- The Berlin Film Festival Competition lineup has finally been unveiled, revealing a roster of heavy hitters that includes Ilya Khrzhanovsky's controversial installation project Dau, Abel Ferrara's long-delayed Siberia, Hong Sang-soo's latest The Woman Who Ran, and the anticipated return of Christian Petzold, Rithy Panh, Tsai Ming-liang, Sally Potter, and Philippe Garrel.
- Actor, writer, and director Terry Jones, best known for his involvement in the Monty Python comedy group and for directing the 1983 Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, has died.
- Grasshopper Films has released a trailer for Pedro Costa's bold Vitalina Varela, about a woman who arrives in Lisbon from Cape Verde to attend her estranged husband's funeral. Upon its premiere at 2019's Locarno Film Festival, editor Daniel Kasman described it as "a film of fierce determination and paramount resonance."
- An official trailer for the 4K restoration of Albert Lewin's 1951 Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, which stars Ava Gardner as a nightclub singer who falls in love with the titular mysterious man.
- "'Sometimes, on set, or even on the way to set, if [Terrence Malick] sees the perfect light by accident, [...] like the actor is lying in the shadow under a tree and there’s a fly on his nose, for example — that’s what he calls quail hunting.'" Vulture details the making of Terrence Malick's A Hidden Life, a production filled with constant movement, accidental beauty, and distinct Malickian terminology.
- MoMA curator Dave Kehr speaks to Hyperallergic about the museum's To Save and Project festival, a subject that broadens to include thoughts on the restoration field—DCP versus film, fundraisers and endowments, and ongoing generational shifts.
- The conversation surrounding the ups and downs of Uncut Gems continues with an invaluable discussion by Jewish Currents, which considers what the crime thriller says about Jewish identity and its relationship to race and capitalism.
- New York City's Metrograph is currently featuring a series of films by Hal Hartley. Critic and Notebook contributor Michael Sicinski has provided an overview of Hartley's career, from A (Adrienne Shelly) to Z (zealotry).
- Reverse Shot's collection of essays on the best films of the 2010s continues with Kelley Dong on art and justice in Lee Chang-dong's Poetry and Chris Wisniewski on Todd Haynes's Carol.
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- Ela Bittencourt reports from this year's Sundance Film Festival, focusing on the voyeuristic pleasures of Josephine Decker's Shirley and Maite Alberdi's The Mole Agent.
- "Labyrinth of Cinema is haunted by the possibility that—if only things had been different, if only the movies had been more true—cinema might have altered the course of the 20th century, might have thwarted its greatest horrors." Evan Morgan reviews Nobuhiko Obayashi's Labyrinth of Cinema.
- Guillaume Nicloux introduces his film, To the Ends of the World, which follows a French soldier during the First Indochina War. The film is showing January and February, 2020 in the series From France with Love.
- An Ingmar Bergman cartoon by Karla Ade. MUBI's retrospective The Inner Demons of Ingmar Bergman is now showing in the United Kingdom.
- Happy belated birthday to Sergei Eisenstein!
Happy birthday to Sergei Eisenstein, who - in addition to doing all for cinema that he did - also wrote some of the greatest batshit oddball theory out there. On Bambi as a "re-deerized human"... pic.twitter.com/Y4JHX2z0w3— Evan Calder Williams (@nightsmove) January 22, 2020