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When the trailer for David F. Sandberg’s Lights Out played in front of a recent general-audience screening for The Conjuring 2 that I attended, I started to feel for the first time that Sandberg might really be onto something with the film, a low-budget horror flick with an ingeniously simple premise: a vicious spirit that can only be seen (and, presumably, hurt you) in the dark. To borrow a phrase from Hitchcock: the trailer played the crowd like a piano. Lights Out is based on Sandberg’s short film of the same name, which went viral after hitting YouTube back in 2014. The three-minute clip ultimately caught the attention of Hollywood horror maestro James Wan, who came on board to produce a feature-length version of the short and even recruited some of his key creative partners (including Furious 7 cinematographer Marc Spicer) to the cause. "This guy has what it takes, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Just last week, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media debuted the trailer for their new sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The first look footage arrived as an exclusive for Entertainment Tonight, and had several key scenes missing. Now, the studio has finally premiered the full-length uncut trailer, which brings Tom Cruise back in all of his action-packed glory!
Jack Reacher 2 follows an Army major named Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), who took over as a Military Police commander after Jack Reacher walked away from the armed forces. After Susan is accused of espionage, Jack springs back into action to help her, while dealing with his own personal issues. All hell breaks loose as Jack and Susan team-up. Soon, they are on the run, and stay that way for the duration of this action drama. The story is based on author Lee Child's 18th book in the bestselling Jack Reacher series, »
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First, you’re going to read this sentence. Second, you’re going to watch this trailer:
Ack Reacher: Never Go Back starring Tom Cruise is in theaters October 21, 2016
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, a sequel to 2012’s Jack Reacher, is based on author Lee Child’s 18th book in the bestselling Jack Reacher series, Never Go Back. The film is written by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2, The Equalizer”), Marshall Herskovitz (Love And Other Drugs, The Last Samurai) & Zwick.
Tom Cruise is producing alongside Don Granger (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Jack Reacher), Skydance Media’s David Ellison and Dana Goldberg (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Eostorm), and Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Valkyrie). The executive producers are Paula Wagner (War Of The Worlds, »
- Tom Stockman
The Cannes Film Festival isn’t just the most glamorous venue on the planet to debut a movie, with its sea of tuxedos and ballgowns on the red carpet. It also has a recent history of being an excellent platform for launching Academy Award contenders. “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Carol,” “Inside Out” and “Son of Saul” all premiered at last year’s Cannes and went to score a boatload of Oscar nominations.
But the competition at this year’s festival has been at its weakest in years — especially after such a dud as Sean Penn’s “The Last Face.” Critics were also disappointed by Nicolas Refn’s “The Neon Demon” and Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World” and underwhelmed by out-of-competition titles like Woody Allen’s “Café Society” and Steven Spielberg’s “The Bfg.”
Now that the dust is settling on Cannes 2016, it’s very »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Alejandro Amenábar's (The Others, The Sea Inside) latest psychological thriller Regression arrived on May 10 on Blu-ray and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Dimension Films, and Digital HD and On Demand from Starz Digital. If you have not already picked up a copy we have a Blu-ray to give to one lucky TwitchFilm reader. Regression stars Ethan Hawke (Boyhood, Training Day, The Purge), Emma Watson (Harry Potter, Perks of Being a Wallflower), David Thewlis (Harry Potter, Anomalisa), Dale Dickey ("True Blood") and Devon Bostick ("The 100", Diary of a Wimpy Kid). Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection...
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What is it? Mackenzie (Ella Purnell) is a teen in crisis. Her father has died, and her mother’s addictions have forced her into rehab, so with no other resources she’s sent to stay with an uncle in Alaska for the summer. He shows her kindness, showers her with gifts, and sneaks into her bed at night to do unspeakable things. It may not be the first time, and she knows it won’t be the last, so when the opportunity arises she runs away. Her luck changes when she crosses paths with a hiker named Rene (Bruce Greenwood) in Denali. He wants nothing to do with her at first, but when the two of them end up on the same deserted trail in the park he quietly allows her to join his party of one. What »
- Rob Hunter
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Not every movie -- not even every good movie -- is worth an immediate Blu-ray investment, but you're going to want to clear a sexy spot in your house for Ryan Reynolds's "Deadpool." The top R-rated movie around the world is out on DVD and Blu-ray May 10. We could list the Blu-ray features, but it's much more fun to get them from the Merc with a Mouth himself:
Michael Moore's latest incendiary documentary/opinion piece, this time about the American military, »
- Gina Carbone
Alejandro Amenábar loves writing about controversial issues and telling stories that no one else may think to tell. This is why his new film Regression, which he wrote and directed, is bound to polarize audiences, as the topic of Satanic ritual abuse is not for the faint of heart. The film follows Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) whose investigation into the rape of a young woman, Angela (Emma Watson) leads him into a much deeper rabbit hole than he could have ever expected.
