The Film Stage

The People’s Joker Director Vera Drew on the Trans Awakening of Batman Forever and the Way Superhero Movies Could Survive
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After a year-and-a-half of copyright drama, The People’s Joker is finally here. The daring mixture of both tones and form will be sure to impress anyone, even those without a lick of investment in the DC subject matter it is...
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Janet Planet Trailer Unveils Annie Baker’s Superb Debut
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The nearly year-long span from discovering Janet Planet‘s existence to seeing a single frame was fraught with worry. What if the extraordinarily talented Annie Baker fumbled her transition into filmmaking? Nothing catastrophic, surely––no sane person’s faulting Michael Jordan for his...
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Watch: Jonathan Glazer Directs Scarlett Johansson In Shakespeare-Heavy Prada Ad
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Though likely shot before he gave literally the one Academy Awards speech worth anything on this godforsaken earth, we can submit his new Prada ad starring Scarlett Johansson as evidence that Jonathan Glazer––whatever that weird, genocide-denying Google Doc literally anyone...
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Nick Newman and the Brooklyn Center for Theatre Research Present Amnesiascope, a New Screening Series, on April 12
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Complementing recent work with the Roxy Cinema and BAM, I’ve begun a monthly screening series at the Brooklyn Center for Theatre Research. It’s called Amnesiascope and somewhat unique: a “blindfold” program wherein I pick the (rare, out-of-print) film and you...
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Palestinian Voices Speak In Exclusive Trailer for Sci-Fi Documentary Lyd
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Safe to assume the ongoing atrocities in Gaza will engender cinema, fiction and documentary alike, further into the future than we can imagine. Decades of aggression have yielded, in just this last year, the TIFF selection Alam and Berlinale winner...
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Park Chan-wook Lines Up Next Film The Ax with Lee Byung-hun and Son Ye-jin Attached
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Following up his noir melodrama Decision to Leave, Park Chan-wook ventured into the world of American television with the forthcoming Max series The Sympathizer, adapting Viet Thanh Nguyen’s acclaimed novel and teaming with Robert Downey Jr. With the limited series...
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Ken Loach on The Old Oak, Why Every Film is a Documentary, and Artistic Solidarity
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An expectation of finality has followed Ken Loach’s The Old Oak since its premiere at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. “When you’re doing it, you’re doing it, you just have to get a move on and get on with it,”...
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Watch Hal Ashby’s Long-Lost Neil Young Concert Film Solo Trans
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When none of us are generous enough to just buy an album (or join his notoriously unwieldy streaming service) there’s been a surge of reinterest as Neil Young makes his dizzyingly dense catalog freshly available on Spotify. Likely coinciding with...
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12 Films to See in April
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If the only April release was my top pick of the month it would be one of the finest lineups of the years, but thankfully there’s more to recommend. Featuring films about cinephilic obsession, subversive superhero tales, and what is...
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The People’s Joker Review: Superhero-Skewering Satire is Miraculous in Multiple Ways
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It’s a genuine miracle that The People’s Joker has managed to make it to screens unscathed, especially considering the legal battles which dogged the 2023 TIFF premiere could easily have left it trapped in the vault forever. Many of the...
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