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Jason Momoa Apologizes for Bailing on The Crow Remake

It was confirmed earlier today that, after being attached to play Eric Draven in Sony's The Crow reboot for nearly two years, Jason Momoa is leaving the long-gestating project. Now the actor has issued a message to his fans. Momoa took to Instagram this morning to express his love for director Corin Hardy, who also left the project after being attached for three and a half years, and Sony Pictures, while stating that he'll be ready to play Draven when the film is "right." Here's Jason Momoa's statement to the fans below.

"I've waited 8 years to play this dream role. I love you @corinhardy and @sonypictures unfortunately I may have to wait 8 more. Not our team. But I swear I will. James O'Barr sorry to let you down I won't on the next. This film needs to be set free. And to the fans. Sorry. I can't play anything
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Movie Review – Sweet Country (2017)

Sweet Country, 2017.

Directed by Warwick Thornton.

Starring Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Hamilton Morris, Matt Day, Tremayne Doolan, Trevon Doolan, and Ewen Leslie.

Synopsis:

Australian western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self-defence and goes on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.

Australian westerns are a rarity, so whenever one shows up, I can’t help but feel a little tingle of excitement. There’s something about the Australian outback that bleeds through the screen and fills me with a sense of bleakness that I have never felt from a conventional western… and I love it. Films like The Proposition are so misanthropic that they can’t help but get under your skin, and their racial commentary is biting. Thus, I had high hopes for Sweet Country.
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Sundance Review: ‘Sweet Country’ is a Stunning, Stark Outback Western

At the very end of Sweet Country, director Warwick Thornton’s stunning, somber outback western, an emotionally devastated cattle rancher played by the great Sam Neill offers two questions to the clouds: “What chance have we got? What chance has this country got?” It’s the sorrowful capper to a powerfully upsetting film. And it’s entirely fitting. Sweet Country is many things — a stark western, a gripping chase story, a tale of slavery and self-defense, and a searing drama in which the stakes are horrifically high.

Set in Australia’s Northern Territory in the late 1920s, the film is anchored by Hamilton Morris, a non-professional actor who gives a simple, tremendously engaging performance. Morris plays Sam Kelly, an aboriginal stockman who works for Neill’s Fred Smith. The latter is a vocal Christian and one of the few onscreen whites who does not openly discriminate. Thus he is the
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Black Mirror season 4: Crocodile review

Louisa Mellor Dec 29, 2017

Spoilers ahead in our review of Black Mirror season 4’s brilliantly nasty Nordic noir Crocodile, starring Andrea Riseborough

This review contains spoilers.

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4.3 Crocodile

Stay extremely quiet during an episode of Black Mirror and it’s sometimes possible to hear the exact moment that writer Charlie Brooker, hunched over his laptop, fingers frenziedly attacking the keys, throws back his head and shouts Ha!

The Ha! moment of relish doesn’t come when his brain arrives at a particularly horrible turn of events—a woman smothering a baby, say. It comes after that, when he lands upon an irresistible dollop of agonising irony to drop on top. A woman, say, who gives speeches about building a better tomorrow, smothering a
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‘Black Mirror’ Season 4 Trailer: John Hillcoat Takes A Bite With ‘Crocodile’

With each season of “Black Mirror,” Charlie Brooker‘s anthology show has only grown more ambitious, attracting bigger names and bigger budgets. Now, with a new home on Netflix, the series which takes a skewed look at the future can attempt even greater feats of storytelling.

The streaming service continues with their episode-by-episode trailer for season 4, with a new look landing for “Crocodile.” The episode comes from director John Hillcoat (“The Proposition,” “The Road,” “Triple 9“), stars Andrea Riseborough, Andrew Gower, and Kiran Sonia Sawar, and as for the story, it involves delving into memories to find out the truth behind an accident.

