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The Best Directorial Debuts of 2014

 

While we discuss a breadth of films each year, few things give us more pleasure than the arrival of bold, new voices in the world of filmmaking. It’s why we venture to film festivals and pore over a variety of different features in order to bring to light emerging talent. This year was an especially notable time for new directors making their stamp and today we’re highlighted the fifteen debuts that most impressed us.

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10 Wide Releases in 2014 That Exceeded Expectations

 

Despite the output of hundreds of features per year, Hollywood’s slate of wide releases can often feel like a barren wasteland of retreaded material. While much of our year-end coverage will be focusing on the overlooked gems, today we’re kicking things off with the few wide releases that surprised us in these past twelve months.

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Recommended Discs & Deals of the Week: ‘Safe,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Frank,’ and More

 

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. If we were provided screener copies, we’ll have our own write-up, but if that’s not the case, one can find official descriptions from the distributors. Check out […]

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New to Streaming: ‘Thief,’ ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin,’ ‘The Skeleton Twins,’ ‘Magic in the Moonlight,’ and More

 

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming […]

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NYC Weekend Watch: Sunshine Noir, The Blacklist, ‘Gremlins’ & More

 

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not […]

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Liv Ullmann Talks the Struggles and Triumphs of Crafting ‘Miss Julie’

 

It’s no great surprise that a screen legend’s latest behind-the-camera effort would result in one of 2014′s finest actor showcases. Miss Julie, as directed by Liv Ullmann, takes place almost entirely in one home — and about 80% of its time in that home is centered in a single room — and often consists of […]

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‘L’Aventurra’ Hits Criterion: The Metaphor of Absences From Antonioni to Assayas

 

Due to the nature of the relationship between these films, spoilers follow for L’Avventura and Clouds of Sils Maria. “Cinema needed that scene to exist, this thing to be affirmed.” This is how Olivier Assayas describes cinema’s great non-moment: the disappearance of Anna in L’Avventura, Michelangelo Antonioni’s deservedly canonical breakthrough. Now out in a pristine […]

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Recommended Discs & Deals of the Week: ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,’ ‘In the Loop,’ ‘Do the Right Thing,’ and More

 

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. If we were provided screener copies, we’ll have our own write-up, but if that’s not the case, one can find official descriptions from the distributors. Check out […]

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10 Films to See In December

 

We’ve arrived at the final month of the year and, as our various wrap-ups arrive over the coming weeks (see them all here), there’s still a handful of worthwhile features to seek out. Among them is perhaps the finest film of 2014, a batch of festival favorites (mostly from this year’s Cannes), and one of […]

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