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The 2017 Animated Contenders: "Loving Vincent"

by Tim Brayton

Last week, we got word of the 26 films declared eligible for Best Animated Feature at the 90th Academy Awards. That means it's time for the Film Experience's not-quite-annual look at some of the animated contenders that don't have the high profile and financial backing of a big studio affair like Coco or Despicable Me 3. Some of these might possibly be within hunting distance of an Oscar nomination; some, sad to say, won't have a chance in hell. But they're all worthy of attention.

I picked our first subject, Loving Vincent, for no particular reason other than because it's been one of my most-anticipated and because it's done quite well at arthouse theaters suggesting a good deal of interest. As such, it's with some qualified disappointment that I come to tell you all that it's... definitely not great.

 I certainly won't say it's bad. But it's kind
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‘The Breadwinner’ Review: Angelina Jolie Helps Deliver the Best Animated Feature of 2017

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‘The Breadwinner’ Review: Angelina Jolie Helps Deliver the Best Animated Feature of 2017
More imaginative than “Coco,” more soulful than “Moana,” more everything than “Despicable Me 3,” Nora Twomey’s “The Breadwinner” cements Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon as an animation powerhouse worth mentioning alongside the likes of Pixar, Laika, and the great Studio Ghibli. A deeply anguished story that’s told with the same vivid style as Cartoon Saloon’s two previous features, “The Secret of Kells” and “Song of the Sea,” “The Breadwinner” triumphs with a sense of emotional sobriety that strikes far deeper than anything that passes for children’s entertainment in this part of the world — it may be aimed at (older) kids, but it’s certain to hit their parents twice as hard.

Executive produced by Angelina Jolie and adapted from Deborah Ellis’ 2000 novel of the same name, “The Breadwinner” is immediately set apart by its setting. The film begins in Taliban-controlled Kabul, where an 11-year-old girl named Parvana
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new and ongoing dvd & vod releases, UK/Ire, from Nov 13

A simple listing, duplicated from the dvd + vod UK and Ireland page, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).

new dvd+vod The Big Sick Birthright: A War Story Mudbound The Free World I’m planning to watch… Kedi Marjorie Prime Unrest

2017’s films, ranked by maryann

all reviews, 1997–today

recent releases After the Storm The Beguiled Bushwick 500 Years Goldstone A Good American I Am Not a Witch It Comes at Night A Man Called Ove November 8th (aka 11/8/16) The Princess Bride (30th Anniversary Edition) Spider-Man: Homecoming War for the Planet of the Apes Wonder Woman Bad Santa 2 Despicable Me 3 Dough Mean Dreams Baby Driver The Book of Henry Brawl in Cell Block 99 Cars 3 Churchill Fast & Furious 8 (aka The Fate of the Furious) Hampstead The
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Super Mario Bros. Animated Movie Coming from Despicable Me Studio

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It looks like Nintendo is finally going to bring their famous plumbers to the big screen. Well, they may not actually be plumbers anymore, but that's a little beside the point. Nintendo is currently nearing a deal with Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind Despicable Me, to bring a Super Mario Bros. movie to life. Nintendo isn't going to make the same mistakes they've made in the past, as this is set to be an animated feature and not a live-action movie.

A new report claims that "people with knowledge of the discussions" say Nintendo and Illumination are very close to signing a deal that will make this proposed animated Super Mario Bros. movie a reality. Nintendo has been extremely guarded about bringing its properties to Hollywood over the years, but it looks like they may finally be breaking into the movie business. Reports have swirled in regards to Nintendo being
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26 films in the running for the Best Animated Feature Oscar at the Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that 26 films are in contention for the Best Animated Feature Oscar at next year’s 90th Academy Awards. Here’s the full list…

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner

Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie

Cars 3

Cinderella the Cat

Coco

Despicable Me 3

The Emoji Movie

Ethel & Ernest

Ferdinand

The Girl without Hands

In This Corner of the World

The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Loving Vincent

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Moomins and the Winter Wonderland

