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Sundance 2020 Movies Sold

The 2020 Sundance Film Festival is underway, and we’ve already seen a lot of great movies in the mountains of Park City, Utah. But this year, studios and distributors are being a little more cautious when it comes to picking up any of the buzzed about movies playing at the festival. Last year saw some big deals result in disappointing box office returns, and without many big movies garnering loads of attention, the Sundance market is moving at a slower pace than usual. But even so, there are already some movies that have been picked up, and we’ve got a list of them rounded up below that will be continuously updated. Read More »

The Nest review

In 2011, writer/director Sean Durkin left his mark on the Sundance Film Festival with Martha Marcy May Marlene, an intense cult drama that introduced the world to Elizabeth Olsen and won Durkin the festival’s U.S. Dramatic Directing Award. It’s been nine years since he’s made a movie, but he hasn’t missed a beat. Durkin has finally returned with his second feature, The Nest, which turns his focus to money – more specifically, one man’s desire for it and the chances he’ll take to get it. Read More »

2020 grammy awards

The music stars turned out for the 2020 Grammy Awards, but a few movie stars got their time to shine on music’s biggest night. Two of those with “star” in their name: A Star is Born and John Williams’ instrumental track composed for Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park land in Walt Disney World and Disneyland were among the 2020 Grammy Award winners Sunday night. The night’s biggest winner, disruptive pop force Billie Eilish, swept the top awards just as she prepares to be the youngest Bond theme song singer.

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doctor who fugitive of the judoon review

Well, that certainly was a lot. Doctor Who has been firing on all cylinders this season after a lackluster season 11, and the latest episode “Fugitive of the Judoon” was the most explosive yet. It’s a wildly marked difference between seasons for showrunner Chris Chibnall, who seems to be taking critics’ words to heart after his inaugural season of underwhelming standalone episodes; this time, it’s all season-long mysteries and arcs, baby. But can Chibnall pull off such an ambitious arc that involves the Master, the destruction of Gallifrey, and now a brand new Doctor? Time will tell.

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I Blame Society Poster

There are more than a few films out there about the artistic struggles of filmmakers and writers. Outside of the films themselves, many creatives get their start directing shorts while others come out of the gate swinging with a full-on directorial feature…and the practice of abandoning projects due to lack of funding, rejection, or shifting passions is all too familiar. Having previously worked on two short films that premiered at SXSW, director Gillian Wallace Horvat tackles filmmaker frustrations and ambitions in her directorial debut, I Blame Society.

We’re pleased to premiere the first poster for the film, which you can check out below.

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the nowhere inn review

On stage, St. Vincent is sexy, mysterious, and seemingly all-powerful. Offstage, though, she’s Annie Clark – and Annie Clark is a bit of a boring nerd. Or so says The Nowhere Inn, a surreal meta-comedy about fame – and what we demand from the famous people we idolize. Framed as both a faux documentary and a narrative film, The Nowhere Inn finds Clark’s best friend Carrie Brownstein, of Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia fame, setting out to make a documentary about St. Vincent on tour. But as Clark tells us right from the start, in a Blair Witch Project-style warning, things don’t go according to plan, and the documentary was never finished.

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2020 annie awards winners

Christmas can never come too late for Klaus, which emerged as the big winner at the 2020 Annie Awards. But the even bigger winner at the ceremony celebrating the year’s best in animation was Netflix, which dominated the Annie Awards with a whopping 19 wins across all categories.

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Alamo Drafthouse 2019 Movies Infographic

We’re almost a full month into 2020, but the folks at the Alamo Drafthouse chain of theaters aren’t done looking back on the films of 2019. They’ve been crunching the numbers and they’ve given us an exclusive first look at what their audiences thought were they best films of 2019. Heck, they dug even deeper than that and also collected votes on the best scenes and performances. They also voted on the definitive ranking of all the Star Wars movies, and named their most anticipated movies of 2020.

Check out the entire Alamo Drafthouse 2019 movie infographic below. Read More »

downhill review

If you watched Ruben Östlund’s uncomfortable dark comedy Force Majeure and thought, “This is good, but it would be better if it was nicer and more watered-down,” you’re in luck. Downhill is exactly that – a remake that is more or less the same movie as its original – with most of what made the original so special tactfully removed.

That’s not to say Downhill is bad – it’s not. It’s perfectly fine. And anyone watching it who hasn’t seen Force Majeure beforehand might find even more to love. But even removing Force Majeure from the equation, Downhill harkens back to the era of forgettable ’90s rom-coms, where any semblance of conflict is tidily wrapped up by the time the credits roll.

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Disney is looking within its circle of Lucasfilm regulars for a writer to replace Hossein Amini on the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels creator Dave Filoni and longtime Star Wars TV writer Christopher Yost are among those being eyed by Disney as the new Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series writer. Both Filoni and Yost are part of the Disney+ family as well, having written episodes of The Mandalorian, with Filoni also directing two of them.

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