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LexCorp. The world alone is enough to send chills down the spines of ardent DC fans – and indeed the Last Son of Krypton himself – and it’s one that takes the stage in the all-new viral video for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Building off of the character profile for one Lex Luthor Jr. (Jesse Eisenberg), today’s snippet is more about rounding out the nefarious power-monger, but it still generates ample buzz for Zack Snyder’s superhero face-off in its own right.
Bearing semblance to the Prometheus viral marketing campaign, which had Guy Pearce’s Peter Weyland trumpet humanity’s God-like nature, the promo is designed as an unveiling of LexOS, a powerful, water-tight operating system that will herald a new frontier in electronic security.
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While the video is intending to expand the lore of Dawn of Justice beyond the titular pairing, it »
- Michael Briers
It’s what most horror films are known for: the gore that splatters on the screen. But when done right, the flying viscera becomes more than just gallons of red stuff, it becomes a chilling reminder of the fragility of the human body and of the ingenuity of filmmakers in making our most twisted fears and fantasies into a stomach churning reality. Grab your barf bag!
Antichrist (2009)- His and her pain
As far as horror sub-genres go, torture porn is up there with found footage as the most understandably reviled by audiences. With Antichrist, Lars Von Trier attempted to write a film that dealt with his personal demons. Confessing that he had been suffering from depression while writing the screenplay, Trier ended up bringing torture porn to its logical conclusion by taking the title of the sub-genre all too literally and creating a macabre near-masterpiece out of trashy genre origins. »
On this day 15 years ago, viewers were first given the gift of an episode of one of TV’s wittiest, most delightful series. “Gilmore Girls” premiered on the WB on October 5, 2000. In the eight years since the series finale of “Gilmore Girls,” fandom hasn’t died down for the dramedy about a fast-talking, constantly pop culture-referencing mother-daughter duo addicted to caffeine, riding the emotional waves of life in their small Connecticut town. This is the show that made us fall in love with Melissa McCarthy long before “Bridesmaids” was even an idea, the show that made us feel less sheepish about bringing a book everywhere cause Rory does it too, the show that had us aspiring to be as brash and sassy as Paris Geller, the show that introduced us to Jared Padalecki’s ever-evolving mop of hair even before those brown locks appeared on “Supernatural,” the show that melted »
- Emily Rome
To mark the release of Results on 28th September, we’ve been given 3 copies ot give away on DVD. Recently divorced, newly rich, and utterly miserable, Danny (Kevin Corrigan, Superbad, Pineapple Express) is bored and lonely. Determined to mix up his lifestyle rut, he joins a local gym meeting self-styled fitness guru Trevor (Guy Pearce,
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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.
Wes Anderson’s leap through the animated realm was a key moment that shifted his filmic characterization toward metaphysical poignancy, thus making way for Moonrise Kingdom, an impressionistically stylized portrait of a pre-Vietnam adolescent bliss. It’s not just Pierret Le Fou for children, but a story about the recreation of storytelling, appropriating aesthetics from low and high arts to burn memories of innocent times as a protection against the fears of adulthood, portrayed here as a melancholic, »
- TFS Staff
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
They're back, Pitches! Watch Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and company in the aca-amazing sequel directed by none other than the goddess Elizabeth Banks. "Pitch Perfect 2" is out on DVD and Blu-ray on September 22, and both versions feature deleted/extended/alternate scenes, a gag reel, extended musical performances, and the featurette "The Bellas Are Back." The Blu-ray also includes several more features.
Dakota Goyo, Goran Visnjic, and Bridget Moynahan star in this family adventure film about a boy who tries to reunite a polar bear cub with its mother. Luke Mercier (Dakota Goyo) speeds off into the frozen wilderness with the cub in tow, but when a violent storm closes in, Luke's mother and family friend »
- Gina Carbone
Following its debut at the Venice Film Festival, there was some buzz around the sci-fi thriller Equals and now after its screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, a bidding war has broke out between distributors for the film’s rights.
Equals stars Kristen Stewart (American Ultra) and Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Apocalypse) and “tells the story of Nia (Stewart) and Silas (Hoult), co-workers in a utopian future where human emotion has been genetically eliminated. When there is word that a disease has broken out that causes the remanifestation of emotion, Silas and Nia are confirmed to have the disease. The two must then decide to stay in their current reality, with the possibility of being found out and promptly dealt with, or to run away toward their possible freedom.”
