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NYC Weekend Watch: Edgar Wright’s Favorites, ‘Thx 1138,’ Jules Dassin & More

29 June 2017 2:07 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

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Edgar Wright presents a series of crime films, while le cinema du southern gothic runs.

Metrograph

The directorial debuts of George Lucas and David Byrne play as part of “Welcome to Metrograph A-z.”

A series of concert films screen this weekend.

Museum of the Moving Image

Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1941, and Empire of the Sun all have screenings. »

- Nick Newman

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‘The Foreigner’ Trailer: Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan Square Off In Revenge Thriller — Watch

26 June 2017 7:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Jackie Chan in a serious acting role, which is why “The Foreigner” could be a game-changer. The multi-hyphenate actor, martial artist, director and singer has had success with children’s franchise hits “Kung Fu Panda” and “The Karate Kid,” and his comedy chops are well known to “Rush Hour” fans. Now, audiences get a different side of him in “The Foreigner,” a slick revenge thriller which released its official trailer today.

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Based on the unfortunately titled novel “The Chinaman,” by British crime novelist Stephen Leather, the movie has thankfully been renamed. Chan plays Quan, a restaurant owner with some serious combat skills whose daughter dies in an attack by the Ira. When the authorities botch the case, he is determined to find the people responsible and avenge his daughter’s death. »

- Jude Dry

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Payne and Gain: can a Max Payne fan film beat the 2008 movie?

20 June 2017 2:08 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Padraig Cotter Jun 22, 2017

The Max Payne movie failed to capture the essence of the videogame - but a new fan film is having a go...

The original Max Payne videogame feels like the result of its developers spending a weekend bingeing on The Matrix and various John Woo movies, while taking the occasional break to read some Raymond Chandler novels. It was a stylish, fluid third-person shooter that made heavy use of slow motion and bullet time, with the story being told through graphic novel panels. Max himself was an insanely cool lead character, and the game went on to become a major hit. It spawned two further games – released in 2003 and 2011 respectively – and remains a cult favourite to this day.

It also spawned – like pretty much every successful video game – a movie adaptation in 2008. Mark Wahlberg took on the title role, with Mila Kunis playing Max’s love interest Mona. While the movie made a modest profit it did little to impress critics, with the harshest judgements coming from the fan base itself.

The movie is essentially forgotten now and is on the same video game movie scrapheap that also houses Hitman: Agent 47 and Tekken. On the flipside of the coin is Max Payne: Retribution, a 2017 fan produced short that manages to recreate the unique feel of the game for a fraction of the cost. For the sake of an experiment let’s contrast the two adaptations, and see if passion and creativity are any match for a Hollywood budget and a major star.

Max Payne: Retribution (2017)

This short doesn’t adapt any particular storyline from the series, and instead feels like a mash-up between the original game and its sequel. The story involves Max – still eternally grieving for his murdered family – trying to save Mona Sax from Jack Lupino (played by director Leroy Kincaide), a drug kingpin with a nasty Devil worshipping hobby. It’s a contained story that gradually builds to an epic gunfight in a drug warehouse.

Fan films are often well-meaning and filled with passion, but are let down by a lack of budget, acting talent or filmmaking ability. It’s one thing to get actors and dressed them up like video game characters, but it’s another thing entirely to breathe life into it. Thankfully Max Payne: Retribution manages to bypass a lot of those potential pitfalls, coming across as a sincere tribute to the franchise.

A love for the material is evident in every frame, from the countless Easter eggs (Max drinking Kong whisky, Address Unknown playing on the television etc) to the faithful recreation of the main characters. Actor Joan James Muixi certainly has the look of old school Max and does a good job with the stylised dialogue. Sadly he lacks the gruff authority of original voice actor James McCaffrey, but then again replicating McCaffrey’s distinct sound is near impossible anyway.

