Birdman and Listen Up Philip Open Oscar Season (PODCAST)

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Michael Keaton and Edward Norton put up their dukes in Birdman.

It's awards season and the hyped movies are starting to land in theaters. On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we talk about Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, and Alex Ross Perry's Listen Up Philip, and carve out some time to recommend Nothing Bad Can Happen and Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me. All four of those films have received high praise and some have been hit with some pretty damning criticism, including the description that Iñárritu is a "pretentious fraud," leveled by film critic Scott Tobias of The Dissolve. Amy Nicholson of the LA Weekly, along with Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, dive into what stirs critics use loaded words like those when reviewing a movie. Ahh, must be Oscar season.


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Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal's Who Is Dayani Cristal? to Screen in Phoenix

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Gael Garcia Bernal stars in Marc Silver's award-winning documentary about economic migration to the United States from Central America.

An average of 200 migrant men, women, and children are found dead each year in the stretch of Sonoran Desert known colloquially as "the Corridor of Death." The Pima County Medical Examiner's Office is faced with the somewhat daunting task of identifying these souls and reuniting them with their families.

Director Marc Silver, along with actor Gael Garcia Bernal, were intrigued by what stories these dead travelers could tell. "I remember seeing an image of a Border Patrol agent holding a skull in a vast empty landscape," Silver says in the press materials for the film. "I thought that following the investigation into an unidentified person would be a fascinating and poetic way of exploring this vital global issue. I literally asked myself, 'What can a skull in an empty desert tell you about the world?'"

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10 True Crimes Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story Should Feature

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We're thinking murder castle with a torture dungeon would make an interesting season.
We can't wait to see what American Horror Story's Ryan Murphy does with his new project American Crime Story. The first season is set to cover the O.J. Simpson case in 10 episodes next year on FX, and it's rumored that the show will explore the crime from the point of view of Simpson's lawyers. Though the show's first season is already spoken for, we have a few ideas as to what true crimes Murphy should include in future seasons of the program.


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Dear White People, Go See Dear White People (PODCAST)

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Tyler James Williams (center) stars in Justin Simien's Dear White People.

With the news that Paul Feig is going to reboot Ghostbusters with an all-female cast, we wonder on this week's Voice Film Club podcast what it would be like if they re-did another '80s classic: Young Guns. We then move onto the latest Brad Pitt World War II movie, Fury, which is ultra violent. Amy Nicholson of LA Weekly says, "I like a war movie where they talk about how war is just really awful...this is muddy in-the-trenches war movie." Joined as always by Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, the trio then moves onto Justin Simien's much-anticipated new film, Dear White People (be sure to read our interview with Simien), and then to post-apocalyptic Western Young Ones, written and directed by Jake Paltrow.

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The 20 Scariest Horror Films of All Time

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Here's Johnny! -- with 20 movies that'll scare the living daylights out of you.
'Tis the season to stay up late and be kept up even later by watching ultra-creepy horror flicks to prepare for Halloween. It's hard to pick just 20 favorite films out of an entire genre dedicated to suspense and spooks. From the 1930s all the way until the 2000s, scary movies have spanned the history of filmmaking for a reason: They're addicting to watch, even though you might have to look away from time to time. You might miss some of the gorier details, but as long as you don't miss these 20 movies, you'll be in good shape.


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Twin Peaks Returns, The Judge Disappoints, and Whiplash Drips with Jazz (PODCAST)

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Miles Teller stars in Whiplash.

Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, along with LA Weekly's Amy Nicholson, open this week's podcast with a brief discussion of Twin Peaks, which comes back to TV via a series on Showtime in 2016, and move onto The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, and then to Whiplash, starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons.

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10 Must-See Movies at Scottsdale International Film Festival 2014

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Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this true story about a genius World War II code cracker.
Well, ladies and gentleman, the time has almost come for the 14th annual Scottsdale International Film Festival to begin screening extraordinary movies from across the globe. With 40 films in this year's lineup, it's no easy task to decide which films you'll see and which you'll have to skip between Thursday, October 9, and Monday, October 13. We've narrowed the list down to 10 of the top films screening at the event, just in case you're having some difficulty deciding. And, yes, you can catch Benedict Cumberbatch's new movie at the festival.


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Chuck Palahniuk Says James Franco Will Likely Star in Film Adaptation of Rant

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James Franco's likely to star in Rant.
Since news broke last month that James Franco had optioned author Chuck Palahniuk's novel Rant for the big screen, there has been a lot of speculation over whether Franco will act, direct, and/or produce the film.

It looks like fans finally have a (likely) answer.


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Gone Girl Explores Marriage, the Media, and Missouri (PODCAST)

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Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike star in the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl.

Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, along with LA Weekly's Amy Nicholson, talk about one of the big movies of the year, Gone Girl, which opens in about 3,000 U.S. theaters on Friday, but the trio also makes room for lesser-known films like The Blue Room, Men, Women & Children, The Skeleton Twins, and The Two Faces of January. It's all on this week's episode of the Voice Film Club podcast.

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5 Must-See Movies in Metro Phoenix This October

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Life after pretending to be a superhero examined in Birdman,
We certainly won't judge you if you opt to see Annabelle or any of the classic horror movies screening this October -- it is almost Halloween, after all. However, you should know that there are quite a few great movies coming out this month that don't involve ghoulish dolls or guts exploding out of people -- not that there's anything wrong with that. Music lovers, black comedy fans, and the social media obsessed will certainly have something to see this October, though you seriously can just go watch Halloween at FilmBar. It's not a big deal.


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