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Mile 22: Ronda Rousey And Iko Uwais In Peter Berg`s Action Film

9 hours ago

There you were on Saturday night and you hardly had time to blink before Mma fighter and rising action star Ronda Rousey retained her bantamweight title. And it got you thinking, "Heck. I wonder what I have to do to watch Ronda Rousey fight just a little bit longer. Ideally longer than fourteen seconds". Well, lucky for all of us Peter Berg has a very good answer for your question. Variety has reported that Berg will produce a new action film, Mile 22, and Ronda Rousey will star in it. And if that were not good enough (Seriously? You would not be content with just Ronda? Okay then...) Iko Uwais, star of The Raid films, will co-star. The film explores the relationship between a CIA field officer...

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French Film Festival 2015 Review: Elle L'adore Keeps You Guessing, Until It Doesn't

10 hours ago

Elle L'Adore is a curious first feature from former actress Jeanne Henry. It wastes no time getting into the grisly proceedings of an accidental homicide, but after the groundwork is laid out, the film practically crawls to a halt.Muriel (Sandrine Kiberlain) is a compulsive liar and an obsessed super fan of aging pop star Vincent Lacroix (Laurent Lafitte). She has been following his career and loyally attending gigs and television appearances for years, and he has some knowledge of her presence there. Without warning, the impetuous Vincent is involved in a fatal accident involving his crazed girlfriend. Instead of doing what nobody in film does, he concocts an almost ingenious plan to get rid of her body and avoid all suspicion. Unfortunately Vincent partners with Muriel...

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300: Rise Of An Empire`s Sullivan Stapleton To Star In Luc Besson's The Lake

10 hours ago

Luc Besson has found his new action star according to a report over at Deadline. Sullivan Stapleton, the lucky bastard who went a couple rounds, some more exciting than others, with Eva Green in 300: Rise of an Empire has been cast as the lead in Besson`s upcoming action thriller The Lake. He heads the cast in a thriller about a group of Navy SEALs who attempt to solve a long-forgotten mystery while they uncover an immense treasure hidden in a lake in war-torn Serbia.Besson is producing under his Red production banner. He wrote the screenplay with Richard Wenk (The Equalizer). Steven Quale (the forgettable Into The Storm) will direct the film that begins production in April ...

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Spider-man: Drew Goddard In Talks To Write And Direct

11 hours ago

Drew Goddard, writer and director of Cabin in the Woods and writer of Sony's upcoming Sinister Six, is in talks to write and direct Sony and Marvel's new Spider-Man according to the report at THR.Other than Cabin and Sinister Goddard also wrote for Netflix's Daredevil series, the Cloverfield films and he apparently was the one who 'rescued' World War Z from its troubled production. He also wrote Ridley Scott's The Martian which stars Matt Damon as an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars. The studios are looking for a new lead actor and word is that the story will take in high school. This will be the first time that Spider-Man action takes place within a Marvel film. ...

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Film Comment Selects 2015 Review: Phoenix, A Masterful, Lean Film Noir

12 hours ago

Christian Petzold (Ghosts, Barbara), perhaps one of the most gifted storytellers working in cinema today, strikes gold again with Phoenix, a Hitchcockian, postwar noir revenge flick. Clocking in at a very lean 98 minutes, the film revolves around a concentration camp survivor named Nelly, beautifully played by Petzold's muse Nina Hoss in her sixth collaboration with the director. Nelly returns to Berlin, now occupied by American GIs, with the aid of Lene (Nina Kunzendorf), a case worker for the newly established Jewish State, who keeps urging Nelly to leave Germany, go to Palestine, and start anew as soon as her bandages come off. Badly disfigured by a gunshot wound in the camp, Nelly is told by doctors to choose any face for reconstruction or 'recreation' - perhaps a face...

