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Denmark’s ‘Unruly’ wins Goteborg Dragon Award; buzz for new Salim, Haugerud films

Denmark’s ‘Unruly’ wins Goteborg Dragon Award; buzz for new Salim, Haugerud films
The award comes with 38,000, making it one of the world’s largest film prizes.

Goteborg’s lucrative Dragon Award for best Nordic film has gone to Danish director Malou Reymann’s second feature Unruly.

The drama premiered at Toronto and had its Swedish premiere at Goteborg. TrustNordisk handles sales and the Danish cinema release is planned for spring 2023.

Reymann previously directed Rotterdam Big Screen winner A Perfectly Normal Family.

Unruly is about the Sprogø Women’s Institution in the 1930s, when “morally feeble” girls and women were sent to the island to become more compliant. The story focuses on Maren,
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‘Knock At The Cabin’ leads new releases at global box office; Chinese New Year titles top chart

‘Knock At The Cabin’ leads new releases at global box office; Chinese New Year titles top chart
M Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller knocked ‘Avatar: The Way Of Water’ off the number one spot in North America.

World box office February 3-5 RankFilm (distributor)3-day (world) Cume (world)3-day (int’l) Cume (int’l) Territories 1. The Wandering Earth 2 (various) 57.2m 501.5m 57.2m 498m 6 2. Full River Red (various) 50.2m 586.6m 50.2m 586.6m 2 3. Avatar: The Way Of Water (Disney) 38.7m 2.17bn 27.9m 1.54bn 61 4. Puss In Boots: The Last Wish (Universal) 25.1m 368.6m 17.1m 217.3m 81 5. Knock At The Cabin (Universal) 21.2m 21.2m 7m 17m 61 6. Boonie Bears: The Guardian Code (various) 21.1m 185.3m 21.1m 185.3m 1 7. BTS: Yet To Come In Cinemas
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Berlin-Bound Drama ‘Silver Haze,’ From ‘Dirty God’ Director Sacha Polak, Debuts Trailer (Exclusive)

Berlin-Bound Drama ‘Silver Haze,’ From ‘Dirty God’ Director Sacha Polak, Debuts Trailer (Exclusive)
Silver Haze,” directed by Sacha Polak, has debuted its trailer (below) ahead of its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama section. Polak’s last film, “Dirty God,” was in Sundance’s World Dramatic Competition, and was the opening film of Intl. Film Festival Rotterdam in 2019.

Silver Haze,” starring Vicky Knight and Esme Creed Miles, is being sold by New Europe Film Sales. French distribution is being handled by The Jokers, and Cinéart is looking after Benelux distribution.

The film centers on 23-year-old Franky, a nurse who lives with her large family in an East London borough. Obsessed with a thirst for revenge and a need to assign guilt for a traumatic event that happened 15 years before, she is unable to build any meaningful relationship until she falls in love with one of her patients – Florence.

They escape to the coast where Florence lives with her more open-minded patchwork family.
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A Look Back At Peter Jackson’s Video Nasties

A Look Back At Peter Jackson’s Video Nasties
Peter Jackson is one of the most important and influential filmmakers of the last 30 years, so it's a little bizarre for fans when they first hear about his video nasty roots. This term was coined by the National Viewers' and Listeners' Association in the United Kingdom, used to pinpoint the violent and explicit exploitation films that audiences might come across on home video, a field that this filmmaker has a great deal of experience in.
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China Box Office Has Roaring Post-Holiday Weekend, as ‘The Wandering Earth 2’ Holds Strongly

China Box Office Has Roaring Post-Holiday Weekend, as ‘The Wandering Earth 2’ Holds Strongly
Cinemas in mainland China remained busy over the latest weekend even a week after the end of the Lunar New Year holiday season and with few significant new release titles.

Aggregate nationwide box office hit 162 million according to data from consultancy Artisan Gateway. And “The Wandering Earth 2” reclaimed the top spot that it lost on the second day of the holiday period, which officially ran Jan. 21-27.

The Wandering Earth 2” earned 56.4 million between Friday and Saturday. That gives the sci-fi prequel a running total of 502 million since release on Jan. 22.

