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It’s the moment you wait for the entire horror film. It’s not just a plot twist or a payoff but a trigger to your deepest emotions. You want to be shocked and sickened and saddened when the killer is revealed, the hero suddenly dies, or the mystery is solved. Most of all, you want your jaw to be on the floor. **Spoilers obviously ahead**
The Brood (1979)- Mommy knows best
David Cronenberg’s third horror film is his first truly great movie and also his first superbly acted film. The Brood’s ensemble is solid but Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar stand out as maverick doctor Hal Raglan and his disturbed patient Nola Carveth. Nola’s estranged husband Frank (played by Art Hindle) teams up with Dr. Raglan in the film’s suspenseful climax. He confronts Nola while Raglan attempts to rescue Frank’s young daughter from a group of murderous deformed children. »
Special Mention: C’est arrivé près de chez vous (Man Bites Dog)
Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, and Benoît Poelvoorde set out to make their first feature film with little resources and little money. In the tradition of filmmakers who can’t afford much film stock, the trio settled for a faux-documentary-style approach – the result is a high-concept satire of media violence that would spoof documentaries by following around a fictitious sociopath named Ben as he exercises his lethal craft. While the cinematic tradition of presenting villains as suave, charming, attractive, and intelligent individuals is nothing new, Man Bites Dog was still ahead of its time. Much like the great Hitchcockian villains such as Joseph Cotten in Shadow of a Doubt, Ben is a man of action and ideas. He expounds on art, »
- Ricky Fernandes
Today fans of Tom Cruise got some good news. Paramount Pictures has announced that principal photography has begun for the sequel to the 2012 action film, Jack Reacher. Check out all the details here.
Actor/Producer/Stunt Extraordinaire Tom Cruise is back at it again. Paramount Pictures, Skydance Media, and Tom Cruise have elected to go the franchise route with Jack Reacher, the 2012 action film based on the Lee Child's book called "One Shot, which itself is part of a series of Jack Reacher novels. The new film will be titled Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and will be based on the 18th book in Childs' Jack Reacher series titled "Never Go Back". The new film is set to release on October 21, 2016, and will be directed by Edward Zwick. The film will be produced by Tom Cruise himself in addition to Don Granger, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Christopher McQuerrie. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media today announced that principal photography has commenced on Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, starring Tom Cruise (the Mission: Impossible franchise, Edge of Tomorrow) and directed by Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond). Production will take place in New Orleans. The film is set for release on October 21, 2016. The first film, Jack Reacher, earned $218.3 million worldwide during its theatrical release.
The new film 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. The sequel reunites Tom Cruise and Edward Zwick for the first time since The Last Samurai.
Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media today announced that principal photography has commenced on Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, starring Tom Cruise (the Mission: Impossible franchise, Edge Of Tomorrow) and directed by Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond).
Production will take place in New Orleans. The film is set for release on October 21, 2016.
The new film, 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.
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, “The Others) and Herb Gains (The Judge, »
- Michelle McCue
This thriller-cum-horror, starring Ethan Hawke, is a largely forgettable affair inspired by cases of ‘satanic abuse’
Inspired by the wave of “satanic abuse” cases that haunted America in the late 80s, this uneven chiller from Spanish writer/director Alejandro Amenábar, still best known for 2001’s The Others, straddles the line between psychological suspense and supernatural horror. Ethan Hawke is small-town Minnesota detective Bruce Kenner, who believes that local girl Angela Gray (Emma Watson) is the victim of demonic rituals. Assisted by David Thewlis’s beardy psychologist, Kenner delves into the tortured landscape of repressed memory, convinced that answers lie therein. Vacillating between indulging and puncturing its post-Rosemary’s Baby paranoias, Regression may be largely forgettable fare, but at least its unhysterical heart is in the right place.