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

Napping Princess

A Silent Voice

Smurfs: The Lost Village

The Star

Sword Art Online: The Movie – Ordinal Scale

Window Horses The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming

Academy members will vote on the above list, with the nominations set to be
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Despicable Me 3, Coco, The Lego Ninjago Movie Among 26 Animated Films Considered for 90th Oscars

Twenty-six features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 90th Academy Awards®.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

The Boss Baby

“The Breadwinner”

“Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie

Cars 3

“Cinderella the Cat

“Coco”

Despicable Me 3

The Emoji Movie

“Ethel & Ernest”

“Ferdinand”

The Girl without Hands

In This Corner of the World

The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Loving Vincent

“Mary and the Witch’s Flower”

“Moomins and the Winter Wonderland”

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

Napping Princess

A Silent Voice

Smurfs: The Lost Village

“The Star”

Sword Art Online: The Movie – Ordinal Scale”

“Window Horses The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming”

Ferdinand. Tm and © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run.
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Oscars: 26 Animated Movies Submitted for Consideration Include ‘Coco’, ‘The Breadwinner’

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Twenty-six features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 90th Academy Awards. What that means is that these 26 films, some of which are in the process of going through the qualifying steps, will await consideration by the Academy for the nomination process. At most, only five of these films will end up as Oscar nominees, meaning some worthy contenders will sadly not make the cut. There's a pretty stark divide between massively popular performers like The Lego Batman Movie, Despicable Me 3 and the upcoming Pixar picture Coco, while indie and/…
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Pixar’s ‘Coco,’ 2 Lego Movies Top List of 26 Oscars Animation Contenders

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Pixar’s ‘Coco,’ 2 Lego Movies Top List of 26 Oscars Animation Contenders
Twenty-six films have been entered in the Oscars race for Best Animated Feature, more than enough to give the category a full slate of five nominees. The films include Pixar’s “Coco,” which must be considered the closest thing to a front runner at this point; two Lego movies, “The Lego Batman Movie” and “The Lego Ninjago Movie;” DreamWorks Animation’s “The Boss Baby” and “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie;” the sequels “Despicable Me 3,” “Cars 3” and “Smurfs: The Lost Village;” and a large number of indie productions, including “The Breadwinner,” “In This Corner of the World,” “Loving Vincent” and.
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Oscars 2017: 26 Films Could Vie for Best Animated Feature

Oscars 2017: 26 Films Could Vie for Best Animated Feature
There won’t be any problem this year getting five nominees for Best Animated Feature. Twenty-six features were submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 90th Academy Awards. Frontrunners include Disney/Pixar’s Day of the Dead feature “Coco” and the Animation is Film Festival winner “The Breadwinner,” a GKids release backed by Angelina Jolie.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner

“Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie

Cars 3

“Cinderella the Cat

“Coco”

Despicable Me 3

The Emoji Movie

“Ethel & Ernest”

“Ferdinand”

The Girl without Hands

In This Corner of the World

The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Loving Vincent

“Mary and the Witch’s Flower”

“Moomins and the Winter Wonderland”

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

Napping Princess

A Silent Voice

Smurfs: The Lost Village
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Oscars 2017: 26 Films Could Vie for Best Animated Feature

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Oscars 2017: 26 Films Could Vie for Best Animated Feature
There won’t be any problem this year getting five nominees for Best Animated Feature. Twenty-six features were submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 90th Academy Awards. Frontrunners include Disney/Pixar’s Day of the Dead feature “Coco” and the Animation is Film Festival winner “The Breadwinner,” a GKids release backed by Angelina Jolie.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner

“Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie

Cars 3

Cinderella the Cat

“Coco”

Despicable Me 3

The Emoji Movie

“Ethel & Ernest”

“Ferdinand”

The Girl without Hands

In This Corner of the World

The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Loving Vincent

“Mary and the Witch’s Flower”

“Moomins and the Winter Wonderland”

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

Napping Princess

A Silent Voice

Smurfs: The Lost Village
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Oscars: 26 Animated Features Submitted for Academy Consideration

Oscars: 26 Animated Features Submitted for Academy Consideration
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that 26 film have submitted for consideration in this year’s animated feature category.

