Berlinale 2015 Review: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, Not That Terrible

Not wanting to be a snob, I attempted to read Fifty Shades of Grey, the bestseller inspired by the Twilight books (which I also haven't read). It's quite badly written, but hey, it was popular, so maybe I was missing... More »
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: ANOTHER TRIP TO THE MOON Is Both Sedate And Trippy

(Once upon a time, there were two beautiful young women, hunting in a forest...) What is the border between still photography and moving pictures? Footage shot by a camera pointed at a waterfall or a fireplace may technically be the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Hong Kong International Film Festival To Honour Naruse Mikio On 60th Anniversary Of FLOATING CLOUDS

The 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival has announced a celebration of the work of Japanese filmmaker Naruse Mikio, on the 60th anniverary of his 1955 classic Floating Clouds. Repast (1951), Daughters, Wives And A Mother (1960) and Scattered Clouds... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Berlinale 2015 Review: KNIGHT OF CUPS Sees Malick Repurposed

Rejoice ye fans of Malick - your wily transcendentalist has emerged again! And though the film doesn't equal (ahem... transcend) his previous highs, Knight Of Cups at least finds the idiosyncratic auteur trying something new. Malick's style remains the same;... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

SXSW 2015: WE ARE STILL HERE Teaser Demands Obedience To Horror House

I've lived in apartments for most of my adult life, but I grew up in a house, so I appreciate the allure of owning your own home. But why oh why would you stay in a house with a troubled,... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

SXSW 2015: DEATHGASM Trailer Teases Heavy Metal, Blood, And More Blood

Do you like heavy metal? Do you like blood? If the answer to both is "yes," have I got a trailer for you! Deathgasm will have its world premiere at SXSW in Austin, Texas next month as part of the... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

SXSW 2015: Midnighter And Short Film Programs Announced, Includes Nightmares, Kiwis And Corpses

I have just looked over the lineup for the Midnighter program at SXSW this year and am instantly jealous of our writers who will be covering the festival this year. Man oh man, is everyone going to have a hell... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

SXSW 2015: CROW HAND!!! New Bloody Still And Short, Sweet Teaser

O joy! Brian Lonano's latest short Crow Hand!!! has been selected for the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, and to celebrate, we are pleased to showcase a new bloody still and a new, equally bloody teaser. SXSW kicks off its film... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Berlinale 2015 Review: AS WE WERE DREAMING Dreams About Lost Emotions But Never Really Touches

Andreas Dresen's As We Were Dreaming, an adaptation of a German bestselling novel by Clemens Meyer, tries to change our perception of what happened in East Germany in the time after the collapse of the Berlin wall. Instead of presenting... More »
  

ELI ROTH PRESENTS THE STRANGER: Raven Banner Acquires The Canadian Rights

Our friends at Raven Banner Entertainment will not leave Berlin empty handed after the EFM shuts down. They have acquired the Canadian rights for Guillermo Amoedo's Chilean English-language flick The Stranger, from this day on known as Eli Roth Presents... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

VOICE FROM THE STONE First Look: Emilia Clarke Stars In Supernatural Thriller

Here is your first look at Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke looking quite beguiling in Eric D. Howell's supernatural thriller, a period piece set in 1950s Italy, Voice From The Stone. The films also stars Marton Csokas (The Equilizer) and... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Berlinale 2015 Review: MR. HOLMES, A Fine Engagement With Age And Atonement

According to Guiness World Records, Sherlock Holmes is the most portrayed fictional character, by more than 70 actors in over 200 films, plays and television shows. I haven't seen all of those, but Ian McKellen can certainly put his performance... More »
  

Slamdance 2015 Interview: DIAMOND TONGUES, Pavan Moondi, Brian Robertson And Leah (Fay) Goldstein Talk Their New Film

Shooting a film and getting it out there is brave business.Considering the number of factors often at stake for the independent filmmaker - personal finances, the time and hard work of a crew devoted to your confidence, and perhaps most... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Berlinale 2015 Review: QUEEN OF EARTH Proves How Great Faces Look On Film

Alex Ross Perry is a more than promising young director. He courageously combines intimacy, humor and a sense for cinematic language and form. Nevertheless, his latest, Queen of Earth, is a step back for the young director in terms of maturity... More »
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: SET ME FREE Impressively Keeps It Real

(Here's someone literally begging to be taken to church...) In Kim Tae-yong's debut film Set Me Free (original Korean title Geo-in), he deals with the memories he has about one of the darkest moments in his own childhood. His parents... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Berlinale 2015 Review: MAR Fails To Capitalize On Its Great Actors And Their Improvisational Skills

Chilean cinema, more than in any other year in the history of the Berlin Film Festival, is present and with the greatest odds to win one or two awards once the fest comes to an end. There are new films by... More »
  

Berlinale 2015 Review: NOBODY WANTS THE NIGHT: A Beautiful But Flawed Epic

Spanish auteur Isabel Coixet (Elegy, My Life Without Me) opened Berlinale with her latest and most ambitious film to date, Nobody Wants the Night. Based on real life persons (though it was unclear whether the events actually occurred), it is... More »
  

Your First Look At Aaron Eckhart And Miles Teller In BLEED FOR THIS

We have your first look at Aaron Eckhart and Miles Teller in Ben Younger's third feature film Bleed For This. You do not get a really good look at Eckhart but a buff Teller is front and center in the... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Have A Look At A Shorn Keanu Reeves In DAUGHTER OF GOD Stills

Here is your first look at clean cut Keanu Reeves in Gee Malik Linton`s feature debut, the thriller Daughter of God. Starring with Reeves is his Knock Knock co-star, Cuban actress Ana de Armas. A detective searches for the truth behind... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Sundance 2015 Review: CALL ME LUCKY, Bobcat Goldthwait Documents His Mentor

I admit that when I first saw Bobcat Goldthwait on screen sometime in the 1980s, he of the Grover voice making me laugh in the second Police Academy movie, it never occurred to me that he'd be helming one... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  
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