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‘The Grudge’ Becomes 20th Film to Receive an ‘F’ on CinemaScore

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‘The Grudge’ Becomes 20th Film to Receive an ‘F’ on CinemaScore
Sony/Screen Gems’ “The Grudge” has now joined an infamous list of movies by becoming the 20th film to receive an F in the CinemaScore audience poll.

Directed by Nicolas Pesce and produced by horror maven Sam Raimi, the film was an attempt to revive Takashi Shimizu’s famed horror series about the vengeful ghost of a woman who kills anyone who enters the home where she was murdered and spreads her curse to the various murder scenes. First released in 2002, Shimizu directed an American remake for Sony in 2004, the events of which occur alongside this new film starring Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho and Betty Gilpin.

But the film’s violent nature and inability to add anything new to the “Grudge” formula has resulted in it being panned by both audiences and critics.
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Lifetime’s Salt-n-Pepa Biopic Casts G.G. Townson, Laila Odom, Three More (Exclusive)

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Lifetime’s Salt-n-Pepa Biopic Casts G.G. Townson, Laila Odom, Three More (Exclusive)
Lifetime’s Salt-n-Pepa biopic has found its leads. G.G. Townson and Laila Odom will be playing Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton, respectively.

Additionally, the upcoming limited series will also star Cleveland Berto as music producer Hurby Azor, Jermel Howard as rapper Treach and Monique Paul as DJ Spinderella.

This still-untitled authorized biopic follows the acclaimed musicians as they first fall into the world of hip-hop after recording a song for a friend. It will track their impact on the music world, becoming one of the first all-female rap groups, changing the look and sound of the genre as they were unafraid to talk and sing about sex and their thoughts on men, and then going on to reach platinum status as recording artists and win a Grammy. The project also endeavors to uncover the women behind the music, revealing how their very different personalities fueled their creativity
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Kirsten Dunst on Why Her ‘Bell Jar’ Film Fell Apart and Her Relationship With Lars von Trier

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Kirsten Dunst on Why Her ‘Bell Jar’ Film Fell Apart and Her Relationship With Lars von Trier
When Kirsten Dunst claimed the Best Actress prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for her turn as a depressed bride in Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia,” many hoped she was on her way to an Oscar nomination. However, von Trier had already all but killed his own film and her chances when, at the press conference following the film’s world premiere, the Danish director told the room, “I understand Hitler… I’m a Nazi.”

Despite the negative press that followed — which resulted in Lars von Trier’s “persona non grata” status at Cannes — “Melancholia” opened in fall 2011 to become, at more than $3 million, von Trier’s highest-grossing film in the U.S. since 2000’s “Dancer in the Dark,” and “Breaking the Waves” before that. But unlike the latter film’s star (Bjork in her first big-screen role), Dunst failed to land an Academy Awards nod for her performance after Cannes praise.
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In the Cut: Season Five Viewer Votes

How is married life treating Jay and Cheryl during the fifth season of the In the Cut TV show on Bounce TV? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether a TV show like In the Cut is cancelled or renewed for season six. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all of the In the Cut season five episodes here.

A Bounce TV comedy, In the Cut stars Dorien Wilson, Ken Lawson, John Marshall Jones, Dorion Renaud, and Kalita Smith. The sitcom centers on barbershop owner Jay “The Dream” Weaver (Wilson), who meets his 30-something year old son, from a long-ago fling. Guest stars include Angie Stone, Stevie J, Tiny
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In the Cut: Is the Bounce TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Six?

Vulture Watch

Will the honeymoon continue for Jay and Cheryl? Has the In the Cut TV show been cancelled or renewed for a sixth season on Bounce TV? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of In the Cut, season six. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  

What's This TV Show About?

