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NYFF Review: Saturday Fiction

World War II and its surrounding years have seen all sorts of filmic representation on the big screen, from blood-and-guts, boots-on-the-ground soldiering to the devastation of Nazi genocide. The most traumatic event in 20th century Western...

 
 
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Review: The Addams Family

They're cree-py and they're koo-ky, mysterious and spoo-ky, they have a brand new mov-ie, the Ad-dams Fa-mi-ly; An an-im-at-ed fea-ture, so gather to a seat-yer, gonna-wan-na be-here, The Ad-dams Fa-mi-ly.

 
 
 
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Review: Lucky Day

Following the emergence of Quentin Tarantino in the early '90s, audiences the world-round were at least tantalized by the fan-to-filmmaker's cocktail of pop culturally-savvy criminals and explosive violence. The Tarantino brand would evolve...

 
 
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NYFF Review: The Whistlers

For as copious and dime-a-dozen film noir crime stories were at a time, and how prolific their influence has remained over the decades, there's always the odd film that comes along that puts its own little spin on the formula. The tropes ar...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Review: First Love

When history's overtaken all of us, I think Takashi Miike's will be a name left standing. For one thing, the Japanese genre-master is capital-P prolific. 2017's Blade of the Immortal was touted as his 100th feature film, and since then he's...

 
 
 
 
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Travel back to 1917 in a featurette for Sam Mendes' WWI film

After a pulse-pounding trailer, the newly-released mini-doc for Sam Mendes' upcoming World War I film 1917 highlights its high-wire war story while keying us in on some technical talk. The film is apparently being edited to give the illusi...

 
 
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New trailer for The Irishman has the makings of an epic

Yeah, this looks terrific. Hot off the presses from Netflix is a new, expansive trailer for Martin Scorsese's long-cooking mob epic The Irishman, narrowing in on the story of the man who allegedly killed Jimmy Hoffa.

 
 
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Review: Ad Astra

Space is increasingly becoming less of the final frontier, and more so just another spectacle us mere mortals have grown accustomed to, don't you think? Me, the idea of interstellar travel still blows my mind, but James Gray's Ad Astra give...

 
 
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Game of Thrones' final big Emmy win feels a bit off

So the Emmys were on the other night. In an entertainment landscape where the lines between feature films and television series are becoming blurrier than a drunken Lannister’s vision, these awards are an increasingly big deal.

 
 
 
 
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Review: Loro

Paolo Sorrentino seems most comfortable around the wealthy. Since Il Divo, one of the Italian art filmmaker's now-11 year old features, his films have doted in and out of the wealthiest of circles. In that film we were swept away by the cor...

 
 
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Review: Hustlers

Contemporary films owe a lot to Goodfellas, don't they? Ray Liotta's Henry Hill, narrating his extralegal escapades with hindsight and a deadpan drawl, has become an iconic method of storytelling. This isn't even to mention Scorsese's wild ...

 
 
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Bask in the glory of Disney+'s day one lineup

We knew Disney+ would provide an massive, landslide-esque rush of content from the vaults of Burbank that would no doubt shock and overwhelm a streaming audience already burning through content like tissue paper (though Netflix might be cha...

 
 
 
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Battle at Big Rock is a new Jurassic World short film

We'd heard about the dino-surprise that would hit small screens this past weekend, but after premiering on FX last night, Universal has unleashed their new Jurassic World short film, Battle at Big Rock, on the Internet. And this ain't...

 
 
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Review: The Goldfinch

John Crowley's adaptation of The Goldfinch was almost destined to come up short no matter how you slice it. Donna Tartt's 2013 critical-darling of a novel would top book lists and sweep awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Tart...

 
 
 
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IT could be getting a supercut combining both chapters

Ready for even more debilitatingly-scary, dimensional-hopping clowns? Our own Jesse Lab found It Chapter Two's lengthy runtime to drag, and its welcome fizzle out, box office numbers on the Stephen King sequel would still indicate a wh...

 
 
 
 
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Joker takes top prize at the Venice Film Festival

Clearly people are head-over-heels for Todd Phillips' Joker. The marketing campaign and its trailers have garnered overwhelmingly positive chatter on social media, early reviews are mostly glowing, and excitement for a fresh take on the com...

 
 
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The Hawkeye series has found its showrunner

Hawkeye is set to be one of the bigger sells in Marvel Studios' push of content for Disney+, with Jeremy Renner set to reprise his role as the titular arrow-slinger. The streaming series is also to see the debut of Kate Bishop, who would ta...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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