Full River Red” a historical drama directed by the veteran Zhang Yimou, earned 50.1 million over the weekend for a cumulative of 595 million, also since Jan. 22. That is the highest box office performance by one of Zhang’s movies.

In third place, “Boonie Bears: Guardian Code” earned 21 million for a running total of 188 million. That is the highest total
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Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood Superstars, Talk Combining Forces on ‘Pathaan’

Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood Superstars, Talk Combining Forces on ‘Pathaan’
Yash Raj Films’ “Pathaan” marks the reunion of two of Bollywood’s biggest stars, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, who come together as super spies Tiger and Pathaan, respectively.

Pathaan,” which is part of producer Aditya Chopra’s spy universe, also stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham and is directed by Siddharth Anand. Other films in the universe include the Tiger franchise, starring Salman Khan, and “War,” starring Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff.

The Khans starred together in “Karan Arjun” (1995) and since then have had cameos in each other’s films.

“For Shah Rukh and I to come together on the big screen, it always needed a special film and I’m glad ‘Pathaan’ is that film. When we did ‘Karan Arjun, it was a blockbuster and now, ‘Pathaan,’ which is part of Yrf’s spy universe, has also turned out to be a blockbuster,” Salman Khan said in a statement.
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Fast & Furious Director Justin Lin Takes Han's Snacking Very Seriously

Fast & Furious Director Justin Lin Takes Han's Snacking Very Seriously
In a franchise inching towards double-digit entries and with as big of a cast as "Fast & Furious," where it's not a guarantee that everyone in the audience has watched (or remembers) all the previous installments, it's important to give each character a quirk that makes them instantly memorable. People who missed the second movie might not know the name of Tyrese Gibson's smartass, but his constant wisecracks make us care about him anyway on a film-to-film basis, even if he's rarely the main focus of any given scene.

Likewise, those who missed out on "Tokyo Drift" may not understand how Han Lue (Sung Kang) came in, but it's still easy to keep track of him as that guy who's always snacking on something. (He's also the guy fans rooted to bring back.) Not only is it a relatable character trait — who among us would not like to have
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Paul Mescal’s 'Aftersun' Performance Is a Masterclass in Taking Risks

Paul Mescal’s 'Aftersun' Performance Is a Masterclass in Taking Risks
Being a young actor can be incredibly difficult. What you do as soon as you break onto the scene can define you for the rest of your life. Elijah Wood, for better or worse, will always be known as Frodo, rather than for his excellent work in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, or Sin City. Paul Mescal was at this defining moment of his career after the smash hit Normal People, where he portrayed a young Irish man working his way through the ups and downs of a tumultuous romance. Sure, there was a lot of depth and vulnerability to his performance, but it seemed that he would end up as another young actor staying in a lane, instead of taking challenging, daring roles.
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Andrea Riseborough Helped Brandon Cronenberg Get His Plans For Possessor Past The Producers

Andrea Riseborough Helped Brandon Cronenberg Get His Plans For Possessor Past The Producers
"Possessor" is a mind-bending, face-melting thriller about the very thin line between the human body and brain. The film, which centers on an assassin who enters other people's consciousnesses in order to carry out her missions, features plenty of trippy imagery as a psychological battle rages between the titular possessor and the possessed. True to the Cronenberg name, this includes bodily distortions ranging from the surreal to the gnarly and everything in between. The film's producers, however, were particularly uncomfortable with one effect that highlights the morphing of the psyches by giving lead assassin Tasya Vos a penis. The scene remained because both Brandon Cronenberg and Andrea Riseborough, who played Vos, thought of the idea without even telling each other.

The uncut version of "Possessor," which is now the release that's most commonly available for viewing, features more violence and gore than in its theatrical run. It was an issue with nudity,
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The Last Of Us Episode 5 To Air Three Days Early

The Last Of Us Episode 5 To Air Three Days Early
This post contains spoilers for "The Last of Us" season 1, episode 3 "Long, Long Time."