A Bounce TV  comedy, In the Cut stars Dorien Wilson, Ken Lawson, John Marshall Jones, Dorion Renaud, and  Kalita Smith. The sitcom centers on barbershop owner Jay "The Dream" Weaver (Wilson), who meets his 30-something year old son, from a long-ago fling. Guest stars include Angie Stone, Stevie J, Tiny Lister Jr., Alex Thomas, Judge Kevin Ross, and Porsche Coleman. In the fifth season, Jay and
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Elisabeth Moss & Benedict Cumberbatch Topline ‘The Power Of The Dog’ From Jane Campion – Cannes

Elisabeth Moss & Benedict Cumberbatch Topline ‘The Power Of The Dog’ From Jane Campion – Cannes
Emmy-winning The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss and Avengers: Endgame’s Benedict Cumberbatch are in place to star in a film adaptation of Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel The Power of the Dog from helmer Jane Campion. The project will be presented to buyers at Cannes via Cross City Films.

The story follows wealthy Montana brothers Phil (Cumberbatch) and George Burbank who are two sides of one coin. Phil is graceful, brilliant and cruel where George is stolid, fastidious and gentle. Together they are joint owners of the biggest ranch in their Montana valley. It is a place where men are still men, the rapidly modernizing 20th century is kept at bay and where the figure of Bronco Henry, the greatest cowboy Phil ever knew, is revered. When George secretly marries local widow Rose (Moss), a shocked and angry Phil wages a sadistic, relentless war to destroy her entirely using
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Casino, Sopranos Actor Vinny Vella Dead At 71

Vinny Vella [Courtesy of Paul Stone/Su-City Pictures East, LLC]

Actor Vinny Vella has died. According to a post on Vella’s personal Facebook page made presumably by a family member, Vella passed away late Wednesday, February 20. He was 71. View the heartfelt Facebook post below:

“We are saddened to report that Vinny Vella has passed and I’m sure that no one more saddened than himself. Vinny loved life from his family to his friends and fans he was easily one of the funniest, endearing actors to have ever graced the screen. Vinny also had integrity and pride rarely seen. Arguably the fastest on the draw, king of the comebacks. His verbal jousting was legendary but many know Vinny for his favorite saying – ‘Who’s better than you?’ Well Vinny, I think we all can agree on the answer to that, it was you, it always was you! We miss you my boy!”

A New York City native,
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‘Grand Hotel’: John Marshall Jones, Richard Burgi & Adrian Pasdar Join ABC Drama Series

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‘Grand Hotel’: John Marshall Jones, Richard Burgi & Adrian Pasdar Join ABC Drama Series
John Marshall Jones (Smart Guy), Richard Burgi (General Hospital) and Heroes alum Adrian Pasdar have booked recurring roles on Grand Hotel, ABC’s drama series executive produced by Eva Longoria.

Written by Brian Tanen based on a Spanish format, Grand Hotel is a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel, centering on the family who owns the business, the staff who run it and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior.

Jones will play Malcolm, husband to Mrs. P and father of Jason. Malcolm is the head of facilities at the Riviera Grand. He’s a loving family man who works hard to give his loved ones the life they deserve.

Burgi will portray Michael Finn. Owner of the Finn Hotel Group. Mr. Finn might seem charming, but this shrewd businessman’s presence in Miami Beach means trouble for the Mendoza family and the staff of the Riviera Grand.
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Out of Blue’

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Out of Blue’
Without necessarily admiring the result, one can admire the wackadoodle ambition of Carol Morley’s “Out of Blue” (the missing definite article is itself a salutary warning about a plot that will misplace a whole bunch of articles en route to its mystifying finale). It’s not every filmmaker, after all, who’ll toss astrophysics, metaphysics, Martin Amis, cop procedurals, recovered memories, serial killers, family tragedies and a whole dress-up chest of unlikely costumes and props into the stratosphere on just her third narrative feature, and it’s the sort of reckless abandon we ought to applaud. But rather like Schrödinger’s famous thought experiment, which is laboriously outlined twice during this glitchy, shambolic affair, the resulting admixture exists in a quantum state. Schrödinger’s beleaguered cat is both alive and dead; “Out of Blue” is, at all times, both sort of interesting and quite bad — equal parts workaday homage
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Locarno Laureled Meg Ryan Prepares ’The Obsolescents’ (Exclusive)

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Locarno Laureled Meg Ryan Prepares ’The Obsolescents’ (Exclusive)
Locarno, Switzerland — Focusing very much on her new career as a director and producer, Meg Ryan is preparing “The Obsolescents,” a half-hour comedy. Developed from an original idea by Ryan, and turning on middle-age, the series is being written by Andrew Gottlieb (“Z Rock”). Ryan, who has sold the idea to NBC, will produce, may contribute to writing.

