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When Animals Dream Review

31 August 2015 12:21 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The werewolf genre is a tricky beast to tame, but when handled properly, some serious creature-feature chills can be achieved. Take Jonas Alexander Arnby’s When Animals Dream, for example. His delivery is a focused glance at one girl’s transformation into a recognizably hairy monster, but it burns slowly, building tension as the female specimen becomes comfortable in her new skin. It’s not the rip-roaring adventure something like Universal’s The Woflman reboot aims to be, or David Hayter’s goofy full-suited snoozer, Wolves. If either of those are more you speed, this gruesome coming-of-age story might not be your favorite breed, but those looking for something a bit weightier than fighting costumed stuntmen will find tenderness and intrigue in Arnby’s unexpectedly familial thriller.

Newcomer Sonia Suhl stars as Marie, a small-town girl who lives with her sick mother and caretaker father. As she starts to embark more on her own, »

- Matt Donato

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2015 Emmy Predictions: Best Limited Series

20 August 2015 8:14 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Without "Fargo" or "True Detective" in the running, "Olive Kitteridge" is finally ready to sweep up some trophies. After playing second (or third) fiddle at this year's Golden Globe Awards, Frances McDormand and Lisa Cholodenko's HBO miniseries is looking to take the frontrunner position at the Emmys and never let it go. A few familiar faces — and a few new ones — stand in their way. "The Honorable Woman" will try to take advantage of its Globes' win to springboard ahead of "Olive," while "American Horror Story" has long been a favorite of the TV Academy. Both squared off with "Olive" at the Globes, and Maggie Gyllenhaal even managed to upset McDormand for Best Actress. Read More: Lisa Cholodenko on Getting Under the Skin of Frances McDormand's 'Olive Kitteridge' Meanwhile, "American Crime" will try to ride a wave of cultural clout all the way to a win. »

- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers

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2015 Emmy Predictions: Best Limited Series

20 August 2015 8:14 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Without "Fargo" or "True Detective" in the running, "Olive Kitteridge" is finally ready to sweep up some trophies. After playing second (or third) fiddle at this year's Golden Globe Awards, Frances McDormand and Lisa Cholodenko's HBO miniseries is looking to take the frontrunner position at the Emmys and never let it go. A few familiar faces — and a few new ones — stand in their way. "The Honorable Woman" will try to take advantage of its Globes' win to springboard ahead of "Olive," while "American Horror Story" has long been a favorite of the TV Academy. Both squared off with "Olive" at the Globes, and Maggie Gyllenhaal even managed to upset McDormand for Best Actress. Read More: Lisa Cholodenko on Getting Under the Skin of Frances McDormand's 'Olive Kitteridge' Meanwhile, "American Crime" will try to ride a wave of cultural clout all the way to a win. »

- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers

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Film Review: ‘The Snake Brothers’

21 July 2015 6:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

You can’t choose your family, sure — though if there’s one lesson to be learned from the woebegone fraternal principals of “The Snake Brothers,” it’s that you can make any number of your own bad decisions to compensate. A mordantly chaotic comedy about the thin line between unconditional love and loathing, Czech director Jan Prusinovsky’s third feature gains crackle from the casting of real-life brothers Matej and Krystof Hadek as hard-up siblings — barely on opposite sides of the law — whose personal and financial troubles remain inextricably tied well into adulthood. Native auds may be more open than foreign distributors to Pusinovsky’s tart blend of antic melodrama and glum realism, but this serpentine diversion doesn’t want for bite.

Playing the younger, less mentally balanced half of the eponymous pair, Krystof Hadek (“Dark Blue World,” “Under the Skin”) was a popular recipient of the Best Actor gong »

- Guy Lodge

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Ex MacHina – The Blu Review

14 July 2015 6:58 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“Isn’t it strange, to create something that hates you?”

It’s hard to find smart, thought-provoking science fiction stories these days, with current trends dictating bigger is better. Writer-Director Alex Garland’s Ex MacHina, released this past April, was small-scale, slow-paced, and breaks no new ground in terms of ideas. Yet thanks to a terrific script, exceptional characterizations, and one super-sexy robot, it was the best new science fiction film I’d seen since Under The Skin. Like Garland’s earlier scripts, which gave us fresh takes on the zombie genre (28 Days Later) and the space-flight-to-save-the-earth genre (Sunshine), Ex MacHina took a familiar sci-fi concept, in this case the replication of human presence via artificial means, and makes it new.