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Osaka 2015 Preview: Most Anticipated Movies

13 hours ago

Beginning life in 2005 as the Korea Entertainment Film Festival, the Osaka Asian Film Festival broadened its outlook in its sophomore year to cover all East Asian cinema, quickly rising to become Japan's premier festival solely covering Asian film. Based in the city of Osaka, the lively, colorful location matches the diversity and richness on offer in the festival's film program. This year's festival sees a special focus on Hong Kong, Taiwan, and new action films of Southeast Asia. While new works from established veterans like Tsukamoto Shinya and Johnnie To stand out on the bill, there's a fine selection of interesting offerings from emerging talents from across the region. With the festival kicking off on Thursday, check out the gallery below for a rundown...

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Korean Box Office: British Invasion Shuts Out Local Films

13 hours ago

Following the busy Lunar New Year holiday, admissions fell to 1.97 million over the weekend but the main victims were local films, which saw their market share plummet to 18.5%. In a surprise turn of events, it was the United Kingdom that powered the box office with a 47.5% market share from the top two films, both holdovers. Rising to first place in its third week was Kingsman: The Secret Service. Extremely well-received in Korea, the spy comedy was already a hit over the Lunar New Year but after a slight 33.5% drop and a 596,663 weekend ($4.6 million), it's now a bonafide blockbuster. The film has scored 3.37 million viewers ($25.3 million) and is now the most successful foreign R-rated film of all time...

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Review: The Deal, A Serviceable But Generic Korean Revenge Thriller

14 hours ago

Korea delivers yet another serviceable revenge thriller with The Deal, a well-oiled but overly familiar addition to the longstanding local genre staple. With young women violently murdered during downpours and Kim Sang-kyung once again playing a hapless detective at his wit's end, the film immediately calls to mind modern classic Memories of Murder (2003), an inevitable comparison but a tough act to live up to. Veteran cop Tae-soo takes on a small hit-and-run case but what he ends up tracking down is Gang-chun, the perpetrator of a brutal series of wanton slayings. At first basking in his victory, he soon realizes that the killer's last victim was his sister. He desperately tries to get her whereabouts out of Gang-chun but fails, bringing despair upon him...

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Wolfcop: It's TwitchFilm's Hairiest Giveaway Yet!

16 hours ago

Okay, have we got a great, and possibly enabling, giveaway for you! To mark the Blu-ray, DVD and digital download release of the Canadian horror comedy Wolfcop in the U.S. next Tuesday, March 10th we have a terrific and bountiful prize pack to give away. The two runner-up prizes are not too shabby either. With the Grand Prize you will get the following: the Blu-ray (not shown), a flask for your favorite distilled beverages, the small and sexy Poster singed by director Lowell Dean and Wolfcop himself Leo Fafard. You will also get a Comic Book, a cool DVD Wrap and a Magnet! Two Runner Up Prizes will get: Comic Book, DVD Wrap and a MagnetSo, how can you win one of these three prize packs? If you...

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Review: House Of Cards, Season 3 Seeks To Consolidate Its Power

18 hours ago

Binge-watching the third season of a show is like spending the weekend in bed with an old friend: even if you know what to expect, you still hope for a few fireworks. Note: spoilers for the first two seasons of the U.S. version of House of Cards follow. Having concluded its previous season with the ascension of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) to the office of U.S. President, the third season appears to have nowhere to go but down, until one remembers that Frank was not elected to the office, and the 2016 presidential election is in the offing. Having worked tooth and nail to reach the highest office in the land, the ambitious and combative Frank is not likely to exit the scene without putting...

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Review: Wild Canaries, An Effervescent Comic Murder Mystery, Both Retro And Modern

1 March 2015 5:00 PM, PST

One of the most interesting forms of music sampling is what's known as the "mash-up." In some of the best and most creative examples of this practice - e.g. Danger Mouse's Grey Album (Jay Z's Black Album/Beatles' White Album) or Girl Talk's masterful records - all the disparate pieces of music used greatly benefit from the juxtaposition and re-contextualization.Lawrence Michael Levine performs a similar symbiosis in cinematic terms in his second feature, the delightful comic mystery Wild Canaries, which he wrote, directed, and co-stars in. On one hand, this Brooklyn-set film concerns a number of characters navigating their way through emotional and financial complications, which connects it thematically to Levine's first feature Gabi on the Roof in July (2010). On the other hand, this situation is...

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