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Ethan Hawke takes us inside the daily life of a drone pilot in Good Kill, which was released on Digital HD last month and arrives on Blu-ray and DVD today, September 1, from Paramount Home Media Distribution. If you didn't get a chance to see this thriller in theaters, then we have you covered. We have a contest lined up, with one grand prize winner taking home a signed poster and a copy of the Blu-ray.
Hailed as "exhilaratingly of the moment" (Guy Lodge, Variety), the compelling thriller Good Kill comes from the producers of The Hurt Locker and writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War). Good Kill features Ethan Hawke's "best screen role in years" (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter) as a drone operator in 21st century warfare, where combat unfolds like a video game, but with real lives at stake. Veteran Air Force pilot Tom Egan (Hawke »
First up, "The Grey" and "Narc" helmer Joe Carnahan is set to direct "Five Against A Bullet," a potential franchise launcher boasting a script by Alex Litvak and Carnahan. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Jordan Schur and Mimran Schur are producing.
Bruce Willis was previously attached to an earlier version of the project which follows five elite bodyguards who are tasked with keeping a Mexican mayoral candidate safe through the elections as a drug cartel kingpin has sent an army of hitmen after him.
- Garth Franklin
Currently shooting The Magnificent Seven with Antoine Fuqua, Vincent D'Onofrio has clearly developed a taste for the Western. He's now set to make his second film as a director* with The Kid. He'll also star in the film, alongside James Franco and Ethan Hawke.Newcomer Andrew Lanham (his civil rights drama Just Mercy has Michael B. Jordan attached) wrote the screenplay, which is a new take on the often-filmed legend of Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid. The focus is a young boy, whose uncle has murdered his father and turned his sister out onto the streets. The boy tries to rope Billy into avenging his father by killing said uncle, but finds his romantic notions of the gunfighting outlaw are false. He then finds a true hero in Sheriff Garrett.Who's playing who hasn't been revealed at this point, but the set-up, like Joe Carnahan's Five Against A Bullet, »
Exclusive: Jordan Schur, the former Geffen Records president, Suretone Records founder and manager of acts including Fleetwood Mac, Zz Top and Lonestar, is jumping squarely into the film business with his Suretone Pictures banner. Schur has set the venerable actor and Daredevil star Vincent D’Onofrio to make his feature directorial debut on The Kid, a Western he will star in with James Franco and Ethan Hawke. Schur has set the film for domestic release with Lionsgate and… »
Military drones continue to receive their fair share of controversy despite little press going toward the pilots tasked with controlling them from a distant command center. In Good Kill starring January Jones and Ethan Hawke, the Academy Award-nominated actor plays a drone pilot whose ethics and devotion to his family shatter his faith in his job.
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The Festival’s Closing Gala presentation on Thursday, Sept. 24 will be Deepa Mehta’s gangster film Beeba Boys on September 24, while Patricia Rozema’s Into The Forest has secured the new Spotlight Gala slot on September 19.
The Cinéma En Français S.V.P. initiative features Philippe Falardeau’s Guibord S’en Va-t-en Guerre (My Internship In Canada) and Jacques Audiard’s Palme d’or winner Dheepan. The initiative will highlight feature four additional French-Canadian and four French films.
“Our audience will find that in this year’s programme in particular the diversity of culture and community is on display like never before”, said executive director Wayne Carter. “As new technology »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Read More: San Sebastian International Film Festival Unveils Zinemira Program A week after revealing the poster art and official jury, programmers for the 42nd Film Fest Gent have unveiled the first 15 titles that will screen at the upcoming event. The festival will open with Robin Pront's "The Ardennes" and includes acclaimed festival hits from last year — like Ethan Hawke's directorial debut "Seymour: An Introduction" — as well as a handful of this year's Cannes and Berlin award winners, including "Carol," "The Assassin," "Son of Saul" and "45 Years." The first group of selections is listed below by category. In Competition: "Les Cowboys," Thomas Bidegam – Fr/Belgium "The Lobster," Yorgos Lanthimos – Griekenland/UK "Our Little Sister," Hirokazu Koreeda – Japan "Slow West," John Maclean – UK/New Zealand "Son of »
- Zack Sharf
Scott Derrickson’s 2012 shocker Sinister was a surprise hit, telling a grim story about a true crime author moving his family into a crime scene and eventually opening up a Pandora’s box of evil in the form of a film projector and a boogieman that lived inside of it. It was an in your face film, didn’t pull a single punch and gave one grim ending that left a lot of viewers holding their mouths in shock. As we all know, when a film does well, talks of a sequel typically come up, and faster than you can say “Sinister 2″, there was the inevitable announcement of well,…Sinister 2. How would a sequel to a film in which every major character is killed off fare? Would taking a minor character from the first film, and fleshing out said character be enough to make an interesting continuation? More times than not, »
- Jerry Smith
Though last year’s two biggest stars, Robert Downey, Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch, are nowhere to be found on the official, confirmed list of stars attending this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, you can’t say that Toronto will be left wanting in terms of star power.
Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, and Kevin Bacon will be in town promoting their Boston-set crime flick, Black Mass, in co-star Cumberbatch’s absence. Also, though Iron Man won’t make it up north for the Festival, Marvel’s Kate Mara (Fantastic Four) and Sebastian Stan (Captain America) will be backing up Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, and Chiwetel Ejiofor on the red carpet for this year’s undisputed big ticket, The Martian. Jake Gyllenhaal will also be on-hand in support of Tiff's opening film, Demolition.
There is also a large contingent of Hollywood legends also heading to Toronto this year, including Michael Caine, »
- Sasha James
The story is based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel, which centers on one woman (Blunt) devastated by her recent divorce who spends her commute fantasizing about a seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day. Along the way, she becomes entangled in a mystery revolving around the married couple and another woman and spins out of control.
Ferguson plays the married woman, with Bennett landing the role of the other woman Blunt’s character encounters.
- Justin Kroll
How many horror sequels exceed the scare factor of the first film? You can probably count them on one hand and unfortunately, despite offering stronger characters and a more emotionally resonant story, Sinister 2 falls among the far more numerous cases of diminishing returns in horror franchise history. It's deeper, but not scarier.
For those who are unfamiliar with Sinister, the first film was a unique spin on the found footage horror genre, in which Ethan Hawke's true crime novelist Ellison Oswalt literally found footage of grisly murders that had taken place in his new house and copycat »
Nothing can stop "Straight Outta Compton."
The N.W.A. biopic smashed expectations last weekend with its $60.2 million debut, and it showed little sign of slowing down this weekend, when it remained on top with an estimated $26.8 million and a ten-day total of $111.5 million. The movie wasn't hurt by any of the obstacles it faced this week, including the premieres of three new wide releases and several days of bad press over "Compton"'s airbrushing of N.W.A. co-founder Dr. Dre's history of abusive behavior toward women.
Despite all that, the combined total earned by this week's three newcomers added up to less than what "Compton" earned in its second weekend. "Sinister 2" opened in third place (behind four-week-old "Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation") with an estimated $10.6 million. "Hitman: Agent 47" came in fourth with an estimated $8.2 million. And "American Ultra" opened at No. 6 with an estimated $5.5 million.
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- Gary Susman
N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton held onto the top spot at the domestic box office, making $26.7 million in its second week. This is the 13th time Universal Studios has won the weekend box office in 2015. Compton has made $111.4 million in two weeks. Meanwhile, remaining in second place for the second straight week is Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, making $11.7 million for a total of $157.7 million. Tom Cruise has proven that he's deft at holding onto stuff — planes, trains, automobiles, rocks — so it should be no surprise that he's managed to cling to the top two for four straight weeks.The rest of the domestic box office was all-around disappointing. Sinister 2, the sequel to the Ethan Hawke-starring original (which made over $77 million on a $3 million budget), came in below expectations with a mediocre $10.6 million. That's less than any of its single-word, low-budget-horror ilk, »
- Greg Cwik
The creepy mystery loses all potency second time around in this tame horror sequel
2012’s Sinister cast spiky Ethan Hawke as a true-crime writer in need of a bestseller who uncovers a stash of super-8 snuff movies. With Hawke out of the picture, it’s left to second stringer James Ransone to carry the can as the dorky former deputy making it his business to keep track of the cinematic spirits. This time, single mom Courtney (Shannyn Sossamon) moves her boys into an affordable rural home to escape their violent father, and history repeats itself in boringly formulaic fashion. While the demonic Bughuul once possessed an air of creepy mystery, now he’s just a Baba-dud, a lurking Marilyn Manson clone, bereft of shocks and scares. The undead kids look like failed makeup test extras from The Devil’s Backbone, and their Children of the Corn home movies play out with dreariness rather than dread. »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
