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Review: Gregg Araki's Dreamlike, Unique 'White Bird In A Blizzard' With Shailene Woodley And Eva Green

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By now, devoted cinephiles likely know what to expect going into a Gregg Araki movie: sex-crazed teens, an overabundance of nudity (sometimes pretty, sometimes not), a dream-like story wrapped snugly in a nightmare and a killer soundtrack. However, it would be lazy for someone to call it trash cinema—there’s a lot of feeling in his films (please watch "Mysterious Skin" now). Araki is a brilliant director who finds a great deal of meaning in stories of teenage angst and sexual desire, and is perhaps the finest example of coming-of-rage cinema. His latest film, "White Bird in a Blizzard," is his most grownup film to date, but never deviates far from his comfort zone. Set in the late ‘80s, "White Bird in a Blizzard" revolves around Kat Connor (Shailene Woodley) and her incredibly dysfunctional family who are living crappily ever after. Her dad Brock (Christopher Meloni) is a pushover, »

- Chase Whale

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"It’s A 'Dirty Dozen' With Supervillains": David Ayer Talks 'Suicide Squad'

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No matter where you stand on David Ayer's box-office topping "Fury," there's no debating the man can shoot the hell out of an action sequence. The World War II film effectively delivers the tension, fear, and unrelenting nature of war, and it's a feat made more impressive given how many movies in the genre are already out there. Ayer made it his own, which makes his upcoming gig directing "Suicide Squad," for release in 2016, all the more intriguing. And he's revealing what he can about the superhero movie that has unenviable assignment of being the first post-"Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice" release in Warner Bros.' massive DC Comics blockbuster plan. But Ayer is ready to bring the noise. “I can say that it’s a 'Dirty Dozen' with supervillains,” he told Empire. “Then I can ask the question, ‘Does a movie really need good guys?’” It's certainly an interesting question, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: Smart And Bracing Cannes Winner 'Force Majeur'

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This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. A biting satire that plays out with almost crystalline precision in the rarefied, thin-air environs of an upscale ski resort, Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s fourth feature, “Force Majeure,” took the Jury (runner up) prize in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes, but also, more importantly, took the coveted honor of being The Film We’d Heard Nothing About Prior That Gained So Much Buzz While There We Had To See It (last year’s recipient: “Stranger By The Lake”). And so our last Sunday in Cannes found us calculating shuttle journeys and negotiating potential airport strike delays to squeeze in the catch-up screening, and we’re so glad we did. “Force Majeure” is a brutally smart and original film that capped off our Cannes in bracing style—it’s edge is so keen, and its movements so deft, »

- Jessica Kiang

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"Stephen Daldry’s Brazilian Answer To 'Slumdog Millionaire' ": First Reviews For 'Trash' With Rooney Mara Roll In

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While producers, filmmakers, and distributors hustle to get their movies in one of the major fall film festivals—Venice, Telluride, Toronto, New York—one movie that casually sidestepped all of them was Stephen Daldry's "Trash." The Brazil-shot film premiered at the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (naturally), hit the Haifa Film Fesitval, then the Rome Film Festival, with the Abu Dhabi Film Festival coming later this week, and the Stockholm International Film Film Festival next month. Now the first reviews are starting to roll in. While the movie features names like Rooney Mara, Wagner Moura, and Martin Sheen, it actually pivots around three boys (Rickson Teves, Eduardo Luis, and Gabriel Weinstein) and a wallet full of cash found while trash-picking in the local dump. With a reward out for its return, they turn to a pair of missionaries who may just be able to help them solve the mystery, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Contest: Win A 'Snowpiercer' Prize Pack With The Blu-ray Or DVD, Graphic Novel & More

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After no shortage of buzz, and concerns about the edit released in North America (we got the version director Bong Joon-ho intended, fyi), "Snowpiercer" finally made its ways to cinemas and VOD earlier this year, where it was a solid success. But if you missed it playing where you live, or you didn't get a chance to order it up, we've got a great package for those eager to see the film or ready to watch it all over again. To recap, the star-studded movie features Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, John Hurt, and many more in an apocalyptic tale of the last survivors of humanity whirling through an Earth ravaged by cold on the titular train. But all is not kosher on board, and a revolution brews with the lower classes at the back of the train who look to right the »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New International Trailer And Images For Michel Hazanavicius’ ‘The Search’ With Berenice Bejo & Annette Bening

