Film

Lily Tomlin Shines in the Feisty, Charming ‘Grandma’

“I told her, ‘I wrote something for you,’ and she lost her appetite immediately.” And that, according to writer/director Paul Weitz, is how he introduced Lily Tomlin to Grandma, which made its New York premiere last night in the Spotlight section of the Tribeca Film Festival. The film, which co-stars Julia Gardner, Marcia Gay Harden, Laverne Cox, Sam Elliot, and Judy Greer, was one of the biggest crowd-pleasers of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Sony Pictures Classics picked it up for release later this year, with talk of an Oscar campaign for Tomlin — and for good reason. She’s dynamite in it. … Read More

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Watch the Beautiful Trailer for the Animated Adaptation of ‘The Little Prince’

The beloved literary classic The Little Prince is coming to the big screen with the debut of an animated adaptation … Read More

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“There’s No Prescription”: Christopher Nolan and Bennett Miller on Influences, Fatherhood, and the Ending of ‘Inception’

The question was bound to come up; what’s surprising, really, is that a half-dozen other questions were asked before it did. But the Q&A portion — and the hour itself — was nearly over for Monday’s Tribeca Film Festival “Tribeca Talk” between filmmakers Chris Nolan and Bennett Miller when a fan raised his hand, bounded to his feet, and said, “So at the end of Inception…” The audience roared in recognition and cheered; they were Nolan-ites, and here was one who was speaking the language. … Read More

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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘A Girl Walks Home,’ ‘Everly’

For the second week in a row, one of last year’s terrific indie genre movies is hitting Blu-ray (for us physical media diehards; never give up!) and Netflix (for you streamers; I do not understand you but I embrace you) on the very same day. This week, the gem in question is A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and it’s joined on the new release shelf this week by an entertaining, blood-soaked shoot-‘em-up and re-releases of a Renoir classic, a ‘70s coming-of-age fave, and one of the most iconic action movies of the 1980s. … Read More

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Courtney Love on Spending Time With Kurt Cobain Through ‘Montage of Heck,’ His Mystery Illness, and Their Sex Tape

Brett Morgen’s Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is shaping up to be one of the year’s biggest music documentaries, and Sunday night the film finally made its New York premiere at the Tribeca Film Fest. With it came Courtney Love. In a candid conversation following the film, Love, Morgen, and Rolling Stone contributing editor Neil Strauss discussed the film’s unprecedented access, unconventional use of mixed media from Cobain’s personal archives, and intimacy… in the form of a long-lost Kurt and Courtney sex tape the couple tried to record… Read More

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Watch Salma Hayek Devour the Heart of a Giant Albino Beast in Trailer for Matteo Garrone’s ‘The Tale of Tales’

Between the ruthless realism of Gomorrah and the buoyant — but still frightening — absurdity of his tale about a Big… Read More

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Provocative Documentary ‘CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap’ Asks, “Where Are All the Women in Tech?”

Early in Robin Hauser Reynolds’s new documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap (which premiered yesterday at the Tribeca Film Festival), Pixar director of photography and general badass Danielle Feinberg tells a story from when she was a teenager, taking a class in mechanics, in which they would take apart a broken lawnmower and put it back together, trying to fix it in the process. She was the only girl in the class. At the end of the project, they all lined up to try (and fail) to start their lawnmowers; she went last, and the kick of watching it roar to life is a feeling she still holds on to. It’s thrilling to buck expectations and thrash stereotypes — even if, in the case of computer science, said expectations and stereotypes are so confounding. … Read More

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The Stoner Canon: Essential Weed Movies, Books, Music, and TV Shows

Pot-smoking and pop-culture consumption go hand in hand: do the former, and you run the risk of only wanting to partake in the latter. So it makes some sense that pop culture has taken ample advantage of pot. At its funniest, it’s given us the stoner comedy of Richard Linklater, the Coen Brothers, Amy Heckerling, and Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. At its trippiest and most philosophical, it yielded some of the greatest art of (and set in) the ’60s and ’70s, from The Beatles to Dylan, Fear and Loathing to Inherent Vice. Then there are the more lively party-stoner creations, represented here by hip-hop touchstones The Chronic, Missy Elliott, and The Beastie Boys. Farther afield, we get the inadvertent stoner favorite, a diverse subset that ranges widely, from Adventure Time to David Lynch’s Eraserhead. Each of these categories is well represented in Flavorwire’s Stoner Canon, which we’re proud to present in celebration of… Read More

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Silent Film Sex Symbols: The Men

Ebertfest, an annual film festival founded by late movie critic Roger Ebert (now hosted by his wife and fellow film lover Chaz Ebert), brought the sexy to Illinois audiences this year. One of the festival highlights was a screening of Rudolph Valentino’s 1926 drama The Son of the Sheik, which was the silent screen legend’s last picture. A sex symbol of the ‘20s, whose life and death created a national frenzy, Valentino’s reputation as Hollywood’s “Latin Lover” was solidified by his “Sheik” roles. The actor was the most talked-about sex symbol of the silents, but he was hardly the only male star to make audiences swoon. Here are ten other silent film heartthrobs who didn’t need dialogue to heat up the silver screen. … Read More

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