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Experience the Birth of Black Independent Cinema in Exclusive Trailer for Oscar Micheaux Retrospective
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105 years ago this year, the birth of Black independent cinema commenced when Oscar Micheaux released his silent feature The Homesteader. While that 1919 film, along with most of the pioneering director’s silent work, has been lost, 17 of Micheaux’s...
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Jim Jarmusch Scores Four Avant-Garde Classics In Trailer for Man Ray: Return to Reason
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It’s at least autumn before we see Jim Jarmusch’s first film in five years, but his latest contribution is larger than most can manage: Sqürl, his musical outfit with Carter Logan, scored four newly restored shorts from the legendary Man...
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40 Films to See This Summer
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The summer season is upon us and, per each year, we’ve dug beyond studio offerings to present an in-depth look at what should be on your radar. From festival winners of the past year to selections coming straight from Cannes...
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Humane Review: Caitlin Cronenberg’s Directorial Debut Offers Bloody, Gut-Punch Twists and Turns
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To paraphrase former White House Chief of Staff Tom Card, whispering in the ear of George W. Bush: a second Cronenberg offspring has made a movie. Whereas her older brother Brandon Cronenberg has more openly sought to replicate the visceral,...
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The Film Stage Show Ep. 535 – Civil War (with Ryan McNeill)
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Welcome to a new episode of The Film Stage Show! Brian Roan and Robyn Bahr are joined by Ryan McNeill to discuss Alex Garland’s Civil War. Enter our giveaways, get access to our private Slack channel, and support new episodes...
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Robot Dreams Trailer: An Unlikely Friendship Forms in Pablo Berger’s Oscar-Nominated Animation
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While Hayao Miyazaki deservedly took home the Oscar for The Boy and the Heron, another nominee is well worth your attention. Pablo Berger’s Cannes favorite Robot Dreams, which had an awards-qualifying run way back in December (solidifying it as a...
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TCM Classic Film Festival Turns 15 with Se7en 8K IMAX Restoration, Lawrence of Arabia and The Searchers on 70mm & More
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“If you hear a fire alarm, take it seriously,” the woman at the podium announced. “Proceed calmly, but exit swiftly. This was a step beyond the standard “put away your cell phones” introduction, but this was no ordinary movie––we were...
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Back to Black Review: Amy Winehouse Biopic is a Ghoulish Interpretation of the Late Singer’s Troubles
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Bohemian Rhapsody should have been the final nail in the music-biopic coffin––instead, its near-billion box-office gross ensured it became Hollywood’s go-to template for a movie in this mold. Going beyond merely emulating its Walk Hard-like adherence to over-simplifying the highs...
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Zoë Kravitz Corrals an Ensemble In Trailer for Directorial Debut Blink Twice
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It helps to have friends. Look no further than the first trailer for Zoë Kravitz’s Blink Twice, which boasts a stronger ensemble than your average directing debut: Channing Tatum, Simon Rex, Adria Arjona, Haley Joel Osment, Alia Shawkat, Christian Slater,...
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Kiyoshi Kurosawa Ups the Mania In Teaser for Cloud
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What a pleasure it is to see Kiyoshi Kurosawa in his Hong Sangsoo period. The typically prolific filmmaker is having an especially verdant 2024: his medium-length Chime debuted at Berlinale to strong notices; Serpent’s Path, a remake of his 1998...
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