You won't have to wait a "long, long time" for the next episode of "The Last of Us." HBO has decided to air it three days early, presumably to avoid competing with Super Bowl Lvii next Sunday. That means "The Last of Us" season 1, episode 5 "Endure and Survive" will be available to stream on HBO Max starting Friday, February 10 at 9 p.m.

This is only applicable to streaming viewers. If you watch "The Last of Us" on TV, the HBO channel will still air in its regular programming slot on Sunday, February 12 at 9 p.m.

"Endure and Survive" is written by co-showrunner Craig Mazin and directed by Jeremy Webb ("The Umbrella Academy"), the same duo behind this week's "Last of Us" episode 4 "Please Hold to My Hand." Mazin ("Chernobyl") has so far been involved as a
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'Hell Fest' Ending Hints at an Even More Interesting Movie

'Hell Fest' Ending Hints at an Even More Interesting Movie
In many ways, Hell Fest is an unremarkable horror movie. Released in 2018, it didn’t do too badly at the box office, but failed to make any real splash on the scene. It is one of those movies that can very accurately be summarized in a single sentence: a murderer is loose in a spooky carnival, but nobody notices because it’s a spooky carnival. It is somewhat in the same vein as The Houses October Built and Hell House LLC, in that it centers its action around an environment that is deliberately meant to be scary, which blurs the lines of reality and plays with the characters’ instincts. It’s a great concept, and some very effective movies have been made of it. But while Hell Fest has fun with this idea, it is an unexpectedly compelling and humanistic final sequence that sparks the audience’s imagination, and hints
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Kurt Russell Couldn't Stop Asking John Carpenter One Question About The Thing

Kurt Russell Couldn't Stop Asking John Carpenter One Question About The Thing
Much has been made of "The Thing," John Carpenter's 1982 box office bomb-turned-genre darling. Whether it's Bill Lancaster's adapted script of John W. Campbell Jr.'s 1938 novella "Who Goes There?," Rob Bottin's gnarly special effects (with an assist from dog-Thing creature designer Stan Winston), or Carpenter's meticulous direction that's light on the jump scares and heavy on the dread, the result is now considered one of the great gargoyles in the horror movie pantheon. Though the story is about an alien organism infiltrating an Arctic research post, and though there are plenty of tentacles about, the narrative is largely character-driven as paranoia and mistrust grow among the isolated cadre of men, led by Kurt Russell's pilot, R.J. MacReady.

A 2016 LA Weekly interview with the cast and crew yields insights from the film's production. Therein, Carpenter called the shoot "intimidating," as he had to wrangle multiple accomplished actors — some of whom,
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'The Last of Us': Melanie Lynskey's Kathleen Brings in a New Level of Menace

'The Last of Us': Melanie Lynskey's Kathleen Brings in a New Level of Menace
Editor's Note: The following contains spoilers for Episode 4 of The Last of Us.With each successive episode of The Last of Us, we have gotten to discover more and more about the dark corners of what is left after the world ends. Each, in their own subtle ways, have shown how adapting a story well doesn’t mean you have to be solely restrained by the source material. It isn’t just about overexplaining mythology or answering questions that were best left unanswered either. Rather, the early part of this first season has been about uncovering small details and characters that had otherwise been glossed over in a game that was built around getting to the next action sequence.
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'Scream 6': Everything We Know so Far About the Slasher Sequel

'Scream 6': Everything We Know so Far About the Slasher Sequel
The next installment in the Scream franchise will be here sooner than you think. Co-directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. Both have worked together on previous projects such as Ready or Not, as well as the most recent Scream (2022) film. The new movie, Scream VI, is written by James Vanderbilt and Gary Busick and based on characters by Kevin Williamson. The writers also collaborated with Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett on Ready or Not and the previous Scream movie, with Vanderbilt making a cameo appearance as the demon Mr. LeBail in Ready or Not.
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'The Last of Us' Episode 4 Easter Eggs

'The Last of Us' Episode 4 Easter Eggs
Editor's note: The below contains spoilers for Episode 4 of The Last of Us.Episode 4 of The Last of Us sees the focus return to Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey). After the emotional love story last week, the series reminds us that this world is dangerous. We’re introduced to a new threat with Joel and Ellie getting jumped by a group of raiders led by an original character named Kathleen (Melanie Lynskey).
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‘Le Spectre de Boko Haram’ Review: Living Under the Threat of Violence in Northern Cameroon

