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At the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Present is Female

From left; Zhao Shuzhen, Awkwafina and director Lulu Wang on the set of The Farewell The San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest running film festival in the Americas, is about to embark on its 62nd year and with it brings one of its strongest lineups of female-directed and female-led films ever. 72 women directors in all (including co-directors) make …

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Review: ‘Sorry to Bother You’

Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson in Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You (Annapurna) Coonery, buffoonery, toxic masculinity, feminism, identity, and Black lives matter are among the many themes tackled in Boots Riley’s directorial debut film Sorry To Bother You. Think of this as an avant-garde, dystopian, social satire that uses racial dynamics in the workplace as a catalyst for exploring …

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Interview: ‘Destroyer’ screenwriters Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi

From left; Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi at the premiere of Destroyer at AFI Fest, November 13, 2018 Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi have hit the spectrum in their Hollywood screenwriting career, ranging from the smallest of indies like The Invitation to huge blockbusters like Clash of the Titans and Ride Along. Like many of their screenplays, the process took …

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Nicole Kidman seeks revenge and redemption in thrilling trailer for Karyn Kusama’s ‘Destroyer’

Photo: Annapurna Pictures The trailer for Destroyer, featuring one of Nicole Kidman’s most transformative performances, is here.  Destroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell (Kidman) who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work …

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Frontrunner Friday – Annapurna in flux; category changes

After last week’s drops of trailers for Vice and The Mule, this week’s Frontrunner Friday brings us a few changes that may or may not affect the status of a handful of films and performances. The big news is that Annapurna suffered a big loss with the stepping down (firing?) of its president Chelsea Barnard this week as the fledgling …

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‘Vice’ trailer puts Christian Bale’s Dick Cheney front and center

Academy Award winner Christian Bale is back to his transformation tricks, this time morphing into former Vice President Dick Cheney, the mastermind behind the Iraq War and so much more. As a previous Secretary of Defense and White House Chief of Staff under the Nixon, Ford and first Bush presidencies, Cheney oversaw decades of US government actions in countries around …

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Watch the stunning new trailer for Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Academy Award-winning writer/director Barry Jenkins’ first film since the Best Picture Oscar-winning Moonlight is If Beale Street Could Talk, his adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel – the first English-language feature film based on the work of the author, to whom the movie is dedicated.  Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple’s unbreakable …

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Toronto Review: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ (★★★★)

KiKi Layne and Stephan James in ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Barry Jenkins follows up his Oscar-winning Moonlight with another masterpiece;  a lush, visual love story and the first ever film adaptation of James Baldwin’s work It doesn’t take long to fall in love with Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk. In the film’s opening shot, a gorgeous crane movement …

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