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34th Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Anounced

Winners will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 23, 2019.
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Press release: This morning, Film Independent announced the nominations for the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The Spirit Awards are the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity in the industry. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at the W Hotel in Hollywood, with actors Gemma Chan and Molly Shannon presenting the nominations. Nominees for Best Feature included Eighth Grade, First Reformed, If Beale Street Could Talk, Leave No Trace and You Were Never Really Here. “This year’s nominees reflect the bold originality that is

Criterion Announces February 2019 Releases

Criterion sets the bar high this month.
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The groundhog says Criterion will add four new titles to the collection. They are Ingmar Bergman’s Shame, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s La vérité, Luchino Visconti's Death in Venice, and Charles Burnett's To Sleep with Anger. Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s fifteen-hour Berlin Alexanderplatz is getting a Blu-ray upgrade. Read on to learn more about them. Shame (#961) out Feb 5 Ingmar Bergman’s Shame is at once an examination of the violent legacy of World War II and a scathing response to the escalation of the conflict in Vietnam. Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann star as musicians living in quiet retreat on a remote

See a Special Advance Screening of The Romanoffs: Episode 8 in Hollywood, CA

The screening will take place at Arclight Hollywood on Tuesday, November 20 with a start time at 7 PM.
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From the creator of Mad Men, The Romanoffs is a contemporary anthology series set around the globe featuring eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Diane Lane, Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Amanda Peet, Jack Huston, Kathryn Hahn, Noah Wyle, Paul Reiser, Andrew Rannells, and more. The Romanoffs premiered on Amazon Prime Video October 12 with new episodes released weekly, on Fridays. The Romanoffs presents a different story and a different set of characters in each episode, so attendees do not need to see the previous episode

Juliet, Naked is the Pick of the Week

Star Trek, Blood Island, and giant sharks are just some of the great Blu-ray releases this week.
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As a non-fiction writer, Nick Hornby writes passionately and magnificently about the things he loves. I’ve utterly enjoyed his writings about music, reading, and even football. When he incorporates those passions into his fictional novels, he’s quite good. But when he leaves those things aside, his books tend to get sappy, preachy and uninteresting, at least to this reader. I was very happy to see that with Juliet, Naked he had returned to his musical roots. It tells the story of Duncan, a man obsessed with reclusive singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe, and his long-suffering girlfriend Annie. When Annie meets and develops

Special Superman Double Feature Screening Set for Jan 13-14

Fathom Events, Warner Bros. and DC present The Death of Superman / Reign of the Supermen Double Feature in more than 500 select movie theaters on Sunday, January 13 at 12:55pm and Monday, January 14 at 8:00pm.
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Press release: Superman’s greatest adventure - his death and rebirth - will be unveiled in a special two-day exclusive theatrical event as Warner Bros. and DC join forces with Fathom Events for a double feature presentation of the previously released The Death of Superman and the first in-theater screening of the all-new Reign of the Supermen nationwide on January 13 and 14, 2019. As the second half of the double feature, Reign of the Supermen will be seen nationally in theaters ahead of its Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release on Digital starting January 15, 2019, and on Ultra HD™ Blu-ray

See a Special Advance Screening of The Romanoffs: Episode 7 in Hollywood, CA

The screening will take place at Arclight Hollywood on Thursday, November 15 with a start time at 7 PM.
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From the creator of Mad Men, The Romanoffs is a contemporary anthology series set around the globe featuring eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Diane Lane, Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Amanda Peet, Jack Huston, Kathryn Hahn, Noah Wyle, Paul Reiser, Andrew Rannells, and more. The Romanoffs premiered on Amazon Prime Video October 12 with new episodes released weekly, on Fridays. The Romanoffs presents a different story and a different set of characters in each episode, so attendees do not need to see the previous episode

Grateful Dead Documentary, Long Strange Trip, Arrives on DVD / Blu-ray November 16

Career-spanning documentary from director Amir Bar-Lev and executive producer Martin Scorsese.
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Press release: The Grateful Dead’s first official career-spanning documentary, Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story Of The Grateful Dead, will make its DVD and Blu-ray debuts this fall. In addition, a new Deluxe Edition featuring unreleased bonus content will be available exclusively from Dead.net. Both versions arrive more than a year after the acclaimed four-hour documentary premiered at Sundance, followed by its exclusive release on Amazon Prime. Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev (“Happy Valley,” “The Tillman Story”) with Martin Scorsese serving as executive producer, Long Strange Trip brings together never-before-seen performance footage, vintage interviews, and other candid moments