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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
For his first film since 2009’s Agora, The Others and Open Your Eyes director Alejandro Amenábar (also scriptwriter here) sets his sights on two real life subjects, the Satanic Ritual Abuse scares in America from the early to mid-Nineties and the controversial psychotherapy known as regression, to craft a psychological thriller with airs to be a gore filled horror movie. Unfortunately, Regression struggles to excel at being either. Set in 1990, the movie is off to an intriguing start with the case of John Gray (David Dencik), a father who confesses to the abuse and rape of his 17 year old daughter Angela (Emma Watson). The only wrinkle is he has no recollection of these heinous acts. Hitting upon the use of regression, where John is put under hypnosis to relive his lost memories, to get to the bottom of the case, Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) soon finds himself investigating the »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Alejandro Amenábar is a notable auteur, known to compose the music for some of his movies as well as write and direct. He’s chiefly renowned for a tremendous Jamesian ghost story The Others (2001), and this promised a return to the cerebral creepiness that made his name. But it’s a crunching disappointment: a dull, crass, formulaic and frankly misjudged chiller about a case of supposed satanic abuse set in the Us in 1990. In the interests of sustained scariness, Amenabár asks us to accept a certain ambiguity and to keep wondering if this case is for real or just hysteria. In dramatic terms, this is fair enough, but his movie is very naive about how bogus satanic abuse scares were created and it ends with wince-inducing implications about who is to be believed. Ethan Hawke »
- Peter Bradshaw
In an extract from this week’s Guardian film show, Peter Bradshaw and Catherine Shoard join Xan Brooks to review Regression, a satanic possession thriller starring Emma Watson as a disturbed young woman who has been raped, David Thewlis her psychiatrist and Ethan Hawke as the detective looking into some very sinister crimes. The film is the latest from The Others director Alejandro Amenábar
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- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Catherine Shoard, Dan Susman and Richard Sprenger
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,...
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Here's the two first french clips for "Regression", new thriller from Alejandro Amenábar ("The Others"). The movie starring Ethan Hawke ("The Purge", "Sinister") Emma Watson ("Harry Potter" Saga), with David Thewlis, Aaron Ashmore, Devon Bostick, Dale Dickey, Aaron Abrams, Kristian Bruun, David Dencik and Adam Butcher.A young girl is sexually abused by her father. Thus, begins the disturbing tale of a father and daughter torn apart, thrown into the center of a conspiracy that shocks the nation. »
Here's the new french poster for "Regression", new thriller from Alejandro Amenábar ("The Others"). The movie starring Ethan Hawke ("The Purge", "Sinister") Emma Watson ("Harry Potter" Saga), with David Thewlis, Aaron Ashmore, Devon Bostick, Dale Dickey, Aaron Abrams, Kristian Bruun, David Dencik and Adam Butcher.A young girl is sexually abused by her father. Thus, begins the disturbing tale of a father and daughter torn apart, thrown into the center of a conspiracy that shocks the nation. »
“Regression” is a risky choice of title from a director whose most recent work has fallen short of past glories, setting up all-too-obvious critical punchlines in the event of further decline. So it’s disheartening that Alejandro Amenabar’s sixth feature — and his first since 2009’s nobly overreaching folly “Agora” — is his least characterful and least ambitious to date. Returning the Spanish helmer to the shadowy psychothriller territory of his earlier work, this allegedly fact-based tale of Satanic suspicions in small-town Minnesota is potboiler material at best, threatening far twistier terrors than those it predictably delivers. Though performed with some perspiring conviction by Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke — as a confessed victim of cult abuse and the agnostic cop investigating her case — the pic is neither disquieting enough to take seriously, nor lurid enough for fright-night indulgence. “Regression” may rep a commercial advance on Amenabar’s difficult last outing, but »
- Guy Lodge
San Sebastian – “Ethan Hawke is an American but with one foot in Europe,” director Alejandro Amenabar said of the co-star in his genre-bucking “Regression” at a press conference in Spain’s San Sebastian Fest, where “Regression” world premiered Friday, opening the festival.
By the same measure, Amenabar could be described as a European with one foot in the U.S. While “Regression” received mixed reactions at San Sebastian – Twitter comments and Spanish reviews varying but sometimes frontally negative, early international reviews more positive, the Friday press conference respectful with final applause – Amenabar was treated at San Sebastian as a big star.
Without Hawke or Watson in attendance, every single question at the press conference, save two, targeted the Spanish-Chilean director. His name was a Twitter trending topic in Spain, and his opinion was sought out at the conference on extraneous matters – U.S. composer James Horner, for example (as a composer, »
- John Hopewell
Sneak Peek new images of Oscar-winning, Australian actress Nicole Kidman, posing for photographer Will Davidson in the September 2015 issue of "Vogue" (Australia) magazine @ 'Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park':
Other films include "Moulin Rouge!" (2001) earning her a 'Golden Globe Award' for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Kidman's performance as 'Virginia Woolf' in the "The Hours" (2002) earned her an 'Academy Award' for Best Actress...
