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Sundance Film Review: ‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore’

Sundance Film Review: ‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore’
You’d have to go all the way back to “Heavenly Creatures” to find a role that understands what actress Melanie Lynskey brings to the table as clearly as does Macon Blair’s “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore.” And yet, the fact that it’s taken 20-odd years — this despite lead roles in such even-keel melodramas as “Hello I Must Be Going” and “Happy Christmas” along the way — for someone else to tap her good-girl-pushed-too-far potential is cause for celebration among the actress’s fans, who’ll have the chance to discover this odd-bird Netflix original on demand soon enough, as the company plans to release it via its online platform on Feb. 24.

This is the sort of fresh indie voice people come to Sundance to discover, and it’s an apt choice to open the 2017 festival, capturing a sort of “I’m as mad as hell,
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Life After ‘Heavenly Creatures’: How Melanie Lynskey Keeps Finding Original Roles

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Life After ‘Heavenly Creatures’: How Melanie Lynskey Keeps Finding Original Roles
Surveying Melanie Lynskey’s diverse body of work, from her impressive debut in Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures” 20 years ago to the Duplass Brothers’ “Togetherness,” one thing is clear: Lynskey takes her project choices as seriously as she does her performances.

Over the last few years, Lynskey has appeared in a robust offering of indie films: Joe Swanberg’s “Happy Christmas,” Todd Louiso’s “Hello I Must Be Going,” and her friend Clea Duvall’s directorial debut, “The Intervention,” for which she received a special jury award from the Sundance Film Festival. She continues her winning streak with Linus Phillips’ “Rainbow Time,” an offbeat comedy that explores sensitive territory without devolving into cliche.

The film stars Phillips as Shonzi, a developmentally delayed jokester with a fondness for women, filmmaking, and his brother Todd (Timm Sharp). Lynskey plays Lyndsay, Todd’s idealistic girlfriend, who coddles Shonzi during trying moments when Todd would rather punch him.
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Melanie Lynskey Is Always Willing to Wait for the Right Part (And It’s Paying Off) — Girl Talk

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Melanie Lynskey Is Always Willing to Wait for the Right Part (And It’s Paying Off) — Girl Talk
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present and future.

Melanie Lynskey was just 16 when she first broke into Hollywood, thanks to a bold and bright turn opposite Kate Winslet in Peter Jackson’s fact-based “Heavenly Creatures.” Since then, she’s carved out a career that’s wholly her own, one that includes roles in tiny indies like “Hello I Must Be Going” and big studio films like “Sweet Home Alabama,” exceedingly popular television series like “Two and a Half Men” (when asked about the roles she’s recognized most for, Lynskey laughed and said, “At the airport, it’s ‘Two and Half Men'”) and critical darlings like “Togetherness” — and just about everything in between.

But one thing has held true from the start: Lynskey requires great material. She could scarcely ask for better than the kind she got in Clea DuVall’s directorial debut, “The Intervention.
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Figment of the Imagination: Jenny Slate Connects with “Aardvark”

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Brian Shoaf‘s directorial debut might have found its second wind. After a failed Kickstarter attempt to drum up some coin with Adrien Grenier and Mamie Gummer toplining, now Variety reports that Jenny Slate is in negotiations to join Zachary Quinto on Aardvark. Susan Leber (Hello I Must Be Going), Neal Dodson (A Most Violent Year) and Quinto are producing. Filming is expected to begin this December in New York with supporting cast announcements likely in the works.

Gist: Aardvark centers on Josh Norman, a man who has spent most of his adult life suffering from mental illness. While Josh rejects the labels that have been applied to him over the years, there is no question that he sees and hears things that aren’t there. Sometimes he’s well aware of this, but other times it’s not so clear. Josh’s most vivid hallucinations involve his estranged brother,
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Fassbender & Cotillard in Full Us Trailer for Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth'

"All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter." The Weinstein Co has debuted the official Us trailer for Justin Kurzel's Macbeth, the precursor to Fassbender's Assassin's Creed (also directed by Kurzel), and one of the most talked about films coming out of Cannes this year. Michael Fassbender stars as Macbeth, a duke of Scotland, in this Shakespeare adaptation also starring Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. The cast also includes Elizabeth Debicki, Marion Cotillard, Sean Harris, David Thewlis, Jack Reynor and Paddy Considine. There are some really spectacular shots shown in this trailer, from cinematographer Adam Arkapaw, and overall it looks like my kind of Shakespeare movie. Dark, gritty, enthralling, and visceral. Here's the official Us trailer (+ poster) for Justin Kurzel's Macbeth, direct from TWC's YouTube: Macbeth is directed by Justin Kurzel (The Turning, The Snowtown Murders) and written by Todd Louiso (Hello I Must Be Going, Love Liza,
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Exclusive 'James White' Poster Announces the Awards Season Arrival of Sundance Favorite

