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Movie Review – Free Fire (2017)

3 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Free Fire, 2016

Directed by Ben Wheatley

Starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Sharlito Copley, Baboo Ceesay, Enzo Cilenti, Jack Reynor, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor and Michael Smiley


Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.

With every new film, Ben Wheatley’s stock continues to rise as one of the most cutting edge directors of his generation.  In this writer’s humble opinion, he’s rapidly becoming one of the most innovative filmmakers to ever emerge from the UK and his ability to switch between genres while retaining his twisted vision is a dream come true for fans of macabre entertainment.  His latest effort Free Fire is a throwback to the gritty crime yarns of yesteryear, and if they haven’t already, the world is about to take notice of this unique talent.

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- Kieran Fisher

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Brie Larson, Ben Wheatley and the cast of Free Fire talk their new genre film

20 February 2017 6:01 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Brie Larson, Ben Wheatley and the cast of Free Fire talk their new genre filmBrie Larson, Ben Wheatley and the cast of Free Fire talk their new genre filmAdriana Floridia2/20/2017 9:01:00 Am

Brie Larson has a big year ahead of her.

The Oscar-winning actress has quite a few films lined up for 2017 including Kong: Skull Island, The Glass Castle, her directorial debut Unicorn Store, and the highly anticipated new film from Ben Wheatley, Free Fire.

We caught Free Fire at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, and can whole-heartedly say it's a super fun time at the movies. The film is set in a warehouse in Boston in 1978, where two gangs participating in a weapons sale end up in an epic shooting battle. Violent, vulgar and outrageous, Free Fire is probably Wheatley's most accessible film to date.

We caught up with Larson and her co-stars as well as »

- Adriana Floridia

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Armie Hammer Is Under Fire In Gripping First Trailer For Mine

17 February 2017 6:38 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Spare a thought for Armie Hammer. The towering actor is just coming off Ben Wheatley’s star-studded Free Fire, a pulse-pounding action-comedy in which he plays Ord, a shady arms dealer that is thrust into the middle of a full-blown firefight once things go south. But for Hammer, it’s out of the frying pan and into the freezer – or should that be desert? – for MineFabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro’s wartime thriller that centers on a U.S. soldier left stranded under the scorching desert sun.

Without any sign of rescue for the next 52 hours, up above you’ll see how Mine transforms into a gritty survival movie, as Armie Hammer’s haggard lead struggles to cope in one of the most inhospitable environments on the planet. To make matters worse, enemy forces begin to swarm in on his location, and it doesn’t take long before Hammer »

- Michael Briers

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Without Name review – heady, psychedelic woodland horror

16 February 2017 1:45 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Lorcan Finnegan’s debut suffers from some predictable plotting, but the eye-popping flair of its spectral sylvan visions is quite something to behold

So trippy it makes Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England look like an afternoon at the tax office, Dublin director Lorcan Finnegan’s debut sprig of sylvan-psych makes up for its occasional heavy tread with outstanding photography. Alan McKenna is a middle-aged surveyor with a curdling home life, sent out to chart ancient woodlands in preparation for development. But his surveyor’s pendulum is acting up, he witnesses strange figures in the morning mists, and, when his assistant-cum-lover (Niamh Algar) arrives, it’s clear his spiritual compass is erring, too.

A clear subscriber to the school of the atmospheric slow build over the jump-shock, it’s a shame Finnegan is too eager to will-o-the-wisp us down predictable paths – as he does with some unsubtle plotting, and »

- Phil Hoad

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Prevenge movie review: baby bump off

13 February 2017 7:37 AM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Fresh feminist horror of a very welcome taboo-smashing kind. Nasty, hilarious, outraged and outrageous, and as poignant as it is blackly funny. I’m “biast” (pro): love Alice Lowe, desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): not generally much of a horror fan

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

This is what happens when women make movies: We get movies that do not look like anything we’ve seen before. And I promise you, you have never experienced anything like writer-director-star Alice Lowe’s Prevenge: it’s nasty, hilarious, outraged and outrageous, and magically exactly as genuinely poignant as it is blackly, sarcastically funny.

