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Berlinale 2015 Review: IEC LONG, A Haunting Exploration Of Macau's Lost Firecracker Industry

Chinese rockets explode in front of our curious eyes, and disappear in the black clouds of a nocturnal sky. The past haunts our ruins, overlapping times consisting of moving photographs and still film images. An old man has worked in... More »

Berlinale 2015 Review: FISH TAIL, Political And Personal Poetry Of Poverty

Fish Tail by Joaquim Pinto and Nuno Leonel is an essayistic scream for freedom beyond globalization. Set in the village of Rabo de Peixe (translates "fish tail") on the Azores, this follow-up to Pinto's acclaimed What Now? Remind Me is... More »

Berlinale 2015 Review: 45 YEARS, A Heart-Wrenching Look At Late Marriage

How much can, or should we, let the past affect the present? If our lives went one way instead of another, can we mourn too much what we didn't have? If you think you were not your spouse's only great... More »

Berlinale 2015 Review: AFERIM!, A Gorgeous And Angry Road Trip Through Romania's Past

For over a decade Romanian Cinema has produced many breathtakingly great films and directors like Cristi Puiu, Corneliu Porumboiu, Cristian Mungiu or Călin Peter Netzer have gained international recognition and are household names in world cinema. The usual term of... More »

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 »

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   

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 »

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 »

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   

Poster Premiere For Sam de Jong's PRINCE

The Netherlands has been producing a remarkable amount of impressive young talent over the past few years and it would appear that now is the time to add Sam de Jong's name to that list. de Jong makes his feature... More »
By Todd Brown   

HOLIDAYS: Kevin Smith, Gary Shore, Matt Johnson And Many More Join Holiday Themed Anthology

As anthologies are one of rages as of late it takes something special for it to really stand out. Novel concepts like the ABCs of Death or V/H/S series have worked out well for everyone involved. But more times than not fantastic... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Exclusive: Have A Look At The Poster For Peter Greenaway's EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO

Peter Greenaway's new film, Eisenstein In Guanajuato will premiere in the competition section at Berlin on Wednesday, February 11th. We have your first look at the new poster for the production. In 1931, at the height of his artistic powers, Soviet... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Exclusive: Your First Look At The Poster For Gabriel Ripstein's 600 MILES

The film world will descend upon Berlin soon for Berlinale. Opening this year's Panorama program on Friday, February 6th, is the directorial debut from Mexican filmmaker Gabriel Ripstein, 600 Miles. We have your first look at the poster. Arnulfo Rubio, a... More »
By Andrew Mack   

CHASUKE'S JOURNEY: Check The First Images From Sabu's Berlin-Selected Latest

Prolific Japanese director Sabu teams up with Kitano Takeshi's Office Kitano for his latest effort, an adaptation of his own novel Ten No Chasuke - known simply in English as Chasuke's Journey.In the afterlife, busy playwrights are writing scenarios for... More »
By Todd Brown   
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