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George Clooney says he’s no longer a leading man — and that’s OK
 At 56, George Clooney is ready for a change. He no longer sees himself as a leading man — as “the guy who kisses the girl,” as he put it last month during the Toronto International Film Festival, where he met journalists after a screening of his latest directorial effort, “Suburbicon,” which opens in Austin this...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

At 56, George Clooney is ready for a change. He no longer sees himself as a leading man — as “the guy who kisses the girl,” as he put it last month during the Toronto International Film Festival, where he met journalists after a screening of his latest directorial effort, “Suburbicon,” which opens in Austin this...
Austin Film Festival movies feature big names, Texas ties
 The Austin Film Festival and Conference kicks off Oct. 26 with a big lineup of film writers, narrative features, documentaries and panel discussions. Actress Greta Gerwig makes her directorial debut with “Lady Bird,” while some of the top fall films such as “Darkest Hour” and “Chappaquiddick” get their...

5:00 AM Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

The Austin Film Festival and Conference kicks off Oct. 26 with a big lineup of film writers, narrative features, documentaries and panel discussions. Actress Greta Gerwig makes her directorial debut with “Lady Bird,” while some of the top fall films such as “Darkest Hour” and “Chappaquiddick” get their...
Things get really dark for Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman in ‘Killing of a Sacred Deer’
 Every once in a while, a movie comes along that offers you the opportunity to be an insufferable snoot or an intelligent moviegoer. It all depends on your delivery – and the willingness of your audience (or friends) to grant you authority. “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, which screened...

3:35 AM Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017

Every once in a while, a movie comes along that offers you the opportunity to be an insufferable snoot or an intelligent moviegoer. It all depends on your delivery – and the willingness of your audience (or friends) to grant you authority. “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, which screened...
10 films that stood out at the Toronto Film Festival
 If you’re looking for a guide to the best films of the fall, then the Toronto International Film Festival, which wraps up Sept. 17, usually provides some answers. Any list surely will include Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” a beautiful meditation on empathy and love with a monstrous twist. The movie had...

1:00 PM Friday, Sep. 15, 2017

If you’re looking for a guide to the best films of the fall, then the Toronto International Film Festival, which wraps up Sept. 17, usually provides some answers. Any list surely will include Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” a beautiful meditation on empathy and love with a monstrous twist. The movie had...
Masterful ‘Mother!’ could make even extreme horror fans wince
 Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’ is a masterpiece that might make even fans of extreme horror movies wince. It’s stylish, complex and superbly acted by Jennifer Lawrence, the titular mother. As anyone who has watched the trailer knows, the film has a distinctive “Rosemary’s Baby” vibe, and that&rsquo...

5:00 AM Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017

Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’ is a masterpiece that might make even fans of extreme horror movies wince. It’s stylish, complex and superbly acted by Jennifer Lawrence, the titular mother. As anyone who has watched the trailer knows, the film has a distinctive “Rosemary’s Baby” vibe, and that&rsquo...
George Clooney talks dogs, kids and Coen Brothers at Toronto Film Festival
 It was a big week for George Clooney, director of the new movie "Suburbicon," a rather explicit takedown of 1950s racism and suburbia. The new father of twins was just in Venice for the world premiere of the film, and that's where he and his wife, Amal, got married. So it's one of his favorite spots. But he has also had a long relationship...

2:30 PM Monday, Sep. 11, 2017

It was a big week for George Clooney, director of the new movie "Suburbicon," a rather explicit takedown of 1950s racism and suburbia. The new father of twins was just in Venice for the world premiere of the film, and that's where he and his wife, Amal, got married. So it's one of his favorite spots. But he has also had a long relationship...
Toronto Film Festival’s 20 top titles
 The awards season gets into full swing this week as North America gets its first look at many Oscar contenders. It’s happening at the Toronto International Film Festival, which starts Sept. 7 and traditionally kicks off the late-year jockeying for Academy Awards. This year, the lineup appears to be as strong as ever, with such acclaimed...

5:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 02, 2017

The awards season gets into full swing this week as North America gets its first look at many Oscar contenders. It’s happening at the Toronto International Film Festival, which starts Sept. 7 and traditionally kicks off the late-year jockeying for Academy Awards. This year, the lineup appears to be as strong as ever, with such acclaimed...
For director, ‘Patti Cake$’ is realization of long dream
 Take heart, aspiring filmmakers. Not that long ago, Geremy Jasper was 23 years old and living in his parents’ basement in Hillsdale, N.J. He wasn’t a loser. In fact, he was quite smart, having attended the upscale private liberal arts college Wesleyan in Connecticut, where he focused on American Studies. But his garage band seemed...

5:00 AM Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

Take heart, aspiring filmmakers. Not that long ago, Geremy Jasper was 23 years old and living in his parents’ basement in Hillsdale, N.J. He wasn’t a loser. In fact, he was quite smart, having attended the upscale private liberal arts college Wesleyan in Connecticut, where he focused on American Studies. But his garage band seemed...
‘Wind River’ is a crime drama with a big heart
 “Wind River,” the latest from acclaimed screenwriter/director Taylor Sheridan, does something remarkable. It exudes empathy and warmth despite occurring in the most formidably harsh winter setting — on a remote Native American reservation in Wyoming, where no humans were ever meant to live. The dangers of the environment...

5:00 AM Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

“Wind River,” the latest from acclaimed screenwriter/director Taylor Sheridan, does something remarkable. It exudes empathy and warmth despite occurring in the most formidably harsh winter setting — on a remote Native American reservation in Wyoming, where no humans were ever meant to live. The dangers of the environment...
One filmmaker’s road from a Texas ranch to the red carpet in Cannes
 When “Wind River” opens in Austin on Aug. 11, it’ll mark the completion of a former Austinite’s cinematic trilogy that explores failure — rather than triumph — on the modern American frontier. Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s 2015 drug-war drama “Sicario” looked at violence along the U.S...

5:00 AM Friday, Aug. 04, 2017

When “Wind River” opens in Austin on Aug. 11, it’ll mark the completion of a former Austinite’s cinematic trilogy that explores failure — rather than triumph — on the modern American frontier. Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s 2015 drug-war drama “Sicario” looked at violence along the U.S...
‘Detroit’ is an uncomfortable but compelling look at real-life horrors
 “Detroit” is excruciating. And it’s outrageously good filmmaking, shining a light on a crucial period in our nation’s history: the African-American rioting of 1967 that tore Motown apart. Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal approach the larger issues surrounding racial injustice by zeroing in on one...

4:00 PM Wednesday, Aug. 02, 2017

“Detroit” is excruciating. And it’s outrageously good filmmaking, shining a light on a crucial period in our nation’s history: the African-American rioting of 1967 that tore Motown apart. Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal approach the larger issues surrounding racial injustice by zeroing in on one...
‘Paris Can Wait’ a love letter to life’s simple pleasures
 It’s unusual for a quiet, mature movie to open as the summer blockbuster season gets under way. But “Paris Can Wait,” written and directed by Eleanor Coppola (“Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse”), might be a welcome respite for older moviegoers — and even discerning younger ones. Diane...

5:00 AM Thursday, Jun. 01, 2017

It’s unusual for a quiet, mature movie to open as the summer blockbuster season gets under way. But “Paris Can Wait,” written and directed by Eleanor Coppola (“Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse”), might be a welcome respite for older moviegoers — and even discerning younger ones. Diane...
It took more than Coppola name to get ‘Paris Can Wait’ in theaters
 Eleanor Coppola was telling a friend about her adventures with a Frenchman as she and he traveled from Cannes to Paris eight years ago. She described the frequent stops. She talked about the flirty driver, who was a business associate of her husband, Francis Ford Coppola, director of “The Godfather” and “Apocalypse Now.&rdquo...

5:00 AM Wednesday, May. 31, 2017

Eleanor Coppola was telling a friend about her adventures with a Frenchman as she and he traveled from Cannes to Paris eight years ago. She described the frequent stops. She talked about the flirty driver, who was a business associate of her husband, Francis Ford Coppola, director of “The Godfather” and “Apocalypse Now.&rdquo...
Cannes in transition: French festival celebrates 70 years amid changes
 Even though the Cannes Film Festival turned 70 this year, it seems to be wondering what its future holds. Should it continue to add TV shows to its lineup, as it did this year with David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” and Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake: China Girl”? Should it allow movies such as “Okja,&rdquo...

