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Robin: First Look At The Trailer For Lfo Director's Dark Thriller Arrives

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Director Antonio Tublen won a lot of fans in these parts with his quirky microbudget scifi comic thriller Lfo and we've been anxiously awaiting word on his next effort - the upcoming dark psychological thriller Robin -  since we ran the first stills a little while back. And with the film about to have its world premiere as part of the Brussells International Fantastic Film Festival we're proud to now follow those stills with the first trailer. A traumatized woman is found in a forest, she claims to have witnessed a murder. As the police investigates further they do not find any evidence to prove her story. The woman is convinced that she will be the next victim and starts her own investigation to find...

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A Dark Song U.S. Trailer: Bracing, Disturbing, Unnerving

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A new trailer for Liam Gavin's A Dark Song is intended to promote the film's upcoming U.S. release, but instead it has ruined my day. That's because it reminds me of my first viewing of the movie, when it made its North American debut at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg, one of our associate editors, had already published her review, which included this striking sentence: Rather than give the usual frights, Gavin instead goes for the lonely heart of the occult: the attempt to contact the beyond, for the most heart-wrenching of reasons. Initially, I felt the film was quite chilly, but I don't know if that is its actual temperature or if I was withdrawing into myself to avoid engaging fully...

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Luc Besson Returns to Euro Space Opera with Epic Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets Trailer

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Stx Films have released the first full trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Luc Besson's $180 million dollar return to big sci-fi filmmaking. To say Besson's Europa Corp. has a lot riding on Valerian would be a major understatement. It's the most expensive film the company has produced, and the most expensive independently financed production period. In many ways, Valerian is Besson's Avatar (and indeed he's said as much). It's a film he has been dreaming of making since her was a child but needed to wait for the technology to catch up to his vision. Now that we're here, I couldn't be more excited. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special...

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New Berlin Syndrome Trailer: Skin, Get Ready to Crawl

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Watching the new trailer for Berlin Syndrome made me feel distinctly uncomfortable. Teresa Palmer stars as an Australian photojournalist who falls for an apparently charming man (Max Riemelt) while on vacation in Europe. After a night of (presumed) romance, she wakes up to discover that he has locked her into his apartment. He then carries on his (presumed) normal life, returning to exercise dominant, frightening power over her. Our own Thomas Humphrey saw the film at the Berlin festival earlier this year and wrote in part: "It's one of those disturbing experiences you just can't stop thinking about after you have seen it." He did acknowledge, however, an issue that arises: "We have probably all seen a whole bunch of films where women are physically...

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Mexico Barbaro Helmer Edgar Nito In Production On Crime Drama Guachicolero

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For viewers of recent horror anthology project Mexico Barbaro, director Edgar Nito needs little introduction. Surrounded by more experienced directors and bigger names Nito's segment was, nonetheless, a clear standout in the acclaimed anthology, a true gem of a piece packed to the gills with a vibrant edgy energy. And so it's significant news that after a string of critically acclaimed short films Nito is now in production on his debut feature. Guachicolero stars Eduardo Banda as a young man working with locals gangs to siphon gasoline out of government pipelines to sell on the black market. Plenty of familiar names on the production side of this as well with Joshua Sobel (Are We Not Cats, Graceland, Scherzo Diabolico), Annick Mahnert (78 / 52, Dearest...

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Critical Distance: What Movies Have You Loved in 2017?

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What movies have you seen that you loved this year? Anything? In wide release, I've quite enjoyed Logan, Get Out, The Belko Experiment, John Wick 2 and A Cure for Wellness. Logan lived up to my high hopes, a reminder that James Mangold can be a very effective action director, especially when he has good scenarios to work with. Hugh Jackman gets the glory here, and that's fine, but my favorite was Patrick Stewart, who superbly reminded of his past leadership skills while recognizing his increasingly debilitating weaknesses. Get Out is social horror of the finest kind. Jordan Peele demonstrated great promise as a writer and director, and made the most of his limited budget by putting the emphasis on the great racial divide that...

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Edinburgh Short Film Festival's Exciting New Partnership with DC Shorts & Discounts on Entry

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We’re delighted to reveal that we have finalised the details on a new festival partnership with the USA’s largest dedicated short film festival on the Us East coast, DC Shorts based in Washington!   The partnership begins during our 2018 editions and will see the Esff prepare a programme of some of our best short films for screening at DC Shorts in September 2018!   We’re also reciprocating and DC Shorts will programme for our festival in Autumn of 2018.   But The Best News Is:   We’ve also agreed to offer our entrants a 20% discount on submissions to the other festival and this offer is now open, so anyone submitting to this year’s Esff will also get a 20% discount on submitting to...

