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Shia LaBeouf’s Honey Boy: the child actor who became a movie star

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 13, 2019 21:12:10 September 13, 2019 21:12:10
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Shia LaBeouf wrote Honey Boy based on his own childhood as a young star, and plays his own father, here renamed “James”. The film is directed by Alma Har’el, making her feature film debut. Two things about Honey Boy are true: Shia LaBeouf is probably being too hard on himself, and Alma Har’el could be less up his ass about it. Full Story

Lucy in the Sky: a diaper-free disorienting astronaut love triangle

Joanna Posted by Joanna at September 13, 2019 20:28:25 September 13, 2019 20:28:25
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The new Natalie Portman film Lucy in the Sky is not the simmering astronaut love triangle movie you're probably expecting to see. Instead, it's a disorienting look at life after space, raising a question of how "rocket lag" can permanently alter your desires and relationships with your "earth families. Full Story

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TIFF Review: Dolemite Is My Name

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 13, 2019 19:36:11 September 13, 2019 19:36:11
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Eddie Murphy returns to acting after a three year hiatus with Dolemite Is My Name, a biopic of Dolemite creator Rudy Ray Moore. Like every other biopic I’ve seen at TIFF this year, Dolemite is standard, run-of-the-mill biographical stuff, taking no real risks and doing nothing particularly inventive with the material. Full Story

Harriet the Superhero 

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 12, 2019 20:28:18 September 12, 2019 20:28:18
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Kasi Lemmons’ first feature film since 2013’s Black Nativity is Harriet, a long overdue biopic of abolitionist, underground railroad conductor, and Union spy Harriet Tubman. It is amazing to me that it is twenty-goddamn-nineteen and we are only just now getting the first feature film about Harriet Tubman. Full Story

JLo gets emotional 

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 12, 2019 17:05:51 September 12, 2019 17:05:51
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Jennifer Lopez was all over New York yesterday because Hustlers. Who’s a better ambassador for the film than JLo? As I mentioned the other the day, Hustlers is receiving strong reviews and she’s been getting the strongest reviews. Full Story

Why does Kristen Stewart have to share Seberg? 

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 12, 2019 16:17:14 September 12, 2019 16:17:14
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The Jean Seberg biopic, Seberg, avoids a common biopic mistake: it doesn’t try to cover whole decades, instead focusing on a roughly four-year period when Seberg, an actress discovered by Otto Preminger but most famous for starring in films of the French new wave, got involved with civil rights activism and became a target of the FBI’s notorious COINTELPRO investigation. Full Story

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Men Doing Men Things in Ford v Ferrari 

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 11, 2019 20:41:22 September 11, 2019 20:41:22
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Ford v Ferrari, an old-school get-er-done drama in which Men do important Men Things and somehow Change The World with their Men Things, is your dad’s favorite film of the year. It’s a period drama soft-lobbed right down the middle, well-crafted and loaded with good actors. Can’t really say it’s a bad movie, because it’s too well made for that, but it’s very much what you expect. Full Story

Knives Out: a great ensemble film and a great murder mystery

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 11, 2019 19:20:57 September 11, 2019 19:20:57
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There are few entertainments as satisfying as a good murder mystery, which is why Knives Out is one of the best films I’ve seen this year—it’s a GREAT murder mystery. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Knives Out is a twisty-turny mystery that nods to everything from Christie, Hammett, and Jessica Fletcher, to modern day internet troll culture (the latter definitely informed by Johnson’s own experience with toxic fandom—STAR WARS DOESN’T DESERVE HIM). Full Story

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Adam Sandler & Antonio Banderas can (and should) challenge Joaquin Phoenix

Joanna Posted by Joanna at September 11, 2019 15:01:15 September 11, 2019 15:01:15
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Before the start of Adam Sandler's Uncut Gems at its big TIFF premiere on Monday, somebody shouted out "Oscar for the Sandman!" People laughed nervously and clapped, because they did not know what they were in for from the uncomfortably tense and dark dramedy about a gambling jeweler who is struggling to pay his debts. Full Story

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