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Review: 'Laggies' Starring Keira Knightley Is An Uneven, Patchy, Feel-Good, Crowd-Pleasing Comedy

11 hours ago

Given that the arrested development subgenre of comedy is chiefly the domain of men and man children, it’s nice to see the field finally tackled from a refreshing female perspective. However, while an admirable vantage point of the trapped in adultlescence genus, “Laggies,” the new film by director Lynn Shelton, is often wildly implausible (even for a comedy), positions its sympathies in questionable places and is a mess of a movie that lands all over the place. Megan (Keira Knightley) has a posse of pals from high school, which includes her patient and ineffectual boyfriend (Mark Webber) and her prissy, uptight best friend (Ellie Kemper, who needs to find a new archetype to try out stat). Initially BFFs forever, Megan’s lack of growth soon finds herself at odds from her friends, who are planning weddings, having babies and moving forward in their lives. Stunted, with zero direction, she »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Review: Martin Scorsese Produced, Andrew Lau Co-Directed 'Revenge Of The Green Dragons' Is A Total Mess

12 hours ago

“There’s a storm coming detective, and I don’t know of any umbrellas that will keep this city dry,” says the protagonist of “The Revenge Of The Green Dragons” at one point. It’s spoken with a sincerity that had us scratching our heads in bewilderment, a statement that’s not exactly directed at this ludicrous, over-the-top mess of a movie, but at Martin Scorsese, who will have his name forever attached to it. Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo team up for directing duties (Lau’s “Infernal Affairs” gives you hope) with Scorsese executive producing. On paper, the film looked like it could be a boatload of extravagant, gun-toting fun. Little did we know that, in reality, reading “Martin Scorsese Presents” in the opening credits would be the closest this movie comes to being great. Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu) are two Chinese-American brothers, who grew up in late-80s Queens, »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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Watch: Death Is Coming In 'Judge Dredd: Superfiend' Teaser

12 hours ago

"Dredd" is back! Kind of! While "Judge Dredd: Superfiend" isn't the Karl Urban starring sequel to the live action 2012 film fans were hoping for, it is something we suppose. But perhaps most of all, it's free, so now's the time to see what your zero dollars and zero cents will get you later this month. The first teaser trailer has dropped and it's certainly a much better taste than those standalone images were. Brought to life, this looks like it has an assured tone, alternately gross and grim, with a keen sense of the future-world it takes place in. But most of all, it looks loose and fun, perhaps even more so than either film iteration, and as an online miniseries, it could be a nice bite size take on the comic book character. But we'll leave it to you to decide. Watch below and tune in on October 27th to give 'Superfiend' a watch. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Explore Orson Welles' Life And Work In Trailer For Documentary 'Magician'

13 hours ago

There's the Orson Welles who made "Citizen Kane," and then there's the Orson Welles who forever afterward struggled to retain control of his films, complete movies, and live up the legacy of his breakthrough. He's one of cinemas most enduring and fascinating figures, and he gets a new look in Chuck Workman's upcoming documentary, "Magician: The Astonishing Life And Work Of Orson Welles." Featuring input from Martin Scorsese, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich, Steven Spielberg, Paul Mazursky, Walter Murch, and more, the film promises to be a fascinating look into the enigma of Welles, but also how, even all these years on, he's still underappreciated. Outside of "Citizen Kane," he's the man who delivered "Lady From Shanghai," "The Trial," "The Magnificent Ambersons," and "Touch Of Evil," and even if he was never quite embraced by Hollywood, he loved the movie world all the same. "Magician" will have an »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Get Ready Everyone, Ryan Murphy Says He's Going To Invent The Comedy-Horror Genre

13 hours ago

Ryan Murphy—the man behind "Glee" and "American Horror Story"—has already accomplished a lot in his career. His TV shows have brought in boatloads of acclaim and awards, and his HBO film "The Normal Heart" earned no shortage of plaudits this year. But not one to rest on his laurels, the writer/producer/director is doing something no one has thought of before: mixing horror and comedy. This bit of news come in the midst of a press release of Murphy's forthcoming show "Scream Queens," his anthology horror series for Fox. Viewers who tune in might be totally baffled by what they're seeing because for the first time ever, Murphy is blending scares and laughter. Here's an excerpt of what you need to know (via io9): "I knew I wanted to work with Brad and Ian again on something comedic, and we are having a blast writing Scream Queens, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Casting: Patrick Stewart Plays White Supremacist In 'Green Room,' Natalie Dormer Goest To 'The Forest' And More