Sure, there have been bad-fetus movies before, and movies about strange creatures growing inside human bodies and taking over. (Two recent awful examples: Devil’s Due and The Unborn.) But to a one, as far as I am aware, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Prevenge review – audacious horror from a mother of invention

12 February 2017 1:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Pregnancy is a bloody business as writer-director Alice Lowe stars as an expectant mother urged into a killing spree by her unborn baby

Alice Lowe, the co-creator and star of Ben Wheatley’s savage 2012 black comedy Sightseers, has cooked up an outrageous antenatal shocker that brings together murder, madness and maternity in a fever dream of fear and farce. A tale of bloody revenge enacted by a pregnant woman at the apparent behest of her unborn child, Prevenge is an audacious directorial feature debut for Lowe that leaves strange stretch marks on both comedy and horror, the genres from which it was born.

Just as Rosemary’s Baby playfully explored prepartum paranoia, so Lowe’s cut-throat psychodrama transforms feelings of alienation and estrangement into a delirious odyssey as dark as a pool of coagulating blood. “Messy, isn’t it?” coos the killer after emasculating one of her more boorish victims, »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Horror Highlights: Monster Fest Tour, The Walking Dead at Universal Studios, Don’T Kill It, Peelers, Zombie Cats From Mars

11 February 2017 7:42 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In today's Horror Highlights, we have details on Australia's Monster Fest Travelling Sideshow (which will feature a wide variety of horror films, including Raw), a video of Christian Serratos walking through The Walking Dead attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood, and release details for Don't Kill It, Peelers, and Zombie Cats From Mars.

The Monster Fest Traveling Sideshow: Press Release: Monster Fest, Australia’s premier genre film festival celebrating cult, horror and the fantastic, returns for its seventh edition November 22-26, 2017 at the Lido Cinemas in Melbourne, mounted with the support of Screen Australia. These dates include the festival’s industry component, The Swinburne University Media and Communication Monster Academy, which will kick off the festival November 22 and 23.

Submissions are now open for Features, Short Films and Expanded Cinema Projects, with an Early Bird Deadline of April 21, a Regular Deadline of June 16 and a final, Extended Deadline of August 4, 2017.

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- Derek Anderson

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Arrow takes multiple territories on 'The Ghoul'

11 February 2017 2:23 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ben Wheatley executive produced Gareth Tunley’s debut feature which was Bifa nominated and premiered at Lff.

Arrow Films has acquired UK, Us and Canadian rights to Gareth Tunley’s debut feature The Ghoul.

The film, which world premiered at the BFI London Film Festival and later played at Film4’s Film Fear in Manchester, is produced by Primal Pictures.

Tunley, who has previously acted in Down Terrace and Kill List, wrote and directed the British psychological thriller. Tom Meeten, previously known for comedic work such as in Paddington, plays a more serious lead role, as a detective going undercover to therapy sessions who starts to question reality and fantasy.

The cast also features Alice Lowe (Sightseers), Dan Skinner (High-Rise), Geoff McGivern (Grantchester), Niamh Cusack (Testament Of Youth), Rufus Jones (Bill) and Paul Kaye (Game Of Thrones).

The film was nominated for the Discovery Award at the 2016 BIFAs.

Francesco Simeoni, director of Content »

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Film Acquisitions Rundown: Sony Picks Up Tom Hanks’ ‘Greyhound,’ Lionsgate Acquires ‘Rally Car’ and More

10 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

-Sony Pictures is acquiring the worldwide rights to “Greyhound,” the World War II drama written by Tom Hanks, Deadline reports. Hanks will also star in the film, which will be directed by Aaron Schneider (“Get Low”), and produce with his Playtone partner Gary Goetzman.

In the film, Hanks plays George Krause, the commander of a Navy destroyer called the Greyhound. Sony acquired the rights to the film at the Berlin International Film Festival’s European Film Market.

Read More: Shia Labeouf, Rooney Mara and More: 10 Hot Projects at Berlin’s European Film Market

-Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to action film “Rally Car,” starring Keanu Reeves. The film will be directed by Olivier Megaton (“Taken 2, »

- Graham Winfrey

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BFI London Film Festival reveals 2017 dates

9 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Submissions now open for 61st edition of Lff.

The BFI has confirmed the dates the London Film Festival (Lff) will run in 2017.

Kicking off on October 4, the 61st edition of the event will run for 12 days at various venues across the English capital, closing on October 15.

Submissions are now open for feature and short films, the final deadline is June 12.

Last year’s festival presented 397 feature and short films and welcomed 195,595 admissions, a 16% increase on 2015. It opened with Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom and closed with Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire.

The best film award was presented to Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women, while Steve McQueen was awarded a BFI Fellowship.

