AFI Fest has announced it’s full lineup for the festival which begins on November 3rd. Once again the festival will take place in and around Hollywood’s historic Chinese Theater and admission is absolutely free. You’ll still need a ticket for admission though and they’ll be available to AFI members at the AFI Fest website on (read…)

Sharni Vinson in Adam Wingard’s Midnight Madness hit You’re Next Business: Liddell Entertainment picked up William Friedkin’s Killer Joe. Check out the roundup of reviews here. Magnolia has picked up Bobcat Goldthwait’s new satire God Bless America (reviews below). Their genre arm Magnet also grabbed the hockey comedy Goon (reviews below). There’s been some buzz (read…)

Your Sister’s Sister. d:Lynn Shelton. s:Rosemarie DeWitt, Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass Lynn Shelton (Humpday) tells the story of an unlikely threesome spending a week at a cabin together. Mark Duplass (Humpday, Baghead) is still mourning his brother who died a year before. Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria, The Devil Wears Prada) is his best friend (read…)

Gerard Butler is a Machine Gun Preacher News and notes: Madonna made waves at the Venice press conference for her critically-panned W.E. last week when she accepted a bouquet of hydrangeas from a fan and was then caught on microphone telling the person next to her she hates hydrangeas. For some reason this became a (read…)

Elle Fanning and Val Kilmer in Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt This is getting exhausting and I’m not even in Toronto. Twixt. d:Francis Ford Coppola. s:Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning, Bruce Dern As of this writing, only a small sampling of reviews have come in for Coppola’s latest self-funded personal project, but the Twitter buzz has not (read…)

Another roundup of what’s doing on the festival scene: Business: CBS Films looks to be picking up Lasse Hallstrom’s Salmon Fishing in Yemen starring Ewan McGregor. Check out the reviews below. And now the movies: Damsels in Distress. d:Whit Stillman. s:Greta Gerwig, Analeigh Tipton, Adam Brody 90’s Indie favorite Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last (read…)

Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston in Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea One of a number of films I’m anxious to hear about at Toronto is Terence Davies’ The The Deep Blue Sea though I found myself on the outside looking in at the rapturous critical response his documentary Of Time and the City got. (read…)

Roland Emmerich’s Shakespeare conspiracy thingamajig Anonymous makes its Toronto debut Awards: Aleksandr Sokurov’s Faust takes Venice’s Golden Lion. Check out some of the reviews in yesterday’s edition of Festival Falderal. Michael Fassbender meanwhile won best Actor for Shame. LiC’s Shame review roundup is here and a full list of Venice winners can be found at (read…)

The Raid. d:Gareth Huw Evans. s:Iko Uwais An Indonesian crime lord lives at the top of a 30-story building. 20 elite cops are sent in to get him out. Every good festival needs a vibrant midnight movies program and it sounds like Toronto’s was kicked off in excellent fashion. No US release date as of (read…)

Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill in Moneyball You hopefully know the Festival Falderal drill by now: the high profile stuff gets quick links while the smaller stuff gets a more extended workout. As Venice winds down, Toronto kicks into gear tonight and Moneyball reviews have been trickling in all afternoon. Brad Pitt stars as Oakland (read…)

The Moth Diaries. d:Mary Harron. s:Lily Cole, Scott Speedman Mary Harron (American Psycho, The Notorious Bettie Page) adapts the popular pre-Twilight young-adult vampire novel by Rachel Klein. After getting clobbered in its Venice debut, it’ll probably get similarly rough treatment when it hits Toronto. No US release date, but this kind of thing is too (read…)

The fall festival freight train continues. Ok, the calendar says it’s still summer, but Movie Fall starts for me on September 1. Anyway, Telluride is over and done with, but Venice is still chugging along with Toronto waiting to pick up the slack later this week. With most of the big films having blown their (read…)

Gary Oldman in Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation of John le Carre’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy If you read the first Festival Falderal, you know the drill this year: for the higher profile films playing Venice, Telluride and Toronto, I’m just going to link directly to the carefully curated critical links compiled by David Hudson at MUBI (read…)

George Clooney in Alexander Payne’s The Descendants. One of dozens of films the world is eying during Fall Festival season This time of year presents some unique problems for Living in Cinema. In theory anyway, the whole idea of this blog is to shine a spotlight mostly on movies that haven’t already captured the world’s (read…)

Attack the Block

The tough residents of a south London flat block fight off a batch of nasty alien invaders in this entertaining low-budget sci-fi throw back to stripped down action pictures like John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13. Truth be told, I didn’t expect much from this SXSW favorite. I assumed it would be another one of (read…)

