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Jason Bourne is the Pick of the Week

This week bring us a new Bourne movie, a couple of Criterions, Mad Max in black and white and more.
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My wife and I lived in Strasbourg, France for about ten months back in 2004. We sublet a tiny studio apartment from a university student who was spending a year living in England. There was hardly any furniture - a small desk, a coffee table, and a couple of half-broken chairs. She’d taken the bed out as it was only a single. A friend of ours let us borrow a blow-up mattress, but it had a tiny hole in it so as the night crept on we got lower and lower to the floor. After about a week of that,

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 12-05-16

See what gifts TCM has in store for you this week.
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As you prepare for the impending holidays, TCM has plenty of films to allow you to procrastinate. Friday brings another roster of films with Star-of-the-Month Myrna Loy while Tuesday offers a slate of stories about elderly parents. Why Be Good? (1929) Monday, December 5 at 11:00 p.m. (ET) A virtuous flapper gets into a compromising situation with the boss's son. Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) Tuesday, December 6 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A devoted couple faces the harsh economic realities of growing older. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) Wednesday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) The Japanese take advantage of American

Sony Movie Channel's December Programming Highlights

Highlights include a Richard Pryor tribute block, Ewan McGregor & Naomi Watts in the premiere of The Impossible, and more.
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Press release: Sony Movie Channel ​​(SMC) unwraps a star-studded December lineup packed with acclaimed dramas, steamy thrillers, cult classics, and more—airing in primetime all month long. The roster features Kevin Bacon and Bill Murray in a thrilling WILD THINGS block; Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Zones in a ZORRO two-pack; Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts in the network premiere of THE IMPOSSIBLE; a special tribute to Richard Pryor; Brad Pitt in A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT; and a Christmas Day Westerns Marathon starring James Stewart, Audie Murphy, and Randolph Scott, among others. WILD THINGS Block—Thurs., December 1 at 10 p.m. ET

Don't Breathe is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us some thrilling horrors, some weird anime, and at least two friendly monsters.
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It's strange this writing things that get published on the internet. You never really know who is reading what your wrote, if anyone actually is at all. This afternoon I went to see a Fathom screening of Breakfast at Tiffany's. When I got to the theater, I tweeted about it and shared my location on Facebook. Then later this afternoon, in real life, no fewer than three people asked me how the movie was. That always throws me. It took me a minute to realize how they knew I’d gone to the movies. It makes perfect sense that people I

From Here to Eternity Returns to the Big Screen on Dec. 11 and 14

Winner of eight Academy Awards in 1953, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Frank Sinatra) and Best Supporting Actress (Donna Reed).
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Press release: “A man don’t go his own way, he’s nothing.” Audiences can go their own way to cinemas when Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Sony Pictures Entertainment bring the compelling war-time drama From Here to Eternity (1953) back to the big screen for a special two-day event this December as part of Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies’ TCM Big Screen Classics series. TCM Big Screen Classics: From Here to Eternity will screen on Sunday, December 11 and Wednesday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time (both days) and will include eye-opening commentary from

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 11-28-16

A new month brings a new star-of-the-month.
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This week on TCM viewers can see the conclusion of the nonfiction To Tell The Truth spotlight as November concludes. December brings with it The Man Who Came to Dinner and a new Star-of-the-Month, Myrna Loy. TCM Spotlight: To Tell The Truth Hosted by Alec Baldwin - Always for Pleasure (1978) Monday, November 28 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Cameras explore the life and spirit of New Orleans. Primrose Path (1940) Tuesday, November 29 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) The youngest child in a family of prostitutes tries to go straight with a working man. TCM Spotlight: To Tell the Truth Hosted

Spirited Away: 15th Anniversary Brings Hayao Miyazaki's Animated Masterpiece to U.S. Cinemas

In U.S. movie theaters on Sunday, December 4 at 12:00 p.m. (dubbed in English) and Monday, December 5, at 7:00 p.m. (English language subtitles).
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Press release: Enter an enchanted world of witches, dragons and spirits in Spirited Away, director Hayao Miyazaki’s, critically-acclaimed story that became a worldwide phenomenon, cementing Studio Ghibli’s legacy as one of the foremost animation studios in the world. Spirited Away: 15th Anniversary celebrates the anniversary of the Academy Award-winning animated film and the legendary Studio Ghibli. Fathom Events, in partnership with GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, is set to bring this special event to U.S. movie theaters for two days only on Sunday, December 4 at 12:00 p.m. (dubbed in English) and Monday, December 5,

Audrey Hepburn Lights up Cinemas Nationwide in Breakfast at Tiffany's on November 27 and 30

The beloved masterpiece graces the big screen once again.
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Press release: The exquisite Audrey Hepburn stars in director Blake Edwards’ timeless classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), returning to cinemas this November, as part of Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies’ TCM Big Screen Classics series. Moviegoers are invited to fall in love all over again with TCM Big Screen Classics: Breakfast at Tiffany's on Sunday, November 27 and Wednesday, November 30 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time (both days). The screenings will include commentary from Turner Classic Movies Saturday daytime host Tiffany Vazquez that will reveal what makes Holly Golightly one of American cinema’s most charming heroines.

