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#CANNES2019: “THE DEAD DON’T DIE” to open Cannes Festival

THIS JUST IN: "The Dead Don't Die" will open this year's Cannes Festival (April 10th, 2019). After the dead rise from their graves, the tranquil town of Centerville has no choice but to battle the hordes of zombies come threaten their way of life. "The dead don't die" was written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, produced by Joshua Astrachan and Carter Logan and produced by Animal Kingdom (they ... more >

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Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola reunite for Christmas musical

It was just announced that Bill Murray will reunite with his "Lost in Translation" director Sofia Coppola for a carol-singing Christmas TV special. Not much is available in the way of details but the actor told Variety, “we’re going to do it like a little movie. It won’t have a format, but it’s going to have music.” Adding that “it’s not going to be live”, Murray suggested, cryptically: “It ... more >

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson's best. Again.
Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori and Saoirse Ronan
Directed by Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson’s "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is the cinematic equivalent of a pastry: beautiful, exquisitely-crafted and so immensely enjoyable that it seems too good to be real. Part-homage to pre-World War II Europe, part-tribute to memory and the passage of time and part-ridiculous slapstick, "The Grand Budapest"'s greatest achievement is not in its visual perfection but its literary sensibility. ... more >

Hyde Park on Hudson

An improbable romance at an unlikely time
Bill Murray and Laura Linney
Directed by Roger Michell

“Hyde Park on Hudson” wastes no time in letting us know it’s a prestige project. This is a film that takes place in a beautiful location (the New York estate of Franklin Roosevelt’s mother with its sunny view of nature, including a driving path among the flowers), has Laura Linney, as Roosevelt’s cousin Daisy, constantly butt into the film with a pretentious voiceover narration letting us know how ... more >

MOONRISE KINGDOM – A gem of brains, humor and heart

Experiencing love at its purest

Wes Anderson’s "Moonrise Kingdom" is not only a story of the power of first love but also the way that children create the mythology of adulthood through the fabric of stories. The world approaches us first wrapped as tales, and we handle its mysteries with imagination. The largest part of reality, even as we age, remains a contradictory act of abstraction. This has been a quietly placed theme ... more >

PHOTO-OP: Following in daddy’s footsteps

Francis Ford Coppola and his daughter Sofia at the Cannes Festival in 1979. Then, at the Academy Awards; top-right, Bill Murray as Steve Zissou. ... more >

Get Low

A tale right out of the hog and hominy state
Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek
Directed by Aaron Schneider

"Get Low," the directorial debut of cinematographer Aaron Schneider is as breezily gentle as its quaint 1930s Appalachian setting and crackly bluegrass score. The ever-so-slight story, in which a Tennessee backwoods hermit (Robert Duvall) arranges his own “funeral party,” takes awhile to get moving; at times, the movie is molasses-paced, and the potential loopy energy of the premise begins to ... more >