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Rick Famuyiwa's Sundance Hit 'Dope' Returns to Theaters This Week

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 18:36
Dope

Get ready for another round of Dope! Or, perhaps since not enough people saw it the first time, get ready to go see Dope in the theaters! Rick Famuyiwa's Dope, which broke out of Sundance earlier this year with a boatload of positive buzz (read my review here), first opened in the summer on June 19th, which is an odd spot for this indie comedy. That said it has already earned $16 million at the box office and they're going to push it to theaters one more time. Open Road Films has confirmed that Dope will arrive on September 4th back in theaters, for those who want to see it (again) on the big screen. It's a film we recommend seeing. ›››

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Keanu Reeves Gets Tied Up in Latest US Trailer for 'Knock Knock'

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 15:16
Knock Knock Trailer

One night can cost you everything. Voltage Pictures has officially released a full-length US trailer for Eli Roth's latest film Knock Knock, a home invasion thriller starring Keanu Reeves. He plays a father whose home is invaded after he invites in two feisty, nasty girls - played by Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas. This first premiered at Sundance this January in the Midnight category, and it looks interesting enough to give it a shot. This is pretty much the same trailer we posted previously, but that one was pulled down, so we're reposting it now for those who want to watch. The film will be in theaters + on VOD in a few months. ›››

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Metrograph Indie Cinema Coming to NYC + IFC Center is Expanding

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 15:09
Metropgraph Indie Cinema

Long live independent cinema! Good news for New Yorkers, the city is getting a couple of extra screens in the next few years that will be dedicated to showing more and more indie / art house / foreign / doc films. Two separate reports on Indiewire announce details about two theaters: the Metrograph, a two-screen art house being built at 7 Ludlow Street (at Canal Street); along with the IFC Center on 6th Ave, which will be expanding from 5 screens to 11 screens. "To bring glamour, excitement, and prestige back to the exhibition experience has been my longstanding goal," said Metrograph founder and NYC filmmaker Alexander Olch. ›››

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First Trailer for Sci-Fi Adaptation 'The 5th Wave' with Chloe Moretz

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 12:12
The 5th Wave

"We're fighting simultaneous attacks in the last metropolitan areas." Sony has finally debuted an actual trailer for the sci-fi fan film The 5th Wave, which has been marketed and designed from the start for the fans of the book series. The 5th Wave is the first movie adapted from The 5th Wave series of science fiction books, starring Chloë Grace Moretz as a girl in the middle of an alien invasion trying to find her missing brother. The cast includes Liev Schreiber, Maika Monroe, Nick Robinson, Maggie Siff, Maria Bello and Ron Livingston. They're trying to push this as the next big sci-fi alien invasion thriller, but it looks like a cheesy mash-up of Independence Day and Falling Skies, or something like that. Not really my kind of sci-fi. You? ›››

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Watch: Trailer for Football Drama 'Concussion' Starring Will Smith

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 08:47
Concussion

"You turned on the lights and gave their biggest boogeyman a name." Sony Pictures has unveiled the first official trailer for Concussion, a very powerful drama starring Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a real life neuropathologist who discovered how football-related trauma was becoming a health problem within the sport. They've been quietly holding onto this and positioning it for a strong awards-season push, with Smith giving it his all in the kind of emotionally riveting film that will earn a few nominations. The cast includes Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Stephen Moyer, Eddie Marsan and many others. This is one of my most anticipated movies left to watch this year, the kind of powerful and subversive drama I love seeing. ›››

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'A Nightmare on Elm Street' Director Wes Craven Has Died at Age 76

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 23:26
Wes Craven

It has been officially confirmed that filmmaker Wes Craven has passed away in California. Craven died at his home in Los Angeles of brain cancer at age 76, according to Variety. He last directed the horror sequel Scream 4 in 2011, but there were rumors that Scream 5 might have been in the works as well. Craven made his feature directing debut with the controversial horror The Last House on the Left in 1972, and he's been shaking up and pushing the horror-thriller genre forward ever since. Aside from the Scream series, perhaps Craven's most successful horror franchise is the A Nightmare on Elm Street series which he started in 1984. ›››

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Sound Off: Max Joseph's 'We Are Your Friends' - What Did You Think?

