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‘American Animals’: A Real Life Heist Steals From Tired Clichés [Sundance Review]

The most any one of us will ever know about pulling off a heist in real-life would be relegated to the movies we’ve seen. Classics such as “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “The Sting,” “The Killing,” “Heat,” and “Reservoir Dogs” have cemented an image, moments, of how it could be done, but suffice to say, those are just movies.

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Horror Highlights: You Were Never Really Here Poster, Warhammer: Vermintide 2, Hangman

Joaquin Phoenix tops today's Horror Highlights with a new poster for You Were Never Really Here, making its American premiere this month at the Sundance Film Festival, and we also have new information on the soundtrack for Warhammer: Vermintide 2 and home media release details for the serial killer thriller Hangman, starring Al Pacino.

You Were Never Really Here Sundance Poster: "You Were Never Really Here premiered at the 70th Cannes Film Festival in competition, where Lynne Ramsay won the Best Screenplay award and Joaquin Phoenix won the award for Best Actor. Acclaimed director Lynne Ramsay returns to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival with the film’s American debut.

Amazon Studios will release You Were Never Really Here in select theaters April 6, 2018

A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading
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Win Passes To The St. Louis Screening Of Hostiles Starring Christian Bale

Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army Captain (Christian Bale), who after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico, to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow (Rosamund Pike), whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape, hostile Comanche and vicious outliers that they encounter along the way. Hostiles is directed by Scott Cooper (Black Mass, Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart) and produced by John Lesher (Black Mass, Birdman, Fury) and Ken Kao (The Nice Guys, Knight of Cups). The film stars: Christian Bale (The Big Short, American Hustle, The Dark Knight) Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, Jack Reacher), Wes Studi (Avatar, Heat, Geronimo), Adam Beach (Suicide Squad,
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Movie Marathon: From Friedkin to Mann, via William Petersen and Tangerine Dream

Tom Jolliffe looks back at four must see cult classics…

Whilst perusing a few episodes of Mark Kermode Uncut I stumbled upon an episode focused on a film I’d been meaning to see for a fair while. Firstly, it was directed by William Friedkin, a cinematic great. Secondly the film is scored by Tangerine Dream. Both those aspects made Sorcerer a film forever on my watch-list. It wasn’t until seeing a ringing endorsement from Kermode however that I was compelled to shift it ahead in the queue.

This then kickstarted a marathon of films with connective strands. I will tell you exactly why each film was chosen (as far as the Michael Mann portion the two are long term favourites of mine) and indeed the resultant viewing experience. The films I watched were Sorcerer and To Live And Die In L.A. by Friedkin followed by Thief and Manhunter from Michael Mann.
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The 24 Most Accurate Films About Professions: Anthony Bourdain, Penn Jillette, and More Make Their Picks

Film history is home to dozens of space movies, from “2001: A Space Odyssey” to “Interstellar,” but which happens to be the most accurate? If you were to ask a real astronaut, say former Nasa administrator Charles F. Bolden, the answer would not be Kubrick’s magnum opus but “The Martian,” the Matt Damon-starring survival film directed by Ridley Scott. Bolden is one of 24 professionals asked by The Washington Post to name the most accurate film in his line of work, and it appears “The Martian” does space better than any film of its kind.

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“Most people think about astronaut movies and they want to talk about ‘The Right Stuff,'” Bolden tells The Post. “But ‘The Martian’ is just so scientifically accurate, and it tells this story of what we’re on the cusp of — not just Americans,
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Win Advance Passes to See Hostiles

Enter here for your chance to win a pair of passes to an advance screening of the new film, Hostiles, starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike.

For your chance to receive a pair of complimentary passes to see the new film Hostiles at the AMC Livonia Theater on Tuesday, January 4th at 7:00Pm, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page. But hurry because there are a limited number of passes available and when they’re gone, they’re gone!

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Hostiles: Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army Captain (Christian Bale), who after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico, to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals
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Al Pacino's New Movie Earns Rare 0% Rating on Rotten Tomatoes

Al Pacino's New Movie Earns Rare 0% Rating on Rotten Tomatoes
Al Pacino, no matter what happens during the rest of his acting career, will always be remembered as one of the greatest actors to ever grace the silver screen. Still, his more recent efforts have left something to be desired and, if Rotten Tomatoes is to be believed, his latest movie is no different. In fact, his new movie Hangman has earned a very rare distinction. Hangman is now one of very few, terrible movies that boasts a 0 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Ouch.

Hangman, which arrives in theaters for limited release this weekend, co-stars Karl Urban and Brittany Snow. A couple of respectable actors in their own right. So what went so wrong here? Apparently, a whole lot. As of this writing, there are 11 reviews counted for Hangman and every single of them is negative. Here's what the Los Angeles Times had to say about the movie in their negative review.
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Robert De Niro Wears Massive Platform Shoes to Tower Over Al Pacino on Set of New Movie

Robert De Niro Wears Massive Platform Shoes to Tower Over Al Pacino on Set of New Movie
Robert De Niro will be towering over Al Pacino in their upcoming mobster film The Irishman thanks to a little movie magic.

