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'Moana' Sails Home; Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

21 February 2017 6:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford-directed drama; Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson; rated R) Hacksaw Ridge (Mel Gibson-directed war drama; Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Vince Vaughn; rated R) Manchester by the Sea (Oscar-begging drama; Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler; rated R) Bad Santa 2 (comedy; Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox; rated R) Moonlight (Oscar-begging romantic...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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Blu-ray Review – Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

21 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Hacksaw Ridge, 2016.

Directed by Mel Gibson.

Starring Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths,  and Vince Vaughn.


The World War II movie Hacksaw Ridge, which tells the story of a conscientious objector, Desmond Doss, who achieved heroic feats on the battlefield as a medic despite not carrying a weapon, arrives on home video in a Blu-ray + DVD set that also includes a code for a digital copy. While the bonus features are slight, the making-of documentary does an excellent job of charting the course of a movie that took a long time to come together.

As someone who’s long had an armchair historian’s interest in World War II, I was intrigued by Hacksaw Ridge, which tells the true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a conscientious objector who nonetheless wanted to serve his country as a medic.

However, Doss insists on serving while not carrying a rifle. »

- Brad Cook

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2017 Oscar Previews: Part 1

20 February 2017 12:41 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The 89th Annual Academy Awards will take place Sunday February 26th at 8:30pm Eastern time. Here is our overview of the major awards nominees in case you didn’t get to see them yourself. 

There’s always a lot of talk leading up to the big day about who will win what awards. We try to make our predictions based on trends from the past, but we can’t help to be swayed by our own personal opinions. Some movies truly strike a chord with us, while others aren’t interesting at all. Furthermore, Oscar films are usually heavy in the drama department and therefore they aren’t always the easiest or most entertaining movies to watch.

That’s why we’re here. Here is your guide to the nominees of this year’s Academy Awards. We’ve compiled the following brief summaries, interesting facts, and critical reviews for all these films and people. »

- (G.S. Perno)

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Berlinale 2017: Berlin Syndrome Review

15 February 2017 8:20 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Stefan Pape

Two years ago at the Berlinale audiences were treated to Victoria; a captivating, single-take thriller taking place across the streets of Berlin, tapping in to the vulnerability of a woman travelling the world, adjusting to a whole new country and culture, and having to do so all on her own. This year Aussie filmmaker Cate Shortland presents Berlin Syndrome, exploring a similar notion and thriving in the same foreboding tendencies, and yet while this endeavour is not nearly as innovative as Sebastian Schipper’s offering, this unbearably intense piece is no less compelling.

Teresa Palmer plays Clare, acclimatising to life away from her homeland of Australia, backpack on and eyes full of wonderment, watching the world go by through the lens of her camera, as she documents her experiences. One afternoon she is approached by Andi (Max Riemelt) on the street, an English teacher trying his luck, »

- Stefan Pape

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Berlin Syndrome review [Berlinale]: Dir. Cate Shortland (2017)

14 February 2017 10:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Berlin Syndrome review: Cate Shortland directs this adaptation of Melanie Joosten’s best-selling 2011 novel of the same name, a film which has already caused a stir at Sundance.

Berlin Syndrome review by Paul Heath at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.

Berlin Syndrome review

Hot from an impressive debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and then a hot pursuit for distribution rights, Berlin Syndrome arrives in the city in which it is set.

Teresa Palmer plays Clare, an Australian twenty-something travelling through the German capital backpacking. On a day wandering around the Kreuzberg district of the city, she happily snaps images of the Gdr structures and pick up second hand clothes in trendy street-side market stalls where she meets a charming local man named Andy (Max Riemelt, Sense8) who offers to show her around. Naturally one thing leads to another and the couple end up sleeping together, but when Andy »

- Paul Heath

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Hacksaw Ridge

11 February 2017 2:46 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Hacksaw Ridge

Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD

Summit Entertainment

2016 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 139 min. / Street Date February 21, 2017 / 39.99

Starring – Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Vince Vaughn, Rachel Griffiths, Luke Pegler.

