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10 Best Musicals of the 2010s, From ‘Pitch Perfect’ to ‘Rocketman’ (Photos)

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10 Best Musicals of the 2010s, From ‘Pitch Perfect’ to ‘Rocketman’ (Photos)
Who says the musical is dead? The last 10 years have been jam-packed with effervescent, hilarious and melancholy movie musicals for moviegoers of every kind. Whether they incorporate their songs magically into the narrative or simply break at every possible turn for another gangbusters performance, these films kept a song in our hearts and married their wonderful tunes to memorable, sometimes completely unforgettable storylines. To each of these incredible films we say, “Bravo.”

Runners-Up (alphabetically): “Anna and the Apocalypse,” “Get On Up,” “Frozen,” “Jem and the Holograms,” “The Last Five Years,” “London Road,” “The Lure,” “Moana,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Tangled

10. “The Greatest Showman” (2017)

The life of circus entrepreneur P.T. Barnum was nowhere near as sappy and sanitized as it appears in Michael Gracey’s “The Greatest Showman.” But then again, selling tickets to see an entertaining lie because the truth is inconvenient and/or grotesque is entirely in keeping with Barnum’s modus operandi.
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Olivia Colman to Receive Palm Springs Film Festival’s Desert Palm Award

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Olivia Colman to Receive Palm Springs Film Festival’s Desert Palm Award
Olivia Colman, who received Golden Globe, SAG Award and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for her role in Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” has been named the recipient of the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s 2019 Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress.

The award will be presented to Colman at Psiff’s annual Awards Gala, which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center during the kickoff to the 12-day festival.

Colman joins previously announced honorees Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuarón, Regina King, Spike Lee, Rami Malek, Melissa McCarthy and the filmmakers and cast of “Green Book.”

Also Read: 'The Favourite' Tops All Films in Critics' Choice Award Nominations

In the twisted 18th-century costume drama “The Favourite,” Colman plays a weak and indecisive Queen Anne, whose favor is being sought by cousins played by Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. A typically barbed satire from Greek director Lanthimos,
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‘The Exorcist’ Is Set To Scare West End Audiences From This October

Forty-five years after William Peter Blatty’s best-selling novel terrified an entire generation, The Exorcist will be unleashed onto the West End stage for the very first time in a uniquely theatrical experience directed by Sean Mathias and adapted for the stage by John Pielmeier.

The Exorcist will play a strictly limited run at the Phoenix Theatre from 20 October 2017 to 10 March 2018. Tickets will go on general sale at 4pm on Friday 11 August.

Widely considered the scariest movie of all time, the film adaptation of The Exorcist sparked unprecedented worldwide controversy when it was released in cinemas in 1973. Winner of two Academy Awards, William Friedkin’s masterpiece saw audiences petrified to the point of passing out and went on to become one of the top ten highest grossing films of all time.

“Oh please, Mother, make it stop! It’s hurting.”

When the medical profession fails to provide answers to young
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Dunkirk movie review: the power of purpose

MaryAnn’s quick take… Primal and exhilarating, full of dread and tension. Drops us right into the chaos of war to tell an intimate story about fear and intensity of purpose. I’m “biast” (pro): love Christopher Nolan’s films

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

What are movies? They are not just mere stories, not simply dismissable entertainments, not even the lowest, basest ones. They are our mutual dreams… and nightmares. They howl with our rage and scream with our pain and ache with our hopes. The best of them touch us in ways we sometimes cannot even pinpoint, probably because what has percolated up from the filmmaker’s heart and soul and mind is an expression of that same collective unconscious that is waiting in us to be spoken to. We don’t always know why these films resonate,
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2016’s films ranked

04.27.17: This list is now final. While I may in the future see additional films that were released in the awards year of 2016, no more films will be added to this list. (I may add links to reviews of films listed here.)

