Films In Focus

Nair Film To Open Venice

The 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival will open with the out-of-competition screening of Indian/American filmmaker Mira Nair’s thriller THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST. The film, which stars Riz Ahmen, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Live Schreiber and Martin Donovan, is an … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Fantasy Muse

Following up on one of the indie hits of the past decade is a hard act to follow. The film LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE was not only one of the biggest box office indie grossers of the period but also was … Continue reading

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Mystical Reality In Louisiana

You may not recognize the name Hushpuppy or yet identify with the scrappy survivors of the Louisiana delta community known as the “bathtub”, but that is about to change, as the Sundance sensation BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD hits theaters … Continue reading

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An American Original

George Plimpton, author/athlete/aesthete/social critic, was an American original. A new film on his romantic and discursive life is having its world premiere this week at the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival, one of the most prestigious showcases for non-fiction film … Continue reading

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Love In The Suburbs

Writer/director Todd Solondz is a film poet of the suburbs. Drawing on his own experiences in the arid climes of suburban New Jersey, he has produced an oeuvre filled with desperate characters clutching at the evasive gifts of happiness and … Continue reading

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Demy Directorial Debut

AMERICANO, the feature directorial debut of writer/director/actor Mathieu Demy opens in New York on Friday, June 15 prior to a national rollout. The fictional film draws on some autobiographical references, since Demy is the son of famed filmmakers Agnès Varda … Continue reading

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Cannes’ Wildest Experiment

HOLY MOTORS, the latest film fantasmagoria from French director Leos Carax, was probably one of the strangest and most divisive films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. A true love-it-or-hate-it art film, the wildly experimental film drew scattered boos but … Continue reading

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Haneke Film Stunner

Austrian director Michael Haneke has a reputation for creating solidly unsentimental fare that sometimes tests his audience’s capacity to absorb his particular brand of shock and awe. Never eschewing graphic violence, the director also has mined the regions of psychological … Continue reading

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Anderson Film To Open Cannes FF

MOONRISE KINGDOM, the latest film by American director Wes Anderson, will open the Cannes Film Festival later this month. The film, technically Anderson’s first period piece, is set during the 1960s, when a young boy and girl (Jared Gilman and … Continue reading

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Sundance London Lineup

Sundance is coming to London. The venerable Sundance Film Festival is making its first official foray into Europe by hosting a 14-film program at the inaugural Sundance London Film And Music Festival, which takes place at the the 02 stadium … Continue reading

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