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Blu-ray Review – Friend Request (2016)

19 September 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Friend Request, 2016.

Directed by Simon Verhoeven.

Starring Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo, Brit Morgan, Brooke Markham, Sean Marquette, and Liesl Ahlers.

Synopsis:

Enjoying college life as a popular student, Laura shares everything with her more than 800 friends on Facebook. But one day, after accepting a friend request from a social outcast named Marina, Laura’s life is cursed, and her closest friends begin dying cruel deaths. Before her time is up, Laura must solve the mystery behind Marina and her Facebook profile, in order to break the deadly spell.

The idea of Internet Killers has been popular in the horror genre for nearly fifteen years, and no one has yet to really get one right. Going back to Feardotcom and .com for Murder back in 2002 and all the way through Antisocial, Pulse, Chain Letter and the ungodly awful Smiley, it just seems like no can nail what makes the Internet a scary place. »

- Luke Owen

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‘Free Fire’ reaction video [Tiff ’16]

11 September 2016 5:23 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Opening this year’s proud-to-be-loud audience faves at Midnight Madness at Toronto 2016 is Ben Wheatley‘s second film in as many years, Free Fire.

A proper assault on the senses, Free Fire is set in one location and in real-time, and revolves around a gun deal between two parties in a warehouse somewhere in 1970s Massachusetts. Cillain Murphy, Brie Larson, Michael Smiley, Armie Hammer and the awesome Sharlto Copley are amongst the cast.

Justine (Brie Larson) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and Ord (Armie Hammer) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart stopping game of survival ensues.

Our own Paul Heath and HeyUGuys‘ reviews editor Stefan Pape got together in Festival Street in downtown Toronto to discuss the film. No spoilers ahead. »

- Paul Heath

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Check Out the Fully Loaded First Trailer for Ben Wheatley's Free Fire

10 September 2016 10:22 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

The work of filmmaker Ben Wheatley has been nothing if not diverse - each of his films has been vastly different to the last, jumping from dark thriller to darker comedy, and folk horror to dystopian drama. With action thriller Free Fire, Wheatley seems to be taking a more straightforward route, particular so after the brilliant madness of this year's High Rise. Written with Amy Jump, Wheatley's wife and frequent collaborator, Free Fire packs an all-star cast featuring Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley and Jack Reynor. Check out the first trailer: Justine (Larson) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy and Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon (Copley) and Ord (Hammer) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart stopping game of survival ensues. With Martin Scorsese serving as executive producer, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Martin Macnamara)

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‘Free Fire’ review [Tiff ’16]

10 September 2016 6:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Free Fire review: An assault on the senses, Ben Wheatley goes gung-ho for his Tiff ’16 crowd-pleaser.

Free Fire review by Paul Heath, Tiff ’16.

Midnight Madness is something to be experienced at Toronto. The film’s ten-day programme contains a variety of different movies from many genres and films like The Raid and Green Room have played in the past . Opening the section this year is Ben Wheatley‘s assault on the senses Free Fire, a film which will also close this year’s BFI London Film Festival in October.

Set in one location and in real-time, the film revolves around a gun deal between two parties in a warehouse somewhere in 1970s Massachusetts. On the one side you have a group of Irish men, led by Cillian Murphy‘s moustached Chris, as well as Sam Riley‘s hapless junkie Stevo and Michael Smiley‘s intense Frank. Selling them the guns »

- Paul Heath

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[Tiff Review] Free Fire

10 September 2016 6:05 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Tiff’s Colin Geddes was correct when introducing Ben Wheatley’s bottle episode of a film Free Fire with the words: “This will wake you up.” The gunfire alone risks perforating your eardrums as John Denver blares from a 1978-era van’s eight-track, but I think it’s the surprising wealth of comedy that ultimately gets the blood pumping and synapses triggering. Wheatley and wife/writer Amy Jump’s latest isn’t for everyone — fair warning to Hardcore Henry detractors, Sharlto Copley refuses to quit his shtick — but those willing to break free from a desire for plot complexity will undoubtedly be entertained. This is low-brow Reservoir Dogs, extreme genre action meant to energize you with an insane cast of characters hell-bent on killing each other on principle. Although that briefcase of money is appealing too.

