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Why Viggo Mortensen Deserves to Win the Oscar for Best Actor

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There’s a moment early on in “Captain Fantastic” where Viggo Mortensen’s Ben Cash, still reeling from the news of his wife’s suicide, addresses his children on the matter. “Last night ...

Diego Luna On Why Movies Are Needed Now More Than Ever

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It’s a weird time to be at a film festival. If sitting in the dark to watch a movie for two hours can feel a lot like burying your head ...

‘Zootopia’: How Disney Anticipated Trump’s America With That Ice Cream Scene

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The zeitgeist-grabbing “Zootopia” continues to resonate with even greater relevance nearly a year after its release — and less than a month after the divisive Trump election. And for directors ...

Richard Linklater Directs PSA Slamming Texas’ Anti-Transgender Bathroom Bill

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The recent wave of so-called bathroom bills, which seem to be predicated on the notion that transgender people either didn’t exist or weren’t using public restrooms until a few years ...

How the Oscar-Nominated ‘Fire at Sea’ Changed The Life of Its Heroic Doctor

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Years before Pietro Bartolo became the star of an Oscar-nominated documentary, he nearly drowned at sea. Bartolo began his career as a fisherman, trawling the same Mediterranean waters between Italy ...

Pakistan Is Still Banning Indian Cinema, and All Movie Lovers Should Be Concerned About It

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At the end of January, Pakistan lifted a ban placed in 2016 on the import of Indian films into the country. In a step welcomed by supporters of cinema, cultural ...

Santa Barbara Film Festival 2017: Isabelle Huppert Revisits Her Career and Films With Anne Thompson

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On Wednesday, February 8, Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert was honored with the Montecito Award for her work in Paul Verhoeven’s acclaimed film “Elle” at the 2017 Santa Barbara International Film ...

‘The Great Wall’ Review: It’s Not Hollywood Whitewashing, It’s Just an Awful Movie

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First, there was that inexplicable half-hour climax in “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which exported the entire cast to Beijing. Now, Matt Damon’s battling mystical forces in medieval China. Hollywood and ...

Broad Green Pictures Is Missing Release Dates and Angering Filmmakers. Here’s Why.

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It was baffling when distributor Broad Green Pictures pulled Lucy Walker’s “Untitled Buena Vista Social Club Documentary” from the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, the same day as its ...

Karyn Kusama On Making Horror Films and Fighting Evil in the Age of Trump

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No one is more surprised by Karyn Kusama’s second act as a horror filmmaker than Kusama herself. Best known in the early aughts for her girl power-driven, high energy offerings ...

New Ways to See Non-Fiction: How MoMA Doc Fortnight Brings a Fresh Perspective to Documentary Films

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) kicks off its 16th annual Doc Fortnight on Thursday, a 10-day festival that includes 20 feature-length non-fiction films and 10 documentary shorts. This year’s ...

The Craft of ‘Moonlight’: How a $1.5 Million Indie Landed Eight Oscar Nominations

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As the A24 logo appears on screen the sound of ocean waves and Boris Gardiner’s soulful 1973 “Every N***r is a Star” comes on the soundtrack. The film then cuts ...

‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Director Travis Knight Works In a Creative Bubble, And Is Better For It: Awards Spotlight

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At multiple points throughout “Kubo and the Two Strings,” the title character instructs his audience to “pay careful attention.” Luckily, the team behind one of 2016’s most striking animated films ...

Why Martin Scorsese’s Netflix Deal Is The Future of Cinema (And That’s OK)

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Depending on what you read and how you browse, Netflix is either destroying our culture or defining its priorities. The platform is a paradigm for impulsive viewing habits and making ...

‘The Salesman’: Will Academy Members Give it an Oscar To Protest Trump?

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As voters hover over their ballots, which are due February 21, the Best Foreign-Language Feature category presents a dilemma that’s unique to this year. Traditionally, many don’t vote in this ...

Why ‘La La Land’ Was So Much Harder to Edit Than ‘Whiplash’

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From an editing perspective, there couldn’t be two films more different than Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” and his “La La Land.” While both feature musical performances, “La La Land” is anchored ...