...the 'BAFTA Award' for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the 'Golden Globe' Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and the 'Silver Bear' for Best Actress at the 'Berlin International Film Festival'.
Kidman's other notable films include "To Die For" (1995), for which she won her first Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, »
- Michael Stevens
Robert Pattinson: Actor to play E.T. astronaut. Robert Pattinson to star for Claire Denis If all goes as planned, Robert Pattinson will get to star in French screenwriter-director Claire Denis' recently announced – and as yet untitled – English-language sci-fier, penned by Denis and White Teeth author Zadie Smith and her novelist husband Nick Laird, from an original idea by Denis and writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau. Among Claire Denis' credits are the interracial love story Chocolat (1988), the sociopolitical drama White Material (2009), and the generally well-regarded Billy Budd reboot Beau Travail (1999), winner of the César Award for Best Cinematography (Agnès Godard). Robert Pattinson, for his part, is best known for playing the veggie vampire in the wildly popular Twilight movies costarring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. Robert Pattinson, astronaut In Claire Denis' film, Robert Pattinson is slated to play an E.T. astronaut. But what happens to said astronaut? Does »
- Zac Gille
Emma Watson, David Thewlis and Ethan Hawke in Regression Photo: Courtesy of San Sebastian Film Festival The world premiere of Alejandro Amenabar's Regression will open the 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival on September 18.
The film, which stars Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke, tells the story of a young woman who accuses her father of a crime that he has no memory of having committed. When a renowned psychologist (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories, they uncover an even greater mystery.
Regression is due for release in the UK on October 9.
The festival has previously announced it will close with London Road. Read more of our coverage here. »
- Amber Wilkinson
Regression, also written by Amenabar, will play out of competition.
In an interview with ScreenDaily, Amenabar’s regular producer Fernando Bovaira (The Others) said of the world-premiere berth: “Alejandro has been in every A- list festival but never in San Sebastian. When they asked us, we just coudn’t say no. Under Rebordinos’ [festival director Jose Luis Rebordinos] watch, we have all seen the festival grow its international impact so we are very happy to be the opening film”.
“It’s a complex film, as all of Alejandro’s films are”, continued Bovaira. “It’s a psychological-thriller »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Juan Sarda)
Madrid — In one of the biggest recent program coups for the San Sebastian Film Festival, the biggest event in the Spanish-speaking world, this year’s 63rd edition will open on Sept. 18 with the world premiere of Alejandro Amenabar’s “Regression.”
“Regression” will play out of competition.
Sold internationally by Glen Basner’s Film Nation, and for many the most awaited Spanish movie of year, “Regression” stars Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson. It will be released in Spain by Universal Pictures Intl. on Oct. 2.
Also written by Amenabar, “Regression” marks his return to the mystery-suspense genre which made his name: Set in Minnesota in 1990, the film stars Hawke as detective Bruce Kenner, investigating the case of young Angela (Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime.
But when Gray admits his guilt, without recollection, a renowned psychologist (David Thewlis) brought into the case discovers a horrifying »
- John Hopewell
Remembering is hard for Wes Bentley in “Amnesiac,” but viewers will find it easy to forget this ineffectual mystery-thriller. Helmer Michael Polish and his spouse-star, Kate Bosworth, were reportedly attracted to the project for the change-of-pace role it afforded her. But even beyond its sketchy screenplay, the pic’s main problem is that Bosworth lacks the villainous authority required to make Mike Le and Amy Kolquist’s tricky if undercooked screenplay work. Theatrical launch on Aug. 14 at Los Angeles’ Arena Cinema is unlikely to do much more than raise “Amnesiac’s” profile a tad for its simultaneous home-format release.
After a brief prelude showing an apparent nuclear family unit driving along a country road prior to an accident, Bentley’s nameless character wakes up in an expansive, isolated home under the care of a likewise unnamed woman (Bosworth) who says she’s his wife. He has no memory of their life together, »
- Dennis Harvey
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