The scripts are at an initial stage. Ryan took the idea to Broadway Video Ent., headed by Lorne Michaels, the creator and executive producer of “Saturday Night Live,” who introduced her to Gottlieb, Ryan said at Switzerland’s Locarno Festival where on Friday night she was presented on stage the Festival’s 2018 Leopard Club Award, following in the footsteps of Faye Dunaway, Mia Farrow, Andy Garcia, Stefania Sandrelli and Adrien Brody.

Celebrating Ryan’s career, the Locarno Festival will screen “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993) and “In the Cut” (2003).

In further projects, Ryan and
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In the Cut: Season Four Viewer Votes

How goes the barbershop business during the fourth season of the In the Cut TV show on Bounce TV? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether the TV show In the Cut is cancelled or renewed for season five. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all of the In the Cut season four episodes below. A Bounce TV comedy, In the Cut stars Dorien Wilson, Ken Lawson, John Marshall Jones, and Kalita Smith. The sitcom centers on barbershop owner Jay "The Dream" Weaver (Wilson), who meets his 30-something year old son, from a long-ago fling. Guest stars include Dorion Renaud, Michael Jai White, Kyla Pratt, Emmanuel Hudson, Angie Stone, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Vanessa Simmons,
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In the Cut on Bounce: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Five?

Vulture Watch What does the future hold for Jay and Cheryl? Has the In the Cut TV show been cancelled or renewed for a fifth season on Bounce TV? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of In the Cut, season five. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About? A Bounce TV  comedy, In the Cut stars Dorien Wilson, Ken Lawson, John Marshall Jones, and Kalita Smith. The sitcom centers on barbershop owner Jay "The Dream" Weaver (Wilson), who meets his 30-something year old son, from a long-ago fling. Guest stars include: Dorion Renaud, Michael Jai White, Kyla Pratt, Emmanuel Hudson, Angie Stone, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Vanessa Simmons, Flex Alexander, and Milan Christopher. In the fourth season,
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Effie Brown among Cinereach Producer Award recipients

Effie Brown among Cinereach Producer Award recipients
Dear White People producer among trio.

Cinereach, the New York-based producer-financier whose credits include The Florida Project and Last Men In Aleppo, has selected Effie Brown, Scott Macaulay, and Anish Savjani for its annual Producer Award.

The award comes with a $50,000 grant recognising producers who “demonstrate vision and integrity, contribute to the film community as mentors and leaders, and enrich the culture through their films.”

“We’re proud to be among organizations like Sundance, SFFilm, Ifp and Film Independent who are investing in the careers of exceptional working producers,” Merrill Sterritt, head of partnerships and creative initiatives at Cinereach, said.
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2018 Next Section Sundance Trading Card Series: #4. Markus Mentzer (Clara’s Ghost)

Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2017 discoveries”.

Markus Mentzer: William Eggleston

Courtney and Kurt “Lotta Sea Lice”

Melvin and Howard (1980)

Eric Lavallee: Dating back to Jane Campion’s In the Cut, professionally speaking, you’ve been on loads of film sets, but here with Clara’s Ghost I imagine you were witness to a rare, true family dynamic synergy not only in performance but in location as well.

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Mary J. Blige, Kumail Nanjiani and More Made the First IndieWire Honors a Night to Remember

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Mary J. Blige, Kumail Nanjiani and More Made the First IndieWire Honors a Night to Remember
One comment kept getting repeated at the inaugural IndieWire Honors ceremony last night in Los Angeles: “This is so IndieWire.” It began with the venue — No Name, a hush-hush spot resembling a kind of gothic speakeasy where attendees are discouraged from taking too many photos, lest they give away its secrets — and continued with everything from the drink menu (New Fashioned Franco, Sparkling Kruger) to host Nick Thune’s jokes (“The venue has asked if anyone has an iPhone 4 — they’re just suggesting an upgrade”).