The attention to detail of the short is impressive, especially given Retribution’s modest £1500 budget. The budgetary stretch marks are visible in certain sets or effect shots, but what the crew was able to achieve on that amount is impressive. It has a slick cinematic look, from a moody early scene of Max washing his face while bathed in neon to the warehouse finale. This sequence manages to cram in all the classic elements of the game too; slo-mo, duel wielding and even a spot of bullet time, and it’s a nicely choreographed shootout.

Like many fan films it’s not flawless. Some line readings feel off and a few scenes play out a little long, but Retribution remains a stylish ode that understands what made the series so interesting in the first place. That, and the moment Max picks up another handgun and prepares to dive, should be enough to produce a smirk in even the most jaded fan.  

Max Payne (2008)

There are certain characters and franchises that are fundamentally aimed at adults, and trying to tone them down for a lower rating usually ends in disaster; think Live Free Or Die Hard or Alien Vs Predator. Max Payne is a game defined by a high bodycount and bloodshed, so the decision to make it a PG-13 movie was already a sign it was walking down the wrong path.

Before I start beating the film with a stick, let’s start with some positives. The film looks gorgeous, making the snowy New York where the story is set look like a beautiful wasteland. Director John Moore may not be a master storyteller but he’s got a great eye, and clearly had a blast shooting this neo-noir flick. The Valkyrie creatures are an odd inclusion, but they again make for a striking visual, which Moore milks whenever possible. The action scenes – when they arrive – are fun, with Max’s drugged out rampage in the finale injecting the glum thriller with a bit of adrenaline. 

That’s pretty much it though, with many of the film's issues running deep. A big one is Mark Wahlberg and his characterization of Max. In the game he may be moody, but he also has a glib sense of humour and his inner monologue made him endearing. Here he’s a mopey, humourless git, and Wahlberg plays him with that singular note throughout. Kunis is completely miscast too, utterly failing to come across as a badass assassin. The rest of the cast are a mixed bag, but nobody here is doing their best work.  

The game is almost non-stop action, where the movie is a meandering thriller for the most part. It often feels padded out with useless scenes, like Mona visiting a crime boss who has no bearing on the plot or a bizarre cameo by singer Nelly Furtado. There’s a remarkable lack of action in the first half too, and while it’s not half bad when it arrives, the PG-13 rating sands off the harsher edges.

The video game movie genre has a long history of disappointing fans, and while Max Payne is far from the worst, it was still a major letdown. The pervading feeling is nobody really cared about the material; Wahlberg admitted he didn’t play the game and the movie makes bizarre changes to the source. It doesn’t even feature a scene where Max dives through the air with a Beretta in each hand, which is just about the biggest sin of all.

I remember a friend – who is a big Max Payne fan – summarising it best, “Remember that bit in the game where Max walks around for an hour not shooting anyone? Of course not. That would be boring.”

The Winner: Max Payne: Retribution

It may lack a little spit and polish, but the makers of Max Payne: Retribution took a tiny budget and a lot of passion and funnelled it into a stylish adaptation. Fans should definitely seek it out, and it might help ease the payneful (sorry) gap between games. There’s talk of the makers of Retribution being in discussion with Max Payne publisher Take-Two Interactive about developing a TV series based on the short.

On the evidence shown here, that could be something very fun indeed.

Max Payne: Retribution will be available to view on the official YouTube page from June 24th. »

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Frank Miller's Sin City to get the TV reboot from Glen Mazzara & Len Wiseman

31 May 2017 4:23 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Although Robert Rodriguez's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For seemingly killed off the franchise several years ago when it was called a major box-office failure, the rumours of the demise of Sin City has been greatly exaggerated. According to Deadline, Frank Miller's series will be resurrected as a TV show from Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead) and Len Wiseman (Live Free Or Die Hard). It's... Read More »

- Kevin Fraser

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Avatar 2 Brings in Fear the Walking Dead Star Cliff Curtis

9 May 2017 11:29 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We now have further evidence that James Cameron's long-delayed Avatar 2 and its sequels are finally happening. Shooting is expected to start later this year. And the casting process is well under way in order to keep things on schedule. Fear the Walking Dead star Cliff Curtis has joined the cast for all four Avatar sequels in a new lead role.

