July 2019 archive

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

For most of its running time, David Leitch’s “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” delivers the goods one would expect from its ridiculous title. After all, what are audiences really here for? They want some banter between stars Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson? Check. They want them to beat each other up a few …

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Someone to Trust, Something to Prove: The Films of Leonardo DiCaprio

Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) has a bit of a stutter. You’ll never hear it on TV, but you’ll hear him trying to repress it in person. It’s in the studied slowness of his words and stiffness of his jaw in meetings with agents. Back in his heyday on “Bounty Law,” he didn’t have to hide …

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Serious Oscar Contenders Unveiled at 2019 Indy Shorts International Film Festival

“I’m feeling a bit socially awkward right now,” admitted Floor Adams upon accepting the Best Animated Short prize this past Saturday at the 2019 Indy Shorts International Film Festival in Indianapolis. She had flown in from the Netherlands to present her brilliant internal portrait of anxiety, “Mind My Mind,” which has a serious chance at …

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The Red Sea Diving Resort

Hollywood has a long history of turning heroic true stories into cinematic thrillers. The best of them take harrowing stories of danger and make them resonant to audiences sitting comfortably in theaters or, increasingly, on their couches. They take us there through time and geography, and often ask us what we would do in the …

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Jay Myself

“Jay Myself” is the story of a guy who owns a six-floor, 35,000-square foot former bank building in NYC’s Bowery neighborhood, and has filled it mostly with junk. Hallways are adorned with random gadgets and tools, there’s a room filled with table legs, and the vault is packed with boxes of photographs. At the beginning …

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The Art of Racing in the Rain | Fate/Fall | 20th Century FOX

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The Art of Racing in the Rain | "It’s A Good Cry" TV Commercial | 20th Century FOX

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The Art of Racing in the Rain | "Whole New World" Clip | 20th Century FOX

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No One Saw a Thing

Fiction writers have long played with the idea that violence begets violence, and not always in a linear way. Action movies often deal with the literal repercussions of violence, but there have been some great pieces of fiction built around the idea that once you open the door to a violent world, you can’t close it …

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A Hitchockian Nightmare: On Alan J. Pakula’s Presumed Innocent

They say an innocent man has nothing to fear, but Alan J. Pakula’s “Presumed Innocent” reminds us of how terrifying it is to be in the courtroom as an accused defendant. Whether you are actually guilty or not, your fate will eventually be decided beyond your control, as lawyers and prosecutors make arguments on your …

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Emily Nussbaum on Her New Book, I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution

Emily Nussbaum, television critic for the New Yorker, is an avid watcher—and re-watcher—of her favorite medium. Soon after she leapt from her first full-time critical gig at New York Magazine to the New Yorker, she won a Pulitzer Prize for her essays on David Letterman, “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and rape culture, and an appreciation …

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Robin Hood: Men in Tights | Quest With the Best | FOX Home Entertainment

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The Haunting of Spotlight

Students ask me if the emotional toll of listening to their problems exhausts me. In my work as a chaplain, I am a sleuth looking for problems, pathways, and solutions to what plagues twentysomethings. Nevertheless, stories of child molestation and pedophilia are a poison on the soul that knock me down every time I hear …

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Book Excerpt: Tour of Memories: The Creative Process Behind Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir

We are proud to present an excerpt from Seventh Row’s latest ebook, Tour of Memories: The Creative Process Behind Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir. The team at Seventh Row have previously released collections of essays on “Call Me By Your Name,” “Lean on Pete,” “Leave No Trace,” “Peterloo,” and “You Were Never Really Here,” which we …

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What They Stole From Her: Aisling Franciosi on The Nightingale

As soon as “The Nightingale” begins, you know you are in the hands of a master filmmaker. You sense that something dire is about to occur, yet not sure where or how the threat will arrive, placing you perpetually on the edge of your seat, with your eyes peeking from beneath your fingers. The enormous …

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Abbas Kiarostami, the Filmmaker and the Man: an Interview with Godfrey Cheshire

Like a lot of American movie fans, my first exposure to the work of the great Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami came through the writings of my friend Godfrey Cheshire, a veteran critic and film programmer who’s now a contributor to RogerEbert.com. Godfrey worked alongside me in the 1990s in the film section of the now-defunct alternative weekly New …

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Video Interview: Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino’s has once again gathered a stellar cast that shine in his ninth film. “Once Upon A Time … in Hollywood,” set in the summer of 1969 where joy, fame, culture, violence and tragedy collided.  Leonardo DiCaprio plays down on his luck actor Rick Dalton, Brad Pitt, his sometime stunt double, and Australian actress Margot …

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Skin

A middle-aged white man stands on an outdoor stage, addressing an enthusiastic audience, whipping his followers into a frenzy. He says he plans to run for the Ohio state legislature, and his disparagement of Asians, blacks and other minorities (although he uses far more offensive language to describe them) is the central premise of his …

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The Mountain

In Rick Alverson’s “Entertainment,” Gregg Turkington plays a standup comedian traveling through the Mojave Desert, doing his bizarre act in small nightclubs. His cousin John (John C. Reilly) attends one of the shows, and in their awkward conversation afterwards, John suggests that if he wants to attract bigger crowds and get a better reaction, then …

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