Krysten Ritter and Kate Bosworth in Life Happens

Krysten Ritter and Kate Bosworth in the LAFF world premiere L!fe Happens Making its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Saturday night, Kat Coiro’s indie comedy L!fe Happens revolves around the ups and downs of three LA roommates: Deena the independent, career-minded writer who launches a successful advice/lifestyle column aimed at women; (read…)

Ryan Gosling in Drive

(Update: On the occasion of Drive’s theatrical release, I have reworked and updated this review here.) (Update #2: Having seen the film a second time and having had some time to more fully consider it, I have to admit that Drive is a much better film than I give it credit for in these two (read…)

The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito) (Spain) Directed by Pedro Almodovar Starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes Adapted from a novel Tarantula by Thierry Jonquet, Pedro Almodovar’s latest reunites him with Antonio Banderas who plays a scientist perfecting an artificial skin using a woman he keeps prisoner in his home as (read…)

L’Apollonide – Souvenirs de la maison close (House of Tolerance) (France) Directed by Bertrand Bonello Starring Noemie Lvovsky, Hafsia Herzi, Celine Sallette, Jasmine Trinca A look inside a French brothel in the twilight between the 19th and 20th centuries. This one has been picked up for US release by Sundance Selects Stephanie Zacharek, Movieline: “I (read…)

The Tree of Life (USA) Directed by Terrence Malick Starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain. Above is the sum total of what I know about Terrence Malick’s latest film – oh there’s something about dinosaurs, but that’s it and that’s exactly the way I’ve wanted it until I see it for myself. That’s (read…)

Midnight in Paris (Spain, USA) Directed by Woody Allen Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard and Michael Sheen It’s no secret I loved Woody’s latest and for the most part critics are positive on this Cannes opener with responses ranging from it being good minor Allen to a return to form to a masterpiece. (read…)

Some of these have already been announced, but here’s the complete lineup for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and it looks to be a good one. Highlights include Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovoar, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Takashi Miike, Lynne Ramsay, Paolo Sorrentino, Lars Von Trier, Nicolas Winding Refn, Jodie Foster, Gus Van Sant, Hong Sang-soo, Nadine (read…)

The Bengali Detective and his team of crime fighters The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles continues tonight with two films I had a chance to take a look at in advance. Both are worth a trip to the Arclight tonight, though you’ll have to pick one because they run 15 minutes apart. The first (read…)

One of the great things about film festivals is that they allow you step outside of your comfort zone and sample other places and other cultures. They’re a virtual world tour. One of the great things about Los Angeles is the abundance of festivals dedicated to specific countries and cultures. The 15th City of Angels/City (read…)

Click to enlarge Faye Dunaway (whose film Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970) has been restored and will be getting Cannes screening) graces this elegantly stylish official poster for the 64th Annual Festival de Cannes. Much nicer than last year’s Juliet Binoche poster, non?

By all accounts, last year’s inaugural TCM Classic Film Festival was a raging success and they’re back this year (April 28 – May 1) with Leslie Caron and the world premiere of the 60th anniversary restoration of Vincente Minnelli’s An American in Paris (1951). It’s all part of this year’s tribute to songwriters George and Ira (read…)

2011 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners: The Grand Jury Prize, Documentary: How to Die in Oregon, Peter D. Richardson The Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic: Like Crazy, directed by Drake Doremus The World Cinema Jury Prize, Documentary: Hell and Back Again, directed by Danfung Dennis The World Cinema Jury Prize, Dramatic: Happy, Happy (Sykt Lykkelig), directed (read…)

The last installment of 700 Miles From Sundance had a lot of great stuff. The second half of the festival saw a couple of apparent bombs. I’ve also noticed a marked deflation in the quality of the reviews I’m reading. The trades are still mostly sharp (they’ve got multiple writers working the circuit), but the (read…)

Here’s the biggest and (for my money) best Sundance survey I’ve put together so far this year. In addition to the latest films from Azazel Jacobs (Momma’s Man) and Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Stories), Miguel Arteta (Chuck and Buck, Youth in Revolt) lightens things up with Ed Helms in Cedar Rapids and Kevin Spacey makes a (read…)

Note: Among the deal making around films I’ve already outlined here at LiC, the rights to Knuckle have been purchased by HBO for a possible series and the promising Martha Marcy May Marlene was picked up Monday afternoon by Fox Searchlight. Somewhat surprising since they mostly seem to go for high profile softballs like Little Miss (read…)





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