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‘The Keeping Room’ Review: The Civil War-Set Feminist Film You Didn’t Know You Wanted

12 September 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

“War is cruelty,” Daniel Barber‘s The Keeping Room reminds us as the Civil War-set film begins to unspool, thanks to a pre-credits coda that shares one of Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman’s most memorable quotes about war in general and the American Civil War specifically. (Sherman is also credited for such bangers as “war is a terrible thing!” and “if they want eternal war, well and good” and yes, even the inimitable “war is hell” — for a lauded general, Sherman sure hated war a lot.) War is indeed cruelty, and although Barber drives that point home (again and again), The Keeping Room does it with grace, care and an appealing spirit that place it a cut above other war-set films that don’t involve a battle field-set rager. Penned by Julia Hart (the film is the screenwriter’s first feature, and what a fine start it is), The Keeping Room chronicles what happens to »

- Kate Erbland

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‘No Good Deed’ is undeserving of Idris Elba and Henson

12 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

No Good Deed

Written by Aimee Lagos and Directed by Sam Miller

U.S., 2014

At times while watching No Good Deed it feels like the film is a test to see just how much of a creeper Idris Elba can be while still being popular with audiences. He plays ex-con Colin Evans, a violent man who loves nothing more than to toy with women. If at first it seems odd that Idris Elba is playing the typical B-movie criminal, it’s because he isn’t just going through the motions. The man who stole the show in Pacific Rim and recreated an icon in Mandela deserves a little more credit than that.

No Good Deed was directed by Sam Miller of BBC’s Luther and he knows how to take typical archetypes and work them around his leading man. Memorable villains like Hannibal Lector and Patrick Bateman are all too common for white actors, »

- Colin Biggs

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Film Review: ‘Septic Man’

15 August 2014 1:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Anyone clamoring for a scatological horror movie will get what’s coming to them with “Septic Man.” The Canadian oddity about a sewer worker who oh-so-slowly transforms into a monstrous mutant proudly distinguishes itself as the crappiest chiller in recent memory, quite literally. Overflowing with bodily fluids (and solids) but lacking the sort of gonzo calling cards that would make it required viewing for extreme-cinema aficionados, director Jesse Thomas Cook’s humorless third low-budget feature is a monotonous mess. It’s set to make the rounds from VOD bow to limited theatrical release to DVD debut in just eight days, but it would be more apt to flush this steaming pile straight away into the annals of trivial genre junk.

Cook immediately announces his intentions with a stomach-churning pre-credits sequence of an anonymous young woman puking and pooping her guts out on a dingy bathroom set that grimly recalls the worst of the “Saw” franchise. »

- Geoff Berkshire

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It’s Time to Turn The Page and Meet Your New ‘Jungle Book’ Cast

5 August 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

It’s about to be, well, a jungle out there (sorry) as both Walt Disney Pictures and Warner Bros. are hellbent on giving the world a new version of The Jungle Book. So, yes, two versions of The Jungle Book, a beloved children’s book that has already been turned into a movie plenty of times before. But while we wait to hear more about about Andy Serkis‘ feature (that’s the Warner Bros. film, and one that is apparently set to be titled Jungle Book: Origins, because it sounds appropriately sci-fi, oh wait, what?), Jon Favreau‘s set-to-be-cgi-heavy take on the material continues to know it out of the park when it comes to casting. The latest addition to the cast — Bill Murray as Baloo, come on, people – just proves that, no matter what the final outcome is, this new Jungle Book has a solid lineup of talent behind it. But »

- Kate Erbland

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Masters of Sex Season 2 Premiere Recap: The Second Coming

13 July 2014 7:57 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

In the second season premiere of Showtime’s heartbreakingly brilliant Masters of Sex, Virginia marvels at how the reaction to Bill’s calamitous presentation of their study has been “like nuclear rain falling on us all.” Not only has Bill been canned, but horndog doctors have begun propositioning Virginia left and right (and even following her into the ladies’ room, for Pete’s sake!). But, by the end of “Parallax,” the stage is set for things to get much better for the illicit lovers… and much, much worse. Read on, and I’ll tell you all about it!

