The dirty secret of culture writers on movie websites is that most of us don’t write lists to irritate people itching for the comments section. We do it to celebrate a big batch of films. I swear. We want to grab our pom poms for these things, especially the underrated work, and “The Underseen Gem” might as well be Bleecker Street‘s motto.
Cheerleading is exactly what this list is meant to do. Maybe it’s in the right qualitative order. Who knows. I simply want to draw attention to a quality distributor that nonetheless doesn’t get the same religiously whispered street cred as A24 or Annapurna. Led by former Focus Features exec Andrew Karpen, Bleecker Street isn’t as experimental as those outfits, but it still releases compelling, rich features for adult audiences. Whenever someone complains that the mid-budget movie is dead, that the ’90s-style era of solid drama is over, I always want to write “Bleecker Street” on a napkin and slap it on their forehead.
So, no clever introduction (most would skip over it to get to the numbers anyway) hyping their dense output in only 3 years. No hiding my purpose here. Everyone reads lists, so maybe this one will get more people watching their movies.
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Over the past few years, Matt Ross has made two notable career achievements. The first achievement: playing one of today’s funniest villains on TV in Silicon Valley. The second: writing and directing Captain Fantastic, a movie with a big, authentic heart. Ross is doing some fantastic work in front of and behind the camera, and he intends on getting behind the camera again soon with a science-fiction thriller called Tomorrow and Tomorrow.
Below, learn more about the new Matt Ross sci-fi project.
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Continuing our push through awards season, the Screen Actors Guild announced their nominations for the 23rd annual SAG Awards, honoring achievements in acting as voted on by film, television, radio, commercial and other media professionals.
The 2017 SAG Awards nominations this year give plenty of love to Manchester by the Sea with four total nominations, though films like La La Land got plenty of love as well. We’re also starting to see Hidden Figures and Captain Fantastic get some more awards love as Moonlight didn’t score quite as many nominations as we’ve been seeing in other awards. If you’re a blockbuster fan, Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange each received a nomination too.
On the TV side of things, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story continues to get praise across the board for plenty of the show’s performances, but there are also some nominees from Westworld, Game of Thrones and Stranger Things in there as well.
Get the full list of the 2017 SAG Awards nominations after the jump.
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There’s been an influx of new movie posters for some of the films coming in the second half of this year, including the later part of summer and up through this fall. The new one sheets include two Suicide Squad posters featuring tasty cereal and a mushroom cloud; a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sheet with a shimmering glimpse at Eddie Redmayne; a foreign teaser poster for Moana; a celebratory Father’s Day promo for Baywatch; an alternate Captain Fantastic poster designed by Shepard Fairey; and a colorful Korean poster for Ghostbusters.
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Earlier this week we covered some of the biggest major releases coming out this summer. But maybe you’re like me — with a few exceptions (The Nice Guys, The BFG, and Jason Bourne), few popcorn movies coming up have me thinking, “I gotta see that.” There are plenty of releases to look forward to, of course, it’s just that very few major titles truly pop when I look over what’s opening in theaters soon.
If you wish there were more options this summer, then luckily for you there are plenty of limited releases to seek out. If you frequent the site, then you’ve probably already read about a few of these upcoming films. But just don’t forget actually to see them when they hit theaters. If you need a breather from all of the hero’s journeys, explosions, and talking CG animals, then the arthouse cinemas have got you covered.
Below, check out our summer movie preview for some independent films you shouldn’t miss.
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Captain Fantastic didn’t make our best of Sundance list earlier this year, but both Peter and Ethan enjoyed the film. Overall, the reviews were slightly mixed, and now having seen the trailer, it’s easy to see why. Captain Fantastic, which stars Viggo Mortensen (The Road), looks like a potentially overly quirky family drama, the kind of film we see a little too often, but maybe that’s not the case. Plenty of critics suggested the film is far more than that, and the trailer isn’t without promise.
Watch the Captain Fantastic trailer below.
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