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Fantasia Review: ‘Open Windows’ Starring Elijah Wood & Sasha Grey

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When he burst onto the scene in 2007 with his Spanish debut feature “Timecrimes,” everyone saw a potential new big name from a nation with a knack for churning out directors who really know how (and really, really want) to thrill you. But Nacho Vigalondo’s follow up “Extraterrestrial” in 2011 was more of a whimper compared to the bang he started off with. This year, the hope is that his English language debut puts him back in gear. After a six year absence from the festival, Nacho Vigalondo is back at Fantasia to spook you into never looking at your computer screen the same way again, especially if there’s one too many windows open at the same time. To help him get an even bigger international boost, he’s got the support of an ex-porn star and an ex-hobbit. Unfortunately it feels like the rise keeps getting stunted because those »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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Watch: Pierce Brosnan Gets Back In The Game In Trailer For 'The November Man' Plus New Pics

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For actors of a certain age, gritty action flicks are their new bread and butter, and Hollywood and audiences can't seem to get enough dudes who look too old to be kicking ass, actually kicking ass. And so former James Bond, Pierce Brosnan, will bring has special set of skills back to the big screen in "The November Man." And a new trailer is here for you to see how they're still holding up. Co-starring Olga Kurylenko and Luke Bracey, and directed by Roger Donaldson ("No Way Out," "The Bank Job,") the story follows a lethal and highly trained ex-cia agent (duh), who is forced out of retirement (obviously) for one last mission (didn't see that coming), to protecta  valuable witness. And naturally, he becomes a target, can't trust anybody, etc etc etc. Been there, don't that, but the only wildcare here is Donaldson himself, who has shown he make »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: First Trailer For Horror 'Honeymoon' Featuring 'Game Of Thrones' Star Rose Leslie

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At this point you’re not a major festival if you don’t have a portion of your schedule dedicated to genre fare screening at midnight. Tiff has Midnight Madness and SXSW has the Midnighters, the latter of which screened the very creepy and intimate “Honeymoon.” The horror film’s first trailer has arrived online to get under your skin. Starring Harry Treadaway ( “The Lone Ranger," “Penny Dreadful”) and Rose Leslie (aka Ygritte from “Game of Thrones”), the film focuses on the two actors as a newly married couple on their honeymoon in an upstate New York cabin. Naturally, strange things begin happening and Treadaway begins to suspect something is wrong with his wife. We saw the film at SXSW and found it to be a solid entry into the body snatching subgenre. Watch the “Honeymoon” trailer below along with the poster (via Complex) and catch the film when it »

- Cain Rodriguez

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'Sinister Six' Sets 2016 Release Date, 'The Amazing Spider-Man 3' Pushed To 2018

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"It’s all up for grabs, right now, We’re just trying to figure it out," Alex Kurtzman told Collider recently about what Sony's plans were for "Sinister Six" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 3." And things hadn't been looking good for the franchise in general, with writer/producer Roberto Orci exiting the series, and rumors that the third movie originally planned for 2016 would be pushed. Well, it has and considerably so, in what looks like a shakeup for Sony's comic book series. The studio has announced that Drew Goddard's "Sinister Six" will land on November 11, 2016 with "The Amazing Spider-Man 3" to follow sometime in 2018. So, in short, Sony is still sticking to their bi-annual release of movies from the Spidey-verse, but they've held back on the next entry featuring the hero himself for another four years. Why? It's likely quite simple — they need to retool (as we discussed at length here). Box office wise, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: First Teaser Trailer for ‘Nightcrawler’ Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

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Open Road Films, like most studios or producers are wasting no time. After yesterday’s Toronto International Film Festival announcement, the trailers and press materials for each film has come pouring in fast and furious. And so that means, the first trailer for “Nightcrawler” has arrived starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The movie is the directorial debut of Dan Gilroy, the brother Tony Gilroy and co-writer “The Bourne Legacy,” but a screenwriter and producer who’s had a long and rich career in Hollywood for more than two decades (he wrote co-wrote the Dennis Hopper-directed comedy “Chasers,” the 1992 thriller “Freejack” and Gilroy was also one of the many writers to contribute to unmade Superman film “Superman Lives.” The movie is a thriller set in the underground world of crime reporting in Los Angeles. A viral teaser with a gaunt and unemployed Gyllenhaal surfaced over the weekend. Here’s the official synopsis. »

