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Netflix Expands Criterion Collection Presence With Four New Films Coming to Library

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Netflix is expanding its presence in the Criterion Collection library’s slate of essential films past and present. In addition to the previously announced debut of “Roma” in every cinephile’s favorite home video library, Netflix will now be adding “The Irishman,” “Marriage Story,” “American Factory,” and “Atlantics” to the Criterion Collection. Though Netflix has yet to announce street dates for the newly announced pack of titles, “Roma” will hit Criterion on DVD and Blu-ray February 11, with these four additions set to follow later in 2020.

Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic “The Irishman” will mark the director’s third film to be featured in the Criterion Collection, alongside his swooning Edith Wharton adaptation “The Age of Innocence” and searing epic “The Last Temptation of Christ.” Director Noah Baumbach, meanwhile, can add “Marriage Story” to his preexisting Criterion selections “Frances Ha,” “The Squid and the Whale,” and “Kicking and Screaming.”

The Irishman
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‘This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection’: A Textile Folk Ballad That Will Shake You To The Very Core [Sundance Review]

After jolting audiences with a striking opening shot playing with light exposure — the blurry image of a horse writhing against a villager jabbing at the animal with a javelin — ‘This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection’ cuts to a slow 360-degree pan, the camera revolving around a lesiba player: a South African musical bow instrument with a throaty hum that squeaks and bellows with the harmonious murmur of a dying bird.

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Slamdance: Duplass-Produced ‘Thunderbolt in Mine Eye’ Tackles Love and Sex for Gen Z — Trailer

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Slamdance: Duplass-Produced ‘Thunderbolt in Mine Eye’ Tackles Love and Sex for Gen Z — Trailer
Those looking for an alternative to the 118 feature films unspooling at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival will be wise to check out Slamdance, which runs concurrently to Sundance in Park City, Utah, and launches Friday, January 24. One standout among Slamdance’s narrative features is “Thunderbolt in Mine Eye,” executive-produced by unstoppable indie duo Mark and Jay Duplass, as part of their ongoing efforts to bolster new voices via their Hometown Heroes partnership. Funded via Seed&Spark, this is the first film to come out of the Duplass brothers’ new collaboration, and IndieWire has the exclusive first trailer below.

Directed by Sarah Sherman and Zachary Ray Sherman, “Thunderbolt in Mine Eye” follows a brainy 14-year-old who embarks on the awkward journey of first love — with her brother’s best friend! — all the while exploring her budding feminism at her high school. “’Thunderbolt’ has no business being as sweet, smart, and accomplished as it is.
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Sony Is Developing A New ‘Anaconda’ Film In The Same Vein As ‘The Meg’

If you’re a film fan that grew up at the right time in the ‘90s, you might have a certain guilty-pleasure love affair with the creature feature, “Anaconda.” Starring Jon Voight, Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, and Owen Wilson, the film is far from acclaimed and, honestly, is pretty terrible, but there’s something about it that has helped it live on a cult classic with its overabundance of camp.

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‘Les Misérables’: French Cinema Is Insular, and Director Ladj Ly Wants to Shake It Up

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‘Les Misérables’: French Cinema Is Insular, and Director Ladj Ly Wants to Shake It Up
Ladj Ly’s racially charged feature debut, “Les Misérables,” which won the 2019 Jury Prize at Cannes, was selected by France’s Oscar committee as the country’s submission for the international feature film competition. It was a historical decision, as it marked the first time that France chose a film by a black filmmaker to represent it at the Academy Awards.

Now officially nominated in the category, should it win, it would set another record: the first time that a film by a black filmmaker has won the Oscar in the seven decades the category has existed.

Ly faces stiff competition, with Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” almost guaranteed to win the category. However, Ly understands the context of his nomination for his career, but for other black French filmmakers as well.

“You can probably count the number of black filmmakers in France on one hand, because French cinema is
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‘Run This Town’ Trailer: Ben Platt Stars In This Political Thriller From SXSW That Will Stream On Twitter

One of the standouts from last year’s SXSW, the new film “Run This Town” is perhaps most notable, not for its awesome cast or the film’s content, but for the recent deal between film studio Oscilloscope and Twitter. For the first time ever, Twitter will now stream films, and the social media platform is beginning this quest with this new political thriller.

Read More: Damian Lewis’ Transformation Into Disgraced Mayor Rob Ford Is The Most Interesting Thing You’ll See All Day

Back in 2018, we were shocked when set pictures dropped of actor Damian Lewis under all sorts of prosthetics to play controversial Canadian political figure Rob Ford.

