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The Florida Project

Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017

Willem Dafoe came into "The Florida Project" ready to be transformed, and working in a cheap motel helped him get there.

The 62-year-old actor has been collecting accolades — including a Golden Globe Award nod and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination — for his performance in the Sean...

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

Director/co-writer Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water leads the way with 14 nominations for the Critics Choice Movie Awards. Broadcast Film Critics Association voters have the movie up for such honors as Best Picture, Director, Actress (Sally Hawkins), Supporting Actress (Octavia...

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

Lady Bird and The Florida Project each won two honors at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. The marquee Best Picture mantle went to Lady Bird which also scored Best Actress for Saoirse Ronan.

Meanwhile The Florida Project earned Best...

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

The nominations for the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards were unveiled with five features up for Best Picture: Call Me by Your Name; The Florida Project; Get Out; Lady Bird; and The Rider.

Four of those six films also garnered Best Director...

Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

While the Cliff Notes’ version of writer/producer/director/editor Sean Baker’s filmography often first points to his revolutionary use of the iPhone camera to lens the critically acclaimed feature Tangerine, it’s about time to get past that breakthrough which in the big picture is a...

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

Director/writer Jordan Peele’s Get Out (Universal Pictures) topped the field of nominations for the 2017 Gotham Awards, Independent Feature Project’s (IFP) annual competition honoring indie film. Get Out scored four nods: Best Feature, Breakthrough Director and Screenplay (both...

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

Sean Baker's "The Florida Project" takes place in a blindingly purple low-budget motel named the Magic Castle, just down Route 192 from Disney's Magic Kingdom. For the children of single parents who live there, the Kissimmee, Florida, motel is a playground — even if they're living in poverty....

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

Not too far from the gates of the Walt Disney World Resort, where families are promised "enchanted escapes" and "fun" and "magic" and where day tickets start at a cool $99 a person, is a discount motel off a busy street called The Magic Castle.

It's painted in garish shades of lavender...

Monday, Aug. 28, 2017

FBI battles with the White House. Revelatory government leaks on the front page. Soldiers haunted by unwinnable wars. Courtroom clashes over civil rights.

Movies take years to make, but many of this fall's films may feel almost preternaturally programmed for the President Trump era. Some...

Friday, May. 26, 2017

It's a long way from May in France to February in Los Angeles, but the Cannes Film Festival has often been a breeding ground for Academy Awards campaigns.

The Oscars aren't much on the minds of the filmmakers or attendees in Cannes; the festival is its own achievement, with nearly as much...

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