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The Cnc grants an advance on receipts to Andreas Fontana’s Azor - Production / Funding - France

Fabrizio Rongione and Stéphanie Cleau will head up the film’s cast; the Cnc will also support the feature debuts by Philippe Petit and Camille Ponsin. Three projects have been accepted during the third 2019 session of the Cnc’s first advance on receipts committee. Standing out among them is Andreas Fontana’s Azor, a predominantly Swiss production handled by Alina film with French partners Local Films (Nicolas Brevière) contributing up to 30%. Shooting will begin on 11 November in Argentina. The cast includes Belgian actor of Italian origins Fabrizio Rongione and Stéphanie Cleau (The Blue Room). Worth noting as well is the presence, in...
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Movie Review – The Mercy (2018)

The Mercy, 2018.

Directed by James Marsh.

Starring Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Jonathan Bailey, Ken Stott, Eleanor Stagg, Finn Elliot, Kit Connor, Oliver Maltman, Mark Gatiss, Simon McBurney, Sam Hoare, Avye Leventis, Andrew Buchan, Anna Madeley, Adrian Schiller, Simon Chandler, Genevieve Gaunt, Alexia Traverse-Healy, Dorothy Atkinson, Sebastian Armesto, and Martin Marquez.

Synopsis:

The incredible story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The struggles he confronted on the journey while his family awaited his return is one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times.

If the first act of The Mercy feels somewhat rushed, that’s because director James Marsh is more interested in the psychological effects of failing an extremely ambitious goal. Having made Man on Wire (the outstanding documentary detailing the before and after of Philippe Petit’s insane tightrope walk between New York skyscrapers), it’s clear that the
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The Best Biographical Documentaries Ever Made — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday..

This past weekend saw the release of “Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda,” the latest in a recent string of impressively strong and commercially successful biographical documentaries (other recent standouts include “Rbg” and “Won’t You Be my Neighbor?”).

This week’s question: What is the best biographical documentary ever made?

Siddhant Adlakha (@SidizenKane), Freelance for The Village Voice, /Film



The best and arguably most important documentaries ever made are complimentary pieces by Joshua Oppenheimer, “The Act of Killing” (2013) and “The Look of Silence (2015). They’re set against the backdrop of Indonesia’s 1965-66 genocide, believed to be sponsored by the C.I.A., but they’re each rooted in the lives of singular subjects and their diametrically opposed journeys.

The cleansing, of an estimated three million ethnic Chinese, changed the face of the nation in terrifying ways,
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Whitney Houston documentary is early frontrunner for Oscars 2019

Whitney Houston documentary is early frontrunner for Oscars 2019
The estate of Whitney Houston has officially announced that “Whitney,” an “intimate, definitive account of the superstar’s life and career,” will be released July 6. A powerhouse team of Oscar winners is at the helm of this documentary. Leading the charge is director, Kevin Macdonald, who won an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2000 (“One Day in September”). He earned further acclaim for his 2006 biopic on Ugandan President Idi Amin, “The Last King of Scotland,” for which Forest Whitaker took home the Oscar for Best Actor and his 2012 feature about reggae legend Bob Marley (“Marley”).

For “Whitney,” Macdonald was granted exclusive rights to a vault of unheard music and never-before-seen video footage spanning the entirety of the late singer’s legendary career. Co-producing the film is Simon Chinn, a creative force who has won Best Documentary at the Academy Awards twice. In 2008 he took home the golden statue for “Man on Wire,
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The Mercy review – high seas and crushed dreams

Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz can’t save this dramatisation of a tragic real-life yachting adventure from foundering

The somewhat dispiriting real-life story of Donald Crowhurst, the amateur sailor who in 1968-9 lost his pride, his mind and then his life in a single-handed yacht race to circumnavigate the world, has long exerted a fascination for film-makers. Nicolas Roeg once tried to film the story. In 2006, the documentary Deep Water explored the tragedy. And this big-budget take on the tale, buoyed up by the star power of Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, was made at the same time as a smaller rival project, Crowhurst by Simon Rumley.

One can see the attraction of the story to director James Marsh: Crowhurst (Firth) has a similar maverick eccentricity and forceful self-belief to that of high-wire walker Philippe Petit, the subject of his documentary Man on Wire. But for all its technical prowess – the sound design,
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The Mercy review

Colin Firth embarks on nautical deception in this surprisingly compelling true-life drama…

I knew very little about Donald Crowhurst walking into The Mercy, and preserving that element of surprise might be the way to get the most out of James Marsh’s true-life drama. A casual Google will quickly throw up some of the finer details of Crowhurst’s story – so if Colin Firth’s latest is on your radar and you’re unfamiliar with what transpired then you may want to keep it that way. Of course, we’d dearly like you to stick around for this review, so bear with us while we navigate around a few spoilers of historical record.

We first meet Firth’s Crowhurst as he’s desperately trying to sell his nautical navigation device the Navicator. Punters won’t bite, and there’s a sense that his business is failing. Crowhurst himself is an amateur weekend sailor and,
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Movies to Show My Son: ‘Man On Wire’

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Welcome to another installment of Movies to Show My Son. This is the blog series were I discuss movies I can’t wait to show my son in the future. I’ll be covering my own personal experience with the movie, movie and life lessons I hope he will learn, and lastly my concerns about showing said film. This week’s film is Man on Wire.

