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Enjoyably Overstuffed Czech/Slovak Crime Noir ‘The Red Captain’ [Transilvania Fest Review]

5 June 2017 2:11 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Lying somewhere on the spectrum between the recent boom in so-called Scandi-noir and Tom Robb Smith‘s spy novel “Child 44” (which was also adapted into a film), Michal Kollár‘s gritty, occasionally gruesome “The Red Captain” makes a convincing case for a prestige TV series set in the fascinating period during Czechoslovakia’s post-communist dissolution into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. That also means, however, that the Transilvania International Film Festival title never quite coheres as a feature film, trying to cram far too much plot and texture into two hours, and potentially leaving viewers floundering, especially those of us less well-versed in the complexities of the religious, social, ideological and cultural divides that beset the nascent nations.

Continue reading Enjoyably Overstuffed Czech/Slovak Crime Noir ‘The Red Captain’ [Transilvania Fest Review] at The Playlist. »

- Jessica Kiang

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Unlocked movie review: the spy who broke the female mold

5 May 2017 10:24 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… There’s stuff in this spy thriller that’s fresh, and lots that’s familiar, but Noomi Rapace using her brains and brawn to fight bad guys is a genuine thrill. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories women; love a good spy movie

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Is “unlock” genuine spook-speak, like the way it’s used in Unlocked: to get useful information out of a suspect during an interrogation? It makes sense, but who knows. Does the CIA actually have agents working as “community embeds,” as Noomi Rapace’s Alice Racine is as Unlocked opens? Cuz that would be authentically insidious: she seems to be a kindly public advocate in a poor London neighborhood, the sort of person you might go to if you were having trouble with your landlord or something, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Girl With All The Gifts Arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD April 25th

12 April 2017 5:28 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Starring Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine, the post-apocalyptic zombie thriller, The Girl With All The Gifts, arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and Digital HD April 25 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is currently available On Demand.

Step into a future dystopia when the post-apocalyptic zombie thriller, The Girl with All the Gifts, arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and Digital HD April 25from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand. Six-time Academy Award® nominee* Glenn Close stars alongside Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine in this story of society’s breakdown after the outbreak of an unprecedented plague. Hailed as “an effective, scary, and emotional zombie movie” by ComingSoon.net, it was shown during Midnight Madness at the2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Based on the critically acclaimed, Edgar Award-winning short story, “Iphigenia in Aulis“ by M. »

- Tom Stockman

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Q&A: Supervising Sound Editor Per Hallberg Discusses Working on Life, Ghost In The Shell & More

31 March 2017 11:23 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Sounds are often just as vital as visuals in establishing cinematic worlds that we can escape into as moviegoers. This is especially the case in the recent films Life and Ghost in the Shell, and with both movies now out in theaters, we caught up with supervising sound editor Per Hallberg (of Formosa Group) for our latest Q&A feature to discuss his crucial audio work on both films, as well as highlights from his amazing career in cinema.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Per. How did you initially get involved with Daniel Espinosa’s Life?

Per Hallberg: I met Daniel quite a few years ago in Sweden, and when he came to La to do his first film here, Safe House, he called me to get involved in that project with him. Since then, I’ve worked with him on Child 44. »

- Derek Anderson

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‘Life’ Director Daniel Espinosa on the ‘Green Screen Disease’ and Long Takes [Interview]

28 March 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Daniel Espinosa made his directorial debut with Easy Money, originally called Snabba Cash. His Scorsese-presented gangster pic has an aggressive atmosphere, and it ultimately helped him land his second feature and first studio gig, Safe House. Since then, he’s directed Child 44 – a movie that reportedly had some difficulties – and his latest film, Life. Espinosa’s sci-fi horror thriller, which […]

The post ‘Life’ Director Daniel Espinosa on the ‘Green Screen Disease’ and Long Takes [Interview] appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Second Opinion – Life (2017)

28 March 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Life, 2017.

Directed by Daniel Espinosa.

