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MISTRESS AMERICA

Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Starring Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke and Heather Lind
Directed by Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig who gave us the wondrous FRANCES HA are back with MISTRESS AMERICA The two, partners in life as in art, wrote the script together. Baumbach directs and Gerwig acts. Given its creators it’s unfair but inevitable to compare this film to the previous one. All the qualities that were there are here, including superb acting and hilarious script with a serious permanent ... more >

LuC BESSON

French tax incentives: Luc Besson can’t catch a break on home turf | VALERIAN

PARIS - The upcoming film VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS (2017) has a bang up cast (Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan and Clive Owen), will employ a twelve-hundred-person crew, take six months to shoot (with principal photography starting in January) and has been in the preparatory phases for two years. From a Frenchman's viewpoint, at least, it's a big deal. And yet, instead of being ... more >

Larry Yang

FORTISSIMO snaps rights to new Larry Yang film MOUNTAIN CRY

Fortissimo Films announced today that it has acquired global sales rights to Larry Yang’s (SORRY, I LOVE YOU; NANA) highly anticipated film MOUNTAIN CRY. The film, which won the prize for ‘Best Commercial Potential’ at last year’s Beijing International Film Festival ‘Pitch & Catch’ event, was just announced yesterday to have its World Premiere on October 10, 2015 as the Closing Film of the 20th ... more >

The end of the tour

The end of the tour

Imagine the greatest conversation you've ever had
Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg and Joan Cusack
Directed by James Ponsoldt

David Foster Wallace is the much-celebrated author of the one thousand-page plus novel “Infinite Jest.” Not an easy read. But then, neither is “Ulysses,” or “Gravity’s Rainbow,” George Perec’s “Life: a User’s Manual” nor any number of boundary-blowing, epoch-making masterpieces that we crack open from time to time and know we will read some day. “Infinite Jest” I’d already given up on and picked ... more >

QUICK TAKE | WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS

Produced by Warner Brothers
Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski and Wes Bentley
Directed by Max Joseph

The few movies that have been made about the electronic dance music scene in the last twenty years have come and gone like mere blips and blops, in part because of weak plots and sub-plot and bad casting choices but also because techno, like drugs or sex, tends to make for boring on-screen subject matter. Movies about music need to have vivid characters that jump off the screen, like those in ... more >

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MAD MAX FURY ROAD: gravity optional

His world is "fire and blood"
Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult
Directed by George Miller

Thirty years after MAD MAX : BEYOND THE THUNDERDOM director George Miller brings MAD MAX : FURY ROAD. This new chapter in the post-acocalyptic saga includes an A-team cast made up of Tom Hardy (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, BRONSON), Charlize Theron (MONSTER, PROMETHEUS), Zoe Kravitz (X-MEN FIRST CLASS, GOOD KILL) and Nicholas Hoult (YOUNG ONES, X-MEN : DAYS OF FUTUR PAST) . In this sequel Max is ... more >

THE VIEW FROM ABOVE | WE COME AS FRIENDS

As resourceful as it is entertaining
Adelante Films [France / Austria]
Directed by Hubert Sauper

Time to dust off the Frantz Fanon reader. Colonialism, as well as Africa, its oil, gold and religion are the ambiguous motifs this new documentary film slated for release next week aims to confronts. For WE COME AS FRIENDS filmmaker Hubert Sauper swooped down into the context of his story, literally. He and his crew built a small aircraft especially for the film and flew it to the filming ... more >