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Posted by Emma McClatchey |
‘Call Me By Your Name’ will have you lusting after summer — and an Oscar win for Timothée Chalamet

FIlmScene's newest (and inevitably Oscar-nominated) featured film is full of Italian sunlight, adolescent longing and stellar chemistry. You'll never look at peaches the same.

Posted by Jaret Morlan |
A story divided: I, TONYA’s deft perspective shifts

I, Tonya Film Scene -- opens Friday, Jan. 12 Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding. -- video still For people of a certain age, the 1994 incident involving Olympic figure skater...

Posted by Leah Vonderheide |
A-List: ‘Saving Brinton’ explores a forgotten chapter of the silent film era

Setting up in small towns from Minnesota to Texas, the Brintons’ traveling cinema show was for most Midwesterners of the era a first encounter with moving images. Unfortunately, in 1919,...

Posted by Leah Vonderheide |
The smiling ‘Lady Macbeth’ — stark period horror comes to Film Scene

On their wedding night, Katherine’s husband, Alexander, asks if she is cold, and asserts, “This house gets very cold.” But Katherine smiles at him reassuringly and insists in earnest, “I’m...

Posted by Jon Burke |
Interview: Filmmaker David Byars discusses the Patriot movement ahead of Vino Vérité’s screening of ‘No Man’s Land’

This Sunday, July 9, documentarian David Byars is bringing his incendiary new film, No Man’s Land, to FilmScene as part of the Vino Vérité series, presented by FilmScene, 'Little Village'...

Posted by Jon Burke |
Tight, entertaining ‘Colossal’ makes its own rules

Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo’s latest film, Colossal, is at once an intimate substance abuse drama and a kaiju-style creature feature. Much like his previous feature films, including Timecrimes (2007) and...

Posted by Scott Samuelson |
After Birth: With Nate Parker’s ‘The Birth of a Nation,’ a page has decisively turned

The Birth of a Nation FilmScene -- opens Friday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. A century after D.W. Griffith released The Birth of a Nation (1915), one of the most...

Mad Max: Fury Road screenshot
Posted by Pat Brown |
Oscars Round Up: ‘Fury Road’ has an inventiveness rarely seen in action films

For the final installment of our Oscars Round Up series, Pat Brown gives his take on a film with a staggering 10 Oscar nominations. Second only to 'The Revenant,' 'Mad...

Jacob Tremblay in 'Room'
Posted by Jaret Morlan |
Oscars Round Up: Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘Room’ tugs mercilessly at our perceptions

The LV film team has been loving this series, highlighting Oscar nominees in advance of Sunday’s awards ceremony. First, John Rigby discussed '45 Years,' next was Warren Sprouse's 'Theeb' review...

Brooklyn, directed by John Crowley
Posted by Matthew Byrd |
Oscars Round Up: ‘Brooklyn’ is an intelligent and seductive love story

This week, the LV film team is exploring a few of the nominees for Sunday's 88th Academy Awards. John Rigby kicked off the series with his review of '45 Years,'...

Jacir Eid in 'Theeb'
Posted by Warren Sprouse |
Oscars Round Up: Newcomer Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat is “astonishing” in ‘Theeb’

The LV film team offers up a peek at some of the nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards. Be sure to read the first in this series, John Rigby's review...

Charlotte Rampling in '45 Years'
Posted by John Rigby |
Oscars Round Up: ’45 Years’ a remarkable study in dramatic restraint

With the Academy Awards coming up this Sunday, the LV film team has been reflecting on some of the nominees. Let this week of reviews be your cheat sheet as...

Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' opens Friday, Jan. 22 at FilmScene
Posted by Pat Brown |
Review: Charlie Kaufman’s ‘Anomalisa’ moderates a solipsistic worldview with ‘particularizing quirks’

Anomalisa FilmScene -- Opens Friday, Jan. 22 The notion of the “uncanny valley” is a familiar topic in discussions around video games and computer animation. It’s a relatively simple...

The End of the Tour
Posted by Rachel Z. Arndt |
Talking Movies: ‘The End of the Tour’ aims high, stumbles

Jason Segel plays celebrity author David Foster Wallace. -- still via The End of the Tour The End of the Tour Screening Sept. 4 through Sept. 10 at FilmScene It’s...