Sundance Hong Kong 2015 Review: SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME, Good With Reservations

The debut feature from Beijing-born Chloe Zhao focuses on the unlikely subject matter of adolescent Lakota indians in South Dakota. Beautifully photographed and confidently directed, Songs My Brothers Taught Me is a notable first film, marred only by a rather... More »
By James Marsh   

New York 2015 Review: THE WALK Showcases Robert Zemeckis's Stereoscopic 3D Wizardry

Forget about Joseph Gordon-Levitt's ridiculous Pepé Le Pew French accent. Forget about his weird toupé and blue contact lenses, forget about the candy colored fairyland a.k.a. Paris in the first hour. Robert Zemeckis's new film The Walk still works as... More »
By Dustin Chang   

Sundance Hong Kong 2015 Review: ADVANTAGEOUS, Underachieving Sci-Fi For Tiger Mums

Jennifer Phang's ambitious sci-fi drama presents some intriguing ideas about identity and sacrifice in a uniquely female context, but she invests her budget into the wrong elements, and is unable to fashion her final film into anything particularly engaging.In the... More »
By James Marsh   

Sundance Hong Kong 2015 Review: THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT Wields Significant Power

The events that went down at Jordan Hall in August 1971 have been recounted numerous times and inspired at least two films already - Oliver Hirschbiegel's excellent Das Experiment (2001) starring Moritz Bleibtreu and Paul Scheuring's American remake from 2010, starring... More »
By James Marsh   

The Many Faces Of Robert De Niro

This week, Nancy Meyers' The Intern premieres, starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. And tempting though it is to do an Anne Hathaway quiz, I went with Robert De Niro. For as James Marsh noted on Robert's birthday in... More »
By Ard Vijn   

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE: Fox Buys Christie Novel Rights For THE IMITATION GAME's Morten Tyldum

Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox has bought the rights for Agatha Christie's classic mystery novel And Then There Were None and they have tapped The Imitation Game's Morten Tyldum to direct it. The novel follows 10 strangers who are... More »
By Andrew Mack   

EXCLUSIVE: UNISOL's John Hyams To Helm The Refn Produced MANIAC COP Remake

We have just received word from ground zero at Fantastic Fest that John Hyams, director of the recent Universal Solider films Regeneration and Day of Reckoning, will direct the upcoming remake of the cult film Maniac Cop. Innocent people are being brutally... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Destroy All Monsters: LOVE And Dicks

Gaspar Noe's Love is ridiculous, and I'm fairly convinced it knows it. It's a movie about dicks, which are ridiculous objects; and ridiculous people, who happen to be dicks. It's the great cinematic circle-jerk. Your mileage may vary. There is,... More »
By Matt Brown   

Review: PAY THE GHOST Is Average, But Nicolas Cage Does Great Work

I don't think I have to be the one that reminds you about the certain infamous recognition that Oscar-winner actor Nicolas Cage has nowadays. We all know about his projects, why he chooses them, how he fares in them, and... More »

Twitchvision: Toronto 2015 Edition - ROOM, HARDCORE, HURT & More!

The dust is still settling on TIFF for this year, with dozens of films screened as part of this gigantic festival. Here are two of the Twitchvision hits done over the course of the week, including looks at Room, Hardcore,... More »
By Jason Gorber   

HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN's Jason Eisener Goes Underwater With Next Feature

The Tracking Board is reporting that Hobo With A Shotgun's Jason Eisener will direct a horror thriller for Fox. Based off of an original idea by Eisener the film will have some underwater sequences and is said to be tonally... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Toronto 2015 Review: THE MARTIAN, A Thrilling, Entertaining Space Flick

The Martian concept is a delight, stranding an astronaut millions of kilometers from home, where he has to "science the shit" out of the situation in order to find a way back. Implicit in the concept, however, is that... More »
By Jason Gorber   

The Many Faces Of Josh Brolin

This week, Josh Brolin appears as an important supporting actor in not one but TWO new releases: the great-looking mountain drama Everest (reviewed here) and the by all accounts spectacular Sicario (reviewed here). Time for him to feature in our... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Review: MAZE RUNNER: SCORCH TRIALS Leads to Zombies And War

The messages and metaphors of young adult fiction might be blunt enough to leave a mark as they hit you over the head, but the teen target audience doesn't seem to mind. Perhaps that's because the messages and metaphors, true... More »
By Jim Tudor   

Review: SICARIO, A Marvelous, Stunning Hybrid

In white writing on a black screen, we're taught that Sicario was the name given to Hebrew Zealots (the name means "dagger men") who fought to expel the Romans in Judea. Now the name is used in Mexico to refer... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Criterion Celebrates December: Harold Lloyd's SPEEDY, Michael Ritchie's DOWNHILL RACER, And More

The Criterion Collection gets in the spirit of the holiday season in December by offering a silent movie by Harold Lloyd. Now that's a holiday I can support! Speedy features Lloyd in his final leading performance in a silent feature,... More »
By Peter Martin   

Destroy All Monsters: Mars Needs Meaning

To psyche ourselves up for Ridley Scott's next film, The Martian, Twitch contributor Kurt Halfyard and I have been putting together a limited-run podcast which works backwards through the history of Mars on film, from 2012 to 1918. It was... More »
By Matt Brown   

DOCTOR STRANGE: Rachel McAdams Says She Is Joining The Cast

Canadian actress Rachel McAdams has told The Wrap today that she will be joining the cast of Marvel's Doctor Strange. If this is true she joins Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor.Marvel would not comment on this news but... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Toronto 2015 Review: BLACK MASS, A Work Of Power And Impact

The real life rise and fall of James "Whitey" Bulger already seems the stuff of cinema. He's the gangster who grabbed South Boston by the throat, leading his Winter Hill mob to gain control over much of the city.... More »
By Jason Gorber   

The Trailer For POV Actioner HARDCORE Totally Is

Ahead of its world premiere tonight in Toronto's Midnight Madness section, a trailer has dropped for Ilya Naishuller's first person actioner Hardcore. The less said about the trailer the better, but first...You may recall that Naishuller and his team were... More »
By Ben Umstead   
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