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McConaughey Take To The Skies In Second Trailer For Nolan's Interstellar

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We've long known that director Christopher Nolan could lay on the spectacle with the best of them while also rating as one of the stronger idea men working in mainstream Hollywood. And it is becoming increasingly clear that he's adding something new to his palette with the upcoming Interstellar: Emotion. Perhaps drawing upon his own experiences as a parent Nolan appears to here be applying his gifts for large scale story and applying them in service of something considerably more intimate. And the results appear intriguing thus far.A new trailer for Interstellar took a bow at the recently wrapped San Diego Comic Con and has now been released online. Take a look a below....

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Talking Calvary With Writer-Director John Michael Montgomery

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It was back in January that I had the chance to attend the world premiere of John Michael Montgomery's thoroughly remarkable Calvary at the Sundance Film Festival and came away feeling that I had just shared in something special, a film that is not just one of the best of the year but stands a very legitimate chance of becoming a lasting touchpoint years down the road. Seven months on from the premiere that feeling holds just as strong as it did then. And with Calvary now hitting Us screens I am able to revisit the conversation I had with Montgomery the next day, one which touches on the actual film, of course, while also roaming into his thoughts on the creative process in general...

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Review: The Strange Little Cat, A Masterclass In Minimalism, From A Newcomer

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While cinema acts as a temporal artifice like no other medium out there, films that capture the absolute spark of a moment -- the Nowness of a breath or a look -- for all to experience at a further moment, are few and far between. Seizing the utterly uncanny and uplifting sense of life not merely observed, but experienced and felt on the most nuanced and beautiful of levels, Ramon Zürcher's debut feature (his thesis film at the dffb [Berlin School] in Germany) The Strange Little Cat is most assuredly one of these "Now Wave" films.  At a succinct 72 minutes this beguiling look into one family's Saturday is, despite such a length, actually ponderous and airy by nature. Its minimalist aesthetic vividly stands at...

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Review: Calvary, A Tragic, Devastating Masterpiece

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John Michael McDonagh's 2011 directorial debut The Guard was one of the stronger debut films of recent years, combining as it did McDonagh's fabulous script, a strong but not overwhelming sense of visual style and a blazing performance from leading man Brendan Gleeson. Three years later McDonagh is back with his sophomore effort, Calvary, and as strong as his debut picture already was, this is a massive step forward, a complex and emotionally devastating picture shot through with wry dark humor and -- once again -- an utterly arresting performance from Gleeson. Clearly this is a creative collaboration with the potential to yield remarkable fruit for many years yet to come. Gleeson is Father James, parish priest to a small coastal village. Father James is...

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Stunt Man Takes The Lead In The Hero

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Ah, the lowly suit actor ... a somewhat uniquely Japanese phenomenon, the name reserved for the action performers whose faces will never be seen on screen despite years put in making others look good. They're the guys inside the hero suits and one of them is going to get his due in Take Masaharu's In The Hero.Karasawa Toshiaki stars as a middle ages suit actor with 25 years in the biz struggling to cope with his own middle age and the arrival of a cocky young newcomer. But the veteran gets his chance to shine when a big budget foreign production has their stunt performers quit over safety concerns and the job passes to him ...Balancing out action and drama the trailer for In The...

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Review: James Franco's Child Of God Is A Revelation

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Love him or hate him, James Franco has one of the more interesting Hollywood careers going these days. My own relationship with the man was born of indifference and suckled at the teat of hatred, thanks in no small part to the 2011 Oscars. But his skeezetastic turn in Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers weaned me of my hate, and I'm slowly starting to feel the love, if not for his artistic output, then at least for the audacity of his career choices. He's pretentious yet self-deprecating, prudent yet reckless. He stars in blockbuster tentpoles, ridiculous self-referential soap opera arcs, makes no budget art films, and adapts "unfilmable" works of literature. I don't know, but I think it might be time to start taking him seriously.   So what does...

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The Hateful Eight: First Poster For Tarantino's 70mm Super CinemaScope Western

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On Sunday, July 27, Quentin Tarantino confirmed at San Diego's Comic-Con that he is directing The Hateful Eight after all. As you can recall, he was so pissed off after the first draft of the script leaked some months ago that decided to shelve the project. Later, at Cannes, he confessed the wound has been healed, especially after the script live reading he shared in Los Angeles with such stars as Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Zoe Bell, and Bruce Dern. Now the Weinsteins and Tarantino have surprised everybody with the first poster of The Hateful Eight, which is bloody amazing and confirms two things: the western is going to be shoot in 70mm Super CinemaScope and is hitting cinemas in...

