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15 Most Anticipated New Films From The 2018 Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Institute announced the initial slate for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival today and it was chock full of familiar faces to Park City (Kristen Stewart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Nick Offerman, Tessa Tompson, Jason Mitchell) and some highly acclaimed filmmakers (Debra Granik, Gus Van Sant, Joshua Marston). The festival announced a majority of its world premieres, but we’ve heard there will be a second round of premieres coming in December, but for now the U.S.

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Sundance Wish List: 70 Films We Hope Will Head to Park City in 2018

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Sundance Wish List: 70 Films We Hope Will Head to Park City in 2018
The fall is often perceived as the launch pad for awards season, as numerous prestige films compete for attention in the final weeks of the year. For much of the film community, however, it’s also the first major window into movies worth talking about next year. That’s because the Sundance Film Festival lineup typically drops in the middle of November, shaking up the holiday season with a mixture of familiar faces and newcomers who could make an impact in Park City this January. With programmers working in overdrive to complete the lineup in the coming weeks, and filmmakers praying to break through as the deadlines loom, we’ve cobbled together as much intel as we can for this extensive preview featuring dozens of promising titles that stand a good chance at making their way to Sundance this year. As usual, we’ve tried to avoid projects that are
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Vampire Story ‘Day Shift’ Wins Slamdance Writing Competition

Vampire Story ‘Day Shift’ Wins Slamdance Writing Competition
Tyler Tice has won the 2017 Slamdance Writing Competition Grand Prize for his vampire drama “Day Shift.”

Tice, an emerging writer from New Jersey, was awarded $8,000 for the grand prize win and $2,000 for first place

in the horror category at the annual awards ceremony Friday night at the Writers Guild of America West in Los Angeles.

“Day Shift” is a character-driven portrait of a blue collar vampire hunting in the San Fernando Valley.

“Before this contest, I was all but ready to pack it in and go back to school,” said Tice. “Becoming a finalist breathed new life into that dream I’ve had ever since I was a kid staring at video tapes in the horror section of Showbiz Video. Winning this Grand Prize is a tremendous honor and inspiration.”

The Slamdance Festival was founded as an alternative to the larger Sundance film festival. The 24th edition of the Slamdance Film Festival will run concurrently with the
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Amazon vs. Netflix: An Itemized Guide to What You Should Be Streaming This Year

You time is valuable, and so are both services for different reasons.War Machine (Netflix)

Although there may be a competition going on between Amazon and Netflix for subscribers, the truth is that both company’s streaming services are essential for anyone who watches a lot of movies and TV and who wants to be part of the pop culture conversations as they happen.

There’s no denying that Amazon Prime is worth the $99/year, which not only gives you access to many movies but also a good amount of music streaming and digital media access, plus faster shipping for when you actually want some sort of physical product (you can also just get video content for $8.99/month, which oddly means paying more for less).

And Netflix is still a must-have for both its exclusive and nonexclusive content, though depending on one’s usage could be best for sporadic membership rather than continued subscription — now at $120/year
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FrightFest Glasgow 2017: Bloodlands Review

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Author: Daniel Goodwin

From its bleak but stunning opening shot of an ominous evening sky, Australian director Steven Kastrissios builds an immediate, prevalent sense of foreboding for his second feature, Bloodlands. Kastrissios’ first film in nearly ten years (since 2008’s The Horseman) charts the tale of a penurious Albanian blood feud between a lowly local family and a coterie of cannibals, witches and ghosts.

For a film which so accurately depicts such raw, rundown communities, the paranormal elements meld surprisingly well with the realism, even when accentuated to be predominantly weird and gothic. Slabs of floating meat, cloaked, mystical figures and delirious nightmare scenes make Bloodlands resound like a lunatic’s fever dream instead of a slice of social commentary about Albanian culture and society. The subject of Balkan blood feuds have previously been tackled in fictional cinema in Joshua Marston’s The Forgiveness of Blood, among other more conventional Albanian features,
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16 Stellar Films About Immigration For These Turbulent Times

Robert De Niro in ‘The Godfather: Part II’ (Courtesy: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

The first few days of Donald Trump’s presidency have been filled with a slew of sweeping policy changes that have garnered plenty of criticism — but the recent changes to America’s immigration policy have topped headlines. With an executive order that has been considered a Muslim ban by many, let’s take a look at some great films about immigration to the United States. There are plenty of them, but here is just a sampling of 16 that you should definitely watch.

