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Cineplex's Holiday movie preview features Rogue One, Moana, Fantastic Beasts and more!Cineplex's Holiday movie preview features Rogue One, Moana, Fantastic Beasts and more!Marni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine10/26/2016 2:42:00 Pm
The Holiday Season kicks off in a strange way on November 4th, when the 14th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes us to a whole new astral plane.
Meet Doctor Strange, a completely different type of superhero, one who deals in magic and mysticism.
As director Scott Derrickson explained at this year’s Comic-Con, when the comic book was launched in the 1960s, “it was full of very mind-trippy visuals, it was a left turn in the Marvel Universe.” He added, “The film we’ve made is all those things.”
But Batch embraced the »
- Marni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine
Following its Us premiere at Fantastic Fest, Raw has been scheduled for a 2017 limited theatrical release by Focus World, with a digital release slated for next summer.
In case you missed it, check out Heather Wixson's Fantastic Fest review of Raw, and read the press release below for full details.
Press Release: Los Angeles, October 25th, 2016 – Focus World, owned and operated by Focus Features, has set a domestic theatrical release date for writer/director Julia Ducournau’s award-winning psychological horror thriller Raw.
Raw will open in select cities on Friday, March 10th, 2017; following the movie’s theatrical run, the title will be on digital platforms months later, in the summer. Earlier this month, the movie won the Sutherland Award for Best First Feature at the BFI London Film Festival. The prize follows other accolades for Raw from film festivals around the world, where it has proved to be a fan and industry favorite. »
- Derek Anderson
Editor’s note: After a two-week vacation break, we’re now back with an expanded selection to catch up.
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.
After being put through the awards season grinder — resulting in hours upon hours of conversations — what left is there to learn about the production of Richard Linklater‘s 12-years-in-the-making project Boyhood? The Criterion Collection edition proves, evidently, a fair amount. In fact, what’s so interesting about the plethora of special features — aside from an intimate »
- The Film Stage
Nick Hornby has had quite a prolific career in Hollywood over the span of the last 15 years. His novels “About A Boy” and “High Fidelity” were both adapted into big screen productions, allowing Hugh Grant and John Cusack to both deliver some respective career-best performances. He penned the screenplay for the Carey Mulligan breakout film “An Education,” the 2014 Reese Witherspoon drama “Wild” and was nominated for his screenplay in last years sleeper hit and weepy romance “Brooklyn” starring Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen.
- Ally Johnson
Chris here. In case you missed it, the season's first precursor nominations were announced on Thursday: the Gothams! Somewhat like the New York City community's answer to the Indie Spirit Awards, the Gothams never fail to highlight some spunkier names thanks to each category being voted on by separate committees. Spotlight may have taken their big prize as well as Oscar last year, but it's the rare Gotham's win to continue on to Oscar.
The year's biggest nominee is Manchester By The Sea (which Nathaniel just reviewed) with four nominations. However, the biggest celebration is likely being had by A24: the New York-based distributor scored nominations for seven of their films, including lesser seen worthy titles like Krisha and Morris From America. This year's ceremony will also feature tributes to Amy Adams, Ethan Hawke, Arnon Milchan, and Oliver Stone.
- Chris Feil
According to Deadline, Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd are to star in Juliet, Naked, an adaptation of British author Nick Hornby’s novel from director Jesse Peretz (My Idiot Brother) and screenwriters Tamara Jenkins (The Savages) and Jim Taylor (Sideways).
Published in 2009, Juliet, Naked has been compared to Hornby’s second novel High Fidelity and is described as “a heartwarming romantic comedy about love and life’s second chances and follows the story of long-suffering Annie (Byrne), her music obsessed boyfriend Duncan (O’Dowd), and music star Tucker Crowe (Hawke), the object of Duncan’s obsession.”
“Reminiscent of Bridget Jones, Juliet, Naked pairs Nick Hornby’s signature charm and humor, showcased in High Fidelity and About a Boy, with the incredible talent behind some of romantic comedy’s biggest successes,” said Thorsten Schumacher of Rocket Science.
