An electrifying feature debut for writer-helmer Eric Eason, “Manito” chronicles 48 hours in the lives of a Washington Heights Latino family. Furiously paced — just shy of the sensory-overload point — pic duly merits comparison to its spiritual granddaddy “Mean Streets,” not in the usual imitative sense but rather in the freshness and character acuity.
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An offbeat and imaginative comedy which promises much but ultimately lapses into the conventional, Agustin Diaz Yanes’ long-awaited sophomore effort, “No News From God,” is a far cry from his intense thriller, the multiple award-winning “Nobody Will Speak of Us When We’re Dead” (1995).
A pesky Moroccan djinn starts taking out a group of students who roused it via a Ouija board in “Long Time Dead,” a shake ‘n’ bake British youth-horror pic that’s pure multiplex fare. Tight pacing, a down-to-the-bone storyline and a highly worked soundtrack ensure a decent number of thrills and chills.
A first-time producer has won a court victory against Giants Entertainment and producer David Dadon, who was ordered return $35,000.
WIDE BREAKS January is a big month for awards hopefuls to break out of niche runs and reach mainstream auds. Recently, "A Beautiful Mind" recorded the best wide bow for a January platform over the past five years. This weekend, Sony’s "Black Hawk Down" and "The Shipping News" go wide, with "I Am Sam" skedded…
Revivals are clearly the rage at the Laurence Olivier Awards, with familiar titles dominating the nominations for London legit in 2001.
The Screen Actors Guild, seeking to avoid a war with agents, has softened its stance against easing financial-interest restrictions on tenpercenteries, but a deal by Sunday’s deadline will likely remain elusive.
Gotham-based William Morris lit agent Bill Contardi is ankling after 11 years to become an independent agent.
NBC virtually wrapped up its fall 2002 drama development Thursday, greenlighting six hourlong contenders, while ordering additional scripts of three more potential skeins.
A confluence of factors has made this year’s Sundance Film Festival, winding down Sunday, one of the most active markets in memory for specialty pics.