Tag: danstevens

Calgary Underground 2024 Review: CUCKOO, Delightfully Analog Sensory Overload

Two characters, having barely survived a traumatic and violent ordeal at a hospital, try to leave, only to find the doors locked. But wait, it is one of those situations where one door is locked but the other one works...

ABIGAIL Review: Ballet Gets Bloody Entertaining

It's a juggling act to get an entertaining horror film - one that's fun, funny, yet still scary, with a good share of violence and gore, a decent story with snappy dialogue, and a monster that an audience can root...

ABIGAIL Trailer: Don't Let the Tutu Fool You

Ballet might seem like a delicate art, something elegant and high class, rarefied and sweet. But if you've ever seen a ballet dancer's feet, or know some of the stories behind the well-known ballets (Swan Lake, anyone), you'd know that...

Berlinale 2021 Review: I'M YOUR MAN, Sex, Love and Algorithms

Do androids dream of romantic clich├ęs?

MotelX 2020: Lisbon Genre Festival Lineup Includes LA LLORONA, THE RENTAL And HOST

Last month we shared the hopeful news that our friends at MotelX, the kick-ass genre film festival in Lisbon, Portugal, were prepping a live edition of their next festival. With some changes to their format and an extra couple days...

Review: THE RENTAL, You May Want to Choose the Early Check-out

Anyone who’s ever rented a house or signed up for Airbnb lodgings in a remote corner of the world may have felt uncertainty sneak up. Naggingly, your mind begins to wonder: What if it’s all too good to be true?...

THE RENTAL Trailer: This Will Never Be Over

Alison Brie, Dan Stevens, Jeremy Allen White, and Sheila Vand star in Dave Franco's feature directorial debut.

THE RENTAL: 16 Seconds to Tease a Great Location

To be frank, I am not, in general, a fan of brief videos that tease longer videos, yet I must admit that, nonetheless, the brief video for The Rental intrigues me, despite myself. The 16-second video showcases nothing, really, except...

Review: THE CALL OF THE WILD Gives Mo-Cap-Heavy Adaptations a Bad Name

Harrison Ford and Terry Notary star as a prospector and a dog, respectively; Chris Sanders directs a new version of Jack London's classic tale of adventure.

Natalie Portman Is LUCY IN THE SKY in First, Trippy Trailer

When I first heard about the project, the story of an astronaut who comes home from space and has trouble adjusting to "normal" life, I wondered how interest could be sustained for an entire feature. Now that I've seen the...

Fantastic Fest 2018 Review: APOSTLE, Ambitious Folk Horror That Lacks Focus But Mostly Delivers Anyway

There is a lot to like in Gareth Huw Evans' ambitious folk horror tale, Apostle. The problem might be that there is just too much of everything to really fall in love. The film takes huge swings at slightly incongruous...

KILL SWITCH Trailer: Dan Stevens' World Implodes in Sci-Fi Thriller

Visual FX supervisor Tim Smit makes his directorial debut with the high concept, futuristic thriller Kill Switch starring Dan Stevens (The Guest). The film is based on Smit's own short film, What's in the Box. Set in the future, the...

Review: THE TICKET, Once I Was Blind, Now I Am a Jerk

Murmured words are shared between a man and woman in the intimate opening moments of Ido Fluk's character drama, accompanied by indistinct images in motion. What emerges clearly is the man relating a tale about a lottery ticket and God,...

Review: COLOSSAL, Comedy, Drama and Monsters Smashing Things Up

Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo is no stranger to readers of these pages. His previous features Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial and Open Windows have held sway over many in the genre film community. In many ways, however, Colossal is his most accomplished and, in turn, most...

Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Lovely, Long, Lyrical, Lesser

A tale as old as time is refurbished with new materials for reasons that are not readily apparent in Beauty and the Beast. It's the cinematic equivalent of someone blowing all the dust off a 25-year-old piece of furniture and...

Review: CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES, Now On Blu-ray And VOD

The first notion presented in Criminal Activities, the directorial debut of Watchmen's Jackie Earle Haley, is a common and precise one: life is unpredictable, one day you are here and the next moment you can be gone. Even if the film...

Review: THE GUEST, More Magnificent Midnight Madness

With last year's release of You're Next and contributions to the V/H/S and ABCs of Death horror anthologies, director-writer duo Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett are quickly becoming two of the most exciting filmmakers working in the genre space right...

Exclusive: THE GUEST Video Scavenger Hunt - Win Killer Prizes!

Building up steam toward its theatrical release in the U.S. next Wednesday, September 17, Adam Wingard's The Guest stars Dan Stevens in a most unexpected role, and so we have been inspired to create a most unexpected giveaway. First, a...

THE GUEST UK Trailer Drops All Polite Pretenses

As much as I loved the first U.S. trailer for The Guest, I have to admit that the new British trailer kicks ass in a much more direct manner. Dropping all pretensions to polite behavior, the trailer immediately sets up Dan...

First Teaser For THE GUEST, Latest From The YOU'RE NEXT Duo

Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett's thriller The Guest made quite an impression on our Festivals Editor Ryland Aldrich when he caught their latest at Sundance. You can read his full review at the link but this is what he had...