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‘Unicorn Store': Brie Larson Makes Magic in Directorial Debut

‘Unicorn Store': Brie Larson Makes Magic in Directorial Debut
Brie Larson has already conquered the box office this year with the record-breaking success of “Captain Marvel,” and she’s set to do it all over again at the end of April with the release of “Avengers: Endgame.” In between those massive Hollywood tentpoles, Larson will return to her indie roots with the release of her directorial debut “Unicorn Store.” The quirky comedy-drama premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 and will finally get an official release thanks to Netflix.

The official synopsis from Netflix reads: “After failing out of art school and taking a humdrum office job, a whimsical painter (Larson) gets a chance to fulfill her lifelong dream of adopting a unicorn.” Larson has assembled a strong ensemble cast to play opposite her in front of the camera, including her “Kong: Skull Island” and McU co-star Samuel L. Jackson, as well as Hamish Linklater, Joan Cusack and
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‘Los Espookys’: Fred Armisen’s Spanish-Language HBO Comedy to Premiere at ATX Festival

‘Los Espookys’: Fred Armisen’s Spanish-Language HBO Comedy to Premiere at ATX Festival
To the growing list of offerings at the 2019 ATX Festival — which already includes a screening of clips from the never-aired “Tremors” pilot — add some Fred Armisen. “Los Espookys,” which stars Armisen and is HBO’s first Spanish-language series, will make its premiere at the Austin-based festival on the first weekend of June. Per HBO’s official synopsis the series “follows a group of friends who turn their love for horror into a peculiar business, providing horror to those who need it, in a dreamy Latin American country where the strange and eerie are just part of daily life.”

Co-written by “Saturday Night Live” writer Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega (“At Home with Amy Sedaris”), the six-part season of “Los Espookys” is slated to arrive on HBO in June, following its Atx Festival premiere. Torres, Fabrega, and Armisen will also be on hand for a panel following the ATX screening.

The
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‘The Oa’ Season 2 Ending Is So Crazy It Could Kill the Series

‘The Oa’ Season 2 Ending Is So Crazy It Could Kill the Series
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Oa” Season 2, including the batshit finale.]

To say nothing will prepare you for the end of “The Oa” could be seen as an embellishment, considering the entirety of Season 2 — a meticulously drawn-out, increasingly bananas story from creators Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij — is designed to do just that. The madness only escalates as Marling’s “original angel” (aka Oa) learns more and more about inter-dimensional travel in order to save her fellow jumpers from Dr. Hap (Jason Isaacs). Yet even when you think the final bit of insanity has played out, a whole other layer of crazy is spread over the series, and the ending of “The Oa” goes totally off the rails.

On the one hand, that’s exactly what fans should want. The Netflix original series puts its emphasis on “original” at every turn; so much so, it’s harder and harder to complain whenever the bold
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‘Arrested Development’: Take The Forget-Me-Not Roofies & Cherish Those Memory Of The Show You Once Loved [Season 5 Review]

And now the story of a beloved comedy series that lost everything and the eccentric, determined creator who felt he had no choice, but to keep the show running, way past its prime and beyond the point of being funny. It’s “Arrested Development.”

To recap, “Arrested Development,” in its precarious, always-on-the-edge-of-cancelation Fox years, was your favorite comedy series. Critically-acclaimed, Emmy-respected, ‘Ad,’ had little viewership, but soon developed a huge comedy following and was cherished by humor geeks and famous comedians.

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‘The Eyes Of Orson Welles’ Is An Illuminating Love Letter That Is Too Preoccupied With Its Own Personal Touches [Review]

Orson Welles made films about giants grappling with fantasies. He was an artist lost to time, who believed in the myth of honor and the power of chivalry but was perhaps too romantic to see how a knight-errant who views a windmill as the call to adventure may have already lost their expressed battle for ideology. Welles claimed to value citizens more than cinema. His relatively short-lived Hollywood career backs up this statement; though perhaps, in truth, his two loves were but inevitably irreconcilable tyrants.

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Let’s Discuss What Part II Of ‘The Oa’ Means For The Series [Spoilers]

**Spoilers for Season 2 of “The Oa,” which hit Netflix today. You’ve been warned.**

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“Superimpose: 7 Hours 46 Minutes Earlier…

Ext. Windy Road – Night

We hear knocking sounds, after which the camera Cuts To a Man, ripped jeans, skateboarding down a dark, steep road. He sees a woman in a shiny, red dress on the side of the road.

