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CANNES – A unique trend at this year’s 70th Cannes Film Festival is the number of well known, Hollywood “industry” actors who are being rewarded after years of taking one challenging indie film movie role after another. In particular, Nicole Kidman (numerous), Colin Farrell (“The Killing of a Sacred Deer”), Kirsten Dunst (“The Beguiled”), Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”) and Elisabeth Moss (“The Square”) have delivered impressive performances in films that are resonating with audiences and critics on la Croisette this year. Continue reading Robert Pattinson ‘So Happy’ To Follow ‘Good Time’ With New Claire Denis & Antonio Campos Films [Cannes] at The Playlist.

The botched bank robbery is a well-worn genre staple, but has ever a heist gone quite so wrong to quite such electric, propulsive effect as in Josh and Benny Safdie‘s “Good Time“? Bouncing wildly off the screen like “Crank” with an arthouse pulse and the soulful eyes of a particularly loyal puppy, it’s a feat of sonic, visual and narrative engineering that confirms the Safdies’ arrival, after “Heaven Knows What,” as the beat filmmakers of the millennial generation. Continue reading Josh & Benny Safdie’s Electrifying & Energetic ‘Good Time’ With Robert Pattinson [Cannes Review] at The Playlist.

Whichever side of the Netflix debate you’re on, there’s no arguing that sometimes they’re not the greatest advocates of their own original programming. Case in point: “Shimmer Lake.” The movie drops on the service in two weeks, and it’s only now getting a trailer, and something you might’ve only noticed if you were paying attention to YouTube. Rainn Wilson and Benjamin Walker star in the directorial debut of screenwriter Oren Uziel (“22 Jump Street“), which tells a crime story with a narrative twist. Continue reading Crime Goes Backwards In Trailer For Netflix’s ‘Shimmer Lake’ Starring Rainn Wilson & Benjamin Walker at The Playlist.

Last spring, David Lynch offered up fans one major piece of “Twin Peaks” information — the full, 217 names long cast list for the revival. From main roles to cameos, we found out every face we’re going to see across the full eighteen episode return, but there was a key figure missing: Michael J. Anderson aka The Man From Another Place. While he only appeared in four episodes of the original series, and in the prequel film, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me,” his impact was such that many assumed he would return. Continue reading Here’s Why The Man From Another Place Didn’t Return For The ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival at The Playlist.

A woman pleads “Open the door!!” in a tiny corridor, banging away with her fist and head. Such is the frenetic opening scene of Léonor Serraille’s “Jeune Femme” — the story of Paula as played by an unforgettable Laetitia Dosch in a star-making turn — and not only is it a fitting metaphor for Paula’s predicament throughout the course of the film, but the zest, zing and determination felt in those opening seconds ripple throughout the entire next hour and a half. Continue reading Léonor Serraille’s ‘Jeune Femme’ Is A Triumphant Feature Debut Full Of Spark & Wit [Cannes Review] at The Playlist.

When it comes to sequels, there’s always a balance between taking the big studio check and running with it, expanding the scope and size of the franchise, or being considered in how the world of the series is expanded. This winter’s “John Wick: Chapter 2” had the right touch of opening up the underground universe of assassins that we glimpsed in the original, and allowing the story to include more international locations, but never to the point of obscuring the film’s most important focus: John Wick. Continue reading Director Chad Stahelski Talks ‘John Wick 3,’ Promises More Cool Reveals Over Big Budget Setpieces at The Playlist.

Netflix has had no difficulty (thanks to their pots and pots of cash) in attracting big names to the streaming service. They convinced Kevin Spacey and David Fincher to enter the TV world, they’ve virtually monopolized the stand-up comedy circuit, and they’ve made two deals with Adam Sandler to make a total of eight movies. But this Friday sees probably the biggest A-lister they’ve yet attracted, with David Michôd’s dark satire “War Machine,” starring none other than Brad Pitt. Continue reading The 20 Best Brad Pitt Movies at The Playlist.

While “Twin Peaks” may be stealing some of the Cannes Film Festival’s spotlight since this weekend’s premiere of the new season (the first two episodes of the series screen this week on the Croisette), there’s still lots of talk swirling around the most prestigious film festival in the world. And no, we don’t mean the walking-talking-dancing robot installation that’s been striding up and down the Boulevard de la Croisette. Continue reading Cannes: Netflix & Yorgos Lanthimos Lead The Buzz On The Croisette at The Playlist.

Game Of Thrones” left its fans with a longer wait between seasons than usual, with the series returning this summer after wrapping up its previous season in June of last year. And with the announcement that HBO could expand George R.R. Martin’s universe with four potential spinoffs, anticipation for season 7 of the massive hit is at a fever pitch. READ MORE: The 20 Best TV Shows Returning In 2017 Naturally, spoilers for the new seven-episode season are nonexistent, but last year left us with plenty to speculate over. Continue reading The Great War Arrives In ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7 Trailer at The Playlist.

That pesky vampire epidemic is finally coming to an end. “The Strain,” FX’s adaptation of the book trilogy of the same name executive-produced by Carlton Cuse and authors Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, returns for its fourth and final season this summer. Always intended for a short-lived run, the show follows Dr. Goodweather (Corey Stoll) as he and his team investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with marks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism in New York City that threatens the fate of humanity. Continue reading FX’s ‘The Strain’ Heads Toward The Sunset In The First Trailer For The Final Season at The Playlist.