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Olga Dihovichnaya, and Ariyon Bakare.

Synopsis:

A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

Let’s get one thing out of the way first; no, Life is not the Venom origin story many fans are hoping it will be. It’s also inextricably indebted to Ridley Scott’s Alien throughout, which while denting much prospect of originality, does little to impact its integrity as a tripwire-tense, sharply-acted sci-fi horror romp, serving as a welcome tonic amid the recent annual onset of blockbuster bombast.

A six-member crew aboard the International Space Station (Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare and »

- Shaun Munro

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When "Life" Goes Wrong...

27 March 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

by Nathaniel R

Stop me if you've heard this one before: a group of scientists are tasked with bringing samples of life back from outer space. Soon they are trapped in a nightmarish monster movie, as the alien life force picks them off one by one.

Life, the latest monster movie set in space, does a lot of things right despite its familiarity. Let's give credit where it's due. It hired capable involving actors in all the underwritten roles including Jake Gyllenhaal who we'll follow anywhere, even into deep space for a Alien ripoff. It's very handsomely lensed by prestigious cinematographer Seamus McGarvey. The direction by Daniel Espinosa (Child 44, Safe House) makes repeated smart use of the zero gravity setting, with well staged setpieces and even some unexpectedly beautiful compositions; the earliest casualty among the crew prompts the movie's eeriest morbidly pretty image. Apart from one confusing action sequence near the climax, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Akira Rumor: Life Director Daniel Espinosa Is Frontrunner To Helm Manga Adaptation?

24 March 2017 2:44 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

There are three anime and manga properties that have pretty much been in development on some level or another for pretty much the past decade. Those films are Ghost in the Shell, Akira, and Death Note. This year will see the release of two of those films after a lifetime in development hell, and that leaves one last adaptation left on the table from the main trio that Hollywood has been circling. If you thought that they had given up on adapting the beloved manga (and even more beloved anime) Akira, then you are sadly mistaken. Yes, like many projects in the business, it seems like it took a bit of a reprieve, but it is by no means dead.

In a recent episode of Meet the Movie Press, The Tracking Board editor-in-chief Jeff Sneider mentioned that Warner Bros was searching for a new director for the manga adaptation, there »

- Joseph Medina

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Life Duo Jake Gyllenhaal And Daniel Espinosa Reteam For The Anarchists Vs. Isis

24 March 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Life is only now launching into theaters and already, creative duo Jake Gyllenhaal and Daniel Espinosa are beginning to formulate their next project.

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop, revealing that Gyllenhaal and Espinosa have signed on to star in and direct The Anarchists Vs. Isis, a big-screen adaptation of the eponymous Rolling Stone article by Seth Harp. Gyllenhaal is also attached to produce via his production company Nine Stories.

First published last month, Harp’s long-form piece chronicles the real-life story of a group of American volunteers, socialists and outcasts who join forces with the Kurdish militia, the People’s Protection Units (Aka the Ypg), to fight Isis in Syria. Their mission? To establish an anarchist collective in the war-torn region. It’s compelling, timely stuff, and a marked step up for Daniel Espinosa, who has so far dabbled in relatively palatable genre material in the vein of Safe House, »

- Michael Briers

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EW Review: Life Keeps the Audience on Edge Until the Last Scene — but It’s No Alien

23 March 2017 3:36 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

As much as it wants to be, the new deep-space thriller Life is no Alien. Then again, what is? What could be? When Ridley Scott directed his 1979 no one-can-hear-you-scream masterpiece, there were still rules to break and boundaries to push. He giddily broke and pushed all of them, combining what were dismissed as two distinct and disreputable gutter genres (science fiction and horror) and fusing them into one glorious chest-bursting hybrid. You could be intelligent and graphically gooey at the same time. Who knew? In fact, it was possible that by doing so you could even approach something like art. »

- Chris Nashawaty

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'Life' Review: This A-List 'Alien' Rip-Off Is Seriously D.O.A.