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Described by our critic out of Cannes as "one of the more prominent disappointments of the festival," that seems to be the general consensus about Michel Hazanavicius’ "The Search." The film was the director's big turn toward drama after his beloved "The Artist," but by most accounts, it doesn't work. In fact, the director went back to the editing room and cut 20-minutes from the movie. Will the new version be any better? Well, French audiences will be the first to find out. A new international trailer for the movie, along with some fresh pics, have arrived. Starring Berenice Bejo and Annette Bening, the film follows an Ngo worker who bonds with a young boy in war-torn Chechnya. This is essentially a shorter cut of the promo that dropped at Cannes, but it nonetheless presents a movie that depicts the horrors of war, particularly as they affect children. It looks like bracing stuff, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Listen To Chvrches "Get Away" From The Rescored Version Of Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive' Plus Check Out The Trailer

8 hours ago

Quite simply, the soundtrack to Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" is one of the best of the past few years. Seamlessly blending Cliff Martinez's distinct, throbbing score with retro-future jams by Kavinsky, College, Chromatics, and Desire, the entire sonic palette helped inform the neon mood of the Ryan Gosling starring film. But what happens when you drape the movie with a bunch of random new music? Well, you're about to find out. BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe has undertaken the task of rescoring "Drive," with Chvrches, Foals, Sbtrkt, Jon Hopkins, Laura Mvula, the 1975, Baauer, Banks, Bastille, Bring Me The Horizon, Eric Prydz, the Neighbourhood, and Zcc (aka Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro) all tapped to provide new exclusive music. A 30-second trailer—with Lowe talking all over it—does preview a bit of what it will sound like, and, unsurprisingly, results may vary. Refn carefully crafted his film with »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Exclusive: U.S. Trailer For 'Viva La Liberta' Featuring 'The Great Beauty' Star Toni Servillo

8 hours ago

With memorable roles in "Gomorrah," "Il Divo," and the Oscar-winning "The Great Beauty" (winning a European Best Actor award for all three roles), Toni Servillo has launched himself on the international cinema stage in a big way. The actor's latest movie to land stateside, "Viva La Liberta," finds Servillo taking on the challenge of playing dual roles. Co-written and directed by Roberto Andò, and co-starring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Valerio Mastandrea, the film kicks off when Enrico Oliveri, a veteran politician, seeing the inevitable fall of his political party, flees to Paris. But his top aide and his wife has a plan: they enlist Enrico's troubled, genius twin, Giovanni, and put him in control. It's a crazy plan that just might work. Mixing drama, comedy, and even thriller elements, as you see in the exclusive U.S. trailer below, this is an opportunity to witness Servillo's wide array of skills at work. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Essentials: The 10 Best Michael Keaton Performances

8 hours ago

The oddly arched eyebrows. The slightly wolfish grin. The constant undercurrent of manic, twitchy volatility. It may not have been until his unavoidably, undeniably brilliant turn in “Birdman” (read our review here) that we really thought too much about trying to define what we so love about Michael Keaton, but now that it’s happened, we realize that whatever it is, it is exactly what we’ve been missing for the past few years. Contrary to how it might feel, Keaton’s comeback has been in the works for a little while now. In fact, he makes a fascinating case study for the nature of the Hollywood career renaissance, owning that narrative this year kind of the way Matthew McConaughey did in 2013. What makes one actor, especially one getting on a bit (Keaton turned 63 in September), a fit subject for rediscovery and reestablishment in the Hollywood firmament, while others languish »

- Jessica Kiang

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Watch: Federico Fellini’s Playful Yet Nightmarish Edgar Allen Poe Short Film 'Toby Dammit'