2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

Winners, who are selected by Film Independent Members, will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 25, 2017.
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Press release: Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the LA Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA, announced nominations for the 2017 Spirit Awards this morning. The 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 W Hollywood, with actors Jenny Slate and Edgar Ramirez presenting the nominations. Nominees for Best Feature included American Honey, Chronic, Jackie, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight. "Now more than ever,

Hell or High Water is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a modern western, and old horror flick, a couple of Criterions, Marlon Brando directing and much more.
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I’m much too young to have grown up during the heyday of westerns. As a kid I didn’t like them. They were too old, too old-fashioned for me to take any interest in. When I’d complain about my uncle watching them, he’d laugh and say I really did like westerns I just didn’t know it. Star Wars, he’d explain, was really just a western in outer space, so maybe I should give John Wayne a try. I’d make a face and go play with my Han Solo figure. It was Young Guns that turned me around. That 1988 film about

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 11-21-16

Are you giving thanks for this roster of films?
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Thanksgiving Week on TCM sees the continution of To Tell The Truth, the biweekly nonfiction spotlight, another Friday of films featuring star-of-the-month Natalie Wood, and more. TCM Spotlight: To Tell The Truth Hosted by Alec Baldwin - God's Country (1986) Monday, November 21 at 10:00 p.m. (ET) Minnesota farmers deal with overproduction and foreclosures. The Big Sky (1952) Tuesday, November 22 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Trappers lead an expedition against river pirates and Indians along the Missouri River. TCM Spotlight: To Tell the Truth Hosted by Alec Baldwin - For All Mankind (1989) Wednesday, November 23 at 8:00 p.m. (ET)

The New Doctor Who Christmas Special, 'The Return of Doctor Mysterio,' in Cinemas for Two Nights Only, December 27 & 29

Event to feature exclusive bonus content: A New Kind of Superhero & Doctor Who extra.
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Press release: BBC Worldwide North America and Fathom Events announce their last theatrical event of 2016, the Doctor Who Christmas Special, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio,” in movie theaters nationwide for two nights only on Tuesday, December 27 and Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. local time both days. The event will include the full 60-minute special plus two exclusive bonus features, A New Kind of Superhero, giving a special inside look at Doctor Who’s concept of a modern superhero, and a special Christmas Doctor Who Extra, showing the making of this year’s special, with appearances by stars Peter

Criterion Announces February 2017 Releases

Four more weeks of movies!
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No matter what the groundhog sees, there's going to be four more weeks of movies from Criterion in February with all new additions to the collection. They are Richard Linklater's The Before Trilogy, Ermanno Olmi’s The Tree of Wooden Clogs, Kirsten Johnson's Cameraperson, Michael Curtiz's Mildred Pierce, and Pedro Almodóvar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Read on to learn more about them. Cameraperson (#853) out Feb 7 A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home with the director: Kirsten Johnson weaves

Finding Dory is the Pick of the Week

This week's new releases include a forgetful fish, a killer king (or two), several Criterions, and lots of Buster Keaton.
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I have lamented numerous times in these pages about how my young daughter has kept me from seeing a great many movies. For years it was inappropriate to take her to the theatre and babysitters were hard to come by. Many movies that I want to watch at home should surely not be viewed with toddlers by my side. Thing is she’s five and a half now. She loves going to the movies. She has a greater attention span so she can watch longer and more complicated plot lines with at least some comprehension. I'm also pretty liberal in what

Kino Lorber Studio Classics Announces December Home Video Releases

Includes films by directors Bernardo Bertolucci, Harold Prince, and Frank Borzage.
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Kino Lorber Studio Classics offers up a roster of titles in December that will expand your wish list for the holidays. Luna (1979)Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 6, 2016DVD SRP $19.95BD SRP $29.95Drama / 1979 / R / 142 minDirector: Bernardo BertolucciStarring Jill Clayburgh, Matthew Barry, Fred Gwynn, Tomas Milian, Alida Valli, Roberto Benigni, Renato Salvatori, Franco CittiSynopsis: Legendary filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor) directed this controversial drama starring the great Jill Clayburgh (Starting Over). Luna explores the troubled life of Joe Silveri, a teenager (Matthew Barry, The Wraith) and his troubling relationship with his parents, including an

