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Movie Review – Almost Holy (2015)

14 July 2016 4:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Almost Holy, 2015.

Directed by Steve Hoover.

Starring Gennadiy Mokhnenko.

Synopsis:

The real-life account of a Ukrainian Pastor and moral enforcer, Gennadiy Mokhnenko, who takes it upon himself to single-handedly rehabilitate child drug users in Mariupol where violence and poverty is rife.

Almost Holy is a documentary that follows Gennadiy Mokhnenko, who calls himself Pastor Crocodile after Cheburashka, the 60’s Russian animation film by Soviet writer Eduard Uspensky. Clips from the animation plays throughout Almost Holy as we follow Gennadiy backwards and forwards from the early 2000’s to 2014 in a time of political, societal and economic volatility and uncertainty in Ukraine, more specifically Mariupol – the tenth largest city.

Gennadiy is a mountain of a man. Strong-willed, passionate about the youth of his city and authoritative, he has decided to focus all of his powers into the rehabilitation of children affected by the symptoms of poverty, for the large part this is drug addiction. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Prepare for ‘Twin Peaks’ With a Damn Fine Mixtape of Songs By New Cast Members

30 June 2016 12:47 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot black coffee. Or, it could be a listen to this Lynchian mixtape inspired by the massive cast list released for the new iteration of Twin Peaks, which has a surprising number of musicians along with actors.

This list includes, but is not limited to, Trent Reznor, Eddie Vedder, Sky Ferreia, and Sharon Van Etten, along with actors who also dabble in music such as Jennifer Jason Leigh, Monica Bellucci, and Richard Chamberlain. The songs are tailor-fitted to the mood of the show, a combination of the eerie, sad, dark, joyous, and full of life. »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Film Review: ‘Almost Holy’

16 May 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The modern-day Ukraine depicted by “Almost Holy” is a place of such individual, familial, institutional and moral degradation that it appears on the verge of apocalyptic collapse. Executive produced by Terrence Malick, director Steve Hoover’s documentary situates itself in the Eastern European outpost of Mariupol to detail one priest’s efforts to stave off the figurative arrival of the Four Horsemen — who appear in many guises, including that of Vladimir Putin and his invading Russian forces. Stylistically diverse, this niche-release portrait of noble vigilantism in the face of insurmountable crisis could be too bleak to convert many Americans to its cause.

Burly, buzz-cut Pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko has spent his career combating his country’s post-Soviet slide into shameful squalor by taking matters into his own hands. Gennadiy leads raids throughout the city of Mariupol to round up drug-addicted children and abused innocents — often by literally forcing them into his »

- Nick Schager

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15 Films to See in May

2 May 2016 12:38 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The summer has arrived — at least if you’re going by Hollywood’s calendar. Our comprehensive preview for all four months will give you a hint as to what we most anticipate — but, for a more in-depth look, today we have our first monthly feature of the season. It should be noted that theatrical re-releases of the Jean-Luc Godard classic Band of Outsiders and Eiichi Yamamoto‘s animation, Belladonna of Sadness, both arriving on May 6th, as well as Fritz Lang‘s Destiny (on May 20th), are essential.

Getting to the new features, perhaps our most-anticipated studio release of the entire summer arrives, along with some of our festival favorites from the last year. To those lamenting the lack of superhero films: we figured it was best not to waste the space, as they are certainly already on your radar if you’re planning to buy a ticket. Check out »

- Jordan Raup

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Watch: Trailer For Terrence Malick Produced Documentary 'Almost Holy' Introduces Pastor Crocodile

27 April 2016 9:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Terrence Malick may not have made any new friends with this year’s "Knight Of Cups," but the fact remains that he is still a filmmaker whose name holds weight. If a deserving film reaches eyeballs solely on the strength of his name recognition, then we couldn’t be happier. Read More: The Curious Case Of Terrence Malick & The Worrying Cost Of Diminishing Returns Such is the case with "Almost Holy," for which Malick is on board as executive producer. Directed by Steve Hoover ("Blood Brother"), "Almost Holy" is the story about Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a Ukrainian pastor who has dedicated his life to rehabilitating drug-addicted children. Nicknamed “Pastor Crocodile,” he is also known on the streets of Mariupol as a vigilante who will do whatever it takes to carry out his mission. You can check out the trailer for the film below. Featuring original music co-performed by Atticus Ross ("The Social Network, »

- Ryan Oliver

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Trailer for Terrence Malick-Produced Documentary ‘Almost Holy’

19 April 2016 8:50 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Unless there’s a surprise announcement, it looks like Cannes will once again be Terrence Malick-less, despite rumors that one of his upcoming features was going to premiere there. However, this summer, one of his executive-producing efforts, Almost Holy, a new documentary from Steve Hoover (Blood Brother), will see a release, and today the first trailer has landed.

