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Barking Great Time Trailer: Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs!

A twelve-year old boy sets out to rescue his dog from the quarantined Isle of Dogs in Wes Anderson’s new animated film, Isle of Dogs.

An all-star voice cast and a soundtrack featuring unique bands (like the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band and Emerson Lake and Palmer) gives the trailer a special vibe.

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs premieres on March 23, 2018.

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Let’s Play Trailer: The Battle of the Sexes!

The Battle of the Sexes – Billie Jean King (Emma Stone), Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) – Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

In 1973, the 55-year old Bobby Riggs (a former #1-ranked men’s tennis player) and 29-year old Billie Jean King (highly ranked on the women’s tennis circuit) played a match to see whether a man, even at his age, could beat a top flight woman player.

Battle of the Sexes is the story of both the match and the stories behind the scenes.

Battle of the Sexes will be in theaters on September 22nd.

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Fox Searchlight Acquires Jersey Rapper Film Patti Cake$!

The tale of a poor Jersey girl seeking success as a rapper, Patti Cake$ has been acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures for worldwide distribution.

The film, by first time writer/director Geremy Jasper, stars Australian actor Danielle Macdonald as aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$. Cathy Moriarty plays her supportive grandmother.

The film was acquired at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and will been released later this year. Details follow…

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Insta-Family Trailer: Wilson!

Laura Dern as “Pippi” and Woody Harrelson as “Wilson” in the film WILSON.
Photo by Wilson Webb. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

When Wilson, a totally honest misanthrope, discovers he has a teenage daughter he’s never met, he sets out to become a part of her life.

Wilson stars Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern and Isabel Amara. It opens on March 24th. The trailer follows the break.

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Guillermo Del Toro Begins Shooting The Shape of Water!

Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo Del Toro has begun production on his next film, The Shape of Water – which he is shooting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (where he filmed Pacific Rim).

The Shape of Water ‘is an other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963.’

Del Toro’s cast includes Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer.

More details follow the break.

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Day 1 of Doomed Friendship!

me and earl - My Mom Made Me Do It

As good a movie as The Fault in Our Stars was, it was still a movie in which dying was gauzy and romantic and the leads fell in love and went to Amsterdam.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is almost the exact opposite of that.

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True Story: A Distillation of Evil From A Slight Remove!

True Story - Prison Visit

True Story is, oddly enough, based on a true story – Christian Longo murdered his family and disappeared. When he was captured, in Mexico, he was posing as a journalist named Mike Finkel. Mike Finkel was a New York Times reporter who was fired for fabricating the subject of an important story – and became the only person Longo would talk to.

Finkel’s book, True Story, detailed those conversations and was a bestseller. The film adapted from the book is intriguing, occasionally compelling but creates a distance between itself and its audience that it almost but not quite earns back.

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance): A Fabulous Fiction Rooted In Truth!

birdman

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a brilliant bombastic, bizarre skewering of: superhero movies, egocentric actors, actors’ insecurities, Broadway, Broadway critics, and pretty much all things entertainment.

The story of Riggan Thomson’s (Michael Keaton) effort to be taken seriously as an actor/director/playwright after having starred in three superhero movies twenty years ago – Birdman is directed as a continuous shot (which is difficult because the film takes place over a considerably longer period that its two-hour running time).

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MOVIE REVIEW: Whip It! – Fun Film Refreshes Cliches!

Drew Barrymore and Juno. That may be the first thought of a lot of people when they first think about Barrymore’s debut as a feature director, Whip It. Fortunately, Whip It is not Juno on roller skates [four-wheelers – remember them?]. The only connection between the two films is that Ellen Page gives dazzling performances in them.

Whip It poster

Whip It is about a lot of things: families [natural and surrogate]; the exuberance of sports – and its importance, or lack of same, in our lives; independence from, but not losing the respect of one’s parents; feminism as an empowering of the individual rather than the emasculating of the other, and so on…

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