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New York Film Festival Wrap-Up: My 5 Favorite Films

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 14, 2013 4:08 PM
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51st New York Film Festival Wrap-Up
The 51st New York Film Festival is quickly coming to a close and it’s frankly taken us a little by surprise how fast its ended (this is also a way to say, damn, we’re still a little behind on some reviews). But it has been an excellent festival, so like Oli's more contemporaneous BFI London Film Festival diaries, I wanted to recap what I've seen so far. While there was no secret screening—director Kent Jones' dream of bringing Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street" to the fest were squashed when Scorsese fell behind in his editing—this year's festival was still one of NYFF's best.

BFI London Film Festival Diary Day 3: 'Nebraska,' 'Starred Up,' 'A Touch Of Sin' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 12, 2013 10:59 AM
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Nebraska
The big gala on the first Friday of the BFI London Film Festival was for Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" [D+], which heads up the LFF's Journey strand (last year's major innovation saw the festival split into multiple themed sections, mostly named after verbs for some reason—Laugh, Dare, Debate, Thrill etc.) Warmly received when it premiered at Cannes, the film's been a longtime passion project for the helmer, who directs for the first time from a script that he didn't write. He's certainly found a like mind in screenwriter Bob Nelson, as many of the director's favorite subjects—the Midwest, the American Dream, thick lashings of social satire—are touched on in this story of a father (Bruce Dern) and son (Will Forte) who head on a reluctant road trip together to pick up the million dollars that the dad believes he's won. Also present and correct, unfortunately, is the sneering attitude that Payne all too often takes to his characters.

NYFF: Alexander Payne, Bruce Dern & Will Forte Talk The Particular Tone Of ‘Nebraska’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 9, 2013 4:06 PM
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Nebraska, Bruce Dern, Payne
An alcoholic father suffering from the early onsets of dementia gets a sweepstakes notice that he’s won a million dollars. It’s a scam obviously, but the elderly man is determined to see it through, despite his wife and older son’s protests to the contrary. What’s the youngest son to do? Perhaps trying to relate and bond on a level they’ve never connected before, as he agrees to drive his father from Montana to Nebraska to track down the prize, but many detours await, including a protracted pit stop in his dad’s hometown.

New Images From 'Out Of The Furnace' As Film Heads To AFI Fest

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 1:46 PM
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The 2013 awards season race is so tight that even Harvey Weinstein is breaking a little bit of a sweat. He's already moved his "Grace Of Monaco" out of the way, while last week came the bummer piece of news that Bennett Miller's excellent looking "Foxcatcher" was also being pushed to 2014, with both films choosing to wait to get it right rather than rush to finish to make a release a date. But the latter picture moving has meant a bit of turmoil for AFI Fest, who were going to premiere the film this year, but they've found a worthy replacement.

Watch: Hit The Road With 2 New Clips From Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2013 9:38 AM
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Nebraska
The fall movie-going season tends to be dominated either holiday event movies, or star-studded dramas with a keen eye on awards season baubles, which is what perhaps makes Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" such an intriguing alternative option. Featuring no A-list stars, presented in black-and-white and detailing a story set amongst Midwestern America, it's the sort of character driven stuff we wait most of the year for, and with a splashy New York Film Festival premiere coming up, some new clips have arrived highlighting it's low key approach.

Watch: Brand New Trailer For Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska' Plus New Pics & Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2013 12:37 PM
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Nebraska
Do you let your old man live out his lingering dream and delusion, even if it means turning the small world he inhabits upside down? For Woody Grant, he's clinging to the news he's received in the mail from a sweepstakes company that he has $1 million dollars coming his way, but he needs someone to drive him to Nebraska to claim his "prize." The only one willing to help? His son David.

Watch: New Clip From Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska,' Movie Will Open 16th Annual Savannah Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 12, 2013 11:58 AM
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Nebraska
After premiering at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, "Nebraska" has seemingly been playing it cool when it comes to its fall, stateside debut. Skipping Telluride and Toronto, the movie will make its North American premiere at the New York Film Festival, which kicks off later this month, and right after that, it will continue to roll out hitting a rising fest out of the south.

Our 16 Most Anticipated Films Of The Fall

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 5, 2013 12:47 PM
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2013 Fall Film Preview, Her, American Hustle, Counselor
With this week feeling, release-wise, a little like the industry at large is taking a deep breath while effecting the gear change from Summer tentpole scheduling to awards season programming, it’s a good moment to pause and take a look at the goodies to come in the waning months of 2013. It’s a pretty stellar lineup, as films we've seen throughout the festival year start to make their way into awards-friendly end-of-year slots, vying with films we haven't yet seen but have been patiently, and in some cases pantingly, looking forward to for months now. In fact the lineup is so stellar that for the purposes of whittling down a manageable list of the films we're most anticipating, we made the decision to exclude anything that features in our Most Anticipated Toronto Internatioal Film Festival list just to narrow the field a little.

New Images From 'Under The Skin,' 'Nebraska' & More Movies Headed To Telluride

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2013 6:05 PM
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Under The Skin
Yeah, we know, it's a bit ridiculous. Day one has just closed on the Venice Film Festival, Telluride kicks off in a couple days and by this time next week, the first 24 hours in TIFF will be nearing an end. It's that time of year, a bonanza of movie related goodness, and aren't you just glad it's not TV Spot #9 for some blockbuster movie you already forgot about? Long story short, there's a whole bunch of stuff headed to Colorado and with it some new images to go with it.

Violence? Sex? Nudity? Nope, Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska' Rated R For "Some Language" After Losing Appeal

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 19, 2013 10:17 AM
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Nebraska, Bruce Dern, Payne
This summer we’ve seen entire cities decimated (“Man of Steel” and “Pacific Rim”), we’ve seen massacres (“The Lone Ranger”) and countless other scenes of violence and destruction. The common thread of all these scenes is that they’ve mostly appeared in films rated PG-13 and aimed at the whole family for maximum profit. Which makes this latest ratings news somewhat troubling.

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