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There was another big event last night besides the world premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” While everyone was freaking out about porgs (or whatever), the European Film Awards were handed out in Berlin. And one film ruled them all. Rub…

When you poke the sleeping dragon that is the Russian government, you might get burned. Andrey Zvyagintsev has managed to find a balance, critiquing the state, while making films like “Leviathan” that gain critical support and Oscar content…

It may surprise you to know that not all end-of-year lists are created equal: While we shove “Worst Films” around our plate like a kid forced to eat brussels sprouts, there are are others we jump at, and all points in between. Today it is o…

If you were up late last night, you might’ve seen a somewhat heated debated unfold on Film Twitter, about whether or not television could be considered in the category of Best Movies. On the one hand, there are some series which expand beyond the…

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association handed out their year-end awards today anointing “Call Me By Your Name “ as Best Picture and it’s director, Luca Guadagnino, Best Director in a tie with Guillermo del Toro. The organization als…

We all know the big, starry prestige pictures that are elbowing each other for Oscars this year, but as the clock winds down on 2017, it’s always worth remembering the smaller pictures that might be overlooked. This year’s nominees for the …

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.