- Amie Cranswick
In “By Sidney Lumet,” a documentary portrait of the late director who was one of the defining filmmakers of the ’70s — but whose ability to charge a scene with dark moral turbulence and excitement was right there, from his first feature, “12 Angry Men,” in 1957 — Lumet tells an extraordinarily candid story about an event that shaped and changed his entire worldview. He was a young man in the military, in Calcutta, when he saw that a group of his fellow soldiers were inside a train compartment sexually abusing a young girl. “Do I do anything about this?” he thought. He knew the answer was yes, that he should try to stop this hideous crime, but he lacked the courage to do so. Instead of acting, he simply let it happen.
To any Lumet watcher, it’s obvious that the story fuses with themes that run through his work: the preoccupation with corruption, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Marking his first stab at the Western after years in the horror trenches, director Ti West’s “In A Valley of Violence” uses every second to display its reverence for the genre. Like the Coens’ “True Grit” before it, the film is a classic revenge tale with a smirk — the type of Western where haggard men trade quips during gunfights, and Ethan Hawke is called upon to deliver his best vengeful gunslinger of few words.
Continue reading ‘In A Valley Of Violence’ Is An Enjoyably Splattery, Throwback Western [Review] at The Playlist. »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Casting for Jesse Peretz’s Juliet, Naked movie is well underway, and Deadline reports that the adaptation has set sights on Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne and Irish actor Chris O’Dowd to fill out key roles in the preliminary cast.
A big-screen take on Nick Hornby’s eponymous best-seller, it’s understood Tamara Jenkins (The Savages) and Jim Taylor (Sideways) have been elected to pen the adaptation, with revisions by Phil Alden Robinson and Evgenia Peretz. It’s got all the hallmarks of an ensemble dramedy, too, with the official snippet teeing up a “heartwarming romantic comedy about love and life’s second chances and follows the story of long-suffering Annie (Byrne), her music obsessed boyfriend Duncan (O’Dowd), and music star Tucker Crowe (Hawke), the object of Duncan’s obsession.”
Even from the fleeting logline alone, it’s not too difficult to see why Juliet, Naked is oft compared »
- Michael Briers
Exclusive: Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne and Chris O'Dowd are in talks to star in a big-screen adaptation of Nick Hornby's bestselling novel Juliet, Naked. Tamara Jenkins, who wrote The Savages, and Sideways writer Jim Taylor have adapted the script from Hornby's book, with revisions by Phil Alden Robinson and Evgenia Peretz. Jesse Peretz (My Idiot Brother) is attached to direct. Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, who worked with Byrne and O'Dowd on the hit film Bridesmaids, are… »
Ti West's In a Valley of Violence is a pulp western steeped in classic archetypes. It's more Quentin Tarantino than Sergio Leone, bloody and brutal with snappy dialogue. Producer Jason Blum, king of micro-budget horror films, shows that he's got a little sand in his craw with this effort. The set-up is simple, really as straightforward as it gets; but the execution is damned entertaining. You just never mess with a man's dog, a mantra to live by on and off screen.
The setting is Denton, a God forsaken one-street town nestled in a border valley. A loner (Ethan Hawke) and his clever pooch are making their way to Mexico. He gets warned by a drunken preacher (Burn Gorman) to steer clear, but heads on into Denton anyway. He runs afoul of an upstart braggart (James Ransone) and his lawman father (John Travolta). A stop for whiskey and supplies »
In the last few years, there’s been a fantastic Renaissance in the Western genre with all sorts of new and more experienced filmmakers tackling the most American movie genre there is. With a name like “Ti West,” it was probably only a matter of time before the director of The Innkeepers and House of the Devil would try his hand at a Western.
The results are In A Valley of Violence, West’s gritty take on the “lone drifter comes to small town” Western subgenre. It stars Ethan Hawke as that drifter, who arrives in the ghost town of Denton and immediately falls afoul of Gilly (James Ransone from Tangerine), son of the town’s leader, Marshall, played by John Travolta. When Gilly and his men ambush Hawke’s character outside of town and commit a despicable act, it forces Hawke to return to Denton with his sole motivation being vengeance. »
- Edward Douglas
This year has been uncharacteristically packed with westerns, none better than Ti West’s In A Valley Of Violence. No other genre title has been able to balance gleeful gallows humor with a gritty blast of revenge quite like West’s quick-draw killer, not even Antoine Fuqua’s blockbuster The Magnificent Seven. My review out of this year’s South by Southwest festival discusses more of the aspects that make the director’s Wild West John Wick so damn fun, as the film garnered a mostly positive reception, which is no surprise for those who have seen it.