- Edward Davis

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Tiff Trailer: Hal Hartley's 'Ned Rifle' Starring Aubrey Plaza

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In 1997, Hal Hartley released "Henry Fool," one of the best films of his career, but no one seemed to notice, even though it won the Best Screenplay award at Cannes. But Hartley knew he had something with the characters and world he created and in 2007 he dropped a sequel, "Fay Grim." It was far less satisfying than its predecessor, but now in 2014 he's capping the trilogy with "Ned Rifle," and hopefully it will close the series on an up note. Aubrey Plaza leads the followup, that also brings back Thomas Jay Ryan, James Urbaniak and Parker Posey, and puts murder front and center of the new story. Heres the official synopsis: At once a saga concerning the Grim family of Queens and how their lives are turned upside down by the arrival of the self- proclaimed genius Henry Fool, the trilogy is also an illustration of America's grappling with ideas, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: Luc Besson's 'Lucy' Starring Scarlet Johansson And Morgan Freeman

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There's a moment in Luc Besson's “Lucy” when Scarlett Johansson's title character has cracked the code of existence like a videogame cheat. She goes Rust Cohle on who are appropriately the smartest minds of the world, explaining how numbers are just one of many false constructs that humans use to bring sense to a life of chaos. Which is amusing, since “Lucy” itself is all math—one beautiful superstar (a game Johansson), one Morgan Freeman (Morgan Freeman), a chase, some fights, superpowers, a brief moment of transcendence, gorgeous colors, all wrapped up in an 80-minute bow. Merely the presence of these elements are a delight, nevermind the inconsistently lyrical manner in which Besson combines them. It's basically the perfect summer movie, because it's designed to be. Johansson begins “Lucy” as a grad student party girl, forced to go on an errand for boyfriend Richard (Pilou Asbaek of “A »

- Gabe Toro

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'Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Pushed Back Again To July 2017

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Question: Is "Pirates of the Caribbean 5" aka "Dead Men Tell No Tales" shooting in early 2015 per recent rumors: Answer: Hell, no. Disney announced today that 'Pirates 5' will land in theaters on July 7th, 2017. What does this mean? Well, it’s yet another delay. And considering the film was aiming for a summer 2015 release and then delayed again just last year, the filmmakers and producers are not close to shooting and probably still tinkering with the screenplay (and at this point considering how many writers have worked on that project, possibly starting from scratch). The film will land in theaters six years after “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” which was the lowest grossing film in the franchise domestically, but the second highest grossing film in the series worldwide (and cracking the coveted $1 billion mark for the second time). Again, North American audiences may be tiring of the 4th »

- Edward Davis

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James Murphy Scoring Noah Baumbach’s ‘While We’re Young,’ Nick Cave & Warren Ellis Tune Up New Viggo Mortensen Film

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The line-up for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival has been announced, and as usual, that means news of other creative types involved in some of your most anticipated films of the year. And usually, the reveals are music related. Yesterday’s announcements were not much different and unveiled a plethora of good talent involved in upcoming Tiff pictures. According to the Tiff site, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy has scored Noah Baumbach’s upcoming dramedy “While We’re Young” starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts among others (first look photos are here). This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise for fans of the filmmaker or Murphy. The musician scored the director’s 2010 comedy “Greenberg” and even had a little walk-on blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo. In case you’ve forgotten, that score was the opposite of Murphy's electronic/dance music work and more in the vein of Baumbach’s beloved Ram album by Paul McCartney. »

- Edward Davis

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Exclusive: New Pics From John Michael McDonagh’s ‘Calvary’ Starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd & Kelly Reilly

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There are few directors who could find comedy in the premise of a priest who has been mysteriously told by an unidentified man that he'll be killed. But then perhaps you're not familiar with John Michael McDonagh, who put himself on the cinematic map with outrageous "The Guard," and returns with "Calvary." And today we have a batch of exclusive pics from the film. A terrific cast has been brought together for this one, with Brendan GleesonKelly Reilly, Aidan GillenIsaach de Bankolé and Chris O'Dowd among the ensemble, in the tale of the man of the cloth, who tries to continue with this churchly responsibilities, even with the looming threat of death. It's one we highly recommend with our critic out of Sundance calling the film "an inventive whodunit in reverse," but if you can't take his word, perhaps the Ecumenical Jury prize from the Berlin Film Festival will sway you. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New U.S. Trailer For 'Hector And The Search for Happiness' Starring Simon Pegg And Playing Tiff

