Watch Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene in ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’ Trailer

Carey Mulligan has kept a low profile since Baz Luhrman’s 2013 The Great Gatsby, in which she starred as the… Read More

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‘The Babadook’ and the Real-Life Terrors of Parental Horror

The Babadook, the gripping new horror film from Australian director Jennifer Kent, is a movie filled with terrifying sequences and things jumping out from the dark, but for this viewer, the scariest scene in it happens in broad daylight. Single mother Ameila (Essie Davis) is at the park, chatting with a friend as her son Samuel (Noah Wiseman) frolics on the playground equipment nearby. As the conversation escalates in intensity, Samuel starts yelling for his mummy to watch him. She doesn’t. The music gets more harrowing, the close-ups get tighter, the kid yells louder — and I could barely keep my eyes on the screen. I’ve been at the playground with my kid; I know the danger of zoning out, for even a second. In that scene, and throughout the film, Kent is tapping into something far more unnerving than serial killers or the supernatural: the everyday terror of being a parent. It’s an approach that has produced some of the scariest movies of our time. … Read More

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10 Fascinating Films Set in a Single Location

Sisters are reunited at a secluded estate in the woods in Mona Fastvold’s brooding, restrained study of family dysfunction in The Sleepwalker. “The unplanned sibling visit turns into a socially awkward weekend getaway. There’s table banter and after-dinner dancing (to instrumental Yo La Tengo) in the vast, lamp-lit parlor,” writes Jordan Hoffman for The Guardian. “These scenes glide along, evolving into near surrealism once our characters turn in for the night and succumb to the titular somnambulism.” Relying on emotional performances, the remote house serves as the movie’s primary location — a striking manifestation of the sisters’ “self-contained universe” — where the dark family history unravels. We look at other films that find their inspiration from single locations, reflecting the interior world of their characters. … Read More

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Watch Hugo Weaving and Nicole Kidman in the Compelling Trailer for ‘Strangerland’

Strangerland looks to be a small film. It’s set in rural Australia. It’s about two children who disappear during a… Read More

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‘Happy Valley’ Points a Camera at How Colleges and Communities Deal With Abuse

Amir Bar-Lev’s documentary Happy Valley opens up at a Penn State football game. In glorious, colorful, slow-motion shots, we see the joy that comes out of football: the fans with faces painted white and blue, the cheerleaders’ perfect yells, the teeming wave of people coming together for this particular moment. There is a community that forms around football here in State College, Pennsylvania, the “Happy Valley” where Penn State’s campus is located. It is nearly perfect. There is a mural featuring some of the community’s heroes, like the Penn State football coaches. It is ripe for a fall. … Read More

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Jason Reitman to Direct Nick Hornby-Penned Film About A Family of Bank Robbers

Jason Reitman has not had a great time lately. Two of his last three films — schlock-fests Men, Women, and Children… Read More

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The 8 People You Meet in a Screwball Comedy

This week, the Criterion Collection released a sparkling new Blu-ray and DVD edition of Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night, best known as one of only three movies (along with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Silence of the Lambs) to win all of the Big Five Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay. And it swept those awards for good reason: it’s a zippy, fast-talking, sexy gem. But the 1934 smash is also widely acknowledged as the first true “screwball comedy,” a subgenre that would dominate studio comedy for the better part of a decade. And it features an assortment of colorful characters that would be replicated, repurposed, and supplemented throughout the genre’s dominance, and in scores of subsequent homages and tributes. Here’s a brief introduction. … Read More

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Miley Cyrus to Cover “Look What They Done to My Song, Ma” for ‘Free the Nipple’ Film

Miley Cyrus, who has long been a proponent of the #freethenipple movement, has just announced that she’ll… Read More

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Watch: Patti Smith and David Lynch Discuss Pussy Riot, Aging, Artistry and Severed Ears

The Fondation Cartier in Paris organized a discussion between late-sextaguenarian icons David Lynch and Patti Smith. Together, in a room that looked… Read More

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Longform You Have to Read: The Extraordinary Life of Mike Nichols

In a world where you have more options for satisfying longform reading than ever, your friends at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, being classic pieces of work, or just by a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, we’re paying tribute to the late Mike Nichols, the legendary director and entertainer who passed away this week. … Read More

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