An overview of twelve films in the 2019 Venice Film Festival that get my thumbs-up vote.
A dispatch from the 2018 Reykjavík International Film Festival covering Sergey Loznitsa's "Donbass" and a Swim-in-Cinema screening of Luc Besson's "The Fifth Element."
Matt writes: Kick off 2018 with RogerEbert.com's compilation of interview highlights from 2017, featuring several of this year's awards season frontrunners, including "Darkest Hour" star Gary Oldman and "Lady Bird" writer/director Greta Gerwig. It also features conversations with artists sorely deserving of more Oscar buzz, such as "Mudbound" director Dee Rees and "The Big Sick" co-writer/star Kumail Nanjiani.
Matt writes: With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, this year's awards season is already in full swing, with various titles vying for Oscar consideration. At RogerEbert.com, we recently reported on the nominees for the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which has often proven to be an indicator of Academy favorites. Jordan Peele's "Get Out" emerged as a frontrunner (alongside Luca Guadagnino's "Call Me By Your Name"), and also received numerous nominations from the NAACP Image Awards.