More than 2000 international and British delegates attended the event in 2016. »

- (Tom Grater)

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Prevenge review – magnificently murderous mum-to-be

9 February 2017 2:45 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Alice Lowe directs and stars in this cracking tale of a pregnant woman who turns killer on the instructions of her unborn child

Alice Lowe makes a cracking directorial debut with this macabre, grittily low-budget and explicitly violent movie about a murderous pregnancy. It is a little like Sightseers, the black comedy she co-wrote and acted in for Ben Wheatley – but with fainter tint of queasy humour. It reminded me more of John McNaughton’s Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, or indeed the “impregnation” scene from Ridley Scott’s Alien

Prevenge provides a nightmarish satirical twist on post- and antenatal depression. On first seeing this film in Venice last year, maybe addled by lagoon vapours or the disorientating horror of the film itself, I aired my own bizarre theory that the title was a riff on pre-emptive revenge: prevenge, pretaliation etc. It was gently pointed out to me that »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Hollywood Shines at the BAFTA Awards

9 February 2017 10:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Prior to 1999, the British Academy Film and Television Awards were seen as the poor, but perfectly respectable, country cousin of their high-wattage American brethren. There were a number of reasons for this, chief among them the four-month time lag between U.S. and U.K. release dates, which saw a bizarre hike in prestige releases during April, when the BAFTA ceremony was traditionally held.

Until 1997, the event also included an extensive roll of television awards, which made for a long night, with the top film awards inevitably going to the same films honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences two months earlier. The BAFTAs felt stale.

In 1999, however, the BAFTAs stepped up the glamour offensive. Elizabeth Taylor was honored with a BAFTA fellowship, presented by Michael Caine, while the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, and Christina Ricci walked the red carpet outside North London’s dowdy Business Design Centre. »

- Damon Wise

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Shudder Makes First Theatrical Play With ‘Prevenge’; Gravitas Ventures Lands ‘When The Bough Breaks’ – Film Briefs

8 February 2017 4:40 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Shudder, the AMC Networks-backed thriller/horror streaming service, is getting into the theatrical game for the first time. It has acquired North American rights to Alice Lowe's pregnancy horror comedy Prevenge, which has played Venice and Toronto, and it will hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles beginning March 24 after it screens at SXSW. Lowe, who stars and wrote Ben Wheatley's Sightseers, makes her directorial debut and stars in Prevenge, about a expectant mother… »

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Shudder Acquires North American Rights to Pregnancy Horror Comedy Prevenge

8 February 2017 3:15 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Many horror fans may remember Alice Lowe as the tourist Tina on the vacation that went horribly wrong in Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers, and the actress / filmmaker is now bringing another memorable character to life in her new horror comedy Prevenge, which has been acquired for North American distribution by the streaming service Shudder.

Shudder will release Prevenge on their streaming service (and in select New York and Los Angeles theaters) beginning March 24th, following the film’s showing at the SXSW Film Festival. Below, we have the official press release with full details.

Press Release (via Rama’s Screen): New York, NY (February 8, 2017) – Shudder announced today that it is acquiring North American rights to Alice Lowe’s pregnancy horror comedy Prevenge. The film will be available on the premium thriller, suspense and horror video streaming service and play theatrically in New York and Los Angeles from March 24th, »

- Derek Anderson

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Tiff Programmer Colin Geddes Departing After 20 Years

7 February 2017 7:32 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Colin Geddes, an international programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival, is stepping down after two decades at Tiff. Geddes was responsible for programming the festival’s Midnight Madness and Vanguard sections. Geddes’ programming associate Peter Kuplowsky will take over the role of Tiff programmer for Midnight Madness.

Read More: Why Tiff’s Midnight Madness Program Attracts Cinephiles From Around the World Every Year

Geddes will continue his work as curator for the horror streaming service Shudder, and serve as co-artistic director of the historic Royal Cinema in Toronto with his wife Katarina Gligorijević. He will also continue working as an executive producer and consulting producer. Some of his recent producing credits include the horror-thriller “Replace,” which will screen for buyers at the Berlin Film Festival’s European Film Market, the 2014 documentary “Why Horror?” and the comedy-drama “He Never Died” starring Henry Rollins.

Geddes joined Tiff in 1997 after being hired »

- Graham Winfrey

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Midnight Madness' Colin Geddes Leaving Toronto Film Festival

7 February 2017 7:14 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Colin Geddes, whose gore- and zombie-filled Midnight Madness sidebar launched the career of horror superstar Eli Roth, is leaving the Toronto Film Festival after 20 years.

