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Tiff Review: Wim Wenders’ ‘Submergence’ is Dead on Arrival

I can’t really be held accountable for believing that the combined efforts of legendary German auteur Wim Wenders, Academy Award-winner Alicia Vikander, and the fervid James McAvoy would spawn a piece of cinema teeming with heartache and intrigue, can I? Well, as their supposed romantic thriller Submergence would have it, the thought should’ve been long purged from my mind using electroconvulsive therapy. Wenders’ deep sea exploration of love and separation, doesn’t generate enough of the former for the latter to ever matter. Dabbling in topical themes like climate change and terrorism, all while attempting to execute a Bond-esque, star-crossed lovers narrative. Submergence’s commentary ultimately conveys a whole lot of nothing.

Danielle Flinders (Vikander) is a bio-mathematician prepping for a dive into the bleakest depths of the Greenland Sea to gather specimens in a submersible. James More (McAvoy), a spy about to be shipped off to Somalia on a reconnaissance mission,
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‘After Love’ Review: Bérénice Bejo Delivers an Incredible Performance in Excruciatingly Perceptive Divorce Drama

‘After Love’ Review: Bérénice Bejo Delivers an Incredible Performance in Excruciatingly Perceptive Divorce Drama
More often than not, especially in the wealthier parts of this world, having a child is an act of hope. For married couples, it’s a very obvious, very expensive way of renewing their vows — a leap of faith. Some people might have a kid as a desperate means of suturing their relationship together, but nobody does it expecting to get divorced. That’s what makes it all the more devastating when they do.

As sharp and savage as any breakup drama this side of “A Separation,” Joachim Lafosse’s “After Love” is the story of two people who are forced to live in the rubble of their 15-year relationship. By the time the film begins, the affection between Marie Barrault (“The Artist” star Bérénice Bejo) and Boris Marker (“Wild Life” director Cédric Kahn) has already curdled into something toxic; whatever wounds they’ve inflicted on each other have already
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‘The Glass Castle’ Review: Brie Larson Can’t Rescue a Family Drama That Turns Anarchy Into Soap Opera

‘The Glass Castle’ Review: Brie Larson Can’t Rescue a Family Drama That Turns Anarchy Into Soap Opera
Destin Daniel Cretton’s 2013 breakout drama “Short Term 12” delivered a heartwarming story with bite. His portrait of a home for troubled teenagers owed much to Brie Larson, who played its passionate supervisor with a mixture of empathy and rage against the flaws of a system designed to improve young people’s lives. It delivered a sentimental message without trumping its characters’ palpable rage and cynicism, and established Cretton as a director capable of generating emotion without pandering.

Cretton still makes that effort with his long-awaited followup, “The Glass Castle,” but with less success. While he has a fascinating story and another stirring Larson performance, the results are minor and decidedly more middlebrow.

Adapted from Jeanette Walls’ memoir, Larson plays the author as she grows up in a wildly dysfunctional household headed by her alcoholic father Rex (Woody Harrelson), who forces the family to live a nomadic, hand-to-mouth existence in
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‘The Mummy’ Review: The First ‘Dark Universe’ Movie is as Dead on Arrival as Its Title Character

‘The Mummy’ Review: The First ‘Dark Universe’ Movie is as Dead on Arrival as Its Title Character
Hubris, thy name is The Mummy. What other word describes a film that kicks off a presumed franchise in the vein of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, in spite of not gauging whether or not audiences want such a franchise? The ingredients for a compelling single movie exist within The Mummy, yet they never cohere […]

The post ‘The Mummy’ Review: The First ‘Dark Universe’ Movie is as Dead on Arrival as Its Title Character appeared first on /Film.
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Colbert Dissects Gop Health Care Bill: Woopee, We’re All Gonna Die! (Watch!)

Stephen Colbert once again trumped television news shows with a cogent analysis of the new Republican Health Care bill. President Trump is refusing to lend his name to the measure, so-called TrumpCare, because, well, it’s just that bad. Trump may be crazy, but he’s no fool. Both Republicans and Democrats pronounced the measure Dead on Arrival (Doa) in Congress, if for different reasons. ...Read More
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5 Things to Know: The Alabama Grandfather who Allegedly Killed His Son to Protect His Granddaughter

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An Alabama grandfather is behind bars after he allegedly killed his son who he believed was physically abusing his 12-year-old granddaughter.

