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Owen Gleiberman’s 10 Best Films of 2017

Owen Gleiberman’s 10 Best Films of 2017
Earlier this year, as winter was doing its slow fade, something happened in the world of movies you don’t see too often: A film arrived out of nowhere to become a fast-break phenomenon, lionized by critics and flocked to by audiences. I’m talking about Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” (#2 on my 10 Best list), which was made on a tiny budget ($4.5 million!) but became, virtually overnight, a seismic pop-cultural event.

For a moment or two, a movie owned not just the multiplexes but the conversation. It was thrilled to, talked about, granted the hot-potato status of a sociological wake-up call. For a moment, the concept of “niche culture” felt like it was being left in the dust. Something similar happened six months later, in the middle of the summer, when Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” (which didn’t make my list — to me, it was an awesome spectacle but too remote) rode a veritable tidal wave of
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Taron Egerton as Robin Hood Revealed in New Origins Movie

Taron Egerton as Robin Hood Revealed in New Origins Movie
Kingsman star Taron Egerton takes aim in the first official photos the new Robin Hood origins movie. The story of Robin Hood has been told for centuries and the new version is going to have to go a long way in making this movie stand out from the countless others that we've seen over the years. According to Robin Hood director Otto Bathurst, part of that fresh take will involve focusing on Robin Hood as a revolutionary, and not just a thief that has been shown many, many times over the last 800 years.

Entertainment Weekly has provided the first look at the set from the upcoming Robin Hood and it looks like, well, Robin Hood. Taron Egerton is Robin Hood, Jaime Foxx is Little John, Jamie Dornan is Will Scarlett, Eve Hewson is Maid Marian, and Ben Mendelsohn is once again playing a villain, but this time as the Sheriff of Nottingham.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About “The Hurt Locker”

The Hurt Locker is kind of a messed up movie, but it’s still very interesting to watch. It shows how some soldiers simply can’t reintegrate into society without feeling the need to get back into the fray and continue doing something that might kill them one day simply because they can’t handle the quiet. Sergeant First Class William James is addicted to the love he feels for his job in a very dangerous manner, while Sergeant J.T. Sanborn has become disillusioned with the life of a soldier and just wants to go home. The two are at odds throughout the

10 Things You Didn’t Know About “The Hurt Locker
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The Power and Timeliness of Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s ‘Detroit’

The following content has been sponsored by Annapurna Pictures. “Detroit,” the latest triumph from the award-winning team of director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, is a story about both 1967 and 2017. Aided by a skilled ensemble cast, the film dramatizes with vivid and visceral precision the horrors of a particular summer night in Detroit, Michigan, striking at the heart of injustices still urgently relevant to the U.S. today. As they did with “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” Bigelow and Boal bring their cinematically intense focus to recent American history, creating a moviegoing experience resembling both drama and documentary. Nominated for four NAACP Awards including Best Film, “Detroit” features a fiercely committed cast of standout performers: John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Anthony Mackie, Jacob Latimore, Hannah Murray, John Krasinski, and more. The cast has been honored with the Actors Fund Community Service Award, recognizing their cohesive ensemble
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Contemporary Chinese Cinema: The Year So Far

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Contemporary Chinese Cinema is a column devoted to exploring contemporary Chinese-language cinema primarily as it is revealed to us at North American multiplexes.Over the last few years it has become increasingly easy to see mainstream Asian films in North America at the same time they are released in their home countries. Thanks to partnerships with small, international distributors, the major multiplex chains (AMC, Cinemark, Regal) have devoted a handful of screens in major markets to showing new releases from India, Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Most of these titles fall under the radar of both critics and audiences outside the diasporic communities to which they are targeted. They play for a week or two and then disappear, outside of a handful of breakout titles. Last year Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid made headlines for its high per-screen averages in North America as it shattered domestic box office records in China.
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Perspective Look At The 12 Strong Movie – Chris Hemsworth And Michael Shannon Star

By Marc Butterfield (Analyst, freelance writer, veteran)

Until 1979, most of the modern world had never heard of Afghanistan as little more than a spot on a globe in the library. In that year, the Soviet Union sent special forces commandos in to raid the royal residence and kill the occupants, installing a puppet government. From that point forward, as a people and a place, they have rarely been Out of the news. To the British empire, Afghanistan was well known, but as Americans, we were ignorant of it. In fact, almost any country that has every tried to tame the Afghan territory has failed, and almost always after long, expensive, bloody campaigns. The lesson of futility was learned time and again.

