Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF)

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Neon Demon: High-fashion horror never looked so (bloody) good

Confirmed. Neon Demon will play Cannes, and, today, the first trailer dropped for director Nicolas Winding Refn's follow-up to Only God Forgives and Drive. The ninety second glimpse looks pure Refn. And that is to say, visually stunning. Elle Fanning stars, and we can only guess at this point that playing...
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Director Tom McCarthy on ‘Spotlight’, “If we increase awareness, we’ve done our job as story-tellers”

Legacy journalism and new media. Oscar-winning film 'Spotlight' is about more than just scandal. Watch as director Tom McCarthy talks about the future of news reporting.
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Golden Globe Winner: Brie Larson ROOM Interview (Video)

For Brie Larson being trapped in a room wasn't so bad after all. The newly minted Golden Globe winner (best actress) spoke to Stark Insider about the film that's been short-listed by many as one of the best of the past year. "There's so many reference points," she says. "It...
Son of Saul - Independent Film Review

Film Review: ‘Son of Saul’ spectacularly well made, expectedly heart-wrenching

Son of Saul (Saul fia). Google this Hungarian film, and attend a screening where and whenever you can. Dubbed a holocaust film this is as raw and unnerving an experience as you can get. At least that was my experience at a special screening of the film during the Mill Valley Film...
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Sundance 2016 film lineup announced

Above: Craig Roberts and Paul Rudd in The Revised Fundamentals of Caring. Dir: Rob Burnett, USA. Sundance has revealed the lineup for the 2016 edition of its esteemed film festival. Once again look for high profile narratives, episodic works, shorts, and documentaries, along with assorted filmmaker panels. By my estimation 17...
Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson in 'Room'.

Uplifting ‘Room’ wins over audiences at MVFF (Award Round-Up)

The votes are in. Organizers say Room was named the overall audience favorite at this year's Mill Valley Film Festival. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson, the film is a dark, yet uplifting (and unique) look at childhood as told through the eyes of a 5-year old boy (Jacob Tremblay). His "Ma" (a...
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Watch: Carey Mulligan fights to vote in “overdue film” SUFFRAGETTE (Video)

Hard to believe, but it was only less than a century ago that women first earned the right to vote (on the same terms as men). In England, as depicted here in the film Suffragette, thanks to the Representation of the People Act, in 1928. And, in the U.S., with the...
Spotlight - Film Review

All-star cast propels ‘Spotlight’ (Review)

Mark Ruffalo. Michael Keaton. Rachel McAdams. Liev Schreiber. John Slattery. Stanley Tucci. Together, in one movie? Yes. That would be Spotlight. And it's a monster. Tom McCarthy's newsroom drama will surely go down as one of the year's best films. Based on true events surrounding the take-down of the Catholic Church in...
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Brie Larson is Trapped in ROOM – Interview at MVFF (Video)

Stark Insider is on location at the Mill Valley Film Festival. In this episode, Brie Larson talks about Room, and losing her (inner) child. "It's very similar to Plato's 'Cave' allegory." Brie Larson lit up San Francisco last night at the premiere for her new film Room. But it wasn't just her...
Miss You Already - Film Review

Film Review: Toni Collette lends ‘Miss You Already’ star power

Director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) said that she wanted to ensure that Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette bonded before shooting began. As she has done so often before, during pre-production she invited the actors to her home for several readings, and rehearsals, in hopes a relationship would bloom; one that...