Cinematography – Simon Duggan

Film Editor – John Gilbert

Original Music – Rupert Gregson-Williams

Written by – Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight

Produced by – Paul Currie, Bruce Davey, William D. Johnson, Bill Mechanic,

Directed by – Mel Gibson


Combat movies fascinate this reviewer — if you look at the Savant review index you’ll see that I review practically every war picture of note that I can get my hands on. But brace yourself — I become huffy when I see themes of patriotism and faith used to deliver dicey messages.

Mel Gibson’s big, slick WW2 combat film Hacksaw Ridge tells the truly inspiring story of combat medic Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor and the only one to »

- Glenn Erickson

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Berlin: Sellers Hit the Festival and Market With Mixed Expectations

3 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sellers are heading to Berlin with realistic expectations about the state of the marketplace and the hurdles facing them.

“Consistently delivering great movies has always been the challenge, but you need the rigor required for that even more so now,” says Sierra/Affinity CEO Nick Meyer, who’ll be repping the Wwi-era drama “The Promise,” starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale, in Berlin. “The demand for excellence in filmmaking from independent distributors around the world is higher than ever.”

While Meyer is pragmatic about the global economy (“There are always going to be currency fluctuations and markets that are up and down — that’s the rule,” he says), others see a more ominous landscape.

“The fundamental issue right now is that every single territory in the world has problems that are very challenging, not just for the cinema market, but politically and economically,” says FilmNation Entertainment senior VP of international sales Tara Erer, »

- Gregg Goldstein

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Hacksaw Ridge: The Incredible True Story Behind the Oscar Nominee

1 February 2017 1:45 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

With six Academy Award nominations (including one for director Mel Gibson and another for lead actor, Andrew Garfield), Hacksaw Ridge has emerged as one of the most lauded films of 2016. Both critics and audiences have praised the gritty war drama, which has racked up numerous international honors and over $150 million at the box office since its November release. Those who haven't seen the World War II drama may not know that the onscreen story of Garfield's character is based closely on real-life soldier, Private First Class Desmond Doss. Even those who have lined up to see the film may not know just how much of the cinematic story was rooted in true events. As producer Bill Mechanic told People, he and Gibson "were very accurate with Desmond and what happened to him." That's not to say that the filmmakers were obsessive about every detail of Doss's life. "If you're a slave to the complete facts, »

- Michelle Konstantinovsky

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Sundance Sales Market: Netflix, Amazon Returned With Deep Pockets

29 January 2017 1:38 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Deep-pocketed streaming giants Amazon and Netflix made bold strategic moves and spent handsomely for Sundance Film Festival titles again this year. Netflix paid $12.5 million for Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” set in the post-wwii South, $8 million for the Lily Collins anorexia drama “To the Bone,” $5 million for the Toni Collette-Molly Shannon comedy “Fun Mom Dinner,” and picked up both Jim Strouse’s festival closer “The Incredible Jessica James” and the Teresa Palmer psychological thriller “Berlin Syndrome.” The company also spent big on documentaries, including $5 million for the Russian sports-doping doc “Icarus” — the priciest nonfiction acquisition in Sundance history — and »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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Review: Berlin Syndrome (Sundance) starring Teresa Palmer

29 January 2017 12:43 PM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: An Australian backpacker (Teresa Palmer) traveling through Germany has a one-night stand with a stranger (Max Riemelt) only to discover the next morning that he’s made her a captive in his prison-like apartment. Review: The premise for Berlin Syndrome is admittedly familiar. A young, gorgeous girl is held prisoner by psychopath. We’ve seen this movie before, right?... Read More »

- Chris Bumbray

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‘Berlin Syndrome’ Review: Teresa Palmer Elevates Cate Shortland’s Creepy Captivity Thriller — Sundance 2017

28 January 2017 11:14 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The problem with films that chronicle captivity is that there’s really only two ways they can go: the victim breaks free, or they don’t. The trick is making the journey worthwhile. Cate Shortland’s “Berlin Syndrome” packs plenty of twists into its overinflated 116-minute runtime, and most of them are enough to recommend the “Somersault” filmmaker’s latest crack at satisfying, female-driven cinema.