10:23 PM Wednesday, May. 24, 2017

Even though the Cannes Film Festival turned 70 this year, it seems to be wondering what its future holds. Should it continue to add TV shows to its lineup, as it did this year with David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” and Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake: China Girl”? Should it allow movies such as “Okja,&rdquo...
VR experience at Cannes puts you with migrants crossing border
 Europeans get a daily dose of news these days about refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere washing up on their shores and crossing borders, seeking safety from the carnage back home. And the 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival in France is tackling the issue in a various ways, from British actress/director Vanessa Redgrave&rsquo...

4:39 PM Monday, May. 22, 2017

Europeans get a daily dose of news these days about refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere washing up on their shores and crossing borders, seeking safety from the carnage back home. And the 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival in France is tackling the issue in a various ways, from British actress/director Vanessa Redgrave&rsquo...
The stars will shine brightly in France for 70th anniversary of Cannes
 The annual celebration of high-art aesthetics, Hollywood glamour and commercial vulgarism resumes May 17 with the kickoff of the Cannes Film Festival in the south of France. And since it’s the 70th anniversary, the organizers have made sure we have plenty to debate, anticipate and snicker about. Cannes always has its snickering moments...

5:00 AM Saturday, May. 13, 2017

The annual celebration of high-art aesthetics, Hollywood glamour and commercial vulgarism resumes May 17 with the kickoff of the Cannes Film Festival in the south of France. And since it’s the 70th anniversary, the organizers have made sure we have plenty to debate, anticipate and snicker about. Cannes always has its snickering moments...
Stars will shine brightly in France for 70th anniversary of Cannes
 The annual celebration of high-art aesthetics, Hollywood glamour and commercial vulgarism resumes this week with the kickoff of the Cannes Film Festival in the south of France. And since it’s the 70th anniversary, organizers have made sure we have plenty to debate, anticipate and snicker about. It’s too early to predict the year&rsquo...

6:04 PM Friday, May. 12, 2017

The annual celebration of high-art aesthetics, Hollywood glamour and commercial vulgarism resumes this week with the kickoff of the Cannes Film Festival in the south of France. And since it’s the 70th anniversary, organizers have made sure we have plenty to debate, anticipate and snicker about. It’s too early to predict the year&rsquo...
TV version of Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ promises a wild ride
 “American Gods,” the TV series based on Neil Gaiman’s 2001 best-selling novel of the same name, begins airing on Starz on April 30. The first episode of the highly anticipated series, starring Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday and Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, premiered at South by Southwest in March, and it is shockingly good...

4:00 AM Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017

“American Gods,” the TV series based on Neil Gaiman’s 2001 best-selling novel of the same name, begins airing on Starz on April 30. The first episode of the highly anticipated series, starring Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday and Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, premiered at South by Southwest in March, and it is shockingly good...
Can Anne Hathaway save the world? It’s ‘Colossal’!
 Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo has defied expectations again with “Colossal,” his new sci-fi tale starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis. It’s hard to explain that opening sentence without giving away some key plot information, but let’s just say that this is one of the most unusual, imaginative tales to come...

4:00 AM Thursday, Apr. 13, 2017

Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo has defied expectations again with “Colossal,” his new sci-fi tale starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis. It’s hard to explain that opening sentence without giving away some key plot information, but let’s just say that this is one of the most unusual, imaginative tales to come...
Pierce Brosnan brings Texas archetype to life in ‘The Son’
 Much to his dismay, Pierce Brosnan says, he was sitting on his butt in Malibu, Calif., last summer after a project unexpectedly fell through. But another door opened quickly: He got the script for a new AMC series called “The Son,” based on Austin author Philipp Meyer’s epic novel about three generations of the McCullough...

4:00 AM Wednesday, Apr. 05, 2017

Much to his dismay, Pierce Brosnan says, he was sitting on his butt in Malibu, Calif., last summer after a project unexpectedly fell through. But another door opened quickly: He got the script for a new AMC series called “The Son,” based on Austin author Philipp Meyer’s epic novel about three generations of the McCullough...
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