The news comes courtesy of Deadline, who report that Cliff Curtis is playing a new character named Tonowari, the leader of the Metkayina, a reef clan from Pandora. James Cameron has been saying for years that a lot of Avatar 2, and presumably the other sequels, will be taking place underwater. With this new casting, it looks like that will indeed be the case.

As far as Cliff Curtis goes, if you don't know him from Fear the Walking Dead, he also starred in the Oscar-winning drama The Piano, »

- MovieWeb

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'Avatar' Sequels Cast 'Fear the Walking Dead' Star in Lead Role

9 May 2017 9:12 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Fear the Walking Dead star Cliff Curtis has signed on for a lead role in James Cameron's four Avatar sequels, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Curtis, who is currently on hiatus, will play Tonowari, leader of the Metkayina reef people clan. Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana earlier signed deals to reprise their characters for the Avatar movies.

Curtis' credits include Trauma, Body of Proof and features The Last Airbender, 10,000 BC and Live Free or Die Hard. The movies will be made one after the other by Cameron, who has enlisted Josh Friedman, duo Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, and Shane »

- Etan Vlessing

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‘The Fate of the Furious’ Review: Vin Diesel’s Family Becomes Dysfunctional in Worst ‘Fast and Furious’ Ever

9 April 2017 8:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The first 10 minutes of “The Fate of the Furious” have everything that you could ever ask for in a “Fast and the Furious” movie, or any other movie for that matter. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) swaggers through the streets of Havana, tasting the local flavor as a bass-heavy Cuban pop song bangs on the soundtrack. The sun is shining, the cars are classics, and the girls are wearing hot pink thongs that make their butts pop off the screen like they’ve been post-converted into 3D. It’s like someone threw a Pitbull video and forgot to invite him.

Then, as Dom comes across a weirdly well-organized group of local auto fetishists, he finds his younger cousin being antagonized by the baddest guy in town. But there’s an easy solution to this problem. You see, Dom lives by a code, and that code is simple: “All human conflict can »

- David Ehrlich

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From Angelina Jolie to Daisy Ridley, Here’s the Top 14 Female Action Stars Working Today

4 April 2017 4:12 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Way back in 1979, Ridley Scott’s “Alien” brought us our first genuine female action hero in Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley. Despite the three sequels that followed, Ripley proved to be something of an outlier. Until fairly recently, a woman could kill someone in a movie only if she faced brutal punishment afterward, as in Scott’s “Thelma and Louise,” or in the inevitable fates of Bond girls: They could dole out lethal action, but rarely survived.

Today, ass-kicking women are no longer an anomaly or subject to automatic retribution. This weekend, we watched Scarlett Johansson lay waste to her enemies (although not the box office) in “Ghost in the Shell,” following a path blazed by the likes of Linda Hamilton (“Terminator 2: Judgment Day”), Uma Thurman (“Kill Bill”), and Michelle Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”). These roles may strike a blow for equality and diversity, but what these women — and »

- Anne Thompson

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From Angelina Jolie to Daisy Ridley, Here’s the Top 14 Female Action Stars Working Today

4 April 2017 4:12 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Way back in 1979, Ridley Scott’s “Alien” brought us our first genuine female action hero in Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley. Despite the three sequels that followed, Ripley proved to be something of an outlier. Until fairly recently, a woman could kill someone in a movie only if she faced brutal punishment afterward, as in Scott’s “Thelma and Louise,” or in the inevitable fates of Bond girls: They could dole out lethal action, but rarely survived.

Today, ass-kicking women are no longer an anomaly or subject to automatic retribution. This weekend, we watched Scarlett Johansson lay waste to her enemies (although not the box office) in “Ghost in the Shell,” following a path blazed by the likes of Linda Hamilton (“Terminator 2: Judgment Day”), Uma Thurman (“Kill Bill”), and Michelle Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”). These roles may strike a blow for equality and diversity, but what these women — and »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Bokeh’ Exclusive Clip: Maika Monroe Faces the End of the World in Sci-Fi Drama — Watch

21 March 2017 7:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Geoffrey Orthwein and Andrew Sullivan’s new film “Bokeh” answers the question no one ever really wants to ask themselves: What would you do if you were the last person left on earth?