Indeed, the event bore only a superficial resemblance to most year-end soirées. The honorees — Mary J. Blige, Kumail Nanjiani, Sterling K. Brown, James Franco, Diane Kruger, and Issa Rae — had all been announced in advance, so there was no tension over whose names were sealed inside any envelopes. Guests weren’t seated in an auditorium or dining at luxe tables in a hotel ballroom; they
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Deleted Scene From The Devil Wears Prada Changes the Entire Movie for Fans — and They Aren't Happy

Deleted Scene From The Devil Wears Prada Changes the Entire Movie for Fans — and They Aren't Happy
I'm just seeing this deleted scene from The Devil Wears Prada for the first time, and honestly it changed the whole movie for me pic.twitter.com/6Zkr6UxHQO

— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) August 28, 2017

It’s been 11 years since the film adaptation of Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 novel The Devil Wears Prada hit the big screen. And though the Meryl Streep / Anne Hathaway film is beloved by fans, an unearthed deleted scene appears to be clouding its legacy for some.

In the cut clip, which takes place at a gala Hathaway’s character Andy chooses to go to over her boyfriend’s birthday,
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Grown Folks: Bounce Orders New Sitcom for This Fall

Bounce TV isn't just renewing shows. Today, the network announced they've ordered a new TV series called Grown Folks.From the creator of Family Time and In the Cut, the comedy explores "two blue-collar couples who share a duplex while navigating life, marriage and friendship." The cast includes Gary “G-Thang” Johnson, Tracey Cherelle Jones, Jay Phillips, and Caryn Ward Ross.Read More…
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Jane Campion Isn’t Excited About Film Anymore: ‘Now, The Really Clever People Do Television’

Jane Campion Isn’t Excited About Film Anymore: ‘Now, The Really Clever People Do Television’
Filmmaker Jane Campion’s cinematic bonafides are unimpeachable: she’s still the only woman to win a Palme d’Or, she’s got one Academy Award under her belt, and she’s already made a seamless transition from deeply personal films to lauded “Peak TV” offerings. And she might not be going back.

In a revealing new interview with The Guardian, Campion is honest about why the small screen is her new favorite home, and why film may no longer have a place for her — or the kind of projects she wants to make.

“The really clever people used to do film,” she told the outlet. “Now, the really clever people do television. I’d been feeling, in the film world, that if you come up with ideas, and you share them, the first concern is: how is the audience going to react?”

Read MoreJane Campion Q&A: With ‘Top of the Lake
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Jane Campion: ‘The clever people used to do film. Now they do TV’

From Sweetie to The Piano, she has made some of cinema’s strangest, strongest films. So why has she switched to the small screen?

Jane Campion, one of the world’s great film directors, has had it with the movies. It is eight years since she last made a full-length feature (the Keats biopic Bright Star), and 14 years since her sexually explicit thriller In The Cut almost did for her career. Now she is having a Norma Desmond moment: she’s still big, it’s just the pictures that got small.

Movies, she says, have become conservative cash cows. “The really clever people used to do film. Now, the really clever people do television. I’d been feeling, in the film world, that if you come up with ideas, and you share them, the first concern is: how is the audience going to react?” Television has reinvigorated her. “Cinema in
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The 25 Best Sexy Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ to ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’

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The 25 Best Sexy Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ to ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’
It’s no secret that sex sells, and movies are no exception. But while plenty of films like to show gratuitous sex, they’re not always very good. That’s a problem, since movies have the power to shape not only the cultural norms, but personal ones. And what could be more personal than sex? Sexuality is an integral part of the human experience, not some sensational or shameful ploy to sell tickets (though it doesn’t hurt).

That’s why we think it’s important to single out the very best films that also happen to be incredibly sexy, titillating, and provocative. These are not only some of our favorite films in general, but they’re films that celebrate the broad spectrum of human sexuality while telling stories as cinematic as they are personal. Some don’t have any sex scenes at all, while some are notoriously near-pornographic. When these movies do show sex it is always in service of the story, and always in order to challenge, subvert, or celebrate contemporary beliefs about sexuality.

Turn on (and get turned on) by our list of the 25 best sexy movies of the 21st century (well, so far). You know you want to.

