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'The Florida Project' Named Best Film by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle

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The San Francisco Film Critics Circle has named The Florida Project as its best picture of 2017.

The Sean Baker-directed film about a mother and daughter living in a motel on the outskirts of Disney World was also recognized in the category of best supporting actor, with Willem Dafoe winning that award.

The Shape of Water won two awards: best director (Guillermo del Toro) and best production design (Paul D. Austerberry).

Other noteworthy winners include War for the Planet of the Apes' Andy Serkis (best actor), I, Tonya's Margot Robbie (best actress), Lady Bird's Laurie Metcalf (best supporting actress), Get »

- Hilary Lewis

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'The Florida Project,' 'Mudbound' Voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online

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The Florida Project and Mudbound tied for best picture of 2017 in a vote Sunday by the New York Film Critics Online.

Dee Rees also was voted best director for Mudbound, while Willem Dafoe was named best supporting actor for The Florida Project.

In other awards, Darkest Hour's Gary Oldman and I, Tonya's Margot Robbie won for best actor and actress, respectively. Robbie's co-star Allison Janney was named best supporting actress.

Meanwhile, Jordan Peele won for best screenplay and best debut director for Get Out.

And Timothée Chalamet was named breakthrough performer for Call Me By Your Name.

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- Kimberly Nordyke

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Mark Hamill, Chris Evans Respond to Viral Bully Video

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Keaton Jones, a bullied Tennessee student, is discovering he has some pretty awesome pals. 

A video made by Jones' mother in which the boy questions why is he treated so poorly by bullies in his school has gone viral. 

“They make fun of my nose. They call me ugly. They say I have no friends,” Jones told his mother in tears. He added kids at his school throw food at him. 

“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What’s the point of it?” the youth asked. “Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to »

- Ryan Parker

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'Phantom Thread' Named Best Film by Boston Society of Film Critics

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The Boston Society of Film Critics on Sunday named Phantom Thread as its best picture of 2017.

The group also recognized the film, which Daniel Day-Lewis has said will be his last project before retiring from acting, in two other categories: best director (Paul Thomas Anderson) and best original score (Jonny Greenwood).

The Boston critics bestowed two awards each on the well-reviewed films Lady Bird and Get Out. The former, a coming-of-age movie starring Saoirse Ronan, was recognized in the categories of best supporting actress (Laurie Metcalf) and best screenplay (writer-director Greta Gerwig), while the latter, a racially themed horror »

- Hilary Lewis

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'The Florida Project' Named Best Film by Toronto Film Critics

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After just over three hours of deliberation, the Toronto Film Critics Association on Sunday named The Florida Project, a story about a mother and daughter living out a precarious existence in a motel on the outskirts of Disney World, as the year's top film.

Sean Baker's follow-up to Tangerine, released by A24, is anchored by performances from child actors Brooklynn Prince and Valeria Cotto, Bria Vinaite as a wild-child mother and Willem Dafoe as a motel manager. Toronto critics last year named Moonlight as the best picture of 2016.

Acting awards for performances this year went to Daniel »

- Etan Vlessing

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British Independent Film Awards: 'God's Own Country,' 'Lady Macbeth' Win Big

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A solid year for the U.K.'s indie film industry was celebrated on Sunday night at the 2017 British Independent Film Awards.

The ceremony, held at Old Billingsgate in London, saw God's Own Country, Lady Macbeth and The Death of Stalin emerge as the main winners. 

God's Own Country, Francis Lee's critically-lauded microbudget Lgbt drama about a young British sheep farmer, went home with the top prize, the best British independent film, alongside best actor for Josh O'Connor and best debut screenwriter for Lee (it's also his debut feature). The film had already won the best sound award in the Bifa craft »

- Alex Ritman

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'Ready Player One' Trailer Unveils a Treasure Hunt for Control of a Universe

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The nostalgia factor is set on high in the new trailer for Ready Player One.

Steven Spielberg directs the '80s-themed adaption of the Ernie Cline novel. The film is set in a future and follows Wade Watts (Tye  Sheridan), a teenager and gamer on a high-stakes treasure hunt in the all-encompassing video game Oasis.  The game is essentially a digital universe, and its creator James Halliday (Mark Rylance) has set up a treasure hunt following his death. The winner will become the richest person on Earth and also get control of Oasis. 

"I had to leave a lot of myself out, or I would have »

- Aaron Couch

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Premiere: Disney and Dolby's Six-Month Effort to Prep the Theater

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For Saturday night’s star-studded premiere of The Last Jedi in Los Angeles, Disney and Dolby started installation on Tuesday to convert the enormous, multipurpose Shrine Auditorium into a perfectly tuned screening environment.

That included installation of a 70 ft. wide by 30 ft. high screen, a Dolby Vision high dynamic range projection system (and a full projection booth) and 193 speakers for 40 channels of Dolby Atmos immersive sound.

High above the guests, the Dolby Atmos system included hanging a pair of overhead trusses to hold the ceiling speakers, each of which weighed approximately 2,500 pounds.

Disney and Dolby began »

- Carolyn Giardina

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'Shape of Water' Is Wonder and Nostalgia Done Right

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Wonder is no stranger to the work of Guillermo del Toro. Even at their most phantasmagorical, their most horrific, wonder is infused in his films, as if from behind the camera del Toro cannot help marveling at the supernatural creations wrought before him by his FX crew: Whether eldritch, bizarre, grotesque, kooky, or oftentimes plain old monstrous, the beasts inhabiting del Toro’s imagined worlds never cease to raise his awe while inviting our own.

So take The Shape of Water, his latest film (now expanding after opening in New York last weekend), as a capstone statement on his entire career: »

- Andy Crump

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'Secret Ingredient': Film Review | Tallinn 2017

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The medicinal powers of marijuana are no secret, even if the plot of writer-director Gjorce Stavreski’s bittersweet debut feature hinges on keeping certain key characters in the dark. Set in Macedonia, a small Balkan republic battered by political and economic turbulence for over a decade, Secret Ingredient could have been yet another addition to the canon of bleak social critiques from the former Eastern Bloc. But Stavreski adds a few secret ingredients of his own, moving beyond the story’s local context into the more universal terrain of unresolved family tensions, the dangers of superstition and the healing power of love.


- Stephen Dalton

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Denis Villeneuve Made 'Blade Runner 2049' Out of "Pure Love of Cinema" | Director Roundtable

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Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve shared voiced fears to The Hollywood Reporter's Director Roundtable saying he surely thought, "everyone was going to hate me because I dared to do [the remake of the classic film, Blade Runner.]"

"But there was a strong call to do it, no matter anything. And I agreed before I was able to do it because I made peace with the idea that it might be my last film."

Villeneuve gained major recognition with his 2015 film Sicario staring Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro before going on to earn his first Oscar nomination for »

- Annie Howard

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Ida Documentary Awards: 'Dina' Wins Best Feature

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The International Documentary Association presented its 33rd annual awards on Saturday night, at a ceremony at Los Angeles' Paramount Theatre hosted by Iranian-American actor and comedian Maz Jobrani. Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini's Dina and Laura Checkoway's Edith+Eddie won the top honors of best feature and best short, respectively.

"The best feature and best short award winners both represent unlikely love stories, each one tender, tragic and ultimately life-affirming,” Ida executive director Simon Kilmurry said in a statement. “Dina and Edith+Eddie are both distinguished by their unforgettable lead characters and their sensitive elicitation of universal truths."

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- THR Staff

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