Continue reading ‘Black Mirror’ Season 4 Trailer: John Hillcoat Takes A Bite With ‘Crocodile’ at The Playlist.
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The Crow Reboot Production Start Teased by Jason Momoa

The Crow Reboot Production Start Teased by Jason Momoa
Sony Pictures' long-awaited project The Crow Reborn may be finally ready to go before cameras, after delays that spanned multiple years and even multiple studios. Sony Pictures picked up the rights to The Crow Reborn back in September, and the last we heard on this project was a few weeks ago, when The Crow comic book creator James O'Barr stated that The Crow reboot pre-production will start in February, but an actual shooting date wasn't given. However, Jason Momoa sent out an image of some Crow artwork with the following message that seems to indicate shooting may start earlier than planned.

"I've been waiting for sooooo long. @corinhardy let's do this brother aloha j."

While Jason Momoa doesn't exactly come right out and say that shooting is starting soon, it seems that he's definitely ready to get started. Perhaps the actor is just expressing his enthusiasm for the project and
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The Top 12 Composers of the 21st Century, From Hans Zimmer to Nick Cave

The Top 12 Composers of the 21st Century, From Hans Zimmer to Nick Cave
In an age where special effects reign supreme, there’s one aspect of the filmmaking process that hasn’t gone through a radical transformation — music. Some of the best movies in any given year would be sorely lacking without their memorable scores, and this has remained true well into the first two decades of the 21st century.

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Film composers play an integral part in the filmmaking process, and there are a handful whose bodies of work stand out in recent years. Of course, this list of 12 major composers only begins to scratch the surface of the talent out there. There are plenty of other worthy contributors to the medium who didn’t make the cut — Danny Elfman and John Williams, we’re looking at you — but rest assured that this top dozen represent the cream of the crop.

Hans Zimmer
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The Weekend Warrior 3/10/17: Kong: Skull Island, Brimstone, Canners

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out….but mostly movies.

This Past Weekend:

It was absolutely no surprise that Hugh Jackman’s last Wolverine movie Logan would top the box office, but it actually ended up doing even better than my prediction when actual numbers came in, grossing $88.3 million over the weekend. That makes it the fourth highest X-Movie opening (including Deadpool) but also the biggest R-rated opening for March, defeating 300’s once-impressive $70 million opening. It’s also the fourth highest R-rated opening of all time after Deadpool, The Matrix Reloaded and American Sniper.

The bigger surprise was how well Jordan Peele’s thriller Get Out held up in its second weekend, not only because it was going up against Logan, but also because high-profile horror films tend
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Black Mirror season 4: release date confirmed

Kirsten Howard Dec 6, 2017

Black Mirror season 4 will land on Netflix on Friday the 29th of December. Watch the trailer for 'U.S.S. Callister' and more here...

It's official: Black Mirror will be heading back to Netflix on Friday the 29th of December for its fourth season, and ahead of the show's no doubt grim-but-triumphant return, trailers are being released teasing each episode.

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Here's the sixth and final episode trailer for "U.S.S. Callister"...

Here's one for 'Hang The DJ'...

And another new one for 'Metalhead'...

Then there's a creepy trailer for Black Museum, a multi-story episode including plenty of references to previous instalments...

We got a poster for that one, too...

Next, here's a peek at the unsettling season 4 episode directed by Jodie Foster, Arkangel...

John Hillcoat (Triple 9, Lawless) directed the next episode, Crocodile. Here's the trailer for that.
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Brimstone: Guy Pearce On The Dark Western Thriller

Ever since his breakout role in L.A. Confidential twenty years ago, Australian actor Guy Pearce has been able to create prestige for himself with memorable roles in Christopher Nolan’s early film Memento and others. (For instance, he appeared in two recent Best Picture winners in The Hurt Locker and The King’s Speech). More importantly, he's been able to star in a series of fantastic genre films from The Proposition and Animal Kingdom to the Guillermo del Toro-produced Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and Ridley Scott's Prometheus.