25. “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (2008)

Undeniably sexy and amusing at once, Woody Allen’s 2008 Spain-set dramedy delights in pushing its various players into all sorts of romantic permutations and configurations. Anchored by Scarlett Johansson in a sneaky performance as the eponymous Cristina (pre-breakout Rebecca Hall is her best pal Vicky), the film follows a pair of friends as they meet and make lots of love with the beguiling Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), who isn’t at all thrown off by the possibility of having two lovely ladies in his bed. In fact, he’s got another one to think about too, his free-spirited ex-wife (Penelope Cruz), who he just can’t get out of his head (or heart). On the surface, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” is a dead sexy romp about free-wheeling love-makers (complete with plenty of naughty bits), but it’s also a film that boldly explores issues of fluidity and fidelity with an uncharacteristically easy touch. -Ke

24. “Shortbus” (2006)

With its three-person blowjob circle, non-simulated sex scenes including ejaculation, and close-up of a pee stream unleashing into a bathtub, “Shortbus” is not for everyone. It’s an ambitious film, one that attempts to have fun, be sexy, and tell a good story. If anyone could pull it off, it would be the man behind “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” John Cameron Mitchell. “Shortbus” feels as much like an ensemble comedy as a playful experiment, though the two main characters are a sex therapist who’s never had an orgasm and a retired gay sex worker experimenting with opening up his relationship. With their partners, they both begin attending a weekly artist and sex salon, each hoping inspiration will strike. Mitchell wanted to use sex in new cinematic ways, “because it’s too interesting to be left to porn.” If it’s interesting sex you want, “Shortbus” has got it. -Jd

23. “Brokeback Mountain” (2005)

The end of this film is so movingly profound that your memory of it might not be that it was all that sexy. The love between these two men, buried under their rugged cowboy exteriors, ends with what can only be described as a sense of life-defining tragedy. Yet it is those brief moments where they let themselves go and unleash their animalistic passion, which “Crouching Tiger” director Ang Lee captures in his normal visceral fashion, that add a level of eroticism and physically affection that nearly makes all the pain worth it. Ennis and Jack rotate from almost fighting, as they pull at each others’ denim-clad exterior, to moments of being naked and incredibly tender. It’s virtually every cowboy fantasy rolled up into one. That they can only be themselves in the privacy of the great outdoors makes everything that much more liberating. Watching this film in 2005 felt taboo and rebellious, which resulted in a charged atmosphere in packed mainstream cineplexes around the country. -Co

22. “In the Cut” (2003)

Jane Campion’s handle on female desire has always been one of her best attributes as a director (and she’s got a lot of them), but nothing in her filmography is as overtly sexy and emotionally challenging as her 2003 Meg Ryan-starrer “In the Cut” (and that includes “The Piano,” which has a sexiness and eroticism all its own). Our first introduction to Ryan’s character is rooted in her coming to heady terms with her own sexuality, a theme that carries over throughout the often grisly drama. Increasingly drawn to Mark Ruffalo as a moody detective looking to solve a local murder that Frannie is tangentially involved in, Ryan’s character pushes the boundaries of “acceptable” desire. It’s a theme that Campion giddily plays into with some of modern cinema’s most satisfying and profound sex scenes, many of which center on — gasp — Frannie’s own pleasure over that of Ruffalo’s character. -Ke

21. “Hustle & Flow” (2005)

Craig Brewer’s crowdpleaser about a pimp dreaming of music fame is anchored by strong performances from Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, and Taryn Manning. Howard plays Djay, while Henson and Manning are Shug and Nola, two of his girls. Hot-tempered and passionate, Djay begins making tracks with his friend Key (Anthony Anderson), and discovers he has a gift for lyrics. The catchy original soundtrack helps sell the story, as Djay’s songs seem to actually have a chance at getting radio play. While the strip club setting provides ample shots of semi-nude women, Djay and Shug’s sweet romance gives the film its emotional core and shows a softer side to Djay (and his temper). Their undeniable chemistry leads the previously timid Shug to throw down a sexy hook, her raspy croon on “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” making Henson’s star power glaringly obvious. -Jd

20. “Beyond the Lights” (2014)

