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In theaters: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ casts its spell

Twenty million Disney (and Emma Watson) fans swarmed theaters last weekend for the remake of Beauty and the Beast. Sci-fi space thriller Life with Jake Gyllenhaal rolls out this weekend. Danny Boyle’s T2: Trainspotting opens in limited locations.

WORTH SEEING IN THEATERS

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Alex Hibbert in “Moonlight”

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Elle [R] – Black comedy-thriller of a successful businesswoman (Isabelle Huppert) who tries to track down the man who raped her. Directed by Paul Verhoeven. In French. trailer

Get Out [R] – Young black man visits his white girlfriend’s mysterious family estate.

I Am Not Your Negro – Oscar-nominated James Baldwin documentary. trailer

La La Land – Aspiring actress (Emma Stone) and jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) chase their Hollywood dreams in refreshingly retro movie musical. Directed by Damien Chazelle. Nominated for Best Picture trailer

Moana [PG] – Animated musical adventures of a new Disney princess, Moana, who sails the South Pacific in search of a fabled island. trailer

Moonlight [NR] – Spell-binding love story of gay African-American coming of age in inner-city Miami. Directed by Barry Jenkins. “Like Brokeback Mountain a decade ago, Moonlight is a piece of art that will transform lives long after it leaves theaters” — Gregory Ellwood
Oscar Winner, Best Picture trailer

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Adam Driver in “Paterson”

Paterson [R] – Poetry and dreams fill the life of a Paterson, New Jersey bus driver (Adam Driver). Wryly rendered by director Jim Jarmusch. trailer

The Salesman [PG-13] – Iranian couple, performers in “Death of a Salesman,” experience a nasty incident when they move to a new apartment. Academy Award winner, Best Foreign Film trailer

MOST POPULAR

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Kong: Skull Island

1. Beauty and the Beast (2017) [PG] – Live-action remake of Disney’s love story of young woman (Emma Watson) and monstrous prince.
2. Kong: Skull Island [PG-13] – Explorers encounter Kong on an uncharted island in the Pacific. Brie Larson is ape’s special girl.
3. Logan [R] – World-weary Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) cares for ailing professor (Patrick Stewart) and young mutant (Dafne Keen) pursued by dark forces. Moody, violent, surprising departure from comic-book conventions.
4. Get Out [R] – Young black man visits his white girlfriend’s mysterious family estate.
5. The Shack [PG-13] – Depressed family man meets God (Octavia Spencer) at a shack in the Oregon wilderness.

COMING UP

March 31The Blackcoat’s Daughter [R] – Stylishly spooky tale at Catholic girls’ boarding school.
March 31The Zookeeper’s Wife [PG-13] – Warsaw Ghetto war drama, with Jessica Chastain.
April 14The Lost City of Z [R] – Historical drama in the Amazon.

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FILM FESTIVALS

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 2017Closing night, April 29 – 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.
2016 recap: Opening night: Best Narrative Feature: Dean, directed by Dimetri Martin. Best International Narrative Feature: Junction 28, written and directed by Udi Aloni. Best Documentary Feature: Do Not Resist, directed by Craig Atkinson.
May 17–28, 2017Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, France #Cannes2016
cannes film festival palme d'or2016 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.
September 2017Telluride Film Festival, Telluride CO
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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 – October 2017New York Film Festival, New York, NY
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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.