Movies Starring Real-Life Fathers and Daughters, Ranked
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by Tim Grierson
12h ago
Ewan McGregor’s new film is personal for him. The story of a father and daughter on a road trip, “Bleeding Love” examines these characters’ frayed relationship as they try to heal old wounds. But while the drama isn’t strictly autobiographical, some of its themes — addiction, the trauma of divorce on children — definitely echo McGregor’s own life. Making those themes even more resonant is the fact that his daughter in the film is played by his real-life daughter Clara, who co-wrote the original story.  Those who check out “Bleeding Love” will undoubtedly be intrigued by the real-world pa ..read more
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Berlin Film Festival 2024: Dahomey, My Favorite Cake, A Traveler's Needs
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by Robert Daniels
12h ago
If I have another dispatch with three films of this quality, then Berlin will have been an incredible success. Each selection here is an intimate, at moments, meditative interrogation of memory and the brutal passage of time composed through a historic, personable, and hilarious lens. They’re also from two dependable auteurs and two newer filmmakers, each relying on a unique spontaneity for their respective subject.   Back in December 2021, the Republic of Benin, formerly Dahomey, finally convinced France to repatriate 26 artifacts looted by French colonizers over a hundred years ag ..read more
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#478 February 20, 2024
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by Matt Fagerholm
1d ago
Matt writes: Our Editor at Large Matt Zoller Seitz recently posted a very well-received essay entitled, "Why Deleting and Destroying Finished Movies Like 'Coyote vs Acme' Should Be a Crime." You can read the article in its entirety here, and view the first few paragraphs below... There’s an old joke about a guy who murders his parents, then throws himself on the mercy of the court because he’s an orphan.  A variant of this thinking is becoming an accepted strategy at major entertainment corporations like Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD), which adopted a scorched earth brand of accounting afte ..read more
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Colman Domingo Delivered the Best Performance of 2023 in Rustin, Will Receive AAFCA Award on February 21st
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by Chaz Ebert
1d ago
Colman Domingo burst onto the screen as civil rights leader Rustin Bayard in "Rustin," and his performance was so strong that I cannot stop thinking about it.  Domingo nailed Rustin's vaguely mid-Atlantic accent, his ferocious drive and aching vulnerability. When he finds himself overcome with emotion at a key moment in the film, I found my tears flowing along with his own. His performance was hands down my favorite of 2023, and he will receive the Best Actor Award at the 15th annual African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Awards this&nbs ..read more
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The Second Season of Will Trent Premieres as Charming as Ever
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by Cristina Escobar
2d ago
The procedural is back and ABC’s “Will Trent” is a prime example of its charm and potential for success. The first season was a breakthrough hit, with its premiere attracting 18.1 million viewers. It even got some award nominations, mostly for star Ramón Rodríguez’s work in the titular role.  It turns out the old TV formulas still work and the first episode of “Will Trent’s” second season has all the elements fans of the genre have come to expect — there are clues both obvious and opaque, murders and murderers, and of course hard-scrabble characters, wounded by the many horrors ..read more
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Berlin Film Festival 2024: Meanwhile on Earth, La Cocina, Another End
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by Robert Daniels
2d ago
The best part about attending most major film festivals, apart from the film and the people, is visiting their theaters — local jewels that recall the magic inherent in the phrase “movie house.” This is my first Berlinale, and for this dispatch I managed to see each one of the selections in a different theater: For “Meanwhile on Earth,” I sat in the resplendent Zoo Palast, a spacious yet intimate venue highlighted by its scarlet palette and a gold trimmed curtain intimating the treasured screen that sits behind it. The Verti Music Hall served as the meeting place for “La Cocina,” the venue’s ..read more
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Jean-Pierre Jeunet Isn’t Anything Like Amélie, but He’s Trying
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by Tim Grierson
2d ago
Jean-Pierre Jeunet excuses himself in the midst of our interview. “Give me one second,” the 70-year-old French filmmaker says over Zoom from Provence. “My dogs are knocking at the door.” It’s nighttime in France, and his pets mean the world to him, which is why he wants to make sure to let them in where it’s safe. “We have wolves,” he explains, “so it’s reassuring to have the little dogs inside.” No one would be surprised to learn that Jeunet has a soft heart — just look at his most enduring film, “Amélie,” which was re-released in theaters in honor of Valentine’s Day. The story of a whimsica ..read more
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Berlin Film Festival 2024: Small Things Like These, Crossing, Cuckoo
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by Robert Daniels
3d ago
It’s early, but the Berlinale has already granted three enriching films of distinctly different backgrounds. In fact, usually for these dispatches, I try to pair films of similar genres. In this instance, I think having these works together clues you into the variety on display at this year’s festival.  “Small Things Like These,” an intimate character study, rich in texture and set in Ireland, is big on the important things. Bill Furlong (Cillian Murphy) is a local coal distributor, and with his wife is a father to five girls. In the days leading up to Christmas 1985, he sees a ghastly s ..read more
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America’s Greatest Threat? A New Documentary Argues It’s Christian Nationalism
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by Tim Grierson
5d ago
In an election year full of anxiety, documentary filmmaker Dan Partland has given us another reason to lose sleep at night. The director of “Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump” returns with “God & Country,” a sobering examination of the rise of Christian Nationalism in the United States, collecting an array of experts, authors and pastors to dissect how a far-right fringe perverted the tenets of Christianity to build a frightening, militant national movement. And in case you think such concerns are overblown, the film draws compelling connections between the January 6th insurrection an ..read more
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Spirit Awards 2024: A Platform for Essential Independent Films
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by Chaz Ebert
5d ago
The Spirit Awards, hosted by Film Independent, will take place Sunday, February 25, and once again will be held under a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. The organization is helmed by its President, Josh Welsh, and Brenda Robinson, the Chair of the board of directors. I was pleased to be appointed recently to the Advisory Board of this dynamic nonprofit arts organization—along with Kasi Lemmons ("Eve's Bayou") and Lulu Wang ("The Farewell")—and it jogged my memory to some years back when the role of independent film had a much more difficult path.  ..read more
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