Brimstone, from Dutch filmmaker Martin Koolhoven (Winter in Watime), puts Pearce back in familiar Western territory as The Proposition, playing a very different character, an ultra-pious Dutch preacher known only as “The Reverend” who spends the movie chasing after a young woman, played by Dakota Fanning. There’s a lot more to the story, which is told
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John Hillcoat Will Direct an Episode of Black Mirror Season 4

According to The Tracking Board, Netflix has tapped John Hillcoat to direct an episode of the upcoming fourth season of Charlie Brooker's tech-horror series Black Mirror. Hillcoat, who directed The Proposition, The Road, Lawless, and Triple 9, is the latest high-profile director to get behind the camera for this series, following people like Joe Wright (Pan) and Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) last season.

Hillcoat's episode will be titled "Crocodile," and although no one knows what it will be about yet, word is that it'll center on two female characters and actress Andrea Riseborough (Birdman, Oblivion) is mulling an offer for one of those roles.

In any case, Hillcoat can handle big action set-pieces and totally bleak storytelling with the best of them, so it seems like he'd be a great fit for this great-but-often-extremely-depressing show. We'll keep you posted with more info when we get it.
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The Best Movie Scores of The 21st Century — IndieWire Critics Survey

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The Best Movie Scores of The 21st Century — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question:

Last Friday saw the release of Garth Davis’ “Lion,” the musical score for which is the gorgeous result of a collaboration between two giants of the neo-classical movement, Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka. It’s just the latest indication that we’re living in a fascinating, vibrant time for movie music, and December boasts a number of films that will only add more fuel to that fire. With that in mind, we asked our panel of critics to name their favorite film score of the 21st Century.

Tasha Robinson (@TashaRobinson), The Verge

There are some really striking contenders out there, topped by Susumu Hirasawa’s manic,
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Momentum Pictures Acquires Guy Pearce-led film Brimstone; Release Set for March

Confession: Guy Pearce can, in my opinion, do absolutely no wrong. Even in films that I don’t find to be much fun (i.e.- Lockout), Pearce always gives 200% and let’s be honest, just based on L.A. Confidential, the Aussie actor should have a lifetime pass. News that I’m quite excited about, is the newly announced acquisition of the western/thriller Brimstone by Momentum Pictures.

Starring Pearce (Breathe In, Lawless), Dakota Fanning (Man On Fire, The Runaways), Kit Harington (Jon Snow himself people…), Carice van Houten (“Game of Thrones”) and Emilia Jones (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), the film all set for a theatrical and VOD release in March of 2017 and seriously guys…think of The Proposition and LawlessGuy Pearce is the man.

Brimstone tells the story of a frontier woman turn fugitive when she is wrongly accused of a crime she didn
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‘Hell or High Water’ Music Video: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis Share ‘Comancheria’ Clip

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‘Hell or High Water’ Music Video: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis Share ‘Comancheria’ Clip
Last year Nick Cave and Warren Ellis reunited to score David Mackenzie’s “Hell or High Water,” which premiered at Cannes in May ahead of its theatrical release. The duo released the official soundtrack to the critically acclaimed film this past August, and have now shared the music video for the song “Comancheria.”

The two-minute clip doesn’t feature the artists, instead we are shown slow-moving shots from the movie starring Chris Pine and Ben Foster.

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Hell or High Water,” which was previously titled “Comancheria,” follows two brothers who team up to rob a bank to save their family’s farm. Jeff Bridges plays an “almost retired” Texas ranger in pursuit of the crime doers.

Cave and Ellis have previously worked together on the soundtracks to the 2005 film “The Proposition” and 2007’s “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
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Exclusive: Hear 2 Tracks By Nick Cave & Warren Ellis From The ‘Hell Or High Water’ Soundtrack

Soundtracks don’t get much better or more distinct than Nick Cave and Warren Ellis‘ work as such. The duo has contributed music to films like “Lawless,” “The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford,” “The Road,” “The Proposition,” among others. Their work is often evocatively haunting, gritty and intimate, and they bring those qualities […]

The post Exclusive: Hear 2 Tracks By Nick Cave & Warren Ellis From The ‘Hell Or High Water’ Soundtrack appeared first on The Playlist.
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StudioCanal lines up March 2017 release for Dance Academy: The Movie

Xenia Goodwin.

StudioCanal has dated Dance Academy: The Movie.

