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NYFF Doc Line Up Includes Films From Martin Scorsese, Frederick Wiseman, Albert Maysles & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2014 5:02 PM
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Martin Scorsese
The fall festival lineup keeps growing and growing. This morning TIFF beefed up their slate, and now the New York Film Festival is highlighting the titles in their documentary section. And they've got a lot of familiar faces.

TIFF First Look: Willem Dafoe Is 'Pasolini,' Brit Marling In 'The Keeping Room' & Ethan Hawke In 'The Good Kill'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 1:39 PM
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Pasolini, Dafoe
Willem Dafoe as Pier Paolo Pasolini? In a film directed by Abel Ferrara? Do we need to say more? Nope. Here's the synopsis for this one making its North American premiere in Toronto: Rome: on the night of November 2, 1975, the great Italian poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini is murdered. Pasolini is the symbol of an art that's fighting against the power. His writings are scandalous, and his films are persecuted by the censors; many people love him and many hate him. The day of his death, Pasolini spends his last hours with his beloved mother and later with his dearest friends, until he finally goes out into the night in his Alfa Romeo in search of adventure in the eternal city. At dawn Pasolini is found dead on a beach in Ostia on the outskirts of the city. In a film dreamlike and visionary, blending reality and imagination, it reconstructs the last day in the life of this great poet.

Listen: The Post-Beatles ‘Black Album’ From Richard Linklater's ‘Boyhood’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 21, 2014 3:18 PM
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Boyhood
If you’re at all a fan of the Beatles, or hell, even contemporary pop music, chances are you’ve made this mixtape-like album on your own at some point in your life. I know I have. The Beatles released arguably 12 classic, must-own albums: almost everything from A Hard Day's Night through Let It Be. And after their break-up in 1970, they also had a rich life of solo albums too (admittedly some were really patchy).

Watch: First Trailer For Time Travel Sci-Fi 'Predestination' Starring Ethan Hawke

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2014 2:18 PM
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Predestination
Five years ago, Ethan Hawke starred in the mostly pretty terrible "Daybreakers," written and directed by the Spierig brothers. He must've liked working them because he's reteamed with the filmmakers for "Predestination," and after premiering at SXSW this spring, the film is headed to the Fantasia Film Festival, and a new trailer has arrived.

Review: Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' Is A Remarkable Time-Spanning Achievement

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 9, 2014 6:07 PM
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Boyhood
Last night in Park City, director Richard Linklater made cinematic history with the groundbreaking “Boyhood,” a time capsule-like exploration of childhood and family shot over the course of 12 years. And it’s unlike anything you’ve seen before, though the closest analogue might be the ambitious “Up Series," Michael Apted’s documentary series that revisits the same family every 7 years to catch up with where they are in life. Evincing many lucid and extemporaneous qualities, Linklater doesn’t do catching up though, as “Boyhood” feels much less like a greatest hits package and more analogous to being in the moment, watching the sprawling, occasionally dull home videos of family over more than a decade’s time. Warm, soulful, funny and quietly insightful, “Boyhood” shines in its engrossing, experiential understanding and it’s a special achievement that should be cherished and acknowledged.

Watch: 'Dead Poets Society' Pals Ethan Hawke & Robert Sean Leonard Go To New York For An Audition In 10-Min Clip

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 3, 2014 12:22 PM
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Dead Poets Society
Holy hell, has it really been twenty-five years since everyone stood up triumphantly on their desks saying "O captain! My captain!" and we all cried when Neil committed suicide in "Dead Poets Society"? Time really flies, but here's a capsule from the era that's well worth looking at for fans of the movie.

First Look: Ethan Hawke And Emma Watson In Alejandro Amenábar's Crime Thriller 'Regression'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 10, 2014 1:02 PM
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Ethan Hawke,Emma Watsonm, Regression
It’s perhaps easy to have forgotten filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar, but he’s done some terrific work. He won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film for “The Sea Inside” (which helped turn Javier Bardem into a bigger international star) and he also helmed one of the best recent horror/ghost movies, “The Others,” which also featured one of Nicole Kidman’s finest performances.

'The Raid' Remake Delayed, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Ethan Hawke & More On Wishlist For Lead

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 28, 2014 9:25 AM
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They may not have lit up the box office, but Gareth Evans’s pair of bloody Indonesian action movies – “The Raid: Redemption” and “The Raid 2: Berandal” – have caught the attention of Hollywood and, in fact, the North American remake rights to the first film were scooped up not long after its successful TIFF Midnight Madness screening. While it seemed the U.S. remake of “The Raid” was finally gathering steam – it locked up both a writer and director earlier this year – things have since slowed down.

First Look: New Films Starring Ryan Reynolds, Nicholas Hoult, Brit Marling, Asa Butterfield, Kit Harington & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 16, 2014 2:16 PM
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Missisipi Grind
The Cannes Film Festival is in full swing, and that means lots of deals, attachments, signings, news and yes, first looks. And there’s a bunch.

New Images From Richard Linklater's Epic 'Boyhood' Starring Ethan Hawke

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2014 1:26 PM
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Boyhood
As far as experiments go, Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" was a real roll of the dice. Would a drama shot for a few days each year, chronicling the real-time (but fictional) coming-of-age of a young boy, work when all the material is cut together? Well, the answer from the Sundance and Berlin film festivals was a resounding "yes," and new images from the epic film have arrived.

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