A Better Life (2011): This film was directed by Chris Weitz and is a drama about a gardener in East L.A. who struggles to keep his son away from both gangs and immigration agents all while trying to give him opportunities he never had. A Better Life — written by
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Netflix’s ‘Come Sunday’ Adds Stacey Sargeant; Joseph Ferrante Cast In ‘LAbyrinth’

Netflix’s ‘Come Sunday’ Adds Stacey Sargeant; Joseph Ferrante Cast In ‘LAbyrinth’
Stacey Sargeant has been cast in the Netflix original film Come Sunday, joining Chiwetel Ejiofor, Martin Sheen, Keith Stanfield and Condola Rashad. Based on a 2005 The American Life radio episode, the film adaptation is directed by Joshua Marston with a script by Marcus Hinchey. It is true story of a renowned evangelical minister Carlton Pearson (Ejiofor), who stirs up controversy with his revelation that there is no hell. Sargeant plays Nicky Brown, a working single…
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Sundance at the Box Office: Here’s Why ‘Birth of A Nation’ Isn’t Enough To Scare Buyers In 2017

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Sundance at the Box Office: Here’s Why ‘Birth of A Nation’ Isn’t Enough To Scare Buyers In 2017
Sundance 2016 will always be remembered for the record-breaking $17.5 million sale of Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” to Fox Searchlight, on the heels of the #oscarsowhite backlash — and for the massive marketing fallout that followed in light of Parker’s rape-trial acquittal. With a domestic gross under $16 million, it led to one of the bigger failures among Sundance sales relative to expense.

Netflix outbid Searchlight for “The Birth of a Nation,” but the producers favored the theatrical route (including that company’s proven awards expertise and commercial success) and accepted less money. One wonders if it had been a high-profile Netflix film if the post-Sundance controversy about Nate Parker’s college days would have had the same impact or effect. It will be curious to see if any producer this year is as quick to turn down a high offer from Netflix or similar non-theatrical buyer.

Those memories could temper bidding wars,
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Martin Sheen Will Play Oral Roberts Opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor In Netflix’s ‘Come Sunday’

Martin Sheen Will Play Oral Roberts Opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor In Netflix’s ‘Come Sunday’
Exclusive: Martin Sheen is taking on the role of famed Pentecostal televangelist Oral Roberts in Come Sunday, the film based on a true story which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a renowned evangelical minister in Tulsa, Ok who stirs up controversy with his revelation that there is no hell. The film is being directed by Joshua Marston from a script by Marcus Hinchey. The movie is based on a 2005 This American Life radio episode. The film also co-stars Broadway’s Condola Rashad
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Condola Rashad Joins Chiwetel Ejiofor’s ‘Come Sunday’ for Netflix

Condola Rashad Joins Chiwetel Ejiofor’s ‘Come Sunday’ for Netflix
Condola Rashad has joined Chiwetel Ejiofor in Netflix’s religious drama “Come Sunday,” with Joshua Marston directing.

Ejiofor stars as Carlton Pearson, a popular evangelical minister of the Higher Dimensions Family Church in Tulsa, Okla., whose services drew as many as 5,000 people. He was deemed a heretic by his peers in 2004 as a result of his decision to begin preaching the doctrine of universal salvation — based on the concept that there is no hell — as what he called “the gospel of inclusion.”

Rashad will portray Pearson’s wife Gina, who filed for divorce from him last year, citing “incompatibility issues.”

The script was written by Marcus Hinchey, based on a 2005 “This American Life” radio episode. Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern is producing alongside Ira Glass and Alissa Shipp of “This American Life.”