A Bad Moms Christmas Ticket Giveaway

Three lucky readers will win a pair of tickets to see the movie on Thursday, December 6
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Cinema Sentries has teamed up with Fathom Events and STXfilms to award three lucky readers a pair of tickets to see A Bad Moms Christmas, which is playing in hundreds of select movie theaters nationwide on Thursday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. local time. To find a theater near you, check www.FathomEvents.com. For those wanting to learn more, the press release below: Moviegoers are invited to a wild, one-night Christmas party on Thursday, December 6, as the Fathom Spotlight Series presents STXfilms’ hilariously inappropriate comedy hit A Bad Moms Christmasin movie theaters nationwide. A box-office hit when it was released

Superman: The Movie Ticket Giveaway

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the landmark film, Fathom Events will present Superman in its original theatrical version.
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Cinema Sentries has teamed up with Fathom Events to award three lucky readers a pair of tickets to see Superman: The Movie, which is playing in hundreds of select movie theaters nationwide on November 25 and 27, and December 3. To find a theater near you, check www.FathomEvents.com. For those wanting to learn more, read the press release below: To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the landmark film and the 80th anniversary of the beloved DC character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, Fathom Events will present Superman in its original theatrical version, as audiences saw it upon its

Incredibles 2 Is the Pick of the Week

It is a jam-packed week full of all sorts of goodness.
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Pixar’s stellar reputation has taken a few hits over the last several years, mostly due to unnecessary sequels. Many of their movies are complete stories within themselves and don’t need a sequel, so when one is tacked on it doesn’t have the same Pixar charm. The Incredibles is not such a story. It is a superhero movie. It deserves a sequel. Heck, it deserves a cinematic universe. It is a movie that practically begged for a sequel. After 14 years, we finally got one. The original The Incredibles is an action-packed, super-fun superhero movie with a lot of heart, but

A Bad Moms Christmas Returns to Movie Theaters for One Night

In a new holiday tradition just for grown-ups, the Fathom Spotlight Series invites everyone on December 6.
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Press release: Moviegoers are invited to a wild, one-night Christmas party on Thursday, December 6, as the Fathom Spotlight Series presents STXfilms’ hilariously inappropriate comedy hit A Bad Moms Christmas in movie theaters nationwide. A box-office hit when it was released last year, A Bad Moms Christmas will be back on the big screen to create a new holiday tradition fashioned especially for grown-ups. The return of A Bad Moms Christmas will be accompanied by a brand-new “blooper reel” created during the making of the film, which will bring even more raucous laughter to the evening. Tickets for A Bad

See a Special Advance Screening of The Romanoffs: Episode 6 in Hollywood, CA

The screening will take place at Arclight Hollywood on Thursday, November 8 with a start time at 7 PM.
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From the creator of Mad Men, The Romanoffs is a contemporary anthology series set around the globe featuring eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Diane Lane, Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Amanda Peet, Jack Huston, Kathryn Hahn, Noah Wyle, Paul Reiser, Andrew Rannells, and more. The Romanoffs premiered on Amazon Prime Video October 12 with new episodes released weekly, on Fridays. The Romanoffs presents a different story and a different set of characters in each episode, so attendees do not need to see the previous episode

See a Special Advance Screening of The Front Runner in Hollywood, CA

The screening will take place at Arclight Hollywood on Monday, November 5 with a start time at 7 PM.
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The Front Runner tells the story of Gary Hart, former senator of Colorado, who becomes the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1987. Hart's intelligence, charisma, and idealism makes him popular with young voters, leaving him with a seemingly clear path to the White House. All that comes crashing down when allegations of an extramarital affair surface in the media, forcing the candidate to address a scandal that threatens to derail his campaign and personal life. The Front Runner is directed by Jason Reitman, based on the 2014 book All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid,

Criterion's Release of The Princess Bride is the Pick of the Week

It's a week full of great interesting releases, so let's have fun storming the castle of upcoming Blu-ray releases.
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Hello. My name is Mat Brewster. I’ve picked The Princess Bride this week. Prepare to enjoy. It is a C.C.O.U.A (Criterion Collection of Usual Awesomeness) with a brand new 4K scan and loads of new and old extras. Including audio commentaries, an in-depth making-of documentary, interviews, features on the making of the film, and more. Let me explain the plot. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. The Princess Bride is Rob Reiner’s adaptation of William Goldman’s beloved novel that lovingly satirizes princess stories while remaining a wonderful comedic adventure with plenty of romance and enough great lines

See a Special Advance Screening of The Romanoffs: Episode 5 in Hollywood, CA

The screening will take place at Arclight Hollywood on Thursday, November 1 with a start time at 7 PM.
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From the creator of Mad Men, The Romanoffs is a contemporary anthology series set around the globe featuring eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Diane Lane, Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Amanda Peet, Jack Huston, Kathryn Hahn, Noah Wyle, Paul Reiser, Andrew Rannells, and more. The Romanoffs premiered on Amazon Prime Video October 12 with new episodes released weekly, on Fridays. The Romanoffs presents a different story and a different set of characters in each episode, so attendees do not need to see the previous episode