The film, directed by Jeffrey Walker and starring Xenia Goodwin, Keiynan Lonsdale, Jordan Rodrigues, Dena Kaplan, Thomas Lacey, Alicia Banit and Tara Morice, will hit Australian cinemas on March 23, 2017.

International sales are being handled by Zdf Enterprises Germany.

The show was created by writer Samantha Strauss (Mary: The Making of a Princess) with producer Joanna Werner (Secret City, Ready For This).

The film.s Ep's are Louise Smith (The Square, The Rage in Placid Lake), Bernadette O.Mahony (Worst Year of My Life Again, Mortified), Vicki O.Neil, Arne Lohmann and Nicole Keebe.

Dop Martin McGrath Acs (Muriel.s Wedding), who shot all 65 episodes of the show.s three seasons, is lensing the feature..

Also on board is production designer Chris Kennedy (The Water Diviner, The Proposition, Cosi), costume designer Tess Schofield (The Water Diviner, The Sapphires, Bootmen), hair and
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11 strange or ill-advised abandoned movie sequels

Ryan Lambie Jun 30, 2016

Jessica Rabbit kidnapped by Nazis. Costner rescuing Princess Diana. We look back at a few strange movie sequels that were never made…

The multi-million dollar success of any movie will inevitably leave Hollywood executives clamouring for a sequel. And while there are plenty of movies whose stories are open-ended enough to warrant a return to the creative well, there are many times when coming up with a follow-up idea requires all sorts of imaginative leaps. Just look at something like Alien: Resurrection, which had to come up an elaborate reason why Ripley had (spoiler alert) managed to survive a swan-dive into a lead foundry in Alien 3.

Which brings us to this list, which is devoted to a few of the weirder sequel ideas that never made it to the big screen. An E.T. sequel in which little Elliott gets tortured by aliens? Forrest Gump dancing with Princess Diana?
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Cinemax Sets "Quarry" Date & Trailer

Following on from "The Knick" and the recently premiered "Outcast," Cinemax has set a September 9th premiere date for its original series "Quarry" which boast a pilot by John Hillcoat ("The Proposition," "The Road").

Based on the novel by Max Allan Collins ("Road to Perdition"), Logan Marshall-Green stars in the series as a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public

As he struggles to cope with his experiences at war, he is drawn into a network of killing and corruption that spans the length of the Mississippi River. Peter Mullan, Damon Herriman, Jodi Balfour, Nikki Amuka-Bird and Jamie Hector also star. Check out the first trailer below:

Source: TV Line
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13 great modern thriller directors

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They’ve made some of the best thrillers of the past six years. We list some of the best modern thriller directors currently working...

Director Guillermo del Toro once described suspense as being about the withholding of information: either a character knows something the audience doesn’t know, or the audience knows something the character doesn’t. That’s a deliciously simple way of describing something that some filmmakers often find difficult to achieve: keeping viewers on the edges of their seats.

The best thrillers leave us scanning the screen with anticipation. They invite us to guess what happens next, but then delight in thwarting expectations. We can all name the great thriller filmmakers of the past - Alfred Hitchcock, Carol Reed, Brian De Palma - but what about the current crop of directors? Here’s our pick of the filmmakers who’ve made some great modern thrillers over the past six years - that is, between the year 2010 and the present.

Jeremy Saulnier - Blue Ruin, Green Room

To think there was once a time when Jeremy Saulnier was seriously quitting the film business.

“To be honest," Saulner told us back in 2014, “Macon and I had really given up on our quest to break into the industry and become legitimate filmmakers. So what we were trying to do with Blue Ruin was archive our 20 year arc and bring it to a close. Really just revisit our stomping grounds and use locations that were near and dear to us and build a narrative out of that.”

Maybe this personal touch explains at least partly why Blue Ruin wound up getting so much attention in Cannes in 2013, signalling not the end of Saulnier and his star Macon Blair’s career, but a brand new chapter. But then again, there’s more than just hand-crafted intimacy in Saulnier’s revenge tale; there’s also its lean, minimal storytelling and the brilliance of its characterisation. Blue Ruin is such an effective thriller because its protagonist is so atypical: sad-eyed, inexperienced with guns, somewhat soft around the edges, Macon Blair’s central character is far from your typical righteous avenger.