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 17:38
We Are Your Friends

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The world is ours. Now playing in theaters everywhere is Max Joseph's We Are Your Friends, starring Zac Efron as a budding DJ in Los Angeles trying to make a name for himself. The fun cast in this dance music movie includes Wes Bentley, Emily Ratajkowski as Sophie, plus Jonny Weston, Shiloh Fernandez, Alex Shaffer and Jon Bernthal. Efron learns that he needs to trust himself to make the most of his creativity. So how is it? Does this actually have something to say? Is it worth seeing? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on We Are Your Friends. ›››

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Sam Wolfe Connelly's Artwork for Mondo's 'Black Swan' Vinyl Release

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 17:04
Black Swan Vinyl

The only person standing in your way is you. With Fantastic Fest coming up very soon, MondoCon will be hosting their 2nd annual expo also in Austin, Texas. One of the big items Mondo will be selling at their own Con this year is a brand new vinyl pressing of Clint Mansell's Black Swan gorgeous score, for Darren Aronofsky's film starring Natalie Portman as a ballerina. The score is actually Mansell's own interpretation of Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake, which is also unfortunately why the Academy decided to disqualify the score from Academy Awards consideration, even though it was clearly one of the best scores that year. Those who are dying to get their hands on vinyl, especially music by Clint Mansell, you won't want to miss this. ›››

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Watch: Second Trailer for the Inspiring 'He Named Me Malala' Doc

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:27
He Named Me Malala

Join the movement to change the world. Fox Searchlight has debuted another trailer for the documentary He Named Me Malala, profiling the life and activism of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. We've featured one trailer for this previously and it looks like a very inspiring, very moving, heartfelt look at Malala's ambition and her relationship with her father. We expect this film to start getting more and more buzz as it shows up at film festivals this fall, between Telluride and Toronto, before opening in theaters in October. Hopefully this doc will help Malala reach out and inspire even more people all around the world. ›››

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Check Out Mondo's Poster Art for Craig Zobel's Sci-Fi 'Z for Zachariah'

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:04
Z for Zachariah

After the end of the world she thought she was alone. She was wrong. Now playing in select theaters in the US is the post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama Z for Zachariah, starring Margot Robbie as well as Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine. Set in a secluded valley following a nuclear holocaust, the film follows Robbie as a lone survivor keeping a farm maintained to survive. Suddenly she comes across Chiwetel Ejiofor, and takes him in. Later, Chris Pine finds them, and it becomes an interesting relationship at the end of the world. To promote the film's opening, Mondo has unveiled a new poster by artist Marc Aspinall. I always like seeing unique posters that imagine things differently. For example, the logo on this is cool. See this film! It's good. ›››

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Watch: Colin Hanks' 'All Things Must Pass' Tower Records Doc Trailer

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 09:06
All Things Must Pass

Hey - Tower Records! We all remember that place. We also remember they're explosive collapse, all tangled up with the rise of the internet and MP3s. But is that really the real story behind their demise? All Things Must Pass is a feature documentary made by actor Colin Hanks exploring the history of Tower Records, focusing on its founder Russ Solomon. This looks like it's an extensive look inside at the real story, as they have tons of archival footage and lots of interviews. I'm very intrigued to see this. And I'm intrigued to see the discussions in it, like the one Dave Grohl mentions about "I don't understand why it's gone…?" Indeed. ›››

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First Trailer for Powerful Climate Change Doc 'This Changes Everything'

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 08:49
This Changes Everything Trailer

"Change. Or be changed." This is powerful. And maybe it can change everything. Working in tandem with author/journalist Naomi Klein, director Avi Lewis is ready to premiere their documentary This Changes Everything, based on Klein's bestselling book of the same name. It's a searing and alarming look at the environmental disaster we are on the brink of, and it reaches further by connecting with the very people affected by and linked to these realities. Filmed in nine countries on five continents over four years, the doc is executive produced by Alfonso Cuaron, Seth MacFarlane, Danny Glover and Shepard Fairey, and narrated by Klein. This looks like the kind of harrowing, brutally honesty doc that everyone should see. Take a look. ›››

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Examines the Ares 3 in 'The Martian' Promo

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 20:20
The Martian Promo

Our adventure is just beginning. Whoa! This is awesome. Fox has debuted an intriguing new promo video for Ridley Scott's The Martian, featuring real-world astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson examining and discussing the Ares 3 mission to Mars. With all the footage we've seen it looks like they're trying to make this as realistic as possible, as if this mission was actually taking place. And I love that angle because it really does make this feel more real, and like it's actually possible. This video delves into the ideas about Mars and why we want to go there, and how we're going to get there. It's a very nice primer for this movie. ›››

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Watch: Short New Tease for 'The Force Awakens' Lands on Instagram

