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Congratulations are in order for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West! Just two years ago on May 24, the superstar couple wed in a lavish $2.8 million ceremony at the historic Forte di Belvedere in Florence. Kim and Kanye said "I do" in fairytale style in front of their families, close friends and daughter North West. Flash forward two years and the duo have welcomed a second child, son Saint West, and seem to be even more enamored with each other. "Happy 2 year anniversary to the love of my life!" Kim shared on Instagram to honor of the happy occasion. "You make me so happy! I love you so much!!!" The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star also shared another pic »
For an underdog story, the Rocky franchise sure has a lot of fight in it. This entry is essentially chapter seven. Yet while it started as the saga of a man who fought his way blow for blow from the bottom to the top, it wound up as something different. We held our breath alongside Rocky Balboa. We laughed and cried over six movies as he found his place in the ring, only to face his own post-success demons. Where to go from there? Well director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan seem to have found the answer. Creed gives the established format a tweak and while the title character isn’t exactly an underdog, he’s not a born champion either.
When we first meet Adonis Johnson he’s using his fists in a childrens’ home. However it isn’t long before stepmother Phylicia Rashad has tracked him down, »
- Steve Palace
Exclusive: Both titles debuted at Berlinale where United States of Love won a Silver Bear.
Polish drama United States Of Love (Zjednoczone stany miłości) has been snapped up by a further three territories following its world premiere in Competition at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won director/writer Tomasz Wasilewski the Silver Bear for best script.
Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based sales company New Europe Film Sales has sold the film to Denmark (Angel), Hungary (Vertigo) and Romania (Transilvania Film) with further offers pending from German-speaking Europe.
It follows previous sales across Europe and Asia including the UK, France and South Korea during the Efm. Set in Poland in 1990 – the country’s first year of freedom following the fall of communism - the film tells a story of four women of different ages, who decide it is time to change their lives.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Adapted from a Turkish series, “Game of Silence” tiptoes around the events that set the story in motion, setting up an elaborate revenge plot with an overabundance of twists, many of which don’t hold up to close scrutiny. In that regard, this serialized NBC drama — tonally similar to the program it replaces, “Shades of Blue” — is sort of an anti-binge proposition, where it’s easier to get drawn into the episodes if the viewing is spread out enough to overlook some of the absurdities.
The premise starts promisingly enough, and in a way, brings to mind “Stephen King’s It,” where a group of young teenage friends are brought together by a terrible ordeal, only to be forced to reassemble once they’re grown up. Here, it’s an accident that results in a quartet of 13-year-old boys being locked up in a juvenile facility, where they’re preyed upon by those in charge. »
- Brian Lowry
Numerous sections that range from those that focus on particular geographical regions, to one that highlights features crafted by homegrown talent, another formed by stories about people who have left their hometowns to find a better life elsewhere, and even one that honors Minnesota’s Scandinavian heritage, are some of the blocks that build the extensive and boldly curated program of the 35th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (Mspiff).
Discerning which films to watch from the couple hundred that will play in the Midwestern city during the next two weeks is a colossal task and one that is directed by taste and interests; however, there are plenty of options for adventurous audiences looking to watch a unique cinematic vision outside of their comfort zone.
The most audacious offers include a French animated featured focused on a war-torn African country, Joel Potrykus follow-up to “Buzzard,” a subversive Lgbt drama about skaters in Mexico City, the story of a Somali man in Minneapolis who finds friendship in a lonely dog, a dark Swedish comedy that resembles the humor of celebrated Nordic masters, or a Brazilian coming-of-ager centered on a girl obsessed with the recent murders of local women. Just from the premises is easy to predict that these will not be your typical experience at the movies, but that's not to say they won't be exponentially more entertaining and eye-opening.
Here is a list with 12 unconventional choices, including those mentioned above, playing at Mspiff that we can't wait to see.
Synopses courtesy of the festival.
The 35th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival takes place runs April 7-23. For the full program and tickets visit Here.