‘Le Spectre de Boko Haram’ Review: Living Under the Threat of Violence in Northern Cameroon
The militant group Boko Haram has been a dangerous and ubiquitous presence in Nigeria and its neighboring countries for many years. In “Le Spectre de Boko Haram,” Cameroonian filmmaker Cyrielle Raingou focuses on their presence in a small village in northern Cameroon, on the border with Nigeria. Her observational and gritty documentary registers the impact of Boko Haram’s actions on three school-age children, brothers Mohamed and Ibrahim and their classmate Falta. The nonfiction film is a clear-eyed look at how everyday life and the accompanying humdrum tasks go on despite the threat of violence at any moment.

The three children go to school, work at harvesting the fields and sometimes just skulk around like many children their age, avoiding anything serious. Menacing Boko Haram soldiers are omnipresent in the periphery with their big guns and large trucks, parading around in camouflage outfits. There’s a stark contrast between the brothers and Falta.
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The Last Of Us Episode 4 Introduces New Threats

The Last Of Us Episode 4 Introduces New Threats
After an emotionally damaging third episode that already set the bar for TV episodes this year, "The Last of Us" continues with a fourth episode that sets us back on the tracks of the main plot — transporting Ellie to the Fireflies and finding Joel's brother Tommy.

This is so far the worst episode of the show, mostly because it is clearly a transitional episode that sets up multiple threads, and introduces new threats. There's not a single outstanding moment that makes the episode pop, unlike the previous three (mostly because this is the first episode without the death of someone we care about), but what it does have is more of the best parts of the show, Joel and Ellie.

I've said it before, but beyond the horror and the emotional narrative, the core of "The Last of Us" is the relationship between these two, and how they slowly grow
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‘The Last Of Us’ Episode 5 to Debut on HBO Max Early Ahead of Super Bowl

‘The Last Of Us’ Episode 5 to Debut on HBO Max Early Ahead of Super Bowl
The Chiefs and the Eagles won’t have to worry about HBO stealing their spotlight. “The Last of Us” will premiere its fifth episode early on HBO Max and on demand Friday, February 10 at 9 p.m. Et, two days before its broadcast premiere.

Although the episode will still premiere on HBO’s linear channel on Sunday, February 12 at 9 p.m. Et, the early streaming premiere is almost certainly intended to avoid a situation where the episode’s ratings get cannibalized by Super Bowl viewing. The annual sports event is typically one of the highest-rated broadcasts each year, with last year seeing 112.3 million total viewers on NBC and streaming. This year’s game — which sees the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs compete and Rihanna headline the iconic halftime show — will air on Fox, and is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Et on Sunday.

The Last of Us” has
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The 'Mission: Impossible' Movies Would Benefit From an M Character

The 'Mission: Impossible' Movies Would Benefit From an M Character
In an era of filmmaking dominated by franchises, Mission: Impossible has been the most consistent in its standard of quality and financial success. They are looked upon very favorably, almost unanimously, among critics and fans over the last decade since star and producer Tom Cruise has seemingly risked his life to make the movies as entertaining and show-stopping as possible. For as impressive as all the practical stunts are, from the climbing of the Burj Khalifa in Ghost Protocol to the Halo jump in Fallout, the franchise has more or less evolved into a demonstration of Cruise's testament to remain a movie star in a time when movie stardom has lost prominence. A cohesive narrative arc and characterization is lacking in this series, but a certain character archetype has the potential to round out an already well-oiled machine of a franchise.
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The Last of Us Episode 4 Recap: We’ll Get Through This

The Last of Us Episode 4 Recap: We’ll Get Through This
Editor's note: The following contains spoilers for Episode 4 of The Last of Us.After last week's incredible third episode, “Long, Long Time,” the fourth episode of The Last of Us finally gets us to the core of what makes this story so special: Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey). For the first time, we get to spend quite a bit of time with this pair by themselves, as they make their way to Wyoming to find Joel’s brother, Tommy (Gabriel Luna).
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