Hubbard Junior Hall, 64, was taken into custody February 21 after he shot his 41-year-old son, Mark, at Hall’s home in Baldwin County, Alabama. Hall has been charged with murder. He made his first court appearance earlier this week and was given a $100,000 bond.

Hall does not currently have an attorney, Baldwin County District Attorney Robert Wilters tells People.

Here are five things to know about the family tragedy.

1. Mark Allegedly Struck His Daughter After a Phone Call Made Him Angry

Before the shooting,
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D.O.A. Blood River Begins Shooting in Louisiana and Announces More Cast

A classic film noir is getting a remake and modern update.

Silver Plane Films and Kingfisher Media announced that the production for D.O.A. Blood River will start shooting this month in Louisiana.

The noir thriller is inspired by director Rudolph Mate’s 1950 thriller D.O.A.

D.O.A Blood River will follow Sam Collins as a pharmaceutical sales rep, who visits a small town in Louisiana to close a business deal of a lifetime. Collins enters a world of sex, corruption and murder—as he is poisoned with no antidote. In a search for answers, he turns to a local girl named Jesse, in which their path leads to a voodoo priestess that confirms Sam’s fate. With nowhere to go and no others to trust, Sam and Jesse are on the run from police detectives, the Mob and a corrupt sheriff who wants him dead.

The studio also announced Billy Flynn
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From Luke Cage to Supergirl: why superhero TV is better than the movies

While big-screen comic book blockbusters’ powers are waning, supermen and women are taking flight on the small screen

Related: Luke Cage review – Marvel's powerful black superhero drama is bulletproof

Will 2016 go down as the year the world finally got sick of superhero movies? Put aside the grudging thumbs-up for Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War and things are looking shaky for studios that have invested heavily in superhero futures. Attempts by Warner Bros to jumpstart its own Marvel-style shared cinematic universe have been critical Kryptonite. Batman V Superman? A false dawn. Suicide Squad? Dead on arrival. Things aren’t much better over at Fox, with the surprise success of ultraviolent whoopee cushion Deadpool cancelled out by the tepid reaction to X-Men: Apocalypse. When it comes to superheroes, it feels like there has been a tangible shift in power. The most exciting, emotional and surprising storytelling is now happening on TV,
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Where the Sidewalk Ends

Otto Preminger looks at police corruption and comes up with a classy noir starring Dana Andrews as a rogue cop and Gene Tierney as the woman whose father he accidentally frames for murder. With Karl Malden, Gary Merrill and velvety-slick B&W cinematography by Joseph Lashelle. Where the Sidewalk Ends Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1950 / B&W / 1:37 Academy / 95 min. / Ship Date February 9, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill, Bert Freed, Tom Tully, Karl Malden, Ruth Donnelly, Craig Stevens. Cinematography Joseph Lashelle Art Direction J. Russell Spencer, Lyle Wheeler Film Editor Louis R. Loeffler Original Music Cyril J. Mockridge Written by Ben Hecht, Robert E. Kent, Frank P. Rosenberg, Victor Trivas from the novel Night Cry by William L. Stuart Produced and Directed by Otto Preminger

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Want to see an example of a gloriously polished studio production, a film noir
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Second Chance: Will You Give One to Fox's Frankenstein Drama?

Second Chance: Will You Give One to Fox's Frankenstein Drama?
If you’ve been even slightly attuned to pop culture in the last several decades, you’re familiar with the basic concept of Frankenstein.

From The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Penny Dreadful to countless other movies and TV shows, Mary Shelley’s classic tale — much like the titular doctor’s monster — has had its fair share of resurrections.

