The political is more enthralling than the personal in the Cannes-winning AIDS-activism drama BPM

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When people talk about activism, a topic of renewed relevance in our charged political now, they often point to the 1960s as a definitive golden age. But anyone seeking a historical model for taking to the streets—a real-life lesson in how organized protest can and should operate—might also look to a different but…

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Jim Carrey finds the man on the moon in this trailer for Jim And Andy: The Great Beyond

Milos Forman’s 1999 Andy Kaufman biopic Man On The Moon was largely based around star Jim Carrey recreating some of the most famous moments from the weirdo comedian’s life, but the recreations didn’t stop when the cameras weren’t rolling. In this trailer for Chris Smith’s behind-the-scenes documentary Jim And Andy:…

The team behind Jesus Camp documents harrowing escapes from Hasidic Judaism in One Of Us

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There’s no shortage of documentaries about the religious fringe, and they run the gamut from highlighting quirks to condemning criminal behavior. One Of Us spotlights a group that hasn’t faced the scrutiny of film crews quite so often as the likes of Scientologists or even Christian conservatives: Hasidic Jews. Rather…

The Snowman's main character is named "Harry Hole," and it only gets worse from there

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If you were compiling a collection of the worst movie advertising campaigns of all time, The Snowman would have to be on the list. Any menace that might be gleaned from this dark, R-rated thriller instantly evaporates upon viewing the poster, which features a crude stick figure of a snowman who looks like he’s…

The director of The Lobster trades humor for horror in the nightmarish Killing Of A Sacred Deer

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The first thing we see and can never unsee in The Killing Of A Sacred Deer is a gaping chest cavity: flesh and bone parted to expose the organ inside, pumping frantically away in extreme close-up. To open with open-heart surgery sends an awfully clear message: Abandon all hope/concern that Yorgos Lanthimos, the now…

Louis CK directs a thinly veiled Woody Allen story in this trailer for I Love You, Daddy

In this trailer for I Love You, Daddy, Louis CK plays an award-winning TV writer whose spoiled 17-year-old daughter (played by Chloë Grace Moretz) starts spending time with a legendary 68-year-old film director (played by John Malkovich). The story is a thinly veiled nod to the sexual abuse allegations that have been…

Kathleen Kennedy has an idea for how to fight harassment in Hollywood

On Monday, at Elle’s Women In Hollywood event, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy talked about a way to combat the epidemic of sexual abuse and harassment in Hollywood, proposing that everyone in the entertainment industry—including “the studios, the unions, the guilds, and the talent agencies”—should rally together to…

GOP rep proposes eliminating Texas Film Commission because of Harvey Weinstein

The Harvey Weinstein scandal is a small part of a much larger epidemic of sexual harassment in the entertainment world, as many people in the movie and TV industries have illustrated, but rather than actually facing that issue directly, one Republican politician has determined that all movies should be punished for…

Riz Ahmed casts himself as Hamlet in "contemporary" Netflix adaptation 

When your Hollywood career is officially super hot, like if you just appeared in a Star Wars movie and became the first man of Asian descent to ever win an acting Emmy, you can do pretty much whatever you want. Riz Ahmed happens to be in that very specific position, and while he’s still got this heat, he’s apparently…

Who needs a Jane Goodall biopic when you have the remarkable, uncovered footage of Jane?

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How is it possible that Hollywood hasn’t yet made a movie about Jane Goodall? Her story isn’t just extraordinary, but extraordinary in a way that’s tailor-made for the big screen: A young British woman with no scientific training of any kind volunteers to conduct the first study of chimpanzees in the wild, initially…

Josh Brolin and a bunch of manly men fight fire in the old-fashioned Only The Brave

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As wildfires ravage the state of California, moviegoers may not be especially excited to sit down and watch a 130-minute reminder of how dangerous and frightening it can be to see fires tear across the landscape. But in a way, it’s surprisingly easy not to think about current events during Only The Brave, and not…

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Wonderstruck gorgeously mismatches Todd Haynes to the author behind Hugo 

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For someone who started his career basically playing with Barbie dolls, Todd Haynes has never strayed far from what you might call adult preoccupations: desire, identity, sex, addiction, all that good stuff for the over-18 crowd. On paper, that makes Wonderstruck a radical departure. Like Martin Scorsese before him,…

Lauren Holly says Harvey Weinstein showered in front of her and demanded a massage

Recently, actress Lauren Holly appeared on Canadian talk show The Social and shared her own chilling story about an interaction she had with Harvey Weinstein, the now-former movie studio head who has been hit with multiple allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault. During the interview, Holly said she was…

Holy shit, Netflix wants to release 80 original films next year

Last September, Netflix declared that it eventually wants half of its entire streaming library to consist of original content, a claim that seemed absurd until a group determined that Netflix had already slashed half of its content from 2012 to 2016—meaning the ratio was already sliding in favor of the originals since…

Jungle pits Daniel Radcliffe against nature, with one of the grossest scenes of the year

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Many of the most successful entries in the man-vs.-nature genre tend to be true-life accounts, probably because there’s something especially affecting about knowing someone actually went through the ordeal you’re witnessing. Films like Into The Wild, Rescue Dawn, and Kon-Tiki derive an additional thrill from the…

Weekend Box Office:  Happy Death Day scares up big…wait, hasn’t this happened before?

Talk about déjà vu. Like an ornery weatherman stuck living the same day over and over again, ticket-buyers trudged again to their local theater and, for the third time this year, made a horror film from Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions the No. 1 movie in America. Happy Death Day, which is basically …