FantasticFest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from all around the world. Here's a list of some of our favorite movies at FantasticFest.
CIA analyst Jack Ryan must thwart the plans of a terrorist faction that threatens to induce a catastrophic conflict between the United States and Russia's newly elected president by detonating a nuclear weapon at a football game in Baltimore.
Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads,... See full summary »
An L.A. artist with everything seemingly going for him suddenly finds a change in his life when an art curator cancels his upcoming one-man show. His model girlfriend immediately leaves him... See full summary »
Tough guy Thomas Beckett is a US Marine working in the Panamanian jungle. His job is to seek out rebels and remove them using his sniper skills. Beckett is notorious for losing his partners... See full summary »
When three star General Irwin is transferred to a maximum security military prison, its warden, Colonel Winter, can't hide his admiration towards the highly decorated and experienced soldier. Irwin has been stripped of his rank for disobedience in a mission, but not of fame. Colonel Winter, who runs the prison with an iron fist, deeply admires the General, but works with completely different methods in order to keep up discipline. After a short while, Irwin can feel Winter's unjust treatment of the inmates. He decides to teach Winter a lesson by taking over command of the facility and thus depriving him of his smug attitude. When Winter decides to participate in what he still thinks of as a game, it may already be too late to win. Written by
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The finished film's storyline for Gen. Irwin and Col. Winter diverted sharply from David Scarpa's original screenplay. While both the script and the film begin by presenting Irwin as the sympathetic lead character and Winter as the bullying antagonist, Scarpa wrote the film's 2nd and 3rd acts to show that Winter was a good man and Irwin was a violent taskmaster who brutalized the other inmates into joining his crusade to get rid of the Colonel. The script was re-written when Robert Redford signed up to the film, with Irwin remaining the generally noble campaigner against Winter's reign of cruelty. See more »
The letter the General receives from his daughter has a return address of Ardmore, Oregon (a non-existent town) with the ZIP Code 95386. That ZIP code, however, is in Waterford, California. See more »
Take a look at a castle. Any castle. Now break down the key elements that make it a castle. They haven't changed in a thousand years. 1: Location. A site on high ground that commands the territory as far as the eye can see. 2: Protection. Big walls, walls strong enough to withstand a frontal attack. 3: A garrison. Men who are trained and willing to kill. 4: A flag. You tell your men you are soldiers and that's your flag. You tell them nobody takes our flag. And you raise that flag ...
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While its plot is wildly implausible, THE LAST CASTLE is a great prison-uprising movie that pits a disgraced general (Redford) serving time in a military prison against the vindictive and nasty colonel (Gadolfini) who runs the place. While the warden runs the prison through fear tactics and treats the inmates like animals, the general shows them respect and gets them thinking like soldiers again. Early on, he decides to take over the prison and get rid of the villainous warden. This leads to a spectacular battle between inmates and guards that occupies the final half-hour. The battle is rousing, if highly unlikely. The movie works on several levels: as a prison flick, as a test of wills, even as a story of atonement. Redford, who I have never cared much for, is very convincing as a soldier gone wrong who yearns to set things right. Gandolfini is his usual squinty-eyed self and doesn't have to work very hard to convince us he is a first-class bully and psychotic. Mark Ruffalo of SHUTTER ISLAND fame plays a cynical inmate who thinks both men are crazy. Great drama, with lots of action and solid character development.
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