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Michelle Rodriguez is Out for Revenge in New Trailer for Walter Hill’s ‘The Assignment’

8 hours ago | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Is it problematic or concerning that a film’s catalytic event is someone outraged over their forced gender reassignment surgery? You decide, as the new trailer for the Michelle Rodriguez-led The Assignment posits that exact question. After a hitman is double-crossed, he is captured by an enigmatic figure known as The Doctor (Sigourney Weaver) and turned into a… woman. Now, obviously, the only course of action is revenge — bloody, violent revenge.

While The Warriors is a cult classic, director Walter Hill has made some rather questionable films in the 40-odd years since, including his most recent effort, Bullet To The Head (a title I love, despite it bearing the content of one I don’t). Whether The Assignment will offer the gleeful iconography of Hill’s glory days, or fall into the $5 dollar bin next month is yet to be seen by this viewer. However, in our review from Tiff we said, »

- Mike Mazzanti

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‘The Assignment #1 and #2′ Review

9 February 2017 10:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The Assignment #1

Written by Walter Hill, Matz | Art by Jef | Published by Titan Comics

Hitman Frank Kitchen’s assignment to kill a celebrated fashion designer who’s fallen behind on his debts takes a turn when his victim’s sister, a sociopathic surgeon, decides to punish him in the unique way only she can. Abducted and operated on against his will, Frank awakens in an altered condition – but with a hitman’s hunger for revenge…

The Assignment #2

Written by Walter Hill, Matz | Art by Jef | Published by Titan Comics

Former hitman, Frank Kitchen battles liqour, lecherous glances and his own inner demons, while coming to terms with his new identity. But after finding solace in the arms of a former lover,  it isn’t long before his violent past comes back to haunt him…


I would like to believe that everyone reading this review will already know who the great Walter Hill is, »

- Kevin Haldon

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Film Review: ‘The Grace of Jake’

2 February 2017 10:44 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The next time you hear anyone dismiss all faith-based films as too heavy-handedly preachy and white-bread squeaky-clean for their taste, point them toward “The Grace of Jake,” a confidently measured and arrestingly low-key tale of redemption in a sleepy Southern hamlet where the citizenry is engagingly ordinary, occasionally profane, and matter-of-factly multicultural. Director-screenwriter Chris Hicky makes a most promising transition from award-winning music videos to indie dramatic features with this Kickstarter-funded labor of love, which he filmed on location in his hometown of Forrest City, Ark. — identified here as Palestine — and cast with a neatly balanced mix of familiar faces, up-and-comers and bit-playing nonprofessionals.

The leisurely paced yet consistently involving narrative focuses primarily on Jake Haynes (Jake La Botz), a taciturn ex-convict and unaccomplished musician who’s introduced while on his way back home to Palestine to see his long-estranged father, Henry (Michael Beck, the erstwhile hunk from “The Warriors »

- Joe Leydon

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Michelle Rodriguez Is Out For Revenge In The Assignment Trailer

23 January 2017 7:46 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Walter Hill is a long ways away from his heyday. Though he’s been responsible for bringing us some truly enjoyable films like The Warriors and 48 Hrs., not to mention holding producing credits on the Alien franchise, he hasn’t been terribly active in recent years. His last outing behind the camera was the decent Sylvester Stallone-led actioner Bullet to the Head. That was back in 2012, but now he’s returned with a new movie titled The Assignment, and today we’ve got the first trailer for it.

Premiering back at the Toronto International Film Festival, Hill’s latest has come under some fire in recent months thanks to its subject material and the way it tastelessly handles it. Early reviews have called it trashy and indelicate, and from the footage presented here, we can see where the critics are coming from. Our own Matt Donato didn’t care »

- Josh Wilding

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Michelle Rodriguez Undergoes a Big Change in Trailer for Walter Hill’s Transgender Actioner ‘The Assignment’

23 January 2017 6:27 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s one of the more preposterous set-ups for an action movie in recent years, and potentially among the most offensive: a male assassin is kidnapped by his enemies and wakes up as a woman, thus sending them on a vengeful journey. The idea might become easier to jibe with once it’s understood that this is the basis for a new film from Walter Hill — provided that you enjoy his brand of gritty actioner, ranging from The Driver to 48 Hrs. to The Warriors to Streets of Fire, and I’m only taking time to name the ones I’ve seen for myself.

Controversy nevertheless surrounded his new film, (Re)Assignment, when it premiered at Tiff last fall, and even our positive review said, “When expecting more of a real statement on gender, it can’t help but feel a little lacking.” But positive we were, and intrigued I am to see the thing, »

- Nick Newman

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‘The Assignment’ Trailer: Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver Star in Controversial Revenge Thriller

23 January 2017 10:02 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Walter Hill hasn’t been as prolific in recent years as he was in his heyday — the genre maestro directed the likes of “48 Hrs.,” “The Warriors” and “Streets of Fire,” among many others — but he’s back with “The Assignment,” which premiered to mixed reviews and no shortage of controversy at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Formerly known as “(re)Assignment,” the film stars Michelle Rodriguez as a killer seeking vengeance after involuntarily undergoing gender-reassignment surgery. Watch the trailer below.

Read More: Michelle Rodriguez’s Ridiculous Gender-Bender ‘re(Assignment)’ Is A Hot Mess — Toronto Review

“This operation is your reminder of the terrible thing you did,” the surgeon responsible (Sigourney Weaver) says as the trailer opens. “This is your opportunity for redemption.” Things progress as you’d expect from there: Rodriguez begins plotting revenge, Weaver offers skewed justification for her act and bodies pile up.

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- Michael Nordine

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Horror Highlights: Campaign to Save The Exorcist TV Series, Parasites Q&A, Hunting Grounds

3 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Fans of The Exorcist TV series have rallied together to get the attention of Fox and hopefully get a second season of the show. Their latest campaign, as well as a video featuring fans from all over the world, is included in today's Horror Highlights, which also features a Q&A with the director of Parasites and Hunting Grounds VOD release details.

Details on The Exorcist TV Series's 'Fear the Feathers' Campaign: Press Release: "The Global Fandom for the Fox Television show "The Exorcist" launch[ed] their latest campaign "Fear The Feathers" on Friday, December 30, 2016, in an effort to plead with the network to renew the show for a second season.

The 10 episode series has recently ended its season one run with no news of a renewal from the Fox network. Passionate fans of the show, who have named their cohesive group the "Exorcist Congregation,” have been very vocal on social »

- Tamika Jones

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