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The journey for many awards season writers and movie critics begins this weekend at the Telluride Film Festival. While programmers don’t necessarily pick their movies based on Oscar chances, their curatorial selections and handful of World Premieres make it a necessary pit stop for anyone who wants to get an early read on how the next few months will play out. And the choices this year are very compelling. Slated for make their debut in the mountains are Rebecca Miller‘s “Arthur Miller: Writer,” Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton‘s “Battle Of The Sexes,” Greta Gerwig‘s “Lady Bird,” Joe Wright‘s “Darkest Hour,” Scott Cooper‘s “Hostiles,” Angelina Jolie‘s “First They Killed My Father,” and Ken Burns‘ “The Vietnam War.” Meanwhile, organizers dip a rare toe into television with Errol MorrisNetflix limited series “Wormwood.” The Telluride Film Festival runs from September 1st to 4th. Continue reading 2017 Telluride Film Festival Lineup Includes ‘Hostiles,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘The Shape Of Water,’ More at The Playlist.

While we have our eyeballs full with Venice, TIFF, NYFF, and Telluride (which kicks off this weekend), The BFI London Film Festival is no slouch at bringing the business. While they’re less concerned with World Premieres as their counterparts, each year their lineup represents the cream of the festival crop, and 2017 is no different. Among the highlights in the first wave of programming is Lynne Ramsay‘s “You Were Never Really Here,” which notably isn’t screening at “the big three” North American festivals. Continue reading 2017 BFI London Film Festival Lines Up ‘You Were Never Really Here,’ ‘Mudbound,’ ‘Lean On Pete,’ More at The Playlist.

The 70th Cannes Film Festival has come and gone, but its films will live on as the march toward awards season begins. 2017 has already delivered one true Oscar player in Luca Guadagnino‘s Sundance breakthrough “Call Me By Your Name” and now Cannes has a chance to add to the coffers of potential contenders. (And, yes, there is the question of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” potentially earning a Best Picture nod, but at this point, I’m not sure it’s more than an Original Screenplay contender, although I reserve the right to change that opinion when we get to September.) Last year’s surprise awards season player from la Croisette turned out to be “Hell or High Water.” What film or films will keep Cannes’ Oscar streak going this time around?  Continue reading Are Robert Pattinson, Diane Kruger And ‘The Florida Project’ Cannes’ Stealth Oscar Contenders? at The Playlist.

The Cannes Film Festival 2017 has wrapped, and the 4-strong Playlist team have all returned to their respective corners of the planet. But just before we slip entirely back into the real world, and catch up on everything we missed while away (it was certainly a glorious fortnight’s respite from politics), let’s run through our festival highs and lows, our personal experiences, and the trends and tunes that will forever mark Cannes 2017 out for all its attendees. Continue reading Cannes 2017: Best & Worst Films, Trends And Tunes at The Playlist.

Ten days of cinephile heaven have wrapped for another year, as carpet was rolled out for one last time at the Cannes Film Festival for the awards ceremony. Ruben Ostlund‘s “The Square” walked away the big winner, the unexpected recipient of the Palme d’Or. Continuing his tremendous run at Cannes, Andrey Zvyagintsev (who previously won Best Screenplay and a Special Jury Prize from Un Certain Regard) took home the Jury Prize for “Loveless.” The hotly buzzed “12o Beats Per Minute” landed the Grand Prix, though many expected it to take the Palme.  Continue reading Cannes 2017 Awards: Ruben Ostlund’s ‘The Square’ Wins Palme d’Or, Joaquin Phoenix Takes Best Actor at The Playlist.

While it might be too early to start making Palme d’Or predictions, and knowing that the jury is sometimes prone to making offbeat decisions, at the very least, Andrey Zvyagintsev‘s “Loveless” has become one of the early highlights of the Cannes Film Festival. Jessica Kiang’s A-grade review called it “a feelbad film of gargantuan reach and effect, and a brave, horrified commentary on a whole nation” and while this new trailer is only in Russian, you can feel the power of the film pulsing through. Continue reading A Child Goes Missing In Trailer For Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Cannes Sensation ‘Loveless’ at The Playlist.

After four films, including the brilliant Cannes 2014 title “Leviathan,” we are almost prepared for the crystalline perfection of Russian genius Andrey Zvyagintsev‘s style. The long takes that end in razor-fine, lacerating edits. The frames composed like sculptural studies in decay and dereliction. The rancorous exchanges acidic enough that a carelessly dropped word could burn through the floor to the apartment below. And we even expected his bitterness, his allegorically politicized critique of Russian society, its corruption and cruelty. Continue reading Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Purgatorial, Punishing, Pristine ‘Loveless’ [Cannes Review] at The Playlist.
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There’s now less than a month until Christmas, and after a start last week with our look at the Best Posters and Best Trailers of the year, this week commences in earnest our annual smorgasbord of movie love that is our annual Playlist year-end features marathon. We’ll be looking at the best and worst of films, performances, sequences, cinematography, soundtracks and more across the next few weeks, which will serve as a reminder that 2016 was a pretty strong year at the movies. Continue reading The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2017 at The Playlist.