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New on Video: ‘Angel’

5 June 2014 9:39 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Angel

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

Written by Samson Raphaelson

USA, 1937

Angel is a 1937 feature directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Marlene Dietrich. It’s not the greatest film of either one of their careers, however, it is a film deserving of attention, at the very least because it’s a film directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Marlene Dietrich. And now, it’s also available for the first time on an American-issued DVD, by way of Universal’s Vault Series collection.

Dietrich is Maria Barker, but we first see her as “Mrs. Brown,” the false name she registers under when arriving in France. She’s “in Paris but not in Paris,” there to meet an old acquaintance, the Russian émigré, Grand Duchess Anna Dmitrievna (Laura Hope Crews). At the same time, Anthony Halton (Melvyn Douglas) drops by the duchess’ “salon,” at the suggestion of a friend who sent him there for an “amusing time. »

- Jeremy Carr

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Anime Giveaway – Win Dragon Ball Season 1 on DVD

3 May 2014 3:56 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Courtesy of Manga Entertainment UK we have a DVD box set of Dragon Ball Season 1 to give away to one lucky winner. Dragon Ball Season 1 is out to own on DVD from Monday 5th May. Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…

Goku may be small, but this fearless warrior packs a punch as powerful as any on the planet. Left alone after his grandfather’s death, this unusual boy is happy to spend his days hunting and eating and eating some more. But everything changes on the day he meets Bulma – a bossy, blue-haired beauty with boys on the brain. Together, they set out to track down the seven magic Dragon Balls and make the wish that will change their lives forever.

And that’s just the beginning! Goku also spends some time on Turtle Island where he and Krillin study martial arts under the legendary Master Roshi. »

- Gary Collinson

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Win ‘Dragon Ball’ Season One On DVD!

2 May 2014 12:05 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Goku may be small, but this fearless warrior packs a punch as powerful as any on the planet. Left alone after his grandfather’s death, this unusual boy is happy to spend his days hunting and eating and eating some more. But everything changes on the day he meets Bulma – a bossy, blue-haired beauty with boys on the brain. Together, they set out to track down the seven magic Dragon Balls and make the wish that will change their lives forever.

Courtesy of Manga Entertainment UK we have a DVD box set to give away to one lucky winner. Dragon Ball Season 1 is out to own on DVD from Monday 5th May.

To win, just tell us who writes and illustrates this Japanese manga series?

Send your answer, with your name and address, to our box below with the subject ‘Dragon Ball Competition‘. We’ll pick those winners on May 18th. »

- Dan Bullock

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Competition: Win ‘Dragon Ball Season 1′ on DVD

2 May 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Goku may be small, but this fearless warrior packs a punch as powerful as any on the planet. Left alone after his grandfather’s death, this unusual boy is happy to spend his days hunting and eating and eating some more. But everything changes on the day he meets Bulma – a bossy, blue-haired beauty with boys on the brain. Together, they set out to track down the seven magic Dragon Balls and make the wish that will change their lives forever.

Courtesy of Manga Entertainment UK we have a DVD box set to give away to one lucky winner. Dragon Ball Season 1 is out to own on DVD from Monday 5th May.

To win a copy of Dragon Ball Season 1 on DVD, just answer the following question:

Which of the following characters does Not appear in Dragon Ball? Is it:

a) Guile

b) Goku

c) Piccolo

Email your answer to NerdlyComps@gmail. »

- Phil Wheat

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Magic Magic Review

14 April 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Sebastian Silva.

Starring: Juno Temple, Michael Cera, Emily Browning, Agustin Silva, Catalina Sandino Moreno.

Running Time: 97 minutes.

Certificate: 15.

Synopsis: Alicia (Juno Temple) finds herself mentally unravelling in remote Chile, leaving those around her questioning her sanity or whether it’s all an act.

One of two Chilean-set films directed by Sebastian Silva this year, Magic Magic is a darkly comic, ambitious psychological study that is all the richer for its bold, divisive risks.

Sent by her family to stay with cousin Sarah (Emily Browning) for unknown reasons, the introductory idyllic, watery Chilean landscapes are a far cry from the bleak, sinister tones that soon override proceedings. Though appearing in trailers as a horror that takes place on a remote island, Magic Magic spends far more time concerned with the slow burning unravelling of Alicia’s mind than the eerie or supernatural.