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Werner Herzog To Chat Up The Zellners At La's Sundance Next Fest

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Sundance has been up to some very cool things lately - even outside of their marquee January festival. Not the least of which is their Sundance Next Fest taking place August 7-10 in Los Angeles. The fest features six of the festival's coolest films including Life After Beth, The Guest, and Imperial Dreams. The headlining film each night also features a live performance from a hip musical act. Here's how Sundance is describing the fest: Fueled by the renegade spirit of independent artists, Sundance Next Fest is a new breed of festival experience celebrating the intersection of music and film. Next Fest kicks off with an outdoor screening of a classic Sundance film with Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and continues through the weekend...

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BBC's Terrifying The Boy From Space Finally Coming To DVD

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British readers of a certain age may well still be haunted by images from the BBC's incredibly disturbing children's TV show The Boy From Space. Created as part of the Beeb's educational Look And Read series, it was originally broadcast in 1971 and again in 1980 and follows the startling discovery of an extra-terrestrial being by two inquisitive young British children. While perhaps a niche nostalgia item that may seem alien to many, The Boy From Space was a hugely influential piece of work when it first came out, and its surreal style and imagery dug deep into the memories and imaginations of a generation, where they have lain dormant until now. The Boy From Space will be released in a 2-disc DVD set by the...

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Calling All Music Lovers! Sound + Vision 2014 Brings Various Sonic Delights to NYC

30 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

Sound + Vision Film Festival, a showcase of music documentaries from world over, celebrates its second outing at Fslc, here in NYC. This year's festival consists of eclectic mix of new films, retrospectives and musical performances and more. The lineup includes spotlights on subjects like a Japanese trance didgeridoo player, seminal atmospheric bands of the late 1980s and early 1990s, a Mexican acoustic duo who combine thrash metal and flamenco, and music created on 1980s video-game hardware.Opening night selection is Beautiful Noise, a documentary on the rise of the influential 'wall-of-sound' scene that started with Cocteau Twins, The Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine. The series concludes with Florian Habicht's Pulp, which follows iconic Brit band Pulp and the lead-up to their reunion...

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Destroy All Monsters: All The World Is Waiting For You, Wonder Woman

30 July 2014 8:01 AM, PDT

What a difference a year makes. At last year's Comic Con, Wonder Woman was "tricky." At the 2014 event, she was the belle of the ball. Admittedly, it was a slow news year. Zack Snyder's reveal of Gal Gadot's costume for 2016's still horrendously titled Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was the loudest sizzle at an event that keeps itself carefully devoid of steak. Aside from a roaring Mad Max trailer and the announcement of a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy, what did Wonder Woman have to compete with, news-wise? A King Kong prequel? Let's take a moment to doff our caps to Henry Cavill, who's having the sort of career ignominy we've come to expect of our Superman actors: he's now arguably...

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PiFan 2014 Review: My Ordinary Love Story Is Not Your Ordinary Rom-Com

30 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT

Expectations play a large role in how we consume and react to cinema, particularly in the commercial realm. Genre formulas are so clearcut than any deviation is immediately noticeable. Some variation is required to prevent things from getting stale but anything too jarring and you run the risk of alienating your audience. The new Korean romcom (or is it?) My Ordinary Love Story takes such a risk as it veers way off course, but this is one gamble that pays off in spades. Eun-jin has been unlucky in love throughout her life and just as she is about to give up, she meets the bumbling but sweet Hyeon-suk. Things go well between them, but not long after their engagement she begins to suspect that he...

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Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy

29 July 2014 7:00 PM, PDT

It starts with the soothing sounds of 10cc's "I'm Not In Love". Waves of reverb crash over the Rhodes electric piano riff, a building crescendo vocal harmonies that lead to the plaintive lead vocal line. Thus begins our look at "Awesome Mix 1", the cassette tape that serves as personal soundtrack for a young Peter Quill.The opening sequence of the film is a flashback, and it's one that pulls few emotional punches. Sure, it's heavy handed (literally), but it demonstrates that James Gunn and his writers are trying something a bit different over here in this corner of the Marvel universe, adding in a bit more pathos to the proceedings.Equally, there's a lot more overt silliness, and part of the charm of these characters is...