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 11-14-16

Seven more movies to choose from.
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For those who need a respite from the real world, TCM has some offerings like star-of-the-month Natalie Wood finds Splendor in the Grass on Friday. For those who don't, there's two nights of documentaries during the To Tell the Truth spotlight. And if you haven't had enough of politics, there's The Candidate. TCM Spotlight: To Tell the Truth Hosted by Alec Baldwin - The Sorrow and the Pity (1969) Monday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Documents France's role in World War II during the years of 1940-1944 in epic proportions. The Candidate (1972) Tuesday, November 15 at 8:00 p.m.

getTV Starts 29-day Christmas Event 'The Most Wonderful Month of the Year' Nov 27

The lineup includes Christmas films, rare Christmas variety specials, and holiday-themed episodes from TV series already in the getTV lineup.
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Press release: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on getTV, as the network celebrates the season with its second annual “The Most Wonderful Month of the Year” event. The channel turns over its daily schedule during primetime all month long in order to focus on a mixture of rare and classic Christmas-themed variety specials, TV series episodes, and films, starring some of entertainment’s biggest names, from Sunday, November 27 through Sunday, December 25, culminating in a weeklong 24-hour-a-day yuletide mega-marathon kicking off at 12 noon on Sunday, December 18 and running through Christmas day. “The Most Wonderful Month

The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America to Rock U.S. Cinemas on December 12

“Even after 50 years, the Rolling Stones remain one of the most iconic and influential rock bands of all time,” Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said.
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Press release: A road movie that celebrates the revolutionary power of Rock n’ Roll, The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America is an exhilarating and vivid documentary that follows the Stones’ tour of early 2016 through 10 Latin American cities. It combines electrifying live performances from across the tour and from their historic tour finale as the first-ever rock band to perform to an audience of 1.2 million in Havana, with an intimate insight into the world of the Rolling Stones. This event also features an exclusive introduction from the band and two full-length bonus performances

Taxi Driver (40th Anniversary Edition) Is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a blind crime fighter, a killer taxi driver, raunchy sausages, and more.
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If The Avengers are all about saving the world from alien annihilation, then the Defenders have far less loftier goals - they protect the dirty neighborhood streets of New York City from thugs and gangsters (and the occasional ninja). Four seasons in (two of Daredevil and one each of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage) and I am totally on board with Marvel’s street level superheroes. With these Netflix series, Marvel is proving yet again that their aim is to take over every possible entertainment venue we have as puny humans. They’ve ruled the comics market for decades and every few

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 11-07-16

Vote with your remote this week.
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During the first full week of November, TCM begins airing its twice-weekly spotlight on documentaries. On Friday, Star-of-the-month Natalie Wood co-stars in Rebel Without A Cause. TCM Spotlight: To Tell the Truth Hosted by Alec Baldwin - Primary (1960) Monday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) The Wisconsin Primary of 1960 sets John Kennedy on the road to the White House. Saboteur (1942) Tuesday, November 8 at 9:15 p.m. (ET) A young man accused of sabotage goes on the lam to prove his innocence. TCM Spotlight: To Tell the Truth Hosted by Alec Baldwin - Prelude to War (1943) Wednesday,

Batman: The Return of the Caped Crusaders is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us an animated Caped Crusader, a sea of trees, bad moms and more.
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As a teenager living in the '80s I developed a great fondness for old '50s, '60s, and '70s television shows. A lot of fledgling cable channels found it valuable (and no doubt cheap) to rerun old shows rather than create original programming. I’d sit every afternoon watching that old stuff. I loved just about all of it from the cheesy shows of the '50s like Donna Reed and Father Knows Best to more urban and socially conscious '70s series such as Good Times and The Jeffersons. It was during these classic TV afternoons that I discovered two of my all-time

Panel Preview: Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea

"The biblical Jonah was vomited up by a whale, but Hellboy might not be as lucky," said Gary Gianni. "A superstitious crew and a figure in black will make sure there's no escaping the silent sea."
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Press release: Dark Horse Comics invites you to celebrate Halloween with a preview of the upcoming original graphic novel, Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea, co-written by legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, co-written and illustrated by Eisner Award winning artist Gary Gianni and colored by award winning colorist Dave Stewart. Following the events of the classic story “The Island”, Hellboy sets sail from the wreckage of a deserted island only to cross paths with a ghost ship. Taken captive by the phantom crew that plans to sell him to the circus, Hellboy is dragged along by a captain who will stop

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 10-31-16

Plan your week with TCM.
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October on TCM closes out with a great pairing: Star-of-the-Month Christopher Lee movies airing on Halloween. Natalie Wood takes over for Lee in November on Friday nights. And America can prepare for the future with a movie about the first female U.S. President. Star of the Month: Christopher Lee - The Mummy (1959) Monday, October 31 at 9:45 p.m. (ET) A resurrected mummy stalks the archaeologists who defiled his tomb. PT 109 (1963) Tuesday, November 1 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Future president John Kennedy fights to save his crew when their PT boat sinks in the Pacific. The Young Savages