Personal Memories:

In the article centered on The King of Kong I mentioned how I was reluctant to get into the medium of documentaries. That film helped me realize just how darn entertaining a documentary can actually be, while Man on Wire demonstrated the power of documentary film making.

This was another film that got on my radar due to podcasting. When I was looking for podcast counting down their top films of the 00’s (because at that time I was obsessed with seeing
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IMAX Is Getting Into Vr in a Big Way; Read About Our Trip to the Flagship Vr Centre in Los Angeles

As a company, IMAX is all about creating a singular experience you can't get anywhere else. They've done that with movies using massive screens, epic sound, and crystal clear image quality, but now they're branching out into virtual reality and they're looking to bring that same experience-driven mindset to a newer medium. Earlier this week, IMAX invited me and some other press members to the company's already-operational flagship Vr Centre in Los Angeles for a presentation of their plans and to let us play some games and experience some Vr for ourselves. Read on to find out how it all went down.

The L.A. Centre is already open, but IMAX has announced that they'll be opening centers in New York, California, and Shanghai over the next few months during what they're calling the "pilot phase." Essentially everything they're doing in relation to Vr right now is going to be
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Review: Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' is a return to form for Hollywood's master of agit-prop

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Review: Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' is a return to form for Hollywood's master of agit-prop
At first glance, there is little about Snowden that would seem to distinguish it from some of this year’s other “I’m not sure there’s a movie in that true story” based-on-a-true-story movies like Sully and Deepwater Horizon, especially in the wake of the Wikileaks film The Fifth Estate or the exceptional documentary Citizenfour. But Snowden has a secret weapon, and it’s one that I wasn’t expecting: a fully-engaged and on-his-game Oliver Stone. And when Oliver Stone is on his game and fully engaged, there are few filmmakers who are more interesting or provocative. I have been a fan of his work for most of the time I have been a film fan, even before I knew fully who he was. I was drawn to films he had written, and when he made the jump to directing full-time with the back-to-back accomplishment of Salvador and Platoon,
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks taking on the role of Snowden

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks taking on the role of SnowdenJoseph Gordon-Levitt talks taking on the role of SnowdenJim Slotek, Cineplex Magazine9/13/2016 9:02:00 Am

Two of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s recent projects have seen him play real-life figures who performed extreme acts of courage.

“Both of whom broke the law,” the actor adds with a laugh over the phone from Los Angeles.

One would be Philippe Petit, the Frenchman who walked a tightrope between the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in 1974, and whom Gordon-Levitt played in last fall’s Robert Zemeckis movie The Walk.

The other is Edward Snowden, the world’s most famous whistleblower, in Oliver Stone’s Snowden, which premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening across the country on September 16th. “I admire both, but Snowden admittedly is the much more controversial of the two figures, especially nowadays,” Gordon-Levitt says.

Snowden’s tightrope walk, of course,
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Sundance at the Oscars

Gary McCurry on the Sundance movies that have enjoyed success at the Oscars…

Since 1984, the Sundance Film Festival as we know it today has been shining a light on independent movies. Held annually in Park City, Utah, Sundance has become the largest independent film festival in the United States. Many notable directors have came through the ranks, including Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs), Paul Thomas Anderson (Cigarettes & Coffee/Hard Eight), Kevin Smith (Clerks) and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild).

With that history lesson over, I’m looking to recap upon the movies that have gone through Sundance on the road to the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Some housekeeping before we begin. This isn’t a complete list of every movie to have won the sword wielding knight, more a few notes on the film festivals success throughout the years. Talking of years, you’ll find them in order
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The Oscars, and the tricks to winning one

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The Academy Awards are this weekend - but how do you actually go about winning one? Plus: some Oscar predictions.

Whether or not you believe they’re still relevant, the Oscars are undeniably the biggest event in the Hollywood calendar. I am fascinated by them, what intrigues me most is the general consensus that this process is a game of strategy and if you want to win, you have to know the rules. But actors and directors don’t have time to work this out for themselves, they’re far too busy and important. I however am not.

Therefore I have poured over lists of Oscar winners for more time than is healthy in order to determine exactly what it takes to win one of these much desired awards. I’m going to give you the tried and tested formulai for how to win Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Picture.
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Universal’s Untitled Musical Comedy Finds Its Leads In Channing Tatum And Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Following a heated bidding war, Universal has snatched up rights for a new, as-yet-untitled musical comedy, with The Hollywood Reporter learning that the studio has already cast two prominent stars in Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Hail, Caesar! star Channing Tatum.

Reports indicate that the concept for the new project first came to light under Gordon-Levitt, who will produce via his hitRECord Films banner. Other talent involved at this early stage include producers Marc Platt and Adam Siegel, along with Channing Tatum himself, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan on behalf of Free Association. Details are scarce as to which direction Universal is steering the untitled project, and whether it’s being eyed as a potential franchise in the vein of the studio’s lucrative Pitch Perfect.