It’s all centered on a deal made by American middlemen Justine (Brie Larson »

- Jared Mobarak

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"Free Fire" Red Band Trailer

9 September 2016 11:31 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

From RedBand.Ca, take a look @ the restricted 'red band' trailer plus action images supporting the upcoming action thriller "Free Fire", directed and co-written by Ben Wheatley, starring Brie Larson ("Captain Marvel"),  Armie Hammer ("The Man From U.N.C.L.E."), Cillian Murphy ("The Dark Knight Rises"), Sharlto Copley, Jack Reynor, Michael Smiley, Sam Riley and Noah Taylor:

"...when a gang of criminals meet up in a warehouse in order to purchase arms...

"...a disagreement turns into a full-scale war...

"...between the two parties making the transaction..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Free Fire" ...

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- Michael Stevens

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Watch: First Trailer for Ben Wheatley's New Action Movie 'Free Fire'

9 September 2016 9:28 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Here we go... Now we're cookin'!" A24 has launched the first official red band trailer for Ben Wheatley's new movie Free Fire, which just premiered at midnight at the Toronto Film Festival last night. It's about an arms deal gone wrong, which turns into an all-out gunfight in a warehouse. This ensemble action movie stars Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Noah Taylor, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley and Jack Reynor. From the screening last night, critics have described it as "insane" and a "real-time pistol opera" that is so much fun, saying it's a entire film about that scene where the characters get pinned down in a gun fight. This looks awesome! Looking forward to seeing this myself. Fire it up below. Here's the first red band trailer (+ posters) for Ben Wheatley's Free Fire, direct from A24's YouTube: Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in »

- Alex Billington

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Gleefully Violent First Look at Ben Wheatley's Free Fire [Trailer]

9 September 2016 8:58 AM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

While some of us are still trying to wrap our minds and hearts around the love/hate of High-Rise, Ben Wheatley is ready to deliver his next: Free Fire.

The action thriller which premiered at Tiff last night stars Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley and Michael Smiley as members of two gangs who meet at a deserted warehouse to buy/sell some guns when all hell breaks loose.

From early accounts, Free Fire is pretty much one long gun fight - likely the biggest ever to be seen on film.

The first trailer is funny, violent and riddled with bullets. Seriously, this looks like a hell of a lot of fun.

A24 hasn't yet set a release date but expect Free Fire sometime early next year.

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Free Fire Review [Tiff 2016]

9 September 2016 7:47 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Has an action movie shootout ever made you think, “Why couldn’t the whole flick be this cool?!” Fear not, for filmmaker Ben Wheatley has answered your prayers with an exquisite burst of genre mayhem titled Free Fire. Taking place in an abandoned warehouse, Wheatley’s all-encompassing gunfight pins each character behind cover while reducing movement to a safe slither. Relationships are built, conflicts arise and shenanigans ensue all while bullets whiz every few seconds – constant gunplay that still allows for a meaty story to play out. This is Ben Wheatley doing his best Guy Ritchie impression, but honestly, Guy Ritchie can eat his heart out. Few filmmakers have the balls and inventiveness to pull off such a cinematically defying feat, yet after balancing acts like High-Rise, Sightseers and Kill List, why does it surprise me that Wheatley executes such utter gangster madness with ease?

Set in 1978, Free Fire takes »

- Matt Donato

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‘Free Fire’ Review: Brie Larson Stars In the Craziest Shootout of All Time

9 September 2016 7:12 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Once the guns start blazing in Ben Wheatley’s “Free Fire,” they don’t really stop. Prolific British director Ben Wheatley’s massively entertaining recovery from the messy J.G. Ballard adaptation “High-Rise” is a more controlled form of chaos, a chamber piece in which no chamber stays empty for long. Almost exclusively set in the confines of a small warehouse, Wheatley and screenwriter Amy Jump deliver the craziest movie shootout of all time by making an entire movie out of it. The cheeky dialogue and relentless violence leans heavily on the influences of Sam Peckinpah and “Reservoir Dogs,” although in this case the comic mayhem of the protracted battle amounts to little more than a lengthy gimmick. But a what fun gimmick: Less bullet ballet than bullet drum solo, Wheatley’s zany 90-minute set piece borrows the right ingredients to put on a good show.