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‘The Fight’ Review: ‘Weiner’ Team Follows the Aclu in Inspiring, Infuriating Documentary

Near the end of Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, and Eli Despres’ “The Fight,” one of the documentary’s central subjects, Aclu deputy director Lee Gelernt, is preparing for a quick hit on NBC News. The lawyer, best known for his work for immigrants’ rights, is minutes away from a live appearance discussing the state of the Aclu’s lawsuit against the government for its family separation policies. As the clock ticks down, a breaking news alert diverts everyone’s attention elsewhere: to the latest ruling in another Aclu-involved case, this one involving President Trump’s transgender military ban. Gelernt is forced to pivot, preparing talking points and official reactions before he’s thrust onto live television to sound off on yet another one of the over 100 lawsuits the American Civil Liberties Union has filed since Trump took office. It’s perhaps the most illustrative moment in the latest film from the trio behind “Weiner,
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Sundance Embraces Streaming, Even As It Weighs the Risks

Sundance Embraces Streaming, Even As It Weighs the Risks
It’s always an honor to be one of the titles that premiere on opening night at the Sundance Film Festival, and this year there were eight. Three are available for acquisition: Next selection “Summertime,” Midnight’s “Bad Hair,” and World documentary “The Painter and the Thief” The other five were already spoken for: Music Box had “The Perfect Candidate,” while Netflix had two documentaries and a feature, and Showtime offered the first four episodes of a docuseries.There’s the Barack and Michelle Obama executive-produced “Crip Camp,” the Taylor Swift documentary “Miss Americana” and the French-language “Cuties,” along with Showtime’s “Love Fraud.” And with that outsized presence of what once seemed anomalous — TV and streamers, at Sundance! — there’s a measure of reckoning for the festival long defined as a marketplace for theatrical distributors to pick up indie breakouts and low-budget hidden gems.

Sundance itself is well aware of the potential discrepancy.
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‘Murmur’ Gracefully Explores The Tough Road To Redemption [Slamdance Review]

When you’ve let someone close to you down, and disappointed yourself in the process, the path to acceptance and re-establishing an emotional equilibrium can seem monumental. In a culture suffused with wellness mantras and self-care walkthroughs, glossy packaging and soft colors often don’t acknowledge that righting a wrong or taking the steps toward healing the scars inflicted by a mistake or lapse in judgment can feel overwhelming. Canadian filmmaker Heather Young taps into those nuances of the redemptive path in her debut feature “Murmur.” This finely-tuned, observational drama is a compelling portrait of a woman trying with quiet desperation to rebuild the fallen pieces of her life.

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‘The Undoing’ Teaser: Nicole Kidman Loses It in HBO’s Unsettling ‘Big Little Lies’ Followup

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‘The Undoing’ Teaser: Nicole Kidman Loses It in HBO’s Unsettling ‘Big Little Lies’ Followup
Nicole Kidman returns to HBO this May as a woman in crisis for the upcoming limited series “The Undoing,” which just released its first teaser. From the sights and sounds of this unsettling first look at the series, Kidman will sink her teeth into a juicy psychological thriller, based on the novel “You Should Have Known” by Jean Hanff Korelitz.

Here’s the official synopsis: “The limited series ‘The Undoing’ stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant as Grace and Jonathan Fraser, who are living the only lives they ever wanted for themselves. Overnight a chasm opens in their lives: a violent death and a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child (Noah Jupe) and her family.
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“Forgiveness is a Big Part of the Movie”: Director Lynne Sachs on her Slamdance-Premiering Doc, Film About a Father Who

Lynne Sachs has been making films since Drawn and Quartered in 1986. Her latest, the documentary Film About a Father Who, screens January 24, the opening night of Slamdance. Her father, Ira Sachs, Sr., helped turn Park City, Utah, into a destination resort. In documenting his life, Sachs uncovers a web of secrets. Film About a Father Who will also screen at Doc Fortnight 2020, MoMA’s Festival of International Nonfiction Film and Media on February 11 and 14. Sachs’ 2019 tribute A Month of Single Frames (for Barbara Hammer) will screen in the series on February 8. Filmmaker spoke with […]
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“Forgiveness is a Big Part of the Movie”: Director Lynne Sachs on her Slamdance-Premiering Doc, Film About a Father Who

Lynne Sachs has been making films since Drawn and Quartered in 1986. Her latest, the documentary Film About a Father Who, screens January 24, the opening night of Slamdance. Her father, Ira Sachs, Sr., helped turn Park City, Utah, into a destination resort. In documenting his life, Sachs uncovers a web of secrets. Film About a Father Who will also screen at Doc Fortnight 2020, MoMA’s Festival of International Nonfiction Film and Media on February 11 and 14. Sachs’ 2019 tribute A Month of Single Frames (for Barbara Hammer) will screen in the series on February 8. Filmmaker spoke with […]
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‘Spinning Out’: Kaya Scodelario & January Jones Can’t Stop This Melodrama From Whirling Out Of Control [Review]

With Kaya Scodelario and January Jones on the payroll, it’s frankly astonishing “Spinning Out” landed on Netflix earlier this month with little fanfare. The natural assumption? This figure skating series must be terrible. As it turns out, while that’s not totally wide of the mark, creator Samantha Stratton (“Mr. Mercedes”) also has a couple of tidbits in store for viewers that might be worthwhile – even those with zero interest in the chilly sport or similarly chilly human interplay.