Dir. Simon Rouby
12 year-old Adama, voiced by French-Malian child actor Azize Abdoulaye Diabaté, lives in an idyllic village sheltered by cliffs. When his brother Samba defies their elders and flees to join the ‘Nassara’ (colonialist French army), Adama follows in an attempt to bring Samba home. Experimental animation combining laser-scanned sculptures of clay and sand with painterly animated scenes bring magical realism to Adama’s journey north from West Africa to Europe’s Western Front in 1914. A heroic odyssey mixes elements of mysticism and allegory with action, adventure, and a little known historical African narrative
Screens April 20 at 2:30 Pm and April 16 at 3:45
Dir. Joel Potrykus
Sean is a young hermit, living in near total isolation and obsessed with a mysterious alchemic and somewhat manic pursuit that challenges the laws of nature. Off the grid and turning his back on civilization, his days play out inside an old trailer in the swamps, conducting experiments. When a demonic entity appears in the shadows, Sean’s self-induced seclusion is shattered by a true force of evil. Joel Potrykus delivers another meditation on the idiosyncratic side of the male psyche that feels like a dark and demented modern-day folk tale.
Screens April 14 at 9:50 Pm and April 21 at 10:00 Pm
Dir. Robin Pront
Robin Pront's feature-film debut opens with a powerful punch and continues with a slow burn downward spiral of brotherly betrayal and brutal retribution. After a robbery goes hopelessly wrong, Dave escapes the scene leaving his brother Kenny behind to take the rap. Flash forward four years and Dave has been able to turn his life around while time has stood still for Kenny, now out on parole, who was left simmering in jail. The palpable tension between Dave and Kenny builds to brutal and thrilling crescendo in the shadows of Belgium's Ardennes forest.
Screens April 10 at 9:40 Pm and April 22 at 9:45 Pm
"A Decent Man"
Dir. Micha Lewinsky
This provocative drama chronicles a family vacation that turns into every parent’s nightmare. Thomas, an amiable man in his mid-forties, resolves that his family will take their annual skiing holiday in the Swiss Alps even though neither his wife or daughter are interested. But things soon become more complicated when his manipulative boss pressures him to include his difficult daughter, Sarah. A convincing portrait of an insecure man whose failure to be a beloved father, brilliant journalist and understanding husband is sending him over the edge.
Screens April 8 at 4:45 Pm and April 19 at 9:40 Pm
Told with heart, humor, and a little bit of magic, "Dragonfly" is a film about homecoming and healing for a Midwestern family divided by divorce and illness. When Anna’s mom is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, Anna returns home to help but not without some reluctance tied to her emotional family baggage. As she unpacks her past, Anna rediscovers a mysterious mailbox from her childhood and embarks on a search to solve its mystery. What she learns along the way may be the key to her own reconciliation.
Screens: April 10 at 7:10 Pm and April 16 at 4:40 Pm
Dir. André Turpin
What’s the connection between trauma, memory and the relativity of space and time? Endorphine sends you down a rabbit hole where time and existence are scrambled into a Lynchian fever dream. After 12-year-old Simone helplessly witnesses the murder of her mother, she is thrust into an endless loop that explores alternate realities and parallel lives, including what may or may not be adult versions of herself. Expertly crafted by André Turpin (cinematographer on Xavier Dolan’s Mommy and Tom at the Farm and Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies), "Endorphine" is a dark and visually arresting head trip.
Screens April 10 at 9:15 Pm and April 18 at 9:30 Pm
"The Garbage Helicopter"
An old Roma woman is seized by a sudden urge to reclaim her antique clock, sending her three grandchildren on an odyssey across the lonesome, big-sky highways of northern Sweden (captured in beautifully bleak black-and-white). The action takes place in the deadpan absurdist territory pioneered by Jarmusch, Kaurismäki, and Andersson. Here, crosswords are completed (including the mysterious entry, "garbage helicopter"), a speed-trap camera is demolished, a Holocaust museum is visited, the world’s second-biggest chair is solemnly viewed, and a gang of art thieves is encountered.
Screens April 21 at 9:40 Pm and April 23 at 7:05 Pm
Anita Rocha da Silveira’s stunning debut drops us directly into the psyche of a middle-class teenage girl, piqued by raging hormones and fueled with fearless curiosity. A string of grisly neighborhood murders of women captures the imagination of a clique of girls, but especially Bia who feels more and more connected to the dead women than her high school friends. The incident ignites something in Bia, causing her to embrace fantasy and openly explore her sexuality. Built on a unique atmosphere devoid of adults, Kill Me Please is a dark yet pop-infused coming-of-age story.