Ex MacHina told the story of Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a low-ranking worker bee at Bluebook, the world’s “biggest internet search engine”. The film opened with him winning an »

- Tom Stockman

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Watch: U.S. Trailer For Pedro Costa's 'Horse Money'

10 July 2015 8:53 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Even though it made Sight & Sound's 20 Best Films Of 2014, Pedro Costa's "Horse Money" didn't have quite the same cachet as films like "Boyhood," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Under The Skin," or "Birdman." But then again, his film stands alone. And after making the rounds on the festival circuit last year, the picture is finally landing in U.S. cinemas. Read More: Watch: Hypnotic Trailer For Pedro Costa's 'Horse Money' & 74-Minute In Depth Talk With The Director The mediative film follows a Cape Verdean immigrant, but it's not a movie that's narrative based in any traditional way, and instead takes viewers on a unique journey. Here's the official synopsis: A visionary masterwork from the renowned director of Colossal Youth, Pedro Costa's Horse Money is a mesmerizing odyssey into the real, imagined and nightmarish memories of the elderly Ventura, a Cape Verdean immigrant living in Lisbon. The time is now, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The best outdoor cinemas this summer

10 July 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

There’s so much outdoor cinema going on these days, it’s threatening to become a turf war. Surely it’s only a matter of time before we get a full-blown Dirty Dancing v Frozen Sing-Along bust-up in a London park

The major pop-up players in and around London are now well-established. Roving the capital’s parks and public spaces are The Nomad Cinema (to 30 Sep, whereisthenomad.com), which has Napoleon Dynamite and Whiplash in Grosvenor Square this week, Pop-Up Screens (24 Jul to 26 Sep, popupscreens.co.uk), and the Luna Cinema (to 27 Sep, thelunacinema.com), which covers not only prime spots such as Kensington Palace, Kew Gardens and Crystal Palace Park but also venues as far afield as Cardiff, Lincoln and Warwick castles. In terms of programming, they’re all pretty similar: vintage crowd-pleasers such as Mamma Mia!, Top Gun and Dirty-bloody-Dancing, plus recent hits like Birdman and The Theory Of Everything. »

- Steve Rose

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Daily | Lists, Histories, Interviews

29 June 2015 8:20 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

In today's roundup of news and views: Charles Mudede on John Sayles's The Brother from Another Planet, André Gregory and Wallace Shawn's list of top ten Criterion releases, Terrence Rafferty on Bernhard Wicki’s The Bridge, Mike D'Angelo on John Ford and Native Americans, Philippa Snow on Ana Lily Armirpour's A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, Patrick Wang on Lisa Joyce's performance in Jonathan Demme's A Master Builder, Kevin Hatch on Bruce Conner, Ryan Gilbey on Wim Wenders, interviews with Jia Zhangke, Hannah Gross and Deragh Campbell—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Limping, Lisping and Lobstering: Escaping Yorgos Lanthimos’ Hotel of Purity

25 June 2015 12:58 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Back when Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos first clambered barefaced upon the international stage with his daring Dogtooth, quite a few hastened to mention its striking resemblance to Arturo Ripstein’s similarly self-contained The Castle of Purity, made some 35 years earlier. In the wake of his first English-language effort The Lobster, one might even go further and compare all that Lanthimos has done thus far to Ripstein’s film: the imposed isolation behind walls that are both physical and psychological, creating a world whose structure is founded upon seemingly intransgressible rules and boundaries. Despite the jump in locale and language, The Lobster is very much a continuation or extension of the themes found in Dogtooth: the sequestered family abode is replaced by an isolated hotel complex; the overprotective father by a domineering hotel manager – the brilliant Olivia Colman. Perhaps the most significant difference, at least on first glance, is that »

- Nicholas Page

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Happy Birthday, Nicole Kidman: Her 11 Best Performances

