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Steve McQueen's Blitz-Off the Table? / Screen Daily and the Venice Lineup / Bikeriders Riding Into Theaters Next Week

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STEVE MC QUEEN'S BLITZ-OFF THE TABLE? I wrote in the MTFB May 30th post: "I'd for Blitz to get to TFF and McQueen has a solid past with the fest, but...given the story is about the blitz of London by the Nazis in WWII, I can see McQueen wanting to hold the World Premiere as a part of the London Film Fest in October." Now, we're hearing that Blitz may...

‘Sabbath Queen’ Review: A Queer Rabbi Proffers an Alternative Judaism in Sandi DuBowski’s Ambitious Documentary

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Tribeca: Sandi DuBowski spent more than 20 years filming this portrait of ex-Orthodox rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, and its sprawling approach invites enticing questions about what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century.

Shanghai Celebrates Festival Opening With Glitzy Red Carpet Event

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Foreign visitors were in short supply at Saturday’s opening ceremony of the 26th Shanghai International Film Festival, but that did little to diminish the festive atmosphere. The ceremony was held at the Shanghai Grand Theater in the downtown area on an evening that was warm and spring-like and without the “plum rain” or summer downpours […]


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Check Out Fan Expo Boston Boston’s premier pop culture extravaganza will bring together celebrity guests, comic creators, favorite franchises, cosplayers and more!  New Location and New Date in June Will Energize Boston’s Back Bay on FAN EXPO Boston Weekend (Boston, MA) – April 25 – FAN EXPO Boston, the three-day pop culture extravaganza, returns with a spectacular...

DC/DOX Review: “Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story”

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Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story (Ian Bonhôte/Peter Ettedgui, 2024) 5 out of 5 stars To those of us who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, actor Christopher Reeve will forever be our Man of Steel. Born in 1952, he was but 26 when the first major studio film with a superhero at its center—the […] The post DC/DOX Review: “Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story” first appeared on Film...

Efira Shines in “Just the Two of Us”

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Just the Two of Us (Valérie Donzelli, 2023) 3½ out of 5 stars There is truly not much that Belgian-French actress Virginie Efira cannot do. In movies such as Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta, Rebecca Zlotowski’s Other People’s Children, and Alice Winocour’s Revoir Paris, all released in the last 3 years, she has demonstrated wide-ranging skill in […] The post Efira Shines in “Just the Two of Us”...

Parallax Set Sales Slate for Shanghai Film Festival Pair

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Parallax China, one of China’s leading independent film sales companies, has picked up rights to a pair of titles that debut this week at the Shanghai International Film Festival. It is handling world sales on “Qian Tang River,” directed by Wan Bo, and “Another Day of Hope,” by Liu Taifeng. Both are directorial debuts and […]

Experience Counts for Chinese Auteurs in Shanghai Film Festival Competition

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It has been commonplace in academic circles to divide up and label Chinese filmmakers into generations that reflect socio-political currents as much as cinematic style. Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou, who were educated at the end of the Cultural Revolution, are considered the leading lights of the “fifth generation.” The rebellious cluster that followed them, […]

Emerging Chinese Directors Lead Shanghai Festival’s Asian New Talents Section

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Six first or second-time directors from China take up the majority of the 11 slots in the Shanghai International Film Festival’s Asian New Talents section. While family drama is the dominant genre, Variety takes a look what they are serving up: Adapted from the book of the same name, Wang Xinrui’s “Dreaming of Mother and […]