Sorry to Bother You Is the Pick of the Week

Not sorry to tell you this is a great week for new Blu-ray releases.
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Sorry To Bother You stars Lakeith Stanfield as a telemarketer who adopts a white person’s voice at his job in order to increase his sales. His numbers do go through the roof, causing him to move up in the company and get swept up into a strange conspiracy. It was written and directed by Boots Riley of the musical group The Coup and also stars Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Terry Crews, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Danny Glover, Steven Yeun, and Armie Hammer. It garnered a lot of critical buzz and has been praised for its originality. In a world full

20th Century Fox's and Regency Enterprises' Bohemian Rhapsody to be Released on ScreenX

Queen's greatest hits and legendary concerts rock off the big screen in the multi-projection immersive cinema technology.
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Press Release: CJ 4DPLEX, 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises announced today that the epic rock and roll bio-pic Bohemian Rhapsody is coming to theaters in the ScreenX format. The film, a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, portrayed by Rami Malek, will be released worldwide beginning on October 24, 2018 in the UK. Bohemian Rhapsody is the second 20th Century Fox film to be released in panoramic, 270-degree premium cinema format. The first, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, was a global success, leading to a continuing partnership between 20th Century Fox and ScreenX.

See a Special Advance Screening of The Romanoffs: Episode 4 in Hollywood, CA

The screening will take place at Arclight Hollywood on Thursday, October 25 with a start time at 7 PM.
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From the creator of Mad Men, The Romanoffs is a contemporary anthology series set around the globe featuring eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Diane Lane, Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Amanda Peet, Jack Huston, Kathryn Hahn, Noah Wyle, Paul Reiser, Andrew Rannells, and more. The Romanoffs premiered on Amazon Prime Video October 12 with new episodes released weekly, on Fridays. The Romanoffs presents a different story and a different set of characters in each episode, so attendees do not need to see the previous episode

This November, Fathom Events Brings DC's Superman and Batman Back to the Big Screen

Superman: The Movie celebrates 40 years and Batman: Mask of the Phantasm marks its 25-year anniversary.
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Press release: Two of the most iconic DC Super Heroes in pop-culture history are coming back to the big screen this November as each celebrates a milestone cinematic anniversary with special presentations by Fathom Events, Warner Bros. and DC. Richard Donner’s legendary 1978 Superman will play on Sunday, November 25, and Tuesday, November 27, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time). The revolutionary Batman animated adventure Batman: Mask of the Phantasm returns to movie theaters for only one night on Monday, November 12, playing at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local times). Tickets for both of these special presentations

Criterion Announces January 2019 Releases

Which of these will you add to your video library in 2019?
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Criterion rings in the new year with few titles that would look good in your collection. They are Abbas Kiarostami 24 Frames, Elaine May's Mikey and Nicky, Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, and Norman Jewison's In the Heat of the Night. Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious is getting a Blu-ray upgrade. Read on to learn more about them. 24 Frames (#956) out Jan 8 For what would prove to be his final film, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami gave himself a challenge: to create a dialogue between his work as a filmmaker and his work as a photographer, bridging

Ant-Man and the Wasp is the Pick of the Week

It's a big week full of releases but Marvel wins again.
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I hate to continually be a Marvel fanboy but here I am picking a movie from the MCU once again. I really do like most of the films they’ve put out over the last decade or so but I also have to admit consideration is paid to the fact that millions of people watch Marvel movies and picking them over and over isn’t going to hurt the old Cinema Sentries hit counter. Ant-Man and the Wasp was something of a palette cleanser after Avengers: Infinity War. That film was an enormous, expensive, expansive, high-stakes event in which literally the universe

New York Film Festival 2018 Review: Roma Is Flawlessly Transcendent

Alfonso Cuaron's latest film Roma is heart wrenching, awe inspiring, and vital all at once.
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The best word that can be used to describe Roma is that it is transcendent. It is a transcendent piece of cinematic art that captures your heart and is also a theatrical experience that manages to rupture the senses. After director Alfonso Cuaron made Gravity, the cinematic event of 2013 and one of the most monumental cinematic experiences of the decade, some of us probably wondered how he would follow that up. Well, he has made a film with a story that is smaller in scale yet is still quite simplistic. It seems like a straightforward story involving the life

See The Romanoffs: Special Advance Screening of Episode 3 in Hollywood, CA

The screening will take place at Arclight Hollywood on Thursday, October 18 with a start time at 7 PM.
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From the creator of Mad Men, The Romanoffs is a contemporary anthology series set around the globe featuring eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Diane Lane, Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Amanda Peet, Jack Huston, Kathryn Hahn, Noah Wyle, Paul Reiser, Andrew Rannells, and more. The Romanoffs is set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video October 12 with new episodes released weekly, on Fridays. The Romanoffs presents a different story and a different set of characters in each episode, so attendees do not need to see

