Today at indieWIRE, Eric Kohn caused a cyber raucous with his 'Super 8' review, Outfest and NewFest revealed their schedules, and China announced the 'Beginning of the Great Revival,' their new blockbuster celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, obviously.

  • Eric Kohn says that "JJ Abrams has turned Francis Ford Coppola's forecast (about an Ohio girl using her dad's camcorder to make a beautiful film) into plot, if not practice: 'Super 8' is literally about a fat kid in Ohio making a movie. However, it uses that grain of inspiration to create an enjoyable sci-fi nostalgia trip with the help of a familiar name: Steven Spielberg. Read Kohn's review.

  • For the second consecutive weekend, a British import is the critic's choice at American art houses this weekend: Michael Winterbottom's 'The Trip' follows fictionalized versions of actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they stop at some of the best restaurants and inns in the north of England. More here.

  • The new Curaçao IFFR film festival, with about 20 films in total, will emphasize Caribbean and Latin-American films, but will also include various independent and artistic films, documentaries and shorts, as well as an educational program for children, and even a drive-in screening.

  • Outfest's 29th Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Festival kicks off in L.A. on July 7 and runs through July 17 with 163 films (67 features and 96 shorts) from 25 countries, along with over a dozen panels and special events. Read more here.

  • NewFest will open in New York City on July 21 with David Weissman's documentary 'We Were Here,' a look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco. Rashaad Ernesto Green's Bronx-set 'Gun Hill Road,' a family drama centering on a transgendered teenager, will close the festival on July 28.

  • Some of China's biggest film names will be toting the party line in a new blockbuster celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party. Read more (if you dare) here.
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