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William Goldman, author of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” dead at 87

The Hollywood screenwriter William Goldman has died at 87 this past Friday. He’d earned two Academy Awards in the 70s, after penning such films as “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid (1969) and “All the president’s men” (1976). Goldman is best-known for the impact his pen had on the New Hollywood genre of the seventies. He wrote the dialogues for “Marathon Man” (also in 1976), a paranoid ... more >

“Manbiki Kazoku,” “A Family Affair”

The winner of the 2018 Cannes Festival
Kirin Kiki, Lily Franky and Moemi Katayama
Directed by Koreeda Hirokazu

Hirokazu Koreeda’s (是枝 裕和) “After the Storm,” the story of a divorced family having a reunion as a storm loomed large on the horizon, ran in competition at the Cannes Festival two years ago. “The Third Murder” was presented at the Berlinale last year, a rather twisted police procedural. And now, a “A family affair,” a film that’s centered on the intimate relations of the Shibatas, a small group of ... more >

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“The Guilty,” from Denmark, goes to the Oscars

Stark and measured police procedural has a good shot at a win
Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage and Omar Shargawi
Directed by Gustav Möller

The no-frills “The Guilty” (“Den Skyldige” in the original Danish) is Denmark’s gathering storm movie. This film was selected as that country’s entry for the Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards, as was announced this week. In “Guilty” police officer Asger Holm answers an emergency call from a woman who’s been kidnapped. As the details of the crime emerge, becoming ... more >

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“Sherlock Holmes,” the franchise is gathering momentum with numero tres in the works

From "dead in the water" to "doing quite well, thank you very much"

For a while everyone thought that that the adventures of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in “Sherlock Holmes and John Watson” were going to remain without a sequel, ever since the release of the second opus, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.” Box office receipts were slightly higher than those of the previous film (545M v. 524), the third in the franchise was announced very hastily, and then, ... more >

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VIDEO: Jamie Foxx interviews Benicio Del Toro

Locker room-style banter and war stories make up this video interview of Benicio del Toro by Jamie Foxx that went up online recently. In it Del Toro tells Foxx how he quit college to move to New York and pursue a career in acting, only to then end up in Los Angeles and get a scholarship to attend Stella Adler. Del Toro was influenced by "Animal House" and, unsurprisingly, cites "The Usual ... more >

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One day after release of his latest film, Claude Lanzmann, resilient Holocaust author and filmmaker, dies at 92

"The Patagonian hare," "Shoah," "Tsahal," "Lights and shadows," "The last of the unjust." Claude Lanzmann was France's Holocaust orator, a vital testifier to the horrors and to the exceptionality of humanity's most talked-about tragedy. He died in Paris today. Lanzmann was born in Paris to a Jewish family that had immigrated to France from Eastern Europe. His family went into hiding during ... more >

CANNES WINNERS ANNOUNCED! Koreeda Hirokazu crowned King, wins Palme D’Or for “Shoplifters”

This has been one of the strongest selections in years, with crowd-pleasers like "Leto" and fully-accomplished films like "Dogman" making an impression on festival-goers. The addition of press screenings to the schedule grid, better organized secured access to the Palais also helped make this seventy-first edition of the Cannes Festival an exceptional one. The jury annoyed and frustrated me by ... more >