Seven Seconds review

Netflix’s new series Seven Seconds is an addictive procedural drama that starts off as a murder mystery and turns into something else. The show isn’t so much concerned with the crime at hand as it is the fallout – the trauma that befalls relatives, and the way such events can impact several different lives. Seven Seconds has big issues on its mind, particularly tensions that arise in a community when dealing with a racist police force. Ultimately, it’s not entirely successful with its bigger issues, but a series of stellar performances elevate Seven Seconds into something worth watching.

Our Seven Seconds review continues below. Some minor spoilers follow.

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new blu-ray releases

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

What a great week for Blu-rays. The Criterion Collection has two must-have releases this week: Jonathan Demme‘s Silence of the Lambs and George A. Romero‘s Night of the Living Dead. Beyond that, we have The Bird With the Crystal Plumage and Re-Animator from Arrow Video, the under-seen drama Only the Brave, and the Lyndon Johnson biopic LBJ. Last but not least, we have an exclusive clip from Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Here are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.

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jonathan demme

Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs, has died at the age of 73. The filmmaker’s career spanned five decades, including Philadelphia, 2004’s The Manchurian Candidate and the Talking Heads documentary Stop Making Sense.

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Justin Timberlake Documentary Trailer

Justin Timberlake is one of the best singers and songwriters working in the music industry today. While he started off as just another breakout pop star, his music in recent years has begun to throw back to a different era with a contemporary edge. He doesn’t just deliver the shorter three-minute, radio-friendly songs, but extended indulgences with amazing instrumentals.

Now you can see what it’s like to witness Justin Timberlake in concert with a new documentary coming to Netflix next month. While that might not sound very special to you, this particular documentary, called Justin Timberlake and The Tennessee Kids, is directed by Silence of the Lambs helmer Jonathan Demme.

Watch the Justin Timberlake documentary trailer after the jump. Read More »

Justin Timberlake concert documentary

After dropping a back-to-back double album in 2013, pop sensation Justin Timberlake embarked on the 20/20 Experience World Tour, a 134-date global concert tour spread out over 14 months that took him to five different continents, delivering concerts where he was playing 30 songs some nights. The man is a true performer.

But if you weren’t lucky enough to see Timberlake perform live, that doesn’t mean you won’t get a taste of what his live performance in concert was like, because Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme, who currently has Ricki and the Flash with Meryl Streep in theaters right now, is working on a Justin Timberlake concert documentary chronicling the last night of the tour. Read More »

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Ricki and the Flash trailer

In Ricki and the Flash, Meryl Streep plays a woman whose career as the frontwoman of a rock band seems to be kind of fading (she’s playing clubs, not massive stadiums), but a trip home in order to support her adult child in a for a moment of crisis forces her to confront the many aftereffects of putting her music career before her family. And because this is Meryl Streep (being directed by Jonathan Demme, no less, from a script by Diablo Cody) she makes the process of wringing tears out of audiences look pretty effortless.

Check out the Ricki and the Flash trailer below, and keep an eye out for Meryl’s amazing American flag back tattoo. What’s the story behind that? Read More »

robert zemeckis philippe petit

Briefly: Two movies with major star-power were just given slots on the release schedule. The biggest one is To Reach the Clouds, Robert Zemeckis‘ 3D film about high-wire walker Philippe Petit. The film will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ben Kingsley. It’ll be out October 2, 2015. Read more about it here.

Then there’s Ricki and the Flash, the Jonathan Demme-directed, Diablo Cody-written drama starring Meryl Streep. It’ll be released June 26, 2015, some much needed counter programming in the packed summer. There’s plot info here. [ERC Box Office]

Meryl Streep

Three Oscar winners are hoping to team up for a brand new project. Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) is attached to direct Ricky and the Flash, a new script by Diablo Cody (Juno) which will star Meryl Streep. No studio is attached but reports are several are salivating at the possibility. Read More »

Jonathan Demme Lines Up Family Dramedy ‘Old Fires’

Over the course of his four-decade career, Jonathan Demme has demonstrated an impressive ability to switch between a wide range of genres — from the 1974 women-in-prison classic Caged Heat to the ’90s classics The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia to the 2008 indie hit Rachel Getting Married. And he’s continued to build a diverse slate over the past few years, bouncing between adaptations of Stephen King and Dave Eggers, episodes of HBO’s Enlightened, and the low-budget Wally and Andre Shoot Ibsen. Now he’s adding one more title to his to-do list: the family dramedy Old Fires. More details after the jump.

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In 1988, the National Film Preservation Act create the National Film Registry, which selects a couple dozen films each year for preservation in the Library of Congress. Up to 25 films are selected annually as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films.” These have to be at least ten years old, can be feature, short experimental or ‘other’ — anything that is film, really — and are chosen from a list of films nominated by the public.

This year, 2228 films were nominated by the public and twenty-five were selected for preservation. Among those are the big Oscar winner The Silence of the Lambs, everyone’s favorite autistic history hero Forrest Gump, Charlie Chaplin‘s The Kid and one of the greatest (and earliest) train movies ever made, John Ford‘s The Iron Horse.

We’ve got a more complete list below. Read More »