Film Podcast: Annie, Mr. Turner, Big Eyes, and So Much More

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Mr. Turner
We begin this week's Voice Film Club podcast with a strange story about Giles Corey, who famously said, "More weight!" as stones were laid upon him during his witch trial. The end of the year is sort of like that for film critics, who are pressed upon with all the Very Important Movies of the Year. Your hosts Alan Scherstuhl, Stephanie Zacharek, and Amy Nicholson run down many of the movies coming out soon, including:

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Pulling The Interview Marks the End of Free Speech in Hollywood

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Kim Jong Un (Randall Park) calls the shots in The Interview -- and in reality.
Sony's official announcement that the studio will no longer release Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's North Korean comedy The Interview closes with the line, "We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression."

So what's it like when they don't?

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Seth Rogen Canceled All Public Appearances -- But First He Spoke to the Village Voice

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The Interview: The interview

Update: Sony Pictures has now canceled the release of The Interview entirely. A statement from the studio is below, at the end of this post.

Original Post:

Tuesday, December 16, brought news that Seth Rogen, co-writer, co-director, and co-star of lightning-rod satire The Interview, had canceled all media appearances in advance of the Christmas Day nationwide release of the movie, whose entirely fictional plot centers on a CIA plan to assassinate North Korea's real-life Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un. Rogen and co-star James Franco had been set to appear on BuzzFeed Brews in New York on Tuesday, and one or both were scheduled as guests later in the week on, among other shows, Late Night With Seth Meyers and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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Amy Nicholson's Ten Best Movies of 2014

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Here are movie moments from 2014 I'll never forget: Gugu Mbatha-Raw's sad pop tart smacking her ass in Beyond the Lights, the sickroom choked with flowers in Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo, Oscar Isaac and Kirsten Dunst's Greek island all-nighter in The Two Faces of January, and the entire soundtrack of Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo's Begin Again, which I've hummed every week since. But hard choices must be made. The movies that made it through to my annual top ten represent a full range of what the cinema can offer--and as such, I'm presenting them as awards. Click on the movie's title to read the full review.

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Stephanie Zacharek's Top 10 Movies of 2014

Categories: Film and TV, Lists

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Adult World
"If everything were great, nothing would be great."

That line, from Scott Coffey's smart and sweetly entertaining Adult World, is one of my favorite bits of movie dialogue this year, not least because it's applicable to every movie genre -- actually, every genre of everything. But in the movie world especially, this is the time of year when those of us who care about this thriving, ever-changing art form need to take stock, make ruthless choices, and come up with some sort of a ranking that reflects the greatest movies of the year. Now: How to define "greatest"? Personally, I prefer a freewheeling and joyous approach. What movies haunted me for days, weeks, or longer? Which ones brought me that ever-elusive figurative cask of jewels known as delight? Which movies made me laugh, even on the grimmest of days? If everything were great, nothing would be great. But however I define "greatness," in 2014, these movies came up at the top of the heap. Click on the movie's title to read the full review.

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Movies Podcast: Here's Why We Love Chris Rock's Top Five

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Chris Rock in Top Five
We begin this week's Voice Film Club podcast with a Thomas Pynchon story, before hosts Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, and Amy Nicholson of LA Weekly, move on to Paul Thomas Anderson's movie adaption of Pynchon's Inherent Vice. It's "in some ways a godawful mess, indulgent in a way a less-respected director would never be able to get away with. And it's two and a half hours long not because it needs to be, but because it can be," writes Stephanie Zacharek in her review. The middle movie this week is Chris Rock's Top Five, a film that we love. Skip to 21:20 to hear that segment. The show wraps up with Exodus, starring Christian Bale. "The only way Bale's Moses could be the humblest man alive is if the rest of the planet were killed," writes Nicholson in her review. Do Alan and Stephanie agree?

Film Podcast: Star Wars! The Return of Droids and the Millennium Falcon

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Wake up, Force!
If we're honest with ourselves, the teaser-trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens looks better than the original Star Wars movies. That's how this week's Voice Film Club podcast opens, with your hosts Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of LA Weekly. Talk then turns to Reese Witherspoon's excellent performance in Wild, and then to director Jennifer Kent's spectacular, terrifying new film The Babadook. The group wraps by recommending a few underrated or under-seen films: Zero Motivation, Concerning Violence, and Life Partners. Amy closes the show with a recap of her interview with Garfield creator Jim Davis, who finally settles it: Does Jon ever actually hear Garfield, or is Jon just talking to himself?

Seven Indie Movies out This Weekend You Don't Know About but Should

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Each week new movies open in New York (and online) by the dozen. The Voice reviews all of 'em. Here are some you might not have heard about that got our critics excited, for better or worse:

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Watch History's Most Sexist Local News Dude Report on the 1970 National Women's Strike

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One of 2014's best films, Mary Dore's She's Beautiful When She's Angry is an urgent, illuminating dive into the headwaters of second-wave feminism, the movement that -- no matter what its detractors insist -- has fundamentally shaped most aspects of our lives today.


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Has Jennifer Lawrence Outgrown Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games?

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Jennifer Lawrence in Mockingjay
Can The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 keep up with the first two films? Why was the final book split into two movies? Does Katniss even want to be part of this revolution? On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we discuss all things Hunger Games before moving on to a documentary about Sheffield, England's Pulp, and finishing with a recommendation for Happy Valley, a documentary on the fallout after the Penn State scandal. Be sure to follow our hosts on Twitter: Alan Scherstuhl (@studiesincrap), Stephanie Zacharek (@szacharek), and Amy Nicholson (@theamynicholson).

Here's a full rundown of the show:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (11:50)
Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (31:00)
Happy Valley (35:46)

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