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Outside his collaborations with Edgar Wright and his stints in the franchise worlds of “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible,” Simon Pegg has admirably found the time to lead another movie here or there. This year finds the English actor doing his attempt at the feel good movie of the year in the adaptation of “Hector and the Search for Happiness” and the first U.S. trailer has arrived online to inspire you spend some money. Following the two previous U.K. trailers, this new trailer doesn’t break any new ground or have much in the way of new footage. Instead it doubles down on the middle-aged malaise angle and the promise of a feel good message. Think of something along the lines of “Eat Pray Love” meets “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and you wouldn’t be too far off the mark of what this trailer promises. If nothing else, »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Watch: Daniel Radcliffe Learns The Secret Of Relationships In 2 Clips From 'What If'

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It was just last week when we explored the state of the rom-com, 25 years after the release of the still excellent, funny and very real "When Harry Met Sally." Indeed, the landscape these days is pretty dire for the genre, but like we said, there are gems to be found in smaller, indie films. And one that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to strong buzz last year is "What If," and as it heads to theaters next month, a couple of new clips are here to give you a peek at this charmer. Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan star in this one about the tricky dilemma one young man faces, when he starts falling for his best friend... who unfortunately happens to already be in a relationship. Seems like familiar stuff, but advance word on this one is good and the supporting cast is pretty good too with »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Exclusive: Nobody's Innocent In Clip From Award Winning Documentary 'The Kill Team'

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The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may have seen acts of bravery, but they have been overshadowed by conduct from U.S. soldiers that raise troubling questions about the military's engagement in the region, and in particular, their own interior culture. And "The Kill Team" exposes yet another story that is head-shakingly, frustratingly real. Directed by Dan Krauss, the film chronicles the tale of 21 year-old Private Adam Winfield, who upon witnessing members of his platoon murdering civilians and then framing it up to make it look like they were threats or terrorists, alerts his immediate superiors. But his alarm wasn't answered and Winfield soon faced threats and more from those in his own squad. And as you'll see in this exclusive clip, the thinking behind the deaths of innocent citizens has a (very) perverse logic within the realm of soldiers, at any rate. Winning the Best Documentary Feature at Tribeca »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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FX CEO Says 'True Detective' Will "Have To Prove It's Not Just A Vehicle For Movie Stars"

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Given the pedigree of talent assembled for "True Detective" season one—Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan—and the actors already being tipped for season two (Colin Farrell), not to mention the widespread critical acclaim for the show, it's understandable rivals might be a little jealous. But leave it to FX CEO John Landgraf to fire a shot at HBO about their prestige drama. "...'True Detective' is going to have to prove it's not just a vehicle for movie stars," he said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, adding: "[Nic Pizzolatto] is going to have to write something truly great every single year. I think ['Fargo' writer] Noah [Hawley] has already proven he can write something really great." It's an odd statement given that FX is home to "Fargo," which owes any interest it had going in to the Coen Brothers directed film (with the pair also putting their name on »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Casting: Rooney Mara Replaces Jessica Chastain In 'Secret Scripture,' Ed Helms Leads Iñárritu‘s 'One Percent' & More

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Jessica Chastain may seem like she can do it all, but there's one project it looks like she just can't squeeze in. Attached as recently as this spring to "The Secret Scripture," Cineuropa now reports that Rooney Mara is the young female lead opposite Vanessa Redgrave in the film. She'll join Jack Reynor and Jeremy Irons in the Jim Sheridan directed film, based on the book by Sebastian Barry, about "a 100-year-old woman in a mental hospital and her relationship with her psychiatrist." Production will begin this fall.  Alejandro González Iñárritu is keeping very busy. He's got "Birdman" ready to unveil at Venice, he'll be shooting "The Revenant" this fall, and he's also headed to the small screen where he'll direct the series "One Percent." And he's got some unlikely actors for the lead roles. Deadline reports that Ed Helms, Hilary Swank and Ed Harris are lining up roles in the show that's "set. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Chloë Moretz Decides On Life In New Trailer For 'If I Stay'

