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‘The Other Half’ Review: Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen Anchor a Quiet Mental Health Drama

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‘The Other Half’ Review: Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen Anchor a Quiet Mental Health Drama
The Other Half” is a film built on withholding. Whether it’s writer/director Joey Klein’s general approach to dispensing key character details or the information that two lovers choose to keep hidden from each other, there’s a pervasive kind of obfuscation that can be at turns refreshing and frustrating. It’s a series of preludes and aftermaths, following an arc of persistent loss and newfound love. But when Klein trusts his actors and leans on the strength of the genuine moments they’re able to create together, the story of Emily (Tatiana Maslany) and Nickie (Tom Cullen) moves beyond the usual constraints of characters with similar pasts.

True to form with the rest of the film’s strongest elements, Nickie and Emily’s relationship has a simple beginning. After making eyes at each other across the room at the café where Nickie works, the two strike up a relationship.
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Film Review: ‘Closet Monster’

Film Review: ‘Closet Monster’
The teenage coming-out dramedy is by now such a subgenre unto itself, so familiar in its usual beats, that it takes a while to realize a rare film like “Closet Monster” is actually bringing something original to the form. Canadian writer-director Stephen Dunn’s first feature treads no new ground in basic outline. But the risk-taking confidence with which he weaves in sardonic magical-realist elements, not to mention his unpredictable yet assured approaches to style and tone, make this a most auspicious debut. After a year’s well-received travel on the festival circuit, Strand launches a tiered U.S. theatrical release Sept. 23 in New York.

We first meet Oscar Madly as a precocious tyke (Jack Fulton) about seven years’ age. When his parents give him a pet hamster, it’s to soften the blow of their split announcement: Mom Brin (Joanne Kelly) is leaving, having had enough of dad Peter’s (Aaron Abrams) antics.
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SXSW Film Review: ‘The Other Half’

SXSW Film Review: ‘The Other Half’
A jagged, semi-impressionistic approach and two outstanding lead performances distinguish writer-director Joey Klein’s “The Other Half” among the cinema’s many portraits of self-destructiveness and codependency. What might have seemed pro forma on paper — a man, suffering the effects of long-term grief, forges a deep bond with a young woman with bipolar disorder — overcomes its occasionally studied stylistic tics to become a troubled, anguished love story that neither exaggerates nor soft-pedals the demons on display. The rising profiles of stars Tom Cullen and Tatiana Maslany (both also credited as exec producers) should lend Klein’s accomplished debut feature a halfway decent shot with indie audiences following its SXSW competition premiere.

Five years after the tragic, unexplained disappearance of his younger brother, Nickie Bellow (Cullen), a British man now living abroad (the film was shot in Toronto), is caught in the throes of an intense depression. He barely maintains contact with his parents,
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Watch Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen Fall for Each Other in SXSW Premiere ‘The Other Half’ (Exclusive)

Watch Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen Fall for Each Other in SXSW Premiere ‘The Other Half’ (Exclusive)
Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany and “Downton Abbey” thesp Tom Cullen will premiere their new film, “The Other Half,” at South By Southwest on March 11, and Variety has an exclusive sneak peek at the drama, in which a grief-stricken man and a bipolar woman fall in love and try to forge a simple life together.

Speaking to Variety after her Emmy nomination last year, Maslany explained how much of a “passion project” the film is for herself and Cullen — who are also a couple off-screen and serve as executive producers on the feature.

“It’s about two people who are very broken and very much in love with each other and trying to make it work. It’s a very simple story but told really beautifully,” she said. “The director is Joey Klein, and I’m working opposite Tom Cullen and it’s like a family affair. It’s a
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Watch Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen Fall for Each Other in SXSW Premiere ‘The Other Half’ (Exclusive)

Watch Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen Fall for Each Other in SXSW Premiere ‘The Other Half’ (Exclusive)
Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany and “Downton Abbey” thesp Tom Cullen will premiere their new film, “The Other Half,” at South By Southwest on March 11, and Variety has an exclusive sneak peek at the drama, in which a grief-stricken man and a bipolar woman fall in love and try to forge a simple life together.

Speaking to Variety after her Emmy nomination last year, Maslany explained how much of a “passion project” the film is for herself and Cullen — who are also a couple off-screen and serve as executive producers on the feature.