20 June 2015 7:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Nicole Kidman Says She's Making A New Movie With Jane Campion, Talks Lack Of Movie Roles For Older Women "Birth" (2004)The visionary director Jonathan Glazer has a way of bringing his lead actresses to a fragile edge (see Scarlett Johansson in "Under the Skin), and Kidman's work in "Birth" is her most psychologically-disoritenting to date as a result. Playing a widow who gradually comes to believe her deceased husband has been reincarnated into a young child (Cameron Bright), Kidman expertly charts her characters mental evolution from stubborn disbelief to tempestuous acceptance, making it that much harder for the viewer to figure out the truth beneath the surface. All you need to do is watch this astonishing long take of Kidman's Anna wrestling with the reality of her situation while at the opera to see why "Birth" will always be considered one of her best. "To Die For" (1995)Gus Van Sant »

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Edinburgh Film Review: ‘The Legend of Barney Thomson’

18 June 2015 9:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The title may be “The Legend of Barney Thomson,” but it’s the protagonist’s near-namesake, Emma Thompson, who earns all the glory in Scottish star Robert Carlyle’s amiably uneven directorial debut. Drawn from the off-kilter comic novels of Douglas Lindsay, this grisly farce finds the helmer giving himself a generous showcase as the eponymous chump, a socially inept barber who quite accidentally becomes a modern-day Sweeney Todd. Still, it’s Thompson’s frayed, frightening turn as his unexpectedly devious mother that gives a salty kick to an otherwise minor diversion, in which simple twists of fate are as thickly matted as the characters’ Glaswegian brogues. A crowd-pleasing curtain-raiser for this year’s Edinburgh fest, “Barney Thomson” is unlikely to secure legendary status beyond Caledonia, but ancillary prospects are solid enough.

“This is the story of what happens when you move chairs,” Carlyle says, in cheerily cryptic fashion, in »

- Guy Lodge

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Grant Gee's 'Innocence Of Memories' set for autumn fest

18 June 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Feature is based on Orhan Pamuk’s novel The Museum Of Innocence.

Janine Marmot’s Hot Property Film is readying Grant Gee-directed Innocence Of Memories and is set to unveil the film at an autumn festival.

The Match Factory is handling sales of the feature, based on Orhan Pamuk’s acclaimed book, The Museum Of Innocence.

Marmot confirmed that Italian distribution rights have now gone to the film’s co-producers, In Between Art Film and Vivo Film.

Producing alongside Marmot is Keith Griffiths of Illuminations Films.

Nobel Prize winner Pamuk has provided original narration for the film, which is in the final stages of completion. Pamuk also appears on screen. The film was shot entirely in Istanbul.

Gee is best known for directing music videos for the likes of Radiohead and Blur.

Brand New-u

Marmot will be at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) this weekend for the world premiere of Simon Pummell’s Brand New-u

“This »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Review: Amy Poehler's tremendous work anchors the emotional 'Inside Out'

15 June 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

While it's clear that each new release from Pixar seems to spur people to offer a fresh assessment of the company's entire output, I'd rather not immediately try to figure out where "Inside Out" lands by comparison. It seems like a reductive way to approach this surprisingly sophisticated emotional experience. Co-directors Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen have told a very, very small-scale story when you look at what happens in the actual physical world. But in doing so, they've done something very powerful, because they have paid full respect to just how turbulent and important the inner life of a child can be. Ah, hell, who am I kidding? "Inside Out" works because we are all always wrestling with the particular balance required to keep us functioning. The film imagines five distinct beings that work in harmony (hopefully) inside each person: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger. To be fair, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Links: Martin, Cheno, Lynch, Diggs, Max, and More

28 May 2015 9:26 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

To Purchase Click on Poster

<---Look at this amazing Blue Velvet poster making the web rounds. [Hat tip Mnpp]. I so love painted movie posters and it's only 7 bucks. Click on photo to go to the artist's site.

Links

El Desio Pedro Almodóvar blogging from the set of Silencio (!!) with two photos

Dissolve Today in Ballsiest News: Nate Parker (Beyond the Lights) who we just celebrated as a Born in '79 Hottie is directing and starring in a feature biopic of Nat Turner, a slave who led a bloody massacre against white captors in 1831. But here's the ballsy part: they're naming it Birth of a Nation (!) 

Vanity Fair Don Hertzfeldt (World of Tomorrow) says being an artist should be your full time job. Hear hear! Start donating to creatives you believe in or purchasing their work. Life is not free. 

