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Review: ANNIHILATION, a Rainbow Hell of Genre Splicing

About ten years ago, I found myself musing about speculative fiction novels ripe for adaptation to the big screen. The subject of The New Weird literary movement came up via Alastair Reynold's Chasm City and China Mieville's Perdido St. Station, arguably the pinnacle of...

Rey Before Rey: Padmé Is the Protagonist of THE PHANTOM MENACE

Among many things, one area where The Phantom Menace falls behind the other Star Wars films is its lack of a clear hero's journey, driving the narrative as Luke's drives Star Wars and Rey's drives The Force Awakens. Fans like...

Review: SONG TO SONG, Where Angelic White People Have A Devil Of A Time

And so the prostitute says, "Create the Illusion, but don't believe it."  I am not sure if that is Terrence Malick's thesis with Song To Song, an elliptical fairy tale of despondency, but the film does feature Val Kilmer wielding a...

Review: JACKIE, A Sublime And Intimate Look At An American Tragedy

Star-driven biopics are a dime a dozen in the annual awards race yet Pablo Larrain's searing new drama Jackie stands head and shoulders above the more conventional fare that flood theaters around this time of year. A deeply intimate story...

CAFE SOCIETY, ELLE, WILDERPEOPLE and More at Hong Kong Summer Film Fest

This year's Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival - curated by the HKIFF Cinefan programme - revealed its line-up this morning, with Woody Allen's Cafe Society announced as opening film and Paul Verhoeven's Elle closing festivities which run from 16-30...

Review: KNIGHT OF CUPS, A Malick For The New Day

Rejoice ye fans of Terrence Malick - your wily transcendentalist has emerged again! And though the film doesn't equal (ahem... transcend) his previous highs, Knight Of Cups at least finds the idiosyncratic auteur trying something new. Malick's style remains the...

Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite 21st Century Western?

Last week, Jane Got a Gun premiered, and both Bone Tomahawk and The Hateful Eight are still on their world tours. The so-called "westerns" are no longer as rare as they used to be. Clearly, that genre is currently decades...

JANE GOT A GUN Gets a Loud, Bullet-Riddled Trailer

Jane Got A Gun has certainly had more than its fair share of problems, with original director Lynne Ramsay dropping out just as shooting began two years ago, and actors such as Jude Law and Bradley Cooper also coming and...

Berlinale 2015 Review: KNIGHT OF CUPS Sees Malick Repurposed

Rejoice ye fans of Malick - your wily transcendentalist has emerged again! And though the film doesn't equal (ahem... transcend) his previous highs, Knight Of Cups at least finds the idiosyncratic auteur trying something new. Malick's style remains the same;...

NOBODY WANTS THE NIGHT to Open Berlinale '15

Spanish auteur Isabel Coixet's latest film, Nobody Wants the Night, will open the 65th edition of Berlinale, as well as being part of the official competition.Starring Juliette Binoche, Rinko Kukuchi, and Gabriel Byrne, little is known of the plot of...

Trip Out With KNIGHT OF CUPS Trailer From Terrence Malick

The first trailer for Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups is as trippy as anything in The Tree of Life. The film stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palmer,...

JANE GOT A GUN, Lynne Ramsay Gets A Lawsuit

Back in March, the news got out that the production of the western Jane Got A Gun had hit a rather severe snag on its first day of shooting: director Lynne Ramsay (We Need To Talk About Kevin) never showed...

"You Must Be Desperate." New THOR: THE DARK WORLD Trailer

The new trailer for Marvel's Thor: The Dark World picks up where the last one left off, with locked up Loki (Tom Hiddleston) cooly surmising why his adoptive brother Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has come to see him: He must be...

Ewan McGregor Jumps From SON OF A GUN to JANE GOT A GUN

Ewan McGregor has just wrapped filming on Australian crime action-thriller Son of a Gun, and rather than get back home and chill out, he's opted to jump straight onto another project already in production. And it's not just any production...

JANE GOT A GUN But No Actors. Bradley Cooper Becomes Latest To Abandon Ship.

I don't believe I've ever seen a production as anticipated as the Natalie Portman starring and produced western Jane Got A Gun turn so bad, so quickly. The early exit of Michael Fassbender was clearly an omen, in retrospect, but...

Out, Damned Spot! Natalie Portman To Play Lady Macbeth In Justin Kurzel's MACBETH

After news broke yesterday that rising-fast Australian director Justin Kurzel would direct Michael Fassbender as Macbeth for the producers of The King's Speech, we heard the reveal of who would play Lady Macbeth wasn't far away. Well, turns out that...

Jude Law Bows Out Of JANE GOT A GUN

Just a few short hours after Warrior director Gavin O'Connor came to save the day in the wake of Lynne Ramsay's departure comes more ill news from the set of the Natalie Portman starring and produced western Jane Got A...

WARRIOR Director Gavin O'Connor Takes Helm On JANE GOT A GUN

One of the more spectacular and weirder pieces of news this week came from the set of the Natalie Portman/Jude Law starring western Jane Got A Gun. Director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) pulled a no-show on...

Director Lynne Ramsay Doesn't Show Up For First Day Of Filming JANE GOT A GUN

In what must be one of the most left-field stories to come out of the industry in recent memory, We Need To Talk About Kevin helmer Lynne Ramsay never showed up for the first day of production on her new...

Natalie Portman To Star In Lynne Ramsay Western JANE GOT A GUN

It seems Natalie Portman is ready to get back in the saddle, both figuratively and literally. Having taken a good block of time away from work following Black Swan to focus on being a parent, Portman is at the center...