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'Buena Vista Social Club: Adios': Film Review
2 hours ago
Produced during the shocking success of 1997's Buena Vista Social Club album — the phenomenally popular collection of newly recorded Cuban roots music — Wim Wenders' documentary of the same name offered both fans and newcomers the joy of seeing brilliant elderly musicians rescued from obscurity. For most Americans, the record/film was both an introduction to a genre they hardly knew and a direct encounter with its progenitors — like discovering rockabilly just in time to see Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis give their last great concerts.
- John DeFore
Cannes: 'The Rider' Tops Directors' Fortnight Awards
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The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy called Zhao’s cowboy drama “a rare gem.”
Zhao’s Songs My Brothers Taught Me played in the sidebar in 2015.
The Sacd prize from the French Writers and Directors Guild split the prize with both Philippe Garrel’s Lover for a Day (L’Amant d’Un Jour) and Claire Denis Bright Sunshine In (Un Beau Soleil Interieur) being recognized.
Garrel’s Lover is the last in a trilogy exploring love, »
- Rebecca Ford,Rhonda Richford
'The Desert Bride' ('La Novia del deserto'): Film Review | Cannes 2017
4 hours ago
In Sebastian Lelio's fine-grained 2013 character portrait, Gloria, Paulina Garcia traced the rocky path to self-discovery of a Chilean divorcee struggling to find wholeness as a middle-aged single woman. In The Desert Bride, the gently seductive first feature from Cecilia Atan and Valeria Pivato, Garcia plays a mousy type who has never known much fulfillment, until an interlude in the rugged Argentinean hinterland liberates the spirit trapped within her. The spareness of both the physical and emotional landscapes yields something quite delicate in a film with the grace and economy of a satisfying short story.
While the marvelous Garcia is »
- David Rooney
Johnny Depp Allowed "Whistleblower" in Business Manager Suit Despite "Perjury" Challenge
4 hours ago
Johnny Depp can amend his lawsuit against his former business managers, a California judge has ruled. On Friday, the star was given the green light to add claims premised on information given to him by a business management firm's ex-employee allegedly fired for pointing out red flags in the handling of Depp's finances.
Depp first sued The Management Group and Joel and Robert Mandel in January. He claims they cost him millions in tax penalties and failed to pay back a $5 million bridge loan — which Depp says he didn't know about — that resulted in non-judicial foreclosure proceedings »
- Ashley Cullins
Cannes: Fireworks Doc 'Brimstone & Glory' Goes to Oscilloscope
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Oscilloscope has picked up North American rights to Viktor Jakovleski’s Brimstone & Glory, a documentary about the annual fireworks displays at the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico. The distributor is planning a theatrical release later this year for the film that premiered at this year’s True/False Film Festival.
The film was produced by Dan Janvey, Elizabeth Lodge Stepp, Kellen Quinn, Affonso Goncalves, Benh Zeitlin, Casey Coleman, Antonio 'Tonitzin' Gomez, Jakovleski and Erdem Karahan. It was funded by Cinereach and is a Court 13 and Department of Motion Pictures production. The film was edited by Goncalves and scored by Dan »
- Gregg Kilday
Men Horrified by Women-Only 'Wonder Woman' Screening
4 hours ago
It's time to pour one out for the countless male tears that are being shed in Austin, Texas over a grave injustice some men feel is being committed against the fragile male species. A movie theater in Austin is daring to host — gasp — a women-only screening of Wonder Woman.
This potential threat to world order is tremendous and truly terrifying for some men in Texas (or at least, trolls on Facebook) who are absolutely aghast that the Alamo Drafthouse theater is trying to celebrate the biggest female icon in the comic book world. Where will we be able »
- Lorena O'Neil
Cannes: 'Meyerowitz Stories' Canine Wins Palm Dog
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Bruno has taken Cannes' most pawstegious prize, the coveted Palm Dog.
Jury member and Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw said Bruno’s intense pawformance represents “what some would say symbolizes the brutal submission to Republican domestic policy.” Bruno had long been the frontrunner for the role.
The Grand Jury prize went to Lupo, a German shepherd who made his star turn in the critics' week entry Ava. The film tells the coming-of-age tail of two teens and »
- Rhonda Richford
Box Office: 'Pirates 5' Heads for $75M-$80M; 'Baywatch' Taking on Water
6 hours ago
Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is easily winning the Friday box office race, while the waters are choppy for Baywatch, starring man-of-the-moment Dwayne Johnson alongside Zac Efron, according to early returns for Memorial Day weekend.