Ever since his debut “Down Terrace, »

- Eric Kohn

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Red Band Trailer For Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire Stages An Old-School Standoff

9 September 2016 7:11 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Two Irishmen, an American and a kick-ass arms dealer (among others) walk into a deserted warehouse; it may sound like the beginning of a flippant gag, but it’s actually the elevator pitch to Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, which has just premiered its breathless first trailer from Tiff 2016.

Issuing a call to arms, Free Fire chronicles the story of Justine (Brie Larson) after she brokers a weapons deal with some old acquaintances, Ord (Armie Hammer) and Vernon (Sharlto Copley). The rendezvous? A shoddy old warehouse that quickly devolves into a cavernous arena once said deal goes south – and fast.

Also starring Peaky Blinders stalwart Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley, Sharlto Copley, and Armie Hammer, Wheatley then stages a ruthless, typically bloody game of life or death. But it’s really the director’s mesmerizing style that arrests our attention. As the filmmaker behind such bleak hits as Kill List, Sightseers »

- Michael Briers

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Watch the first red band trailer for Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire

9 September 2016 7:01 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Yesterday we brought you a poster for Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, [check it out here], and now coinciding with its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the first trailer has arrived online, which we have for you below after the official synopsis…

Massachusetts late ‘70s. Justine (Brie Larson) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and Ord (Armie Hammer) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart stopping game of survival ensues.

And here is the UK trailer…

Free Fire stars Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor, Babou Ceesay, Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley and Noah Taylor. It premieres today at the Toronto International Film Festival and will serve as the closing film of the BFI London Film Festival next month, »

- Amie Cranswick

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A Deal Goes South in First Red Band Trailer For Ben Wheatley’s ‘Free Fire’

9 September 2016 5:59 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Writer-director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseeers, and, most recently, High-Rise) is returning to his crime roots — his directorial debut was 2009’s Down Terrace about a mob family — with Free Fire, which will also mark his first feature to be set in the United States. With a premiere at Toronto International Film Festival last night — and our review coming shortly — A24 have now debuted the first trailer.

Following a deal-gone-sour at a warehouse in 1978’s Boston, the environment becomes a shooting ground where survival is hard to come by. Wheatley has assembled a monster cast with Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Jack Reynor, Noah Taylor, and Michael Smiley.

The trailer features a unique blend of dark comedy, tension, and violence with the entire cast in playful and energetic form. This could be Wheatley’s first film with mass appeal — efforts like Kill List and High-Rise have »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Free Fire World Premiere Interviews: Ben Wheatley, Sharlto Copley & more

9 September 2016 1:51 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Ben Wheatley’s follow up to his adaptation of J. G. Ballard’s High Rise sees him return to more familiar ground. Free Fire is an action thriller with a fine cast and a keen sense of style. Captain Marvel-to-be Brie Larson leads the film with Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley, Jack Reynor, Michael Smiley, Sam […]

The post Free Fire World Premiere Interviews: Ben Wheatley, Sharlto Copley & more appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Jon Lyus

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First poster for Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire

8 September 2016 3:38 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With a trailer set to land tomorrow, A24 and StudioCanal have released the first poster for Ben Wheatley’s upcoming action thriller Free Fire; check it out here…

Massachusetts late ‘70s. Justine (Brie Larson) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and Ord (Armie Hammer) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart stopping game of survival ensues.

Free Fire stars Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor, Babou Ceesay, Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley and Noah Taylor. It premieres today at the Toronto International Film Festival and will serve as the closing film of the BFI London Film Festival next month, before opening on March 31st 2017 in the UK.

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- Gary Collinson

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Our 25 Most-Anticipated Fall 2016 Festival Premieres

29 August 2016 10:54 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After highlighting 50 titles confirmed to arrive this fall, we now turn our attention to the festival-bound films either without distribution or awaiting a release date. Looking over Venice International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and New York Film Festival titles, we’ve rounded up 25 movies — most of which we’ll be checking out over the next few weeks — that we can’t wait to see.