The submissions are:

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

The Boss Baby

“The Breadwinner”

“Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie

Cars 3

“Cinderella the Cat

“Coco”

Despicable Me 3

The Emoji Movie

(more)“Ethel & Ernest”

“Ferdinand”

The Girl without Hands

In This Corner of the World

The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Loving Vincent

“Mary and the Witch’s Flower”

“Moomins and the Winter Wonderland”

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

Napping Princess

A Silent Voice

Smurfs: The Lost Village

“The Star”

Sword Art Online: The Movie – Ordinal Scale”

“Window Horses The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming”

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Blade Runner 2049 Set to Lose $80M, Is It 2017's Biggest Bomb?

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Blade Runner 2049 Set to Lose $80M, Is It 2017's Biggest Bomb?
The long-awaited sci-fi sequel Blade Runner 2049 was expected by many to continue a strong fall season at the box office, bolstered by Warner Bros.' surprise R-rated adaptation It. But instead, it continued to prove how fickle box office audiences have become. After a weak box office debut of $32.7 million, while underperforming in international markets, a new report claims that the sequel could result in financier Alcon Entertainment losing upwards of $80 million. Alcon founders Broderick Kosove and Andrew Johnson revealed on the eve of the movie's release that it needed to make at least $400 million worldwide, and it will end up falling far short of that mark.

The movie, set 30 years after the events of the original Blade Runner, has earned just $85.7 million domestic and $155 million from international markets, for a worldwide total of $240.7 million. Adding to its woes is the fact that Blade Runner 2049 bombed in China,
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Oscars: Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Arrives as the Animated Feature to Beat

Oscars: Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Arrives as the Animated Feature to Beat
By now Pixar pretty much has it down to a science, both on the screen and on the circuit. With an all-hands method of cracking story, the Emeryville, Calif.-based studio thrives in the marketplace (racking up more than $11 billion in worldwide box office receipts) and consistently dominates the 17-year-old animated feature category at the Academy Awards (claiming eight wins and 10 nominations so far).

The Disney subsidiary’s latest, “Coco,” fits in snuggly with a canon of moving and emotionally resonant storytelling. It also enters a lively animated Oscar race as the one to beat … naturally.

Other top contending films include independent handmade gems like Gkids’ “The Breadwinner” and Good Deed’s “Loving Vincent,” as well as critically approved big-studio efforts like Warner Animation Group’s “The Lego Batman Movie” and DreamWorks’ “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.” But few are likely to strike the same balance as “Coco,” a movie that, like so many
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Universal's Dark Universe in Trouble as Producers Abandon Franchise

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Universal's Dark Universe in Trouble as Producers Abandon Franchise
The Bride of Frankenstein can crawl back into her crypt for a nice long sleep, as it doesn't look like that thriller is moving forward anytime soon. Universal's planned Dark Universe franchise is in dire straights as producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan have officially jumped ship. Their exit comes in the wake of Tom Cruise's The Mummy failing miserably at the box office.

Wolfman, Bride of Frankenstein and the Invisible Man were all supposed to get movies that would have interconnected to create a larger world known as Dark Universe, and Universal's plans were pretty ambitious. But the franchise is sinking quick. And according to reports, every planned upcoming movie is currently dead in the water.

It's been just five months since Universal released that ominous photo-shopped image of Dark Universe cast mates Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe, Tom Cruise and Javier Bardem all seemingly in a room together.
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Logan Lucky, The Hitman's Bodyguard, Despicable Me 3 and more are coming to the Cineplex Store this month!

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Logan Lucky, The Hitman's Bodyguard, Despicable Me 3 and more are coming to the Cineplex Store this month!Logan Lucky, The Hitman's Bodyguard, Despicable Me 3 and more are coming to the Cineplex Store this month!Amanda Wood11/7/2017 11:12:00 Am

There's no doubt that November is a bit of an in-between month, when temperatures drop even further and most places in Canada start to see some snow.

