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Compartment No 6 review – bittersweet brief encounter on an Arctic-bound train

Two wildly mismatched travellers find themselves sharing a sleeping compartment from Moscow to Murmansk in Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen’s beguiling romanceBack in the early 1990s, while covering the filming of the bizarre Russian-backed, Ukraine-set horror movie Dark Waters, I spent 17 hours on a midnight train from Moscow to Odesa. To this day I can […]

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Film Festival Cologne Gets Physical With In-Theater Screenings

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Film Festival Cologne will be one of the first major festivals in Europe to take place entirely physically as the coronavirus continues to wane in Germany. It runs Oct. 1-8. Launched in 1991 as the Cologne Conference, as it was known until 2016, the international film and television […]

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Todd Haynes Quarantined with His Editor to Finish His Queer Velvet Underground Doc

Todd Haynes is making his documentary feature debut with the upcoming “The Velvet Underground,” a dive into the makings of the 1960s band led by Lou Reed and the cultural landscape that surrounded them. Haynes recently teased the film, currently in post-production, during an extended conversation hosted by the Museum of Modern Art, embedded below.The […]

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Todd Haynes: ‘People who say Trump is bound to win are letting it happen’

His film Dark Waters is a thriller about a lawyer who took on DuPont over chemical pollution. The director talks about why activism works – and why defeatism is collaborationWhen Todd Haynes was promoting his glam-rock fantasy Velvet Goldmine in 1998, he knew exactly what he wanted. “We have a very modest goal for this […]

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The Truth About Oscar’s Reality-Based Films

In the first 72 years of the Academy Awards (1927-99), 14 fact-based movies won the best-picture prize, or 19%. In the 21st century, fact-based films have won 33% of the time.Last year, three of 2018’s four acting winners were playing real-life characters. And six of the eight best-picture contenders were fact-based, including winner “The Green […]

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Michael Apted’s ’63 Up’ Debuts; ‘The Two Popes’ Sets Limited Run – Specialty B.O. Preview

As indie darlings and awards season contenders like Parasite, Jojo Rabbit, The Lighthouse, Waves and Dark Waters continue to impress, the Thanksgiving weekend has a handful of offerings when it comes to the specialty box office.This week will see the premiere of Michael Apted’s 63 Up, the latest installment of his acclaimed Up Series. The […]

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Can a movie bring about major corporate change?

The release of Dark Waters, an angry fact-based drama about chemical company DuPont poisoning a small town, hopes to bring attention to a wider issueLast weekend saw the Us release of Dark Waters, director Todd Haynes’s true-life account of corporate defense attorney turned environmental activist Robert Bilott’s (Mark Ruffalo) decade-plus struggle to expose DuPont Chemical […]

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‘Dark Waters’ And ‘Citizen K’ Have Decent Debuts On Quiet Weekend, ‘The Lighthouse’ Crosses $10M – Specialty Box Office

All was fairly quiet on the specialty box office front the weekend before Thanksgiving.Todd Haynes’ legal thriller Dark Waters has played well with critics as it sits at a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, and it has the potential to reach the masses. This weekend, the awards season contender starring Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway had […]

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