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Tribeca Review: Zachary Treitz ‘s ‘Men Go To Battle’ Co-Written By Kate Lyn Sheil With Rachel Korine

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Zachary Treitz and Kate Lyn Sheil’s “Men Go To Battle” sets its story in the 1860s, treating the Civil War period as a background prop on a miniscule stage, in an intimate and muted story about two brothers. It’s a film that would make for an attention-grabbing double bill with “The Keeping Room” (coming to theaters in October), considering their mirrored parallels. Where the latter focuses on the bond forged between three women near the end of the Civil War, Treitz and Sheil are more interested in the rift that grows between two brothers over the course of the war’s first year. Julia Hart wrote “The Keeping Room” as a feminist picture with her heart unapologetically on her sleeve, but “Men Go To Battle” has a much more unassuming aura around it, interested in the quotidian moments of ordinary folk living on the outskirts of the war. »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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First Official Look: Jared Leto As The Joker In 'Suicide Squad'

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It's been a weird buildup to the first official look at Jared Leto's The Joker in "Suicide Squad." Warner Bros., David Ayer, and the actor himself milked every moment for what it was worth, from Leto getting his haircut to blurry cell photos of possible glimpses. But perhaps to beat the inevitable stream of paparazzi shots as filming gets underway, the first official look is here. Released to Twitter by the director, this version of The Joker is a bit Captain Obvious, underscoring his personality with tattoos. He's got the word "damaged" inked on his foreward, and Hahahahahaha up and down one arm and on his chest. The rest of the look riffs on Alan Moore's "Killing Joke" take on the villain with a shock of green hair. But Leto only wears one purple glove and has got some serious dental work/grills. Read More: Jared Leto's »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tribeca Review: Documentary 'Among The Believers' Goes For The Ideological Jugular

24 April 2015 2:42 PM, PDT

With the kind of attention Islamic extremism gets in today’s news, one of the quickest ways a filmmaker can invite debate is to point a camera somewhere, anywhere, in the Middle East. Whether it shows the Third World living conditions of regular folk, follows moderate Muslims who don’t associate themselves with fundamentalists, focuses on the subjugation of women’s rights, or tracks down the strict Muslims who live by the teachings of the Quran, controversy can be stirred by way of implication. One wouldn’t be wrong to assume, then, that a documentary like “Among The Believers” (a title inspired by V.S. Naipaul’s 1981 book of the same name) has the capacity to push some untouchable buttons by pointing the camera at a notoriously controversial institution. Filmmaking duo Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi get unprecedented access to the Red Mosque, the most prominent educational institution (“madrassah”) in Islamabad, »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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Jeremy Renner Teases Hawkeye Solo Movie Again, Plus Watch A New ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Clip

24 April 2015 2:23 PM, PDT

Avengers: Age Of Ultron” hits theaters next weekend, but it’s already earned an early two-day total of $44.8 million from 26 international markets. Pundits speculate it could open to $150-160 million its first weekend in North America. As you’ve probably heard, it’s a big-ass movie, featuring dozens of characters and Marvel Cinematic Universe cameos, and is stuffed to the gills with stories and people (read our review here). Apparently the Joss Whedon-penned script was so dense and CG-driven that it kinda confused Jeremy Renner at first. “I was trying to figure out Ultron and Vision and all these other things… but it’s hard to visualize such a visual movie with just two-dimensional words,” Renner told The Daily Beast this week. “So I just focused on what I could do to understand this, and just trust Joss. I feel like a lot of the cast is the same way. »

- Edward Davis

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Tribeca Review: Impressive, Fascinating Documentary 'Tom Swift And His Electric Rifle' Explores The History Of The Taser

24 April 2015 1:59 PM, PDT

The proliferation of increasingly inexpensive, powerful, and accessible technology has had as much — and by all intents, far more — of an impact on American industry as it has had on American filmmaking. Any forward-thinking, creative individual with a knack for tinkering can take the leap and launch a business, the same as anyone with an idea for a film can pick up a camera (or even a cell phone these days) and make a movie. So often entrepreneurs in either venture stumble, failing to find consumers or proving unable to turn their idea into a successful product. Neither is the case in “Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle,” a new documentary that examines the financially lucrative Taser gun (used ubiquitously by law enforcement agencies), fascinatingly written and directed by rookie director Nick Berardini. The documentary opens (quite wisely — it sets the tone rapidly by being nearly too difficult to watch »

