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A new trailer for Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s ‘The Assassin’ has been released

9 hours ago

Chinese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien has, over the course of his career, received accolades from numerous film festivals, including Locarno, Berlin, Venice, Chicago, Istanbul, and Singapore, while also being nominated for, among other things, the Independent Spirit awards. His latest film is no different in this regard, as it garnered the filmmaker a Best Director prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, while also winning accolades for its screenplay. Titled The Assassin, or Nie yin niang, the film’s synopsis is as follows.

9th century China. 10-year-old general’s daughter Nie Yinniang is abducted by a nun who initiates her into the martial arts, transforming her into an exceptional assassin charged with eliminating cruel and corrupt local governors. One day, having failed in a task, she is sent back by her mistress to the land of her birth, with orders to kill the man to whom she was promised – a cousin »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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‘Mythic’ #3- Just When You Thought It Couldn’t Get Any Weirder

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Mythic #3

Written by Phil Hester

Art by John McCrea

Published by Image Comics, Inc.

A giant baby who wrestles enormous lizards? A restless spirit who can’t move on because she doesn’t believe in the afterlife? A two-eyed cyclops janitor who is now a field team member? It must be time for a new issue of Mythic. This series offers up a universe where science is a lie and magic and myth are what keep the universe in balance. When things start to fall apart the members of Mythic Lore Services step in to clean things up. This premise allows for a multitude of strange possibilities, some of which take center stage in issues one and two, but issue three takes an even bigger leap into the weirdness than the first two.

In case you only skimmed the first paragraph, Mythic #3 introduces a giant baby– complete with diaper – who »

- Merriell Moyer

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Austrian horror film ‘Goodnight Mommy’ gets a theatrical trailer

10 hours ago

Horror genre fans have learned, over the years, to keep an eye on the festival circuit for exciting new releases, with Adam Wingard’s 2013 feature You’re Next and David Robert Mitchell’s 2015 film It Follows standing as two of the more recent examples of films that started generating buzz from audience appreciation at film festivals. The upcoming Austrian horror film Goodnight Mommy is poised to be the next in that trend, having played last year at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, and this year at the Seattle International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary, and the Fantasia Film Festival. Also called Ich Seh, Ich Seh, the film’s synopsis is as follows.

In the heat of the summer. A lonesome house in the countryside between woods and corn fields. Nine-year-old twin brothers are waiting for their mother. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before. The »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Video of the Day: Watch Coach Taylor from ‘Friday Night Lights’ give a “Don’t talk or text” PSA

11 hours ago

With the rise and accessibility of cell phones has come a common problem in movie theatres of cell phone usage among some patrons that causes a distraction for other moviegoers. This has led to most theatres issuing public service announcements asking the audience members to turn off their cell phones ahead of the start of a show.

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is a specialty theatre that has, over the years, built a reputation on going above and beyond the average theatrical experience, whether it’s by offering a lineup that’s distinct from other American theatre chains, or by providing full meals and drinks for consumption during a screening. One way in which they’ve distinguished themselves is with their no cellphones PSAs, which have ranged from playing angry voicemails from ejected customers to having famous characters speak directly to the audience to turn off their cellphones.

The Alamo Drafthouse »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Hulu releases a trailer for its upcoming original series ‘Difficult People’

12 hours ago

Over the past few years, as the popularity of various streaming services has grown, so has the emergence of original offerings from them, with Netflix coming up with shows such as Daredevil and Orange is the New Black, Amazon releasing series such as Transparent and Bosch, and Yahoo picking up on the sixth season of cult hit Community alongside Other Space. Hulu is among the key participants in this trend as well, and is poised to become bigger, with numerous original series in development from acclaimed figures such as Jason Katims and Jason Reitman.

One of their more notable upcoming series is Difficult People. Executive produced by Amy Poehler, whose previous credits wearing that hat include the Comedy Central series Broad City, the show stars Poehler’s Parks and Recreation co-star Billy Eichner as one of the leads, opposite Julie Klausner. The series, which revolves around a duo of thirty-something »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Watch a new trailer for the second season of Cinemax’s ‘The Knick’

13 hours ago

While Steven Soderbergh is a familiar name to film fans, with a filmography that includes Out of Sight, Ocean’s Eleven, and The Informant!, his past few projects have seen the filmmaker return to television after nearly a decade away from the small screen. Soderbergh made a full return to television series with Cinemax’s The Knick, directing all ten episodes of the show’s first season, and Cinemax renewed the show for a second season before it officially made its premiere.

Fans of Soderbergh’s direction were excited to learn that his work helming all episodes of the series would continue on the show’s second season, which would also consist of ten episodes. Emily Kinney and Mackenzie Leigh will be joining the show’s cast, with Clive Owen, Juliet Rylance, and Cara Seymour poised to return to the series. The show’s second season will make its debut on October 16th, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Rick Alverson’s new feature ‘Entertainment’ gets its first trailer

14 hours ago

The 2012 feature The Comedy brought many film fans to the attention of Rick Alverson, as the filmmaker’s third feature involved his first collaboration with the comedy duo of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. With fans both old and new interested in seeing what Alverson’s next feature would look like, the filmmaker reteamed with Heidecker once again, this time in a creative capacity, co-writing a script with both him and Gregg Turkington. Titled Entertainment, the film’s synopsis is as follows.

En route to meet his estranged daughter and attempting to revive his dwindling career, a broken, aging comedian plays a string of dead-end shows in the Mojave desert.

