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The Captive Fails to Captivate [Review]

16 September 2014 1:38 PM, PDT

The last six years of Atom Egoyan's career have not been particularly kind to the director. Once considered one of the great voices of Canadian cinema, Egoyan's offerings over the last few years have been a case of diminishing returns. It seems that the addition of Hollywood stars has actually hurt rather than improved the films and Egoyan hit movie rock bottom with last year's poorly received Devil's Knot (review) which turned out to be one of the worst movies I had the misfortune to see last year.

Being a fan of the director's previous work, it was great to see that Egoyan's kidnapping thriller The Captive looked like a winner and perhaps a return to form for th [Continued ...] »

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You're Next's Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett Join I Saw The Devil Remake

15 September 2014 2:50 PM, PDT

Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey) announced that director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett, the team behind indie home invasion festival hit You're Next (review), have signed on to his long gestating remake of the epic Korean revenge thriller I Saw the Devil.

For those of you paying attention, I Saw The Devil was one of the most highly acclaimed films of 2011 topping many best lists. It was easily one of my favourite films of that year and may be the finest revenge film ever in how it twists the tired genre into something bold, epic and totally original.

Here's Adi's announcement:

Here's the trailer for the original film:

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Watch Impressive Short Film Factory 293

15 September 2014 12:06 PM, PDT

Writer-director Roderick MacKay and producer Justin McArdle are a talented team of Australian filmmakers who have just released an impressive short called Factory 293. Perhaps what's most impressive is they were able to transform their home of sunny Australia into the snowy landscape of rural 1940s Russia.

The film is the result of a successful crowd funding campaign.

Synopsis:

In a remote part of Stalin's war-torn Union of the Soviet Socialist Republic, Grigor, Manager of munitions FACTORY293, faces the realities of his existence.

Despite the infatuation of his female factory workforce, he is drawn to increasingly melancholic thoughts - Stalin has abandoned him. With a howling blizzard outside, the factory's power is sudd [Continued ...] »

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First Trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

15 September 2014 10:20 AM, PDT

The first trailer has premiered for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. Directed by Francis Lawrence and written by Danny Strong and Peter Craig, the film sees the revolution in full swing.

The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy by Suzanne Collins, but the story's finale will be split over two films. No surprise there.

Synopsis:

In the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage.

Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabe [Continued ...] »

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