Then, because of the Taliban, a product of soviet invasion and American intervention, acting as hosts of Al Qaeda, Afghanistan once again was put on the radar of the American people.
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New trailer & poster for Cary Fukunaga’s ‘The Alientist’

TNT have released new artwork and a new trailer for their eagerly anticipated series The Alienist, which is based on the Anthony Award-winning international bestseller by Caleb Carr. Set in 1896 amidst a backdrop of vast wealth, extreme poverty and technological innovation, this psychological thriller stars Daniel Brühl (Rush), Luke Evans (The Girl on The Train), Dakota Fanning (American Pastoral) and Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker).

The Alienist opens when a series of haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes grips New York City. Newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (Geraghty) calls upon criminal psychologist (aka alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl) and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. They are joined by Sara Howard (Fanning), a headstrong secretary determined to become the city’s first female police detective. Using the emerging disciplines of psychology and early forensic investigation techniques, this band of social outsiders set out to
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Lady Bird Is Rotten Tomatoes' Best-Reviewed Movie of All Time

Lady Bird Is Rotten Tomatoes' Best-Reviewed Movie of All Time
Even if Lady Bird comes up short at the Academy Awards (which it likely won't) the movie can now claim the Rotten Tomatoes crown. Few movies have ever earned a 100 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but Lady Bird is one of those movies, which is very impressive in its own right. But now director Greta Gerwig's movie has officially become the best-reviewed movie in the history of Rotten Tomatoes. That's pretty impressive for a little independent movie like Lady Bird and it bodes well for the movie's chances as this current awards season moves along.

The previous record was held by Pixar's Toy Story 3, which also boasts the coveted 100 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Toy Story 3 has 163 reviews counted that make up its 100 percent rating. Lady Bird, as of this writing, has 170 reviews counted and not a single one of them is negative.
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'The Deminer': Film Review | Idfa 2017

'The Deminer': Film Review | Idfa 2017
Tension runs high — maybe too high — in Hogir Hirori and Shinwar Kamal's The Deminer, observing an Iraqi Ied-defuser who paid the ultimate price for his staggering, devil-may-care bravery. Making copious use of archival footage shot while its subject, army colonel Fakhir Berwari, went about his hazardous business in the mid-2000s, this is in some ways a non-fiction counterpart to Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar winner The Hurt Locker.

But by keeping a fly-on-the-wall low profile that requires eschewing interview possibilities, Hirori and Kamal never get under their taciturn protagonist's skin in the manner of...
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IFP’s Gotham Awards Give Indie Films a Boost

IFP’s Gotham Awards Give Indie Films a Boost
On Sept. 30, 1991, John Turturro and the late Jonathan Demme were the first of seven New Yorkers to garner a Gotham Award. Trophies were handed out at the Roseland Ballroom without much fanfare. The celebratory dinner, a fundraiser for the Independent Filmmaker Project, was a small, low-key, quirky event that didn’t draw mainstream media.

“It didn’t have that big huge red carpet thing that happens nowadays,” says former Ifp exec director Catherine Tait, who oversaw the creation of the Gotham Awards. “It was really intimate because the interest in indie filmmaking was not very heightened at the time.”

Cut to the same awards show at the same venue four years later. “Reservoir Dogs,” “Kids” and “Hoop Dreams” were officially part of the zeitgeist and Madonna was posing for photographers along with fellow Gotham Award guests Ted Turner and Jane Fonda. The Gotham Awards were officially a hot ticket.

