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Friday, December 27, 2019

The Movie Report #1050, December 27, 2019

The Movie Report

#1050, December 27, 2019


  • Clemency *** 1/2 Q&A video with Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge, Chinonye Chukwu
  • Just Mercy *** Q&A video with Michael B. Jordan & Jamie Foxx
  • Little Women ***
  • 1917 *** 1/2 Q&A video with Sam Mendes, George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman spoiler Q&A video with Sam Mendes, George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman
  • The Song of Names **
  • Spies in Disguise ***
  • To Let ***

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Friday, December 20, 2019

The Movie Report #1049, December 20, 2019

The Movie Report

#1049, December 20, 2019


  • Cats * 1/2 Jennifer Hudson live performance of Memory at CinemaCon
  • Hell on the Border ** 1/2 Q&A video with Wes Miller, Jaqueline Fleming, Ashley Atwood
  • Invisible Life (A Vida Invisível) *** 1/2 introduction by director Karim Aïnouz
  • Mardaani 2 (Masculine 2) ** 1/2
  • Panipat: The Great Betrayal ** 1/2
  • Seberg **
  • Star Wars: Episode IX--Rise of the Skywalker ***

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Movie Music Monday: Lights up (finally) on Washington Heights in the first In the Heights teaser trailer

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After many starts and stops over the last 10 years, from Universal pulling the plug on a 2011 adaptation to be directed by Kenny Ortega right when full casting was to be finalized, to escaping from the clutches of an imploding Weinstein Company in 2017, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning In the Heights is finally arriving on the cinema screen under the direction of Jon M. Chu. While Miranda is not reprising the lead role, bodega owner Usnavi de la Vega, as he had intended for the earlier Ortega incarnation, he does have a supporting role here, ceding Usnavi's signature cap to his Hamilton co-star, Anthony Ramos. Ramos is but one of the many fresh faces that mostly populate the cast (in an amusing bit of irony, considering fear over a lack of "known" stars led to Universal's decision to abort their project), and "freshness" is what immediately comes to mind after watching the recently dropped first teaser trailer. Ramos looks and sounds like a more than worthy successor to Miranda, and Chu appears to have captured the energy that made the original stage production such an electrifying experience while making something that is also distinctly cinematic. It's still early, but these early signs are very promising.

In the Heights is set to be released in cinemas nationwide on Friday, June 26, 2020, from Warner Bros. Pictures.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

The Movie Report #1048, December 13, 2019

The Movie Report

#1048, December 13, 2019


  • The Aeronauts ***
  • Black Christmas * 1/2
  • Bombshell ***
  • En Brazos de un Asesino (In the Arms of an Assassin) ** 1/2
  • Hold On ** 1/2 Q&A & live performance video with Micayla De Ette, Tarek Tohme, Flavor Flav, Maurice Benard, Alvaro Orlando
  • In Fabric ***
  • A Hidden Life ****
  • Jumanji: The Next Level *** video of Kevin Hart hand & footprint ceremony
  • Playmobil: The Movie **
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu) *** 1/2
  • Richard Jewell *** Q&A video with screenwriter Billy Ray
  • 6 Underground ***
  • Uncut Gems ***

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

F3PR: Aubrey Plaza returns to host 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards

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Broadcast Live Exclusively on IFC
Saturday, February 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm PT / 5:00 pm ET

LOS ANGELES (December 5, 2019) – Film Independent announced today that Aubrey Plaza will return to host the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The Spirit Awards are the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity in the industry. Nominees were announced by Zazie Beetz (Atlanta, Joker, Deadpool 2) and Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll, Ad Astra, Orange Is the New Black) on November 21. Best Feature nominees include A Hidden Life, Clemency, The Farewell, Marriage Story and Uncut Gems. The show will be broadcast live exclusively on IFC at 2:00 pm PT / 5:00 pm ET on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

“Like all great independent film performances, this one deserves a sequel,” said Host Aubrey Plaza. “The people have spoken. Bow down to your host!”

“At a time when the world is so bitterly divided and civil discourse is almost impossible, it’s nice we can all agree that Aubrey Plaza is the greatest host in the history of hosting,” said Josh Welsh, Film Independent President. “We are thrilled to have her back. Today is also the last day to join Film Independent as a Member to get access to the nominated films and vote on the winners. Only a fool would not watch the Spirit Awards on IFC on February 8, 2 PM PST / 5 PM EST.”

“Aubrey is back! Last year, fear of her signature take on hosting duties kept that other awards show host-less. We are excited to see what she brings to the tent this year,” said IFC Executive Director, Blake Callaway.

Plaza will next be seen starring in Black Bear, a suspenseful meta-drama, opposite Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon. The film, which she also produced, will premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. She is currently in production on Lina Roessler’s Best Sellers opposite Michael Caine which is based on an original screenplay that won a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting award. Plaza’s other feature film credits include: Ingrid Goes West (which she produced and received a 2018 Film Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature), Jeff Baena’s The Little Hours (also producer), Hal Hartley’s Ned Rifle, Colin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed, Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Judd Apatow’s Funny People, among others. On television, she most recently starred in Noah Hawley’s Legion on FX and is well known for her role on NBC’s Parks & Recreation.

This year marks the 35th edition of the awards show that celebrates the best of independent film. Past Spirit Awards hosts have included Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani, Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell, Patton Oswalt, Andy Samberg, Joel McHale, Sarah Silverman, Samuel L. Jackson, Eddie Izzard, Queen Latifah and John Waters, to name a few. The show, which will be held on the beach in Santa Monica, will be executive produced and directed by Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet Productions for the sixth consecutive year. Shawn Davis returns as producer for his 18th year, Rick Austin returns as producer for his fifth year and Danielle Federico and Andrew Schaff also return as co-producers.

Winners, who are selected by Film Independent Members, will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 8, 2020. The awards ceremony will be held on the beach in Santa Monica, just north of the Santa Monica Pier.

Winners of the Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants will be announced at the Film Independent Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grant and Nominee Brunch on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood.


Now in its 35th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards are sponsored by Premier Sponsors American Airlines, IFC and Mazda. Bulleit Frontier Whiskey is the Official Spirit. FIJI Water is the Official Water. Getty Images is the Official Photographer. Town & Country Event Rentals is the Exclusive Rental Company.

Click here to see the list of this year’s nominees.


For over 38 years, Film Independent has helped filmmakers get their projects made and seen. The nonprofit’s mission is to champion creative independence in visual storytelling and support a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision.

In addition to producing the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the organization supports creative professionals with Artist Development programs, grants and labs, and signature mentorship program Project Involve fosters the careers of talented filmmakers from underrepresented communities. Weekly Education events and workshops equip filmmakers of all ages and experience levels with tools and resources. International programs include Global Media Makers, a cultural exchange program that provides career-building opportunities for international film professionals. Film Independent Presents is a year-round program offering screenings, conversations and other unique cinematic experiences to Members in Los Angeles and beyond.

While working to make the entertainment industry more inclusive, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists. Film lovers, industry professionals and anyone passionate about visual storytelling can become a Member at and connect with @FilmIndependent across social platforms.

About IFC

IFC is the home of offbeat, unexpected comedies. Acclaimed series Documentary Now!, Brockmire, Baroness von Sketch Show, Sherman’s Showcase and the upcoming Year of the Rabbit air alongside fan-favorite movies and comedic cult TV shows. IFC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc., and available across multiple platforms. IFC is Always On, Slightly Off.

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