Bolstered by a strong performance from Teresa Palmer (who only gets better with each role, and seems happy to mix things up when it comes time to pick them), “Berlin Syndrome” doesn’t break much new ground in the genre, but it’s certainly a worthy entry into it.

Read More: The 2017 IndieWire Sundance Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

Aussie tourist Clare (Palmer) is starry-eyed from the start, arriving in Berlin with nothing but a hiker’s pack and a serious desire to explore. »

- Kate Erbland

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Everyone at Sundance Is Wearing These Turtlenecks and Tights – Here’s How to Get Your Own

27 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

If you’ve been flipping through our Sundance style gallery – and of course you have, because where else would you get all your coat- and boot-spiration? – you may have noticed a few themes. The first: Everyone is wearing jeans or tights (duh, it’s cold). The second: Parkas are becoming a fashion statement in their own right. The third: Layering dresses over turtlenecks is the new hotness. And as it turns out, one brand in particular has cornered the market on the tights and turtlenecks every star was using as the foundations of their outfits.

As seen on Jaime King »

- Alex Apatoff

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Sundance 2017 Interview: Director Cate Shortland & Producer Polly Staniford Discuss Berlin Syndrome

25 January 2017 8:32 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

At Park City for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with two of the filmmakers behind Berlin Syndrome, director Cate Shortland and producer Polly Staniford, who discussed their approach to the project, creating complicated characters and equally complex relationships, how they hope the film opens up a dialogue about abuse, and more.

Read on for more from both Shortland and Staniford, and be sure to stay tuned for more Sundance coverage right here on Daily Dead.

Great to speak with you both today. I’d love to start off by hearing how you found the source material for Berlin Syndrome, and what you recognized in the book that you thought would make for a great film.

Polly Staniford: I read the book in 2011. It was pitched to me by the publishers, and I read it and was very instantly attracted to the book. I loved the characters, »

- Heather Wixson

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Armie Hammer’s ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Joins Berlinale’s Panorama Lineup

25 January 2017 5:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section has completed its lineup with the addition of 24 feature films, including “Call Me by Your Name,” an extremely well-reviewed gay love story featuring actor Armie Hammer.

The full Panorama program includes 36 world, six international and nine European premieres. Thirteen European films have been added. Among those is “Call Me by Your Name,” directed by Luca Guadagnino (“A Bigger Splash”) from an adaptation, co-written with James Ivory, of a novel by André Aciman.

There are five films from Brazil, including “Como Nossos Pais” (Just Like Our Parents), directed by Lais Bodanzky, who depicts the everyday lives of three generations in Sao Paulo as “a pyrotechnic display of individual passions and existential delusions staged with a sublime naturalness,” according to the festival.

Also in the program are Spanish debut feature “Pieles” (Skins) by Eduardo Casanova, “Rekvijem za gospodju J.” (Requiem for Mrs. J.) by Serbia’s Bojan Vuletić, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Berlin's Panorama lineup rounds out with UK, Italian, Lebanese titles

25 January 2017 4:33 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Berlin’s Panorama lineup also includes new films from Us, China and Brazil.

Berlin’s Panorama strand is now complete following the addition of 24 additional titles.

A total of 51 works from 43 countries have been chosen for screening in the section, including 21 in Panorama Dokumente and 29 feature films in the main programme and Panorama Special. 36 of these films will be getting their world premieres at the Berlinale.

The German production Tiger Girl by Jakob Lass will open this year’s edition of Panorama Special at Berlin’s Zoo Palast cinema, along with the previously announced Brazilian production Vazante.

Among newly confirmed films are UK Sundance title God’s Own Country, Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome, feminist fairy tale The Misandrists by Berlinale regular Bruce Labruce, Erik Poppe’s The King’s Choice and Belgian-French-Lebanese co-production Insyriated which stars Hiam Abbass as a woman trapped in an apartment during war.[p »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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Hacksaw Ridge review: “Heart-poundingly intense, but altogether outstanding”

24 January 2017 8:28 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Hacksaw Ridge review: Andrew Garfield plays WWII hero Desmond Doss in this thrilling, impactful effort from director Mel Gibson.

