12 items from 2015
The Cannes Film Festival has built a reputation over seven decades as one unafraid of controversy. The boos, heckles, and jeers from the audience have become a Cannes tradition whenever a film is deemed unworthy of the festival’s lofty standards. This year has already seen Gus Van Sant’s “Sea Of Trees” eviscerated by critics (including us). While there are different shades to every controversy, each genuinely controversial Cannes title has earned the right to referred as such. For example. calling Atom Egoyan’s “The Captive” "controversial"’ would be unduly praising an otherwise utterly forgettable movie. Whether we're talking about great or not-so-great works of cinema that caused a scandal because of their envelope-pushing nature, or hotly anticipated films from big name directors that confounded critics to the point of dominating conversation throughout the entire festival, controversial Cannes titles are fascinating. So here are ten of the »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
It's official! Kate Beckinsale is returning to the Underworld franchise. Earlier today, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the talented actress has officially signed on to return in the yet-to-be titled Underworld 5 for her fourth go-round as the vampire Selene. She's joined by Theo James (Divergent), who is expected to reprise his role from Underworld: Awakening. No word yet on Beckinsale's other former co-stars Scott Speedman (The Captive), who played love interest Michael Corvin, and India Eisley (The Secret Life Of The American Teenager), who played daughter Eve. Additionally, Anna Foerster has signed on to direct the upcoming fifth installment, making her the first female director to helm a film in the long-running female-led action/horror series. Foerster has previously done second-unit work and has served as Roland Emmerich's director of photography on The Day After Tomorrow and White House Down. The film, which is a joint production between Lakeshore Entertainment & Screen Gems, »
There was a time when a new film from Atom Egoyan was an exciting prospect, but recently that isn't as true. The filmmaker has swung very hard and missed with recent efforts like the "Prisoners"-lite "The Captive," movie-of-the-week style "Devil's Knot," and the corny, erotic thriller "Chloe." But could this new effort find him back on the right track? We'll see, as the first trailer for "Remember" has arrived. This thriller, in which history and a tale of revenger come together, has a pretty solid cast. It includes Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Bruno Ganz, Dean Norris, and Jurgen Prochnow. Here's the official logline: “Remember” is a compelling thriller in which the darkest chapter of the 20th century collides with a contemporary mission of revenge. No word yet on a release date, but given that Egoyan is a Cannes regular, perhaps this will make its World Premiere on the Croisette? »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In the pantheon of talking animal movies, The Voices is a decided outcast. Animals aren’t the only unusual talkers here either – there are also a couple chatty, severed heads in the fridge. Okay, The Voices is an outcast in every imaginable way. From anything. The Voices is its own genre. Somewhere between a dream movie, a slasher, a dark comedy, a goofy rom-com, and by ending something Really unexpected, is where it lies directly in the center. But that’s the charm of the film in that by playing with these different tones and genre tropes it’s wildly unpredictable and superbly entertaining. Prepare yourself.
Ryan Reynolds is Jerry a quiet, handsome office clerk that all the girls have a crush on. They don’t know that Jerry has some serious issues, though. He has deep rooted psychological issues, and not taking his medication leads to a self aware imagination becoming really, »
- Mike Hassler
Perfect Storm: Mystery Tinged Romance from Nadda Gets Blown Away in Gusts
There’s much to admire in Montreal-born director Ruba Nadda’s latest film, October Gale, which reunites her with the Patricia Clarkson, star of her generally well-received 2009 film, Cairo Time. Nadda once again provides Clarkson with a melancholy tinged lead role that provides us with a framework that recalls classic ‘women’s pictures’ of the studio era, something we’d most likely have seen from a Cukor or Negulesco and starring the embittered likes of a Joan Crawford or Barbara Stanwyck. Clarkson evokes a softer sentimentality than those references, which may explain why many will be dismayed when the film suddenly becomes a romance tinged mystery thriller, only one that doesn’t want to sacrifice any of these particular elements and therefore tends to seem watered down on all fronts.
A Toronto doctor still grieving over the tragic »
- Nicholas Bell
Released theatrically by A24 last year, Lionsgate Home Entertainment is bringing writer-director Atom Egoyan's 2014 film "The Captive" to Blu-ray and DVD today, March 3. Eight years after the kidnapping of their daughter, a series of curious incidents give Matthew and Tina Lane (played by Ryan Reynolds and Mireille Enos) renewed hope that their daughter may still be alive. In this exclusive deleted scene from "The Captive," Enos' character shares new physical evidence with the cop (played by Rosario Dawson) who has been working the case. Watch the full clip below: Read More: Watch: Ryan Reynolds Hunts for Long-Lost Daughter in 'The Captive' »
- Shipra Gupta
It’s a great day for DVD/Bluray when it comes to horror (and another genre or two), and with Fright At Home, we like to highlight some of the titles that for one reason or another, we feel that we would like to give you fright fanatics a heads’ up on. This week sees multiple releases from Scream Factory, Lionsgate and Cinedigm, as well as others, but we’ve singled out some highlights to shine the proverbial flashlight on. Read on!
