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The fall film festival season is almost at a close. Audiences have heard first word from Venice, Telluride, the Toronto International Film Festival, to a lesser degree Fantastic Fest, and coming up this week is the New York Film Festival (don’t forget about AFI Fest which closes out the season in November). Not as huge on world premieres as the previous, aforementioned festivals, it still has tricks up its sleeve. Continue reading New York Film Festival: 12 Must-See Films To Watch at The Playlist.

The narrative that we paint each and every time Adam Sandler deems us worthy to experience a “serious” (re: not terrible) performance from him needs to die. When there are so many talented and versatile performers in the world who would love to hold the clout Sandler does in Hollywood, the idea that we clamor to enthusiastically support Sandler’s non-just for the paycheck/only ever for the paycheck roles is embarrassing. Not pushing out trash on a consistent basis (with seemingly the knowledge of what it is) isn’t anything commendable. Continue reading ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Trailer: Time To Meet The Dysfunctional Family 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 last thing I probably want to do is admit how long I’ve been filing this particular column and while I’ve missed a few years here and there this is actually the third outlet I’ve done it for. Making predictions for the Oscars in August can be very dumb in some respects, but sometimes truths are revealed months ahead of time. Predicting “Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” were going to be Best Picture nominees in August were spot on (cough, most other pundits didn’t). Continue reading Oscars In August: ‘Dunkirk,’ Pasek & Paul, Denzel Washington And Eight Other Early Predictions at The Playlist.

Summer is almost over, so get to the beach while you can in these dwindling dog days of August. Though the season is winding down, the fall film festival circuit is just around the corner. As usual, blockbusters will move aside, for the bounty of riches of more adult fare for the aficionado of cinema and humanist dramas. But don’t worry, there’s a “Star Wars” movie and a DC Films picture on the way if you’re so inclined too. Continue reading 50 Most Anticipated Films: Fall Movie Preview at The Playlist.

I’m not sure if Netflix is trolling TIFF, but while organizers of the festival unveiled the rest of their massive lineup, the streaming service has dropped a teaser trailer for one movie you won’t see in Toronto: Noah Baumbach‘s “The Meyerowitz Stories.” And the talent behind the movie is pretty stacked. READ MORE: The Essentials: The Films Of Noah Baumbach Starring Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Marvel, Grace Van Patten, and Emma Thompson, with a score by Randy Newman and cinematography by Robbie Ryan (“American Honey,” “Ginger & Rosa,” “I, Daniel Blake“), the film tells the story of adult siblings contending with the influence of their aging father. Continue reading ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Trailer: Adam Sandler Sings In Noah Baumbach’s Latest at The Playlist.

While other festival organizers have worried about their relationship to Netflix and Amazon, and what it means to the future of cinema, the New York Film Festival has no such qualms. Organizers have revealed the bulk of their slate, and the films — with more than a few from those streaming services — that will join Opening Night flick “Last Flag Flying” from Richard Linklater, Closing Night picture “Wonder Wheel” from Woody Allen,” and Centerpiece Gala selection “Wonderstruck” from Todd Haynes. Continue reading New York Film Festival 2017 Slate Adds ‘Meyerowitz Stories,’ ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ ‘Zama,’ More at The Playlist.

One of the biggest stories going into this year’s Cannes Film Festival was the controversy surrounding Netflix and the festival. With the inclusion of two Netflix original films, “Okja” and “The Meyerowitz Stories,” in the festival, film purists and theater distributors (specifically in France, where films released in cinemas must wait 36 months before streaming) were upset that Cannes would show films that would have no major theatrical release. Continue reading Netflix CEO Says Cannes Controversy Was “Fantastic For Us” at The Playlist.

The not-exactly-thinly-populated category of the daddy-issue family dramedy gets an occasionally sparky but mostly desultory workout in Noah Baumbach‘s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Collected).” Cumbersome as the title is, it’s both a hint as to the loose, episodic, chapter-based storytelling, and a lie. The stories might be collected, but they’re not particularly imaginatively curated, and to anyone with a basic working knowledge of Baumbach’s back catalogue, the indie movie scene of the last two decades, and/or mid-period Woody Allen, they’re certainly not new.  Continue reading Noah Baumbach’s ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Is A Familiar Daddy-Issue Family Dramedy [Cannes Review] at The Playlist.

There’s been a lot of heated talk around Netflix and the Cannes Film Festival and so far, none of it is very good with the two sides warring about what is cinema and what is not (if a film debuts on a streaming platform, is it not a film?). Even Jury head Pedro Almodovar suggested a Netflix film was unlikely to win the palme d’Or or any other major awards. Continue reading Noah Baumbach’s ‘Meyerowitz Stories’: Watch The First Footage With Adam Sandler & Dustin Hoffman at The Playlist.