Since we know that the most ideal place to spend November is curled up on your couch with a blanket or two, the Cineplex Store has plenty of exciting new titles to rent and/or buy this month. From family-friendly to sci-fi to whatever genre mother! is, the Cineplex Store has all your movie watching needs covered this month.

Check out 5 of our top picks below, and click here to rent or buy hundreds of titles from the Cineplex Store. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
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DVD reviews: Your Name, Despicable Me 3, Whisky Galore! and more

Makoto Shinkai’s body-swap anime has a charm likely to elude a forthcoming remake, while a revived Ealing classic lacks kick

The internet recently freaked out, as the internet is wont to do, over the news that Us blockbuster machine Jj Abrams is developing a live-action remake of anime teen fantasia Your Name (Anime Ltd, 12) – at last out on Blu-ray and DVD after a year-long wait. You can understand both the defensiveness of fans of the original and the covetousness of Abrams. Makoto Shinkai’s whirling, way-out body-swap romance takes the high-concept premise of a Hollywood exec’s dreams into far dizzier, less disciplined realms of the subconscious. It’s hard to imagine any big studio-vetted remake meeting its irresistible invention even halfway.

Initially, it’s all romping, gender-curious high jinks, as rural schoolgirl Mitsuha and urban male teenager Taki magically switch vessels, but all hell (not to mention the
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International Animation Pumps Up Awards Season Toon Race

International Animation Pumps Up Awards Season Toon Race
The international toon business is alive and well, and once again in the Oscar race. Even though Academy rules have changed in a way that could favor more mainstream studio fare, 2017 was an especially strong year for foreign-made animated features, with a number of overseas projects creating awards season buzz, including Cartoon Saloon’s “The Breadwinner,” which attracted Angelina Jolie as an executive producer, and the hand-painted “Loving Vincent,” in a year that’s not been especially strong so far for U.S. fare.

But foreign animated films don’t face the same kind of pressure at the box office as homegrown projects do, and while making a profit is still a priority for overseas toons, the bar for B.O. is lower.

“If you look at European production, it’s just a different environment,” says Eric Beckman, CEO of distributor GKids, which has plugged into a successful formula of bringing some of the best of international
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Despite Dollars in Diversity, Hollywood Still Averse to Making Inclusive Films

Despite Dollars in Diversity, Hollywood Still Averse to Making Inclusive Films
In Hollywood’s struggle to increase diversity both in front of and behind the camera, 2017 is proof positive that such films can conquer the box office, potentially putting to rest long-held conventions about what kinds of movies are most successful.

Get Out,” the social thriller by first-time filmmaker Jordan Peele, featured a black, unknown lead (Daniel Kaluuya), but nonetheless became the most profitable movie of the year, grossing $253 million worldwide on a $4.5 million production budget. Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” represented a triumph for female directors whom for so long have been shut out of helming big-budget superhero action movies. Adored by critics and audiences alike, the film lassoed $822 million globally, prompted a sequel and became a rare cultural milestone likely to inspire and empower a generation of girls for years to come. And, in a summer that saw a number of sequels stall out, Universal’s multicultural “Fast and Furious” franchise is racing ahead to two more
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Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2!' Tops Weekend While Fellow Newcomers Struggle All Around

Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2!' Tops Weekend While Fellow Newcomers Struggle All Around
As expected, Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween topped the weekend box office becoming the seventh of eight Madea films to open over $20 million. Meanwhile, it was rough going for the weekend's four other new wide releases as Geostorm, Only the Brave and The Snowman essentially bombed while Pure Flix's Same Kind of Different as Me failed to meet the low end of expectations after strong group sales on opening day. Overall, the top twelve generated just $81.3 million, over $30 million less than the same weekend last year as October is currently pacing ~13% behind last year. With an estimated $21.65 million, Boo 2! finished atop the weekend box office while falling nearly $7 million short of the original's opening one year ago. The film did receive an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, just a notch below the original Boo!'s "A" and it will be interesting to see what kind of run Boo 2! can leg out.
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