“It’s about two people who are very broken and very much in love with each other and trying to make it work. It’s a very simple story but told really beautifully,” she said. “The director is Joey Klein, and I’m working opposite Tom Cullen and it’s like a family affair. It’s a
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Round-Up: The X-Files Teaser Images, Body Trailer, MST3K Kickstarter, Bang Bang Baby, TeeFury’s Horror Sweaters

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The revamped The X-Files series doesn't air until January of next year, but we are getting a look at some more teaser images to hold us over until then. Also: a trailer for Body, Mystery Science Theater 3000 Kickstarter details, a Bang Bang Baby release announcement, and TeeFury's ugly Christmas sweaters.

The X-Files Series: "David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their iconic roles as Agent Fox Mulder and Agent Dana Scully in the upcoming event series which will encompass a mixture of stand-alone investigative episodes and those that further the original show’s seminal mythology. In the opening episode, Mulder and Scully take on a case of a possible alien abductee. The all-new episodes will feature appearances by guest stars, including Joel McHale (“Community”), Robbie Amell (“The Flash”), Lauren Ambrose (“Dig,” “Six Feet Under”), Annabeth Gish (“The Bridge”), Annet Mahendru (“The Americans”), Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Conchords”), Kumail Nanjiani
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Justin Chatwin on Bang Bang Baby, "Orphan Black," and being inspired by Justin Bieber

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All Stepphy (Jane Levy) wants is to get out of her small town. In Bang Bang Baby, the 1960s-set musical that could easily be the result of David Lynch remaking Hairspray, getting as far away from her small town is an incredibly wise decision, as there’s a chemical leak at the local plant.

While a mysterious purple mist begins to permeate the town, Stepphy happens upon her chance at fulfilling her Hollywood-bound ambitions. Rock idol Bobby Shore (Justin Chatwin) is having a bit of car trouble just down the street from her house and – luck would have it – her father (Peter Stormare) owns the local chop shop.

Canadian director Jeffrey St. JulesBang Bang Baby plays select theatres in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal starting on August 21. Before it hits theatres, Cineplex had the opportunity to chat with Chatwin about the film, his co-stars, and the very real origins of his vain heartthrob character,
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Watch the exclusive 360 virtual reality trailer for the sci-fi musical Bang Bang Baby

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It’s the movie genre we’ve all been awaiting for: a campy sci-fi throwback to the 1960’s musical. Bang Bang Baby offers all that and more as Jane Levy (“Suburgatory”) stars opposite Justin Chatwin (“Shameless”) in the brand new film that mixes music with mass mutations. And what better way to check it out than in our exclusivevirtual reality trailer?

The film, which picked up the Best First Feature award at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival is hitting theatres in select locations across Canada this month. The breakout indie musical follows the story of small-town teenager Stepphy (Levy) who believes her dream of becoming a famous signer will finally come true when her rock star idol Bobby Shore (Chatwin) is stranded in town. Stepphy’s dream soon becomes a nightmare when a leak at a nearby chemical plant starts causing mutations. Co-starring Peter Stormare and David Reale
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Random Media Acquires Out-of-This-World Musical 'Bang Bang Baby'

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Random Media Acquires Out-of-This-World Musical 'Bang Bang Baby'
Read More: Watch: Exclusive Trailer for Tiff Entry ‘Bang Bang Baby’ Looks Insane (In a Good Way) Random Media has acquired all domestic rights for Jeffrey St. Jules' debut feature, the sci-fi musical "Bang Bang Baby," which won the Canadian First Feature Film Award at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Jane Levy stars as Stepphy, who lives in a 1960s town with her alcoholic father and dreams of escaping to a life of stardom on the stage and screen. Justin Chatwin stars as Bobby Shore, a rock star who may hold the key to making those dreams a reality. However, a dangerous chemical spill that causes human mutations puts a pause on all that. A theatrical release for "Bang Bang Baby" is planned for later this year. Read More: Random Media Acquires 'Camilla Dickinson' and 'The Jokesters' at 2015 Berlinale
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SXSW Film Review: ‘The Invitation’

SXSW Film Review: ‘The Invitation’
Genre buffs have attended countless dinner parties that wind up tilting into madness, and yet the shivers arrive early and often in “The Invitation,” a teasingly effective thriller that builds a remarkable level of tension over the course of its 99-minute running time. Set during a mysterious reunion among old friends where something is quite palpably not right, this well-acted, beautifully modulated exercise represents director Karyn Kusama’s strongest work in years, revealing an assurance of tone, craft and purpose that haven’t been in evidence since her Sundance prize-winning debut, “Girlfight” (2000). More festivals are likely to extend invitations of their own following the pic’s SXSW premiere, while decent word of mouth should propel this likely modest theatrical performer into solid VOD rotation.