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Exclusive 'James White' Poster Announces the Awards Season Arrival of Sundance Favorite
Read More: The Indiewire 2015 Fall Preview: The 27 Festival Films We're Most Excited to See One of Sundance's undisputed breakout dramas, Josh Mond's "James White" debuted at this year's festival to major acclaim, ultimately winning the festival's Best of Next Audience Award. The film also scored with Indiewire's own Criticwire critics, who awarded Best Lead Performance to Christopher Abbott and Best Supporting Performance to Cynthia Nixon. The film features Abbott -- known to audiences as a former "Girls" co-star, though he's no stranger to the festival circuit, having previously appeared in indie favorites like "The Sleepwalker," "Hello I Must Be Going" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene" -- as the titular James White, a reckless young New Yorker who is forced to reevaluate his bad behavior (including the kind of partying that only makes one look ill all the time, an inability to commit in his romantic life and...
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Watch Nicolas Cage's life crumble in new Bp oil spill drama The Runner trailer

Watch Nicolas Cage's life crumble in new Bp oil spill drama The Runner trailer
Nicolas Cage is an idealistic but troubled politician in a new trailer for The Runner.

The drama tells a fictional story of betrayal and triumph set against the real-life Bp oil spill, as one politician (Cage) tries to rebuild the gulf.

Using a full-on Southern accent, Cage's politician takes on corporate America in the face of a sex scandal that could topple his ambitions.

This is the latest film from director Austin Stark, who has produced the Sundance hit Infinitely Polar Bear and indie comedy Hello I Must Be Going.

Stark shot The Runner on location in the Louisiana gulf and Washington DC last summer.

The Runner - which also stars Connie Nielsen, Peter Fonda and Sarah Paulson – bows on August 7 in the Us. A UK release is yet to be set.
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Must Watch: Mesmerizing Teaser Trailer for Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth'

"This is the very painting of your fear." Whoa. This first teaser trailer for Justin Kurzel's Macbeth looks amazing, which is why it's a must watch. Michael Fassbender stars as Macbeth, Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, in this adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play, from the filmmaker who brought us The Snowtown Murders. The film just had a successful premiere at Cannes and is now aiming for release in the fall, at least in the UK. The rest of the cast includes David Thewlis, Elizabeth Debicki, Jack Reynor, Sean Harris & Paddy Considine. This has a very mesmerizing style that pulls you in, shot by Dp Adam Arkapaw, and it seems like a very emotional but still gripping take on the story of the King of Scotland. Here's the first official teaser trailer for Justin Kurzel's Macbeth, from StudioCanal's YouTube: Macbeth is directed by Justin Kurzel (The Turning, The Snowtown Murders
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Macbeth’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Macbeth’
As the shortest, sharpest and most stormily violent of William Shakespeare’s tragedies, “Macbeth” may be the most readily cinematic: The swirling mists of the Highlands, tough to fabricate in a theater, practically rise off the printed page. So it’s odd that, while “Romeo and Juliet” and “Hamlet” get dusted off at least once a generation by filmmakers, the Scottish Play hasn’t enjoyed significant bigscreen treatment since Roman Polanski’s admirable if tortured 1971 version. The wait for another may be even longer after Justin Kurzel’s scarcely improvable new adaptation: Fearsomely visceral and impeccably performed, it’s a brisk, bracing update, even as it remains exquisitely in period. Though the Bard’s words are handled with care by an ideal ensemble, fronted by Michael Fassbender and a boldly cast Marion Cotillard, it’s the Australian helmer’s fervid sensory storytelling that makes this a Shakespeare pic for the
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I’ll See You in My Dreams | Review

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Dream a Little Dream of Me: Haley’s Superb Showcase for Blythe Danner

Long a supporting fixture in a variety of film projects going on five decades, actress Blythe Danner takes center stage in an endearingly warm turn in I’ll See You in My Dreams, the sophomore film from Brett Haley. Premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, it’s a familiar narrative enhanced by an adept script that focuses on character nuance rather than cheap laughs, and proves that even the grayest of predictable tropes can still be administered in an emotionally authentic manner.

