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Articles from January 2017

'Bad Day for the Cut': Sundance Review
Dir. Chris Baugh. Northern Ireland, 2016, 99minsThe first twenty minutes of Bad Day For The Cut could be a bleak social realist drama by Bruno Dumont or the Dardenne brothers as we follow the life of a middle-aged Irish farmer and his devotion to his...
'Call Me by Your Name': Sundance Review
Dir. Luca Guadagnino. US, 2017, 131 mins.Call Me By Your Name is an intensely languorous seduction from Luca Guadagnino, set in 1983 "somewhere in Northern Italy", in a ripe, sun-dappled palazzo belonging to a casually multi-lingual American professor...
'Casting JonBenet': Sundance Review
Dir/scr: Kitty Green. US/Australia. 2016. 80mins"People are quick to judge," says one of the subjects in Casting JonBenet, a riveting and unexpectedly moving documentary that grapples with the legacy of JonBenet Ramsey's 1996 murder and, more importantly,...
China-Owned AMC to Acquire Nordic Cinema Group in $929M Deal
AMC Theatres, the American cinema chain owned by China's Dalian Wanda Group, has entered into an agreement for the acquisition of Nordic Cinema Group, the largest cinema operator in the Nordic and Baltic regions of Europe.Nordic Cinema Group operates...
FilmNation Unveils More Sundance Sales on Comedy 'The Big Sick'
FilmNation licensed rights prior to the world premiere of The Big Sick in Park City to a host of leading distributors including Roadshow in Australia, Scanbox in Scandinavia and Swen in Latin America.Glen Basner and his team closed deals in: Italy (Cinema...
'Golden Exits': Sundance Review
Dir./scr.: Alex Ross Perry. US, 2016. 94 min.If Listen Up Philip, Alex Ross Perry's smart, darkly funny 2014 Sundance entry, was indebted to Philip Roth, Golden Exits, his latest more somber outing, was inspired by the films of Eric Rohmer. An intimate...
Ice Cube, AID Partners Strike Development Pact
AID Partners becomes a "significant shareholder", strategic advisor and an investor that will fully fund development of select Cube Vision projects.Ice Cube and Cube Vision COO Jeffrey Kwatinetz will remain Cube Vision's majority shareholders with complete...
Jill Soloway Talks New Amazon Series and "Scary" Donald Trump
The Emmy-winning creator of Transparent won the directing award at Sundance 2013 for her debut feature Afternoon Delight and talks about her return to Park City with the first three episodes of the Amazon Studios series I Love Dick.Comedy-drama I Love...
'Kung Fu Yoga': Review
Dir/scr. Stanley Tong. China/India, 2017, 107 mins.He's flexed his fighting muscles , and showed his comic side; now, in Kung Fu Yoga, Jackie Chan attempts an Indiana Jones moment. Reuniting with Rumble in the Bronx director Stanley Tong for an Indo-Chinese...
'Menashe': Sundance Review
Dir. Joshua Z Weinstein, USA/Israel, 2017, 81 minutesMenashe reminds you that even a God-fearing man can be a loser, although he's a proud and likeable one. This small film in Yiddish avoids mythology as it eyes and sometimes skewers a closed world in...
'Passengers', 'Arrival' Dominate Lacklustre China Box Office
The Chinese box office continued its downwards slide - by approximately 22% last week - as the country gears up for the busy Chinese New Year holidays starting on January 28.Passengers flew to the top of the chart in the third week of the month (January...
'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Hits $1Bn Worldwide (Update)
WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES INTERNATIONALRogue One: A Star Wars Story has hit the $1bn mark at the worldwide box office on its 39th day of release (January 21).The spin-offis the 13th Disney release ever to reach the milestone and the third Star...
'Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World': Sundance Review
Dir/scr. Catherine Bainbridge. Canada, 2017, 99 minsIf you are going to field a team of talking heads then you really need them to be first division names. Eye-opening documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World duly obliges with a list including...
'Step': Review
Amanda Lipitz has a hit on her hands in this crowd-pleasing documentary set in inner city BaltimoreDir. Amanda Lipitz. US, 2017, 83 minsStep is a film with all the gifts: you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll cheer the Lethal Ladies step team at Baltimore's...
'Strong Island': Review
Dir. Yance Ford, US/Denmark, 2017, 107 minutesStrong Island is a relentless documentary that reconstructs the killing of a young black man by a white teenager in the New York suburbs. It feels like a sibling's cry that "my brother's life matters," but...
Sundance: Netflix Buys 'Jessica James', 'Joshua', in Talks for Hulk Hogan Doc
The story of an aspiring white rapper premiered on Monday afternoon and joined Mudbound and Step on the hot list as the Sundance deal flow built momentum.Netflix paid a little over $3m for world rights to Jim Strouse's festival closer The Incredible...
Sundance: Refinery29, TNT Strike Anthology Deal
The series is designed to showcase the next cycle of female storytellers and is consistent with Refinery29's mission to support female voices.The filmmakers received creative support from the Sundance Institute's Women At Sundance programme and the anthology...
Terrence Malick's WWII Drama 'Radegund' Scores International Deal
David Garrett's Mister Smith Entertainment has boarded international sales to Terrence Malick's upcoming Second World War drama Radegund.Sales are set to commence at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin.Radegund will follow the true story of Franz...
'The Blind Christ' among Cartagena Festival Line-Up
Vladimir Durán's So Long Enthusiasm (Adiós Entusiasmo, Argentina-Colombia) gets its Ibero-American premiere in the section and also screens in the Colombian Cinema strand.Entries from that category include the world premiere of Rubén Mendoza's Señorita...
'The Polka King': Sundance Review
Dir. Maya Forbes. US, 2017. 95 min."This really happened." So begins the unbelievable based-on-a-true story of Jan Lewan, a Polish immigrant who started a Polka empire in the early 1990s. Starring Jack Black as the aspirational singer, The Polka King...
'To the Bone': Sundance Review
Dir/scr: Marti Noxon. US, 2017, 107 minsLily Collins – already waif-like – slims down alarmingly in To The Bone, Marti Noxon's worthy attempt to tackle the alarming plague of eating disorders which is destroying the lives of young children. Conventionally...
UK Box Office: 'La la Land' Retains Top Spot as It Nears £15M
LIONSGATEHaving crossed £10m during its first week, La La Land continued to shine brightly at the UK box office.Lionsgate's awards contender fell only 23% (excluding previews) as it danced to a $5.44m £4.37m) second weekend for $18.5m £14.88m) to date,...
US Briefs: Sundance, Will and Jada Smith Announce Two-Year Pact
The Screenwriters Intensive is part of the Institute's Feature Film Program and provides ten emerging screenwriters from underrepresented communities the opportunity to participate in a two-day workshop focused on the creative process.The Initiative...
'Wilson': Sundance Review
Dir: Craig Johnson. US. 2016. 94minsIn the prickly character comedy Wilson, oddness dominates - but without much wit or insight to go along with it. Woody Harrelson plays the titular curmudgeon, based on Daniel Clowes' graphic novel, with a loose-limbed...
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