Previously titled Crocodile Gennadiy, it follows a Ukrainian pastor, Gennadiy Mohknenko, who has stirred controversy in his attempt to fight child homelessness by abducting street kids to bring to his private rehabilitation center. As quoted on the poster, The Village Voice‘s Aaron Hillis called it “the best superhero vigilante movie of the year,” and Hoover’s picture — also produced by Nicolas Gonda and featuring a score from Atticus Ross — looks like a compelling watch.

Check out the trailer and poster below.

The fall of The Soviet Union left Ukraine in »

- Jordan Raup

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Exclusive Poster for Terrence Malick-Produced Documentary ‘Almost Holy’

16 March 2016 11:28 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a number of features in various states of production, 2016 may indeed be the year of Terrence Malick, but his directorial efforts aren’t the only projects that will soon see the light of day. This summer, one of his executive-producing efforts, Almost Holy, a new documentary from Steve Hoover (Blood Brother), will see a release, and we’re pleased to exclusively premiere the first poster.

Previously titled Crocodile Gennadiy, it follows a Ukrainian pastor, Gennadiy Mohknenko, who has stirred controversy in his attempt to fight child homelessness by abducting street kids to bring to his private rehabilitation center. As quoted on the poster, The Village Voice‘s Aaron Hillis called it “the best superhero vigilante movie of the year,” and Hoover’s picture — also produced by Nicolas Gonda and featuring a score from Atticus Ross — is certainly one we can’t wait to see.

Check out the poster and synopsis below, »

- Jordan Raup

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[Review] Triple 9

26 February 2016 6:38 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

John Hillcoat is going to make a great film someday. Each of his last three films (Lawless, The RoadThe Proposition) have skirted this quality to various degrees, bringing together top-tier casts, evocatively oppressive atmospheres, and muddied, morally-compromised perspectives, but they’ve never quite coalesced into something spectacular. Triple 9 is Hillcoat’s latest trip into the gray, and despite a pedigree of able performers in front of the camera, it’s an exhaustively cynical, morally-empty crime film that has neither the pacing to work as a B-film or the loftier ideas in place to work as a serious investigation of corruption.

Triple 9 centers on a group of various law enforcement members – detectives, police officers, special operations, etc. – who have been backed into a pact with the sadistic Russian Jewish mafia to rob federal banks. They orchestrate these heists with an exacting set of rules and nonlethal force (sort »

- Michael Snydel

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War Games: 'Triple 9' and the Shadow of Iraq

25 February 2016 10:25 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

In director John Hillcoat's apocalyptic Atlanta, the Gotham of the New South, dirty cops tangle with tweakers, tatted-up gang lieutenants, soused detectives, shady feds, and the Russian mob, to the point that bloodletting seems a matter of course. Traffic halts for a gunfight as though it were a routine rush hour nuisance; military-grade stun grenades set off after a bank heist, each one labeled "distraction device," elicit no comment from investigators sweeping the scene. In "Triple 9" (Open Road, Feb. 26), Hillcoat brings down the hammer on the domestic front's urban warfare, only to smash his crime drama to smithereens in the process. Read More: "Listen to Atticus Ross' Badass 'Triple 9' Ep Right This Second (Exclusive)"   The long, twin shadows of Iraq and Afghanistan loom in the film's near distance. Even after former soldier Chris Allen — the terse, slyly funny Casey Affleck, gnawing on gum as »

- Matt Brennan

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Interview: John Hillcoat On The Challenges Of Building An Ensemble Cast And New Sonic Palette For Neo-Noir ‘Triple 9’

23 February 2016 10:53 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Triple 9” is the latest film from John Hillcoat, the Australian director perhaps best known for a string of films that approach familiar genres in new ways. “The Proposition” is an Australian western; “The Road” is a literary post-apocalyptic tale; and “Lawless” tackles the gangster genre. Like those films, “Triple 9” finds the director adding his own spin to a well known template— it's a cop movie with a modern noir twist. Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Clifton Collins, Jr., Teresa Palmer and Gal Gadot comprise an ensemble for a film tellling the tale of a group of crooked cops who embark on a dangerous bank heist on behalf of Russian gangsters. Read More: Review: John Hillcoat's 'Triple 9' Starring Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie & Kate Winslet "Triple 9" debuts a partnership between Hillcoat and Atticus Ross, »

- Russ Fischer

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Watch: New Trailer And 5 Clips For 'Triple 9,' Plus Listen To Atticus Ross' Score

22 February 2016 10:50 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Movies rarely come packed with the kind of star power that's bursting at the seams of "Triple 9." Casey AffleckChiwetel EjioforKate WinsletClifton Collins Jr.Gal GadotWoody HarrelsonAnthony MackieTeresa PalmerAaron Paul and Norman Reedus all star in the latest flick from John Hillcoat ("The Proposition," "The Road"), which is hoping to close out February with a bang. Read More: Review: John Hillcoat's 'Triple 9' Starring Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie & Kate Winslet A new trailer and five clips have dropped for the film, providing more than you might want to see from the Matt Cook-penned movie about crooked cops attempting a daring bank heist at the request of Russian mobsters, a job that will leave at least one cop dead. Meanwhile, courtesy of Thompson On Hollywood, you can check out the film's score by Atticus Ross ("The Social »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Film Review: ‘Triple 9’

