Film Festivals Category

Another day, another fall film festival announces its lineup. On the heels of the Toronto International Film Festival announcing its 2014 lineup, here comes the films that will be premiering or screening at the Venice Film Festival. There is some crossover, like Ramin Bahrani’s “99 Homes” starring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon, and drama “Hungry Hearts” starring Adam Driver. Making its world premiere in Venice will be “She’s Funny that Way” (formerly “Squirrel to the Nuts”) which stars Imogen Poots; “Burying the Ex,” a zombie comedy starring Anton Yelchin, AshleyRead More
The Toronto International Film Festival announced this morning the first forty or so films set to have their world premieres or special screenings at this year’s festival. Among the highlights include the world premiere of Chris Evans’ directorial debut “Before We Go” (formerly “1:30 Train”), dueling Anna Kendrick films in dark drama “Cake” and musical adaptation “The Last Five Years,” ensemble comedy “This is Where I Leave You” starring Corey Stoll, Adam Driver and more, Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women and Children” with Ansel Elgort, Kaitin Dever and others, and “99Read More
That Lenny Abrahamson’s “Frank” is going to be a laugh out loud good time is evident within the first few minutes, as Domhnall Gleeson’s frustrated musician tries to write songs about anything and everything he sees around him. That it’s got more layers than just being odd and charming and fun takes a little bit longer – about the time we get to know Michael Fassbender’s titular Frank – but the two sides of the film work in tandem to make it an engrossing and meaningful moviegoing experience. Gleeson isRead More
Film Independent announced its lineup for the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival today, with the big news being that Clint Eastwood’s “Jersey Boys” will make its world premiere as the Closing Night film of the festival. Other high profile films we’ll be looking forward to include Lenny Abrahamson’s “Frank” starring Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson, which won over Sundance and a bunch of other festivals, the world premieres of “The Two Faces of January” with Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac and “Cut Bank” with Armie Hammer and TeresaRead More
Cannes Film Festival
Miles Teller, Caleb Landry Jones and Nathan Phillips will be among the up and comers headlining films set to screen in the Directors’ Fornight sidebar at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Teller, who recently starred in “The Spectacular Now” and “Divergent,” leads Damien Chazelle‘s “Whiplash,” a drama about a budding jazz drummer whose passion is challenged by a brutal music instructor (played by J.K. Simmons). The film debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where it nabbed both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the U.S. dramaticRead More
Rumors have abounded for months, and we even picked our Top 10 wishlist, but today, the 67th Cannes Film Festival has announced its 2014 lineup – and although it’s high on European fare, there are still to come great inclusions for Hollywood’s rising stars. The biggest stars on the Croisette this year will be “Twilight” actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, who will be back at the festival following their debuts at the festival in 2012, and in competition in “Map To The Stars” and “Sils Maria,” respectively. The films’Read More
The Cannes Film Festival is arguably the most high profile festival in the world, and is certainly one of our favorite times of the year. We are just a day away from finding out the official selection of the 2014 festival, but before Thierry Frémaux makes his picks known, we gathered a list of the films we hope will be announced to be part of the May 14 – 25 festivities. There’s some sure things, some maybes and some not a chance in hells in here, but hey, it isRead More
Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer,” a futuristic thriller set on a train speeding through an icy tundra, has certainly had an interesting journey off screen. It’s already been released and even come out on DVD overseas, and has been embroiled in a very public struggle over the edit in the US between the director and distributor Harvey Weinstein, and now, a couple of weeks head of its scheduled release, it’s been announced to be the opening night film at the 20th Anniversay edition of the LA Film Festival. The question is: WhichRead More
Sundance is a very special festival indeed. It is a gateway for filmmakers, and a very effective one too. Now, William H. Macy is benefiting of the festival because his directorial debut, “Rudderless”, has been picked up by Paramount and Samuel Goldwyn Co, according to Deadline. The film is about a grieving father (Macy), in a downward spiral, who stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery, he forms a band to play his son’s music, in the hope of findingRead More
After winning the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and playing sold out shows at this weekend’s New Directors/New Films festival in New York, satirical comedy “Dear White People” has found US and Canadian distribution through Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions. “Dear White People” follows “the stories of four black students at Winchester University, where a riot breaks out over a popular ‘African American’ themed party thrown by a white fraternity. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in ‘post-racial’ AmericaRead More