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It Marks the Spot: First Trailer for New Stephen King Adaptation Gets Gloomy

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Look, you go into a sewer, you gotta expect troubles. Maybe a giant alligator. Or maybe a really frightening clown. Stephen King's It postulated that a demonic entity existed in Derry, Maine, that could change into anything that most scared the person beholding it. Some people really have a primal fear of clowns, so that's the form the entity appears in the most to lure his intended victims -- children. The clown, known as Pennywise, was portrayed by Tim Curry in a TV miniseries back in 1990 or thereabouts, and in the new film version, he's played by Bill Skarsgard, who made a mark as a different sort of creature in the streaming series Hemlock Grove. The first trailer for It has been released, and...

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Review: The Prison Shackles Itself in Familiar Story

19 hours ago

The run of corruption thrillers that have proven so popular at the Korean box office of late shows no signs of abating with The Prison, which takes the same themes that have populated works such as Inside Men and Veteran, and applies them to the more intimate setting of a jail, which serves as a stand-in for society at large.In this debut work by new director Na Hyun, a former cop winds up on the wrong side of the law and is handed a jail sentence. In prison, he soon finds his way into the entourage of a criminal mastermind who controls everyone within the walls, even the guards and the warden, routinely sending convicts outside on missions.Convicts stepping out for brief missions is hardly...

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Incoming: Scott Adkins is Going to Space!

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Production is underway in Serbia on the sci-fi action thriller Incoming. International action star Scott Adkins is part of the cast.    Incoming will be the directorial debut of Eric "Z" Zaragoza who has been an assistant director on a plethora of small budget films over the years. Ranging from family affair like Jurassic School (What do you mean it doesn't eat the children!?!?), sci-fi thrillers like Paradox and crime thrillers like The Last Heist. He even had a hand the awfully dumb but perverse slasher flick Jersey Shore Massacre. I have to tip my hat to that one for at least killing off a handful of guidos and guidettes. Credit is due.    XLrator Media is releasing the film in North America. Small budget...

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Punchy Punch Punch! The Night Comes For Us Wraps! Buy Bust Begins!

21 hours ago

There is good news for fans of the ol' hand to hand ultra violence on a pair of fronts this week. First up, you see that photo up above? That display of manly love comes to you courtesy of writer-director Timo Tjahjanto (on the left) and leading man Joe Taslim (on the right) after wrapping 70+ shooting days on upcoming martial arts film The Night Comes For Us. Tjahjanto's regular Mo Brother collaborator Kimo Stamboel is on board as producer and, yep, The Raid and Headshot cohorts Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle and Sunny Pang were all on board as well. And what happens when you give this crew an eternity of shooting time? Violence happens. Lots and lots of violence. The Night Comes For Us...

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Gareth Evans' Apostle Picked up by Netflix

28 March 2017 1:30 PM, PDT

Deadline is reporting that Apostle, the upcoming period revenge flick from The Raid's Gareth Evans has been acquired by streaming giant Netflix. The film is set to begin production this April and stars Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen, Lucy Boynton, Bill Millner and Kristine Froseth.    The pic follows man who travels to a remote island and attempts to rescue his sister after she’s kidnapped by a religious cult. The group demands a ransom for the sister’s return, undermining the man’s resolve to rescue her.   So this probably means that those of us looking forward to a lengthy festival run for Apostle will not get it. It will likely make one high profile festival screening just to get the word out then show up on...

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Watch: Exclusive Interview with Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto on Martin Scorsese's Silence

28 March 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

After more than 25 years, Martin Scorsese finally completed Silence last year, his adaptation of the homonymous Japanese novel written by Endo Shusaku and a real passion project for the master filmmaker behind other religious films such as The Last Temptation of Christ and Kundun. On this occasion, Scorsese explores the brutal reason why Christianity was never established as one of the popular religions in Japan. Scorsese's team changed over the years and, finally, Mexico's Rodrigo Prieto had the opportunity to be the cinematographer of the project, once he started a working relationship with the director in The Wolf of Wall Street. In mid-February, Prieto - who at the time was nominated for the Academy Award (that eventually was taken home by La La Land's Linus...

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Crowdfund This: Indie Heroes Cult Epics Prepping Hardcover Guide To Cult Cinema

28 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT

Cult Epics has long been one of our favorite home video distributors for their unwavering dedication to the darkest corners of upsetting and challenging cinema. From their releases of Radley Metzger's late '60s softcore masterpieces Score, The Lickerish Quartet, and Camille 2000, to their championing of German underground legend Jorg Buttgereit, to their astoung releases of disturbing classics like Agustin Villaronga's In a Glass Cage and Gerald Kargl's Angst, Cult Epics has never shied away from a challenging title, often introducing home video enthusiasts to films they may not have known existed. Now, as they celebrate their 25th year, Cult Epics is getting ready to release their first book, a hardcover exploration of their legacy titled Cult Epics Comprehensive Guide to Cult Cinema. The book...