A Double Feature of Holiday RiffTrax Events Dashes into Cinemas on December 1 Only

Joined by comedy legend "Weird Al" Yankovic, the RiffTrax crew takes on two yuletide favorites.
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Press release: The RiffTrax guys (Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett) are back and, in the spirit of the holiday season, are gifting fans two funny features for the price of one. “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature” includes Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, a beloved classic from the days of Mystery Science Theater 3000 - completely reworked by RiffTrax for the 2013 broadcast. In the second feature, “Rifftrax Live: Christmas Shorts-straveganza,” the guys take you all the way back to 2009, when they were joined by multiple Grammy Award-winning comedy legend “Weird Al” Yankovic for a night of Christmas

TCM to Air 'To Tell The Truth,' Month-long Programming Spotlight on Documentaries

Hosted By Alec Baldwin, To Tell The Truth airs every Monday and Wednesday throughout November.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will look at the influential history of non-fiction films in To Tell The Truth, a month-long programming special featuring more than 50 films exploring the history of this effective and important art form. Hosted by Oscar-nominee and TCM-veteran Alec Baldwin, the special will feature several TCM premieres including two episodes of the ongoing series To Tell The Truth: A History of Documentary Film (2014). The programming special premieres Nov. 2 at 8 pm ET and will air every Monday and Wednesday during the month. Documentaries have been an important part of moviemaking since the

The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us an enormous gore feast, Norman Lear, Bob Dylan, Viggo Mortensen in the woods, and much more.
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Halloween is really sneaking up on me this year. October is normally one of my favorite months of the year as it is the beginning of cooler weather, hot drinks, the smell of burning wood, and beautiful colors. It's also the only month of the year when everybody wants to watch scary movies. I don’t know if it's the warm weather, or the fact that we bought a house and have been spending all our excess time and energy fixing it up or what, but I just haven’t been feeling October this year. We had our annual pumpkin-carving party a

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 10-24-16

More thrills and chills from TCM.
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As Halloween approaches, it was only natural for TCM's Star-of-the-Month Christopher Lee to have his work as Dracula in the Hammer films featured as they are on Monday night. The two-night block of Trailblazing Women continues and then back for more horror. Star of the Month: Christopher Lee - Horror of Dracula (1958) Monday, October 24 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) The legendary count tries to turn his enemies' women into his bloodthirsty brides. Trailblazing Women: Actresses Who Made a Difference Co-host Dana Delany- Wait Until Dark (1967) Tuesday, October 25 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A blind woman fights against drug

Sony Movie Channel Highlights in November

Including a Thanksgiving Day Westerns Block and stunts starring Woody Harrelson and Jeff Bridges.
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Press release: Sony Movie Channel gives viewers something to be thankful for with a November lineup packed with premieres, acclaimed dramas, and star-studded stunts—airing in primetime all month long. The roster is headlined by an Election Night block starring William Shatner, Clint Eastwood, and John Malkovich; Michael Shannon in the premieres of SHOTGUN STORIES and TAKE SHELTER, both directed by Jeff Nichols; Guy Pearce in the hit Australian crime drama ANIMAL KINGDOM; a Woody Harrelson two-pack; a Thanksgiving Day Westerns Marathon block featuring Lindsay Wagner in THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY OF DR. MEG LAUREL, and Robert Duvall in BROKEN TRAIL; and

AFI FEST 2016 Cinema's Legacy Lineup

Tickets to screenings will be available on AFI.com beginning November 1.
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Press release: AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi has announced its annual Cinema’s Legacy lineup. This section highlights classic movies and, this year, is comprised of nine iconic titles from film history, including Orson Welles’ masterpiece CITIZEN KANE (1941), along with films featuring the three female film trailblazers adorning this year’s festival key art: CARMEN JONES (1954), starring Dorothy Dandridge; THE HITCH-HIKER (1953), directed by Ida Lupino; and PICCADILLY (1929), starring Anna May Wong. Additionally, the Cinema’s Legacy section will present AFI Conservatory alumna Julie Dash’s (Class of 1974) groundbreaking DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (1991). CINEMA’S LEGACY CARMEN JONES -

Cafe Society is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a new Woody Allen, lots of old Marx Brothers comedies, a couple of Criterions, an Independence Day sequel nobody really wanted, and much more.
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There are a handful of directors that will get me to the theatre sight unseen. Martin Scorsese, The Coen Brothers, Wes Anderson, and a few others make films that I know I want to see even if I know nothing going in. Even if the critical evaluations have been poor. I don’t always love their movies and on occasion I've even come close to outright loathing them, but I am never disappointed in having seen them. Directors with a true vision can be a rare thing in Hollywood, and I’m always ready to see what they can do with it.

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