Left alone with Sarah’s boyfriend and friends »

- Emma Thrower

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New on Video: ‘The King of Comedy’

10 April 2014 9:43 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The King of Comedy

Written by Paul D. Zimmerman

Directed by Martin Scorsese

USA, 1982

It’s understandable if some viewers were a little surprised to learn Martin Scorsese was behind the comedic masterpiece that was last year’s The Wolf of Wall Street. While many of his films have had their fair share of black humor, he had never made what could be considered an outright comedy. The closest he had in the past was The King of Comedy, out now for the first time on Blu-ray. But this is no casual laugh riot. Quite the contrary, this 1982 film is among Scorsese’s most challenging features. Even with a dose of straight comedy, particularly early on, the film’s key themes and the increasing desperation of its primary characters are far from simply comical. Instead, The King of Comedy ends up as a cultural commentary wrapped in a darkly humorous veil, »

- Jeremy Carr

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Venus De Milo: The Forgotten Female Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

20 March 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have always been a staple of late '80s to '90s geek culture. Four turtle brothers are exposed to mutagen and then raised by a Ninja rat to fight crime and eat pizza in only the most radical of ways. It's so easy to forget that at one point they were once five with a girl turtle, who would go down as one of the most controversial characters in Tmnt history.

In The Beginning...

Venus de Milo was introduced in Fall of 1997 in the first episode of the live action NInja Turtles: The Next Mutation. Besides the fact that she was the only female Tmnt, she stuck out as being the only one named after not a famous painter, but rather a work of art. She donned an aqua colored bandanna that extended down the length of her back to somewhat resemble a ponytail, »

- Mick Joest

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Juan Pablo Galavis Lashes Out at Critics, Says He Feels Like He's Been Thrown to the Wolves

12 March 2014 1:59 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Juan Pablo Galavis can't seem to make up his mind. If you recall, during The Bachelor: After the Final Rose special on Monday night, the guy was rather reluctant to open up about his relationship with Nikki Ferrell. Things got even more tense when it was revealed that Juan Pablo had yet to tell Nikki he loves her, even as host Chris Harrison made every attempt to get him to say it. What's more, a source close to the show told E! News that "Juan Pablo is over the show just as much as the show is over him. He fulfilled his contractual obligations and now he wants to be left alone." Left alone? Well, if that's what Juan Pablo wants, the guy certainly isn't doing much »

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Get Enveloped by the Official Poster and Trailer for Surrounded

4 February 2014 8:30 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

It's been several months since we've gotten an update on Surrounded from Gabriele Albanesi Productions, but with the European Film Market looming, a new poster and trailer for the film have arrived.

Surrounded is written and directed by Laura Girolami and Federico Patrizi and produced by Gabriele Albanesi (The Last House in the Woods, Ubaldo Terzani Horror Show). It stars Tatiana Luter, Daniel Baldock, and Emanuela Birocchi.

Minerva Pictures will present the film during the Efm in Berlin, which kicks off later this week.

Synopsis:

24 hours in the life of a young teacher (Luter) after her husband, a lawyer (Daniel Baldock), leaves for a business trip... Left alone in her country house completely isolated, she begins to be haunted by invisible and elusive presences, which besiege her more and more with the arrival of night. Will the woman live to see the light of day?

Look for more soon!

Visit The Evilshop @ Amazon! »

- Debi Moore

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'Sherlock' Season 3 finale: Blackmail and something about Mary in 'His Final Vow'

12 January 2014 6:00 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"Sherlock" really knows how to end a season.

From the first moments of the Season 3 finale, "His Final Vow" -- set in a crack-house -- to the final twist 90 minutes later, there were few dull moments in the quick-moving, violent plot. Also, the good guys basically won in the end. That's always fun.

Watson is bored again

A month or so into married bliss, and John Watson is bored again. We're talking about the kind of bored that results in combat-filled dreams and casual trips to crack dens with a tire iron in the pocket. Fortunately for John, Mary is supportive of all of this.

Less fortunate is the fact that the newlyweds haven't been seeing much of Sherlock Holmes over the previous few weeks.

Imagine Watson's surprise when he meets up with Sherlock in the very same crack-house he has just infiltrated in order to find a neighbor's teenage son. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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