THE BOY AND THE BEAST: Next From SUMMER WARS Director Hosoda Mamoru

We are big fans of Hosoda Mamoru's previous films The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars and Wolf Children. At a news conference in Japan today the director announced his next feature, The Boy and the Beast (Bakemono no... More »
  

Review: TOP FIVE, Chris Rock's Very Funny And Most Personal Film Yet

Rude, crude, and lewd as it is, Top Five is still a big step forward for Chris Rock as a filmmaker. In essence, that's because it more closely resembles his brilliant stand-up shows, where he gets on a roll and... More »
  

Review: INHERENT VICE, Say Hello To The American Psyche, Circa 1970

Paul Thomas Anderson faithfully adapts Thomas Pynchon's most accessible novel, the zaniest surf noir, Inherent Vice. It is also the first time he's worked with a large ensemble cast since Magnolia. The result is often hilarious, a laborious snapshot of... More »
  

Opening: EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, A Barrage Of Biblical Bombast

Meeting, but rarely exceeding, expectations, Ridley Scott's grand retelling of Moses and the Hebrews' flight from Egypt is strong on visuals and A-list presence, but slight on narrative and characterisation. Christian Bale and Joel Egerton both put in fine performances... More »
  

INSIDE OUT: Watch The Full Trailer For Pixar's Latest

How do you make a movie that plays out largely inside the main characters' heads? That's been the big question since word first began to circulate about Pixar's upcoming Inside Out but despite showing how each of the major emotions... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Mórbido Mérida 2014 Review: JIRON, How A Movie By A Major Filmmaker Disappeared

Full disclosure: I was completely ignorant of Mexican filmmaker Carlos Enrique Taboada before watching this movie. Thus, Jirón (Shred), a new documentary by Christian Cueva, proved to be educational, fascinating, and compelling, not only because it explores the disappearance of... More »
  

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Unleashes A Furious New Trailer

We all have good reason to be wary about Mad Max: Fury Road -- the distance from the original trilogy, the production delays, the rumors -- but take a look at the new trailer anyway, just because it's likely to... More »
  

Tokyo FILMeX 2014 - Tsukamoto Shinya Talks FIRES ON THE PLAIN

Director Tsukamoto Shinya garnered a cult following in 1989 following the release of his cyberpunk classic, Tetsuo the Iron Man. The filmmaker has subsequently released two sequels to his breakthrough hit while expressing considerable talent in a range of... More »
  

The Stack Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Scream Factory Part Two

Did you know we aren't even halfway through our 2014 Gift Guide? Part of that is the special attention I'm paying to Scream Factory. This is part two of the multi-part series showcasing all their titles for the year.  As... More »
  

Destroy All Monsters: I Don't Want To See A Movie Called SUICIDE SQUAD

It's the title of an existing comic book, and I understand that; and given DC's track record, at least since Watchmen, it's likely to be a hit-and-fade barrage of generic marketing bolstering a bafflingly undercooked Guardians of the Galaxy knockoff... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Meeting The Criterion: Criterion Christmas #4 ALL THAT JAZZ

It's a Criterion Christmas! I'll be using Meeting the Criterion as a convenient way of reminding you of many of the Criterion Collections great releases from the last year. Whether your Criterion Collection is organized by spine number, title or... More »
  

Sundance 2015 Shorts Lineup Unveiled

The Sundance Film Fest announcements keep coming with today's release of the plentiful short films playing at the fest. Check out the full list here:U.S. NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS Actresses / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jeremy Hersh) -- The film follows... More »
  

THE VISIT: Trailer For Sundance Selected Doc Asks If We're Ready For Aliens To Arrive

Though we're still unpacking the full Sundance selection this year one of the first titles to jump out to our attention is Michael Madsen's The Visit. No, the director is not the guy from all those Tarantino films. Yes, he... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Denmark Revisits The War With Lindholm Scripted 9 APRIL

Though increasingly recognized around the world as one of the finest young directors to come out of Scandinavia in recent years, A Hijacking helmer Tobias Lindholm first built his name as a screenwriter and it's an area he remains very... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

IRON SKY 2 Says Hello To Machine Gun Jesus And Dancing Putin

Sometimes the headline says it all and what this headline says is that Iron Sky 2 is going to be weeeeeeeeeird.... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

SANTIAGO VIOLENTA Brings Pistolas And Piscolas In The New Theatrical Trailer!

Mirageman and Mandrill director Ernesto Diaz Espinoza is having himself quite a year with the premieres of both Redeemer - his latest collaboration with frequent star Marko Zaror - and his long in post action-comedy Santiago Violenta. The story of... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

SyFy And MAN OF STEEL's David Goyer Developing KRYPTON Series

SyFy is looking to get a piece of the super-hero television series pie and has enlisted David Goyer to help do it. THR is reporting that the cable network and the writer of the Dark Knight trilogy and Man of Steel will develop... More »
  

ZERO POINT: Estonia Steps Up With Dark Youth Drama

Though the small population inherently limits the volume of film production in Estonia, the Baltic state is on quite a run recently with a string of titles finding success both on the international festival circuit and at home in local... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Epic Battles And Epic Romance In THE BATTLE OF SEVASTOPOL

The military epic has increasingly become a staple of contemporary Russian cinema, with crowds coming out en masse to indulge in big patriotic spectacle based in past military conflict. World War II has provided particularly strong grist for the mill... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Latin Beat: Trailer For Peruvian Horror LA ENTITAD, Plus Top 10 Highest-Grossing Mexican Movies

This week we hear from our correspondents in Mexico and Peru. First, Ernesto Zelaya Miñano follows up on a previous report on Peruvian horror movie La Entitad with a trailer that gives a much better idea of what the filmmakers... More »
  
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