Jim Jarmusch’s PATERSON Gets a New Trailer

Even though not all Jim Jarmusch movies quite stick the landing for me, I’m always eager to check out what he has in store for us next, and Paterson is no exception. The film stars Adam Driver as Paterson, a

Clay Liford’s SLASH Gets a New Trailer

Gravitas has released a new trailer for Clay Liford‘s upcoming romantic comedy Slash, which revolves around an awkward teen who enjoys writing erotic fan fiction who meets a girl with his same passion after his secret is exposed to his


Cinelicious Pics Acquires Tim Sutton’s DARK NIGHT

Cinelicious has announced they picked up the North American distribution rights for Tim Sutton‘s drama Dark Night, a film loosely based on the Aurora theater shooting in 2012.

The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and Cinelicious plans to release

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The introverted Billy (Timothée Chalamet) is explaining this peculiar band name to the prim and proper Margot (Lili Reinhart) as the song “Sister Golden Hair” plays on the car radio. They’re both high school students and, along with the flamboyantly gay Sam (Anthony Quintal), are headed to a weekend drama competition. Their school no longer formally funds such pursuits, so it’s been turned into an extracurricular field trip, and the kids are chaperoned and driven both ways by Rachel Stevens (Lily Rabe), a young English teacher.

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Many of us outsiders are absolutely captivated by North Korea and its regime of dictators – myself included. We hear one bizarre story after another, and things only seem to be getting weirder and more horrific as the years pass.

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When I first saw Matt Johnson’s feature debut, The Dirties, at the Sarasota Film Festival way back in 2013, I realized that he had restored what little faith I had left in an already dying found-footage genre. By blending a strong technical presence, an unending and ever-entertaining comedic wit, and a gut-punch ending, The Dirties became one of my favorite films of the year and left me eagerly anticipating Johnson’s follow-up.

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I went into A Family Affair cold, not knowing what to expect other than what was in the trailer. This movie, as it turns out, is essentially a portrait of a 95-year-old woman told by her 30-year-old grandson. But what differentiates this from any old home video is most certainly the filmmaker Tom Fassaert’s cinematography and at least one major secret that his grandmother is hiding.

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Edward Snowden is a very intelligent man, he had a very interesting government job, and he did something historic by releasing thousands of classified documents to the press. We know that going into Snowden, and that’s pretty much all we know coming out of it, too.

While it’s somewhat refreshing that noted cinematic rabble-rouser Oliver Stone focuses mostly on the man and not his famous act, there’s a disconnect between the portrait painted and the motivations for informing the American public that their government is spying on them. Contextualization is elusive as the director and co-writer (with Kieran Fitzgerald) takes us through a series of events in a perfunctory manner. Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives a steady performance – and his voice isn’t nearly as distracting as the trailers suggest, but we never get a sense of what really makes this guy tick.

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The words “found” and “footage” appear in the opening text of The Blair Witch Project and the film that follows ushered in a subgenre that’s been omnipresent ever since. Sure it wasn’t the first, but the 1999 flick brought the technique to the mainstream and most found footage movies since have faltered with justifying the style and/or using it effectively. For every [REC] and Cloverfield there are seemingly dozens of indistinguishable queasy-cam snoozers. Blair Witch, the sequel to the granddaddy of modern pseudo-documentary horror, belongs with the indistinguishables.


Criterion Announces December 2016 Titles

The Criterion Collection has announced their planned releases for this December, with Luis Buñuel‘s The Exterminating AngelLaurie Anderson‘s Heart of a Dog, John Huston‘s The Asphault Jungle, and Federico Fellini‘s Roma. Take a look below for details on each of the December