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'Coco': Film Review

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Dia de los Muertos, the multi-day Mexican-originated holiday honoring dead family members and friends, proves to have a remarkably revitalizing effect on Pixar, as evidenced by the truly resplendent Coco.

Not only does the Disney outfit’s 19th feature, co-directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, emerge as Pixar’s most original effort since Inside Out, it’s also among its most emotionally resonant, touching on themes of belonging common to Finding Dory and the Unkrich-directed Toy Story 3.

Delivering a universal message about family bonds while adhering to folkloric traditions free of the watering down or whitewashing that have often typified Americanized »

- Michael Rechtshaffen

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Wong Kar-Wai Feted at Thierry Fremaux's Lyon Lumiere Festival

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The audience at the Lumiere festival was in the mood for love, with Cannes topper Thierry Fremaux, directors Olivier Assayas and Bertrand Tavernier and actress Isabelle Adjani celebrating director Wong Kar-Wai in a lavish ceremony Friday night in Lyon.

The ceremony was marked by emotional speeches — Assayas (who is divorced from In the Mood for Love star Maggie Cheung) called Wong “a grand poet of cinema” — and raucous routines.

Zhang Ziyi sent a video message, telling her The Grandmaster director that he “should get awards everyday.”

His longtime cinematographer Christopher Doyle also took to the stage in a funny, »

- Rhonda Richford

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'Transparent's' Jeffrey Tambor to Be Honored at Israel Film Festival

15 hours ago

Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor will be honored with the 2017 Iff Achievement in Television Award at the 31st Israel Film Festival’s opening night gala, which will be held Nov. 5 at the Steve Tisch Cinema Center at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.

The fest will present its 2017 Iff Cinematic Achievement Award to Israeli film star Lior Ashkenazi, winner of this year’s Israeli Academy Ophir Award as best actor for his work in Foxtrot.

The fest’s opening night film is Yariv Mozer’s documentary Ben-Gurion, Epilogue, winner of this year’s Ophir Award for best documentary, and will screen following the award »

- Gregg Kilday

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'Where's the Money': Film Review

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A light comedy that dabbles in racial commentary but pulls in too many directions simultaneously, Scott Zabielski's Where's the Money puts a Vine celebrity in the lead and finds that mastery of a six-second video format is no predictor of big-screen success. Andrew "King Bach" Bachelor is amiable but hardly star material here, playing a young man whose hunt for buried treasure forces him to infiltrate a college fraternity. Commercial prospects are slim, but helped by a supporting cast including Method Man, Terry Crews, and others.

Bachelor plays Del, a South Central slacker who runs a small gym with his »

- John DeFore

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How to Fix Hollywood's Toxic Gender Exclusion Problem (Guest Column)

15 hours ago

Rachel Feldman, a director, screenwriter, and activist, is the former chair of the DGA Women’s Steering Committee and has taught directing at The USC School of Cinematic Arts. 

Hollywood’s female filmmakers are hoping that the current spate of scandal exposures will challenge other entrenched sexist toxicities. Employment exclusion based on gender discrimination is certainly not sexual abuse, but it is cruel, torturous, and an oppression that asserts power over women and strips them of their dignity. It’s also illegal. Sexual harassment and gender discrimination are difficult to pin down and when called out — often denied. We can »

- Rachel Feldman

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AFI Fest to Pay Tribute to Errol Morris

15 hours ago

Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris will be honored with a tribute at the upcoming AFI Fest, following a screening of his latest project Wormwood.

The American Film Institute’s annual festival also announced today that three centerpiece gala screenings have been slated for Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, James Franco’s The Disaster Artist and Scott Cooper’s Hostiles.

The gala screenings will take place at the Tcl Chinese Theatre while the Morris tribute will be hold at the Egyptian Theatre on Nov. 11.

Wormwood is a six-part Netflix original about one man’s 60-year quest to discover the circumstances around his »

- Gregg Kilday

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