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Oscar Contender ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Is Now Playing In Theaters

Writer/director Martin McDonagh’s latest dramatic dark-comedy, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri drew mass acclaim on the film festival circuit this season, winning awards at BIFA, and the Venice Film and Toronto International Film Festivals. McDonagh, along with lead cast members Frances McDormand (Fargo, Almost Famous) and Woody Harrelson (No Country For Old Men, Zombieland) are already expected to receive Oscar nominations for their telling of a mid-Western mother (Mildred Hayes) who abruptly calls out the local sheriffs department for failing to resolve their investigation into her daughter’s brutal murder. Supporting actor Sam Rockwell (The Green Mile, Moon) is also being praised for his role as second-in-command Officer Dixon, in a film Woody Harrelson describes in the Hollywood Reporter as, “Super Troopers meets Seven Psychopaths,” (the latter another of McDonagh’s feature films).

Three Billboards was a huge hit at the British Independent Film Awards, winning for Best Music and Best Editing and receiving nominations for Best Director, Best Actress (McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Harrelson and Rockwell), Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. Additionally, Three Billboards won the Feature Film award at the Denver International Film Festival, as well as Best Screenplay (Venice Film Festival), Gala/Special Presentations for McDonagh (TIFF), Overall Winner (Leeds), and Supporting Actor of the Year for Rockwell (Hollywood Film Awards). The trailer is nothing short of mesmerizing, and all bets say this one will be one of the top contenders of the Holiday season, so be sure to see it on the big screen before all the theaters are teeming with Star Wars fanatics.

Garth Davis’s New Indie Drama ‘Lion’ With Dev Patel Now Playing In Theaters

Australian director Garth Davis’ debut feature film Lion is now playing in theaters. Based on Saroo Brierley‘s memoir A Long Way Home, the film chronicles Brierley’s 25-year journey to reunite with his family in India after being separated from them at a young age. The film has received mostly positive reviews after premiering at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals earlier in 2016, and with award season coming up, it’s expected to earn a certain amount of recognition. Dev Patel stars as Brierley, a role similar to that he portrayed in the 2008 coming-home drama Slumdog Millionaire. Needless to say some critics have come down on the actor for his choice of playing such a similar role, but the direction of Davis is said to be outstanding, presenting an admirable, and touching drama of family and tribulation. Appearing in the supporting cast are actors Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Carol), David Wehham (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 300), and Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Cold Mountain). Screenwriter Luke Davies (Candy, Life) adapted the script from Saroo and Larry Buttrose, and the film is distributed by the Weinstein Company. Check your local listings for showtimes near you, and be sure to catch this one in theaters while you can!

2016 Toronto International Film Festival Now Playing Through September 18th


Trailer for The Magnificent Seven, which will play at this year’s TIFF.

The 2016 Toronto International Film Festival is taking place between September 8th and September 18th. As usual the festival features an extensive line-up of impressive contenders. Check out the full line-up of movies with IMDB’s TIFF 2016 Guide by clicking here

Meanwhile back home, if you’re planning on seeing a movie this weekend, check out the new Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino) drama Sully, based on the events surrounding Captain Chelsey Sullenberger‘s miraculous 2009 landing of a commercial airliner in New York’s Hudson River. Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan) stars in the role of Sully, and is joined onscreen by Aaron Eckhardt (Thank You For Smoking, The Dark Knight), and Laura Linney (Mystic River, The Savages). The film already received high marks at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year, so chances are it will be worth your time to see. Enjoy the weekend!