Amenábar is most famous for his chilling horror film The Others, which starred Nicole Kidman as a mother living in a haunted house. His film The Sea Inside, which starred Javier Bardem as a man who fought for the right of euthanasia, won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2005. Regression falls in line with these past works as it combines the horror genre with the real life terror of abuse. »
- Adriana Floridia
Alejandro Amenábar’s (The Others, The Sea Inside) psychological thriller Regression is set to hit Bluray/DVD/VOD on May 10th (via Anchor Bay & Dimension Films) and judging from the film’s trailer, it looks like yet another great turn from Ethan Hawke. Personally, I love it when Hawke is given interesting genre roles, he shows a versatility that can sometimes be rare in these types of films. Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.
- Jerry Smith
Alejandro Amenábar’s Regression follows Angela (Emma Watson), who blames her father for an offense he can’t remember. Detective Kenner (Ethan Hawke) is assigned to the case while psychologist Dr. Raines must help the father recollect his memories. Regression will roll out on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD, and On Demand on May 10th.
Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA – (March 22, 2016) – Award-winning filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar’s (The Others, The Sea Inside) latest psychological thriller Regression arrives May 10th on Blu-ray™ and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Dimension Films, and Digital HD and On Demand from Starz Digital. Regression features an ensemble cast led by Academy Award® nominee Ethan Hawke (Boyhood, Training Day, The Purge), and Emma Watson (Harry Potter, Perks of Being a Wallflower). Hailed as a “carefully-crafted tale of collective psychosis” by the Hollywood Reporter, Regression also stars David Thewlis (Harry Potter, Anomalisa), Dale Dickey (“True Blood”) and Devon Bostick »
- Tamika Jones
Lots happening in Hollywood this week. Here’s a quick primer on stories you might have missed!
• Harry Potter Meets The Others Meets The Purge. Alejandro Amenábar (The Others, Thesis, Open Your Eyes) drops his latest psychological thriller, Regression, May 10 on Blu-ray and DVD as well as on demand through Starz Digital. With a script by Amenábar and a cast that includes Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke, Harry Potter alums Emma Watson (Hermione) and David Thewlis (Lupin), and veteran Dale Dickey (Iron Man 3, Super 8, The Yellow Wallpaper, True Blood), this satanic-cult thriller has a lot of potential. I know what I’ll be doing May 10!
• Everything Old Is New Again. CBS has found the lead for its reboot of the Richard Dean Anderson action-fantasy series MacGyver. Deadline reports that Lucas Till (X-men: Days Of Future Past, Stoker, Kristy) has signed on to play the innovative secret agent known for »
- Harker Jones
Cinema Retro has received the following press release from Anchor Bay:
Beverly Hills, CA – (March 22, 2016) – Award-winning filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar’s (The Others, The Sea Inside) latest psychological thriller Regression arrives May 10 on Blu-ray™ and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Dimension Films, and Digital HD and On Demand from Starz Digital. Regression features an ensemble cast led by Academy Award® nominee Ethan Hawke (Boyhood, Training Day, The Purge), and Emma Watson (Harry Potter, Perks of Being a Wallflower). Hailed as a “carefully-crafted tale of collective psychosis” by the Hollywood Reporter, Regression also stars David Thewlis (Harry Potter,Anomalisa), Dale Dickey (“True Blood”) and Devon Bostick (“The 100”, Diary of a Wimpy Kid).
Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Anchor Bay and Dimension Films have announced the release of award-winning filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar’s (The Others) latest psychological thriller Regression. The mystery arrives May 10 on Blu-ray and DVD, and Digital HD and On Demand from Starz Digital.