Alverson and Turkington both pull double duty on this feature, as the former takes on directing duties along with co-writing it, while the latter also stars as the lead, working with a supporting cast that includes John C. Reilly, Amy Seimetz, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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See the first trailer for Ben Stiller’s ‘Zoolander 2′

15 hours ago

While Ben Stiller is known mostly for his work in front of the camera, he has also made a name for himself in the director’s chair, helming a number of projects over the years. One of the films in which he pulled multiple duties was the 2001 comedy Zoolander, where he played the titular character while also co-writing the screenplay and taking on the job of directing the film. With the number of fans of the feature growing in the years since its release, many were excited to learn that Stiller would once again be reprising the character for a sequel, titled Zoolander 2. The film’s synopsis is as follows.

Derek and Hansel are modelling again when an opposing company attempts to take them out from the business.

Stiller once again takes on directing duties, with Justin Theroux writing the screenplay this time around. Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, and »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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True Detective, Ep. 2.07, “Black Maps and Motel Rooms” is a dour and depressing penultimate episode

2 August 2015 8:56 PM, PDT

True Detective, Season 2, Episode 7, “Black Maps and Motel Rooms”

Written by Nic Pizzolatto

Directed by Daniel Attias

Airs Sundays at 9pm (Et) on HBO

That is not the type of penultimate episode that True Detective needs right now. After a rollercoaster of quality over the last handful of episodes, this second to last installment is decidedly one of the lesser entries of the season. It is a confusing mush of all of the storylines covered thus far but with none of the curiosity-spurring or artistic moments of the last two weeks. At this point, half the conversations Frank finds himself involved in are either pointlessly dull or too confusing to follow why they are happening in the first place. The Caspere murder is so far in the rearview mirror that its supposed purpose as narrative propulsion of the season is a sad thing to think about rather than an exciting mystery to solve. »

- Whitney McIntosh

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The Strain, Ep. 2.04, “The Silver Angel,” is a morality play

2 August 2015 8:00 PM, PDT

The Strain, Season 2, Episode 4, “The Silver Angel”

Written by Chuck Hogan

Directed by J. Miles Dale

Airs Sundays at 10pm Est on FX

The cold opening of episode four ties to The Strain in three different ways. The black-and-white lucha libre B-horror and the present day horror drama series share the same major conflict: human vs. vampire. As the brass instruments that are characteristic of a B-horror soundtrack blare, the title card makes the connection obvious: “Angel Contra El Vampiro Maldito,” translated as “Angel vs. The Vampires.” The post-vignette scene also introduces us to a new character: Angel, a Harlem tandoori restaurant dishwasher and former luchador/movie star, who spends his time outside of work being the lone spectator of his past. The third connection requires a critical understanding of a very niche form of entertainment: professional wrestling.

At its core, professional wrestling is a morality play. The tecnico (the lucha libre term for “babyface, »

- Kat Smith

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Humans, Ep. 1.06: “Episode Six” delves into character backstories

2 August 2015 6:55 PM, PDT

Lucy Carless, Katherine Parkinson

Humans, Season One, “Episode Six

Written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley

Directed by Lewis Arnold

Airs Sundays at 9 pm (Et) on AMC

After a lacklustre outing, last week’s episode of Humans bounced back by intersecting a number of character trajectories. This week’s episode continues the upturn in quality by delving into the history of a number of characters, shedding further light on their present-day actions and what drives them. The result is a solid episode that moves a number of storylines forward, setting up new character dynamics along the way before the departure of a notable character.

The look into the creation of Leo Elster and the synths that form his group go a long way towards explaining their story and adding a layer of empathy to their situation. Knowing not only that David gave consciousness to synths to provide a family for Leo, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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‘Abyss Odyssey’ is a dream for the action-adventure dungeon crawler

2 August 2015 6:41 PM, PDT

Abyss Odyssey

Developed by Ace Team

Published by Atlus

Available on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360

The creators of the surprise hit indie game series, Zeno Clash, Ace Team, return with an ambitious, but entirely different, adventure in Abyss Odyssey. This combat heavy indie title blends so many genres and in doing so creates a game perfect for anyone who’s a completionist at heart.

The game takes place in Santiago, Chile (where Ace Team just so happen to be based) where a mighty and fearsome warlock has been creating fissures in the earth from deep within. It’s up to the legendary warrior, Katrien, her allies and the Chilean soldiers to venture into the abyss and rid the world of the warlock and his abysmal nightmare.

The goal is to fight through each area of the abyss to reach the warlock. Katrien will fight, learn new moves, upgrade weapons and »

- Ryan Espinoza

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Fight Comics as Event Crossover in ‘E Is For Extinction’ #2

2 August 2015 6:27 PM, PDT

E Is For Extinction #2

Written by Chris Burnham and Dennis Culver

Drawn by Ramon Villalobos

Colored by Ian Herring

Published by Marvel Comics

Just imagine how great (and it is pretty darn spiffy as it is) Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run could have been if when Frank Quitely couldn’t have drawn the book, Ramon Villalobos would have been around to fill in.  E Is For Extinction #2 makes the argument that Villalobos would have been the equal, if not superior, artist.  Chris Burnham, Dennis Culver, and Villalobos take a Secret Wars tie-in, even if the Secret Wars aspect is just a thin tangent, and spin a What If? tale that doesn’t need its tie-in raison d’etre.  What If Magneto Won is all it needs.  What if Cyclops, Emma and Wolverine were losers in personality as well as in the mutant race?  That last one may be a »

- Scott Cederlund

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