Toronto International Film Festival Headliners ‘Trumbo’ and ‘Spotlight’ Opening In Theaters This Friday


Movie-goers will have no shortage of great movies to see this weekend. Friday will not only have the chance to see The Peanuts Movie and the new James Bond installment, Spectre, but fans of festival-circuit films will also be able to see two major picks from this years’ Toronto International Film Festival. The first is the biographical drama from director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery) with Golden Globe winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Godzilla) titled Trumbo. The film follows the famous screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who along with 300 other writers and filmmakers in Hollywood was blacklisted by the federal government during the Red Scare era of the American 1950s. Trumbo is, perhaps, one of the more interesting cases; he continued to write scripts under anonymous surnames while he was blacklisted and even won Oscars for his work on Roman Holiday (1953) and The Brave One (1956). Making up the supporting cast are actors Diane Lane (Unfaithful, Man of Steel), Helen Mirren (The Queen, The Hundred-Foot Journey), Louis C.K. (Louie, American Hustle), Elle Fanning (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Maleficent), John Goodman (The Big Lebowski, Argo), and Michael Stuhlbarg (Pawn Sacrifice, Steve Jobs), in a script adpated by John McNamara (Jericho, Aquarius) from the book Dalton Trumbo by author Bruce Cook. The second Toronto International Film Festival contender opening in theaters this week is also a biographical drama titled Spotlight. This film comes from Oscar-nominated writer/director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, Million Dollar Arm) and chronicles the investigative journalist team at the Boston Globe that uncovered the scandal in the Catholic Church revolving around child molestation and cover-up deals within the Archdiocese. Co-written by screenwriter Josh Singer (Fringe, The Fifth Estate), the film stars Mark Ruffalo (Shutter Island, The Avengers), Michael Keaton (Batman, Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Rachel McAdams (Wedding Crashers, Midnight in Paris), Liev Schreiber (Defiance, Salt), John Slattery (Mad Men, Flags of our Fathers), and Stanley Tucci (Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Hunger Games), and also received high marks at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. Either of these will make great picks to see on the big screen, so be sure to get to the movie theaters in the next week or so to see them while they are still available! The trailer for Trumbo is available here on MADE.

Indie Horror Film ‘Goodnight Mommy’ Opening In Theaters September 11th

This September indie-movie writing/directing team Severin Fiala (Elephant Skin, The End of Walnut Grove) and Veronika Franz (Kern, Import/Export) will see their latest film Goodnight Mommy open on the big screen. The movie follows a pair of twin 9-year-old boys awaiting the return of their mother in an isolated wooded cabin, but when she comes back bandaged after having plastic surgery and unrecognizable to the boys, they begin to question her true identity, leading to a struggle of trust between mother and sons. Actress Susanne Wuest (Anatares, Judas Goat) leads the cast as the boys’ mother, with Elias and Lukas Schwartz starring as the twin boys. The film was nominated for the Venice Horizon Award for Best Film at 2014’s Venice Film Festival and was also well received at Stockholm and Montclair Film Festival(s). Goodnight Mommy will be available on big screens across the country this September 11th; check your local theater listings for showtimes. Enjoy!

New Documentary ‘The Look of Silence’ Now Playing In Theaters

A new documentary titled The Look of Silence from director Joshua Oppenheimer (The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase, The Globalisation Tapes) is now playing in theaters across the country. A follow-up by Oppenheimer’s Oscar-nominated 2012 documentary The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence follows a family that survives the recent genocides in Indonesia (that was the subject of The Act of Killing) as they confront the men responsible for carrying out the heinous acts against them. The film has received generally positive reviews, particularly at the New York, Venice, and Toronto International Film festivals, although some critics have stated that it does not live-up to the intriguing storytelling and filmmaking Oppenheimer displayed in The Act of Killing. Regardless of what the critics say I would definitely recommend seeing this one if you enjoy good documentary filmmaking, but be sure to watch The Act of Killing first, as Oppenheimer conceived of this new film being the ‘Part 2’ of Act of Killing from the beginning. Check your local listings for showtimes and locations. Enjoy!

