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A year ago it was pretty much a given that one of the selections from “La La Land” was going to win Best Original Song. This awards season is a completely different story. Original compositions such as “This is Me” from “T…

The story of Jane Goodall is well-known. The world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, over the course of a 55-year study of the social and familial interactions of the primates in Gombe, Goodall’s fieldwork has become groundbreaking in makin…

Dee Rees has been steadily shaking up the Hollywood film industry with her critically acclaimed work in films like “Pariah” in 2011 and HBO’s “Bessie” in 2015. She continues on her streak of critical successes with “…

Some people are calling Joachim Trier‘s “Thelma” his first foray into the horror genre. It is not. “Thelma” is actually an indescribable mix of genres: drama, thriller, family, horror, mystery, comedy and, yes, even supern…

Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” is a complex and invigorating account of post-WWII racial tensions in 1940s Mississippi. The film addresses, with astute sensitivity, the timeless racial struggles still at play in America. Rees, whose “Pariah&#82…

There’s a good chance Andrew Garfield won’t get enough credit for his impressive performance in Andy Serkis’ “Breathe.” Sure, he’s got an excellent shot at Best Actor nomination, but considering he plays a character …

Knock knock. Who’s there? A new episode of Indie Beat! A new episode of Indie Beat who? Um… This time around we spoke with filmmaker Adam Keleman! The director started out with a bang, having his first short film “Going Back” premiere at the SXSW Film …

Transitioning from actor to filmmaker isn’t always the easiest task and some actors, charged with making vanity projects sometimes fall on their face, never to direct a movie again. This is certainly not the case for Greta Gerwig’s coming of age directorial debut, “Lady Bird,” which received very warm welcome after its press screening at the New York Film Festival on Friday. Starring Saoirse Ronan, the “Brooklyn,” actress shines as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson along ide three-time Emmy award winning actress Laurie Metcalf playing her mother, Marion McPherson. Continue reading Greta Gerwig Talks Lady Bird & ‘Incredible’ Saoirse Ronan [NYFF] at The Playlist.

The Square” is a movie that dares to challenge political correctness in its ferociously unhinged study of the human psyche. What exactly binds us to communicate and be civil to each other is the central question posed by writer-director Ruben Ostlund. The episodic nature of “The Square” is also an unrestrained attempt at a comedy of manners. It works brilliantly as Ostlund stages one crazed set-piece after another, upping the ante with every sequence until we arrive at a high-brow museum dinner featuring a monkey-man terrorizing its guests. Continue reading ‘The Square’: Ruben Ostlund Talks Wanting To Win At Cannes, Contemporary Art, More [Interview] at The Playlist.

The opening film of the fifty-fifth New York Film Festival is Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying”, an emotional look at the complicated nature of modern patriotism and the unbreakable bond between service members. The film is a quasi-sequel to Hal Ashby’s 1973 classic “The Last Detail”. Similar to ‘Last Detail’, this retelling is based off a novel by Daryl Ponicsan. Continue reading ‘Last Flag Flying’ Cast: Finding Humor in Tragedy & Complicated Patriotism [NYFF] at The Playlist.