Chemistry is the name of the game in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s freight-train fast music industry romance, which pairs up rising starlet Gugu Mbatha-Raw (pure charm) alongside pre-“Birth of a Nation” Nate Parker. The pair exhibit major fireworks from the start, imagining Mbatha-Raw as hot new pop star Noni Jean, a big talent who is dangerously close to burning out and fading away, before she falls into the protective arms Parker’s do-gooder cop, Kaz Nicol. Prince-Bythewood’s film cannily sneaks in big questions about fame and the entertainment industry, along with issues regarding what’s actually sexy (Noni Jean is frequently kitted out in teensy costumes that make record execs happy, while diminishing her own humanity with every stitch), deep issues that are lovingly cradled by full-scale love story. When the pair finally give into their obvious attraction, “Beyond the Lights” pulls out the big guns, all gauzy love scenes and one particularly hot trip to Mexico, but the film maintains its sensuality by remembering that nothing is so sexy as mutual respect and admiration. -Ke

19. “In the Mood for Love” (2000)

Every Wong Kar-wai movie contains a kind of visual sensuality in every frame, but “In the Mood for Love” goes one step further — its slow-burning romance between a pair of would-be lovers who live across the hall from each other in sixties-era Hong Kong is rich with unobtainable desire. Much is left unsaid and unachieved about the fantasy of an extramarital affair shared by Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung), but the hints of attraction between them, unfolding in small gestures and passing glances, imbues each scene with the intensity of emotions specific to a period of repression. It’s a grand tragedy of issed opportunities framed by erotic implications. —Eric Kohn

18. “Ex Machina” (2014)

If you like high-tech voyeurism and intellectual sparring, you might find Alex Garland’s cerebral sci-fi thriller unearthing some hidden desires. An affable young programmer, Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), is invited to the secluded jungle home of the CEO of his company, Nathan (Oscar Isaac) to participate in a top-secret experiment. Nathan wants to know if the cyborg he has been developing, Ava (Alicia Vikander) can convince Caleb that she has real consciousness. The tension is ripe between Nathan and Caleb as each attempts to alternately impress and control the other, but it is Caleb’s obsession with saving Ava that raises questions about the hero myth. Ava is the embodiment of male fantasy, trapped within a body invented to please and serve. As the two men fight over who best understands her mind, it turns out Ava was pulling the strings all along. There’s nothing sexier than a woman in charge. -Jd

17. “Quills” (2000)

It’s easy enough to get sucked into “Quills” based on the promise of Joaquin Phoenix playing an earnest (and incredibly sexy) young priest tempted by his attraction to a chambermaid. But somehow, much like Kate Winslet’s Madeline, we fall under the spell of the charismatic Geoffrey Rush, who plays his role as the Marquis de Sade with a deliciously dirty panache befitting the notorious French writer. The Marquis’ libertine ways run counter to the no-nonsense Royer-Collard (Michael Caine), who takes over the asylum with the intention of stifling the writer’s creative output. But even his own wife is no match for the words of the Marquis, which ooze both sensuality and liberty. Before long, any initial apprehension to the Marquis de Sade (he is a dirty old man, after all) is fully given over to the hope that his debauchery will win out, and that his desire, as well as that of Madeline and Coulmier (Phoenix) will be fully fulfilled — even though we know this is impossible. -Jr

16. “A Bigger Splash” (2015)

Watching “A Bigger Splash” feels like observing a sizzling chess game of attraction. Luca Guadagnino sticks Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Dakota Johnson on the world’s most gorgeous island and lets the sparks fly. Swinton plays a world-famous rock singer vacationing with her lover, a chiseled Schoenaerts who is practically a walking and talking sculpture of male beauty. Their time together is disrupted by the arrival of the rocker’s former lover and his daughter, a promiscuous young 22-year-old. Each character is so ready to succumb to sexual desire and so pent up with sexual attraction that Guadagnino creates the ultimate emotional orgy. The fun is in seeing how each person uses their sexuality to outsmart the next. You’ll be seduced from the first frame to the last. It feels like you’re watching each actor for the very first time. -Zs

On the next page: wild adventures in Florida, some of the century’s most jaw-dropping pairings, and at least one murder.

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