So far Sony Pictures Classics, Paramount, and A24 have reportedly been in the mix for the film, with THR saying the combined sale of the rights, »
- Scott J. Davis
Sweet Emotion: Doremus Does Dystopia on Enjoyable, Recognizable Canvas
Emotions cannot be controlled, but they also cannot be allowed to control you. At least, that seems to be the basic tenet of the post-apocalyptic universe in the latest film from indie director Drake Doremus, Equals. A continuation of the director’s fascination with exploring the trajectories of romantic entanglements facing impossible odds of success, it is also is his most high profile project to date. But throwing it into a wider arena of dystopic cinema, the film does bear comparable similarities to plenty of other films, including a number of recent Ya forays into the realm. However, the filmmaker approaches his narrative, written by Moon (2009) scribe Nathan Parker, as an exploration of a serious, adult love story. Curiously, it lacks a certain sense of danger, foregoing genre frills and technological advances for a meditative rendering of developing intimacy.
In the »
- Nicholas Bell
With its stockpile of studio blockbusters, indies and documentaries, Toronto is the Wal-Mart of film festivals. As usual, this year’s slate promises to debut its share of box office hits as well as Oscar contenders and small, breakout films. Here are the 13 most anticipated movies at the festival, which kicks off Thursday.
Directed by Ridley Scott, “The Martian” is the biggest movie to world premiere at Toronto. The sci-fi epic follows a Nasa astronaut (played by Matt Damon) who finds himself stranded on Mars. The trailer for this 20th Century Fox release, based on Andy Weir’s 2011 novel, suggests it could be this year’s “Gravity.” And the ensemble, which includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sebastian Stan, is formidable. –Ramin Setoodeh
Tom McCarthy’s chronicle of the Boston Globe’s efforts to expose the Catholic Church’s cover-up of »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
Atom Egoyan’s ongoing search for his own best form makes no real breakthrough in “Remember,” a state-hopping Nazi-hunt mystery that puts a creditably sincere spin on material that is silly at best. At worst, tyro writer Benjamin August’s screenplay is a crass attempt to fashion a “Memento”-style puzzle narrative from post-Holocaust trauma. Toggling variables of disguised identity and dementia, as Christopher Plummer’s ailing German widower travels across North America in search of the camp commander he recalls from his time in Auschwitz, the pic is riddled with lapses in logic even before a stakes-shifting twist that many viewers might see coming. Crafted in utilitarian fashion by Egoyan, “Remember” does little to earn the poignancy of Plummer’s stricken performance — though that asset, plus a button-pushing premise, could attract reasonable interest from older arthouse auds.
It’s probably best not to wonder how much more artfully the »
- Guy Lodge
A sampling of films at the Toronto Festival that are making waves with buyers.
Toronto Midnight Madness Selection/World Premiere
Director: Can Evrenol
Synopsis: Turkish police unit discover a blood-soaked den used for satanic rituals in a desolate area.
Sales: Salt Co. (international); Xyz Films (domestic)
Toronto Festival Selection / World Premiere
Director: Tammy Davis
Cast: Tai Maipi,
Synopsis: Set in New Zealand where a Maori teen faces societal and other pressures when leading his hip-hop dance team to the championships.
Sales: Cmg (international)
Synopsis: A young woman’s search for her kidnapped boyfriend draws her into an infamous sect.
Sales: Beta Cinema
(international); UTA (U. »
- Variety Staff
Following its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, a new clip has arrived online from director Drake Doremus’ sci-fi romance Equals starring Kristen Stewart (Twilight) and Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past). Check it out here…
- Gary Collinson
★★☆☆☆ British star Nicholas Hoult hasn't had much luck with the future this year so far. In Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) he played a mutant road rodent with a suicidal hankering for death via automobile. Nothing could be further from the dusty grunge of George Miller's vision than Drake Doremus' antiseptic and soporific Equals (2015), somehow in competition at Venice. Hoult plays Silas, an inhabitant of a post-apocalyptic future that has been reorganised by the so-called 'Collective' to eliminate all emotion including - inevitably - love. Every morning he wakes up in an Ikea showroom, dresses in white (or slightly off-white) clothing and goes to work utilising a kind of Oyster card that is stuck in his wrist.
