Ben Umstead
U.S. Editor; Los Angeles, California

Ben joined Team Twitch in the summer of 2009 when he moved to NYC, where he established an east coast conglomerate of writers for the site. He currently resides in Los Angeles where he works as a producer and script consultant.

Toronto 2015: First Wave Of Films Arrive, Vallée's DEMOLITION To Open

The 40th Toronto International Film Festival is just around the corner (September 10 - 20), so with that our first wave of films arrives today. Leading the pack in Galas is Jean-Marc Vallée's latest Demolition, with screening spots for Ridley... More »
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VICTORIA: The One-Take Wonder Of 2015 Gets A U.S. Trailer

Since its premiere at Berlin in February, Sebastian Schipper's kinetic Victoria continues to make waves everywhere it goes. And now we've got a U.S. trailer ahead of its October 9th release from Adopt Films.The big reason that the film is... More »
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QUEEN OF EARTH Trailer Offers Up A Cheeky Thriller Throwback

There's something so knowingly corny about the trailer for Listen Up Philip director Alex Ross Perry's Queen Of Earth, that it just becomes some kind of wonderful. That something is the deep-throated voice over which totally edges the trailer into... More »
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SPECTRE: New Trailer Pits 007 Against The Shadows Of His Past

Seems as if this Daniel Craig era of James Bond flicks has been about origins and shared histories and secret-secrets tucked nice and deep underneath even more secrets, which for a spy series makes some sense, especially when it seems... More »
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THE REVENANT: First Trailer For Iñárritu's Next Looks Stunning

Alejandro González Iñárritu follows up his Oscar winning Birdman with what looks to be his most ambitious film to date, the epic survival tale, The Revenant. Based partially on the novel by Michael Punke, the film follows Leonardo DiCaprio as... More »
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Review: TRAINWRECK, A Decidedly Safe Ride To Coupledom

Comedienne Amy Schumer has drawn a lot of eyes (and sometimes ire) for her Comedy Central sketch show Inside Amy Schumer, which lampoons, subverts and raises the ground under many traditional American roles women find themselves pigeonholed in at work,... More »
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Fantasia 2015 Exclusive: THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE Trailer Terrifies

Fantasia is a big place, with some of the biggest genre movies of 2015 screening across its marathon four weeks.But as we know, films come in all shapes and sizes. And it is sometimes the smaller pictures, the intimate, low-budget... More »
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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Comic-Con Reel Delights

This afternoon the cast and crew of Star Wars: The Force Awakens entered the hallowed Hall H at Comic-Con with... what exactly?We were told prior that no clips or trailers would premiere. Nor was that rumor about Colin Trevorrow directing... More »
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Ben Affleck To Co-Write, Direct And Star In Solo BATMAN

And so it was that the age of the Batfleck truly began.In news that has surprised no one, Ben Affleck, who has his first outing as the caped crusader in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice next spring, will be... More »
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Preview: Japan Cuts 2015 Rocks

North America's largest film festival for contemporary Japanese cinema is back for its 9th edition, taking place at the Japan Society in New York City, July 9 - 19.Dustin Chang and Christopher Bourne, our intrepid vets of the fest, bring... More »
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Review: TANGERINE Pops With Verve And Vérité

On the streets of Los Angeles sunlight seems to move differently than in most places. It blazes, arching across the sky, like a banshee spreading its wings. From behind the wheel of your car, inching forward in the hellion-marked traffic... More »
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Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of The First Half Of 2015

As mentioned before, the year 2015 is moving on with breakneck speed, it seems. Currently we're already at the halfway point, and can look back at what's been a pretty surprising cinematic six months. So we asked ourselves what we... More »
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Preview: New York Asian Film Festival, Back In Action!

A summer staple for NYC, the New York Asian Film Festival (affectionately known around these parts as NYAFF) swings back into action at The Film Society Of Lincoln Center and SVA Theater, June 26 - July 11. Jam packed with... More »
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Review: FELT, A United Front Of Creative Forces

There comes a moment early on in Toad Road director Jason Banker's Felt which beautifully sets the tone for what is to unfold over the next 70 or so minutes of his second narrative feature. After partying with a few young... More »
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Watch Delightfully Deranged Short THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM Now

Well, dear readers, it must be short film day here at Twitch.Director Ryan Spindell and his fellow mad scientists and Trapdoor Pictures have something wonderfully pulpy and more than a little silly to share with us today: Their short film... More »
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SICARIO: Watch The Thrilling Trailer For Denis Villeneuve's Crime Epic

Coming off of great buzz at Cannes, Denis Villeneuve's Sicario arrives on U.S. shores September 18. Today the trailer dropped and it's a doozy.Starring Emily Blunt as an FBI agent who gets thrust into the Mexican Cartel drug war, the... More »
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FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: First Teaser For AMC's Next Undead Effort

I want my ZTV.AMC's adaption of the comic book The Walking Dead is so gosh darn popular, a second show taking place in Robert Kirkman's zombie universe is coming. Premiering this August, Fear The Walking Dead chronicles the survival of... More »
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LA Film Fest Review: I AM THALENTE, Skating On Passion, Finding Purpose

We all know the sound. That clack-scrape-whoosh of a skateboard on the sidewalk. For many of us it is as close to the sport as we get. When we hear that sound some of us move out of the way... More »
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LA Film Fest Exclusive Clip: I AM THALENTE Doc Visits The Skateboarding Youth Of Durban

When documentarian Natalie Johns and her team returned to her home country of South Africa, they weren't quite expecting the story they found on the streets of Durban.Thalente Biyela is a 17-year old who is homeless and illiterate. And he... More »
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Review: JURASSIC WORLD, When Brand(ed) Chaos Reigns

Jurassic Park was the event movie of my childhood. In the summer of 1993, I was 9 years old. Amidst my enthusiasm for Batman, X-Men, and all things Star Wars, I was compelled and fascinated by the world of dinosaurs.... More »
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