Easily the standout release of the week, as far as I’m concerned, Scream Factory’s Blacula/Scream Blacula Scream double feature Bluray debut is a one-two punch of two of the coolest vampire movies around. Somewhat light on the supplemental end, but definitely worth picking up, you won’t find a vampire who takes less crap from his »
- Jerry Smith
Ryan Reynolds and Mireille Enos break down their tormented characters Matthew and Tina in an exclusive preview for the thriller The Captive, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD March 3 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Released theatrically by A24, the tense action-thriller starring Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman and Rosario Dawson follows a man who must unravel the mystery of his daughter's disappearance before it's too late.
Eight years after the disappearance of Cassandra, some disturbing incidents seem to indicate that she is still alive. Her parents and detectives, and Cassandra herself, will try to unravel the mystery of her disappearance. The Blu-ray and DVD, featuring audio commentary by writer/director Atom Egoyan, a behind-the-scenes featurette, an alternate ending and deleted scenes, will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
Ryan Reynolds reveals that he loved following this family who "doesn't let go" eight years after his child was abducted, while »
Their President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Sue Kroll, announced that Lost River will have its North American premiere during the SXSW film festival which runs from 13-21 March, and will open with a same day multi-platform window in the Us on April 10 so that the compelling and original work can:
‘target the right audience and give ‘Lost River’ a bigger and more focussed voice than it would have if we put it exclusively in theatres’.
Gosling’s fantasy neo-noir follows struggling single mother Billy (Christina Hendricks) who lives a dreary life in the dystopian town of Lost River. When she falls behind on her mortgage, Billy is threatened with eviction unless she agrees to »
- Sacha Hall
The Sundance Film Festival’s Premieres section is “A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.”
Mississippi Grind — Image courtesy of The Sundance Institute
From the writing and directing duo that brought us Half Nelson and It’s Kind of a Funny Story comes Mississippi Grind, starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn as a pair of desperate gamblers on the road. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have thus far earned a solid indie reputation, so there’s not much reason to doubt that they’ll deliver engaging content even if one’s unsure of the acting team that’s being put to task. Reynolds’ name may suffer from overexposure in big studio flops like X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Green Lantern, whereas Mendelsohn’s growing respectability flies well below pop culture’s radar. »
- Lane Scarberry
A trailer has been released for Lluís Quílez’ supernatural thriller Out of the Dark which stars Julia Stiles (Silver Linings Playbook) and Scott Speedman (The Captive); take a look below after the official synopsis…
Sarah Harriman’s (Stiles) family has relocated from London to a small town in Colombia to take over her father’s business. Moving into a beautiful old home and having her father nearby, their new life in Santa Clara seems like a promising place to raise their young daughter, Hannah. But Sarah and her husband, Paul (Speedman), soon learn of an ancient legend that haunts the town and has created a culture where ghosts have become the answer to anything that goes wrong.
As they settle into their new surroundings, Hannah begins to act strangely, wandering off into the jungle as if following something, and suddenly falls ill. When Sarah and Paul start seeing disfigured ghost-like creatures around the house, »
- Gary Collinson
Xavier Dolan may have been miffed that his "Mommy" was left off the list of finalists for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, but he's surely pleased today that his film led the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television's film slate. It picked up 13 nominations total. David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars" was also strong. Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be revealed on March 1. And catch the rest at The Circuit! Best Motion Picture "Cast No Shadow" "Fall" "In Her Place" "Maps to the Stars" "Mommy" "Tu dors Nicole" Achievement in Direction Atom Egoyan, "Captive" Albert Shin, "In Her Place" David Cronenberg, "Maps to the Stars" Xavier Dolan, "Mommy" Stéphane Lafleur, "Tu dors Nicole" Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Ryan Reynolds, "The Captive" Bruce Greenwood, "Elephant Song" Michael Murphy, "Fall" Evan Bird, "Maps to the Stars" Antoine Olivier-Pilon, "Mommy" Performance by an »
- Kristopher Tapley
12 items from 2015