Green Room, which emerged in the UK this year, explores a similar clash between very ordinary people and extraordinary violence. A young punk band shout about anarchy and aggression on stage, but they quickly find themselves out of their depth when they’re cornered by a group of bloodthirsty neo-Nazis. In Saulnier’s films, grubby, unseemly locations are matched by often beautiful locked-off shots. Familiar thriller trappings are contrasted by twists of fortune that are often shocking.

Denis Villeneuve - Sicario, Prisoners

Here’s one of those directors who can pack an overwhelming sense of dread in a single image: in Sicario, his searing drug-war thriller from last year, it was the sight of tiny specks of dust falling in the light scything through a window. That single shot proved to be the calm before the storm, as Villeneuve unleashed a salvo of blood-curdling events: an attempted FBI raid on a building gone horribly awry. And this, I think, is the brilliance of Villeneuve’s direction, and why he’s so good at directing thrillers like Sicario or 2013’s superb Prisoners - he understands the rhythm of storytelling, and how scenes of quiet can generate almost unbearable tension.

Another case in point: the highway sequence in Sicario, where Emily Blunt’s FBI agent is stuck in a traffic jam outside one of the most violent cities in the world. Villeneueve makes us feel the stifling heat and the claustrophobia; something nasty’s going to happen, we know that - but it’s the sense of anticipation which makes for such an unforgettable scene.

Prisoners hews closely to the template of a modern mystery thriller, but it’s once again enriched by Villeneuve’s expert pacing and the performances he gets out of his actors. Hugh Jackman’s seldom been better as a father on the hunt for his missing child, while Jake Gyllenhaal mesmerises as a cop scarred by his own private traumas.

Lynne Ramsay - We Need To Talk About Kevin

Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin may be the most effective psychological thriller of recent years. About the difficult relationship between a mother (Tilda Swinton) and her distant, possibly sociopathic son (Ezra Miller), Ramsay’s film is masterfully told from beginning to end - which is impressive, given that the source novel by Lionel Shriver is told via a series of letters. Ramsay takes the raw material from the book and crafts something cinematic and highly disturbing: a study of guilt, sorrow and recrimination. Tension bubbles even in casual conversations around the dinner table. Miller is an eerie, cold-eyed blank. Swinton is peerless. One scene, in which Swinton’s mother comes home in the dead of night, is unforgettable. Here’s hoping Ramsay returns with another feature film very soon.

Morten Tyldum - Headhunters

All kinds of thrillers have emerged from Scandinavia over the past few years, whether on the large or small screen or in book form. Morten Tyldum’s Headhunters is among the very best of them. The fast-paced and deliriously funny story of an art thief who steals a painting from the wrong guy, Headhunters launched Tyldum on an international stage - Alan Turing drama The Imitation Game followed, and the Sony sci-fi film Passengers is up next. It isn’t hard to see why, either: Headhunters shows off Tyldum’s mastery of pace and tone, as his pulp tale hurtles from intense chase scenes to laugh-out-loud black comedy.

Joel Edgerton - The Gift

Granted, Joel Edgerton’s better known as an actor, having turned in some superb performances in the likes of Warrior, Zero Dark Thirty and Warror. But with a single film - The Gift, which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in - Edgerton established himself as a thriller filmmaker of real promise. About a successful, happily married couple whose lives are greatly affected by an old face from the husband’s past, The Gift is an engrossing, unsettling movie with superb performances from Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall as well as Edgerton.

A riff on the ‘killer in our midst’ thrillers of the 80s and 90s - The Stepfather, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle and so on - The Gift is all the more effective because of its restraint. We’re never quite sure who the villain of the piece is, at least at first - and Edgerton’s use of the camera leaves us wrong-footed at every turn. The world arguably needs more thrillers from Joel Edgerton.

If you haven’t seen The Gift yet, we’d urge you to track it down.