Screens April 9 at 3:15 Pm and April 14 at 9:45 Pm
"I Promise Anarchy"
Miguel and Johnny are friends from opposite sides of the tracks, but that doesn’t inhibit their romance with one another that revolves around sex, drugs and skateboarding. To support their devil-may-care lifestyle, the boys sell their own blood—and occasionally the blood of their friends and whomever they can find—to an underground network run by the drug cartel. When one such arrangement goes wrong, Miguel and Johnny find themselves way over their head. Director Julio Hernandez Cordon’s stylishly blends a breezy romance of wayward youth with a gritty nior thriller on the streets of Mexico City.
Screens April 8 at 9:15 Pm and April 11 at 9:50 Pm
Dir. Alex van Warmerdam
This black comedy makes a point of turning the hitman genre on its head with unconventional setups that spiral into absurdism. Schneider wakes to his adoring wife and two young daughters planning his birthday party only to have it interrupted by a call from his boss with a job that must be done right away: an easy hit on an isolated novelist named Bax that he can finish by noon. Needless to say, things do not go as planned. Schneider vs. Bax is as much about the contrast and comparison of these two men and their families, as it is the nascent yet ineffective real-world cage match.
Screens April 10 at 9:35 Pm and April 14 at 9:40 Pm
Dir. Musa Syeed
In the microcosm of Minneapolis’ large Somali community, Adan has run out of options. Looking to turn his life around, he finds solace, friendship and a job as a janitor at the mosque. Finding an even better job driving a taxi, Adan unexpectedly finds a new friend in a stray dog. But the mosque sees the dog as impure, and Adan finds himself on the streets again. Director Musa Syeed brings the streets of Riverside and the struggles of young Somalis to the big screen in this vivid and moving drama.
Screens April 15 at 7:20 Pm and April 17 at 3: 50 Pm
"Wednesday, May 9"
Dir. Vahid Jalilvand
Leila works in a chicken packing factory to support her family, but still has no money left over to save for a much-needed operation for her disabled husband. Setareh secretly married against her family’s wishes, and when her tyrannical cousin finds out, an altercation lands her young husband in jail, requiring 30 million tomans in “blood money” for his release. The two tragic stories of these women are connected to a potential benefactor who could help them in Vahid Jalilvand’s incredible debut feature of carefully drawn characters and bold statements of humanism.
Screens April 8 at 4:50 Pm and April 19 at 4:30 Pm »
- Carlos Aguilar
What was formally a by-product of your grandmother's favorite hobby is now one of summer's hottest trends. Crochet tops have come a long way since their first burst onto the scene. Once upon a time they had a strict hippie-chic, festival vibe (see Vanessa Hudgens if you need a refresher). Flash forward to today where they can take on so many other forms—bohemian, classic and, sometimes, even a little bit edgy. If the all-knit-everything look just isn't for you, maybe you'd prefer something more subtle with only a hint of crochet? Or if you're planning on living in a bathing suit this summer, maybe you're looking for something more poolside-appropriate? Whatever the »
New jersey-based novelist Harlan Coben (“Missing You,” “Six Years”) segues to TV with “The Five,” a drama about four 12-year-old friends and the disappearance of one boy’s 5-year-old brother. Flash forward 20 years and the missing brother’s DNA is found at a crime scene. “The Five” premieres April 15 on Sky 1 in the U.K.; an American outlet has not been announced, but Coben and producing partner Nicola Shindler (“Happy Valley,” “Last Tango in Halifax”), founder of Red Production Co., recently created a shingle, Final Twist, with distribution through Studiocanal.
Why move into TV?
I wouldn’t leave novel writing. I’ll still be writing as many novels, but I love storytelling and I really do think we’ve been living in a golden age of television. TV’s never been more equipped to do what I do with more extended storytelling.
What was your involvement in “The Five” like? »
- Rob Owen
Some films are built from Wtf moments. Case in point: I have finally seen The Mutilator (1984), an unnaturally entertaining hack ‘em up from a period when the dirt had all but covered the coffin of the overworked subgenre. And this film has more than its share of Wtf – in fact, it acts as a Viking funeral for slashers of the era, an absurd catalogue of tropes transmitted with an ‘80s sitcom aesthetic and just as eager to please. What a sight to behold.