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Fargo Season Three Trailer Teaches Us That We Cannot Make Meth From Orange Juice

28 March 2017 10:30 AM, PDT

The absurd comic undertones that have always been part and parcel of Fargo - both the feature film and television series - continue to come farther to the fore in the new extended trailer for the upcoming third season and I could not be happier. This looks quite simply to be one of the most gloriously odd things to hit mainstream television in quite some time and with this and the Twin Peaks revivial being poised to rapid fire into eye holes around the world very, very soon the world is about to become a significantly stranger place. It just looks really, really good, okay? From Creator Noah Hawley, the new installment of Fargo is an all-new “true crime” tale starring Ewan McGregor in dual...

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Trailer for Limerence, When the Honeymoon Ends

28 March 2017 10:00 AM, PDT

Back in 2013, I saw and reviewed Adam Ciancio's feature debut Vessel, a intimate and intense film about a young man with voices in his head that he can't control. It was one of most impressive debuts I'd seen in a long time, both in its story and the quality of production. Ciancio has brought much of the same team together for his latest short film, Limerence. Set somewhere in the near future, the pharmaceutical industry has invented a pill that allows couple to remain in the 'honeymoon period' of a relationship forever, to keep that euphoric feeling of falling in love and thinking everything is perfect - as long as they keep taking the drug. The film follows Fallon and Lana at two different...

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Spider-man: Homecoming Trailer Plays The Hero Worship Card A Bit Strong

28 March 2017 9:30 AM, PDT

So, after a wave of poster art we've got a second trailer for the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming and what all is in there? That's a big check mark on the memorable villain fron with Michael Keaton looking strong as The Vulture. Also a big check mark on the stated goal to capture the youthful energy and humor of the character, with Tom Holland looking very strong as the youthful Peter Parker. But, really now, could we not have done without all the, "Gosh, Mister Stark, you're so Awesome," hero worship? No, it doesn't actually go quite that far but it's not far off but other than the fact that Robert Downey Jr now gets paid big buckets of money every time he puts his metal...

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Review: Ghost In The Shell Deep Dives the Visual Freak Train

28 March 2017 9:00 AM, PDT

Updating a much loved anime classic like Ghost in the Shell was never going to be an easy task. There are fans to worry about, but also a general audience - warranted by the price tag of an ambitious sci-fi production - who may not have warmed to the didactic chill of the Japanese original. Visual stylist Rupert Sanders rises to the occasion with a live action Ghost in the Shell boasting stellar set pieces and design, but which also streamlines and humanizes the original's story and themes without completely dumbing them down. Unavoidably, something is lost in the translation from Japanese anime to Hollywood commercialism, but it's a worthy effort that shouldn't give diehard purists much to scoff about. The Major is an elite...

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Have Your Say: Aggregate Review Scores Are Good / Bad

28 March 2017 8:00 AM, PDT

Director Brett Ratner made some waves last week, when he publicly stated his opinion about aggregate review scores. I quote from Entertainment Weekly's article about it: The worst thing that we have in today's movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes. I think it's the destruction of our business. I have such respect and admiration for film criticism. When I was growing up film criticism was a real art. And there was intellect that went into that. And you would read Pauline's Kael's reviews, or some others, and that doesn't exist anymore. Now it's about a number. A compounded number of how many positives vs. negatives. Now it's about, 'What's your Rotten Tomatoes score?' And that's sad, because the Rotten Tomatoes score was so low on Batman...

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Watch the trailer for City Of Tiny Lights starring Riz Ahmed and Billie Piper

28 March 2017 7:47 AM, PDT

Directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point, Dredd), the upcoming City Of Tiny Lights stars Riz Ahmed with Billie Piper, Cush Jumbo and Roshan Seth. The exciting cast also features James Floyd, Hannah Rae, Antonio Aakeel, Vincent Regan, Danny Webb, Branko Tomovic and Damson Idris.  Set in West London,  City Of Tiny Lights is co-written by author Patrick Neate, and based on his novel of the same name. It is a unique portrait of contemporary London as a teeming multicultural metropolis where nothing is as it seems. Meet Tommy Akhtar (Riz Ahmed), cricket fan, devoted son to an ailing father and deadbeat private eye. He’s got an office above a cab firm, a taste for cigarettes and bourbon, and a finely tuned moral compass that he keeps...

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