“We were riding a wave of sudden consumer
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Jeremy Renner Pushes to Give ‘Wind River’ Life After Harvey Weinstein (Exclusive Video)

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Jeremy Renner Pushes to Give ‘Wind River’ Life After Harvey Weinstein (Exclusive Video)
A version of this story about Jeremy Renner first appeared in the Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine. For Jeremy Renner, “Wind River” was always going to be an awards-season longshot — even before the Harvey Weinstein mess. Taylor Sheridan’s quietly gripping drama features what is likely Renner’s best performance since his Oscar-nominated turn in “The Hurt Locker,” but it was a small indie, a serious drama that was going to require careful nurturing. It had a well-received debut at Sundance in January, a successful encore at Cannes in May, and a summer release that found it grossing an impressive.
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Doc NYC 2017 Women Directors: Meet Lili Fini Zanuck — “Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars”

Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars”

Lili Fini Zanuck is an Oscar-winning producer with a talent for finding and transforming unconventional material into box-office champions. Her producing credits include “Cocoon,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” and “Bessie.” “From the Earth to the Moon,” “ Revelations,” and “Rush” are among her directing credits.

Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars” will premiere at the 2017 Doc NYC film festival on November 16 and will air on Showtime February 10.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Lfz: This documentary is about Eric Clapton and his life. It’s hard-hitting and poignant but also genuinely shocking and full of surprises. Clapton is a fascinating man who has led an extraordinary life.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Lfz: Eric and I have been friends for 25 years. We worked together when he did the soundtrack for my movie “Rush.” We stayed friends and he
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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Wind River Blu-ray + Digital HD

The suspenseful thriller keeping audiences on the edge of their seats, Wind River, written and directed by Academy Award nominee Taylor Sheridan (Best Original Screenplay, Hell or High Water, 2017), arrives on Digital HD October 31 and on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD November 14 from Lionsgate. Following its critically acclaimed premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, the Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh™ film stars two-time Academy Award®nominee Jeremy Renner (Best Actor, The Hurt Locker, 2008; Best Supporting Actor, The Town, 2010) and Elizabeth Olsen (Avengers franchise, Ingrid Goes West), alongside Gil Birmingham (Hell or High Water), Jon Bernthal (“The Walking Dead,” The Wolf of Wall Street), Martin Sensmeir (The Magnificent Sevenfranchise), Kelsey Asbille (“Teen Wolf,” “Embeds”), and Julia Jones (The Twilight Saga Franchise).

Now you can own Wind River on Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has 4 copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What
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Sliff 2017 Review – Surviving Home

Surviving Home screens Saturday, November 11th at 12:30pm st The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. C0-directors Jillian Moul and Matthew Moul will be in attendance. Ticket information can be found Here

In honor of Veterans Day, Sliff offers a free screening of Surviving Home, an intimate documentary that follows four veterans over an eight-year period as they rebuild their lives after war. Interwoven with their stories are veterans’ voices from across the United States. The film’s principal subjects had vastly different combat experiences and challenges, and they’ve taken equally diverse paths on their difficult journeys to recovery. A World War II vet is part of a generation that stoically resists talking about their experiences. A Vietnam vet becomes a Buddhist monk in an attempt to reconcile his guilt over the people he killed. A severely burned Persian Gulf and Iraq War vet,
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Film News Roundup: San Francisco Film Society Honors Kate Winslet, Kathryn Bigelow, ‘Big Sick’ Writers

Film News Roundup: San Francisco Film Society Honors Kate Winslet, Kathryn Bigelow, ‘Big Sick’ Writers
In today’s film news roundup, Kate Winslet and Kathryn Bigelow are set for a San Francisco honor, Sarah Gadon is receiving an award at AFI Fest, and Freestyle buys “The Banksy Job.”

Awards

The San Francisco Film Society is honoring Kate Winslet, Kathryn Bigelow, and the screenwriting team of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon at its Dec. 5 awards show.

The 60th anniversary edition of the dinner and awards presentation has been newly positioned to take place in the fall after decades as part of April’s San Francisco International Film Festival. The event will take place at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts Exhibition Center.

Bigelow will receive the Irving M. Levin Award for Film Direction; Winslet will receive the Peter J. Owens Award for Acting; and Gordon and Nanjiani, who teamed on “The Big Sick” screenplay, will receive the Kanbar Award for Storytelling.