Aka Fall Break (a name that will be seared onto your brain pan within the first 15 minutes, trust me), The Mutilator was filmed in North Carolina by local boy Buddy Cooper, who came into some money and decided to either make a movie or buy a winery. And old Buddy boy sure made the right choice – no wine could be sweeter (or more fragrant) than this glorious display of splatter cinema. »
- Scott Drebit
Gon’s father, long believed to be dead, is still alive and was once one of the greatest Hunters in existence. Gon believes he will be able to meet his father once he himself becomes a Hunter. However, before he can become one, he has to pass the Hunter Exam first, an exam made of numerous tasks and dangerous trials. Persevering and refusing to give up, Gon manages to reach the Hunter Exam, all the while keeping his innocent attitude. Throughout many of the tasks and trials of the Hunter Exam, Gon manages to make many unique friends. Kurapica, a sole survivor of his clan seeking revenge, Leorio, who wants to become a doctor, and Killua, a member of an infamous assassin family, all eventually join up with Gon in hopes of passing the exam together. Each of them have their own reasons for taking the exam, »
- Panos Kotzathanasis
While it may not necessarily be a contender for “Best Horror Film of 2016”, The Other Side of the Door is still a solid supernatural thriller that showcases its Indian backdrop marvelously, features a strong performance from The Walking Dead alum Sarah Wayne Callies, and does an admirable job of trying to bring something new to a very familiar premise.
At the start of The Other Side of the Door, we meet Maria (Callies) and Michael (Jeremy Sisto), who have been transplanted from the States to India as part of Michael’s job as an antiques dealer. Once Maria reveals she’s expecting their first child, the couple decides to officially make Mumbai their home and raise their family abroad. Flash forward several years and we meet the now established husband and wife, who are only but a shell of their former selves. The reason? Some months earlier, a tragic car »
- Heather Wixson
Take a look @ the new trailer, revealing footage from the rebooted "Ghostbusters" feature film, plus action figure prototypes of the main characters:
"...who write a book believing that ghosts are real. Flash forward a few years...
"...and Wiig lands a prestigious teaching position at 'Columbia U'. But when her book resurfaces...
"...and she is laughed out of academia...
"...she reunites with McCarthy...
"...and the other two 'proton pack' packing 'phantom wranglers'...
"...and gets sweet revenge when ghosts invade Manhattan and she and her team have to save the world..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Ghostbusters"...
- Michael Stevens
Exclusive: New Europe Film Sales also secures deals for Italy and Brazil.
Polish drama United States Of Love (Zjednoczone stany miłości) has been snapped up by four major territories following its world premiere in Competition at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won director/writer Tomasz Wasilewski the Silver Bear for best script.
Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based sales outlet New Europe Film Sales has sold the film to the UK (Matchbox), France (Sophie Dulac Distribution), Italy (Cinema Slr) and Brazil (Imovision).
This adds to previous deals secured for Spain (Golem), Greece (Strada), Ex-Yugoslava (McS), Benelux (Contact), Sweden (Triart), Portugal (Films4You), South Korea (Brandon Young Ent.), Turkey (Bir), Switzerland (Xenix), Bulgaria (Bulgaria Film Vision) and Taiwan (Flash Forward).
Set in Poland in 1990 – the country’s first year of freedom following the fall of communism - the film tells a story of four women of different ages, who decide it is time to change their lives.
It marks the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Jan Naszewski’s New Europe Film Sales has inked multiple territory deals for Berlin Film Festival competition entry “United States of Love,” which is written and directed by Tomasz Wasilewski.
The film has sold to Benelux (Contact), Sweden (Triart), Portugal (Films4You), Turkey (Bir), Switzerland (Xenix), Bulgaria (Bulgaria Film Vision), Taiwan (Flash Forward) and South Korea (Brandon Young Ent.).
Previously announced sales include Spain (Golem), Greece (Strada) and the former Yugoslava (McS).
The film is set in Poland in 1990. The Communist regime has fallen and it is a time of freedom and uncertainty. Four apparently happy women of different ages decide it’s time to change their lives, and fulfill their desires.
Agata is a young mother, trapped in an unhappy marriage, who seeks refuge in another, impossible relationship. Renata is an older teacher fascinated with her neighbor Marzena — a lonely former local beauty queen, whose husband works in Germany. »
- Leo Barraclough
Exclusive: Swiss drama received world premiere at Berlinale.