At work, Silas has limited social interaction with his co-workers, consisting of idle gossip about who has got a conception order. Then it's back to the apartment where he plays an incredibly »
- CineVue UK
One of the earliest “mumblecore” directors to leave that tag behind and never look back, Drake Doremus' post-“Spooner” and “Douchebag” career has been spent exploring heartache in many different flavors. “Like Crazy” looked at the difficulties of long-distance relationships in young love, and “Breathe In” explored a May/December relationship between a married man and his young musical pupil. Doremus is not done with love and emotion, but for his next film he’s examining the heart through the lens of science-fiction. Read More: Venice Review: Drake Doremus' 'Equals' With Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult, Guy Pearce & Jacki Weaver His latest is the sci-fi romance “Equals,” and it's set in a futuristic, utopian society where where inhabitants have been bred to be peaceful and emotionless. Complications arise when a man and woman fall in love in a civilization that has eradicated such notions. "Equals" stars Nicholas Hoult, »
- Edward Davis
"One of the most terrifying futures you could contemplate is a world in which imagination has so run dry that people have to recycle old dystopias," warns Jonathan Romney in Screen, pretty much setting the tone for the first round of reviews for Drake Doremus's Equals, starring Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult, Jacki Weaver, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hazlewood, Scott Lawrence, Kai Lennox, David Selby, Kate Lyn Sheil, Bel Powley and Tom Stokes. Having premiered in Venice, Equals now heads to Toronto. » - David Hudson »
“Equals” director Drake Doremus has good news and bad news about the future. The bad news is that love, sex and anything to do with human emotion has been eradicated, which means it won’t be easy for Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart to follow through on the longing gazes they exchange from across their post-apocalyptic habitat. On the bright side, however, the fashion’s not bad (much classier than those high-waisted trousers the future folk wear in Spike Jonze’s “Her”) and the architecture is downright fantastic, so there’s plenty to satisfy the peepers, even above and beyond this conceptual romance’s already easy-on-the-eyes (and even easier-to-market) co-stars.
Younger-skewing than Doremus’ two first films, “Like Crazy” and “Breathe In,” this simplistic and over-obvious allegory of love — from the emotion’s hesitant origins to its potentially tragic fizzle — should resonate most with the arthouse-going segment of the “Twilight” fanbase, »
- Peter Debruge
Holding The Man has made a solid debut at the Australian box office achieving a screen average of just over $1100 on 31 screens on its first day of release..
The total box office for Holding The Man, after day one, is $260,098, which includes several preview screenings.
"It.s powerful and beautiful cinema from director Neil Armfield, screenwriter Tommy Murphy and producer Kylie du Fresne, with exceptional performances from an exceptional cast, including Ryan Corr, Craig Stott, Anthony La Paglia, Guy Pearce and Kerry Fox," he said.
.The timing of the release is serendipitous, with such an important national discussion taking place on the issue of Marriage Equality. .
"We hope that the film contributes positively to that debate and that is also enjoyed as one of the most moving depictions of a grand »
- Inside Film Correspondent
Followers of the films of Ridley Scott will remember the impeccably produced promos for Prometheus which took place in the ‘real world’ of the film. Guy Pearce’s Ted talk was a fine primer for the scientific ambition which unpinned the film’s doomed voyage while the Weyland company advert for their latest creation, the android David
- Jon Lyus
Australia’s most famous gay memoir becomes a regrettably dissatisfying drama in Neil Armfield’s flat “Holding the Man.” Tim Conigrave’s bestselling 1995 autobiography was turned into a well-received play in 2006 by Tommy Murphy, but the self-same Murphy’s screen adaptation relies on predisposed audiences whose emotional investment will paper over the shallow characterizations. Meant as a passionate chronicle of a great love, and a sobering reminder of the stigma of AIDS, the pic blandly conjures these sentiments and stands as one of the more wrong-footed evocations of coming out in the 1970s and ’80s. Home play later this month will be strong, while a moderate international rollout, in the “Pride” vein, isn’t impossible.
Conigrave penned his autobiography (still in print with Penguin) while dying of HIV-related illnesses three years after the death of John Caleo, his lover of 15 years. Murphy’s script bookends the story with scenes of »
- Jay Weissberg
After the initial slate for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival was announced last month there were many observers, including this pundit, who wondered of the annual September event had once again lost the battle of premieres to its Fall festival cousins. While debuting Ridley Scott's "The Martian," Jean Marc Valle's "Demolition" and Michael Moore's "Where Do We Invade Next" is nothing to sneeze at the fact some of the most anticipated films of the year are heading to Venice and Telluride first has to be a bit disheartening. Especially when it's your 40th anniversary. Never fear fans of the Great White North, Toronto always seems to land some eyebrow raising last minute additions and this year is no different. Today Tiff announced that David Gordon Green's "Our Brand Is Crisis" with Sandra Bullock, Marc Abraham's "I Saw The Light" with Tom Hiddleston, Catherine Hardwicke's "Miss You Already »
- Gregory Ellwood
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