9 hours ago

If you even wondered what it would look like if one of the greatest auteurs in film history directed an episode of “Tales From The Crypt," look no further than Federico Fellini’s absurdist short “Toby Dammit,” based on a relatively obscure Edgar Allen Poe story titled “Never Bet The Devil Your Head." The quickest way to describe “Toby Dammit” would be as “8½ in Hell." Firmly planted in Fellini’s late '60s narcissistically colorful, exuberant dream-reality period, “Toby Dammit” represented one-third of an anthology feature consisting of three Poe adaptations from three of the most revered filmmakers at the time: Fellini, Louis Malle, and Roger Vadim (perhaps “tolerated” instead of “revered” is a better description for Vadim). The feature is called “Spirits of the Dead,” and even though Fellini received a considerable amount of praise for his segment, the other two shorts failed to impress. Eventually, critics and audiences discarded. »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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This First Look At The 'Dredd' Miniseries Is Probably Not What You Expected

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Earlier this month, producer Adi Shankar announced, with some overdramatic fanfare, that he's working on a seven-part "Dredd" miniseries, to drop online in October for the low, low price of absolutely free. Claiming he doesn't "give a fuck" about money and just cares about the franchise, the news was greeted with both excitement some question marks from fans. Would Karl Urban return? What shape would the miniseries take? Well, these answers have arrived, and it's probably not what you expected and/or hoped for. EW has the first-look photos, and they reveal that the property is back as "Dredd: Superfiend," an animated take on the Dark Judges storyline. Frankly, the animation looks kinda cheap, but since I haven't read the comics, maybe this look is faithful. Still, there's something distinctly flat and not all that inspiring here, and the poster doesn't help either, looking fan made in all the worst possible ways. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 'Luck, Trust and Ketchup' A 90-Minute Documentary On The Making Of Robert Altman's Epic 'Short Cuts'

10 hours ago

Robert Altman, easily one of the greatest American directors in film history, and the undisputed master of overlapping dialogue, is no stranger to sprawling dramas full of fascinating characters and sub-plots. Among Altman’s many renowned forays into ensemble dramas, such as “Nashville,” “A Wedding,” and “Gosford Park," his 1993 masterpiece “Short Cuts” has a special place in the hearts of Altman fans, as much as it apparently had in Altman’s. During one of the many interviews he gave for "Luck, Trust and Ketchup," the incredibly informative and insightful 90-minute documentary on the making of “Short Cuts," he describes his approach to the film as if he randomly shot a bunch of BBs into the air and decided to tell the story of whatever happened wher the pellets landed. As fans will know, “Short Cuts” consists of a bunch of intercut short films based on Raymond Carver’s writings, which »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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Alamo Drafthouse Head Says Cinema Owners Need To "Build A Young Cinephile Audience" & Preserve 35mm Projection

10 hours ago

The past few years have seen the movie industry caught up in a tidal wave towards digital, but filmmakers who prefer analog are fighting back. Quentin Tarantino is already making plans for his western "The Hateful Eight" to have the widest 70mm release in twenty years, while next month, Christopher Nolan is dropping "Interstellar" into theaters with 35mm and 70mm projection two days early. That latter bit of news hasn't made theater owners, who have invested heavily in switching to digital projection at the behest of studios, very happy. But according to Alamo Drafthouse head Tim League, theater owners are in business to serve the needs of filmmakers. "I share that pain," League wrote in an op-ed for Deadline about the financial strain of converting to digital, but he makes it clear what his stance is. "I ask all cinema owners, what is our relationship to filmmakers? I consider myself »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Lionsgate And Tribeca Enterprises Team Up To Launch Subscription VOD Service In 2015

11 hours ago

Get ready to cut the cord and start subscribing to more than just Netflix in 2015. With HBO announcing they're launching their own streaming service next year, and with CBS kicking off their own app, another player is joining the fray. Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises have announced that, in the first half of 2015, they'll launch a subscription video on demand service. Called Tribeca Short List (an odd name, because it makes one think of short films), the service will feature "a prestigious selection" of Lionsgate and Tribeca offerings, in addition to curated critically-acclaimed films, with movies added on a weekly basis. Promising stuff, but we'll see if those prestige titles from Lionsgate include blockbusters like the "The Hunger Games" movies or not. That said, Tribeca often takes on smaller movies that are more difficult to find attention for in the multiplex marketplace, and this could be a good avenue for those kinds of efforts. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Bronies Rejoice! 'My Little Pony' Movie Coming In 2017