14 hours ago

With "Blue Ruin," writer/director Jeremy Saulnier made some major noise, which apparently reached the ears of some notable folks. Patrick StewartAnton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Kai Lennox, Eric Edelstein and Macon Blair will star in his next movie "Green Room," which is now shooting. And the premise is intense. The movie will follow a young punk rock band who find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence, and must fight for their lives against a gang of white power skinheads intent on eliminating all witnesses. And in the kind of role we've never seen him in, Stewart will play Darcy Banker, the unflinching leader of a ferocious white supremacist fiefdom based in the Pacific Northwest. Holy shit. The news was first broken by The Wrap. Ridley Scott's "The Martian" cast keeps growing with Sean Bean joining Matt Damon, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New Trailer For 'Act Of Killing' Followup 'The Look Of Silence,' Plus 18-Min Talk With Director Joshua Oppenheimer

15 hours ago

With an Oscar nomination and awards and honors from film festivals and critics around the world, Joshua Oppenheimer's "Act Of Killing" announced the director as a serious new voice in documentary filmmaking. And he quickly started work on his next movie, "The Look Of Silence," a sequel of sorts to 'Killing' which has culled similar acclaim. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it was awarded both the Fipresci prize and the Grand Jury prize. Now a new trailer for the film is here. Our critic on the Lido called the film "spellbinding," with a story centering on Adi, who digs into the horror of his family's history and the loss they suffered during the Indonesian military coup of the 1960s. It's a bracing story that needs context and encourages conversation. And so after you watch the trailer below, be sure to check out this eighteen minute »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Honest Trailer For 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Reveals How It's Basically 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day'

15 hours ago

Let's face it, as wildly entertaining and better than it should have been "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" was, that it worked at all is a minor miracle. With respect to the film jumping back in forth through time, criss-crossing narrative threads, and then eventually removing the events of the previous movies from the franchises' continuum, you have to admire the fact that Bryan Singer and co. pulled it off. But here's something we didn't consider: 'Dofp' is basically "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." The latest Honest Trailer puts the X-Men movie in its sights, and makes a pretty strong case that its travel-back-in-time narrative is eerily similar to the James Cameron classic. But if you don't buy that argument, there is the fact that everyone kinda dies in the movie, but then again, sorta doesn't....it's a little confusing. And then there's that post-credits with the pyramids or something. But hey, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Keep Hope Alive: Disney Loses 'John Carter' Rights, Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. Plans To Make More Movies

15 hours ago

With Disney moving on to bigger, and much, much more profitable things (hello, "Star Wars"), their pre-Lucasfilm acquisition failure of "John Carter" is something the company is eager to move on from. The notorious 2012 sci-fi flop saw the studio take a $200 million loss in the midst of audience disinterest (it earned $284 million worldwide, on a budget of $250 million, oops) and critical lambasting, and yet, there were a core of fans who tried mightily to rally for more. In fact, one particularly driven group hit the floor of Comic-Con in 2012 to try and collect signatures to urge Disney to keep the flame burning for the Edgar Rice Burroughs property. It didn't work out, but fans of the source material can keep hope alive. Disney has dropped the rights to "John Carter," with the property now reverting back to Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. And that company's plan is to try and make »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Matthew McConaughey Says Dismissal Of Rom-Coms Is "Completely Unfair" Because They Can Be "Difficult" To Make

16 hours ago

Before the McConaissance, there were movies like "The Wedding Planner," "Failure to Launch," "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," "Fool's Gold," and "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past." These were the projects upon which an often shirtless Matthew McConaughey buttered his bread. But now that he's dancing between prestige indies like Gus Van Sant's forthcoming "The Sea Of Trees" and Christopher Nolan's forthcoming "Interstellar," you might think McConaughey would scoff at those earlier efforts. You would be wrong. In fact, he defends him heartily in a new profile for GQ. "These things aren't easy," he says of rom-coms. "What's hard is to make them look easy. Those kinds of movies are what they are. They get pooh-poohed by critics. They get pooh-poohed by actors themselves. And in a way I get it, but in other ways it's completely unfair. There's a buoyancy you need to make them work. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Oscar Buzz: Who Could Be Set For Nods In The Supporting Actress Race?