Read our Hacksaw Ridge review below. The film opens across the UK on January 26th, 2017.

Mel Gibson hasn’t directed a film since 2006. That movie was the impressive Apocalypto, a film not in the English language that secured a tad over $120 million at the worldwide box-office, from a reported $40 million budget. The years that followed were not particularly kind to Gibson, both personally and, as as result, professionally. Now clear of his demons with Hollywood starting to welcome him in again – plus an acting career that is also looking on the up following last year’s impressive Blood Father, Gibson has delivered possibly his best directorial effort yet, the World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge.

‘Ridge’ revolves around the real-life character Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a young twenty-something intent on helping his country during WWII. »

- Paul Heath

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Hacksaw Ridge review

24 January 2017 3:01 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mel Gibson returns to the director's chair with the true-life war film, Hacksaw Ridge. Here's our review...

From Greek myths to modern comic book movies, heroes are often required to cross a threshold where the laws of the ordinary world are suspended. In Mel Gibson’s war film Hacksaw Ridge, it’s the landmark named in the title: a sheer cliff face on the island of Okinawa where, in the midst of WWII, Japanese forces are tenaciously dug in. When fresh-faced soldier Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) crosses the threshold into that territory, Gibson depicts the moment as a step into a purgatorial dimension of death and cruelty. It's nothing short of terrifying.

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Doss was a real-life Us soldier, a devout Christian who flatly refused to pick up a gun even in bootcamp, »

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Sundance 2017 Interview: Teresa Palmer & Max Riemelt Talk Berlin Syndrome

23 January 2017 9:27 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Over the last few years, I’ve come to admire actress Teresa Palmer’s body of work, as she’s consistently taken on intriguing projects like Knight of Cups (with Terrence Malick), Warm Bodies, and last year’s Lights Out (as I entered the interview, she mentioned that work on a script for the sequel is currently underway). Her latest project, Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome, recently premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and follows her character, Clare, after she finds herself being subtly abducted following a night of passion with Andi (Max Riemelt), a teacher who wants to keep her tucked away from the world forever after their romp.

In Park City, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with both Palmer and Riemelt about their experiences working on Berlin Syndrome, their collaborative relationship together and with director Shortland, and the complicated connection their characters share in the film. »

- Heather Wixson

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Sundance 2017 Review: Berlin Syndrome Effectively Digs into the Horrors of Relationships

23 January 2017 6:01 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

A brutal, yet subtle abduction thriller, Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome is a stunning effort from the Australian filmmaker that deftly explores the idea of Stockholm syndrome in a very unexpected, thoughtful, and intimate way.

Co-starring Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies, Lights Out) and Max Riemelt (Sense8), Berlin Syndrome follows Clare (Palmer), an Australian photographer who has just arrived in Germany after coming to a crossroads in her life and realizing that she wants to experience the world at large through the lens of her camera. While Clare is quite shy and sometimes awkward around others, she catches the eye of Andi (Riemelt), a local teacher who takes an immediate liking to her, and they end up sharing a night of passion. But the next morning, Clare finds herself unable to leave Andi’s apartment (which of course happens to be located in a remote part of Berlin that most folks »

- Heather Wixson

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'Berlin Syndrome': Film Review | Sundance 2017

23 January 2017 12:03 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Australian director Cate Shortland brought a penetrating female gaze both to the jailbait protagonist of her lyrical first feature, Somersault, and the conflicted teenage Nazi offspring at the center of her German-language follow-up, Lore. But audiences looking for the illuminating perspective of an intelligent woman director on the kind of sexual-captivity scenario that dates back to The Collector might come away disappointed from Berlin Syndrome. Driven by a compellingly internalized performance from Teresa Palmer as the conflicted prey, this is a case of expert filmmaking craft applied to a familiar story that becomes unrelentingly grim and drawn out after its »

- David Rooney

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