A stacked cast plays around in West’s dusty, rugged playground, featuring Ethan Hawke as the film’s vengeful protagonist. John Travolta stars as a “peacekeeping” marshal, James Ransone his devious son, Taissa Farmiga as a feisty little southern dame – plus Karen Gillan, Larry Fessenden, Burn Gorman and Jumpy the dog! Every actor exudes that grimy, »
- Matt Donato
Plot: A gunslinger (Ethan Hawke) finds himself in a world of trouble after passing through a town ruled by a ruthless lawman (John Travolta) and his cowardly son. Review: In A Valley Of Violence is something different for director Ti West. Always reluctant to be pigeonholed in a genre, West followed-up his horror yarns, The House Of The Devil and The Innkeepers, with the more thriller-styled The... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
You can’t say that Luc Besson isn’t putting all his cards on the table for next summer’s “Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets.” The director’s dream project/comic book adaptation is already promising to be big and bold, bringing together an eclectic cast —Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu— for a grand sci-fi spectacle.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director Ti West tries his hand at a new genre with In a Valley of the Violence. The director of The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers, and The Sacrament has made a Western with attitude and plenty of personality. The revenge tale stars Ethan Hawke as Paul, a dangerous and tortured loner seeking revenge. He’ll stop at nothing to get his hands on […]
- Jack Giroux
Denton, a dusty, one-saloon town that once served a silver mine, long since been forgotten by both God and commerce. There’s a general store, an empty hotel (“the whores left with the silver”), and not much else to do, other than drink at that one saloon. This is the personal fiefdom of Clyde Martin (John Travolta, approximating a twang by talking like he has his jaw wired shut), a one-legged lawman who now keeps his badge in his pocket on account of the pin having broken off; his tendency toward long-winded speech suggests the symbolism of his station is now lost on him. But then in rides a bedraggled stranger (Ethan Hawke, committed as in all of his countless latter-day genre movie roles), accompanied by a dog. He gives his name as Paul, and in the space of about an hour, he manages to humiliate the marshal’s doofus »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
The spaghetti western has been around almost since the frontier disappeared, a reliable audience pleaser when done right. Its latest entrant, In a Valley of Violence, does nothing particularly wrong, though it does not quite distinguish itself from its multitudinous brethren either.
Directed by horror filmmaker Ti West, the film follows a reclusive stranger, whom we later learn is named Paul and is absconding from the U.S. Army, as he makes his way south towards the Mexican border—whipping out that Mexican thing so to speak. On the way he wanders into a destitute and inhospitable town were trouble soon finds him, leading to an increasingly if expectedly bloody and even tragic quest for revenge.
- J Don Birnam
Let the race begin! The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) has officially kicked off the 2016-17 awards season with this morning’s nominations for the 26th Annual Gotham Awards, which will take place November 28 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. While not the largest awards show of season, the Gothams are one of the most important platforms for indies looking to get a real jump start in the race. Just look at nominations for amazing films like “The Fits,” “Krisha” and “Love & Friendship” to see why the Gotham Awards are so essential.
This year, Kenneth Lonergan’s acclaimed drama “Manchester By The Sea” leads the pack with four nominations, including Best Actor for Casey Affleck and Best Picture, where it will be joined by “Certain Women,” “Everybody Wants Some!!,” “Moonlight” and “Paterson.” The latter two, which are some of the most acclaimed indies of the year, cleaned up nicely as well with multiple nominations. »
- Zack Sharf
[Since In A Valley of Violence is in theaters and on VOD this weekend, we're re-running our interview with writer-director Ti West from its SXSW premiere.] Ti West is seen as a horror guy. That's just what happens when you make movies like The Roost, The Innkeepers and The House of the Devil. Even his 2013 movie The Sacrament, about a team of journalists probing a cult, often gets called a horror movie even though that's not strictly the case. So you might think that his new movie, In a Valley of Violence, is a horror movie. It's not. In a Valley of Violence, starring Ethan Hawke as a drifter who crosses some unsavory figures in a small town run by a reluctant marshal (John Travolta), is a western through and through. That said, one of the things that makes it...
- Peter Hall
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