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Never Come Between A Hitman And His Dog. Watch The Kinetic Second Trailer For Keanu Reeves' Starrer John Wick

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"Yeah, I think I'm back," Keanu Reeves' mutters in this second trailer for John Wick. And while I'm not sure he's been gone, exactly, but the general sentiment about John Wick when it screened to an overwhelmingly positive response at Fantastic Fest - seriously, I don't think I know anybody who saw it there and didn't like it - was, "Hell yeah, he's back."He's back with a big case of guns, to be exact, and a hyper kinetic action film that hands the controls over to key members of Reeves' stunt team on the Matrix films and they're clearly doing what they do best. Check out the latest trailer below for a taste....

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Toronto After Dark 2014: Housebound, Wyrmwood And Late Phases Among Second Wave Of TItles

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With just over two weeks to go until the ninth annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival begins on October 16, it is time to reveal the final batch of films to make up this year's lineup. We will start here at home with a couple of titles from local lads Chad Archibald and Tal Zimmerman. Archibald's The Drownsman, his homage to classic psycho slasher flicks, will have its Toronto Premiere. Zimmerman is the subject of the documentary Why Horror? Filmmakers Nicolas Kleiman and Rob Lindsay follow horror fan Zimerman as he takes a look at the psychology of horror around the world in order to understand why we love to be scared. I believe this will be the Canadian premiere. Sticking close to home, from our neighbors...

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Hamburg Filmfest Review 2014: Jauja Is A Mystic Paradise Of Fiction

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If there were any remaining questions about the status of Lisandro Alonso as one of the most important and brave contemporary filmmakers, Jauja answers them all. With a star like Viggo Mortensen as a magnet for those who otherwise would not dare to look, Jauja is at the same time a change and an ongoing search for the Argentine filmmaker. It is a change insofar as Alonso plunges a little bit more into narrative and gives more room for dialogue than in his previous work. The film is set at the end of the 19th century in the Patagonian desert. We observe a group of soldiers and surveyors who are fighting or have fought a war against indigenous inhabitants in order to conquer the land....

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Exclusive: Your First Look At The Mexico Barbaro Horror Anthology Trailer

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Hola, mis hermanos! We have the online premiere of the trailer for the Mexican horror anthology México Bárbaro! The trailer was first shown to an audience at a public conference during the Macabro International Horror Film Festival at the end of August. Raven Banner Entertainment has picked up world sales rights to the upcoming horror picture México Bárbaro.  Eight of Mexico's hottest new genre directors unite to bring you tales of the most brutally shocking Mexican traditions and legends to life.  Featuring different visions from across the country, directors Jorge Michel Grau, Aarón Soto, Edgar Nito, Gigi Saúl Guerrero, Isaac Ezbán, Ulises Guzmán, Laurette Flores and Lex Ortega put their own unique twist on these haunting stories. "México Bárbaro shows the world stories that form a part of our culture,...

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First Trailer For The Mule Gets It Right Up In There

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It all comes down to a battle of wills in The Mule, the Australian drug comedy written by and starring Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson with Sampson (who also directs) in the title role as a drug mule with half a kilo of cocaine in his stomach caught by a cop (Hugo Weaving) who intends to simple wait him out until nature takes its course and our drug carrier, um, offloads his cargo. The solution, of course: No toilet time. The only question is whether the titular mule can wait out the seven days he's allowed to be detained for.Much loved on the festival circuit, The Mule is now gearing up for release in its native Australia and the first trailer is available below....

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Destroy All Monsters: Expendable Equalizers Walk Among Tombstones

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Is Hollywood's fascination with the older male asskicker a new thing? Its resurgence certainly seems to be. I know there were Death Wish sequels in the '80s; and before that, I know John Wayne kept shooting at people long past the age most people stop. Unforgiven took the form and turned it into meaningful criticism. Et cetera, et cetera. But this thing that's going on now, where Liam Neeson has a particular set of skills and/or Denzel Washington works at Home Depot but secretly kicks ass? It feels new. And it feels like it has something of a surly, selfish purpose. I mark the start of the operation at around 2007, or Live Free Or Die Hard (sometimes called Die Hard 4). We could also,...

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Hey Dallas! Win Tickets To See Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead!

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The only thing better than a zombie is, of course, a Nazi zombie movie, and the only thing better than a Nazi zombie movie is a Nazi zombie movie sequel. As the only sequel to a Nazi zombie movie that I've ever seen, Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead is, therefore, easily my favorite of all time, and we've got tickets to an advance screening to give away to 10 lucky readers / residents in the vicinity of Dallas, Texas. Now, that's not to damn the movie with faint praise; Tommy Wirkola makes the transition to a sequel easy, picking up where the first one left off and filling in the few details that are needed for anyone who might have missed the original. (Although, really,...

