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CLOSE TO YOU Trailer: Elliot Page Faces His Family and His Past in Intimate, Observant Drama
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Elliot Page has been nothing but forthcoming about his transition. After a best-selling memoir detailing his experiences, Page is now ready to explore the issues trans people face on-screen in the new drama Close To You. Directed by BAFTA-winner Dominic Savage,...
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SUGARCANE Trailer: A History of Indigenous Trauma is Uncovered in Sundance-Winning Documentary
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Over the past few years, a series of exposés and media (see Killers of the Flower Moon) have shed light on various injustices inflicted on Indigenous populations throughout history. But nothing will truly prepare you for the earth-shattering truths uncovered...
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MOTHERS’ INSTINCT Trailer: Anne Hathaway & Jessica Chastain Contend with Loss & Paranoia in Psychological Drama
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Nothing is as haunting as when a mother loses her child. Mothers’ Instinct, the directorial debut of cinematographer Benoît Delhomme (At Eternity’s Gate) stars Anna Hathaway as a 1950s suburban housewife and mother whose son has a fatal fall from...
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LOCARNO 2024 LINEUP: New Films from Hong Sang-soo, Mohammad Rasoulof, and Radu Jude Among the Slate
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The Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland has announced the lineup for its 77th edition, taking place August 7 – 17. The variety of films features numerous highly-anticipated new titles and restorations from auteurs. Highlights include Hong Sang-soo’s By The...
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A Conversation with Catherine Breillat (LAST SUMMER)
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Last Summer was written and directed by Catherine Breillat. The film premiered in the main competition of Cannes in 2023. Breillat is a legendary French filmmaker who is responsible for masterpieces such as Fat Girl, Romance and, The Last Mistress....
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A Conversation with Ramona Diaz (AND SO IT BEGINS)
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Director Ramona Diaz (A Thousand Cuts) premiered her latest documentary about the Philippines, And So It Begins, at this year’s Sundance Film Festival (where I reviewed it). In the movie, Diaz covers the 2022 presidential election in that country, embedding...
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MY OLD ASS Trailer: Aubrey Plaza Tries To Guide Her Younger Self in Megan Park’s Sundance Comedy
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After bringing audiences to tears with her urgent directorial debut The Fallout, writer-director Megan Park delivers a more lighthearted and hilarious look at female adolescence in her comedy My Old Ass. Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year,...
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CRUMB CATCHER Trailer: A Maniacal Inventor Overstays His Welcome in Cringe Horror Comedy
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Writer-director Chris Skotchdopole puts a new spin on the home invasion thriller in his feature debut, Crumb Catcher. The film centers on a married couple whose newlywed bliss is interrupted when they are held captive in a remote lake house...
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CHRONICLES OF A WANDERING SAINT
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(Check out Chris Reed’s Chronicles of a Wandering Saint movie review, the film startsits theater rollout Friday, June 28. Seen it? Join the conversation with HtN on our Letterboxd Page.) Death may be no cause for joy, but sometimes the absurdities...
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THE CURBSIDE CRITERION: QUERELLE
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(Here at Hammer to Nail, we are all about true independent cinema. But we also have to tip our hat to the great films that continue to inspire filmmakers and cinephiles alike. This week, Jonathan Marlow takes a journey with...
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