12 hours ago

"Boys, fueled by Transformers and Marvel products, was the key driver in the quarter," Mkm Partners analyst Eric Handler said (via THR) following Hasbro's report this morning on their third quarter earnings. And they were very good. The toy company saw revenue grow by 22% to $478.5 million, so it's time to make those numbers even bigger and reach out to the female demographic. Variety reports that Hasbro Studios will deliver a "My Little Pony" animated movie to theaters in 2017. Joe Ballarini (“Ice Age: Continental Drift”) is writing the script for this one, which will help Hasbro expand the brand which already includes toys, video games, comic books, straight-to-dvd movies, and much more. Of course, "My Little Pony" has seen another rise in pop culture thanks to bronies—aka adult dudes  and teens—who have fallen in love with the series "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic." It'll be interesting to see what mix of elements Hasbro. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New Clip, Featurette & TV Spot For 'Serena' Starring Jennifer Lawrence And Bradley Cooper

12 hours ago

Described as "a moderately-sized trainwreck" in our review of the film out of the BFI London Film Festival, it appears there was a very good reason why Susanne Bier's "Serena" didn't take the fast path to theaters. Shot two years ago, and essentially sitting around on a shelf for a year, the Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper starring film is finally making its way out in the world, and a new clip plus some promo materials have arrived. The latest look comes courtesy of Glamour Magazine and highlights an axe-swinging Lawrence, the wife of a timber baron, showing the rough and ready dudes how to do the job right. After that you can see a new featurette that explores the chemistry of the two leads, with each actor fawning over the other, and Cooper comparing Lawrence's skills to those of Robert De Niro. Finally, there's a U.K. TV spot. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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George Lucas Says Studios "Don't Have Any Imagination And Don't Have Any Talent"

13 hours ago

For a guy who has made millions upon millions of dollars thanks to the support of Hollywood studios, the constant axe George Lucas has to grind with the system is a bit baffling. Last year, he and pal Steven Spielberg warned that an "implosion" was on the horizon, and raised concerned that their epics "Lincoln" and "Red Tails" had trouble getting made on the studio dime. Meanwhile, Lucas has also warned film students about being lured by the magic and endless possibilities of digital technology, while urging them to stay focused on "the art of the movies." And according to Lucas—the guy who found homes and financing for mega-franchises "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" at 20th Century Fox—the big studios are basically the worst. "...the problem has always been the studios,” Lucas told Charlie Rose on "CBS This Morning." "Although the beginning of the studios, the entrepreneurs who ran the studios. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Adam McKay Says His Rewrites On 'Ant-Man' Made It "Bigger," "More Aggressive," And "Funnier"

13 hours ago

While Marvel is now in full swing on "Ant-Man," with a summer 2015 release date plugged in and ready to go, Edgar Wright's long developed but ultimately scrapped version will forever be a big "what if?" in the cinematic comic book canon. And while Wright has been largely mum on the whole situation, what is becoming increasingly clear is his vision didn't quite fit the broad, four quadrant needs of Marvel. And since "Anchorman" helmer Adam McKay —courted to direct after Wright exited the project, and ultimately assisting with a rewrite— doesn't come right out and say it, his comments about the work he did on the comic book movie are pretty telling.  Describing the "giant rewrite" he did on Wright's script (which he calls "really good") with Paul Rudd, McKay said to Collider, "we added some new action beats. I grew up on Marvel Comics so the geek in »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 7 ‘Friendless Child’

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The pattern has been much the same over four seasons of “Boardwalk Empire”: a laconic but elegant opening, the mid-season unfolding at an unhurried pace, and then a staccato burst of violence and plot in the last three episodes. Season five has fit into that structure quite well, but even as the show prepares to say goodbye, it still displays great patience. And “Friendless Child,” the series’ penultimate episode, is pretty good when it’s sticking to what ‘Boardwalk’ does best. But this episode is marred by its bookends —overly stylized, contrived sequences that are completely out of character, as if they were made from an entirely different show. It’s jarring and strange, especially for a show so committed to its own vision —often called too slow by many— to suddenly tag on these uncharacteristic sequences.  “My fellow citizens: we are at war,” U.S. district attorney Robert Hodge says over a stylish, »

- Rodrigo Perez

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