Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017)
Syrian director Ziad Khalthoum secured the best non-fiction prize for “Taste Of Cement,” focusing on the dire situation for Syrian construction workers in Beirut. Lebanese helmer Lucien Bourjeily scored the special jury prize for the drama “Heaven Without People.”
Rounding out the feature awards, Algerian Sofia Djama took best director for the France-Belgium-Qatar production “The Blessed,” while Menha El Batroui earned the best actress nod for her work in indie Egyptian drama “Cactus Flower.”
Wonder and Paddington 2 both have kindness at heart - and both prove that the live action family movie can still hit big.
I’ve taken to this site several times in the past to bemoan the lack of quality live action family movies to take my offspring to over the years. That when they arrive, they tend to generally be cheap and cheerful, but not always very good. Instead, though, the bulk of films aimed at families tend to be animated. I’d wager at least 80% of them have some kind of talking animal.
No bad thing, as a rule. As much as I’m opposed to the kind of film that’s a surrogate babysitter when I’m paying £30 for the privilege, I’ve found more life, more story and more things to talk about in some animated features than you’d find in 100 live action alternatives.
Robbie kicked off the awards show circuit at the the 27th Annual Gotham Awards Monday night, wearing a glittering green Saint Laurent dress featuring a head-turning high slit and one-shoulder neckline. She teamed the look with black ankle-strap sandals and a tiny Roger
“Bombshell: The Heddy Lamarr Story” (Zeitgeist/Kino Lorber) enjoyed an excellent initial New York single theater showing, as yet another documentary about creative world figure drew unexpected interest.
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Two robust recent openers, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Fox Searchlight) and “Lady Bird” (A24), showed continued strength, pulling crossover interest
Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Phantom Thread”
Not a frame of Anderson’s latest has yet been seen by the public, nor is much known about it, but he’s the rare filmmaker whose name alone can stoke anticipation. The fact that this 1950s-set film about the fashion world also stars Daniel Day-Lewis, who plans to retire from acting, only piques interest further.
Easily the most divisive studio film of 2017, and presumably intentionally so, Aronofsky’s “Mother!” could curry favor among his fellow directors for the sheer boldness of his vision, as he and star Jennifer Lawrence ascend ever-escalating levels of madness.
“The Florida Project”
An indie darling du jour thanks to his sleeper “Tangerine,” Baker returned with yet another warm, sly-humored study of
The grosses in both cases are early results, but the films look in prime position for both greater success and maximum attention just as the awards jockeying is reaching high gear. And given that both are female-centered, and not historical figure-based like so many other titles, makes them even more vital at the moment.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox Searchlight) Metacritic: 86; Festivals include: Venice,
The new film by Martin McDonagh (“Seven Psychopaths,” “In Bruges“) follows Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand), who makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police, after months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case.
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Debut features dominate the nominations list, with the first-time writers, producers and directors of Lady Macbeth, I Am Not a Witch and God’s Own Country all recognised in the three newcomer categories – Debut Screenwriter, Breakthrough Producer sponsored by Creativity Media and The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director – as well as Best Screenplay sponsored by BBC Films, Best Director and Best British Independent Film.
Included in Lady Macbeth’s 15 nominations are nods for Florence Pugh, Naomi Ackie and Cosmo Jarvis for their performances; Naomi is nominated twice, for Best Supporting Actress and Most Promising Newcomer sponsored by The London Edition. The film has also been nominated for five technical categories, newly introduced this year, including Best Cinematography sponsored by Blackmagic Design,
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Whatever pre-conceived optimisms you have about this film, toss them out and refresh your expectations. This is not the snuggly-wuggly, starry-eyed portrayal you may have hoped for. Audiences expecting a partially animated, frolicsome romp will be largely disappointed when they find that their anticipated “hunny” pots and boisterous, bouncing tigers have been replaced with bits of adapted crude war footage and the minutiae of a writer-turned-veteran’s Ptsd-induced depression.
If you can get past that, then you’re in for a fairly satisfying ride, despite some meandering storylines. Though sad, it is a fascinating portrayal. Goodbye Christopher Robin explores the relationships
The year was 1843, the great author (a manic Dan Stevens) was 31, and his massive fame was ebbing in the wake of three consecutive flops. With the winter settling in and a certain lifestyle to maintain, Dickens was in desperate need of a Christmas miracle. There was only one problem: There hadn’t been a Christmas miracle in almost 1,843 years. You see,
Satisfying as it is to see a late-career Plummer tackle the iconic role, the subject of this particular film remains Scrooge’s creator, who may have had more in common with the old miser than audiences realize. The year was 1843, by which time Dickens (played here by “Downton Abbey” star Dan Stevens) had already tasted success, only to lose his publishers’ confidence after a series of “flops” (although
“It was about how to play those two periods [1927 and 1977] and those two kids, but at the same time not having it feel like two movies,” said Burwell, who previously collaborated with Haynes on the Oscar-nominated “Carol,” HBO Series “Mildred Pierce,” and glitter-rockfest “Velvet Goldmine.”
Finding Their Voices
“Wonderstruck” weaves in and out of the black-and-white silent movie world of Rose, which, without dialogue, relies heavily on Burwell’s score, and the gritty world of Ben. Each kid searches for a missing parent to solve a puzzle and becomes immersed in two very different New Yorks (one ascendant in ’27 and the other at its nadir in ’77).
Co-starring Thomas Haden Church, Christina Applegate, and Nina Dobrev, the film follows a young man whose one night stand with a married woman, not only turns romantic, but takes a further twist when he befriends the wronged husband.
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