This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2016 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the Ofcs and Awfj awards); some films released in the UK without Us releases (and so ineligible for those awards this year) may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2016 unless otherwise noted.

worth paying multiplex prices for

[5 stars]

Arrival (10.10/11.11/11.10)

La La Land (10.07/12.09/01.13.17)

A Monster Calls (10.06/12.23/01.01.17)

The Lobster (07.16.15/05.13/10.16.15)

Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) (02.22/03.04/03.25)

A Bigger Splash (10.08.15/05.04/02.12)

Miss Sloane (11.20/11.25/05.12.17)

London Road (06.03.15/09.09/06.12.15)

The Girl with All the Gifts (07.26/02.24.17/09.23)

I, Daniel Blake
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3 Great Films New to Movies on Demand in March 2017, Including ‘Jackie’ and ‘Fences’ — IndieWire on Demand

3 Great Films New to Movies on Demand in March 2017, Including ‘Jackie’ and ‘Fences’ —  IndieWire on Demand
[Editor’s Note: This post is presented in partnership with Movies on Demand.]

Movies on Demand is a cinephile’s delight in March, as there are plenty of awards-friendly titles to catch up on after the most explosive Oscars ever. Check out three of our favorite films below, as well as the full list of great movies available.

1) “Jackie” (Available March 7)

Pablo Larraín’s brilliant film is so much more than a run-of-the-mill biopic, elevated by Oscar-nominated turns including Natalie Portman’s complex portrayal of Jackie Kennedy, and Mica Levi’s haunting score. One of the year’s best surprises from a director as the height of his powers.

2) “Fences” (Available March 14)

This Oscar nominee for Best Picture is a wonderful interpretation of August Wilson’s play, anchored by acting powerhouses Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. Get the tissues ready for one of 2016’s most immediate and gut-wrenching films.

3) “Moana” (Available March 7)

Need a great movie to keep the whole family entertained? Try “Moana,
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‘Taboo’ Trailer: Tom Hardy Has Indeed Sinned

‘Taboo’ Trailer: Tom Hardy Has Indeed Sinned
If there was one thing that the big screen needed more of this year, it was Tom Hardy. The actor was all over the place in 2015 with Child 44, London Road, Legend, The Revenant and of course, Mad Max: Fury Road. The only way to get your fix of a new Tom Hardy performance […]

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The Sting and Doctor Who top our Event Cinema picks for November

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The Sting and Doctor Who top our Event Cinema picks for NovemberThe Sting and Doctor Who top our Event Cinema picks for NovemberJenny Bullough11/1/2016 1:39:00 Pm

There's a lot more than new movies at Cineplex theatres every month! From a Rush concert film, to the classic The Sting, to a Doctor Who animated adventure, here are our top picks for Cineplex Events in November:

Nov. 3rd – Rush – Time Stand Still The longevity of a successful rock band is built on the road. That is how Rush did it over their 40 year history: building a bond with their fans that has carried them through countless gold and platinum albums and, eventually, into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame. In May 2015, Rush began a 40th anniversary tour rumoured to be their last. Rush | Time Stand Still is a documentary which covers the R40 tour and the special relationship Rush have with their devoted fans.
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The Weekend Warrior 10/7/16: The Girl on a Train, Birth of a Nation, Middle School, Newtown

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

Another bad weekend where nothing really popped, which is bad news for a month at the box office where only Clint Eastwood’s Sully exceeded any expectations. Tim Burton’s new film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children came out just below my predictions with $29 million, but the Mark Wahlberg-Peter Berg disaster flick Deepwater Horizon was right around where I predicted with $20.2 million. The comedy Masterminds tanked with just $6.5 million for the weekend to end up in sixth place while Disney’s The Queen of Katwe did slightly better than predicted with $2.5 million.

The first full weekend in October has a good deal of competition from the release of the video game Mafia III to the
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‘Taboo’ TV Trailer: Tom Hardy Stars in Ominous and Artsy First Look at the FX Miniseries

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‘Taboo’ TV Trailer: Tom Hardy Stars in Ominous and Artsy First Look at the FX Miniseries
Actor Tom Hardy co-starred in five films in 2015 — the universally acclaimed, Oscar-nominated “Mad Max: Fury Road,” the epic adventure film “The Revenant,” the crime drama “Legend,” playing two separate characters, the musical “London Road,” and finally the thriller “Child 44.” Hardy has laid low this past year, but yesterday FX dropped a teaser for its upcoming miniseries “Taboo,” starring, co-created, and executive produced by Hardy. Watch the teaser below.

