Like your movies smart and funny? See ‘The Big Sick’

Opening this weekend: Culture-clash rom-com The Big Sick, which has critics cheering, and Civil War drama The Beguiled from Sofia Coppola. Last weekend, the scarifying It Comes at Night won qualified praise; Disney/Pixar franchise Cars 3 dominated the box office. Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Godot, continues to fill theaters. Check movie showtimes today in 12 cities


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Nicole Kidman in “The Beguiled”

Movie showtimes today in 12 U.S. cities


86 The Big Sick – Pakistan-born comedian (Kumail Nanjiani) connects with Chicago grad student (Zoe Kazan) despite clash of family cultures. “By turns romantic, rueful, and hilarious” Geoff Berkshire, Variety trailer

77 The Beguiled – Wounded Civil War soldier is taken in by a Virginia girls’ school. With Kirsten Dunst and Nicole Kidman. Directed by Sofia Coppola. “Mildly saucy, poetically made parable” — Dave Calhoun, Time Out trailer


76 Wonder Woman, epic story of Amazon princess Diana (Gal Godot) is first superhero saga both about a woman and directed by one (Patty Jenkins). It almost transcends big-budget genre constraints. trailer

98 I Am Not Your Negro – Brilliant, Oscar-nominated James Baldwin documentary. “Masterfully addresses the American racial divide, thrumming with a sense of history repeating itself.” –Joshua Rothkopf trailer

79 The Lost City of Z [R] – True-life story of British explorer who disappeared in the Amazon. trailer

75 Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer – Small-time operator (Richard Gere) befriends a young politican down on his luck. trailer



Gal Godot is “Wonder Woman”

1. Cars 3 [G] – Animated race-car sequel from Disney/Pixar.
2. Wonder Woman [PG-13] – Epic story of Amazon princess Diana (Gal Godot) is first superhero saga both about a woman and directed by one.
3. All Eyez on Me [R] – The life and death of rapper Tupac Shakur.
4. The Mummy [PG-13] – Ancient queen (Sofia Boutella) wakes up angry in the present day. With Tom Cruise.
5. 47 Meters Down [PG-13] – Adventurous girls (Mandy Moore, Claire Holt) go shark-diving on vacation in Mexico.


June 28Baby Driver – Talented getaway driver meets the girl of his dreams. Complications ensue.
July 7A Ghost Story – Deceased husband returns as white-sheeted ghost to reconnect with his widow. Features Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck.
October 20Wonderstruck – Director Todd Haynes’ soul-stirring stories of two deaf pre-teens.
November 17Last Flag Flying, lyrical road movie about three Vietnam-era Navy veterans (Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne) directed by Richard Linklater.


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Brief takes from the year’s major festivals. See Poor Stuart’s full festival calendars


September 1, 2017Telluride Film Festival, Telluride CO
Telluride Film Festival 2016Film selections not announced until opening day.
2016 recap:
Patron preview: La La Land“Writer-director Damien Chazelle revives the all-singing, all-dancing MGM musical” (Larry Gross) with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and composer Justin Hurwitz.
Premieres: Clint Eastwood’s Sully with Tom Hanks and Laura Linney, and Moonlight from writer-director Barry Jenkins.
Tributes: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), Amy Adams (Arrival) and Pablo Larrain (director, Neruda).
September 7-17Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
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2016 recap: Writer-director Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, the retro musical with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, dominated the festival chatter. Arrival and Moonlight built momentum, and Pablo Larrain’s Jackie, starring Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy, made a high-profile debut.
September 28 – October 15, 2017New York Film Festival, New York, NY
new york film festivalOpening night: Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying (world premiere Sep 28).
2016 recap: Opening night: The 13th, searing documentary by Ava DuVernay (director of Selma in 2014) about America’s sky-high prison incarceration rate. Featured: 20th Century Women, directed by Mark Mills. Closing night: The Lost City of Z, a period drama by James Gray set in the Amazon.


Jan 19-Jan 29, 2017Sundance Film Festival, Park City UT #sundance
sundance-film-festival U.S. Grand Jury Prizes – I don’t feel at home in this world anymore (drama), about a nursing assistant who investigates a break-in at her home, and Dina (documentary), which follows an unlikely romance in Philadelphia. U.S. Audience Awards – Gook (NEXT award), the story of two Korean Americans in LA, and Crown Heights (drama), about righting a wrongful murder conviction.
Despite power outage and cyberhack on box office systems, buzz was building for Landline and Al Gore in An Inconvenient Sequel.
2016 recap: U.S. Grand Jury Prizes – Weiner (documentary), The Birth of a Nation (drama). U.S. Audience Awards – Jim: The James Foley Story (documentary) and The Birth of a Nation.
Feb 9-19, 2017Berlinale – Berlin Film Festival #Berlinale
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Golden Bear (best film): Ildiko Enyedi’s Hungarian drama On Body and Soul, about lovers who work at a slaughterhouse and discover they have the same dreams at night. Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize: Felicite, the story of a singer in Kinshasa, Congo, who is forced to raise money for her son’s operation. World premieres: Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting: T2, James Mangold’s Logan with Hugh Jackman, Korean director Hong Sangsoo’s On the Beach Alone at Night, Volker Schlondorff’s Return To Montauk, and Viceroy’s House from Gurinder Chadha.
Mar 10-19, 2017SXSW Film Conference & Festival, Austin TX
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Narrative grand jury prize: Most Beautiful Island. a thriller about an undocumented immigrant in New York City. Documentary grand jury prize: The Work, directed by Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous which follows three convicts and three civilians in a group therapy program at Folsom Prison. Opening night: Terrence Malick‘s music and love story Song to Song, with Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett. Closing night: Sci-fi space saga Life with Jake Gyllenhaal.
2016 recap: Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!! opened the festival. Adam Pinney’s The Arbalest won the narrative grand jury prize. Keith Maitland’s Tower won the top documentary prize.
Apr 19-Apr 30, 2017Tribeca Film Festival, New York NY
Tribeca Film Festival 2017Opening night: Documentary feature Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives. Closing night: Screening and cast reunion of The Godfather and The Godfather Part II including director Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and Robert De Niro. At Radio City Music Hall.
May 17–28, 2017Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, France #Cannes2017
festival de cannes film 2017The Square, a satire of the art world, won the Palme D’Or. Notable entries: Wonderstruck from Todd Haynes [review] and The Beguiled from Sofia Coppola [review].
2016 recap: Palme d’Or: I, Daniel Blake, from British director Ken Loach, about a British carpenter struggling to keep his benefits after a heart attack. Notable screenings out of competition: Woody Allen’s Cafe Society, set in 1930s Hollywood, Steven Spielberg’s The BFG starring Mark Rylance, and Jim Jarmusch documentary about Iggy Pop, Gimme Danger.