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‘Showing Up’ Review: A Stressed Artist Befriends a Wounded Pigeon in Kelly Reichardt’s Feather-Light Comedy

“First Cow” may not have been anywhere near as soul-devouringly sad as “Wendy and Lucy,” but that bittersweet frontier comedy about two friends who get milked to death while trying to make an honest buck was still bleak enough to leave me very scared for the heroine of Kelly Reichardt’s latest film about desperate people […]

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‘Showing Up’ Review: Kelly Reichardt Captivates With A Warm & Comical Look At The World Of Arts & Crafts [Cannes]

The exquisite and sublime journeys of Oregon-based filmmaker Kelly Reichardt are arguably, more or less, incidental or oblique political statements about survival in America, often focusing on two or more friends, usually outsiders, and their struggle to endure. “Wendy And Lucy,” about a destitute woman and her soulmate canine companion, was overt about human inequity […]

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Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Title ‘Joyland’ Swooped on by Condor in France (Exclusive)

Condor has picked up French rights to Saim Sadiq’s drama “Joyland” ahead of its world premiere in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. The title, the first Pakistani film to be selected in Cannes, will vie for the Caméra d’Or.Film Constellation is representing international sales rights. WME Independent is representing North American rights.Sadiq’s debut feature centers on […]

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‘First Cow’s’ John Magaro Leads Ensemble Cast of Southern Thriller ‘All the Names We Buried’ (Exclusive)

Originally planned to shoot in early 2020, before Covid-19 lockdowns made that an impossibility, producer-turned-director Thomas Torrey’s “All the Names We Buried” is pitching in the Proof of Concept section of the Frontieres Platform at the Cannes Marché du Film, looking to reignite the project’s pre-covid buzz and recuperate lost financing. In a move likely […]

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35 Must-See Movies Rejected by the Oscars in 2021

The long and winding road to the 93rd Academy Awards is almost over, as the 2021 Oscar winners are set to be revealed this Sunday, April 25. Expected contenders such as “Nomadland,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “Mank,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Sound of Metal,” and “Minari” all racked up multiple nominations across various […]

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‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ Gets Oscar Boost from Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

In recent years, the Film Independent Spirit Awards nominating juries have looked away from the Oscars, and this year is no exception. But in a sign of the times, the Spirits added new television categories this time around. Thus Netflix dominated the 2021 nominations from the Spirit nominating committees, scoring 11 nominations over seven features […]

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30th Annual Gotham Award Winners List (Updating Live)

The 2020-21 awards season gets its first prominent awards ceremony with the 30th Annual Gotham Awards. Eleven competitive awards will be given out to the best films, performances, and television series of the previous year. Feature films with multiple nominees include “First Cow,” “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” “Nomadland,” and “Saint Frances.” All of this year’s […]

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How to Watch the 2020 Gotham Awards Live Online

The 2020 Gotham Awards have already made history, with all of this year’s best feature nominees directed by women. The ceremony, which will livestream on the Independent Filmmaker Project and Variety’s Facebook pages beginning at 8 p.m. Et, is sure to offer more of the same.The 30th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards contenders are led […]

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Florida Film Critics Join ‘First Cow’ Stampede — Film News in Brief

Monday, Dec. 21“First Cow” Declared Best Picture with Florida Film Critics CircleThe Florida Film Critics Circle awarded its top prize to “First Cow,” and the film’s John Magaro also received a nod in the Best Actor category as a runner up.Current Oscar frontrunner and festival darling “Nomadland” also landed two wins, Best Director for Chloe […]

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LA Film Critics Select Steve McQueen’s ‘Small Axe’ As Best Film

If it’s a Sunday in December it means it’s time for the Los Angeles Film Critics Association to hand out their year-end honors. The big winner was Steve McQueen’s film anthology commissioned for the BBC and Amazon Prime Video, “Small Axe.” It took Best Film, Best Cinematography and McQueen was runner up for Best Director.Read […]

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