Discovering that her dog is ill and must be put down, retired schoolteacher and widow of twenty years Carol Petersen (Danners) is left with a nagging void. She develops an unexpected friendship with Lloyd (Martin Starr), the new pool cleaner that attempts to help her rid the home of an unwanted rodent. Over several glasses of wine,
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Cotillard & Fassbender in New Photos from Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth'

"It reminded me a lot of a Western." Empire has debuted three photos from Justin Kurzel's Macbeth, which will be premiering In-Competition at the Cannes Film Festival later in May. This adaptation of the Shakespeare classic stars Michael Fassbender as Macbeth, the duke of Scotland, and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. The two of them can be seen in photos below, which have been released to remind us the film's festival unveiling is coming up. Aside from a Western, Kurzel says this reminded him "of a landscape and atmosphere that felt much more dangerous than I'd ever seen before from adaptations of Macbeth." Here's the three new photos for Macbeth, debuted via Empire where they have more details from Kurzel. Macbeth is directed by Justin Kurzel (The Turning, The Snowtown Murders) and written by Todd Louiso (Hello I Must Be Going, Love Liza, The Marc Pease Experience), based on
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Sundance: Blythe Danner on ‘I’ll See You in My Dreams,’ Oscar Buzz and Smoking Pot

Sundance: Blythe Danner on ‘I’ll See You in My Dreams,’ Oscar Buzz and Smoking Pot
Even though Blythe Danner has appeared on countless TV shows (“Will & Grace”), films (“Meet the Fockers”) and Broadway plays (“Follies”), it took her 50 years as an actress to headline a movie. On Tuesday night, the Sundance Film Festival premiered “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” a comedic drama in which Danner stars as a woman who contemplates her own mortality following a tragic loss. But that description doesn’t do this crowd-pleasing indie justice. When the film debuted at the Eccles Theatre in Park City, Danner received a standing ovation. On a following morning screening, the audience showered Danner with more rounds of applause.

“I’m so overwhelmed,” Danner says later backstage. “I’m a little verklempt talking about it. I’m 71, about to turn 72. I’ve never had a film role like this.” It’s also the first time the Emmy-winning actress has received Oscar buzz, even if
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Sundance Film Review: ‘I’ll See You in My Dreams’

Sundance Film Review: ‘I’ll See You in My Dreams’
The challenge of finding pleasure, companionship and personal fulfillment in one’s twilight years gets thoroughly pleasant, poignant screen treatment in “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” a sweetly handled romantic dramedy that has the great virtue of featuring Blythe Danner in an all-too-rare leading role. As a Los Angeles widow making room in her solitary existence for two new friendships, each one holding out the possibility of something more, Danner makes an elegant, warmly sympathetic heroine in this sometimes broadly played but always tender and appealing effort. Writer-director Brett Haley’s second feature (after 2010’s “The New Year”) breaks no new ground but has all the trappings of a modest crowdpleaser, if properly marketed toward the older audiences who turned “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” into a sizable specialty hit.

When her dog becomes ill and has to be put down, retired schoolteacher Carol Petersen (Danner) becomes more
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Sundance 2015: Who Is Going to Break Out At The Year’s First Big Festival?

If you’re attending the Sundance Film Festival (or just paying attention to excellent coverage of the festival, much like you would find right here at Film School Rejects, cough cough), you’re most likely looking for new projects, people, and productions to get excited about. Sundance may (somewhat bizarrely, when you really think about it) take place in the dead of winter in a tiny town mostly dedicated to ski tourism, but that early jump on the festival year allows the fest to set the tone for the rest of the year. This is the place you come to when you want to see something new, and this year looks poised to deliver that, in spades. Sundance has often played home to the breakout roles of big stars (hello, Jennifer Lawrence), and although finding the next big talent is mostly a guessing game, fingers-crossing adventure, we’ve got some idea as to who just might emerge
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Laggies | Review

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We All Float Down Here: Shelton’s Latest Winning Slice of Arrested Development

Remarkable in the sense that this is her third consecutive film to premiere at Sundance, director Lynn Shelton is one of the few female directors bucking the general trend of having laborious stretches of times between features. Her latest, Laggies, is her first directorial outing where Shelton has not also written the screenplay (Andrea Siegel gets her first credit instead), which divorces the film from a body of work largely improvised and often careening off the cuff to mostly enjoyable effect. While this makes her latest film feel a bit more mainstream, featuring an array of well-known names, it’s also a nicely polished example of familiarity, genuine with its intentions and generally pleasing even as it neglects to say anything we haven’t seen repeatedly from both a male and female perspective.