17 February 2016 12:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If he hadn’t already made a Prohibition-era Western called “Lawless,” director John Hillcoat might as well have saved that title for “Triple 9,” a modern-day heist thriller of unusually grim, coiled intensity: About as far removed as possible from the suave leisure-suit larcenists of an “Ocean’s Eleven” caper, the desperate crooks trying to pull off one last job here are a bunch of corrupt cops and ex-soldiers in Atlanta, navigating a shadowy urban labyrinth with no chance of escape or redemption in sight. Well suited to Hillcoat’s gifts for low-boil suspense and brutal eruptions of violence in close, male-dominated quarters, the film has grit and atmosphere to burn but also a certain narrative sketchiness, as though unable to reconcile its sharp sociological portraiture with the pleasures of a more robustly plotted crime yarn. While a diverse, high-wattage cast including Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kate Winslet should draw some takers, »

- Justin Chang

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Celebrities Flock (and Wear Lots of Red!) for Liberty Ross and Jimmy Iovine's Valentine's Day Wedding

14 February 2016 8:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Celebrities flocked to David Geffen's California home on Sunday to watch Liberty Ross and Jimmy Iovine tie the knot for a special Valentine's Day wedding. A source tells People that guests were escorted to the venue by a private driver and all the women were asked to wear red. Another source notes that there were roughly 300 guests in total. Famous well-wishers included Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey, who shared a snap on Instagram ahead of the wedding in a red dress. "Stepping out with my Valentine of almost 30 yrs! #iovinewedding," she wrote alongside a photo with longtime partner Stedman Graham. »

- Naja Rayne, @najarayne

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Celebrities Flock (and Wear Lots of Red!) for Liberty Ross and Jimmy Iovine's Valentine's Day Wedding

14 February 2016 8:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Celebrities flocked to David Geffen's California home on Sunday to watch Liberty Ross and Jimmy Iovine tie the knot for a special Valentine's Day wedding. A source tells People that guests were escorted to the venue by a private driver and all the women were asked to wear red. Another source notes that there were roughly 300 guests in total. Famous well-wishers included Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey, who shared a snap on Instagram ahead of the wedding in a red dress. "Stepping out with my Valentine of almost 30 yrs! #iovinewedding," she wrote alongside a photo with longtime partner Stedman Graham. »

- Naja Rayne, @najarayne

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Battle of the Grammy Parties: Clive Davis' Annual Bash and Jimmy Iovine's Wedding

1 February 2016 8:56 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Music's second-biggest night is supersized this year as the annual Clive Davis pre-Grammy party (sponsored by the Recording Academy and honoring manager Irving Azoff with its Salute to Industry Icons Award) and Apple executive Jimmy Iovine's wedding to Liberty Ross (ex-wife of movie director Rupert Sanders and sister of Gone Girl composer Atticus Ross) are both scheduled to start within an hour of each other on Valentine's Day. (The Grammy Awards air live on CBS on Feb. 15.) While logistically the nuptials at David Geffen's Beverly Hills mansion and the annual A-list soiree held at

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- Shirley Halperin

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This documentary is your first feature-length peek into the making of movie scores

8 January 2016 1:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Score: A Film Music Documentary” has surpassed its Indiegogo fundraising goal. The film explores the power of film and TV music as an art form and delves into the creative and technical process of scoring a movie to create an emotional response in audiences. Over 50 people — from composers to directors to film critics — have been interviewed for “Score,” which sets out to be the first feature-length documentary about film scores. Among the participants in the project are Hans Zimmer, James Cameron, Danny Elfman, “Battlestar Galactica” composer Bear McCreary and “The Social Network” duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Fans of those composers gave the doc an overwhelming response in its fundraising campaign. After last year’s successful Kickstarter campaign in March, the current Indiegogo campaign that’s raising final funds for the film has taken in over $57,000, well surpassing its $30,000 goal. Film score geeks can see the movie when it »

- Emily Rome

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For Your Consideration: 7 Fringe Oscar Contenders That Deserve a Nomination

2 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Balloting is well underway for the 88th annual Oscars as members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (or their assistants or sons or daughters or dogs or cats) sit down to chalk up the best in 2015 cinema. I’ve already rattled off a personal list of superlatives, but allow me a final “for your consideration” pitch for a few contenders that could really use a leg-up. All of these are on the far outside looking in, but they represent some of the finest achievements of the year. So, to the various branches of the Academy…

Directors Branch: Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen for “Inside Out

I’ve been ringing this bell all season long but here’s one more push: Animation directors deserve some love, too, particularly when they crank out something as thematically and emotionally rich as “Inside Out.” Pete Docter and his co-director Ronnie Del Carmen created, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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