On Wednesday, the two Oscar winners were photographed on the New York City set of the 2019 Martin Scorsese flick — with De Niro, 74, wearing lifts (to put it nicely) in his shoes to give him some height over Pacino, 77.

The move has nothing to do with vanity and everything to do with the fact that De Niro’s character, hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, stood tall at 6-ft-4-in. Before his death in 2003, the alleged Bufalino crime family member
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In and Of the World: The Textures of Michael’s Mann’s "Heat"

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Michael Mann's Heat (1995) is showing November 11 - December 11, 2017 on Mubi in the United Kingdom.Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) emerges from a train with unassuming poise, mingling seamlessly with the other disembarking passengers. As they recede into the background, however, congealing into airy circular blurs of out-of-focus features, Neil becomes the obvious point of attention, even more so as the camera pulls back and follows his journey from a comparative distance. In the guise of a medic, he makes his way to a hospital and coasts through its thoroughfares, passing oblivious employees and patients, until he arrives at his destination: an ambulance, which he steals. Neil’s anonymity enabled the theft and it allowed for his inconspicuous progress. He fit in. He seemed natural. Wherever he went, he had the perceptible appearance of belonging. This is key to what distinguishes Heat, Michael Mann’s 1995 contemporary crime masterpiece. Capitalizing on
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Five Foreign-Language Directors Who Have Been to Oscars Before

Five Foreign-Language Directors Who Have Been to Oscars Before
Variety approached five foreign-language directors who have been to the awards circuit before about the changes in their lives and their show business careers since their previous visit to the kudos rodeo whether it was five or 15 years earlier. For some technological advances were in the forefront while for others it was financing. We also asked them if they were interested in taking a path others had before them to Hollywood. The answers may surprise, or enlighten as each director has a unique take on new technology, recognition and of course the motivation and inspiration behind their current films.

Ruben Ostlund

There was a time in the Oscar foreign-language category’s not-too-distant history when the nominating committee fell for films about the sentimental bond between a grandfatherly old man and the bright-eyed boy he takes under his wing — feel-good films such as “Kolya” and “Cinema Paradiso.”

Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” is not that movie. In fact, it
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Blu-ray Review – Animal Factory (2000)

Animal Factory, 2000.

Directed by Steve Buscemi.

Starring Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong, Danny Trejo, Mickey Rourke, Tom Arnold, Mark Boone Junior, Edward Bunker, John Heard, and Steve Buscemi.

Synopsis:

A privileged young man is sent to prison for drug dealing and falls under the wing of a lifer who takes a shine to him.

Sometimes the planets are in alignment, the right cards are drawn from the deck and there is a film that gets made with what seems to be the perfect collaboration of cast and crew that you know is going to produce something worthy of your time, and in 2000 Steve Buscemi (Reservoir Dogs/Con Air) directed Animal Factory, his second full-length feature. But what makes Animal Factory a little different from a lot of other prison dramas is that it was written by Edward Bunker, an ex-con-turned-actor (he played Mr. Blue in Reservoir Dogs and also pops up
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Hostiles Trailer Takes Christian Bale Through the Brave Frontier

Hostiles Trailer Takes Christian Bale Through the Brave Frontier
Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures has released the first trailer for Hostiles, which reunites director Scott Cooper and Christian Bale after their 2013 drama Out of the Furnace. The movie is slated to hit theaters in late December, which could make this an early favorite for the 2018 Oscars, although we still have quite some time before the awards season picture starts fully coming together. Still, this drama has been tearing through the prestige festival circuit, debuting at Telluride in September before appearing at the Toronto International Film Festival, Rome Film Fest and more, as it gets ready to debut at AFI Fest in Los Angeles next week.

Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army Captain (Christian Bale), who after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, an
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Independent Films Get Big Boost From Awards Season Push

Independent Films Get Big Boost From Awards Season Push
While indies have consistently played a big part in awards seasons over the past two decades, in the rapidly changing production and distribution climate, the studios have been putting a big focus on four-quadrant blockbusters with only a handful of prestige items that they view as awards hopefuls. This has led to the emergence of various newbie distributors who are all searching for their golden slice of cinematic cake.

There’s a dynamic list of films that will be competing for voter attention this year, including “Call Me by Your Name,” “Stronger,” “I, Tonya,” “Hostiles,” “Last Flag Flying,” “Lady Bird,” “The Florida Project” and “The Meyerowitz Stories.” Smaller, more challenging fare will always be on the menu, but how does one film stand out over another? And what can happen to a smaller film when it does hit Oscar gold?

