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Philadelphia Film Festival Sets Program Including ‘Knives Out,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘Waves’

The Philadelphia Film Festival has announced the program for its 28th edition, kicking off on Oct. 17 with Destin Daniel Cretton’s “Just Mercy,” starring Michael B. Jordan.Also screening on opening night are “Parasite,” “Cunningham,” “Come As You Are,” “Bikram: Yogi, Guru” and “The Lodge.”Sponsored by the Philadelphia Film Society, the festival wraps on Oct. 25 […]

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Philadelphia Film Festival Sets Program Including ‘Knives Out,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘Waves’

The Philadelphia Film Festival has announced the program for its 28th edition, kicking off on Oct. 17 with Destin Daniel Cretton’s “Just Mercy,” starring Michael B. Jordan.Also screening on opening night are “Parasite,” “Cunningham,” “Come As You Are,” “Bikram: Yogi, Guru” and “The Lodge.”Sponsored by the Philadelphia Film Society, the festival wraps on Oct. 25 […]

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2020 Adapted Screenplay Oscars Contenders & Pretenders

A funny thing happened on the way to the 2019 awards season campaign. The almost always competitive Adapted Screenplay category became…not so competitive? Granted, there is always room for surprises, but many of Oscar’s heavy hitters this year are in the Original Screenplay mix. That means Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell,” Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” and […]

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Advantage, ‘Jojo Rabbit’: Here’s What Happens After the Tiff Audience Award

The morning after “Jojo Rabbit” made its world premiere in Toronto, Taika Waititi, the 44-year-old New Zealand actor-writer-director, was understandably confused. His movie played through the roof with audiences who cheered his lighthearted but serious fable about a lonely young Nazi enthusiast (Roman Griffin Davis) and his imaginary friend Hitler (Waititi), who finds himself fighting […]

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Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Wins Top Prize at Toronto Film Festival Awards

Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” has won the coveted People’s Choice Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.The honor positions the film for a potential Oscar run and bolsters its awards chances. That’s good news for Fox Searchlight, which must have been disappointed by the lackluster critical reception for the movie, a dark comedy set […]

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‘Jojo Rabbit’ Claims Tiff Audience Award

Director Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” took home the Toronto International Film Festival’s 2019 Audience Award on Sunday, with Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” and Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” claiming the runner-up prizes.The Tiff People’s Choice Award has, in recent years, presaged an eventual Best Picture Academy Award nominee — and, in some cases, a winner. Last […]

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Jojo Rabbit’

Long ago, turning Nazi Germany into a joke was verboten. Or, at least, it seems like it was; it’s actually hard to imagine a time when that was the case. Charlie Chaplin made Hitler into a figure of ridicule in “The Great Dictator,” released in 1940. I grew up watching “Hogan’s Heroes,” which portrayed life […]

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Taika Waititi Admits He “Felt Weird” About Playing Hitler In ‘Jojo Rabbit’

If you’ve spent any meaningful amount of time online, you’ve likely encountered someone who complains—loudly and frequently—about the Hollwyood movies that could never get made today. They often use movies like “Blazing Saddles“ as proof that Hollywood’s political correctness is running unchecked and that visionary directors are forced to work with one creative hand tied […]

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‘Jojo Rabbit’ Official Trailer: Taika Waititi Becomes Hitler and Destroys Nazi Germany

Taika Waititi’s imagination runs wild in the official trailer for “Jojo Rabbit,” one of Fox Searchlight’s big indie releases this fall movie season. The movie stars Waititi opposite newcomer Roman Griffin Davis, who plays a young boy in Nazi Germany whose nationalistic worldview is thrown for a loop after he discovers his mother (Scarlett Johansson) […]

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