Austria’s Georg Friedrich (The Piano Player, Faust) stars as a lonely private investigator who is contacted by a mysterious woman. She pulls him into a mind game known as ‘telephone walking’. Fascinated by her voice, he discovers an imaginary universe that allows him to break out of his isolation.
First-time director Nölle, who studied film at NYC’s School of Visual Arts, previously completed the award winning short Rene in 2008, which won multiple awards on the international festival circuit including a Golden Leopard »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Exclusive: here's how McG's forthcoming Lethal Weapon TV reboot will differ from the four films...
Mild spoilers lie ahead for the planned pilot of the Lethal Wepon TV series
The original Lethal Weapon film led to three sequels and helped cement the buddy cop genre in the public conscious. There were imitators both in film and on television and spoofs, both good and bad. Now, almost three decades since the first film's release, word comes, via Deadline, that the long rumoured television reboot of Lethal Weapon is going ahead. And with McG confirmed as the director of the pilot and Damon Wayans signed on for the role of Murtaugh, it looks very much like the pilot is definitely heading to a televisions everywhere soon, whether you like it or not.
Deadline provide a few brief details about the pilot but we have a little more to offer, »
On a special Sunday installment of ABC’s Castle, Rick’s testimony as the witness to a murder took an unexpected turn when the mysterious Caleb Brown stepped in to represent the defendant.
I was curious how this episode would play out, given the episodic photos that had been released. Namely, why would Rick be attending a book reading in the middle of a trial/investigation?
But as we see right away, that gathering in fact took place five months prior, and it was where Rick »
This one’s going to be a cake walk, creeps: two vintage 80s slasher flicks and some Vincent Price. Sometimes ancient talismans procured in questionable eBay lots really do work as advertised!
• Release Date: Available March 1st on Special edition Blu-ray (2 Blu-rays + CD)
• Written By: Dick Randall, Joe D’Amato
• Directed By: Juan Piquer Simón
Pieces had a weird effect on me when I first saw it. I remember thinkin’ it was one of the greatest slasher films I’d e’er slapped my eerie eyeballs upon, as it pretty much had everything that makes the genre so outrageous, only amped up to the nth degree. I also remember thinkin’ “Man, I need to own this film right away; it’s the bat’s knees!” I then sat down, ate a slice of pizza (maybe it was a sandwich… »
Warner Bros. has adjusted their release schedule following Disney's decision a few weeks ago to move Star Wars: Episode VIII from May 26, 2017 to December 15, 2017. The move put the next episode in the Star Wars saga directly opposite Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One, which left WB no choice but to search for a new date. As it turns out, they decided March 2018 would pretty much be all theirs. Ready Player One is now set for a March 30, 2018 release date where it will currently face off against one of Universal's upcoming Monster Universe films, believed to be the new incarnation of The Wolf Man. The studio previously had what they're referring to as an Untitled DC Film (though largely believed to be The Flash) set for a March 23 release, but with the decision to move Ready Player One into the same month they've moved The Flash forward »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Many years ago, up-and-coming actors Miles Teller and Anna Kendrick were cast in Dylan McKidd's "Get a Job," which chronicles the ups and downs of finding a job when you're a recent college graduate. Partnering two of the best young actors on the planet seemed like a solid choice at the time, as did rounding out the cast with the likes of Bryan Cranston, John Cho, Alison Brie and Marcia Gay Harden, among many others. The only problem: This was way back in 2012. Read More: Watch: 'The Skinny' Trailer Puts a Dark Comedic Spin on YouTube Stardom Flash forward four years, and it looks like "Get a Job" is finally seeing the light of day in theaters and on VOD this March, but it arrives with more of a "wait, what the heck?" thud than any kind of real anticipation. After all, if a movie with this much talent took »
- Zack Sharf
It’s a rough state of affairs when news of the Earth’s impending destruction isn’t the worst thing that happens to you in a given day, yet that’s where the members of You, Me and the Apocalypse‘s doomsday bunch are at the outset of NBC’s new comedy.
In a moment, we’ll want to know what you thought of the premiere of the series (which has already aired in the United Kingdom). But first, a brief recap:
The hour opens just as a giant asteroid is about to make impact with our planet in what »
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