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 13:40
The Force Awakens

"There has been an awakening…" Whoa! This isn't a full teaser trailer, but it is a nice new tease with some spine-tingling glimpses of new footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Lucasfilm just dropped this onto the new Star Wars Instagram, and it's barely 15 seconds of footage. Finn lights up his lightsaber and Rey takes a glimpse upwards towards the sky with BB-8 in the background. This is very exciting reveal, especially the hint that Finn and Kylo Ren might be going to battle in the forest. Hopefully we'll be seeing more soon and more is on the way. For now, feast your eyes on this quick glimpse of The Force Awakens. ›››

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First Look: Michael Fassbender in Costume for 'Assassin's Creed' Movie

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:44
Assassin's Creed Movie

Meet Callum Lynch. Fox has unveiled the first photo of Michael Fassbender playing the lead character in an Assassin's Creed movie. We've been covering this one for years, as they've been developing it for a long long time ever since the Assassin's Creed game series became a huge hit. Lynch is actually a new character created for the film, and they're telling a story that isn't from any of the games. "After gaining incredible knowledge and skills he's poised to take on the oppressive Knights Templar in the present day." Marion Cotillard, Michael Kenneth Williams and Ariane Labed also star, but are not pictured yet. Looks good so far. ›››

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Watch: New Trailer for Brad Bird's 'The Iron Giant: Signature Edition'

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 09:40
The Iron Giant

"What are we looking at here, Mr. Mansley?" A brand new trailer has just landed online for the upcoming re-mastered and extended re-release of Brad Bird's animated The Iron Giant: Signature Edition. We've already heard about this before, as the beloved animated classic will get a small theatrical re-release before it also hits VOD this October. Brad Bird has been hyping it up showing off life-size Iron Giant statues as well as mini-maquettes soon to be on sale. This new trailer doesn't feature too much new footage, but it is a very nice edit that makes this look like so much more than just a cartoon. A great trailer for a wonderful movie. ›››

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First Trailer for Sundance Drama 'Nasty Baby' Starring Kristen Wiig

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 09:12
Nasty Baby

"You need to deal with your own anger management issues." The first international trailer for Nasty Baby, the latest from Chilean director Sebastián Silva, has debuted. Actress Kristen Wiig has been in a number of outstanding indies recently, between Welcome to Me and The Skeleton Twins and The Diary of a Teenage Girl (I recommend any/all of them), and she has another one coming up. Nasty Baby premiered at Sundance this year and stars Wiig along with Tunde Adebimpe, Reg E. Cathey, Mark Margolis, and Denis O'Hare. The story follows a trio, one woman and two men, in a very awkward relationship. Enjoy. ›››

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Watch: New US Trailer for Stephen Daldry's 'Trash' Film Set in Brazil

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 13:40
Trash Trailer

"Through all of that, why did they stick with it?" "Because it was right." An official US trailer has debuted for the film Trash, directed by Stephen Daldry, co-directed by Christian Duurvoort, about three kids in Brazil who find something in the trash that changes their lives. We've been posting about this film for a while already, featuring a couple of different trailers over the years. What we saw back then was much more like a City of God, with the story of kids growing up within the crazy world of Brazil. This trailer looks much more mainstream, with some familiar faces that speak English to help guide us through the story. Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen are in this, along with Wagner Moura. I'm still very interested in seeing this. ›››

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'The Force Awakens' Will Take Over Every IMAX Screen For a Month

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:50
Star Wars - IMAX

Get ready. Something big is coming. In a post on Hollywood Reporter, they've confirmed with IMAX that Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Force Awakens directed by J.J. Abrams will be playing on every last IMAX screening around the world for one full month straight. They must be anticipating a lot people going to the see this movie non-stop! Indeed, since The Force Awakens looks so damn good this is building up the anticipation even further. It means the theaters and the entire industry is getting ready for Star Wars mania when fans burst through the doors on December 18th - and then camp out there for a full month straight. ›››

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Full Trailer for 'The Hobbit Trilogy: Extended Edition' Theatrical Events

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:32
The Hobbit Trilogy

"The noble quest is at hand…" Warner Bros / New Line Cinema has debuted the full trailer for The Hobbit Trilogy: Extended Edition, an event being hosted by Fathom Events. Taking place in cinemas around the country this October is a series of screenings (on October 5th, October 7th, October 13th) of the complete Extended Edition trilogy from Peter Jackson. One movie will be shown each date, ending with the debut of the Extended Edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. The final movie is actually rated R for "some violence", if that adds any extra interest. The footage is pretty much most of what we've seen, but it's cool to see them make a trailer for the theatrical events. Back to Middle Earth one more time. ›››

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