23 March 2017 1:48 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

What we have here is junky Alien clone disguised as, well, something better. But there's no life in Life, just leftovers, and a set-up comes pretty close to being a parody of the 1979 Ridley Scott classic. We're squeezed into a claustrophobic , $200 billion international space station, which is charged with care of a probe that has returned from Mars with soil samples. And what do you know, when you put one of those samples in a petri dish, something emerges. And it's alive! At first, the one-cell organism looks like a floating plant tendril, »

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Review — ‘Life’ Finds a Way to Deliver Slick Thrills Despite the Generic Setup

23 March 2017 12:03 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Life’ Finds a Way to Deliver a Fun Thrill Ride Despite the Generic SetupA compelling cast, an intelligent enemy, and slick thrills make for an entertaining slice of sci-fi/horror.

As much as films like Apollo 13 and Hidden Figures want us to believe otherwise, space-set horror films have shown us again and again that astronauts really aren’t all that bright. How else to explain the endless display of scientists and space explorers who encounter a previously unknown alien life-form and against all common sense decide it’s probably something they should touch?

That’s the immediate hurdle the new film Life needs to overcome even before the the first frame appears, and while the moment in question is a definite stumbling block the movie still succeeds in becoming a highly entertaining and often suspenseful ride into darkness.

A six-person crew aboard the International Space Station have just brought an interplanetary sample aboard, and »

- Rob Hunter

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Movie Review – Life (2017)

23 March 2017 2:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Life, 2017.

Directed by Daniel Espinosa.

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Olga Dihovichnaya, and Ariyon Bakare.

Synopsis:

A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

For being scientists, doctors, and astronauts, the crew aboard the Iss (International Space Station) aren’t very street smart or good with common sense. Early on in Life (directed by Daniel Espinosa, who has a mediocre track record with forgettable films such as Child 44 and Safe House under his belt), wisecracking technical guru Roy (Ryan Reynolds collaborating again with Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick) is determined he can kill the highly intelligent and swift moving living organism by repeatedly burning it with spacecraft engineering tools »

- Robert Kojder

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‘Life’ Isn’t An ‘Alien’ Ripoff, But Jake Gyllenhaal and Director Daniel Espinosa Don’t Mind The Comparisons

22 March 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Credit “Life” director Daniel Espinosa with courage. The Swedish filmmaker has made a horror-in-space feature starring Jake Gyllenhaal, a film that centers around a vicious alien that slowly picks off spacecraft crew members, and he doesn’t even wait for the question about comparisons to Ridley Scott’s seminal “Alien.” He jumps right into it.

“For me, one of the great references, the great movies, the movie that is an obvious comparison, [which has that] great, great, glorious breakfast scene which everybody aspires to is ‘Alien,'” he said.

Rather than scary set pieces, it’s the smaller stuff that gets him, he said, the parts that rely more on character development and connection. That’s what excited him about the genre, not the actual alien at its heart.

“I think that most directors have a kind of secret ambition of sci-fi,” Espinosa said. “Even great glorious artists, Tarkovsky, Kubrick, Scott, went into this genre, »

- Kate Erbland

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Life: Director Daniel Espinosa On The Outer Space Thriller

20 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Swedish director Daniel Espinosa might have been another foreign filmmaker working in obscurity until his film Snabba Cash (Easy Money) caught the attention of Hollywood, and he was hired to helm Safe House, an action-thriller starring Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington that became a huge hit over here. (Espinosa’s next movie, the psychological thriller Child 44, failed to find much of an audience, more due to poor marketing than anything else.)

Now, Espinosa is back with Life, an outer space thriller starring Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and more, which looks at what it might be like if life was discovered on Mars, and what might happen if that life turns out to be hostile. For the astronauts of the Iss (International Space Station), it becomes a life or death situation as a single cell organism starts growing and becoming stronger and smarter, as they have to figure out »

- Edward Douglas

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Daniel Espinosa interview: Life, creatures, sci-fi, Giger

20 March 2017 7:46 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Mar 21, 2017

Director Daniel Espinosa talks to us about his new film, Life, and his thoughts on the science fiction genre...

