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10 Essential Jonathan Demme Films

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Even at this remove, Hollywood, not known for being the nicest of towns, seems a little less nice today. The many obituaries and tributes to the late Jonathan Demme, who died yesterday at the age of 73, almost all make reference to him not just as a great filmmaker, but a great person — kind, curious, generous and sincere. In a small way, even I experienced that warmth at an interview some years ago at a festival.

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- Jessica Kiang

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Ruben Östlund’s ‘The Square’ & Roman Polanski’s ‘Based On A True Story’ Join Cannes Line-Up

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When the Cannes line-up was announced a few weeks back, Thierry Frémaux hinted, as is often the case, that a few slots remained to be filled in the line-up. And news has just dropped as to exactly what those films are. The only addition to the Competition selection (which may indicate that there are still one or two more to come) is “The Square,” the latest from Ruben Östlund, director of the brilliant “Force Majeure.” The film, which revolves around a piece of public performance art, is at least partly in English, and stars the great Elisabeth Moss (who’ll be doing the Cannes double with Jane Campion’s “Top Of The Lake: China Girl”) and Dominic West, and instantly becomes one of the most anticipated of the festival.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Damien Chazelle Heads To TV With Paris-Set Musical ‘The Eddy’

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Once upon a time, a movie director would only really go off and direct TV projects if they found it difficult to get feature work. But it’s a mark of how things have shifted now that it’s become a measure of success to have some kind of prestige TV project in the works — lauded and impossibly successful directors as different as J.J. Abrams, David O. Russell and Barry Jenkins are all developing small-screen projects alongside their movies, and a show like “Big Little Lies” attracts just as much attention, if not more so, than a multiplex hit.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Christopher Abbott Steals The Show In The Intense Thriller ‘Sweet Virginia’ [Tribeca Review]

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Christopher Abbott continues to glower his way through roles, all furrowed brow and electric intensity, but there are no complaints here. It’s his onscreen magnetism that makes much of “Sweet Virginia” work, a simmering body of violence that lashes out in unexpected moments. A movie that forgoes solid storytelling for an atmosphere that keeps you captivated, director Jamie M. Dagg has made a film that plays with genres from neo-noir to thriller to even horror.

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- Ally Johnson

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‘Wonder Woman’ Helmer Patty Jenkins Sought To Direct Dwayne Johnson In Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’

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Thirty-nine years after Richard Donner’s “Superman,” 28 after Tim Burton’s “Batman,” 17 after Bryan Singer’s “X-Men” and nearly 10 after “Iron Man,” it’s completely insane that we’re only just getting the first female director of a superhero movie. There are literally dozens of women who are equally as talented and qualified, if not much more so, than the likes of David Ayer, Alan Taylor, Marc Webb, Gavin Hood, Brett Ratner, Louis Leterrier or Jon Watts, to name but a few, and yet it’s only early next month that that particular glass window will finally shatter with the release of Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman.”

Even then, it’s pretty infuriating that female directors, like Jenkins or “Captain Marvel” co-director Anna Boden, are so far seemingly restricted to female-led superhero properties (and even then, not all of them: Ayer will direct “Gotham City Sirens,” for instance), but if “Wonder Woman” proves a success, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Nick Cave Says He Was “Angry” When He Saw ‘One More Time With Feeling,’ Now Calls The Film “An Extraordinary Gift”

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One of the greatest musicians we have, Nick Cave, is about to return to performing with a series of live dates tied to his great recent record “Skeleton Tree.” It comes after an extended gap following the tragic death of Cave’s teenage son Arthur in 2015, the aftermath of which was documented last year in Andrew Dominik’s extraordinary performance film “One More Time With Feeling,” one of our favorite films of 2016.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Watch: New Trailer For Award-Winning Australian True-Crime Serial Killer Tale ‘Hounds Of Love’

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Since it premiered at Venice last year, audiences have been either thrilled, traumatized, or a little of both by Australian horror-drama “Hounds Of Love.” Not, alas, as the title might suggest, the Kate Bush biopic we’ve always dreamed of, Ben Young’s directorial debut is a “Blue Velvet”-influenced true-crime tale that makes “The Snowtown Murders” look like “Madagascar 3.”

