twisted ‘Flower’ is a Great Showcase for Zoey Deutch, but Wilts by the End

Theatrical Review The Orchard; 90 minutes Director: Max Winkler Written by Murphy Kenefick on March 15, 2018  Equal parts vulgar and endearing, Flower joins the ranks of recent female-led comedies such as Ingrid Goes West and The Edge of Seventeen that force you to empathize with the main character, regardless of how unlikable they may […]

SXSW Review: ‘Being Frank’ is as Messy as the Legacy of its Subject’s Creation

SXSW 2018 Review Independent; 100 minutes Director: Steve Sullivan Written by John Fink on March 15, 2018  It’s never an easy feat to examine cultural phenomenons when the people telling the story are close to the subject, but Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story makes a valiant if flawed effort. Steve Sullivan’s exploration of Chris Sievey, […]