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Science and Spirituality Meet in Mike Cahill's I Origins [Review]

11 hours ago

There's a lot to love about Mike Cahill's sophomore feature I Origins. The follow-up to the enormously successful Another Earth (review) is exactly the kind of project we might expect from a filmmaker that has an obvious fascination with science and the human spirit and even more than his debut, I Origins explores the fine line between science and spirituality.

Michael Pitt jumps back into the movies after a successful TV run (most recently and notably as Mason Verger on NBC's "Hannibal") and stars here as Ian, a brilliant molecular biologist captivated by the eye. His research involves tracking the evolution of the eye in an effort to dispr [Continued ...] »

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Cannibal is Beautiful and Relentessly Creepy [Review]

14 hours ago

It was obvious from the trailer for Manuel Martín Cuenca's award winning Cannibal that this was not going to be the story of a raging, murderous, crazy man who goes around killing and then eating people. There was a restraint and beauty to the trailer which suggested a different kind of cannibal story and Cuenca's movie is exactly that: a quiet contemplation of a man with a dark secret.

Antonio de la Torre (most recently seen in Pedro Almodóvar audacious I'm So Excited), makes a complete left turn here and provides a commanding performance as Carlos, a handsome, well respected and admired tailor who makes his living dressing some of the most important men of Granada. By [Continued ...] »

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Another Look at Pa Drama Young Ones [Trailer]

23 July 2014 4:29 PM, PDT

We've already seen two trailers for Jake Paltrow's upcoming Pa drama Young Ones but with the movie's release quickly approaching, the studio has seen fit to cut a third, rather short but effective teaser for the movie.

Starring Michael Shannon, Kodi Smit-McPhee (now a regular when it comes to Pa fare), and Dakota Fanning all star as members of a family surviving in the desert of the future and their attempt to subvert Nicholas Hoult who has more in mind than simply rejuvenating the soil.

The new teaser features much of the same footage from the earlier trailers but it promises a movie that is a lot more action packed than we've previously seen and I expect this is a [Continued ...] »

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Tiff 2014: Jake Gyllenhaal Goes Dark(er) In Nightcrawler [Trailer]

23 July 2014 10:24 AM, PDT

Jake Gyllenhaal is killing it. After an ill advised foray into summer action blockbuster territory (I rather enjoyed Prince of Persia but I'm in the minority there), Gyllenhaal has slowly reverted back to the smaller movies that brought him so much success earlier in his career. Last year he had the winning one-two punch of Prisoners and Enemy (review) and now he follows it up with Nightcrawler.

Writer-turned-director Dan Gilroy is responsible for this thriller that stars Gyllenhaal as a wannabe journalist who finds his way into the business through the sleazy underground world of La crime journalism. Bill Paxton and Rene Russo co-star.

It sounds pretty straight forwa [Continued ...] »

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New on Blu-ray and DVD: Ginger Snaps, Transcendence & More!

22 July 2014 1:39 PM, PDT

It's a quiet week for home video releases but that's not to say that there aren't a handful of good things to look forward to though first and foremost, the title of interest this week is easily the blu-ray release of the female werewolf bundle of joy that is Ginger Snaps.

If you haven't seen John Fawcett's movie, there's no better time to catch up than with this newly minted special edition from the good folks a [Continued ...] »

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Space Spoof Done Right? Space Station '76 Looks Promising [Trailer]

22 July 2014 12:12 PM, PDT

Actor turned director Jack Plotnick is best known for his TV work and his frequent appearances on "Reno 911" and for his directorial debut, he's taking his comedic talents into space. Or so he hopes.

Space Station '76 is a genre comedy spoof about the shenanigans of a group of people living on a space station and the new female captain that arrives on board. Starring Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Matt Bomer and Marisa Coughlan, Plotnick's feature debut actually looks pretty great, taking us back to the 70s vision of the future. As expected, there are all sorts of familiar reference points and though the trailer isn't laugh out loud funny, it is amusing and suggests that this might be one to keep an eye on. After all, it's been a while since we've seen a good space spoof (was the la [Continued ...] »

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Explosive New Look at The Spierig Brother's Daybreakers Follow-up Predestination [Trailer]

21 July 2014 12:00 PM, PDT

I really dug Daybreakers (review) and have been waiting patiently for the release of the Spierig Brothers' upcoming time travel re-team with Ethan Hawke.

As we previously explained when we posted an image gallery for the upcoming sci-fi actioner, Predestination is loosely based on a Robert Heinlein short story and stars Ethan Hawke as a cop who recruits himself to chase a criminal through time.

Though there's no release date yet, we're hopeful some distribution news will emerge in the coming weeks, particularly now that an explosive trailer [Continued ...] »

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