[Interview] How An Eighties-inspired Power Ballad in ‘FROZEN 2’ Battles Toxic Masculinity

[Interview] How An Eighties-inspired Power Ballad in ‘FROZEN 2’ Battles Toxic Masculinity

Inspired by Chicago and Bryan Adams love-lorn ballads, Kristoff’s song powers up ingenious concepts.

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[Fresh of Blu-ray] Eastwood crime classic gets a 4K touch-up from Kino Lorber

[Fresh of Blu-ray] Eastwood crime classic gets a 4K touch-up from Kino Lorber

Film distribution company Kino Lorber laces November’s home viewing with edgy crime thrillers and wacky comedies.

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[Interview] ‘EVERYBODY’S EVERYTHING’ directors discuss the life and times of Lil’ Peep

[Interview] ‘EVERYBODY’S EVERYTHING’ directors discuss the life and times of Lil’ Peep

Lil Peep born “ Gustav Ahr” is an artist that’s gone too soon. His influence left an immediate impact on the music industry with a distinct brand of goth-trap that was a brutally honest portrayal of teenage angst that rose above being just youthful sorrow, Ahr tapped into humanity that was a snapshot of his and our darkest and most triumphant emotions. The documentary EVERYBODY’S EVERYTHING directed by Sebastian Jones and Ramez Silyan gives a peek behind the curtain on the world Ahr created by giving little pieces of himself in his music and to his friends, family, and fans. At only 21 years old Ahr’s legacy and singular personality are captured in this documentary that stands as an elegy for an artist as well as a cultural snapshot for a unique time in American music.

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[Review] ‘THE REPORT’ a riveting political drama that’s interested in just the facts

[Review] ‘THE REPORT’ a riveting political drama that’s interested in just the facts

Adam Driver continues an exceptional year of performances and film with his upcoming political drama THE REPORT.

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Houston Cinema Arts Festival brings the most exciting lineup in years, including ‘MARRIAGE STORY’ and ‘WAVES’

Houston Cinema Arts Festival brings the most exciting lineup in years, including ‘MARRIAGE STORY’ and ‘WAVES’

The Houston Cinema Arts Festival, celebrating its 11th year, is embarking on a new journey that features its centerpiece films and Oscar hopefuls, but largely provides a crossover platform for artists experimenting with the medium and showcasing the diversity the city has to offer.

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[Fresh on Blu-ray] ‘THE DAYTRIPPERS’, ‘SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS’ and ‘APPRENTICE TO MURDER’

[Fresh on Blu-ray] ‘THE DAYTRIPPERS’, ‘SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS’ and ‘APPRENTICE TO MURDER’

This week’s Blu-ray releases share a common theme about human connection, whether it is a romance between lovers, the evolution of friendship or the horrors within a family.

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[Interview] ‘FROZEN 2’ Helps Kids Understand The Changing World Around Them

[Interview] ‘FROZEN 2’ Helps Kids Understand The Changing World Around Them

FROZEN 2’s characters and their situations are evolving, which means some deeper, darker stakes.

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[Interview] All about Jacob Tremblay’s big moment in ‘DOCTOR SLEEP’

[Interview] All about Jacob Tremblay’s big moment in ‘DOCTOR SLEEP’

Adorable actor Jacob Tremblay has a pivotal moment in DOCTOR SLEEP – and we have the details from Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy.

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[Interview] How Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings” got FROZEN greenlit

[Interview] How Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings” got FROZEN greenlit

Courtney Howard // Film Critic Before there was a power ballad in FROZEN to belt out to the universe, stars Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell had to prove their vocal chemistry to Disney studio executives. Those in power had gathered together to decide whether or not to give directors Chris...

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[Review] ‘LAST CHRISTMAS’ – Yuletide Jeers

[Review] ‘LAST CHRISTMAS’ – Yuletide Jeers

In the words of George Michael’s “Praying For Time,” when it comes to LAST CHRISTMAS, “It’s hard to love, there’s so much to hate.”

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[Interview] Mike Flanagan & Trevor Macy find harmonious balance between two masterpieces with ‘DOCTOR SLEEP’

[Interview] Mike Flanagan & Trevor Macy find harmonious balance between two masterpieces with ‘DOCTOR SLEEP’

Filmmaker Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy also talk about phobias and the pitfalls of digital mimicry.

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[Interview] What you won’t see in ‘FROZEN 2’

[Interview] What you won’t see in ‘FROZEN 2’

FROZEN 2 hopes to continue not doing something other animated films of its ilk do.

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[Video Interview] stars Ed Skrein and Luke Kleintank capture courage and sacrifice in ‘MIDWAY’

[Video Interview] stars Ed Skrein and Luke Kleintank capture courage and sacrifice in ‘MIDWAY’

Fresh Fiction film reporter Preston Barta sat down with Ed Skrein and Luke Kleintank, who portray two American men who helped change the course of history, recently in Dallas to talk about the theme of sacrifice and what we can learn from it, the multi-perspective aspect of its storytelling, and how these two individuals fashioned a genuine bond for their characters.