Maika Monroe and Matt O’Leary star as a young couple on vacation in Iceland who wake up after a beam of light shoots across the sky, only to discover that every other person in the world has disappeared. They are left to fend for themselves and try to survive, all while trying to make sense of this mysterious event.

Read More: ‘Bokeh’ Trailer: Maika Monroe Stars in Sci-Fi Drama About The Last Couple on Earth

Rising star Monroe first broke through in the 2014 horror film “It Follows,” followed by subsequent turns in “The Guest” and “Independence Day: Resurgence,” while O’Leary is best known for his role in Rian Johnson’s debut “Brick,” as well as »

- Allison Picurro

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21 of cinema’s worst elevators

20 March 2017 8:10 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Kirsten Howard Mar 31, 2017

From The Shining to I Origins, these are just some of the worst offenders when it comes to moving between floors...

This article contains spoilers for just about every film on its list.

I don’t know when it started exactly.

When I was very young, it was fine. I maybe even enjoyed getting on an elevator and being whisked off, but somewhere in the timeline of my life, something changed. I began to dread stepping onto one. My heart would pound, a cold sweat would creep down my neck and my breath would quicken.

“What’s wrong?” a bemused acquaintance would ask as we were about to embark.

“Oh! Nothing, really,” I’d respond as casually as I could for someone suddenly about to lose control of their bowels. “I just thought I might take the stairs. Bit of exercise, you know.”

“But it…it’s 18 flights, »

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Contest: Win a Free iTunes Download of Lavender

3 March 2017 11:07 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Memory loss leads to mind-bending moments in Ed Gass-Donnelly's Lavender, and to commemorate the film's theatrical, VOD, and Digital HD release from Samuel Goldwyn Films and Ambi Media Group, we've been provided with three iTunes download codes to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) free iTunes download code for Lavender.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Lavender Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on Monday, 6th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted. Please note that the iTunes download codes expire on March 31st.

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"Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly (“The Last Exorcism Part II”) who co-wrote the film with »

- Derek Anderson

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‘Bokeh’ Trailer: Maika Monroe Stars in Sci-Fi Drama About The Last Couple on Earth

2 February 2017 10:49 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In Geoffrey Orthwein and Andrew Sullivan’s new film “Bokeh,” a young American couple wake up to discover their world has completely changed during a romantic getaway in Iceland. After a flash of light shoots across the sky, the next day Jenai (Maika Monroe) and Riley (Matt O’Leary) discover that every person on earth has disappeared. As they struggle to survive, the mysterious event leads them to reconsider everything they know about themselves and start to wonder if perhaps they should leave too. Watch a trailer for the film below.

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Monroe is best known for starring in David Robert Mitchell’s 2014 horror film “It Follows,” as well as her turns in “The Guest” and “Independence Day: Resurgence.” She’s set to star in many upcoming films including “Felt,” a biopic of FBI agent Mark Felt, »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘September 12th’ Exclusive Clip: Two Folk Enthusiasts Drive From Los Angeles to New York On 9/11

1 February 2017 3:35 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Krisha Fairchild gave one of 2016’s most acclaimed performances in Trey Edward Shults’ “Krisha,” about a woman who visits her estranged family over Thanksgiving. Now she’s set to appear in a new film entitled “September 12th” about folk music amidst a national tragedy. The film follows two strangers Elliott (Joe Purdy) and Joni (Amber Rubarth) whose lives are unexpectedly thrust together after their plane from L.A. to New York is grounded on the morning of September 11, 2001. Both accept help from Joni’s family friend (Fairchild) who lends them a rusty old Chevy van and decide to drive to New York. Though the shock of 9/11 quickly threatens to derail their journey, the pair discover they share a love for old folk songs and soon the two bond over music and bear witness to a nation that lifts each other up in the wake of tragedy. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below. »

- Vikram Murthi

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How A Good Day To Die Hard left the franchise in limbo

1 February 2017 4:42 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Feb 2, 2017

How Die Hard 5 left the series, and what's the story with Die Hard 6, or Die Hard: Year One?

