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TELLURIDE – As a five-year-old living in Phnom Penh, the capitol of Cambodia, Loung Ung was as happy any girl her age could be. She lived a relatively prosperous life thanks to her father’s position in the government and enjoyed the love and support of her older brothers and sisters. When the Khmer Rouge invaded the city and took over the country in 1975 her life – like the entire nation’s – changed forever. Continue reading ‘First They Came For My Father’: Angelina Jolie Revisits Cambodia’s Darkest Hour [Telluride] at The Playlist.

TELLURIDE – As a five-year-old living in Phnom Penh, the capitol of Cambodia, Loung Ung was as happy any girl her age could be. She lived a relatively prosperous life thanks to her father’s position in the government and enjoyed the love and support of her older brothers and sisters. When the Khmer Rouge invaded the city and took over the country in 1975 her life – like the entire nation’s – changed forever. Continue reading ‘First They Came For My Father’: Angelina Jolie Revisits Cambodia’s Darkest Hour [Telluride] at The Playlist.

TELLURIDE – Where do we even start with Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles”? Well, let’s get the specifics out of the way first. The independently financed western, which premiered at the 44th Telluride Film Festival, is set in 1892 toward the end of the American government’s systematic decimation of the Native American people. “Hostiles” follows Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale), a retiring Army captain who is ordered to accompany, along with a number of other soldiers under his command, a dying Cheyenne chief (Wes Studi) and his family (Adam Beach, Q’orianka Kilcher and Xavier Horsechief) from New Mexico to Montana. Continue reading ‘Hostiles’: Christian Bale And Rosamund Pike Can’t Save Overstuffed And Problematic Western [Telluride] at The Playlist.

Few artists have made a claim for so drastically altering the shape of their medium than Cecil Beaton, the fashion photographer turned war photographer turned royal photographer turned costume and production designer, who arguably forever reshaped the concept of possibility in the static image. Beaton faced his share of adversity and controversy, rubbed shoulders with the biggest stars and the Queen herself, and generally lived the sort of bohemian life that artists dream of. Continue reading ‘Love, Cecil’: Tender And Lush Documentary Is A Moving, But Conventional Portrait [Telluride Review] at The Playlist.

TELLURIDE – The exhibition tennis match in 1973 between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs was truly historic. Over 30,000 people were on hand in the Houston Astrodome and reportedly 50 million watched it on television in the U.S. and 90 million worldwide. It was a signature moment for the women’s liberation movement at the time and was a monster marketing opportunity for women’s tennis. Unknown to many, however, was the personal journey King was undertaking at the time. Continue reading ‘Battle Of The Sexes’: Emma Stone Holds Serve In Back And Forth Drama [Telluride Review] at The Playlist.

TELLURIDE – In case you haven’t heard, people have been waiting for an Annette Bening performance for the ages. It’s a thing. The sort of role that would encapsulate a mighty fine career that when compared to her peers hasn’t always gotten the notoriety it deserves despite four Academy Award nominations. Improbably, while Bening is incredible playing a fading Hollywood starlet in Paul McGuigan’s “Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool,” it’s her co-star, Jamie Bell, who might be the film’s real secret weapon. Continue reading Annette Bening Shines In ‘Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’ [Telluride Review] at The Playlist.

There are plenty of big movies rubbing elbows at the Telluride Film Festival this weekend, but organizers have also made space for two Netflix Original short documentaries: “Heroin(e)” from director Elaine McMillion Sheldon, and “Long Shot” by Jacob LaMendola. And the latter is already earning plenty of buzz because of its crazy twist. We won’t give it away here, but here’s the basic info you need to know. Continue reading ‘Long Shot’ Trailer: Netflix’s Telluride Documentary Has An Unbelievable Twist at The Playlist.

There are plenty of big movies rubbing elbows at the Telluride Film Festival this weekend, but organizers have also made space for two Netflix Original short documentaries: “Heroin(e)” from director Elaine McMillion Sheldon, and “Long Shot” by Jacob LaMendola. And the latter is already earning plenty of buzz because of its crazy twist. We won’t give it away here, but here’s the basic info you need to know. Continue reading ‘Long Shot’ Trailer: Netflix’s Telluride Documentary Has An Unbelievable Twist at The Playlist.

The Telluride Film Festival has earned its reputation as one of the best-curated film events in the world and this year’s lineup is no exception. Contrary to popular opinion, the programmers don’t make their selections in regards to a film’s Oscar chances as much as whether they think it will challenge or captivate the faithful moviegoers who spend $780 (or more) for passes (it’s not a cheap fest, but to the regulars it’s movie heaven). Continue reading Telluride Film Festival: 10 Most Anticipated Films at The Playlist.

The Telluride Film Festival has earned its reputation as one of the best-curated film events in the world and this year’s lineup is no exception. Contrary to popular opinion, the programmers don’t make their selections in regards to a film’s Oscar chances as much as whether they think it will challenge or captivate the faithful moviegoers who spend $780 (or more) for passes (it’s not a cheap fest, but to the regulars it’s movie heaven). Continue reading Telluride Film Festival: 10 Most Anticipated Films at The Playlist.