Rashad worked with Marston on “Complete Unknown,” which he directed and co-wrote. She appeared earlier this year
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Condola Rashad Joins Netflix’s ‘Come Sunday’ With Chiwetel Ejiofor

Condola Rashad Joins Netflix’s ‘Come Sunday’ With Chiwetel Ejiofor
Exclusive: Condola Rashad has joined the cast of Netflix’s Come Sunday, the film that stars Chiwetel Ejiofor in the true story of a renowned evangelical minister in Tulsa, Ok, who stirs up controversy with his revelation that there is no hell. Joshua Marston is directing the pic, which was penned by Marcus Hinchey based on a 2005 This American Life radio episode. Endgame Entertainment’s James. D Stern is producing alongside This American Life‘s Ira Glass and Alissa…
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New to Streaming: ‘Indignation,’ ‘Mad Max: Fury Road Black & Chrome,’ ‘Into the Inferno,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Complete Unknown (Joshua Marston)

Armed with two top-notch leads and a compelling premise, Joshua Marston‘s third feature, Complete Unknown, spends a lot of time hinting at which direction it will go, without going anywhere at all. Tom (Michael Shannon) is living with his wife Rehema (Azita Ghanizada) in New York City, spending the majority of his days drafting agricultural policy emails in a cramped government office. It is
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‘Great White Shark’ Wins Slamdance Writing Prize

‘Great White Shark’ Wins Slamdance Writing Prize
Family drama “Great White Shark,” written by Andrew Kightlinger has won the 2016 Slamdance Writing Competition Grand Prize.

Kightlinger, born and raised on Madagascar before transplanting to South Dakota, was awarded $7,000 in cash prizes for his feature script at the annual awards ceremony hosted by the Writers Guild of America West on Thursday night at the WGA Theater in Beverly Hills. The event drew about 170 attendees.

“Great White Shark” tells the story of estranged siblings who embark on a scavenger hunt in South Dakota to secure their inheritance after their loathsome father dies.

The Slamdance Festival was founded as an alternative to the larger Sundance film festival. The 23rd edition of the Slamdance Film Festival will run concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival, Jan. 20-26, in Park City, Utah.

Slamdance received a record-breaking 3,600 submissions for the 2016 Writing Competition. Shane Andries, who won last year’s Grand Prize for “The Delegation” was
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New to Streaming: ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘The Innocents,’ ‘Complete Unknown,’ ‘Steve Jobs,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Complete Unknown (Joshua Marston)

Armed with two top-notch leads and a compelling premise, Joshua Marston‘s third feature, Complete Unknown, spends a lot of time hinting at which direction it will go, without going anywhere at all. Tom (Michael Shannon) is living with his wife Rehema (Azita Ghanizada) in New York City, spending the majority of his days drafting agricultural policy emails in a cramped government office. It is
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Danny Glover Joins Netflix Film Come Sunday With Chiwetel Ejiofor

Danny Glover has joined the cast of Come Sunday – the upcoming Netflix film that tells the true story of evangelical minister Carlton Pearson, who built one of the largest churches in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and then lost everything as a result of his evolving faith. The tale was explored in a 2005 episode of This American Life, and it is this work that Come Sunday will largely use as source material.

Carlton Pearson became a renowned evangelical minister in Tulsa, having been mentored by televangelist Oral Roberts. At the height of its success, during the 1990s, the church that Pearson formed had a congregation estimated at over 6000 people. That congregation began to dwindle, however, when Pearson changed his teachings – asserting that hell did not exist in the traditionally taught sense.

Pearson publicly declared that, rather than being an eternity of pain and suffering, he believed that hell is created during our lifetimes,
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Kathy Bates Reveals Her Toughest Role, Looks Back on Career Ahead of Walk of Fame Honor

Kathy Bates Reveals Her Toughest Role, Looks Back on Career Ahead of Walk of Fame Honor
When Kathy Bates receives her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Sept. 20, the moment will hold much significance. “It’s a big deal to me,” the Oscar winner admits. “It’s going to be right in front of the TLC Chinese Theatre. I just discovered that and kept asking, ‘Are you sure?’”