16 hours ago

Across the last week or so, with film festival season in remission after the end of the New York Film Festival, we've been taking the temperature of the acting Oscar races. We've examined the stacked Best Actor possibilities, the less obviously stacked Best Actress line-up and the decidedly thin Best Supporting Actor potentials already, and now it's time to look at Best Supporting Actress. The category has the potential to be one of the more interesting this year: among the potentials are a once-famous star who's mostly been absent from the big screen in the time it took to shoot the movie she could be nominated for, a former starlet chasing her first nomination in nearly a decade, and Meryl Streep. Always with the Meryl Streep. But there's plenty to come that could end up throwing the race for a loop. Take a look at our thoughts below, and let »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Directors: Eli Roth Preps Carbon Copy Of 'Cabin Fever,' Abbas Kiarostami Making Movie In China And More

17 hours ago

If you never saw Eli Roth's "Cabin Fever" twelve years ago, don't sweat it, because a remake is coming out that will pretty much be the exact same film. In fact, Roth himself is producing this do-over, which will use his original script and bring Gage Golightly, Dustin Ingram, Samuel Davis, Matthew Daddario and Nadine Crocker into the woods. Production is now underway with Travis Zariwny directing the same movie. Again. [Variety] Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, aka Key and Peele, have a number of film projects in the works, but their first out of the gate will be "Keanu." And no, it's not what you think. Starting filming next April, this movie will center around a kidnapped cat. And if anyone can make that something like that work, it's these guys. [Deadline] The next project from Peter Strickland of "Berberian Sound Studio" and "The Duke of Burgundy" fame takes a step back in time. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Sins, Cops, Criminals: Watch This 12-Minute Tribute To The Films Of Martin Scorsese

18 hours ago

Trying to encapsulate the career of Martin Scorsese in a few paragraphs, or even a 12-minute video, is no easy task. But Alexandre Gasulla has given himself that unenviable job with his video tribute to the filmmaker, and he has succeeded with flying colors. Running 12-minutes long, and covering all of Scorsese's features through "The Wolf Of Wall Street," Gasulla clearly understands the themes and preoccupations that the director has threaded through his movies over four decades. So this isn't just a random grab-bag of the best moments from Scorsese's movies, but a nicely crafted and curated selection of images and sound that gets to the essence of his work. It's solid stuff. So take a quick break from whatever you're doing and watch below. [35Mm] »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Juliette Binoche Says Her Performance In 'Godzilla' Made Quentin Tarantino Cry

19 hours ago

This summer's "Godzilla" was memorable for a few things, but for cinephiles, it was a blockbuster that rounded up some pretty great acting talent....only to kill them off (Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche) or shunt them into the background (Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn). Perhaps one of the most disappointing person to see exit the movie so early was Binoche. The great French actress didn't have much to do except die in the opening minutes, but according to her, it had quite the impact on Quentin Tarantino. "[Quentin] Tarantino said to me, 'That was the first time I've ever cried during a 3D blockbuster. I had to take off my glasses to wipe away my tears.' I took it as a compliment," Binoche told Indiewire. As for the experience of shooting the movie—which she notes she only took thanks to a "beautiful letter" from director Gareth Edwards—she »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Alejandro González Iñárritu Says He Would Make The "Worst Superhero Movie"

19 hours ago

After recently declaring that Hollywood's superhero obsession was "cultural genocide," it's probably not a surprise that Alejandro González Iñárritu doesn't have much interest in making a superhero movie. But with respect to his latest movie "Birdman," the filmmaker did have to dip his toes into the genre, albeit in a sideways manner. With the story following an actor who had once played a superhero deciding to revitalize his career on Broadway, the film does feature one blockbuster-esque action sequence. But don't think for a second Iñárritu has aspirations to do a full blown comic book film. "I would do the fucking worst superhero movie. So depressing," he told Indiewire. And it's the process of doing setpieces that would drive him crazy. 'I love it. I love it for it two minutes, not more. [Laughs] If I made 90 minutes of that, I would kill myself probably," the director continued. "But, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 'The Simpsons' Halloween Tribute To Stanley Kubrick Riffs On 'Eyes Wide Shut,' 'Full Metal Jacket,' 'Barry Lyndon' & '2001'

