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Review: MONEY MONSTER Takes A Hostage With A Sense Of Humor

Pleasantly surprising, Jodie Foster's Money Monster is better than expected, in large part because it's not as straightforward as it initially appears. The setup, in fact, leads one to believe that the movie will be a deadly serious hostage thriller....

Review: '71, A Remarkably Assured, Emotionally Powerful Debut

Yann Demange is very clearly a filmmaker who knows what sort of stories he wants to tell and how he wants to tell them, the sort who clearly knows his own skill set, how to best put it to use,...

'71's Yann Demange In Talks To Tackle Corrupt Cops In THE SEVEN FIVE

Deadline is reporting that '71 director Yann Demange is in final negotiations with Sony Pictures to take the helm for The Seven Five the feature adaptation of 2014 documentary by the same name directed by Tiller Russell(The) documentary (was) about...

BUDAPEST And BIRDMAN To Battle THEORY OF EVERYTHING For BAFTA - Nominations Revealed

The nominations for this year's EE British Academy Film Awards, better known as the BAFTAs, were announced this morning, and Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel scored an impressive 11 nominations, closely followed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman and James...

Review: UNBROKEN Takes The Human Spirit To War, Prison

With Unbroken, Angelina Jolie has once again thwarted many expectations of her own career. She's stepped behind the camera to direct what is not just the most un-ironic "triumph of the human spirit" God/country/apple pie film in a long time,...

Watch The Riveting New Trailer For '71, Yann Demange's Troubles-Era Thriller

Yann Demange's breakout film '71 will participate in Spotlight Section of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It will open in cinemas in the U.S. on February 27th. Yahoo debuted an exclusive trailer for the thriller set during the time of...

Watch A Trio Of Clips And Two New Teasers For Yann Demange's '71

Much acclaimed in Berlin and Toronto, Yann Demange's debut feature '71 is now gearing up for release in the UK meaning a handful of new clips and teasers from the Belfast set action-drama have arrived online. Here's the official synopsis:A...

Toronto 2014 Review: '71 Is A Remarkably Assured, Emotionally Powerful Debut

Yann Demange is very clearly a filmmaker who knows what sort of stories he wants to tell and how he wants to tell them. The sort who clearly knows his own skill set, how to best put it to use,...

Toronto 2014: Mavericks, Discovery, Kids, Studio Ghibli, And Even More Selections

Let's be honest: many film festivals would be happy to lead with the announcement of the films included in the Mavericks, Discovery, and Kids programs at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. But Toronto is different, intent on maintaining a...

Gripping First Trailer For Acclaimed UK Action Film '71

Whatever else you may say about the Berlin International Film Festival it is not an event particularly known for embracing genre oriented film. Sensitive dramas, yes. Arthouse experimentation, absolutely. And yet it was a heart pounding action thriller that emerged...

Watch The Raw And Gritty US Trailer For Acclaimed Prison Drama STARRED UP

It seems that there are one or two films like David Mackenzie's Starred Up every year: Films that rack up an impressive array of festival selections - in this case Telluride, Toronto and Tribeca - and nearly universal critical acclaim...

Rotterdam 2014: What The Audience Liked Best

(Forget the snobby arthouse critics... see what the PAYING people thought!) Last week saw the end of the 2014 edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Prizes were awarded, parties given... and the final audience ratings were added to the...

TIFF 2013 Review: STARRED UP, A Gritty And Intense Morality Play

Starred Up is a gritty, intense, and shockingly unique take on the prison drama genre. Yes, there are echoes of the likes of HBO's OZ, but David MacKenzie's take on the family dynamics in jail is executed in a fresh...

Review: SKINS S7E06, RISE: PART 2 (Or, The Final Episode Ever Provides A Strong Send-off For Cook)

The second part of Cook's story in "Rise" is able to stay true to the character and provide him with a fitting conclusion, although the buildup to the final moments is notably less focused or coherent than last week's excellent...

Review: SKINS S7E05, RISE: PART 1 (Or, Cook Is On The Run And Haunted By His Past)

What the first part of "Rise" shows us is just how much the past can benefit what the seventh series of Skins is looking to accomplish. I don't mean to say that the previous episodes should've been focussed on previous...