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When you're a teenager, everything feels like it's life or death; each decision has an irrevocable ripple effect that you will experience forever. But in "If I Stay," the very decision to stay alive (or not) hangs in the balance, and it's a choice that Chloë Moretz will have to make. Based on the novel by Gayle Forman, with a screenplay by Shauna Cross and directed by R.J. Cutler ("The September Issue"), this one follows Mia, who winds up in a coma following a terrible car crash. Caught between life and death, we see the life she led and the people she touched before the accident, and she has to decide whether to keep living or not. But all we know is, if Stacy Keach is crying for us to fight, you damn well believe we'd make our way back to the land of the living. But overall, this looks »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Trailer For Sundance Satire 'Dear White People' Brings Black Back

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How do you make a comedy about contemporary race relations in America, without being reductive or offensive? Hell, don't ask us, but writer/director Justin Simien seems to have figured it out and then some. His "Dear White People" was a buzz title at this year's Sundance Film Festival, winning the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, and a new full-length trailer has arrived to present the sharp satire. The film takes viewers to the campus of Winchester University, where activist Samantha White is elected as head of a traditionally black residence hall. She uses her notoriety as host of the provocative and polarizing radio show “Dear White People” to try to prevent the college from diversifying Armstrong Parker House. Meanwhile, Afro-wearing geek Lionel Higgins is recruited by the otherwise all-white student newspaper to go undercover and write about black culture, and this and more hijinks converge during the ill-conceived “unleash your. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Spike Lee Powerfully Mixes Footage Of NYPD Chokehold Victim With 'Do the Right Thing' In Video Response

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One of the more heartbreaking and infuriating headlines of the past few days has come from New York City. Last Friday, five NYPD officers engaged with 43-year-old Eric Garner, who was stopped under suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes. The situation escalated with the officers smothering and choking the 400 pound man, who is seen and heard on video caught by bystanders, stating clearly, "I can't breathe" nine times. Garner became unconscious at the scene, and shortly went into cardiac arrest and died at Richmond University Medical Center. The incident has outraged not just citizens of New York City, but has made headlines around the world. And for Spike Lee it has struck a clearly personal chord. The director has quietly dropped a video response on his YouTube, and it's powerful stuff. Lee mixes in footage of Radio Raheem's eeriely similar death from "Do The Right Thing" with the actual footage from the incident involving Garner. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Honest Trailer For 'Divergent' Which Is Basically 'The Hunger Games' Without The Games

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So, with "Divergent" now on its way to Ya franchise ubiquity, maybe it's time to acknowledge that like "The Hunger Games" and "Twilight" before it, the story is working from a very well established template. But don't take our word for it, as Screen Junkies is here with an Honest Trailer to highlight how this one is like the others. Calling the Shailene Woodley starrer "The Hunger Games" but without the games, the trailer amusingly dips into the overly complicated future world the movie takes place in. We're not sure why all these dystopian futures require a vast set of rules to keep their population under control (or what the point is), but it can get convoluted and silly. Anyway, there's star-crossed romance, a conspiracy, and all the usual markers of the genre in "Divergent" — which you've seen before in other Ya movies both successful and not (sorry "Beautiful Creatures »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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From 'La Femme Nikita' to 'Lucy': Director Luc Besson Talks The Strong Women In 6 Of His Key Films

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For a man who makes his living writing and producing muscular action movies like the "Taken" franchise, Luc Besson is a filmmaker who has continually shown an amazing sensitivity and fondness for strong female characters. These aren't buxom bimbos that wield Uzis and mutter one-liners; these are fully dimensional characters that Besson is seemingly fascinated by, since they turn up in everything from historical epics to tiny, Kapra-esque comedies. The newest Luc Besson heroine is the title character played by Scarlett Johansson in this week's "Lucy," about a young woman who, after accidentally ingesting an experimental drug, unlocks the potential of the human brain. It's crazy and kind of awesome, and the latest in a long line of Besson's strong female characters. "Lucy" is the second film in as many years for Besson, who had seemingly decided to devote more of his time to writing and producing European action movies than making films for himself. »

- Drew Taylor

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