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‘Sopranos’ & ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Director Hired To Helm HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ Series Starring Matthew Rhys

After a long development process that saw original star Robert Downey, Jr. step away, the reimagined “Perry Mason” TV series is officially ready to go and has the green light from HBO to begin production. The go-ahead came just after it was announced that director Tim Van Patten has come aboard to helm the limited series that will now star Matthew Rhys in the title role.

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‘Grass’ Trailer: Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee’s Café Society — Exclusive

Cinema Guild has unveiled the trailer for Hong Sang-soo’s “Grass,” the prolific Korean auteur’s 22nd feature. It’s also his fifth with frequent collaborator and romantic partner Kim Min-hee, perhaps best known for her role in “The Handmaiden,” who likewise stars in “Hotel by the River,” Hong’s other 2018 premiere. After debuting in Berlin last year, the 66-minute black-and-white film went on to screen at the Busan and New York film festivals, among others. Avail yourself of the trailer below.

Here, as they say, is the synopsis: “For his 22nd feature as director, Hong Sangsoo delivers a delicious cinematic riddle only he could concoct. In the corner of a small café, Areum (Kim Minhee) sits typing on her laptop. At the tables around her, other customers enact the various dramas of their lives. A young couple charge each other with serious crimes, an old man tries to rekindle
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Disney Already Showing Off ‘The Shape Of Water,’ ‘Avatar,’ and Other Fox Titles in Company Banner

Disney isn’t wasting any time when it comes to integrating Fox properties into its marketing following the $71.3 billion Disney-Fox merger that was finalized March 21. Major Fox properties “The Shape of Water,” “Deadpool,” “The Simpsons,” “Avatar,” and “Atlanta” have already been added to the official The Walt Disney Company banner on the company’s website. If Disney was going to prominently feature any Fox properties on its official banner, it makes sense it would do so with a recent Best Picture Oscar winner (“The Shape of Water”), a $2 billion franchise (“Avatar”), a record-breaking television series (“Simpsons”), and more.

With the Disney-Fox merger finalized, the Mouse House now owns film division 20th Century Fox and will distribute such tentpoles as James Cameron’s forthcoming “Avatar” sequels. The merger has given Disney control of blockbuster properties such as “Deadpool” and “X-Men,” in addition to their in-house mega-franchises “Star Wars” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Jordan Peele Reveals The Political & Social Message Of ‘Us’ As Well As His Surprising Cameos In The New Film & ‘Get Out’

**Slight spoilers ahead for the latest film from filmmaker Jordan Peele, “Us,” which hits theaters this weekend. You’ve been warned**

First and foremost, Jordan Peele’s latest film, “Us,” is an unabashed horror film. Unlike “Get Out,” which can find itself sitting more comfortably in the psychological thriller genre, “Us” goes full-on horror, with the inclusion of its very own “monsters” in the form of the Tethered.

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Danny Trejo & Benicio Del Toro Voice A Monkey And A Fox In ‘Dora The Explorer’ Live-Action Film & Nothing Makes Sense Anymore

Danny Trejo & Benicio Del Toro Voice A Monkey And A Fox In ‘Dora The Explorer’ Live-Action Film & Nothing Makes Sense Anymore
If you’re a film fan, you’re probably very familiar with the work of actor Danny Trejo. He’s the epitome of badass, even starring in a film literally titled “Bad Ass”. He’s probably most well known for roles in films like “Machete,” “Con Air,” “Heat,” and about a million films with Robert Rodriguez.

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‘Us’ Makes a Radical Argument for Black Identity By Ignoring It

‘Us’ Makes a Radical Argument for Black Identity By Ignoring It
Jordan Peele said he initially intended “Get Out” as a sledgehammer response to the illusion of a “post-racial” America. “The movie was written in the Obama era, which I’ve been calling the post-racial lie,” Peele said after a Vanity Fair screening of the film in October 2017. “That’s the era I imagined this movie would come out in.”

With “Us,” Peele takes the opposite approach: His latest horror movie features a predominantly black cast, but race doesn’t influence the plot. As a result, Peele delivers a more complex assessment of black identity by ignoring it altogether.

“Us” stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Evan Alex, and Shahadi Wright Joseph as a family confronted by a group of doppelgängers. A home-invasion chiller that messily unfolds with elements of other horror movie subgenres – without neatly fitting into any single one of them — “Us” could open conversations about a range of issues facing American society.
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‘Unicorn Store’ Trailer: Bright Colors Abound In Brie Larson’s Directorial Debut Coming To Netflix

One of the most anticipated films to come out of the 2017 Tiff was Brie Larson’s directorial debut “Unicorn Store.” The film seems to be in line with Larson’s own description of the film being “an abstract self-portrait of myself.”