Fox on Wednesday night added to the pile of adaptations with Second Chance, a drama starring Rob Kazinsky (EastEnders), Tim DeKay (White Collar) and Dilshad Vadsaria (Greek). Before we get your thoughts on the series premiere, a brief recap:

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Second Chance Stars Talk 'Wise' Name Change, 'Provocative' New Drama

Second Chance Stars Talk 'Wise' Name Change, 'Provocative' New Drama
Mary Shelley can rest easy in her grave now that Fox’s upcoming series Second Chance (premiering Wednesday at 9/8c) has dropped its original moniker, The Frankenstein Code.

VideosSecond Chance Trailer: New Fox Drama Sends Resurrected Cop on a Rampage

“Using a name like that just for brand recognition — when [the show] has almost nothing to do with Mary Shelley whatsoever — is disingenuous, and it’s a disservice to Mary Shelley,” star Rob Kazinsky says.

The new drama about a 75-year-old, former L.A. County Sheriff (played by guest star Philip Baker Hall) who is resurrected in the body of much younger,
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Courteney Cox to Lead Charity-Centric Comedy Pilot in Development at Fox

Courteney Cox to Lead Charity-Centric Comedy Pilot in Development at Fox
Courteney Cox is feeling charitable.

The Friends/Cougar Town alumna has been tapped to star in an untitled comedy pilot being developed for Fox, our sister site Deadline reports, playing a woman who inherits the charity of her (late) billionaire husband.

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Unfortunately, Cox’s character Hailey quickly discovers that doing good deeds for others is “far less glamorous” than she’d hoped. (Cue the sad trombone.)

The untitled comedy, which is reportedly being considered for a pilot order, comes from writer/producer Robert Padnick (The Office) and ABC Studios.

Would you buy into this show?
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Afm: Firebrand Launches with Steven Seagal’s ‘Perfect Weapon’ (Exclusive)

Boundless PicturesCourtney Lauren Penn and Brandon Burrows have launched Firebrand as a subsidiary label to handle elevated-genre pictures with budgets under $10 million.

The initial title is sci-fi actioner “The Perfect Weapon,” starring Steven Seagal, Johnny Messner and Sasha Jackson. The film, which wrapped last week, is directed by Titus Paar from a script by Jessie Cillio, Alex Brenner and Ulysses Oliver. Producers are Rafael Primorac, Andre Relis, Brandon Burrows and Courtney Lauren Penn.

The Perfect Weapon” was financed by the Fyzz Facility and Boundless Pictures.

Burrows will oversee finance and production for Firebrand, which has “Dead on Arrival” as its next production.

Penn will continue as president of Boundless, which has time-travel thriller “Timeless,” cop drama “Cry Justice” and a follow-up to Wesley Snipes’ “Gallowalkers” on its slate.
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Eaten Alive

Shaggy maniac Neville Brand was born on the bayou. He lives by his high morals and so just can't resist feeding random visitors to his gargantuan crocodile. If they resist that idea, he uses a giant scythe for a persuader. Tobe Hooper's sopho-gore feature boasts several name stars, plus, in this new edition, a brightly colored, picture-perfect transfer. Eaten Alive Blu-ray + DVD Arrow Video (U.S.) 1976 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 87 min. / Death Trap, Starlight Slaughter, Horror Hotel / Street Date September 22, 2015 / 39.95 Starring Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Carolyn Jones, Marilyn Burns, William Finley, Stuart Whitman, Roberta Collins, Kyle Richards, Robert Englund, Crystin Sinclaire, Janus Blythe, Betty Cole. Cinematography Robert Caramico Special Effects Robert A. Mattey Makeup Effects Frank Gluck Confirmed Original Music Wayne Bell, Tobe Hooper Written by Alvin Fast, Mardi Rustam, Kim Henkel Produced by Mardi Rustam Directed by Tobe Hooper

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Tobe Hooper is an odd duck
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Videodrome: how Cronenberg subverts the noir thriller genre

David Cronenberg's Videodrome isn't just a classic sci-fi horror, but also a brilliant noir thriller. Ryan explains why...

Everything in Max Renn’s life is beginning to pulsate. First the Betamax videotape sent to him by one Bianca O’Blivion, which seems to breathe in his hand as he removes it from its beige packaging. Then Max’s television, squatting in the corner of his apartment, appears take on a life of its own: veins twitching, the screen bulging to the sound of a woman’s voice: “Come to me, Max. Come to me...”