- Zach Hollwedel

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"I Put My Pee-Pee In Your Tee-Pee": Painful Jokes From Adam Sandler's 'Ridiculous 6' Script Surface

24 April 2015 1:29 PM, PDT

"The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous. It is a broad satire of Western movies and the stereotypes they popularized, featuring a diverse cast that is not only part of — but in on — the joke," Netflix responded following reports yesterday that Native American actors walked off the set of Adam Sandler's currently in-production "Ridiculous 6" due to offensive material in the script. So, where they just being overly sensitive, or did they have a legitimate gripe about the contents of the screenplay? Well, Defamer got their hands on a draft and it's not pretty. It's from 2012, so the caveat here is that some things could have changed, but given the reaction by those on set, and by some of the details found within, apparently not much has been overhauled. So what kind of astute comedy are we dealing with from the minds co-writers »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Charlie Cox Says Ben Affleck "Did A Wonderful Job As Daredevil," Showrunner Left Series Due To Previous Commitments

24 April 2015 12:55 PM, PDT

A brief update on “Daredevil,” which we know has been renewed for a second season. Why did series showrunner Steven DeKnight depart after only one season? According to the exec-producer and co-creator of the show, he had prior engagements. “Unfortunately I won't be returning to #Daredevil due to a previous commitment in the feature world. More to come on that in the future,” he wrote on Twitter recently. Where does season two go? It’s unclear at the moment, but star Charlie Cox, who’s been doing the press rounds in the U.K., clearly knows what he'd like to see and what other characters he’d like to see Matt Murdock and Dardevil take on. “I’d like to see Punisher maybe show up, a little bit of Elektra maybe. I wouldn’t mind Black Widow making an appearance, and you can’t think about Daredevil for too long without thinking of Bullseye. »

- Edward Davis

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Exclusive: Bloody Opening Scene From The James Cameron And Peter Jackson-Approved 'The Dead Lands'

24 April 2015 12:35 PM, PDT

“A powerful and gripping tale of revenge” and “A powerful and primal coming of age story that’s an absolute adrenaline rush” are just some of the words of praise Peter Jackson and James Cameron have respectively given "The Dead Lands." The three-time New Zealand Film And TV Award-winner is landing stateside, and today we have an exclusive look at the bloody opening sequence of the film. Read More: King Of The World: The Films Of James Cameron Directed by Toa Fraser, and starring James Rolleston, Lawrence MakoareTe Kohe Tuhaka, Xavier Horan, George Henare, Raukura Turei, and Rena Owen, the story follows a Maori chieftain's teenage son who must avenge his father's murder in order to bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones after his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery. But it won't be easy going and this opening scene shows the »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: 17-Minute Video Essay Goes Behind The Lace Of Martin Scorsese's 'The Age Of Innocence'

24 April 2015 12:10 PM, PDT

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Martin Scorsese’s transcendent gangster classic “Goodfellas,” and while the director’s grand stature in cinematic history is in no doubt, that doesn’t mean there are no under-appreciated gems hiding in his filmography. Point of fact, this year also marks the 22nd anniversary of the little discussed adaptation of Edith Wharton’s novel, “The Age of Innocence.” To convince you of the sensual beauty and magnificence of the period piece, Milad Tangshir has crafted a nearly 20-minute-long video essay on the virtues of the 1993 film. Titled “Hidden Behind Lace,” Tangshir’s video essay not only breaks down Scorsese’s visual style and offers analysis, but also includes clips from interviews given by editor Thelma Schoonmaker, cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, co-screenwriter Jay Cocks, production designer Dante Ferretti, and Scorsese himself. It’s a loving tribute to a film that’s been unfairly overlooked »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Watch: New Trailer, Posters, And Images For 'Barely Lethal' With Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba & Samuel L. Jackson

24 April 2015 11:59 AM, PDT

In the car crash of spy movie/special agent flicks this year — "Kingsman: The Secret Service," "Spy," "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," "Mission Impossible — Rogue Nation," "The Gunman," "Bridge Of Spies"  — we sorta forgot about "Barely Lethal." But the action comedy is coming and a new trailer has arrived. Starring Hailee SteinfeldSamuel L. JacksonJessica AlbaJaime King, and Sophie Turner, the film follows a girl, raised as an orphan in a school that trains kids to kill, who wants to have a normal teenage life. So she fakes her death and finds a suburban home only to realize she can't escape her past. This is all pretty broad and fish-out-of-water wacky, and seems aimed at the junior high crowd, so match your expectations accordingly. Read More: Watch Hailee Steinfeld & Samuel L. Jackson In First Trailer For 'Barely Lethal' "Barely Lethal" hits DirecTV on April 30th, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Hot Docs Exclusive: Former al-Shabaab Member Speaks Out In Clip From 'Warriors From The North'