“When I started at Tiff in 1997, I had no idea it would be a journey that would last two decades,” Geddes said Tuesday in a statement. During his years programming Toronto's witching-hour sidebar, Geddes, in his customary red pants, helped introduce North American audiences to genre-bending directors like Miike Takashi, Tony Jaa, Saw co-creator James Wan, Gareth Evans and Ben Wheatley.

Midnight Madness also helped distributors find the next Saturday night hit at »

- Etan Vlessing

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Rotterdam: Ben Wheatley Talks ‘Free Fire,’ ‘Doctor Who’ And His Killer Approach To The ‘Wages Of Fear’ Remake

6 February 2017 12:21 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In the elevator of the Marriott Hotel in Rotterdam, Ben Wheatley grimaces at the noise of a drill nearby. It’s partly his hangover, but also partly deja vu: he was here, at this festival, in this hotel last year, he tells me, and the hotel was under renovation then too. But if it was oddly thematically appropriate to accommodate Wheatley on the upper floors of an unfinished skyscraper while he was touring his last film, the Jg Ballard adaptation “High-Rise,” it feels wrong now: his new title, “Free Fire” which premiered in Toronto, is far more earthbound.

Continue reading Rotterdam: Ben Wheatley Talks ‘Free Fire,’ ‘Doctor Who’ And His Killer Approach To The ‘Wages Of Fear’ Remake at The Playlist. »

- Jessica Kiang

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Oscar's reigning quartet to present, as is the tradition.

1 February 2017 5:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

I've somehow never seen this photo of Mark Rylance trying not to step on Brie Larson's train. Adorable.

AMPAS has announced that last year's acting winners will each be presenting on Oscar night. One assumes they will present their corresponding opposite-sex category as is the tradition, but who knows. Perhaps Oscar will mix it up. I'm all for tradition at the Oscars, don'cha know, but I don't mind a curveball now and then. You?

Alicia Vikander is back on screens February 24th (Oscar weekend!) with long delayed costume drama Tulip Fever  in which she dumps Christoph Waltz for Dane DeHaan because who wouldn't.

Brie Larson is back on screens April 21st in the ensemble crime comedy Free Fire, from Ben Wheatley (High-Rise).

Mark Rylance is back on screens July 21st in Chris Nolan's Ww II epic Dunkirk.

...and Leonardo DiCaprio is back on screens in... 2018? 2019? 2020? He appears to »


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SXSW 2017 Bolsters Lineup With Baby Driver, Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire And Much More

31 January 2017 2:54 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After drawing attention to the festival’s annual Gaming Awards, organizers behind the South by Southwest Film Festival have posted the full, comprehensive lineup, revealing that the likes of Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver and Free Fire, the riotous ensemble thriller from Ben Wheatley, are among those films that will screen for critics and attendees.

Per SXSW 2017‘s website, this year’s showcase will host “84 World Premieres, 11 North American Premieres, and 6 Us Premieres. First-time filmmakers account for 51 films, continuing our tradition of unearthing the emergent talent of tomorrow.” British auteur Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England) is a regular of the Texas festival, and will be rubbing shoulders with other favorites including Michael Winterbottom, Nacho Vigalondo, Michael Showalter.

SXSW 2017 begins on March 10th in Austin, Texas and you can get up to speed on everything the festival has to offer down below.

Narrative Feature Competition

A Bad Idea Gone Wrong »

- Michael Briers

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Newswire: Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver to premiere at SXSW 2017

31 January 2017 2:04 PM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

SXSW announced its 2017 film schedule today, bringing with it news that Edgar Wright’s latest, Baby Driver, will be making its world premiere in Austin. Starring Ansel Elgort as a getaway driver who cues his vehicular escapes to what we’re assuming will be impeccably curated soundtracks, Driver will be Wright’s first film since 2013’s The World’s End (and his subsequent departure from Marvel’s Ant-Man movie).

Wright’s latest isn’t the only interesting film with a premiere at this year’s SXSW; Frank Oz has a new documentary, Muppet Guys Talking, in which he and his fellow Henson alumni talk about what working on The Muppet Show was actually like. As previously reported, Terrence Malick will be debuting his latest, Song By Song. And High Rise director Ben Wheatley‘s Free Fire, which stars Brie Larson and Armie Hammer in an arms deal that ...


- William Hughes

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