Read More: Watch: Oscar Nominee Tom Hardy Explains Why Shooting ‘The Revenant’ Was So Bloody Hard (Exclusive Video)

Set in 1814, the series follows James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), an adventurer who returns to London from Africa long after he’s believed to be dead. He wishes to inherit his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself only to discover the true nature of the legacy left behind. Soon, Delaney finds himself in a face-off against the all-powerful East India Company,
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Joe Strummer in New 'London Town' Trailer

"Experience the music and energy of the 1970s punk underground." IFC Films has released an official Us trailer for a film titled London Town, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as iconic musician Joe Strummer of the band The Clash. Not to be confused with the musical London Road, this film is set in the 1970s about a 15-year-old boy introduced to the iconic punk rock band The Clash and it changes his life forever. Daniel Huttlestone stars as Shay, Nell Williams as Vivian, along with Tom Hughes, Natascha McElhone, Dougray Scott and Kerry Howard. This looks like it might be a great double feature with Sing Street, or any punk rock film from England. Featuring music from The Clash, The Ramones and Buzzcocks. Fire it up. Here's the official Us trailer (+ poster) for Derrick Borte's London Town, direct from IFC's YouTube: In 1970's London, when 15-year-old Shay hears the music
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‘London Town’ Trailer: Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ Joe Strummer Looms Large Over Childhood Tale

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‘London Town’ Trailer: Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ Joe Strummer Looms Large Over Childhood Tale
As the frontman for the influential punk group The Clash, Joe Strummer’s rebellious attitude and political lyrics inspired and influenced an entire generation. Such is the premise of the new film “London Town,” a coming-of-age story about a kid who’s whole world is turned upside down by punk rock. One day, 14-year-old Shay (Daniel Huttlestone) receives a tape of The Clash from his estranged mother leading him on a path of self-discovery. He juggles familial responsibilities after his father (Dougray Scott) suffers an injury with a romance involving a young scenester Vivian (Nell Williams) and his burgeoning relationship with Strummer, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Watch a trailer for the film below.

Read More: Watch: First Trailer For Musical ‘London Road’ Starring Olivia Colman & Tom Hardy

The film is directed by Derrick Borte. He previously directed “The Joneses,” about a suburban family who are secretly stealth marketers, “Dark Around The Stars,
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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Black-And-White Chrome Edition Coming To Blu-ray This December

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Black-And-White Chrome Edition Coming To Blu-ray This December
Oh, what a week! What a lovely week!

Just days after a supercut of insane set footage went viral on the internet, “Mad Max: Fury Road” continues to bring the goods for fans this week. Warner Brothers Home Entertainment has officially announced the “Mad MaxHigh Octane Collection, which will feature all four films in the George Miller franchise and the long-rumored black-and-white edition of “Fury Road.” The collection will hit stores on Blu-ray ($79.99) and DVD ($54.97) on December 6, which means it’s the only Christmas gift a cinephile will need.

Read More: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Without Special Effects Will Blow Your Mind — Watch

Fortunately, the black-and-white edition will also be hitting Blu-ray alongside the theatrical release of “Fury Road” ($29.98) in a special two-pack. The version has been floating around ever since George Miller spoke about making an early black-and-white cut of the film so that he could show composer Junkie Xl.
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‘London Road’ Review: True-Crime Musical Overstays Its Welcome

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‘London Road’ Review: True-Crime Musical Overstays Its Welcome
The last few decades has seen operas being created out of everything from Robert Altman‘s cult favorite “A Wedding” to the outrageous shenanigans of “The Jerry Springer Show,” so it was perhaps inevitable that something like “London Road” — which sets transcripts of eyewitness accounts regarding the serial killing of prostitutes — would come along to marry the ever-popular genres of musical and true-crime. As ideas go, it’s certainly an interesting one, with cast members singing testimony verbatim, down to the last “um,” and it calls to mind “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” a movie where merchants and mechanics sang every line.
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‘London Road’ Exclusive Clip: British Serial Killer Musical Stars Tom Hardy As Singing Cab Driver