'Sinister 2' poster. 'American Ultra,' 'Hitman: Agent 47' and 'Sinister 2': Weekend box office bombs American Ultra, Hitman: Agent 47, and Sinister 2 are the new entries at the North American box office this weekend, Aug. 21-23, '15. All three of them are expected to underperform – with American Ultra having a particularly disastrous bow, especially for a movie starring Best Actor Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and former Twilight star Kristen Stewart. Whether you blame it on a glut of movies targeting the same audience, a lack of major box office draws, or poor reviews, only one of the debutantes is expected to score more than $10 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters by Sunday evening. 'Sinister 2' According to early estimates found at Deadline.com, Ciarán Foy's Sinister 2 will lead the pack of newcomers with »
- Zac Gille
One of the many unexpected surprises from Scott Derrickson’s Sinister was the supporting character of “Deputy So and So”, a young police officer who right up until the end, did his best to help Ethan Hawke’s character solve the mystery behind the evil that was Baghuul. The character of the deputy was easily one of the fan favorites in the film, and when Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill were writing Sinister 2, the sequel that Citadel director Ciaran Foy would eventually direct, they listened to fans and made the Deputy character one of the lead characters this time around. Instead of showing up here and there, James Ransone’s Deputy So and So (now Ex- Deputy So and So) would be for the most part, front and center, looking for a way to stop Baghuul and his quest for children.
We thought it would be nice to have a chat with Ransone, »
- Jerry Smith
Disjointed, incohesive, and psychologically ridiculous. And actually repulsive on multiple levels in ways that the first film was not. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The only good thing about Sinister was Ethan Hawke’s portrayal of a writer having what looked like a mental breakdown, to the degree that it was easy to suspect that perhaps he was the perpetrator of the family murder he was investigating for a true-crime book. Before that film was half over, however, such a potentially intriguing scenario was rendered impossible, and Sinister became yet another by-the-numbers demon-haunted funhouse. And here’s Sinister 2, which doesn’t have anything so minimally compelling going for it.
Another family has been targeted for ritual killings by the devil Bhughul, which is just a fancy name for the Boogeyman, and he’s »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The biggest scare in Sinister 2 comes not from a demon appearing in the darkness, or a creepy ghost-kid materializing out of nowhere — though the movie does have plenty of those, too — but from an abusive father blowing up at his terrified son. It’s a moment of real horror amid the movie’s many phantoms, and it gets to the heart of why this sequel, as rough as it is, might be more worthwhile than its 2012 original. The first Sinister, directed by Scott Derrickson from a screenplay by J. Robert Cargill, was a case-study in cinematic sadism. It focused on the breathless investigations of true-crime author Ethan Hawke as he looked into the mysterious filmed deaths of a series of families, and its gee-whiz portrayals of anonymous children and parents getting elaborately murdered — usually presented via 8mm home movies — had no sense of loss, and thus, no »
- Bilge Ebiri
As we reported earlier several South Asian films are being featured at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. One of the most exciting is Leena Yadav’s Parched, which is Ajay Devgn’s first international production. Set in rural India, the film follows the lives of three ordinary women who begin to break free from the century-old traditions.
“It’s an honour to be selected at this prestigious film festival and to be in the august company of such a great line up of films,” says director Leena Yadav.
Leena adds, “Parched transcends boundaries »
- Stacey Yount
Shannyn Sossamon became something of an "It Girl" in the early noughties with roles in films including "A Knight's Tale," "40 Days and 40 Nights," the Bret Easton Ellis adaptation "Rules of Attraction" and "The Order" (her second and final film with the late Heath Ledger, whom she called "a very special spirit" but was otherwise reticent to talk about in a short-form interview), but after giving birth to her son Audio in 2003 she all but disappeared from the spotlight. Since then, Sossamon has popped up in everything from well-received indies ("Wristcutters: A Love Story") to big, star-studded Hollywood com-coms ("The Holiday") to TV series (the cult single-season CBS vampire drama "Moonlight"), though recently her resume is heavy on so-called "genre" work, from the 2008 J-horror remake "One Missed Call" to the 2011 post-apocalyptic thriller "The Day" to this year's buzzy summer series "Wayward Pines" and now "Sinister 2," the sequel to the sleeper »
- Chris Eggertsen
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