The promotional campaign, at least, was promising. The early trailers for A Good Day To Die Hard brought back key pieces of music, and seemed to hit that Bruce Willis was back to playing the character of John McClane, as opposed to being Bruce Willis in another generic action movie. Scheduled for a Valentine’s Day 2013 release date, it seemed 20th Century Fox had confidence in a franchise that had enjoyed its best ever box office performance with 2007’s Die Hard 4.0/Live Free Or Die Hard (depending on where you live in the world).

See related  Looking back at Disney’s Beauty And The Beast

The first warning sign that all was not well came with the invitation to the UK press screening for the film. Appreciating »

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Watch: First Trailer for Low-Key Sci-Fi Film 'Bokeh' with Maika Monroe

31 January 2017 7:00 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"This is starting to freak me out... None of this makes any sense." Screen Media Films has unveiled a trailer for a mysterious low-key sci-fi titled Bokeh, starring Maika Monroe (from It Follows, ID: Resurgence) & Matt O'Leary (from Live Free or Die Hard, The Lone Ranger) as a young couple on a trip to Iceland. After exploring around, they wake up one morning to discover that everyone is gone. They attempt to figure out what happened and start wondering if they're the only ones for a reason. The cast includes Arnar Jónsson and Gunnar Helgason. This looks pretty cool, I'm always intrigued by sci-fi like this. Have to check it out. Here's the first trailer for Geoffrey Orthwein & Andrew Sullivan's Bokeh, originally from Yahoo: On a romantic getaway to Iceland, a young American couple (Maika Monroe & Matt O'Leary) wake up one morning to discover every person on earth has disappeared. »

- Alex Billington

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Lavender: See The Abbie Cornish Thriller Out Starting This February

27 January 2017 12:30 PM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Lavender, the thriler by Ed Gass-Donnelly, starring Abbie Cornish, will be coming to homes via Dish on February 3rd then cinemas and VOD one month later on March 3rd. We have a collection of stills and the trailer to share with you today.   Find out more about Lavender in the press release below.    Samuel Goldwyn Films and Ambi Group will partner on the domestic release for the anticipated thriller, “Lavender.”  Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly (“The Last Exorcism Part II”) who co-wrote the film with Colin Frizzell (“Resident Evil: Apocalypse”), the film stars Abbie Cornish (“Limitless”), Diego Klattenhoff (TV’s “The Blacklist”), Justin Long (“Live Free or Die Hard”) and Dermot Mulroney (“My Best Friend’s Wedding”).   In “Lavender,” when a photographer (Abbie Cornish) suffers...

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Horror Highlights: Lavender Trailer, Garden Party Massacre, Eerie Archives Volume 23 Hardcover

27 January 2017 5:21 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Samuel Goldwyn Films and Ambi Group have teamed up for the Us release of Lavender, directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly and co-written by Colin Frizzell. The film will have its initial premiere on Dish on February 3rd, but you check out the trailer for the film in today’s Highlights. Following right behind, we also have a trailer for Garden Party Massacre as well as preview pages from Dark Horse Comics’ Eerie Volume 23 hardcover for you to enjoy.

Watch the Latest Trailer for Lavender: Press Release: “Los Angeles (Jan. 26, 2017) – Samuel Goldwyn Films and Ambi Group will partner on the domestic release for the anticipated thriller, “Lavender.” Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly (“The Last Exorcism Part II”) who co-wrote the film with Colin Frizzell (“Resident Evil: Apocalypse”), the film stars Abbie Cornish (“Limitless”), Diego Klattenhoff (TV’s “The Blacklist”), Justin Long (“Live Free or Die Hard”) and Dermot Mulroney (“My Best Friend »

- Tamika Jones

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