Regression features an ensemble cast led by Ethan Hawke (Daybreakers, The Purge), and Emma Watson (Harry Potter, Bling Ring). Regression also stars the great David Thewlis, Dale Dickey and Devon Bostick.
Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates [Continued ...] »
As a reality-competition junkie and the father of 5-year-old twins, I’ve already formalized my speech if one of my boys thinks he’s flying to Los Angeles and auditioning for, well, anything before he graduates from college.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I look at artistic dreams as if they’re silverfish dashing across the kitchen floor, just begging to be squished. But in the words of the poet Casey Kasem, one must keep one »
Consider yourself warned: Regression is not a horror movie. Despite the involvement of writer-director Alejandro Amenábar, best known for ghost story The Others, and a marketing campaign that has focused on the Satanic cults and human sacrifices wrapped up in the film’s messy premise, Regression is actually a finger-patronizing parable about the dangers of hypnosis and hysteria – and a largely intolerable one at that.
It all starts out promisingly enough, with committed Minnesota detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigating the bizarre case of Angela Gray (Emma Watson), a 17-year-old girl who fled her family for the safety of a nearby church after saying she was ritualistically raped and scarred. It doesn’t take long for her father (David Dencik) to admit to molesting her – not because he remembers doing so, but because he is convinced Angela would never lie.
In an attempt to draw out his repressed memories, Kenner »
- Isaac Feldberg
Hey, remember Alejandro Amenabar? For certain viewers, the Spanish director seemed well on his way to becoming one of the great saviors of genre cinema in the late 1990s and early 2000s — the kind of guy who could take otherwise tired horror and science-fiction concepts and give them new life. His breakthrough 1997 hit Open Your Eyes (remade — inferiorly — by Cameron Crowe as Vanilla Sky), offered a mind-fuck psychological sci-fi thriller that was actually moving and not cheap and manipulative. His Nicole Kidman–starring classic The Others was the rare big-twist horror hit that actually improved upon second viewing. Later, the stylized quadriplegic drama The Sea Inside won an Oscar and firmly established Javier Bardem as one of the finest actors of his generation. His last film was 2009’s Agora, an expensive historical drama that dared to suggest the ancient world’s shift towards Christianity wasn’t necessarily the greatest thing »
- Bilge Ebiri
It’s been fifteen years since writer/director Alejandro Amenabar terrified audiences across the globe with his gothic ghost story The Others. The prolific filmmaker has found success in several other genres, as he’s responsible for such gems as The Sea Inside and Abra Los Ohos (Open Your Eyes), a.k.a. the original Vanilla Sky, but after all […] »
- Kalyn Corrigan
Back in the 1990s, Alejandro Amenábar was part of the incredible new wave of Spanish fantastic cinema. His first feature, Thesis, was a Hitchcock-style thriller about snuff films that was creepy and sexy; his second, Open Your Eyes, a subtle sci-fi thriller that was one of the most original contemporary puzzle films; his third, The Others, was one of the most interesting and effective gothic horrors of our time, managing to be completely terrifying with no gore or violence. He went in a different direction for his next two films; one of them, The Sea Inside, winning the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. It seems fitting that his most recent film after six years would be a return to his horror/thriller roots. Alas, it...
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Originally scheduled to open last summer, Alejandro Amenábar‘s (The Others) thriller was pushed back to this February. The film, which stars Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson, was a promising return to horror for Amenábar — but sadly, it’s been met with an overwhelmingly negative response from critics. Regression opens in theaters this week, and The Weinstein Company has just released another […]
- Jack Giroux
One would not think that a thriller a) starring Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson and b) helmed by The Others‘ Alejandro Amenábar would be dumped so unceremoniously, yet The Weinstein Company — no strangers to such a tactic, if Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s T.S. Spivet and last week’s Jane Got a Gun are just the most recent evidence — will do such a thing with Regression, which opens in three days and, to my knowledge, still has not had a single press screening scheduled. The picture becomes a bit clearer when one looks at the initial round of reviews, a collection that’s at best complementary and at worst, well, you can imagine. Here, it seems, something didn’t exactly click and a major company wishes to get this thing off its hands already.
So less than 72 hours before its U.S. debut, we have a preview that seems designed to »
- Nick Newman
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