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Tokyo 2014: Full Lineup Announced, Focusing On Animation

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The full lineup for the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival has been announced and, amongst its promotion of new Japanese and Asian cinema, there's a clear commitment to this year's focus on animation, both foreign and domestic. Along with the Opening Film, the World Premiere of Disney's Big Hero 6, and the epic Anno Hideaki retrospective, featuring all night screenings of his classic anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, showings include the latest work from cult favorite Ghost in the Shell director Oshii Mamoru, Garm Wars The Last Druid, and a showing of jury member Eric Khoo's excellent animated biopic Tatsumi, which, surprisngly,was never released in Japan. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn will be acting as Jury President alongside Khoo, John H. Lee, Robert Luketic, Shinagwa Hiroshi...

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Hamburg Filmfest 2014 Review: August Winds Gets Your Whole Body Covered In Coca-Cola

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Gabriel Mascaro's August Winds (Ventos de Agosto) is a love-dance of life and death. With a remarkable background in documentary filmmaking, the Brazilian Mascaro combines an observational nonfiction-styled movement and a poetical reflection on age, youth, flesh, and memory. There is no linear story told by the film. Instead a series of beautiful glimpses unfolds. One observes a young couple, Shirley and Jeison. She is young, sultry and hungry for life. When she is not working, making love, or thinking about making tattoos, she cares for her grandmother. In a scene full of sensual power and humour -- aspects that are true for the film as such -- she puts on some unusual lotion: Coca-Cola. Jeison, on the contrary, is fascinated by death. He does not...

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Review: Annabelle Is Worse Than Being Given An Antique Doll As A Gift

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It is understandable that Warner Brothers and New Line would want to continue the success of last year's The Conjuring. The period haunted house flick proved a surprise summer smash last year, grossing over $300 million worldwide. Annabelle focuses on another apparently true story from real paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, that of a possessed antique doll that is glimpsed briefly in James Wan's film.Rolling back the clock to the late 60s, when white bread suburban couples were getting spooked by news stories about the Manson Family and seriously considering locking their doors, Annabelle attempts to explain the origins of the malevolent porcelain presence in the most arbitrary, uninteresting way imaginable. For reasons never explained, Mia Gordon (Annabelle Wallis) has a thing for hideous antique...

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Watch The Trailer For Oshii's Live Action Garm Wars: The Last Druid

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Ghost In The Shell director Oshii Mamoru continues to bring his visions to life in (mostly) live action with the upcoming Garm Wars: The Last Druid - an English language hybrid of live action and animation techniques starring Lance Henriksen, Andrew Gillies and Melanie St Pierre.Taking place in a world of war known as Annwn, Garm Wars sets the scene with clone soldiers from 3 military tribes, in a bloody and perpetual battle of air, land and technology. One clone, Khara, finds herself separated from battle and on the run with unlikely companions. In seeking to know more about their joint existence, the fugitives instead find an unrelenting truth and the greatest battle of their lives. With the film due to premiere soon at the...

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Liam Neeson Will Kill Everyone In The Explosive TAK3N Trailer

30 September 2014 1:33 PM, PDT

Because Liam Neeson is the new Charles Bronson, he doesn't need a wife. Her only use is being disposed of, so he can exact his unique form of justice with his special set of skills avenging her death... At least that's what appears to be going on in the trailer for Tak3n (yup, that's the way they want us to write Taken 3 for now at least) - the latest in what is essentially a new Death Wish series. And I have no problem with that whatsoever.Liam Neeson is back as Bryan Mills for another bullet ballet, mofos. Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace also return, along with director Olivier Megaton and Forest Whitaker. I cannot wait....

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U.S. Theatre Chains React To Netflix/IMAX Crouching Tiger Release Plans

30 September 2014 1:00 PM, PDT

Netflix, IMAX and The Weinstein Company announced their plans for a day-and-date release of the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The plan is to release the sequel on Netflix and on IMAX screens simultaneously on August 28th, 2015. This news has clearly been met with some resistance by two of the three major theatre chains in the U.S. Both Cinemark and Regal released statements today. The first, and lengthy, statement comes from Regal spokesman Russ Nunley via THR."At Regal Cinemas, presenting movies on a grand scale is our promise to movie fans as we work to continually enhance the moviegoing experience. We recognize that there is a tremendous slate of films scheduled for release in 2015 and we couldn't be more excited by the prospects. While a...