Aside from showcasing their musical (read: miming) talents on Spike’s popular Lip Sync Battle, Gordon-Levitt and Tatum first starred opposite one another in Iraq war drama Stop-Loss in 2008. Since then,
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Blockbusters: are big films all year round a good thing?

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We’re seeing big cinema releases almost every weekend now. But is this a good thing?

Do you remember during 2014, where lots of fans stubbornly declared Captain America: The Winter Soldier the best film of that summer despite its opening in March/April? It was joined by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in trying to steal a march on the competition, but clearly when you think big blockbusters, they’re associated with a certain time of year. And given how for the studios, summer season occupies a full third of the year from May to August, and Christmas the sweet period from November all the way through to New Year, that should be plenty of room for the Avengers, Star Wars and Jurassic Parks of the world, right?

Except that there are plenty more 'tentpoles' (big releases to prop up the studio’s bottom line) being made and
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New on Blu-ray/DVD: Joseph Gordon-Levitt On 'The Walk's' Disappointing Box Office

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays high-wire artist Philippe Petit in The Walk, the Frenchman who crossed between the two World Trade Centers towers in 1974. The Robert Zemeckis film is very entertaining and a real nail-biter with an enjoyable performance from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but The Walk failed to capture audiences in North America with a take of only $10 million. Gordon-Levitt talked to us about The Walk not performing well at the box office, and what really counts when it comes to his movies.

The Walk is now on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download. It's worth checking out.

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Recommended Discs & Deals of the Week: ‘Sicario,’ ‘The Walk,’ ‘Experimenter,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

The Complete Lady Snowblood (Toshiya Fujita)

A young woman (Meiko Kaji), trained from childhood as an assassin and hell-bent on revenge for the murders of her father and brother and the rape of her mother, hacks and slashes her way to gory satisfaction in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Japan. Rampant with inventive violence and spectacularly choreographed swordplay, Toshiya Fujita’s pair of influential cult classics Lady Snowblood and Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance are bloody, beautiful extravaganzas composed of
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What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: January 4-10

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Sicario"

Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, and Victor Garber star in this sharp, critically acclaimed (93 percent certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!) drug war thriller, which is out on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on January 5. Blu-ray bonus featurettes include "Stepping into Darkness: The Visual Design of Sicario," "Blunt, Brolin & Benicio: Portraying the Characters of Sicario," "Battle Zone: The Origins of Sicario," and "A Pulse from the Desert: The Score of Sicario."

"The Walk"

Watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Philippe Petit take a wild walk on a wire between the Twin Towers. The bio-drama from director Robert Zemeckis co-stars Sir Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale, and Ben Schwartz. The Blu-ray and DVD both include the "Pillars of Support" featurette,
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Joey Paur’s 15 Favorite Movies of 2015

2015 was a year of wonderfully amazing movies. This is the second year in a row for me where there were so many great films that I couldn’t contain my list to only ten films, so I came up with a list of 15, which was still kind of difficult to do!

There’s a good mix of movies on my list, featuring different genres ranging from big budget films to smaller indie movies. Interestingly enough, there are no Marvel films that made my list this year. This is the first time since 2008 when Iron Man was released that's been the case! I enjoyed both Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, but there were a lot of better films that were released this year.

I believe that these are all must-see movies, so if you haven’t seen any of them, please take the time to do so. They will not disappoint.
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The underrated film acting performances of 2015

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Rosario Dawson, Hugh Jackman and Blake Lively lead our look at 2015's best under the radar acting performances in film...

This article contains mild spoilers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. We've kept these as vague as possible, but if you haven't seen the film yet, you might wish to skip the entry pertaining to that.

2015 was a particularly exemplary year for all kinds of movies, but particularly in genre and blockbuster cinema. When there's so much to talk about, it's inevitable that some of the really good stuff gets lost in the mix of awards season chatter, but that's especially true when there's still some residual stigma about movies outside of the 'worthy' release schedule that will arrive in UK cinemas between now and the Academy Awards ceremony in February.

There are a couple of likely breakthrough geek movies for this year's Oscars, in the
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St. Louis Film Critics Announce 2015 Awards

On Sunday, December 20th the St. Louis Film Critics Association released their annual best of the year awards.

Here is the official press release with the list of winners:

St. Louis Film Critics Announce 2015 Awards

Spotlight,” “The Revenant” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” top winners

For Immediate Release

Spotlight,” “The Revenant” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” were the top winners in this year’s St. Louis Film Critics Association 2015 Awards, announced Sunday.

Spotlight,” a drama about the Boston Globe investigation of pedophile priests, won Best Film, Director – Tom McCarthy and Original Screenplay, written by Josh Singer and McCarthy.

The Revenant,” based on Hugh Glass’s wilderness survival story, was also recognized with three — Leonardo DiCaprio – Best Actor, Emmanuel Lubezki – Cinematography and Scene – Hugh being mauled by the grizzly bear.

Mad Max: Fury Road,” the fourth installment in the futuristic action thriller, received three — Best Editing, Visual Effects and Art Direction.
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