New Film ‘Heaven Knows What’ From Directors Ben And Joshua Safdie Opening May 29th


Directing brothers Ben and Joshua Safdie (The Black Baloon, Lenny Cooke) will see their dramatic 2014 hit Heaven Knows What opening in theaters this May 29th. The film received recognition at the Venice Film Festival last year and was also shown at this year’s SXSW Festival. Adapted by Joshua and fellow screenwriter Ronald Bronstein (Frownland, Go Get Some Rosemary) from a book by Arielle Holmes (Winter’s Dream), the story follows Harley and Ilya (played by author Arielle Holmes), the latter of whom struggles with heroin addiction, but who, at Harley’s request to prove her love, slits her wrists to save herself and their relationship in this intense psychological drama. Holmes based the book and character on her real-life experiences as a heroin addict and the lengths she and her fellow users would go to in order to get their fix. Making up the supporting cast are actors Caleb Landry Jones (No Country For Old Men, X-Men: First Class), and Eleanore Hendricks (A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, Nancy Please). The movie opens in theaters nationwide this May 29th, and from the looks of the trailer it will be pretty intense. The trailer alone will take you back to 2000’s hard-hitting drug-drama Requiem For A Dream. Check it out here on MADE!

‘Birdman Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance’ Opens October 17th In New York And L.A.

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Although most of us won’t have the opportunity to see this one unless we’re in New York City or Los Angeles, it is still a project worth bringing to your attention. Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel, Biutiful) released a new film at this year’s Venice Film Festival titled Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance. The film features an all star cast lead by Michael Keaton and also featuring Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. The story follows an actor who, at the height of his career, portrayed an iconic superhero (Birdman) and now must overcome his eccentric ego in order to reclaim his seat in the spotlight by taking a role in a Broadway play. Inarritu directed the film from a screenplay written by himself and screenwriters Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo. Birdman has already seen several additional releases in the United States, including the Telluride Film Festival in August and the New York Film Festival, Hamptons International, and Philadelphia International Film Festivals earlier this month. Chicagoans will get a chance to see it on the 18th as part of the Chicago International Film Festival, but a nationwide theatrical release has not yet been announced. Stay tuned for more information.

Extended Director’s Cut Of ‘Nymphomaniac’ Coming This Fall

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Having already been screened at the Berlin and Venice film festivals earlier this year, director Lars von Trier is prepping his new five and a half hour Director’s Cut of Nymphomaniac at Fantastic Fest later this month. The Oscar-nominated director released the film in two parts this year (Volumes 1 and 2) and while the two films together run a total of about 4 hours, Trier has added even more uncut footage for the 5.5-hour cut. Volumes 1 and 2 are currently available on Netflix, but is scheduled to hit shelves on VOD this October 2nd. Nymphomaniac follows the story of a woman named Joe who recounts the details of her almost countless explicit and sexual experiences with men since she was a teenager to Seligman, who finds her beaten in an ally in the opening of the film, with Volume 2 drawing on more details from Volume 1 as Joe comes into adulthood. The film is helmed by Charlotte
Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Willam Dafoe and Uma Thurman. If you feel you can muster a five and half hour movie in one sitting (pending an intermission), definitely check it out on the festival scene, or you can wait for the VOD release or go in Netflix and split it in half. Whatever floats your boat really, but it’s definitely worth the watch.

London Film Festival

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Tis the season of film fests! The Chicago and New York Film Festivals are both happening this fall, as well as the Venice and Toronto celebrations. London’s Film Festival has just released more information on their film line-up for 2013. The New York Festival, like the London Film Festival, will be kicking off with director Paul Greengrass’s Captain Philips, and the Venice fest is opening with Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity. The New York fest will also close with the new movie from Spike Jones, entitled Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson. Her revolves around a man living in the near-future who begins to fall in love with an AI robot (voiced by Johansson). The London Film Festival will be closing with Saving Mr. Banks, the biopic that tells of the making of Mary Poppins, starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. Hanks will be getting some good marketing this year; both his films are based on real-life characters; some heavier material since his last major appearance with Halle Berry in 2012’s Cloud Atlas. The London Film Festival will run from the 9th to the 20th of October and is being put on by British Film Institue.