“We are thrilled that Awards Night’s move to December has inspired
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Best Films About Veterans’ Return Home

Best Films About Veterans’ Return Home
Hollywood loves war movies. Many great films depict people during combat, in various wars: Wwi (“Paths of Glory”), WWII (“Hacksaw Ridge,” “Saving Private Ryan”), Korea (“Mash”), Vietnam (“Platoon,” “Deer Hunter,” “Full Metal Jacket”), and the Middle East (“The Hurt Locker,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Lone Survivor”). There are also Pow movies, including “Stalag 17,” “Bridge on the River Kwai” and “The Great Escape.” But it’s much rarer to find films that depict a person’s return to civilian life. So here are some American movies, all English-language that depict that situation. Some of these films do indeed depict scenes in battle, but the crux of the movie is the return home.

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Wind River Starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen Available on Blu-ray & DVD November 14th

The suspenseful thriller keeping audiences on the edge of their seats, Wind River, written and directed by Academy Award nominee Taylor Sheridan (Best Original Screenplay, Hell or High Water, 2017), arrives on Digital HD October 31 and on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD November 14 from Lionsgate. Following its critically acclaimed premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, the Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh™ film stars two-time Academy Award®nominee Jeremy Renner (Best Actor, The Hurt Locker, 2008; Best Supporting Actor, The Town, 2010) and Elizabeth Olsen (Avengers franchise, Ingrid Goes West), alongside Gil Birmingham (Hell or High Water), Jon Bernthal (“The Walking Dead,” The Wolf of Wall Street), Martin Sensmeir (The Magnificent Sevenfranchise), Kelsey Asbille (“Teen Wolf,” “Embeds”), and Julia Jones (The Twilight Saga Franchise).

Wind River is a chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent (Olsen) who teams up with a game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Renner) to
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‘The Other Side of the Wind’: All-Star Team of Oscar Winners Set to Complete Orson Welles’ Final Movie

‘The Other Side of the Wind’: All-Star Team of Oscar Winners Set to Complete Orson Welles’ Final Movie
The Other Side of the Wind,” Orson Welles’ unfinished last movie, is nearing completion, Variety reports. Netflix announced in March that it was acquiring the movie and funding the competition effort, which has been overseen by producers Frank Marshall and Filip Jan Rymsza. As the movie enters the post-production phase, Netflix and the producers have brought on an all-star team of Oscar winners to help assist with the movie’s restoration, including Oscar-winning editor Bob Murawski and sound mixer Scot Millan. Negative cutter Mo Henry is also being brought on.

Read More:Netflix Acquires ‘The Other Side of the Wind,’ Orson Welles’ Unfinished Swan Song

After all these years, I can’t quite believe we are starting post production on ‘The Other Side of the Wind,'” Marshall told Variety. “Thanks to Netflix, we have been able to assemble an amazingly talented post-production team to take on the exciting and daunting
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Orson Welles’ Final Film ‘Other Side of the Wind’ Nears Completion, Hires Post-Production Team (Exclusive)

Orson Welles’ Final Film ‘Other Side of the Wind’ Nears Completion, Hires Post-Production Team (Exclusive)
Orson Welles’ unfinished final film, “The Other Side of the Wind,” is nearing completion following the hiring of Academy Award winners Bob Murawski as editor and Scott Millan as sound mixer.

The producers have also tapped negative cutter Mo Henry, who has worked on more than 300 films, along with Ruth Hasty as post-production supervisor.

Netflix acquired global rights in March to ‘The Other Side of the Wind” and is financing the completion of the movie with plans for a 2018 release. The film was shot by Welles beginning in 1970 from a screenplay he co-wrote with Oja Kodar. It stars John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Kodar, Robert Random, Lilli Palmer, Edmond O’Brien, Cameron Mitchell, Mercedes McCambridge, Susan Strasberg, Norman Foster, Paul Stewart, and Dennis Hopper.

Producer Frank Marshall, who served as a production manager on the original production and has led efforts to complete this film for more than 40 years, is overseeing completion of the film with consultation from Bogdanovich
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