The 6 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Interstellar,’ ‘Life Itself’

This week’s 800-pound gorilla on the home viewing scene is Christopher Nolan’s monster hit Interstellar, which gets a gorgeous transfer and a ton of extras. But if that blockbuster space epic isn’t quite your speed, there’s an abundance of other options (even more than we usually spotlight): two rediscovered gems from the ‘40s and ‘50s, one of the classics of international cinema, possibly the best documentary, oh, ever, and the latest from one of the makers of that documentary. … Read More

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And Now ‘Mulan’ is Getting the Disney Live-Action Remake Treatment

In what is becoming 2015’s most depressing cinematic trend (who’re we kidding, second most depressing—I mean, “cinematic… Read More

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What We — and the Church of Scientology — Learned From the ‘Going Clear’ Controversy

After two-plus months of sponsored tweets, film-critic pushback, Google ad buys, and an often desperate attempt at spin control that ultimately did nothing to disprove characterizations of utter control freakery, the Church of Scientology’s worst nightmare came true last night: Alex Gibney’s incendiary and excellent adaptation of Lawrence Wright’s scorching CoS exposé, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, aired on HBO. It proved, true to prediction, a bit of a bombshell, with viewers taking to social media to express shock over the film’s allegations of physical abuse, blackmail, kidnapping, wiretapping, celebrity control and more. … Read More

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Jon Hamm’s ‘Mad Men’ Contract Prevented Him From Playing Ben Affleck’s Role in ‘Gone Girl’

Ben Affleck’s trademark doofy smile has skewed impressions of him: despite being one of the smarter forces in Hollywood, his characters can seem ineffectual… Read More

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10 Essential European Teen Films

Despite a focus on identity, sexuality, and relationships, the teen film genre varies widely from country to country. While the best American movies about young adults tend to focus on the comedic aspects of growing up, European cinema often integrates the social and political climate of the time and place into its narrative. “The difference between European and American teens is that the majority of European parents are aware of their children’s actions,” writes the Los Alamos Monitor. This attitude translates to cinema, where American parents are often the clueless target of the joke, while European families are frequently integrated into the plot. To accompany Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s The Tribe, which will show as part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s New Directors/New Films series, here are ten other essential European teen… Read More

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