24 April 2015 11:11 AM, PDT

Extremism and fundamentalism that curdles into terrorism is often simplified by sensationalist media coverage, but the issue is one of deep complexity. And making its North American premiere today at the Hot Docs Film Festival, "Warriors Of The North" dives into the issue. Today we have an exclusive and compelling clip from the film. Directed by Søren Steen Jespersen and Nasib Farah, the documentary chronicles Abdi, Hassan and Mohammed, three Muslim European youth born to immigrant parents who join the ranks of al-Shabaab. But as you'll see in this scene, the story is not so simple, with Mohammed revealing what led him to find his way into the organization. Check out the clip below. You can find all the screening times for the film at Hot Docs right here. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tribeca: Cary Fukunaga Talks ‘True Detective,’ Horror Flick ‘It,’ And Releasing ‘Beasts Of No Nation’ On Netflix

24 April 2015 10:41 AM, PDT

Since breaking onto the scene with his streetwise debut feature "Sin Nombre" in 2009, for which he won the Directing award at Sundance that year, American camera operator-turned-director Cary Fukunaga has been on a roll. "Sin Nombre" went on to receive nominations for Best Feature, Best Director and Best Cinematography at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards. Fukunaga’s follow-up "Jane Eyre" (2010) featured simmering performances from Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska. The lush adaptation was nominated for an Academy Award for costume design, and Fukunaga had established himself as a force with a versatile eye and diverse interests. In 2014, Fukunaga made the jump to television, radically overhauling the model by collaborating closely on HBO's "True Detective" with the show’s creator, Nic Pizzolatto; Fukunaga made news by directing all eight episodes of the acclaimed limited series. The filmmaker has another possible game »

- Kristin McCracken

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Watch: First Teaser For David Oyelowo Single Character/Single Location Film 'Nightingale'

24 April 2015 10:13 AM, PDT

Are you still recovering from the Oscar snub for David Oyelowo's performance in "Selma"? Well, next month you'll get to spend an entire movie with nothing but the actor in "Nightingale." And the first teaser for the single character, single location drama is here. Directed by Elliott Lester, the drama follows an Iraq war veteran who psychologically unravels over the course of 80 minutes. So, plenty to play with here, particularly for an actor of Oyelowo's caliber, but despite his game turn, we called the end result "only intermittently successful" with the film starting "to wander and repeat after its initial stages." "Nightingale" airs on HBO on May 29th at 9 Pm. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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First Look: Jamie Dornan In 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Sequel 'Fifty Shades Darker'

24 April 2015 9:45 AM, PDT

Listen, I know that Universal just settled on a screenwriter and release date in the past two days, and that filming hasn't even started. So theoretically, a first look at "Fifty Shades Of Grey" sequel "Fifty Shades Darker" should be impossible, especially considering there's not even a director attached. But who am I to question Universal's marketing department? Indeed, they've given Access Hollywood the first look at Jamie Dornan, who is apparently getting ready to attend the orgy party in "Eyes Wide Shut." Or maybe he'll fufill his billionaire duty and become Batman. Either way, this will probably get the devoted fans hot and bothered and everyone else, not so much. "Fifty Shades Darker" arrives on February 10, 2017. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Exclusive: John Travolta Fights Back In Clip From 'The Forger'

24 April 2015 9:30 AM, PDT

If you're in the mood for a heist flick, then you'll want to keep your eye out for "The Forger." The film brings together the cast of John Travolta, Tye Sheridan and Christopher Plummer for a rough-and-tumble tale of art and theft. And today, we have an exclusive clip from the film. Directed by Philip Martin, the story follows an art forger who is tasked with a seemingly impossible job: create a replica of a painting by Claude Monet, and steal the original from a museum and replace it with his replica. To help him out, he gets his father and son on board, but as you'll see in the scene below, this is a tricky business that will also have some fists flying. "The Forger" opens today on VOD and in limited release. Watch below. »