Check out our 25 most-anticipated festival premieres below, and let us know what you’re most looking forward to.

The Age of Shadows (Kim Ji-woon)

Returning to South Korea after his foray into Hollywood action with the Arnold Schwarzenegger-led The Last Stand, Kim Ji-woon‘s next feature is The Age of Shadows, which marks WB’s first-ever produced feature in the country. Led by Song Kang-ho (Snowpiercer, The Host), this ’20s-set thriller follows the Heroic Corps, an anti-Japanese independence organization that existed under the »

- The Film Stage

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Producers Lab Toronto reveals 2016 participants

23 August 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The UK’s Camilla Deakin, Ireland’s Kathryn Kennedy and Germany’s Amir Hamz are among those selected.

The 24 participants of the 2016 Producers Lab Toronto have been unveiled.

The selected producers include Camilla Deakin from the UK, who is currently in post-production on the Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn-voiced animation feature Ethel And Ernest [pictured].

Kathryn Kennedy from Ireland also makes the cut, having produced 2015 drama My Name Is Emily starring Evanna Lynch and Michael Smiley.

Also participating is Germany’s Amir Hamz - who produced surreal drama Der Nachtmahr, which played at Toronto last year - and France’s Hélène Cases, who was a Producer On The Move in 2012 and has feature credits including 2014 Venice-winning The Last Hammer Blow and 2010 César-nominated Angel & Tony.

Now in its seventh year, the initiative for emerging producers is run by European Film Promotion in collaboration with Ontario Media Development Corporation and Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff).

Taking place September 6-9 at »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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DVD Review – Tank 432 (2016)

22 August 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tank 432, 2016.

Directed by Nick Gillespie

Starring Rupert Evans, Deirdre Mullins, Steve Garry, Gordon Kennedy and Michael Smiley.

Synopsis:

A group of British mercenaries transporting human cargo through the countryside come under attack from a strange enemy, forcing them to hide inside a old, abandoned tank…

After watching Tank 432 aka Belly of the Bulldog, you quickly realise why Ben Wheatley’s in vogue name as executive producer is plastered all over the promotion, as Nick Gillespie’s film very much hints at a level of quality matching that director, only to swiftly burst that bubble within the first ten minutes. Gillespie is a frequent collaborator of Wheatley’s as a camera operator, most recently on the director’s magnificent High-Rise, but on the evidence of this he doesn’t have Wheatley’s eye for the bourgeoise absurd punctuated by visceral violence.

Tank 432 has been described variously as ‘Dog Soldiers meets Jacob »

- Tony Black

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Win Tank 432 on DVD

15 August 2016 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

Written and directed by longtime Wheatley collaborator Nick Gillespie (Sightseers, A Field In England), and starring Rupert Evans (Hellboy), Michael Smiley (Kill List) and April Pearson (Skins), Tank 432 is the next chapter in their very British brand of terror. To celebrate the release of the unnerving, surreal, and gut-wrenchingly tense Tank 432 - out on DVD and Download 22nd August - we have a copy on DVD to giveaway!. Contest Ends on Monday, September 05, 2016 »

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Giveaway – Win Tank 432 on DVD

15 August 2016 12:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the release of the unnerving, surreal, and gut-wrenchingly tense Tank 432 – out on DVD & Download 22nd August – we have a copy on DVD to giveaway!

From executive producer Ben Wheatley (director of Kill List and High-Rise) comes this knife-edged thriller about a gang of mercenary soldiers who take cover in an abandoned bulldog tank – only to find the real enemy is within.

Written and directed by longtime Wheatley collaborator Nick Gillespie (Sightseers, A Field In England), and starring Rupert Evans (Hellboy), Michael Smiley (Kill List) and April Pearson (Skins), Tank 432 is the next chapter in their very British brand of terror.

“A heady blend of Dog Soldiers and Jacob’s Ladder” Sight & Sound

“Tense, atmospheric & enthralling” Hey U Guys

“Gripping, claustrophobic and intense.” SciFiNow

“One of the best disaster movies in years” GamesRadar+

“Puts Hollywood disaster movies to shame.” Perri Nemiroff, Collider

Order today via Amazon.

The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, »

- Gary Collinson

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