David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, released in 1982, is loaded with violent and startling imagery like this. Like Apocalypse Now, its very narrative seems to disintegrate as its morally suspect protagonist Max Renn (James Woods) embarks on a journey into his own heart of darkness: a fascination with the origins of a video signal soon leads him to a world of corruption,
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Daily | Goings On | Ono, Borzage, Cronenberg

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has just announced "Two Evenings of Films with Yoko Ono," happening on Monday and Wednesday. More goings on: A free sneak preview of Takashi Murakami's Jellyfish Eyes, Technicolor in New York and Toronto, an evening of work by Jack Smith in Los Angeles, which sees a Frank Borzage series opening tomorrow—plus Rudolph Maté's D.O.A. (1950) and more pulpy movies every Saturday. Hardcore David Cronenberg in San Francisco. Eric Rohmer's Full Moon in Paris (1984) in Chicago. And Ed Halter writes about George Kuchar's Hold Me While I’m Naked (1966), screening every day at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Goings On | Ono, Borzage, Cronenberg

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has just announced "Two Evenings of Films with Yoko Ono," happening on Monday and Wednesday. More goings on: A free sneak preview of Takashi Murakami's Jellyfish Eyes, Technicolor in New York and Toronto, an evening of work by Jack Smith in Los Angeles, which sees a Frank Borzage series opening tomorrow—plus Rudolph Maté's D.O.A. (1950) and more pulpy movies every Saturday. Hardcore David Cronenberg in San Francisco. Eric Rohmer's Full Moon in Paris (1984) in Chicago. And Ed Halter writes about George Kuchar's Hold Me While I’m Naked (1966), screening every day at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. » - David Hudson
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‘D.O.A.’ shows that one’s perception of everything changes in the face of certain death

D.O.A.

Written by Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene

Directed by Rudolph Maté

U.S.A., 1950

In a terrifically dramatic opening, D.O.A. begins with a series of smooth tracking from behind one man as he walks the corridors of police headquarters whilst the credits appear in the forefront. When the man’s face is revealed, the viewer learns that it is actor Edmond O’Brien, here playing one Frank Bigelow, modest accountant and public notary. Once seated with the police captain he reveals that he has been murdered! Is Frank Bigelow a ghost? No, but he is a dead man walking as the viewer quickly learns when the picture flashes back to the start of Bigelow’s tale when he chose to go on vacation in San Francisco alone, much to the initial consternation of his infatuated girlfriend Paula (Pamela Britton). It is at a bar one night in San Francisco that
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Weekend Box Office: 'Fault in Our Stars' Huge at #1, 'Edge of Tomorrow' Soft at #3

Well, The Fault in Our Stars absolutely dominated, bringing in an estimated $48.2 million in its opening weekend to go along with solid reviews and an "A" CinemaScore. One thing to note, however, is more than half the film's gross came on Friday, which included Thursday night screenings in 650 theaters where tickets cost $25 each. Whyc The screening included a simulcast Q&A with stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff, author John Green, director Joshua Boone and producer Wyck Godfrey. Budgeted at only $12 million this thing is already highly profitable, but it's hard to entirely determine how well it will do overall considering the skewed Thursday night numbers, though I wouldn't be surprised to see it finish somewhere around $120 million, which I don't think anyone will have a problem with. I am, however, unsure how they're going to make a sequel out of it, but I'm sure Fox execs have
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10 Potentially Great Video Games That Were Dead On Arrival

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Every era is recognised as much for its failures as its successes, from the ones which deliver on their promises perfectly, to the likes of Ride to Hell: Retribution. The sad thing about video games is that the vast majority of such let-downs are the disappointing kind. Even when it’s so dire the developers might as well be mocking your very existence, you can realise how they might have succeeded. Put in enough hours or look far enough into the behind the scenes work, and you can just about see the great game developers were trying to bring to life, even in the absolute worst of games. The shovelware tie-in for Batman Begins might have been dreck of the worst kind but you could at least see the beginnings of ideas which would make it into Arkham Asylum.

You’re likely already thinking of a few in your head.
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