A disquieting prologue finds Will (Logan Marshall-Green, “Prometheus”) and his g.f., Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi, “Middle of Nowhere”), winding their way through the Hollywood Hills one evening,
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Jay Baruchel Hoping To Direct Random Acts Of Violence This Year

With How to Train Your Dragon 2 Oscar-nominated for Best Animated Feature and his nutty Fxx comedy Man Seeking Woman in the midst of its first season, January has been a big month for Jay Baruchel. But if the actor has his way, this is only the start of a truly massive year; during an interview with Collider, Baruchel revealed that he’s hoping to make his feature directorial debut on Random Acts of Violence sometime in 2015.

An adaptation of the comic by Jonah Hex scribes Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, Random Acts of Violence will center on two comic-book writers who hit the road to promote their new character Slasherman. When real bodies start piling up in ways that mirror the murderous creation’s work on the page, though, the two realize that Slasherman may have taken on a life of his own.

“My writing partner [Jesse Chabot] and I adapted
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Bang Bang Baby | 2014 Tiff Review

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Campy Histrionics at Their Most Mediocre

Canadian director Jeffrey St. Jules has demonstrated an aptitude for experimenting with the cinematic form and creating hyper-realized, wildly stylized environments in his short film work. With his feature film debut, Bang Bang Baby, he’s created a similarly idiosyncratic, insulated world that ultimately succumbs to an inability to account for the demands of a longer, more involved and complex narrative.

The story, which blends the faux-aspirational insincerity of the American Dreams/American Idol ethos and the fever-dream sensibilities of Mulholland Drive, is an amalgam of all things pertaining to the 1960s. Stepphy (Jane Levy), a whimsical, idealistic high school student with a penchant for crooning, looks to an American televised singing competition as her mode of escape from small town Canadian life. This standard-issue, coming-of-age template reaches its obvious state of conflict early when teen heartthrob Bobby Shore (Justin Chatwin) randomly shows up in town,
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Here’s the New Trailer for the Sci-Fi Musical Bang Bang Baby Starring Jane Levy

Bang Bang Baby, developed by Jeffrey St. Jules in the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation, is an otherworldly musical about Stepphy (Jane Levy), who is trapped in the sleepy 1960′s town of Lonely Arms taking care of her alcoholic father (Peter Stormare). Stepphy dreams of escaping to a better life on the stage and screen, and when rock star Bobby Shore’s (Justin Chatwin) car breaks down in Lonely Arms, it seems her impossible dream might actually be coming true. But when Fabian (David Reale), the town creep, tells Stepphy that the local chemical factory is leaking dangerous purple fumes that can cause human mutations, Stepphy becomes obsessed with hiding these dark secrets from Bobby until they can escape together and make all of her fantasies a reality.

This unique and stylized film stars Jane Levy (Evil Dead, Suburgatory) in a defining turn as Stepphy, a small town girl who
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Jane Levy, Justin Chatwin, Peter Stormare to Star in ‘Bang Bang Baby’ (Exclusive)

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Jane Levy, Justin Chatwin, Peter Stormare to Star in ‘Bang Bang Baby’ (Exclusive)
Jane Levy (“Suburgatory”), Justin Chatwin (“Shameless”) and Peter Stormare (“Fargo”) will star in director Jeffrey St. Jules’ indie movie “Bang Bang Baby” for Scythia Films and JoBro Productions, TheWrap has learned. Principal photography began earlier this week in Toronto. “Bang Bang Baby” is a 1960s musical about Stepphy (Levy), who lives in the sleepy town of Lonely Arms with her alcoholic father, played by Stormare. Stepphy's dream of escaping to a better life on the stage and screen seems to be coming true when rock star Bobby Shore's (Chatwin) car breaks down in Lonely Arms. When the town creep tells Stepphy.
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Michael Dowse Heading North for Fubar Sequel

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I wouldn't be willing to call Michael Dowse Canada's answer to Harmony Korine, but the Fubar folk sorta remind me of some of the characters I've seen in Gummo-Trash Humpers worlds. Dowse is returning to his Fubar roots - producing a sequel to his 2002 original. - I wouldn't be willing to call Michael Dowse Canada's answer to Harmony Korine, but the Fubar folk sorta remind me of some of the characters I've seen in Gummo-Trash Humpers worlds. Dowse is returning to his Fubar roots - producing a sequel to his 2002 original. The original played out at Sundance and fast forwards a decade into the terrible twosome's future: even beer drinking slackers need to find work and its the tar sands of the province of Alberta that give the biggest paychecks. Fubar II: Terry and Dean Head North will see the headbanger relics Dean (Paul Spence) and
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