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16 Spoiler-Free Things We’ve Learned About ‘FROZEN II’

16 Spoiler-Free Things We’ve Learned About ‘FROZEN II’

Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven and Olaf will soon be returning to the silver screen in FROZEN II – and we have the details!

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[Interview] How FROZEN 2’s power ballad “Into The Unknown” makes itself known

[Interview] How FROZEN 2’s power ballad “Into The Unknown” makes itself known

FROZEN 2’s poignant big number has a lot going on: What’s Elsa wearing? What’s her drive? And who’s the singer behind callback siren vocal? We have the answers!

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Fantastic Fest closed the book on another great year with Rian Johnson’s ‘KNIVES OUT’

Fantastic Fest closed the book on another great year with Rian Johnson’s ‘KNIVES OUT’

Fresh Fiction attended the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. But we also didn’t miss Knives Out’s stateside introduction at Fantastic Fest. Director Rian Johnson and actor Noah Segan walked the red carpet, and it’s where we caught up with the talents to discuss how the film couldn’t be more fit for 2019 as well as what makes the relationship between Johnson and Segan so lasting.

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[TIFF Review] ‘WAVES’- a youthful opera about family and choices

[TIFF Review] ‘WAVES’- a youthful opera about family and choices

Emerging filmmaker Trey Edward Shults’ trajectory has been rising. His first two films, KRISHA and the lesser IT COMES AT NIGHT, packed a wallop and put him on the map. His latest, WAVES, is his most complete vision. Shults, who worked with Terrence Mallick earlier this decade, took all of Mallick’s best qualities and put them into a bombastic piece of work that’s bursting at the seams with youthful energy.

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[TIFF Review] ‘MARRIAGE STORY’ – Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver hit career highs in powerful drama

[TIFF Review] ‘MARRIAGE STORY’ – Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver hit career highs in powerful drama

Noah Baumbach’s MARRIAGE STORY is a deeply personal film about a disintegrating marriage. It equally shows both sides with compassion, understanding and (ultimately) frustration. The story doesn’t place blame on either one of its protagonists, and it’s a wonderfully helpful tutorial guide for couples to cope with their feelings together.

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[TIFF Review] ‘UNCUT GEMS’- Adam Sandler goes off the rails in the Safdie brothers’ delirious crime-comedy

[TIFF Review] ‘UNCUT GEMS’- Adam Sandler goes off the rails in the Safdie brothers’ delirious crime-comedy

Adam Sandler has turned in a fair share of cringe-worthy characters over his 30-year career. His performance in UNCUT GEMS, however, is a diamond in the rough. In Josh and Benny Safdie’s follow-up to their excellent dirty New York crime-comedy GOOD TIME, the sibling directors steer Sandler toward a commanding use of his energy.

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[TIFF Review] ‘FORD v FERRARI’- Matt Damon and Christian Bale go vroom-vroom in this bland sports drama

[TIFF Review] ‘FORD v FERRARI’- Matt Damon and Christian Bale go vroom-vroom in this bland sports drama

FORD v FERRARI is a movie made for the bygone era. It’s a sports drama that’s an eye-rolling look at the spirit of competition. Coming off of LOGAN, director James Mangold chronicles the saga of the Ford motor company’s ventures into the world of endurance racing, and it’s a real clunker – a true meat and potatoes film with an outdated look at its subject matter.

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[TIFF Review] ‘KNIVES OUT’ – Rian Johnson’s sleight-of-hand mystery hits like a brick with all its fun surprises

[TIFF Review] ‘KNIVES OUT’ – Rian Johnson’s sleight-of-hand mystery hits like a brick with all its fun surprises

James Clay // Film Critic KNIVES OUT Rated R, 130 minutes.Director: Rian JohnsonCast: Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Toni Collette, Ana de Armas, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Noah Segan and Christopher Plummer TORONTO – Mysteries play out with hilarity in Rian Johnson’s incredibly entertaining whodunit, KNIVES OUT. The...

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[TIFF Review] ‘HONEY BOY’- Shia LaBeouf’s personal story works as a universally recognizable therapy session

[TIFF Review] ‘HONEY BOY’- Shia LaBeouf’s personal story works as a universally recognizable therapy session

HONEY BOY is a film that’s giving men a chance to work through their emotions from the inside out. It’s not about what’s existing on the exterior, but how to examine the egomania on the inside. LaBeouf’s love letter to himself is an extremely raw film. It could very well provide catharsis for many viewers as well.

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[TIFF Review] ‘A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD’ – Tom Hanks is trustworthy as ever in this flawed Mr. Rogers biopic

[TIFF Review] ‘A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD’ – Tom Hanks is trustworthy as ever in this flawed Mr. Rogers biopic

In this film, Mr. Rogers spreads his wisdom around like fairy dust as he pops in with his oddly detached, yet sage advice. Heller’s film doesn’t have any magical realism elements. As influential the memory of Rogers is in the minds of millions of people, her film options him into an all-knowing presence.

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