David Michod - Animal Kingdom

The criminals at play in this true-life crime thriller are all the more chilling because they’re so mundane - a bunch of low-level thieves, murderers and gangsters who prowl around the rougher parts of Melbourne, Australia. Writer-director David Michod spent years developing Animal Kingdom, and it was worth the effort: it’s an intense, engrossing film, for sure, but it’s also a believable glimpse of the worst of human nature. Ben Mendelsohn and Jacki Weaver play villains of different kinds; the latter a manipulative grandmother who looks over her brood of criminals, the former a spiteful thief. Crafting moments of incredible tension from simple exchanges, Michod launched himself as a formidable talent with this feature debut.

Ben Affleck - The Town, Argo

Affleck’s period drama-thriller Argo won all kinds of awards, but we’d argue his earlier thrillers were equally well made. Gone Baby Gone was a confident debut and an economical adaptation of Dennis LeHane’s novel. The Town, released in 2010, was a heist thriller that made the most of its Boston setting. One of its key scenes - a bank robbery in which the thieves wear a range of bizarre outfits, including a nun’s habit - is masterfully staged. With Affleck capable of teasing out great performances from his actors and staging effective set-pieces, it’s hardly surprising he’s so heavily involved in making at least one Batman movie for Warner - as well as playing the hero behind the mask.

Anton Corbijn - The American, A Most Wanted Man

The quiet, almost meditative tone of Anton Corbijn’s movies mean they aren’t necessarily to everyone’s taste, but they’re visually arresting and almost seductive in their rhythm and attention to detail. Already a celebrated photographer, Corbijn successfully crossed over into filmmaking with Control, an exquisitely-made drama about Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis. Corbijn took a markedly different direction with The American, a thriller about an ageing contract killer (George Clooney) who hides out in a small Italian town west of Rome. Inevitably, trouble eventually comes calling.

Corbijn’s direction remains gripping because he doesn’t give us huge action scenes to puncture the tension. We can sense the capacity for violence coiled up beneath the hitman’s calm exterior, and Corbijn makes sure we only see rare flashes of that toughness - right up until the superbly-staged climax.

A Most Wanted Man, based on the novel by John le Carre, is a similarly astute study of an isolated yet fascinating character - in this instance, the world-weary German intelligence agent Gunther Bachmann, brilliantly played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Tragically, the film proved to be one of the last before Hoffman’s death in 2014.

Paul Greengrass - Green Zone, Captain Phillips

Mention Greengrass’ name, and the director’s frequent use of handheld cameras might immediately spring to mind. But time and again, Greengrass has proved a master of his own personal approach - you only have to look at the muddled, migraine-inducing films of his imitators to see how good a director Greengrass is. Part of the filmmakers’ visual language rather than a gimmick, Greengrass’ camera placement puts the viewer in the middle of the story, whether it’s an amnesiac agent on the run (his Bourne films) or on a hijacked aircraft (the harrowing United 93). While not a huge hit, Green Zone was an intense and intelligent thriller set in occupied Iraq. The acclaimed Captain Phillips, meanwhile, was a perfect showcase for Greengrass’ ability to fuse realism and suspense; the true story of a merchant vessel hijacked by Somali pirates, it is, to quote Greengrass himself, “a contemporary crime story.”

John Hillcoat - Lawless, Triple 9

We can’t help thinking that, with a better marketing push behind it, Triple 9 could have been a much bigger hit when it appeared in cinemas earlier this year. It has a great cast - Chiwetel Ejiofor, Norman Reedus, Anthony Mackie and Aaron Paul as a group of seasoned thieves, Kate Winslet cast against type as a gangland boss - and its heist plot rattles along like an express train.

Hillcoat seems to have the western genre pulsing through his veins, and he excels at creating worlds that are desolate and all-enveloping, whether his subjects are period pieces (The Proposition, Lawless) or post-apocalyptic dramas (The Road). Triple 9 sees Hillcoat make an urban western that is both classic noir and entirely contemporary; his use of real cops and residents around the film’s Atlanta location give his heightened story a grounding that is believable in the moment. Nowhere is this more in evidence than in the scene in which Casey Affleck’s cop breaches a building while hunkered down behind a bullet-proof shield. Hillcoat places us right there in the scene with Affleck and the cops sneaking into the building behind him; we sense the claustrophobia and vulnerability.