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‘London Road’ Exclusive Clip: British Serial Killer Musical Stars Tom Hardy As Singing Cab Driver
While Damien Chazelle’s latest musical “La La Land” has garnered universal acclaim when it premiered at Venice last week, another musical is currently making the rounds now. Rufus Norris’ “London Road” tells the story of the Ipswich community’s reaction to the 2006 Steve Wright killings of five sex workers in the area. Based on Adam Cork and Alecky Blythe 2011 musical of the same name, the film is a “verbatim musical,” using the exact words of the residents of London Road as “lyrics” and setting them to an innovative musical score inspired by their actual dialects and intonations. The film stars Olivia Colman (“Peep Show”), Anita Dobson (“EastEnders”), Tom Hardy (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), and more. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

Read More: ‘London Road’ Trailer: Tom Hardy Is a Singing Cab Driver In Real-Life Serial Murder Musical

The original musical had two sell-out runs at London
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The Weekend Warrior 9/9/16: Sully, When the Bough Breaks, The Wild Life

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

As expected, Labor Day weekend wasn’t good for the two new wide releases at all, although the romantic drama The Light Between Oceans (DreamWorks), starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, ended up doing far better of the two. Also as expected, Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe (Screen Gems) won the weekend with a four-day total of $19.7 million, a little less than I predicted. The Light Between Oceans ended up with slightly over $6 million, roughly the same as my original prediction but 20th Century Fox’s thriller Morgan, starring Kate Mara, bomb-bomb-bombed with a ridiculously bad four-day opening of just $2.5 million in its first four days. The Mexican comedy No Manches Frida (Lionsgate/Pantelion) ended up faring better in just 362 theaters,
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Movie Review: True crime gets the musical treatment in the radical, thrilling London Road

Verbatim theater, in which every word the actors speak derives from recordings of real-life interview subjects, is even trickier to adapt for the screen than ordinary theater can be. In order for the form to offer something distinct from the interviews themselves, a certain degree of cognitive dissonance is required. The stage, being a blatantly artificial construct, provides this more or less automatically. Movies, which occupy a wider continuum from the concrete to the abstract, need to work a bit harder.

That said, it can be done, and even done magnificently. The Arbor, for example—which landed on our list of 2011’s best films—achieved an uncanny effect by having the cast lip-sync to the original interviews. And London Road, the screen adaptation of an acclaimed British play inspired by serial murders in Ipswich (a huge media story in England circa 2006-07, though it didn’t travel far), required ...
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‘London Road’ Featuring Tom Hardy Is A Static And Airless Musical [Review]

This is a reprint of our review from the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Since 2009, Tiff has offered a City To City program that focuses on international films from a specific city. At its core, the idea is a compelling one: to look at the cinema output of a single city during the span […]

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15 Films to See in September

While the summer had a number of gems, our sights are now set on the majorly promising fall slate as we’ve highlighted 75 to keep on your radar. For a more specific breakdown, we now have our monthly rundown, which includes some Tiff and Venice films, and much more. It should also be noted that Michelangelo Antonioni‘s restored masterpiece La Notte will get a theatrical run starting on September 16 at NYC’s Film Forum, and will expand from there. Check out our recommendations below and let us know what you’re looking forward to.

Matinees to See: White Girl (9/2), Max Rose (9/2), The Academy of Muses (9/2), Zoom (9/2), Other People (9/9). Kicks (9/9), Dancer (9/9), London Road (9/9), Come What May (9/9), The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (9/16), My Blind Brother (9/23), Girl Asleep (9/23), Goat (9/23), The Lovers and the Despot (9/23), The Magnificent Seven (9/23), Chronic (9/23), Sand Storm (9/28), Do Not Resist (9/30), Deepwater Horizon (9/30), Miss Peregrine’s
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The 25 Best Fall 2016 Films We’ve Already Seen

Now that the summer is cooling down, we’re entering perhaps the best time of year for cinephiles, with a variety of festivals — some of which will hold premieres of our most-anticipated 2016 features — gearing up. As we do each year, after highlighting the best films offered thus far, we’ve set out to provide a comprehensive preview of the fall titles that should be on your radar, and we’ll first take a look at selections whose quality we can attest to. Ranging from acclaimed debuts at Sundance, Cannes, and more, we’ve rounded up 25 titles that will arrive from September to December (in the U.S.) and are all well worth seeking out.

As a note, these didn’t make the cut, but you can see our reviews at the links: White Girl (9/2), Other People (9/9), London Road (9/9), Goat (9/23), Sand Storm (9/28), Do Not Resist (9/30), The Birth of a Nation (10/7), Desierto
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