Pirates 5, returning Johnny Depp in the lead role as the zany Captain Jack Sparrow, is on course to earn roughly $24 million Friday from 4,276 theaters, including $5.5 million in Thursday evening previews. Box-office observers believe the film could hit a $80 million for the four-day holiday weekend, although Disney insiders are being more conservative and suggesting in »
- Pamela McClintock
'Guardians of the Galaxy' Disney Attraction Delivers Rockin' Epic Ride
6 hours ago
I was a huge fan of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride at Disney California Adventure, so when visiting Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! for the first time Thursday for a media-only preview, I was somewhat ambivalent. After all, the new Guardians attraction replaced the classic ride, and not everyone was happy about it.
I quickly changed my mind.
It happened the moment I stepped foot in what used to be the lobby of the haunted hotel, which has been transformed into the Collector's (Benicio Del Toro's eccentric Guardians of the Galaxy character) massive display room in his »
- Ryan Parker
In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Pirates 5,' 'Baywatch' and More
6 hours ago
Pirates and lifeguards are among what's headed to theaters this weekend in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Baywatch.
Read on to find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the weekend's new offerings (as well as which film will likely top the weekend box office).
Johnny Depp is back for the fifth adventure for Captain Jack Sparrow, who this time must face the revenge-seeking immortal pirate played by Javier Bardem. Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightly and Geoffrey Rush reprise their »
- Arlene Washington
Carrie Fisher Slapped Oscar Isaac 27 Times While Filming 'Last Jedi'
6 hours ago
When the actor stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday, Isaac talked about his admiration for the late Fisher and some of their time together on what would be her final Star Wars film.
"A large amount of the stuff I got to do was with Carrie, which was amazing," Isaac began. "I remember the first day of shooting was a scene with Carrie ... I remember it was a scene »
- Ryan Parker
Original 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Screenwriter on How a Budget Crisis Changed the Villains
7 hours ago
Fan of the skeletal scallywags in Pirates of the Caribbean? You can thank the film's tight budget for the bony, motley crew.
2003's The Curse of the Black Pearl follows a rambunctious group of pirates off the coast of Port Royal, Jamaica. Bewitched by a curse, they transform into living skeletons under moonlight.
But it turns out, this creative decision was not what the writers of the live-action adaptation of the Disneyland ride initially wanted.
As the fifth movie Dead Men Tell No Tales hits theaters May 26, Heat Vision spoke to longtime Pirates writer Terry Rossio about launching the franchise 14 »
- Christina Schoellkopf
Lionsgate Nabs Eddie Redmayne's 'Early Man' for U.S.
9 hours ago
Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit director Nick Park's long-awaited return to the big screen will be released by the studio's Summit Entertainment label. A Feb. 16, 2018, release in the U.S. is planned, to follow Studiocanal’s European release nearly a month earlier on Jan. 18.
- Etan Vlessing
‘In the Fade’ (‘Aus dem Nichts’): Film Review | Cannes 2017
9 hours ago
Following the fizzle of his coming-of-ager Goodbye Berlin (Tschick) last year, Fatih Akin bounces back and bounces high with an edge-of-seat thriller inspired by xenophobic murders in Germany by a Neo-Nazi group. From the tense opening sequence of a bombing against Turks living in Germany, In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) stands out from the work of the German-born director of Turkish origin for the anger and grief it brings to the story, which leave the audience shaken. Its concentrated passion and ability to move viewers portends solid box office returns for the Bombero/Warner Bros. Germany production, which has all »
- Deborah Young
'Djam': Film Review | Cannes 2017
9 hours ago
Algerian-born French writer-director Tony Gatlif has carved a unique niche making quasi-documentary dramas rooted in underclass folk music and the marginalized migrant groups who perform it. A former best director prize-winner, Gatlif's fifth Cannes premiere, Djam, revolves around the subculture of "rebetiko," an emotionally charged storytelling style that spread from poor urban communities in Greece and Turkey to the islands of the Aegean. The plot loosely mirrors key themes in the songs, which are steeped in exile and loss, but still lusty and defiant.
Djam is very much in Gatlif's signature style, with flavorsome musical set-pieces taking precedence over scrappy »
- Stephen Dalton
'Jean Douchet: Restless Child' ('Jean Douchet, L'Enfant agite'): Film Review | Cannes 2017
12 hours ago
Of the many critics and cineastes to emerge from the French New Wave, 88-year-old Jean Douchet is probably one of the best known in his homeland, but also one of the least read or watched.
That's because, after joining the Cahiers du Cinema during its heyday in the late 1950s, and then serving as deputy editor-in-chief alongside Eric Rohmer until 1963, Douchet would more or less devote the next 50-odd years of his life to teaching — not teaching in the traditional sense of a classroom or textbook, but presenting movies at cine-clubs, cinematheques and film schools across France, engaging »
- Jordan Mintzer