In her late
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Exclusive: Melanie Lynskey Talks Happy Christmas

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Exclusive: Melanie Lynskey Talks Happy Christmas
Melanie Lynskey has a conjurer’s ability to mine the vulnerability of characters without sinking into sad-sack caricature. Whether as a troubled teenager in her stirring debut “Heavenly Creatures,” George Clooney’s younger sister in “Up in the Air,” Matt Damon’s wife in “The Informant!,” a fresh-out-of-rehab mother in “Win Win,” or a recent divorcee working her way through a rebound romance with a much younger man in the underrated “Hello I Must Be Going,” Lynskey always serves the story without ever blending into the scenery. Her latest film is “Happy Christmas,” from writer-director (and in this case co-star) Joe Swanberg. In it, the New Zealand-born actress gets to use her native [ Read More ]

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Cannes Debuts Two Posters for 'Macbeth' with Michael Fassbender

Following a couple first look photos at the Shakespeare adaptation Macbeth from director Justin Kurzel, the period drama is showing off footage at the Cannes Film Market and looking for distributors. Now we have some bits of the hype machine overseas as two character teaser posters have surfaced online featuring stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. The film has already turned heads enough to have Kurzel team up with Fassbender again for the video game adaptation Assassin's Creed, but it will probably be awhile before we see any footage. In the meantime, these posters, especially Fassbender's is great. Look! Here's the Cannes posters for Justin Kurzel's Macbeth from See Soundit (via The Playlist): Macbeth is directed by Justin Kurzel (The Turning, The Snowtown Murders) and written by Todd Louiso (Hello I Must Be Going, Love Liza, The Marc Pease Experience), based on William Shakespeare's classic play of the same name.
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First Look: Michael Fassbender Holds Marion Cotillard in 'Macbeth'

While Natalie Portman was once slated to star alongside Michael Fassbender in the latest big screen adaptation of the classic William Shakespeare play Macbeth (or "that Scottish play" for all you theater folk), it's Marion Cotillard who ended up in the lead role as the lady of a Scottish lord who aspires to be king. Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel, who directed a segment in the Aussie omnibus The Turning, is at the helm of this feature adaptation, and we have two first look photos that look gorgeous. One features Fassbender embracing Cotillard, while the other has General Macbeth clearly ready for battle. Look below! Here's the first look photos from Justin Kurzel's Macbeth from The Daily Mail: Macbeth is directed by Justin Kurzel (The Turning, The Snowtown Murders) and written by Todd Louiso (Hello I Must Be Going, Love Liza, The Marc Pease Experience), based on William Shakespeare's
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Melanie Lynskey Shares 5 Kooky Things About Her Outrageous Comedy Putzel

New Zealand actress Melanie Lynskey made her breakthrough into movies and cinema history with Peter Jackson's true-crime drama Heavenly Creatures back in 1994. Since then, she's become an actress utterly beloved by critics and indie movie fans for her layered performances in films like Win Win, Away We Go, Up In the Air and Hello I Must Be Going. In the new-to-iTunes comedy Putzel, Lynskey learned to embrace her inner shiksa to play Sally, the spunky center of this raunchy rom-com's tricky love triangle. Putzel stars Jack Carpenter (I Love Beth Cooper) as Walter "Putzel" Himmelstein, a neurotic New York Jew who has become so engrained into the daily operations of his family's Upper West Side bagels and lox shop that the very thought of stepping outside the neighborhood fills him with crippling anxiety. He attempts to buckle down and prove to his uncle Sid (John Pankow) that he's ready
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Best of Fest: Sundance 2014′s Top 10 New Faces

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They range in age, amount of screen time, supporting or principle characters, and have previous (television work, stage and or bit parts in Hollywood/Indiewood productions or next to no film experience at all. In essence these folks have a special gift and have essentially broken out. I had the fortune of having a team of four journalists (Caitlin Coder, Jordan M. Smith, Nicholas Bell and myself) covering the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and when you got a small army covering a major fest it ensures that fine performances from a new crop of acting talents don’t go undetected. Michael B. Jordan, Robin Weigert and Miles Teller (who follows up The Speculator Now with a dramatically and physically charged perf in the marvelous Whiplash) were just some of the new faces included on our top list last year.Worthy mnetions that did not break into our Top 10 include Fishing Without NetsAbdikani Muktar,
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