Hillcoat explained to us in February that this sequence wasn’t initially written this way in the original script; it changed when the director and his team discovered how real-world cops protect themselves in real-world situations. In Triple 9, research and great filmmaking combine to make an unforgettably intense thriller.

Jim Mickel - Cold In July

Seemingly inspired by such neo-Noir thrillers as Red Rock West and Blood Simple, 2014‘s Cold In July is a genre gem from director Jim Mickle (Stake Land, We Are What We Are). Michael C Hall plays an ordinary guy in 80s America who shoots an intruder who breaks into his home, and becomes drawn into a moody conspiracy that takes in crooked cops, porn and a private eye (who's also keen pig-rearer) played by Don Johnson. Constantly shifting between tones, Mickel’s thriller refuses to stick to genre expectations. In one scene, after Hall shoots the burglar dead, Mickel’s camera lingers over the protagonist as he cleans up the blood and glass. It’s touches like these that make Cold In July far more than a typical thriller.

Mickel’s teaming up with Sylvester Stallone next; we’re intrigued to see what that partnership produces.

Martin Scorsese - Shutter Island

As a filmmaker, Scorsese needs no introduction. As a director of thrillers, he’s in a class of his own: from Taxi Driver via the febrile remake of Cape Fear to the sorely underrated Bringing Out The Dead, his films are full of suspense and the threat of violence. Shutter Island, based on the Dennis LeHane novel of the same name, saw Scorsese plunge eagerly into neo-noir territory. A murder mystery set in a mental institution on the titular Shutter Island, its atmosphere is thick with menace. Like a combination of Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man and Adrian Lyne’s cult classic Jacob’s Ladder, Shutter Island’s one of those stories where we never know who we can trust - even the protagonist, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

David Fincher - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl

After the trial by fire that was Alien 3, David Fincher found his footing in the 90s with such hits as Seven and The Game. In an era where thrillers were in much greater abundance, from the middling to the very good, Seven in particular stood out as a genre classic: smartly written, disturbing, repulsive and yet captivating to look at all at once. Fincher’s affinity for weaving atmospheric thrillers continued into the 2010s, first with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, a superb retelling of Stieg Larsson’s book which didn’t quite find the appreciative audience deserved, and Gone Girl, an even better movie which - thankfully - became a hit.

Based on Gillian Flynn’s novel (and adapted by the author herself), Gone Girl is both a gripping thriller and a thoroughly twisted relationship drama. Fincher’s mastery of the genre is all here: his millimetre-perfect composition, seamless touches of CGI and subtle yet effective uses of colour and shadow. While not a straight-up masterpiece like the period thriller Zodiac, Gone Girl is still a glossy, smart and blackly funny yarn in the Hitchcock tradition. If there’s one master of the modern thriller currently working, it has to be Fincher.

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Triple 9 Blu-ray Clip Gets Dirty with Chiwetel Ejiofor | Exclusive

Triple 9 Blu-ray Clip Gets Dirty with Chiwetel Ejiofor | Exclusive
After hitting theaters in late February, the action-packed Triple 9 debuts today on Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. If you haven't seen this thriller yet, we have an exclusive preview for you to check out, before picking up the movie on Blu-ray, DVD or Digital HD this week. Our exclusive scene features Chiwetel Ejiofor's Michael, explaining to Marcus (Anthony Mackie) and Franco (Clifton Collins Jr.) the details surrounding his first ever kill.

When a veteran cop and his rookie nephew discover a shocking conspiracy that leads dangerously close to home, they'll stop at nothing to get to the truth in Triple 9, an action-packed tale of corruption and betrayal currently available on Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Propelled by John Hillcoat's (The Road, The Proposition) ferocious directorial style and a top-notch cast, Triple 9 races through a world
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