Hotel Artemis is the Pick of the Week

Some pretty cool Blu-rays are coming out this week, I've got your scoop.
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In riot-torn Los Angeles in the year 2028, criminals of a discerning nature get their wounds patched up at the Hotel Artemis, a fortified hospital that will fix up whatever ails ya and not ask any questions about how you got hurt. It is run by Jodie Foster with muscle provided by Dave Bautista. There are lots of rules, including no killing on the premises all of which makes it sound like an extended version of that scene in John Wick in which Keanu Reeves shows up at a similar hospital. If you saw that scene and thought that concept

Announcing AFI FEST New Auteurs and American Independents Lineups

Sections feature 28 films, including 17 films directed by women.
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Press release: Highlighting rising feature film directors, New Auteurs is the festival's platform for upcoming filmmakers from all over the world to showcase their new films. This year, the section is comprised of 18 films, with 12 helmed by female filmmakers. The American Independents section represents the best of independent filmmaking this year. Pushing boundaries of form and content across narrative and documentary cinema, this section includes 10 films — half of which are directed by women — from both new voices and filmmakers returning to AFI FEST. "The New Auteurs and American Independents sections are where you will find

Three Identical Strangers is the Pick of the Week

The first week in October starts us off with a bang.
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Three Identical Strangers tells the real life story of David, Bobby, and Eddy, three identical triplets who were separated at birth not knowing of each other's existence. One day, when they were 19, they randomly discovered each other and became instant friends. They became a media sensation in the '80s, being interviewed by everyone from Tom Brokaw and Phil Donahue. But there was a dark side. The reasons why they were separated bordered on the nefarious. The media used them for ratings then tossed them aside. There were physical and mental issues. I don’t know all the details as I’ve

Fathom Events Presents BBC AMERICA's Doctor Who Season Premiere in Theaters on October 10 and 11

Audiences will get to experience behind-the-scenes bonus content exclusive to the cinema event.
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Press release: BBC Studios Americas in partnership with Fathom Events, is bringing the Thirteenth Doctor to theaters nationwide on October 10 and 11, and screening the feature-length premiere of The Woman Who Fell to Earth, the first episode of the all-new series of BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who. The two-night theatrical event will also include special never-before seen bonus content surrounding the making of the hit show. Tickets for Doctor Who can be purchased now at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices. The season premiere of Doctor Who will hit nearly 700 select movie theaters on Wednesday, October 10 and Thursday,

The Best of The Three Stooges Brings Together Their Biggest Nyuks in Exclusive Time Life Collection

Across 13 hilarious discs, lovers of the Three Stooges will find over 45 incredible hours of content.
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Press release: For over 50 years, The Three Stooges presented a brand of pie-throwing, eye-poking and head-bonking routines that cracked up multiple generations. They were the masters of mirth, merriment and mayhem, turning slapstick comedy into an art form. And, with a body of work including over 300 films, television, stage shows, cartoons and more - they're forever ingrained in popular culture. Now, one of the greatest comedy troupes of all time is here to poke, smack, slap and bonk their way onto your screens with The Best of The Three Stooges! With this riotous DVD set, Time Life has

Carol Burnett Hosts Side-Splitting Celebration Of Cinema's Greatest Comediennes on TCM

Funny Ladies premieres Oct. 4 and pays tribute to Mae West, Lucille Ball, Lilly Tomlin & more.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is paying tribute to cinema’s iconic comediennes with Funny Ladies, a special month of programming celebrating hilarious performances from Lucille Ball, Doris Day and Phyllis Diller to Goldie Hawn, Gilda Radner and Lilly Tomlin. Hosted by comedy legend Carol Burnett, a beloved favorite of television, stage and film and actress/filmmaker Illeana Douglas, programming begins Oct. 4 and continues every Thursday in primetime. TCM’s salute to Funny Ladies will be broken down by decades: Silents to the 1930s - showcasing comedy duo Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly in Babes in the Goods (1934), Marion Davies

LAFF 2018 Review: Making Montgomery Clift

An engaging, informative documentary about the man, his craft, and show business.
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Co-created by Hillary Demmon and Robert Clift, the actor's youngest nephew and son of his brother Brooks, Making Montgomery Clift is an engaging, informative documentary about the man, his craft, and show business. As a fan of classic film but not the gossip associated with it, I knew about Monty's work so was aware that he, along with Marlon Brando and James Dean, were at the forefront of an acting style that embraced sensitivity as a component of masculinity. However, I was unaware that rather than his movie performances, the documentary suggests Marty was better known for allegedly destroying himself

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