Amazon Studios has some serious contenders this year with “Last Flag Flying,” “The Big Sick,” “Wonderstruck
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The Passenger: Always at Odds

Filmmaker Nic Fforde discusses how he come to realise the importance of costume design in his projects.

Stories in films are all familiar to us in some way, no matter how remote the setting. The hell that unfolds aboard the Nostromo in Alien, La’s icy criminal underworld in Heat or Rope’s Ivy League dinner party – a good story well told will whisk you away to its own self–contained world. All the tools of filmmaking are there to help create these worlds. What part does costume play in all this?

My day job is to make films for advertising. We work on low budgets with small documentary crews. Whatever our subjects decide to wear on the day is usually fine and feels natural. Costume is something we don’t need to spend loads of time on. That’s all changed with my latest project – a fictional short film set in the 1970s.
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Video: Den of Thieves – Trailer

The first trailer for crime thriller Den of Thieves has hit the web starring Gerard Butler in full beardy mode again. Check it out above.

Butler plays the head of a feared police unit tasked with taking down a group of bank robbers, led by Pablo Schreiber, as they plan to steal $120 million from the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown L.A. There’s clearly a hint of Michael Mann’s Heat (1995) about it, but it still looks like it could be a lot of fun.

Den of Thieves hits cinemas February 2nd 2018.
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The ‘Den of Thieves’ Trailer Is Like ‘Heat’ With Gerard Butler

The ‘Den of Thieves’ Trailer Is Like ‘Heat’ With Gerard Butler
Gerard Butler, who can currently be seen fighting the weather in Geostorm, has yet another film on the horizon. In Den of Thieves, Butler is an unorthodox cop chasing after a team of robbers. It’s sort of like heat, but instead of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, we get Gerard Butler and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. Watch […]

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First ‘Den of Thieves’ Trailer Aims for ‘Heat’ and Misfires

Gerard Butler's latest theatrical outing under writer/director Dean Devlin (Independence Day) for Geostorm is not off to a great start. Sure, the film has taken in over $66 million worldwide in its first week, but it might end up as a $100 million loss for the Warner Bros. / Skydance partnership. Butler, however, is moving ahead with his next questionable career choice: Den of Thieves. On the surface, the premise of this action-thriller from writer/director Christian Gudegast (London Has Fallen) is decent: Aiming to be a modern version of the classic Michael Mann film Heat, this heist / …
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Guillermo Del Toro Is Making a Documentary About Director Michael Mann

Guillermo Del Toro Is Making a Documentary About Director Michael Mann
There seems to be something of a trend at the moment for directors making films about other directors. Not only has Susan Lacy directed a movie called ‘Spielberg’ about the life and work of Stephen Spielberg, there was also ‘De Palma’ directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. Now there is news of another documentary film about a director in the works. Thierry Fremaux, the Cannes chief, was presenting a new director’s cut of ‘Heat’ recently at the Lumiere Film Festival. While doing so, he took the opportunity to announce that Guillermo del Toro is currently working on a documentary

Guillermo Del Toro Is Making a Documentary About Director Michael Mann
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Guillermo Del Toro Is Making a Documentary about Director Michael Mann

A big announcement was recently made at the Lumière Film Festival, Cannes by the director of the festival, Thierry Fremaux, as he presented the recent director’s cut of Michael Mann’s Heat. Fremaux revealed that iconic director Guillermo del Toro is making a documentary about Michael Mann.

There are not a lot of details known about the project and it's not clear if it will be a feature, or if it’ll be more like a bonus feature on a release like The Criterion Collection. But it is pretty cool to know that a brilliant filmmaker wants to make a movie about another brilliant filmmaker. Del Toro is an admitted fan of Mann's work:

Film: Heat by Michael Mann. Top three Mann. A film that is part of the lexicon of the medium. A stark Western set in a hyperreal La.

Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) December 20, 2015

If you could choose two filmmakers,
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Lumière Festival: Michael Mann, Guillermo del Toro talk Michael Mann

Lumière Festival: Michael Mann, Guillermo del Toro talk Michael Mann
Lyon, France — Director Michael Mann, a guest of the Lumière Festival, discussed his decades-long career and creative process on Sunday before introducing a restored version of “Heat” never seen before in France.

Speaking with Institut Lumière director Thierry Frémaux and fellow filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, Mann said he saw himself as an auteur, adding: “It’s not about self reflection, it’s about responsibility. Everything, good or bad, the creative choices, whether it’s an actor, the folds in the curtains, the fashion, the music, the cut, it’s all my fault, my responsibility. And that’s what’s always so exciting to me about cinema.”

Turning the discussion to the characters in Mann’s works, del Toro pointed out that his films, whether “Heat” or “The Last of the Mohicans,” often dealt with men struggling as relics in their own time as history leaves them behind. “And they seem to be holding a very intimate set of
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