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WILD CANARIES Review

Motives are mounting and blackmail abounds in writer/director Lawrence Michael Levine’s latest film, Wild Canaries, a modern update of the classic murder mystery that marries romantic entanglements and relationship drama along with the tension from anticipating the twists and turns of standard whodunit involving amateur sleuths.

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Outfest Fusion Festival Lineup Announced for 2015

The Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival has revealed its lineup for 2015.

Presented by HBO, the two-day fest will be held at the legendary Egyptian Theatre and will feature a digitally restored version of the ’90s film Paris is

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MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN Review

The documentary My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn acts as a behind-the-scenes look into the life of the director behind the critically acclaimed film Drive, which starred Ryan Gosling. While its goal is to present an intimate look into the life and career of Refn, the film – shot by his wife, Liv Corfixen – only gives us a small peek behind the curtain and ends up feeling much more like a DVD extra than a fleshed-out documentary.

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Brian Wilson Biopic LOVE & MERCY Gets a Teaser Trailer

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have released a new teaser trailer for Love & Mercy, the upcoming biopic about Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. Paul Dano and John Cusack play younger and older Wilson, with Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti also starring.

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Disney’s FROZEN FEVER Trailer

Just when you thought the Frozen phenomena was cooling off, Disney punishes parents with another Frozen story, this time in the form of a short titled Frozen Fever, that will screen in front of its live-action Cinderella opening in theaters next month. Kristen

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Maori Warrior Flick THE DEAD LANDS Gets a New Trailer

Magnet Releasing has posted up a new trailer for the upcoming action film The Dead Lands, which revolves around a Maori Chieftan’s son avenging the death of his father by brutally slaughtering those that wronged him. The film is directed by Toa Fraser

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SARAH’S ROOM Review

Director Grant McPhee is a seasoned professional when it comes to visual imagery in film, working on the cinematography and digital imaging for a number of projects that include Cloud Atlas, Under the Skin and Game of Thrones, just to name a few.

This knack for visual acuity is strikingly apparent in his latest directorial effort, Sarah’s Room. This feature-length film is the product of an experiment to see what kind of product a crew of professional actors and filmmakers can create given the very restrictive constraints of a five-day shooting schedule and a budget of only £4,000. Although this sounds like a probable recipe for disaster, it’s clear McPhee surrounded himself with talented people, as the end result is every bit as polished as a film with ten times this budget.

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BIG HERO 6 Blu-ray Review

Disney’s Academy Award-winning Big Hero 6 will hit the shelves tomorrow, Feb. 24, along with its fellow Academy Award-winning short film, Feast, as part of the studio’s latest Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack.

The story of Hiro Hamada, his marshmallow-fluff friend and their crew of crime fighters was released last year to high praise and was lauded as an original story that was both comedic and heartwarming. Snagging an Oscar this week for best animated feature, Big Hero 6 – a film adaptation of the Marvel Comics series – brought to life the origin stories of these two-dimensional characters from the books and laid down a decent foundation for the anticipated set of sequels.

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2015 Razzie Winners Announced

Every year when the Oscars honor the best films of the year, the Razzies highlight some of the less well-received releases, and this year’s top honor of Worst Picture went to Kirk Cameron‘s Saving Christmas. Cameron also won Worst Actor for the

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The 2015 Oscar Winners

 In case you missed the 87th Annual Academy Awards tonight, here’s the full list of winners. Birdman took home the big prize of Best Picture, with Best Director going to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Birdman, Eddie Redmayne winning Best Actor in a Leading

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WILD TALES Review

An issue that’s difficult for anthology films to overcome is one of batting average. More often than not, there’s a least one segment that doesn’t measure up to the others and regardless of the quality of the rest of the rest of the film, the weak section(s) drag it down a bit. Once the light shines on the uneven, episodic nature of the narrative, you begin to wonder how many more of these stories you have to sit through. With Wild Tales, Argentinian writer-director Damián Szifrón bats a thousand. Sure, some of the six tales of vengeance and justice are better than others, but all are tightly constructed, relatable micro-stories that tap into the foibles and fallibility of savage impulses.