- Edward Davis

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Julianne Moore Not A Fan Of VOD, Calls Out Hollywood For Being "In The Business Of Creating Product"

24 April 2015 9:12 AM, PDT

Change isn't just coming, it's already here. VOD is no longer an experiment, but a viable release platform, with many distributors taking some of the risk out of rolling out smaller indie, arthouse, and foreign movies exclusively in theaters, by dropping them at the same time — and in a lot of cases, first — on digital services. But there are still those who feel the big screen is where movies should be seen, and Julianne Moore is one of them. "We're always so disappointed when you hear the words 'day-and-date.' I think, 'Oh, really?' We work very hard as creators in creating a theatrical experience. I'm married to a director [Bart Freundlich]... and a movie never looks the same on television," she told THR at CinemaCon. Even further, Moore sees the prevalence of VOD as emblematic of an industry as a whole that values commerce over artistry. "Hollywood isn't in the »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Video Essay Gives An Eye-Popping Color Restoration To Zack Snyder's 'Man Of Steel'

24 April 2015 8:44 AM, PDT

"…the Marvel aesthetic and the DC aesthetic couldn’t be more opposite," Joss Whedon recently said, and that could easily be the understatement of the year. Where Marvel movies, even in their darkest moments, are still dazzling pieces of eye-candy, DC films under the helm of Zack Snyder have gone all in with his signature grim tone and desaturated color palette. But is it appropriate? That's what a new video essay explores. Videolab has taken "Man Of Steel" into the digital laboratory and given it what they call a "color restoration," and the results speak for themselves. It eliminates the drab greys and browns of Snyder's movie, and really makes Superman pop with a brighter blue and red outfit that's in line with 77 years of the character's depiction. The murkiness of Snyder's vision is lessened and the results are more pleasing to the eye. That said, for a movie where »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Exclusive: Ethan Hawke Prepares To BBQ In Clip From 'Good Kill'

24 April 2015 8:21 AM, PDT

Wake up, take a shower, get dressed, go to work, fly some drones that kill some targets overseas from the comfort of a military base thousands of miles away, go home —it's the new reality of warfare. In Andrew Niccol's "Good Kill," the subject is explored with Ethan Hawke in the lead role as a man who must grapple with the cutting edge of how the "War on Terror" is presently waged. Co-starring January Jones, Zoe Kravitz and Bruce Greenwood, the film tells the story of an air combat veteran who enacts the same kind of missions he used to from the sky but now in front of a console on the ground. As you'll see in this clip, it makes his life somewhat surreal, with his day of hunting down the Taliban capped off with a BBQ at home. "Good Kill" screened at the Tribeca Film Festival this »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Shia Labeouf Says Celebrity Is "Outmoded" And "A Byproduct Of The Machine Age, A Relic Of Modernist Ideals"

24 April 2015 7:54 AM, PDT

At 28 years old, Shia Labeouf could be said to done it all, as far as cinema goes. He's led a major blockbuster franchise with "Transfomers," worked with directors as varied as Lars von Trier, John Hillcoat, Robert Redford and Oliver Stone, and has spent no shortage of time making headlines as an enfant terrible. So it's not a surprise that he's become wary of celebrity in general, and that he's finding more inspiration in performance art. "The craft of acting for film is terribly exclusive and comes with the baggage of celebrity, which robs you of your individuality and separates you," the actor told Variety. "The performance work is democratized and far more inclusive," he continued. "As a celebrity/star I am not an individual —I am a spectacular representation of a living human being, the opposite of an individual. The enemy of the individual, in myself as well as in others. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: U.S. Trailer For Wwi Drama 'Testament Of Youth' With Alicia Vikander And Kit Harington

24 April 2015 7:05 AM, PDT

Emilia Clarke may be the “Game of Thrones” cast member with the highest profile film release this year —the much derided “Terminatory: Genisys”— but she’s not the only citizen of Westeros to appear on the big screen this summer. Kit Harington is co-starring in a Wwi period piece called “Testament of Youth,” and a new U.S. trailer has arrived. Based on Vera Brittain’s memoir, the film takes place during World War I and stars Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”) as a woman who drops out of Oxford to become a war nurse after her fiancé (Harington), brother and friends are sent to the front lines. It could make a welcome feminist-friendly respite during the hot summer months. Indeed, our review noted that it's "beautifully observed." “Testament of Youth” opens in limited release on June 5th before expanding. Watch the trailer below. »

- Cain Rodriguez

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