Mubi "Psychopolitical Realism in Mad Max: Fury Road" - provocative piece

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- NATHANIEL R

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Watch: Before 'Under the Skin,' Jonathan Glazer's 'Birth' Endures Today

25 May 2015 8:39 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Jonathan Glazer’s 2004 film, about a ten year old boy who claims to be the reincarnation of Nicole Kidman’s deceased husband, is part psychological thriller and part ghost story. Glazer ("Under the Skin") explores the queasy ambiguities in the film’s premise with an elegant touch and though the movie received exceedingly mixed reviews upon its release, it has gained in favor and appears headed toward an inevitable cult status. Read More: Why Ten Years Later 'Birth' Is Still a Masterpiece »

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Mad Max: Fury Road - the most important summer film in years

15 May 2015 8:40 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mad Max: Fury Road isn’t just a brilliant film. It’s one of the most important blockbusters in years. Ryan explains why...

That Mad Max: Fury Road even exists is a miracle. This is, after all, a new instalment in a franchise that hasn’t seen any activity for the best part of 30 years. Its director, George Miller, originally conceived the film at the end of the last century, yet it’s taken more than a decade of cast changes, calamitous weather and a punishing shoot in the Namibian desert to get it finished.

Yet after the kind of production that would give a director half his age a heart attack, the now 70-year-old Miller has finished his fourth Mad Max film. Who could have predicted that a sequel to such a relic of a franchise could be so thrilling, so vital, and stand as a beacon of frenzied »

- ryanlambie

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Win A DVD Bundle With ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night’ – Out May 22nd!

13 May 2015 12:22 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

To mark the release of Ana Lily Amirpour’s ultra stylish A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, in UK cinemas on May 22nd, we are giving one lucky winner the chance to win a copy of the beautiful new UK poster alongside a DVD bundle that includes Under The Skin, Pan’s Labyrinth, Byzantium and Blancanieves.

The first Iranian Vampire Western, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno and Morricone inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the weird surrealism of David Lynch.

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is released in UK cinemas on May 22nd.

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- Dan Bullock

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Time Machine: Sensational Scarlett J. in Purple

7 May 2015 8:48 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco (for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours) thus introduced Johansson and fellow Oscar presenter Matthew McConaughey: "I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet." Well, if you're lucky. Some have remarked that Franco was a more effective Oscar host online, where he tweeted some of the evening's to-dos, than on the stage of the Kodak Theatre. His fellow equally panned Oscarcast host was actress Anne Hathaway. Scarlett Johansson movies Scarlett Johansson has been featured in more than 40 films since her debut at age 10 in Rob Reiner's North, back in 1994. Johansson, in fact, »

- D. Zhea

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Saturday Night Live, Ep. 40.19, “Scarlett Johansson/Wiz Khalifa” wastes the charisma of its host

3 May 2015 12:41 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Saturday Night Live, Season 40, Episode 19, “Scarlett Johansson/Wiz Khalifa

Aired May 2, 2015 at 11:30 pm Et on NBC (East coast version watched for review)

The Host: Scarlett Johansson is a mother in lots of films—that’s what Milf means right?—and that’s because she is supernaturally talented. Her 2013-2014 run of Don Jon, Under the Skin, HerCaptain America: The Winter Soldier, and Lucy (Chef is in there too as the only arguable demerit) will likely be the greatest string of films by any actor this decade. So it would make sense that with so much star power and charisma in the studio this week, SNL would use it to their advantage. The monologue would seem to indicate that the show would be smartly taking advantage of Johansson’s presence, as she sings what turns out to be a very sexy lullaby that will keep Kenan Thompson up for the rest of his life. »

- Jj Perkins

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Scarlett Johansson and Wiz Khalifa

2 May 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Scarlett Johansson has hosted “Saturday Night Live” three times before, and each time she’s proven an excellent fit for the show. She hasn’t hosted in four years, so there are a lot of new Not Ready For Primetime Players that have yet to interact with her on Studio 8H. Expect parodies of “The Avengers.” You should probably Not expect parodies of “Under The Skin.” As always, I’ll be grading each sketch in real time. As always, you should comment in real time in the comments. We only have three more episodes in an overall excellent season for the show, so here’s hoping “SNL” goes out on a high note. Come back at 11:30 pm Est when the liveblog officially kicks off. (Note: I'll be referring to the host all night as ScarJo, not because I think it's a good way to refer to her, but it's »

- Ryan McGee

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