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‘A Star Is Born’ hits a high note with critics at Venice

It looks like the buzz and hype were real: A Star Is Born is coming out of the gates with a full “HAAAAAAAA AH AH AH AHHHHH” and finding critics falling over themselves to praise the film, Bradley Cooper’s direction and the performance and starpower of the Lady Gaga.  The Playlist’s Jessica Kiang says:  It’s particularly good in its rousing, …

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2019 Oscars: The State of the Foreign Language Film Oscar Race – Part 2

Venice and Telluride have just begun. Toronto has announced its lineup and starts in less than a week.  That means another installment of AwardsWatch’s The State of the Foreign Language Oscar Race is due and I am joined again by AW foreign correspondent Mina Takla. As of right now we have 14 official submissions for Oscar consideration including Cannes and Berlin …

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‘The Favourite’ offers a royal romp for Venice

One the fall’s major Oscar hopefuls, and featuring a wealth of juicy actress performances, The Favourite is appeasing critics left and right.  Lauded performances from Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz plus raves over the period detail, cinematography and costume design – on top of the rip-roaring screenplay, the film is already looking like well, a festival favourite.  It’s early …

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Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘ROMA’ takes Venice by storm

In his first film since the Oscar-winning space drama Gravity, Academy Award-winning director Alfonso Cuarón’s comes down to Earth for his most personal film yet, ROMA. Set in Mexico City and inspired by the women in his life, ROMA chronicles a year in the lives of a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City.  Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker Cleo …

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Hugh Jackman is Gary Hart in ‘The Front Runner’

A political scandal that changed the way we see and report American politics forever. Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman stars as the charismatic politician Gary Hart for Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman in the The Front Runner. The film follows the rise and fall of Senator Hart, who captured the imagination of young voters and was considered the overwhelming front runner for the …

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‘Destroyer,’ ‘Widows’ highlight 62nd BFI London Film Festival

Widows, the new film from Academy Award winner Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), will open the 62nd BFI London Film Festival, and the official competition lineup, which includes Karyn Kusama’s Destroyer and Alice Rohrwacher’s Cannes-winning Happy as Lazzaro, has been announced. The Best Film Award recognizes inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking and this year’s line-up showcases the enormous depth …

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‘First Man’ soars as the Venice International Film Festival opens

The 75th Venice International Film Festival kicked off with the world premiere of First Man from Academy Award winner Damien Chazelle. The film is his follow-up to his Best Director-winning La La Land. Reviews came in and were largely positive, if a bit more on the sheer spectacle and audacity of the film’s look and structure than the performances.  So …

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‘The Other Side of the Wind,’ the final film from Orson Welles, is finally here. Watch the trailer now.

In 1970, legendary director Orson Welles (CITIZEN KANE) began filming what would ultimately be his final cinematic opus with a cast of Hollywood luminaries including John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Susan Strasberg and Welles’s partner during his later years, Oja Kodar. Beset by financial issues, the production ultimately stretched years and gained notoriety, never to be completed or released. More than …

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First look: Trailer Nadine Labaki’s Cannes-winning ‘Capharnaüm’

The trailer for Nadine Labaki’s Jury Prize winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival is here and we have your first look.  Capharnaüm tells the politically charged story of a young Lebanese boy named Zain (Zain Al Rafeea) who announces that he wants to sue his parents “for giving me life.” After running away, he holds up at a decrepit fairground …

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