Read More: Tense, Nasty ‘Hounds Of Love’ Is An Eyecatching Debut [Venice Review]

Drawing on a number of real-life cases in Perth, Australia in the 1980s, it tracks a couple (Stephen Curry and Emma Booth) whose Mo is to lure young girls to their home before raping, torturing and murdering them, and the teenager (Ashleigh Cummings) who looks to become their latest victim.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Anger Is Still An Energy In John Lydon Doc ‘The Public Image is Rotten’ [Tribeca Review]

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Blisteringly caustic as ever, John Lydon nevertheless reveals himself as an occasionally sentimental sort in Tabbert Fiiller’s fitfully revelatory and charming documentary, “The Public Image Is Rotten,” screening at the Tribeca Film Festival. Ostensibly a documentary about Lydon’s epochal post-punk band Public Image Ltd., the movie turns to be more a portrait of the man himself. This makes sense, given that the band was a Lydon project from the start and he’s the only member remaining from its 1978 founding.

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- Chris Barsanti

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‘Rogue One’ Creator John Knoll Says He’s Working On An Idea For Another ‘Star Wars Story’

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A billion dollars and some great reviews later, and Disney/Lucasfilm must be pretty delighted that John Knoll decided to pitch them the idea for a “Star Wars” spin-off that turned into last year’s blockbuster “Rogue One.” I mean, sure, you could have stuck the “A Star Wars Story” subtitle onto “Queen Of Katwe” and it probably would have made hundreds of millions of dollars, but “Rogue One” was a rare prequel and spin-off that felt truly satisfying, and was about as successful a launch to non-Skywalker stories within the universe as you could ask for.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Teen Drama Hit ’13 Reasons Why’ Heading For Season 2 Renewal At Netflix

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One of the interesting things about Netflix and their original series is that the passage of what becomes a hit (seemingly: the streaming service still fiercely protect actual viewership figures, but it’s easy enough to tell from social media buzz and the like) is genuinely organic. “Orange Is The New Black” became a much bigger talking point than the infinitely more-hyped “House Of Cards,” “Bojack Horseman” gradually built fans to become a cult comedy, and last year, “Stranger Things” came from almost nowhere to become seemingly the streaming service’s buzziest show ever.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Tilda Swinton Introduces You To The World Of Bong Joon-Ho’s ‘Okja’ In Hilarious Viral Clip

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We can think of a few films that might challenge it (we are getting new Paul Thomas Anderson, of course), but in general, Bong Joon-Ho’s “Okja” might be the movie that we’re most looking forward to in 2017. The Korean director is one of the most exciting and talented filmmakers in the world right now: from “Memories Of Murder” through “The Host” to “Snowpiercer,” he’s been a consistently surprising and original director whose work is utterly distinctive.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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‘Captain America’ Director Joe Johnston To Reboot The ‘Narnia’ Franchise With ‘The Silver Chair’

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Is “Captain America: The First Avenger” the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies? The correct answer is, of course, “for the first half, yes.” The introduction to Chris Evans’ WW2 super-soldier is an evocative, beautifully realized, rather charming, funny-without-being-quippy joy in its first half, and certainly the most emotionally potent of the Marvel films, before getting quite boring quite fast in its action-heavy second half.

Even so, it remains one of the better McU movies, so it’s a little puzzling that Joe Johnston, the film’s director — who was also behind films including “The Rocketeer,” “Jumanji,” “Jurassic Park III” and, uh, “The Wolfman” (though he only came on to that mess a month before shooting began, so don’t blame him too much) — didn’t get more credit for it.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson-Directed Music Video For Haim’s ‘Right Now’

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Well, this is an unexpectedly awesome way to kick the day off. Paul Thomas Anderson is currently in production on his latest film, a re-team with Daniel Day-Lewis on a drama set in the fashion world in the 1950s, so we figured we wouldn’t hear much from him anytime soon. But suddenly, this morning, a new music video dropped from the awesome band Haim — their first new music in several years — and it’s Anderson that’s directed the clip (which was shot last November).

