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Xavier Dolan’s New Film, ‘It’s Only the End of the World,’ Will Star Marion Cotillard and Léa Seydoux

Xavier Dolan (who most recently wrote/directed the hot-blooded Mommy) is already a huge name in Francophone cinema; in order… 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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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘A Most Violent Year,’ ‘The Immigrant’

There aren’t any giant, ubiquitous hits among this week’s new streaming and disc releases; instead, it’s our favorite kind of week, full of great picks for viewers who are willing to take a risk. We’ve got an intelligent and prickly crime thriller, a period melodrama full of life and force, a horror/comedy that’s simultaneously terrifying and charming, a rehabilitated ‘80s flick, and a terrific female buddy comedy. … Read More

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‘Two Days, One Night’ Uses a Fairy Tale Formula to Tell an Adult Morality Tale

It’s probably safe to assume that you recall the fairy tale of the Three Little Pigs. In case, however, you’re a folkloric vegetarian, it centers around a certain Big Bad Wolf who, like a wandering salesman, travels to the poorly constructed homes of three pig siblings, knocks on their respective doors, then begins huffing and puffing and blowing their houses down. His attack isn’t completely architectural: he then eats the pigs (all but the last, who, SPOILER, built his house out of bricks). But what, you might well ask, do the Three Little Pigs have to do with the Dardenne Brothers’ captivating new film, Two Days, One Night? More than you might think, in fact. … Read More

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Why Is the Weinstein Company Dooming Two of Its Best Oscar Prospects? [UPDATED]

If you have more than a passing interest in the Academy Awards, you’re probably well past the realization that the presumptive criteria for those awards — high quality — often has very little to do with the films that are nominated and awarded. Sure, merit doesn’t hurt, but it certainly isn’t necessary; far more important is the quality and quantity of a film’s Oscar campaign, mounted by studios and distributors with the intensity (and sometimes the cost) of a political operation, complete with advertisements, mailings, and glad-handing. And the modern Oscar campaign was perfected by Harvey Weinstein, the face of the Weinstein brothers, who turned Mirmax and the subsequent Weinstein Company into Oscar factories, via notoriously aggressive campaigning (and occasional alleged “dirty tricks” against opponents). And yet, as 2014 draws to a close, The Weinstein Company is all but burying two viable awards contenders — and the only plausible explanation is ego and spite. … Read More

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12 Must-See Movies at This Year’s New York Film Festival

Tonight, the New York Film Festival kicks off its 52nd (!) edition with the world premiere of David Fincher’s highly anticipated adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. We’ll have more on that film (and that premiere) in this space tomorrow, but in the meantime, we’ve had the chance to check out several other NYFF selections that are well worth your time over the next two weeks (should you happen to be in the area), or in the months to come as they make their way to your theaters and on-demand platforms. … Read More

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Will ‘Snowpiercer’s’ VOD Success Change the Film Industry?

In January of 2006, Magnolia Pictures released Bubble, a micro-budget, semi-improvised independent film about the employees of a small-town doll factory. Two things were notable about the picture: it was from Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh, and it was the first “multi-platform” release of note — it was released, simultaneously, to movie theaters, DVD, and video-on-demand (still in its infancy at the time). This was a big, huge deal in 2006; theater owners all but rioted over the potential collapse of their exclusivity window, and about the only playdates the film could wrangle were in the Landmark chain (co-owned by Mark Cuban, who, not coincidentally, also co-owns distributor Magnolia). … Read More

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