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Ladies And Gentlemen, Video Footage Of Todd Brown (Among Others) Being Punched In The Face In Glorious Slow Motion

30 September 2014 12:30 PM, PDT

Oh, look ... it's a fist slamming into my face in slow motion. And there's another one. Yes, kids, in a move some of you may appreciate more than others it's the video montage of the Fantastic Debates featuring violence performed for your entertainment by myself, Matt Mason, Joe Lynch, Josh Ethier, Maria Reinup, Jenny Jacobi, Tim League and Ti West. Also, my wife looks far too happy when she appears in this video.Watch it below....

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New York 2014 Review: Timbuktu Is A Strong Condemnation Of Religious Extremism

30 September 2014 11:00 AM, PDT

Timbuktu, that faraway place, the end of the world, is an actual city in Northern Mali in Africa.  It was once a bustling trade town in sub-Saharan Africa and now famous for its fabulous architecture, libraries and scholars. Abderramane Sissako (Bamako) tells a tragic tale based on true events, taking place in this famed city.The film starts with traditional wooden African statues being used as targets in a target practice by the Islamic militants who just rolled into town. When Alain Resnais and Chris Marker made Even Statues Die, I don't think this was the image they had in mind: they were talking about re-appropriation of those artifacts being mass produced for Western consumption, losing its intended cultural significance, not being literally blown to pieces....

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Fantastic Fest 2014 Wrap: Over 70 Movies Reviewed + Our Top Picks!

30 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

Holy Toledo is that headline correct? Yes Twitch has reviews published for over 70 of the films that played at Fantastic Fest 2014! (There were 76 non-repertory films screened at Fantastic Fest 2014). So why were we slacking? Well there were a lot of other fun activities at the festival too! To be fair, Twitch covered a number of this year's crop of films at festivals before the big Austin genre extravaganza kicked off. So we've included links to all of those reviews here, as well as some bonus interviews and features at the bottom. After you've read all of those, click through the gallery and see how all 12 of our on-the-ground contributors answered questions from "favorite film" to "most fantastic moment." Were...

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The Innoversity Summit Pitch Competition Entry Deadline Is Approaching! Pitch Your Idea, Win Prizes And Industry Mentorships!

30 September 2014 9:30 AM, PDT

[With the deadline rapidly approaching the Innoversity Pitch Competition has just added a major new VFX award to the prize pool, raising the total value of available prizes to a quarter million dollars. Click here for all the details.]Got a great idea for TV, film or the web? Trying to figure out how to get it in front of industry professionals who want to help make it a reality? Twitch is a proud sponsor of the Innoversity Summit Pitch Competition - an open competition that offers cash prizes, industry services, equipment rentals and professional mentorships for fictional television, reality television, short film and web content concepts - and time is running short to get your ideas in!If you want to take part, head to the...

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Opening: Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children

30 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

Jason Reitman is having an identity crisis. As one of the most prolific voices in his generation of filmmakers, Reitman has been a model of consistency, pumping out smart and snarky dramedies every two years from Thank You For Smoking to Young Adult (with Juno and Up in the Air in the middle, for those keeping score). Then came Labor Day, a nostalgic drama that felt like a real diversion for the director, and was widely seen as a misfire. Now Reitman is back only one year later instead of his customary two with Men, Women & Children. And while the film stars Adam Sandler, it again eschews the comedic current of his previous films for more of a social commentary on life in white...

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U.S. Poster For Sion's Why Don't You Play In Hell? Keeps It Pink

30 September 2014 8:30 AM, PDT

We're glad that Drafthouse Films did not mess about with the poster for their release of Sono Sion's cult hit Why Don't You Play In Hell? The mass of bodies. Two lone arms, one brandishing a camera, the other a katana sword. And they have kept the English title in that bright pink like the original Japanese. This is an attention grabber folks! The imagery is already iconic and if Drafthouse wanted to have their own shot at designing posters they have a bevy of Mondo artists at their disposal. But if you happen to stumble upon this poster at your local cinema and are left baffled as to what it is about then take a look at our coverage below! Sono's film has played at numerous festivals...

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Latin Beat: Genesis Nirvana, Fuerzas Especiales, La Entitad, The Naked Room, Plus Fantastic Fest Movie Posters

30 September 2014 8:01 AM, PDT

Three of our correspondents who are based in Latin America have kindly provided updates on what's opening in theaters locally in the next week or two, along with posters and trailers. Chile, Peru, and Mexico are represented in those reports.Those of us who were able to attend Fantastic Fest in Austin enjoyed multiple slices of genre goodness from Latin America. We've gathered the movie posters within and linked to our reviews, where available, to whet your appetite further. Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Spain, and Uruguay are represented in the poster portion of the gallery. ...

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