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Friday One Sheet: A SIMPLE (Thai) FAVOR (Again)

A number of weeks ago, we slathered on the love for the pastel geometric key art designs for Paul Feig's mystery thriller, A Simple Favour. As the film gets an international push, there has been consistency in the marketing campaign,...

Review: A SIMPLE FAVOR, Not So Simple, But Satisfying

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively are pitch perfect as a pair of mismatched moms in Paul Feig's best movie to date.

Review: TROLLS, Don't Worry, Be Happy

Beneath its cheerful surfaces, a noxious message underlies Trolls. The latest production from Dreamworks Animation features highly colorful visuals to enhance the tuneful karaoke of the primary narrative. The setup is that the monstrous, evil race of creatures known as...

Review: PITCH PERFECT 2 Pitches Right Down The Middle

The Bellas are back, for more comedy wrapped up in singing, or vice versa, depending on your preference. As a movie, it's more of a fun night out at the theater than a stirring next chapter in the lives of...

Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Showcases Immense Talents In Intimate Settings

It's common knowledge that a pure musical takes more than a bit of suspension of disbelief. From the first notes, you kind of have to go with the flow, taking in the abstraction as it comes. On stage, this level...

Review: CAKE Serves Up Honest, Emotional Storytelling

"I hope you're ready to be depressed," whispered the person sitting next to me to no one in particular as the opening frames of Cake started to roll. Indeed, director Daniel Barnz's film about a woman confronting debilitating pain, drug...

Toronto 2014 Review: THE VOICES, Silly And Schizoid

It's days after I saw it, and I still haven't decided if Marjane Satrapi's The Voices is sublime or shit. I think, frankly, that it's an unholy combination of both, a mess of a film that still has moments...

Toronto 2014 Review: Jennifer Aniston Bares Her Soul In CAKE

"I hope you're ready to be depressed," whispered the person sitting next to me to no one in particular as the opening frames of Cake started to roll. Indeed, director Daniel Barnz's film about a woman confronting debilitating pain, drug...

AnarchyVision: Jason Gorber Talks Toronto 2014 - NIGHTCRAWLER, TUSK, THE LAST 5 YEARS

It's Toronto International Film Festival time, with a street level look at a few gems from this year's crop. Nightcrawler is dark and disturbing, Kevin Smith's Tusk is a strange and wild midnight tale, and The Last Five Years is a...

Toronto 2014 Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Is On-Screen Music Theater Done Right

It's common knowledge that a pure musical takes more than a bit of suspension of disbelief. From the first notes, you kind of have to go with the flow, taking in the abstraction as it comes. On stage, this level...

Melbourne 2014 Review: HAPPY CHRISTMAS Boosted By Its Characters

Joe Swanberg directs and stars in an 'indie' family drama that is as equally generic as the non-descript title suggests. The free-formed plot involves a couple with a child; Jeff (Swanberg) and author Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) and the slight stress...

Review: DRINKING BUDDIES Brings Joe Swanberg To The Big Time

Joe Swanberg's career as a filmmaker has gone through several phases, all without his name being known to more than a tiny fraction of the movie-going public. The inadvertent and unwilling godfather of the "Mumblecore" sub-genre (in which listless twentysomethings...

SXSW Review: DRINKING BUDDIES Brings Joe Swanberg to the Big Time

Joe Swanberg's career as a filmmaker has gone through several phases, all without his name being known to more than a tiny fraction of the movie-going public. The inadvertent and unwilling godfather of the "Mumblecore" sub-genre (in which listless twentysomethings...

Pegg, Frost, and Ayoade Among Voice Cast Of THE BOXTROLLS From PARANORMAN Creators

Laika and Focus Features, the studios that brought animated standouts Coraline and ParaNorman into being, are at it again. This time they are teaming up to adapt Here Be Monsters!, a young readers fantasy novel written and illustrated by Alan Snow,...

Hey, ScreenAnarchy! Win END OF WATCH On Blu-ray!

Gritty cop drama End Of Watch won a great deal of love here in the pages of ScreenAnarchy with a glowingly positive review by Scott Weinberg and if you missed it in the theater - or saw it and loved...

TIFF 2012 Review: END OF WATCH, a Gritty, Realistic Police Story

If there's one filmmaker out there who is clearly and passionately interested in the psychology of modern police officers, it'd have to be screenwriter turned director David Ayer. Although his first release was the submarine thriller U-571, all of his...

Watch PARANORMAN Directors' Lengthy Fantasia Q&A

Montreal's Fantasia Festival was proud to bring ParaNorman to a rabid audience in Montreal and it would appear that the creators were rather pleased about the scenario as well. Directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell were both on hand in...

Hollywood Grind: PARANORMAN Blazes a Stop-Motion Indie Trail

ParaNorman, which opens wide today across the U.S. and Canada, is an original, handmade film produced by Laika, an independent animation studio located near Portland, Oregon. As I wrote in my review, it's "a terrific, ghoulish, comic thriller that cheerfully...

Review: PARANORMAN, a Terrific, Ghoulish, Comic Thriller

Quickly moving beyond its opening 'Grindhouse for Horror Kids' vibe, ParaNorman becomes much more -- a terrific, ghoulish, comic thriller that cheerfully wears its bloody heart on its sleeve. Norman Babcock sees dead people; he is surrounded by ghostly apparitions...

PARANORMAN's Zombies Head To The Olympics!

A round of applause for Laika, please, who have just released what will probably be the best piece of Olympic tie in marketing that will be seen during these games. It seems that zombies like a good bit of athletic...