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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David Fincher Confirmed To Reteam With Brad Pitt For ‘World War Z’ Sequel

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Although 2014’s “Gone Girl” turned out to be the biggest hit of David Fincher’s career to date, the acclaimed “Zodiac” and “The Social Network” director hasn’t had the best few years. He was all set to have not one but two HBO series, the semi-autobiographical ’80s music video world comedy-drama “Videosyncrazy” and UK conspiracy thriller remake “Utopia” with Rooney Mara, but the former was shut down midway through production, and the latter had the plug pulled just before filming, in both cases reportedly because of issues over budgets.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Martin Scorsese, Jay Cocks & Rodrigo Prieto Talk ‘Silence’ At Momi

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The Museum of the Moving Image has been celebrating and exploring filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s life, work, and his passion for cinema since December with a terrific exhibit drawing extensively from Scorsese’s own collection of key production material, objects from his childhood, behind-the-scenes images, and large-scale projections of scenes from his work and more. For the final weekend of the exhibit, Momi put on a full-blown retrospective of his work over two days featuring the lesser-seen, more personal Scorsese films, “A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies,” “My Voyage to Italy (Il mio viaggio in Italia)” and docs like “No Direction Home” and “The Last Waltz.”

However, it was the impressive panel after the screening of“Silence” that brought a special salute to the exhibit in its entirety, which included cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, screenwriter Jay Cocks, who along with co-writing “Silence,” also co-wrote “The Age of Innocence” and “Gangs of New York, »

- Lora Grillo

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New Trailer For ‘Colossal’ With Anne Hathaway Drops A Literally Massive Spoiler

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It’s relatively unusual for a movie that’s already been open for a few weeks to release a new trailer. But with Anne Hathaway-starring oddity “Colossal,” from director Nacho Vigalondo, doing pretty well in theaters and expanding further this weekend, we can see why fledgling distributor Neon would give it a little bit more of a push.

That said, we would advise that you don’t watch the new trailer for the film, about a hard-partying young woman who discovers that she might be accidentally responsible for unleashing a kaiju on Seoul, unless you’ve seen it already.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Watch Bill Nye Explain The Science Of ‘Stranger Things’ & Multiverses

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Maybe it’s just having sat through too many bad time-travel movies, or maybe it’s because of that lovable killjoy Neil DeGrasse Tyson, but whenever we see a movie attempt something close to ‘hard science,’ we more or less assume that the science that they’re actually using is total bullshit. Particularly when it comes to something like Netflix mega-hit “Stranger Things,” which errs on the side of fantasy.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Ewan McGregor To Reconnect With Winnie The Pooh As The Star Of Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’

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It’s a good time to be Ewan McGregor. Sure, his directorial debut “American Pastoral” didn’t get great reviews, and his return to the role that made him a star with “T2: Trainspotting” was a bit of a disappointment, but he just co-starred in one of the biggest movies ever made with “Beauty & The Beast,” he’s winning some of the best reviews of his career with his dual role in “Fargo,” and there are persistent rumors that he might be returning to the Star Wars universe for an Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Tribeca Exclusive: Clip & Poster For The ‘Safe’-Like Documentary ‘The Sensitives’

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The Tribeca Film Festival is still in full swing (it’s long!), and one film that’s worth keeping an eye on is the documentary “The Sensitives,” which screens tonight. Directed by cinematographer-turned-helmer Drew Xanthopoulos, it might remind you of a real-life version of Todd Haynes’ “Safe” in that it focuses on a group of people who have become near-allergic to the outside world, and the woman who tries to help them.

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- The Playlist

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The Insipid ‘The Clapper,’ About Fame & Halfwits, Is Hopeless [Tribeca Review]

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Given the artificiality of celebrity and Hollywood, the idea of a manufactured laugh track and canned applause is a pretty clever metaphor for the emptiness of fame. But a loose concept is not a movie if it’s not carefully drawn, pondered and conceived. And the promise of such a potentially nifty little idea isn’t so much squandered in the hapless Tribeca indie “The Clapper” as barely explored.

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- Rodrigo Perez

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