Read More: ‘Unicorn Store’: Brie Larson Gets Whimsical With Her Directorial Debut [Tiff Review]

The official synopsis reads:

“Kit (Larson) is a die-hard dreamer, an artist whose canvases are riddled with rainbows and glitter.

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The Criterion Channel Launches April 8 With David Lynch Retrospective & Other Streaming Gems

We are mere days away from the highly-anticipated launch of The Criterion Channel streaming service. On April 8, rising out of the ashes of FilmStruck, The Criterion Channel will begin to stream the very best classic and contemporary films that any true cinephile will enjoy. And in advance of its launch, we now have a very specific idea of what subscribers will have access to next month.

For those that didn’t follow the drama of 2018, after the sudden (and shocking) demise of the FilmStruck streaming service, filmmakers and fans were outraged and asking WarnerMedia for a new location for the library of titles that were found on the service.

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Taika Waititi To Voice A Character In The ‘Star Wars’ Live-Action Series ‘The Mandalorian’

A little bit of Taika Waititi goes a long way in films and TV projects. While the filmmaker has been known to star in his own works, it was his scene-stealing role in “Thor: Ragnarok,” that proved just a little bit of Taika is absolutely perfect. And it appears that same philosophy is being used in the upcoming “Star Wars” live-action streaming series “The Mandalorian.”

Recently, “The Mandalorian” showrunner Jon Favreau shared a behind-the-scenes image of Waititi in the voiceover booth recording dialogue for what appears to be the droid Ig-88.

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Close-Up on "Microhabitat"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Jeon Go-woon's Microhabitat (2017), which is receiving an exclusive global online premiere on Mubi, is showing from March 22 – April 20, 2019 as a Special Discovery.In late 2014, taxation measures introduced by the Park presidency nearly doubled the price of cigarettes in South Korea, where they’ve become a demographic signifier of the young and financially insecure. Miso (Ahn Jae-hong), the willowy protagonist of Jeon Go-woon’s debut feature, Microhabitat, realizes she can only keep smoking and drinking whiskey—her only two indulgences—if she stops paying rent. She lives alone in a windowless apartment without heat or furniture; the hearth of the home is an orange plastic suitcase upon which dining (a lone tomato on a steel plate; some free rice if she’s lucky) and weekly budgeting take place. A shock of grey streaks her thick black hair, the slow
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Filmmaker Macon Blair To Write & Direct ‘The Toxic Avenger’ Reboot

Macon Blair is one of the more interesting up-and-coming filmmakers. After appearing in Jeremy Saulnier’s films “Blue Ruin” and “Green Room,” and writing “Hold the Dark,” the actor-turned-filmmaker went on to write and direct his own feature, “I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore.” And if you take those four films as examples, it’s really difficult to pin down just what Blair’s sensibilities are, except to say that he loves taking genres and injecting his own, decidedly, fucked up style.

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Terry Gilliam Reiterates That Superhero Films Are “Boring” But Says ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ “Made Me Smile”

If you stop and think about it, something special could come out of the marriage of filmmaker Terry Gilliam and the superhero genre. His visually dynamic, often off-beat, filmmaking style would lend itself to a truly unique take on what is becoming an oversaturated and homogenized genre. But when you hear Gilliam talk about superhero films, it’s clear the man has zero interest in tackling those types of films himself. However, despite his overall dislike of superhero films (which is well documented), the filmmaker isn’t above admitting when one does strike a chord with him.

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Brian De Palma’s Terrorist Thriller ‘Domino’ Finally Gets A Release Date After A Long, Troubled Production

The release date announcement of a film that is going to select theaters and VOD on the same day isn’t normally something we devote an entire article to. However, when you talk about the long-awaited film “Domino” from filmmaker Brian De Palma, it’s worth bringing up. You see, this is a film that has been the source of controversy, with the filmmaker effectively washing his hands clean of the production.

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‘Into the Badlands’ Season 3 Review: The Final Season Didn’t Have to Be the Last

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‘Into the Badlands’ Season 3 Review: The Final Season Didn’t Have to Be the Last
When “Into the Badlands” launched in 2015, its existence was relatively insane: a high-octane sci-fi martial arts series, that the creators of the WB’s “Smallville” weren’t adapting from a book or a comic — they were inventing whole cloth. Four years later, this is also insane but true: after approximately the other eleven billionity shows that have followed in its wake, it still remains unique.

That’s a massive accomplishment on its own. So is the show lasting for as long as it has, especially given that there are plenty of other out-there concepts which never made it past their first seasons.

However, it’s still going to be sad to say goodbye to the AMC drama, which returns for its final run of episodes on Sunday, March 24. It arguably might be said there was more life left in this show, even — that it’s too soon for farewells.

In its first season,
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