20 hours ago

For a show that has been around long enough to see some of its audience grow up, get a college degree and get married, we'll give credit where it's due: "The Simpsons" can still pull out a gem from time to time. For the show's 25th "Treehouse Of Horror" episode, the segment "A Clockwork Yellow" featured a pretty clever and extended riff on Stanley Kubrick's oeuvre. The story finds Moe leading a gang of droogs comprised of Homer, Carl and Lenny into an "Eyes Wide Shut"-like party, and from there "Full Metal Jacket," "Barry Lyndon," "2001: A Space Odyssey," and obviously "A Clockwork Orange" get playfully ribbed. It's executed with a clear affection for Kubrick's films. And of course, as long time fans know, "The Simpsons" previously played on Kubrick's "The Shining" with "The Shinning" from "Treehouse Of Horror V." Not to mention the number of nods to Kubrick. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Say Goodbye To 'Boardwalk Empire' With 30-Minute Doc 'The Final Shot' With Martin Scorsese, Steve Buscemi, More

20 hours ago

Next Sunday, HBO will lower the curtain on "Boardwalk Empire." After five seasons of bootlegging, prostitution, assassination, and power moves from some of the underworld's seediest characters in the Atlantic City of the 1920 and 1930s, the lights will be shut off. So to get you prepared, HBO has unveiled a must watch thirty-minute documentary. The appropriately titled "The Final Shot" brings together executive producer Martin Scorsese, writer Terence Winter, and key cast members (Steve Buscemi, Gretchen Mol, Kelly Macdonald, Michael K. Williams, Stephen Graham and Michael Stuhlbarg) to share their recollections on the genesis of the show, shooting the series, and much more. It's insight from the on-the-ground players who have lived with the show for the past half-decade, and it's fascinating stuff for those who have been following the adventures of Nucky Thompson and co. The series finale of "Boardwalk Empire" airs on October 26th. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New Trailer For U.K. Theatrical Re-Release Of Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey' Will Give You Chills

21 hours ago

There was been a lot of talk lately —particularly in light of Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" on the horizon— about movies that must be seen on the big screen. But there are few that can lay that claim with as much confidence as Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey." And now for lucky folks in the UK, his sci-fi masterpiece is returning to cinemas and a terrific new trailer has arrived. The director's brain-bender was a must-see event back in 1968, and that's no less true now. The film, shot on 65mm, is a visual wonder that still needs the all enveloping theatrical experience to truly appreciate its scope and scale, taking viewers from the dawn of man, to the edge of the universe and beyond. It's ambitious, beautiful and bold even more than four decades later.  Check out the new, theatrical re-release trailer below, and for even more check »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1' Soundtrack Features Chvrches, Lorde, Pusha T, Chemical Brothers & More

21 hours ago

There is revolution stirring in the forthcoming "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1," and any good rebellion (cough blockbuster) needs a good soundtrack to go with it. Once again, the folks behind the Jennifer Lawrence-led Ya adaptation will be bringing some serious noise. The full soundtrack details for 'Mockingjay' have been revealed: if you like you jams with a pop or electronic tinge, tunes by The Chemical Brothers, Chvrches and Lorde should keep you satisfied, with Kanye West himself stepping in to remix the latter's "Yellow Flicker Beat." Distinctive singer/songwriter Bat For Lashes drops by, as well as crew-cutted '80s dance diva Grace Jones,   while Stromae enlists a killer guest line up (Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip, Haim) for "Meltdown."  'Mockingjay' flies into cinemas on November 21st, with the soundtrack dropping on November 17th. Full tracklist below. [Pitchfork] “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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

20 October 2014 3:01 PM, PDT

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 to call his work trashy — 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  (please watch "Mysterious Skin" now). While his latest film, "White Bird in a Blizzard," is his most mature, it 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 dysfunctional family, who are living crappily ever after. Her dad Brock (Christopher Meloni) is a pushover, and her mom Eve (Eva Green) is an alcoholic who hates her family and »

- Chase Whale

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