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Ewan McGregor & Chris Messina Awkwardly Confirm That The ‘Birds Of Prey’ Villains Are Gay

From a pure marketing standpoint, there’s no denying that Warner Bros. is trying to show that “Birds of Prey” isn’t your typical superhero film. Sure, there’s the fact that the film is focused on anti-heroes and carries an R-rating, but this is also supposed to be a badass movie led by a group of women. That’s something that isn’t seen in superhero films very often (or at all). Well, there’s likely going to be another aspect that is going to separate the film from others in the genre—sexuality.

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“Not Your Regular Scented Candles”: Natalie Erika James | Relic

Whether capturing or creating a world, the objects onscreen tell as much of a story as the people within it. Whether sourced or accidental, insert shot or background detail, what prop or piece of set decoration do you find particularly integral to your film? What story does it tell? One prop in Relic that’s not necessarily integral to the plot, but certainly tells the story of the film is the grandmother, Edna’s, candles. Not your regular scented candles, but these hefty candles that are carved intricately into blooming designs with layers of hand-dipped wax. We establish these candles quite early […]
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“Not Your Regular Scented Candles”: Natalie Erika James | Relic

Whether capturing or creating a world, the objects onscreen tell as much of a story as the people within it. Whether sourced or accidental, insert shot or background detail, what prop or piece of set decoration do you find particularly integral to your film? What story does it tell? One prop in Relic that’s not necessarily integral to the plot, but certainly tells the story of the film is the grandmother, Edna’s, candles. Not your regular scented candles, but these hefty candles that are carved intricately into blooming designs with layers of hand-dipped wax. We establish these candles quite early […]
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14 Films Not to Miss at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival

Always a bellweather for the health — artistic as well as business — of the American independent film scene, the Sundance Film Festival began yesterday in Park City, Utah, preceded by more than the usual amount of pre-fest news and drama. On the positive front, Sundance 2020 is something of a launch party for a new documentary financing and production company, Concordia, formed by filmmaker Davis Guggenheim and former Participant Media production president Jonathan King, in partnership with Laurene Powell Jobs’s Emerson Collective. One quarter of the Documentary Competition slate boasts the Concordia logo. And then distressingly there’s Oprah Winfrey’s withdrawal as […]
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14 Films Not to Miss at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival

Always a bellweather for the health — artistic as well as business — of the American independent film scene, the Sundance Film Festival began yesterday in Park City, Utah, preceded by more than the usual amount of pre-fest news and drama. On the positive front, Sundance 2020 is something of a launch party for a new documentary financing and production company, Concordia, formed by filmmaker Davis Guggenheim and former Participant Media production president Jonathan King, in partnership with Laurene Powell Jobs’s Emerson Collective. One quarter of the Documentary Competition slate boasts the Concordia logo. And then distressingly there’s Oprah Winfrey’s withdrawal as […]
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‘The Undoing’ Trailer: Life Unravels For Nicole Kidman In HBO’s New Drama Series

HBO had no shortage of popular series and programs in 2019. The film adaptation of “Deadwood” had fans brimming with excitement, while new series’ “Euphoria” and “Watchmen” captured new audiences. And now, for 2020, the network hopes to capture some of the “Big Little Lies” fandom for the upcoming series, “The Undoing.”

Read More: The 60 Most Anticipated TV Shows Of 2020

Oscar and Emmy winner Nicole Kidman stars in “The Undoing.” The series is an adaptation of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s book “You Should Have Known, The Undoing,” and is written by David E.

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“It Serves as a Physical Manifestation of Climate Change and the Challenges to Rebuild”: Ron Howard | Rebuilding Paradise

Whether capturing or creating a world, the objects onscreen tell as much of a story as the people within it. Whether sourced or accidental, insert shot or background detail, what prop or piece of set decoration do you find particularly integral to your film? What story does it tell? The closest thing we had to a set was the town of Paradise as the film really celebrates the resilience and courage of the community. The Campfire is the most important visual in the film. Beyond the palpable impact on the film’s subjects and the residents of Paradise, it serves as […]
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