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Berlinale Review: Philippe Lesage’s Who by Fire Provides a Tempered and Muted Blaze 
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You’d expect the pivotal music cue in Philippe Lesage’s Who by Fire to be its namesake by Leonard Cohen, a beautiful and plaintive prayer of a song. But instead it’s The B-52s’ infectious slice of bubblegum “Rock Lobster,” initially seeded...
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Berlinale Faces Crisis as No Other Land Director Receives Death Threats and Berlin Mayor Threatens Artists
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Reviewing No Other Land out of Berlinale, Rory O’Connor described the “disorienting and dispiriting landscape” into which it was premiering. Quite an understatement to say the city of Berlin and its major-market festival fumbled through any response to the ongoing...
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Horizon: An American Saga Trailer: The First Two Parts of Kevin Costner’s Western Epic Arrive This Summer
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Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis isn’t this year’s only epic around which a director has staked much of their finances to fulfill. After owning television screens for the past few years, Kevin Costner is making his major return to the big...
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Berlinale Review: Mati Diop’s Golden Bear-Winning Dahomey Is a Fulminating Story of Restitution and Liberation
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In 1953, Alain Resnais, Chris Marker, and Ghislain Cloquet produced Statues Also Die, one of the fiercest and most lucid indictments of white imperialism ever captured on film. Commissioned by the magazine Présence Africaine, it sought to dissect Western attitudes...
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Martin Scorsese Hopes His Jesus Film Will Provide a Universal Sense of Peace, Not Answers
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After his Oscar-nominated epic Killers of the Flower Moon and a sci-fi Super Bowl ad, Martin Scorsese will return to the realm of faith for his next project. We recently learned his adaptation of Shūsaku Endō’s A Life of Jesus, which...
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NYC Weekend Watch: Jackie Brown and Out of Sight, Seven Samurai, Raoul Peck & More
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NYC Weekend Watch is our weekly round-up of repertory offerings. Museum of the Moving ImageA retrospective of snubbed performances brings the Ray Nicolette double-feature of Jackie Brown and Out of Sight, as well as The Heartbreak Kid, The Fugitive, and Top Hat; the...
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Berlinale Review: Direct Action Offers a Rousing, Immersive Study of Communal Living
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There’s a stretch of land in northwestern France that’s spent the past six decades fighting prospects of total annihilation. Plans to build a new international airport began to hover above Notre-Dame-des-Landes, a rural commune a few miles from Nantes, as...
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Exclusive Trailer for Kamila Andini’s Yuni Introduces an Indonesian Coming-of-Age Tale
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One of our favorite undistributed films of 2021 now has a home. Film Movement, who released Kamila Andini’s 2022 festival premiere Before, Now & Then in theaters last summer, has picked up the Indonesian director’s prior feature, the coming-of-age tale...
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The Best Movies Now Playing in Theaters
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We’re thrilled to launch a new feature on The Film Stage highlighting our top recommendations for films currently in theaters, from new releases to restorations receiving a proper theatrical run. While we already provide extensive monthly new-release recommendations and weekly...
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New to Streaming: All of Us Strangers, The Zone of Interest, Priscilla, Youth (Spring) & More
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Each week we highlight the noteworthy titles that have recently hit streaming platforms in the United States. Check out this week’s selections below and past round-ups here. All of Us Strangers (Andrew Haigh) There are many films about the devastating effects...
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