Bates adds that this is meaningful to her for several reasons. “I have a photograph from around 1956 with my Aunt Lee, right in front of the theater,” Bates says of the location, which was then known as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. “She and my grandmother lived out here and we came often to visit them, driving cross-country from Memphis.” Bates can recall spending the day with her mother’s sister, having tea at Bullock’s department store, and walking around the theater. Her aunt died of breast cancer over 40 years ago, but Bates holds her memory dear.
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Complete Unknown – Review

Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon are dependable actors, but the script for the tedious identity drama Complete Unknown gives them flat characters stuck in underdeveloped situations. We’re introduced to Alice (Rachel Weisz), in an opening prologue montage that features her over time in several endeavors – a nurse, a magician’s assistant, and in bed telling a paramour that she’s been a teacher for many years. The rest of the story takes place in one night. Now a frog researcher fresh from a trip to Tasmania, Alice catches the eye of Clyde (Michael Chernus) in a Brooklyn office cafeteria. He immediately invites her a birthday party at the home of his co-worker Tom (Shannon) and his wife Ramina (Azita Ghanizada), a jewelry designer. There’s a dozen or so guests at the party, all entertained by the outlandish Alice, who brags of her accomplishments and confesses that years ago
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‘White Girl’ Opens Strong, Kevin Smith and Jerry Lewis Not So Much: Arthouse Audit

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‘White Girl’ Opens Strong, Kevin Smith and Jerry Lewis Not So Much: Arthouse Audit
Labor Day weekend has never been the home for prime specialized releases, but it is a spot where well-positioned films going broader can thrive. That was the case for “Hell or High Water” (Lionsgate), which gained momentum and looks to be a dominant film for weeks ahead — perhaps even into the awards season. Don’t be surprised if it outgrosses many of the highly touted premieres at Telluride and Toronto.

However, the weekend was unkind to veteran comedy creators; both Kevin Smith’s “Yoga Hosers” (Invincible) and “Max Rose” (Paladin) starring Jerry Lewis received mostly negative reviews and little interest in their initial regular theatrical dates.

Opening

No Manches Frida” (Lionsgate)

$3,650,000 in 362 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $10,083; Cumulative: $3,650,000

Lionsgate’s most recent release of a Spanish-language film from production partner Pantelion looks to be their best opener yet. A typical Mexican comedy involving a complicated scheme to recover stolen loot,
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‘Complete Unknown’: How Filmmaker Joshua Marston Cast Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon

‘Complete Unknown’: How Filmmaker Joshua Marston Cast Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon
Maria Full of Grace” writer and director Joshua Marston continues to explore the concept of identity with his latest film “Complete Unknown.” The film, distributed by Amazon, stars Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon, in a crossing of paths that threaten to wreck the stability in Shannon’s life. Variety spoke with Marston about working with Amazon for his newest film and why a female lead provides a more intriguing vantage point for storytelling.

Where did the idea come from for “Complete Unknown” and how did the concept of identity become the focal point of the story?

It started from the idea of wanting to write a character who is not who she presents herself as being. Also my own personal fascination with the idea or fantasy of pulling off fakes, moving on, wiping the slate clean and starting completely over. And wondering what it would be like to actually do
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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for September 2016

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Just like that, it’s fall already. The first round of films fresh out of Tiff and Venice and Telluride are making their ways to theaters and living rooms nationwide. And now, we enter the last third of the year, with plenty of titles to be excited about. Below, you’ll see every planned theatrical release for the month of September, separated out into films with wide runs and limited ones. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)

Each week, we’ll give you an update with more specific information on where these films are playing. In the meantime, be sure to check our calendar page, where we’ll update releases for the rest of the year. Happy watching!

Week of September 2 Wide

Morgan

Director: Luke Scott

Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Boyd Holbrook, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kate Mara, Michelle Yeoh, Paul Giamatti, Rose Leslie, Toby Jones

Synopsis: A corporate troubleshooter is sent to a remote,
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