Nb: The following discusses a few plot points in Life, but only ones you've seen in its trailer.

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Life immediately distinguishes itself from other post-Alien, monsters-in-space movies with one simple concept: it's not set in the future, but the present. Its events don't take place on a ship somewhere out there in the galaxy, but in the International Space Station orbiting Earth.

So when an alien organism's discovered in a soil sample retrieved from Mars, and a group of scientists begin studying it, there's an added layer of tension: in astronomical terms, the events are taking place on our own front door step.

Swedish director Daniel Espinosa, »

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Life review

17 March 2017 5:28 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Jake Gyllenhaal leads the cast in the intense space horror-thriller, Life. Here's our review of an unexpectedly good genre film...

Great horror movies are, among other things, an exercise in style and tone. Alien differed from earlier monsters-on-a-spaceship films because it took its subject matter seriously and featured stunning design work from director Ridley Scott and his collaborators. Gravity wasn’t the first film about astronauts trapped in space, but it was one of the most striking thanks to Alfonso Cuaron’s dizzying use of camerawork and digital filmmaking to create what appeared to be a story told in one seamless take.

This brings us to Life, a space horror film which feels like an unholy amalgam of Alien, Gravity, plus a dash of Prometheus, John Carpenter’s The Thing and Nigel Kneale’s The Quatermass Xperiment. Life’s individual parts aren’t unique, but the way they’ve been »

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Final Red Band Trailer For Life Cranks The Horror Up To 11

14 March 2017 10:31 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

For eons, Mars has been a constant source of wonder and amazement for human beings, from the Romans christening our neighboring planet as the god of war to modern-day entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, who firmly believe that human colonization of the Red Planet is an achievable feat – and one he hopes we can accomplish within the next 50 to 100 years.

But on March 24th, writer-director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Child 44) will make the journey from science fact to science fiction for Life, a space-set thriller wherein Mars is not so much a high-priority destination as it is the home of monstrous alien organisms. They’ve lain dormant on the scorched surface for generations, but when the six-member crew of the International Space Station intercepts a probe carrying a sample from the Martian surface, all hell threatens to break loose on the Iss.

Headed up by Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds, »

- Michael Briers

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The Girl With All The Gifts Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD Release Details & Cover Art

28 February 2017 11:54 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We've been excited for Daily Dead readers to check out The Girl with All the Gifts since Heather saw it at Fantastic Fest, and if you have yet to see the unconventional zombie film, Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release it on Blu-ray (including DVD and Digital HD), DVD, and Digital HD on April 25th.

Press Release: Starring Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine, the post-apocalyptic zombie thriller, The Girl With All The Gifts, arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and Digital HD April 25 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is currently available On Demand.

Blu-ray™ Srp: $24.99

DVD Srp: $19.98

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Step into a future dystopia when the post-apocalyptic zombie thriller, The Girl with All the Gifts, arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and Digital HD April 25 from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand. »

- Derek Anderson

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Life Trailer 2 Expands Danger, Destruction, And Decisions

7 February 2017 9:12 AM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Even if there were nothing else to draw viewers to Life, the fact both Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal are leaving their comfort zones to make a film that is, apparently, mostly a sci-fi thriller and in large part a horror effort is worth a ticket.

The new trailer, closely connected to the Super Bowl ad spot, gives a lot more information about what’s happening, though it was pretty clear before, and it also shows us some of the destruction and it gives away the fact that, whatever happens, it isn’t going to end well.

Most importantly, the trailer teases that as the pressure mounts, and the fate of the world rests in the hands of a few astronauts on the space station, there are going to be some big decisions that need to be made.

David Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal), Roy Adams (Ryan Reynolds), Miranda North (Rebecca Ferguson »

- Marc Eastman

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