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Fantasia 2014 Interview: Talking The Midnight Swim And Emotional Pov With Sarah Adina Smith

29 July 2014 6:00 PM, PDT

After directing a number of short films, The Midnight Swim is the first feature of young director Sarah Adina Smith. I detected a note of exhaustion and overwhelmed frazzle still lingering from the generous reception of the film the previous night. Sarah was generous enough to extend me some indulgence for an long cup of coffee on the eve of her exit from Montreal with her family (including her significant other and cinematographer pictured above.) With pale, diffuse light cascading in through the tall window of an empty hotel dining hall and eerie, almost absolute, silence outside of the tinkling our our stirring spoons, we casually chatted about her delicate and emotive film, and subjects both mundane and profound. Empathy, the art of listening, the nature...

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Fantasia 2014 Review: Cybernatural

29 July 2014 5:00 PM, PDT

Man, I hate Facebook.Sure, it's what the cool kids have been using these days, at least until Snapchat started taking over as the dominant way of communicating without your mom seeing. While for us old people it's a great way of stalking your ex or getting baby pics shoved down your feed, I dread to think what my high school experience would have been like with this kind of reciprocal social media. Sure, I'm a Twitter fiend (@filmfest_ca... *cough*), but in many ways that's a broadcast medium, pyrimidal in construction. I can tweet out, and not necessarily read what's coming in.I like it that way. Facebook by its very nature is is a two way street, it forces relationships upon its users. You do something...

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La Film Fans! Win Tix to The Guest at Sundance Next Fest

29 July 2014 3:30 PM, PDT

If you've been biding your time, waiting for a chance to see Adam Wingard's raucous You're Next follow-up The Guest ahead of its September 17 theatrical release from Picturehouse, then we've got some good news for you. Twitch is giving away three pairs of tickets to Sundance Next Fest screening of the film Sunday, August 10th, at 4pm at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Los Angeles. If you're in La and want to see the film one reviewer called "undeniable enjoyment," then shoot an email to contests@twitchfilm.net by 6pm Thursday, July 31 to be entered to win. Here's the official synopsis followed by the teaser trailer for your viewing enjoyment. A soldier (Dan Stevens) introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend...

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The Dead Hearts Keep Beating In Trailer For Whimsical Horror Short

29 July 2014 2:30 PM, PDT

Ah, to be young, a mortician and in love. Such is the case in writer-director Stephen W. Martin's short film Dead Hearts and it would appear he's got quite the charmer on his hands.Dead Hearts is a whimsical, gothic bedtime story filled with love, loss, taxidermy, kung fu, and biker werewolves.Taxidermy, kung fu and biker werewolves? All in one place? Yes, please! The trailer for this one is an awful lot of fun, take a look below....

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Review: Sharknado 2: The Second One, A Silly Story In Which Every Moment Is Outlandish

29 July 2014 2:00 PM, PDT

Anthony C. Ferrante returns to direct and Thunder Levin returns to write another outrageous chapter of cult phenomenon Sharknado, with Sharknado 2: The Second One. Fans of the first one will be pleased to know they do not diverge much from the formula of the first one.  The film opens with Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and April Wexler (Tara Reid) flying back to New York for a bit of them time, family time and an appearance on Live with Kelly and Michael. April wrote a book about their encounter with the Sharknado in Los Angeles - How to Survive a Sharknado. I do not know how you fill an entire book with helpful hints to avoid a watery shark filled apocalypse. You can only write...

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Toronto 2014 Docu Lineup Announced

29 July 2014 12:30 PM, PDT

Finishing off a big day for the Toronto International Film Fest that included announcements of the fest's Midnight, Vanguard, and Masters slates, the good folks at Tiff also let us know what will be coming up in the Documentaries program unspooling September 4. The lineup includes films from such recognizable names as Fan Lixin (Last Train Home), Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing), and perhaps most surprisingly, Ethan Hawke. The full lineup is below. Beats of the Antonov Hajooj Kuka, Sudan/South Africa Beats of the Antonov follows refugees from the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains in Sudan as they survive displacement and the trauma of civil war. Music, a cornerstone of their traditions and identity, becomes itself a vehicle for survival. World Premiere I Am...

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Fantasia 2014 Review: Indonesian Action Flick Guardian Frustrates

29 July 2014 12:15 PM, PDT

Marysa is getting pretty sick and tired of her mom, Sarah, haranguing her about her martial arts studies. She just wants to be a normal teenage girl and hang out with her best friend. But Sarah is insistent on these lessons, fearing what is to come. Sarah knows something but will not tell Marysa which only strains their relationship. Then that day comes and in an explosion of bullets Sarah and Marysa are off and running away from bad guys toting machine guns and rocket launchers. Not too far behind is Paquita and her crew. Everyone wants Marysa but she does not know why. Kardit's film certainly is entertaining. I laughed as much with it as I did at it. Guardian has no shortage of passion and...

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