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Elisabeth Moss and Michael Stuhlbarg to Lead Josephine Decker’s ‘Shirley’

Coming hot off her major success with Madeline’s Madeline at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, director Josephine Decker’s next directorial outing is reportedly already nearing production. Slated to start shooting sometime this summer, Decker’s new film is a biological thriller titled Shirley, and is based on the Susan Scarf Merrell book of the same name. […]

‘Li’l Quinquin’ Cinematic Universe Expands in First Trailer for Bruno Dumont’s Sequel ‘Coincoin and the Extra-Humans’

Bruno Dumont – the French auteur director of acclaimed films Ma Loute, Hors Satan, Flandres, L’Humanite, La Vie De Jésus, and Jeannette, l’enfance de Jeanne d’Arc – is no stranger to the Cannes Film Festival, as each of the aforementioned films have premiered there. It’s no surprise then that the festival made an exception to […]

First Trailer for Jim McKay’s ‘En el Séptimo Día’ Captures Immigrant Life in Brooklyn

“En la comunidad hay poder. En los números hay fuerza.” Translated to English, this line means “There’s power in community. There’s strength in numbers.” Spoken in first trailer for En el Séptimo Día, this sentiment embodies the essence of Jim McKay’s newest film. Having spent the past few years directing various high-profile television shows like […]

Watch Three Hours of Documentaries on Philip Roth

This is not an obituary for Philip Roth. It is first true that the late author’s influence and ubiquity is such that those are, today, nearly impossible to miss, and thus the number of readily available, worthwhile details eventually winnows down to nearly zero; it is also true that this writer’s love of the Newark native reaches an […]

First Trailer for Paul Dano’s Remarkable Directorial Debut ‘Wildlife’

One of the best films I saw at Sundance Film Festival this year was Wildlife, the directorial debut of Paul Dano. Starring Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould, Bill Camp, and Jake Gyllenhaal, the film, written by Dano and Zoe Kazan, is a remarkably assured look at the dissolution of a family. After recently stopping by Cannes and […]

First Trailer for Paweł Pawlikowski’s Cannes Winner ‘Cold War’ Brings Romance and Political Strife

After winning the Oscar for his austere drama Ida, Paweł Pawlikowski returned this year, premiering his latest film Cold War at the Cannes Film Festival, where he earned Best Director. While Amazon Studios won’t release it until later this year, it lands in Poland in just a few weeks, which means the first international trailer […]

Review: ‘Goodland’ is a Tense Thriller with Noir Undertones

There’s nothing like some yokel conversation to introduce a film’s environment while also foreshadowing the ensuing plot. It’s easy to dismiss the aging gas station owner and his even older customer’s back and forth about a wolf seen a few miles away because neither is listening to the other. The former explains how it was […]

Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ Stephen King, ‘Caddyshack,’ and Summer Reading

Welcome to almost-summer! That means it’s time to think summer reading. Fans of cinema will find plenty of recent gems to read here, along with some bonus novels, a visual feast for Beatles junkies, and a Blu-ray release of one of David Lynch’s most fascinatingly divisive films. Let’s start with a new look at films […]

A Family is Torn Apart in U.S. Trailer for Xavier Legrand’s Venice Winner ‘Custody’

Custody, also known by its French title Jusqu’à la garde, tells the seemingly familiar story of a messy divorce, and the inherent conversation of child custody that comes along with it. However, director Xavier Legrand ups the ante by shifting the tone to be electrifying rather than simply dramatic, and this tonal augmentation can be […]

‘Star Wars’ is to Blame for the Delay of Leos Carax’s Next Film

It’s been six long years since Leos Carax premiered Holy Motors at the Cannes Film Festival and we’ve been awaiting his follow-up ever since. Gestating for a many number of years, his English-language musical Annettte tells the tragic story of a stand-up comedian whose opera singer wife is deceased. He then finds himself alone with his […]