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      Newness

      2017 1h 52m Drama TRAILER for Newness: Trailer 1 List Newness: Trailer 1 Newness: Trailer 1 2:36 View more videos
      71% Tomatometer 17 Reviews 59% Audience Score 250+ Ratings In Los Angeles, two millennials navigating a social media-driven hookup culture begin a relationship that pushes both emotional and physical boundaries. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Tim Grierson Screen International "Newness" skillfully portrays modern courtship in all its buzzy, fleeting electricity, which helps mitigate the fact that filmmaker Drake Doremus is merely adding a fresh coat of paint to an old romantic dilemma. Feb 26, 2018 Full Review John DeFore Hollywood Reporter As a sympathetic look at two likeable lovers who don't know what's good for them, it's enough to give us a rooting interest - even if we're rooting for the two protagonists to accept the consequences of their mistakes and move on. Feb 2, 2017 Full Review Noel Murray The Playlist The central theme of "Newness" isn't as profound or even as novel as either the filmmakers or their millennial target audience may believe. But at it's best, "Newness" is about how nothing's really all that new. Rated: B Jan 27, 2017 Full Review Casey Cipriani Bustle The movie can get a bit depressing, but it's still very hot. Nov 16, 2020 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com Perhaps Doremus' most succinctly tantalizing and compelling film to date, Newness does fit neatly, even predictably within his already well-established oeuvre. Rated: 3.5/5 Oct 4, 2019 Full Review Shikhar Verma High on Films Sold as a modern-day investigation of relationships, Newness quickly becomes a far-cry for help. It is only saved by coincidence and an underdeveloped connection that holds the characters accounted towards one-another Rated: 2/5 Sep 25, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      molly m Drake Doremus' 2017 addition to the Sundance Film Festival is a passionate love story between two twenty-something millennials and the trials and tribulations of an open relationship in this modern era. There are lots of things viewers will enjoy about the film, whether it be the sleek, modern cinematography, the light-hearted, melodic score provided by Keegan DeWitt and Gwilym Gold, or the well-written script courtesy of Ben York Jones. The story follows Martin and Gabi, two young Angelenos who meet via a dating app called Winx, which is essentially just Doremus' version of Tinder. After meeting in a bar, the two roam the streets of LA until sunrise, putting off the pre-established hook-up until the next day. Throughout the 117-minute runtime, we see Martin and Gabi go through all sorts from heated, intense arguments to almost pornographic sex scenes. Around the 86-minute mark is where things start to go downhill for the pair, with Martin's ex-wife Bethany slowly leaking into the pair's happy romance, creating a significant rift between them. However, all is forgiven after the two finally come to their senses and reconcile their loving, amorous relationship after realizing that they will disappoint and resent each other but will always remind one another why they're together. Hoult and Costa are phenomenal in their respective roles. Their chemistry burns through the screen, and their love for each other seems to flourish like a real relationship throughout the pair's screentime. While the leads significantly stand out, the supporting cast doesn't disappoint either. Matthew Gray Gubler fans will be pleased to know that he doesn't just appear in one scene as the trailer suggests. Martin and Paul meet multiple times throughout the film, with their scenes almost becoming pit-stops in between Martin and Gabi's scenes. Danny Huston is brilliant too. He grounds the film that much more, and his saying 'everything is a transaction' really makes you think if life just is a long period full of meaningless transactions. Lisa Gunning's editing works with the film's contemporary vibe perfectly. The overlapping audio and quick cuts are just what the film needs to keep viewers interested and involved. Songs like 'Avril 14th' and 'Short Line' contrast in a unique, yet fitting way. 'Short Line' is a powerful, electronic beat, and 'Avril 14th' a soft, light-hearted piano piece played over the sickeningly sweet moments between Martin and Gabi. Doremus also makes excellent use of natural light throughout the film, and it makes the contemporary feel of 'Newness' stand out that much more for viewers to see. Something that Nicholas Hoult fans will also notice is the subtle reference to one of Hoult's earlier films where Martin says 'eighty percent of the time I feel like a dildo attached to a warm body', obviously referring to Hoult's performance as 'R' in the 2013 horror/romance 'Warm Bodies'. Another thing that viewers will love, is how gorgeously shot 'Newness' is. Sean Steigemeier's cinematography is an equal mixture of simple and domestic, emphasizing the grounded, modern aesthetic Doremus was going for. There are some complex themes throughout Newness, including open relationships and honesty. Both of which are expertly portrayed by the film's leads. Something that makes Doremus such a well-liked director among his fans, is the fact that his films never get repetitive. 'Equals', 'Endings Beginnings' and 'Newness' all focus on two people falling in love, but how they get there in each film is in total contrast to the previous one. 'Newness' is a smooth, modern love story fueled by dating in this technology-filled era, that shows viewers dating apps can have a positive result, even if that result is only reached within the final minutes of the film. In conclusion, 'Newness' is a soft, domestic romance that gives Netflix viewers a break from the usual intense thrillers and half-hearted comedies. It showcases phenomenal acting, a beautifully written script, and Doremus' unique directing style. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Tracie W Excellent portrayal of dating in the 2010's. I'm a Gen X'er and was drawn into the storyline and characters. The chemistry between the main couple is palpable. It's worth the wild ride. I'm not sure why it doesn't have a higher rating. I read some of the comments and people gave it low ratings due to them having regrets in their own lives, which is silly. That's a powerful movie to make you think about your own life after watching it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Movie was terribly boring. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Newness is a raw look at a couple of young people's sex lives in the digital age. I gave it 3.5 stars only because it can be emotionally draining (and make you contemplate your own past relationships in the wee hours of the morning), but the story itself is excellent. The acting is incredible, especially that of Laia Costa, whose character Gabi feels like a real, complicated person. Everyone was great, though, even the minor characters. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member It's so dull and predictable it almost hurts, it gives you an uneasy feeling. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Young people getting more mature about what they want in a relationship. Nothing new here, and not particularly well acted either. Just decent. Has about the same feel as "Lie with Me" (2005), but with a dating app in the mix, less sexually explicit and less contemplative. Got predictable and boring about halfway through. Would not recommend. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Movie Info

      Synopsis In Los Angeles, two millennials navigating a social media-driven hookup culture begin a relationship that pushes both emotional and physical boundaries.
      Director
      Drake Doremus
      Producer
      Drake Doremus, John Finemore, Robert George, Ben York Jones, Michael A. Pruss, Michael Schaefer
      Screenwriter
      Ben York Jones
      Production Co
      Lost City Productions, Scott Free Productions
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 5, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 52m
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