Tag: russia

Karlovy Vary 2018 Review: Heartfelt Coming-of-Age JUMPMAN Collides With Political Criticism of Contemporary Russia

Russian filmmaker Ivan I. Tverdovsky criticizes the Russian system in a coming-of-age drama with a superhero bent.

NIGHT WATCH Author Sergei Lukianenko Returns To The Big Screen With ROUGH COPY

Russian sci fi author Sergei Lukianenko created a global phenomenon with his series of Night Watch novels, books which are not only available all around the world but also provided the basis for Timur Bekmambetov's break out international hit films...

Konstantin Khabenskiy Leads An Escape From SOBIBOR

Russian star Konstantin Khabenskiy rose to international fame through his lead roles in Timur Bekmambetov's Night Watch films - followed by a memorable support part in Bekmambetov's English debut Wanted -  and he now makes his directorial debut with the...

Hot Docs 2018 Review: THE RUSSIAN JOB Makes You Laugh on the Inside

How is this for an elevator pitch:  What if Roy Andersson directed Roger & Me? No pitch is necessary, because a collaboration between a Czech journalist, Petr Horký, and freelance photographer (and regular contributor to the New York Times) Milan...

Large Scale Tank Battles In Aleksey Sidorov's T-34 Trailer!

Russian helmer Aleksey Sidorov first came to our attention here with his slick boxing themed crime thriller Shadowboxing several years back. He was clearly a director looking to create large scale entertainment with the technical chops to do exactly that...

Review: LOVELESS Examines A Couple's Life As They Search For Their Child

Years ago, when our children were smaller, my wife and I used to share a dark joke about the 'reverse custody battle.' It went like so: In the event of our marriage falling apart, we would each try to convince...

Toronto 2017 Review: LOVELESS Boldly Repurposes the Missing Child Drama

Years ago, when our children were smaller, my wife and I used to share a dark joke about the 'reverse custody battle.' It went like so: In the event of our marriage falling apart, we would each try to convince...

Impressive Russian SciFi Short THE PASSENGER Teased

Russian director Egor Abramenko has long been a favorite in these parts - a quick search of our archive will turn up a number of his previous works - but has largely been out of our view in recent days....

Hot Docs 2017 Review: THE ROAD MOVIE, Chaos Reigns On Russian Byways

If you have spent any time lost in the YouTube wormhole, you have probably seen some of the crazy car accident footage that has been uploaded and archived by witnesses, usually from cheap cameras mounted at the front windshield of...

Imagine 2017 Review: GUARDIANS

(As the editor-in-chief of Preview Magazine exclaimed when introducing this screening: "Criticize it all you like, but it has a bear with a minigun!") If you've seen its trailers (and why shouldn't you have), you know exactly what to expect...

MAJOR GROM: Russia's Bubble Studios Makes Bold Move to Movies

Russia's Bubble Comics have made a bold move into film with their first production, a 30 minute film based on their popular character, Major Grom. Directed by Vladimir Besedin with a budget of more than $1 million USD, the film...

MAJOR GROM Brings Russian Comic Book Hero To The Big Screen

While recent efforts such as Guardians have shown a desire within the Russian film industry to tap into the super hero craze with some original characters of their own there has apparently never been an adaptation of a Russian graphic...

Full Trailer For Russian Superhero Film GUARDIANS Brings On The Were-Bear!

Look, I'm not even going to pretend that the VFX in upcoming Russian superhero picture Guardians are up to Hollywood blockbuster standards. I mean, they're not horrible or anything - I'd put them around the level of a typical Chinese...

The Apocalypse Has Come To Russia! Time To Dance! DANCE TO DEATH!

In what can only be described as The Hunger Games meets Dance Dance Revolution, the full theatrical trailer has just arrived for Russian post apocalyptic thriller Танцы насмерть, aka Dance To Death. And, yes, it is exactly as described on...

ATTRACTION: Loads Of New Footage In Latest Trailer For Russian SciFi

The marketing machine is in full swing for Fedor Bondarchuk's upcoming Russian scifi film Attraction with the second new trailer in two weeks arriving this morning and this one comes absolutely loaded with new footage for the film. The marketing...

ATTRACTION: New Trailer For Russian SciFi Delivers Large Scale Spectacle

Fedor Bondarchuk's Russian scifi film Attraction is coming closer to its local theatrical release and the marketing machine is building up accordingly with a new trailer freshly on the scene. You want alien spaceships, military action and humanity fed up...

Classic Animated movie Review: Anastasia, a classic historical musical drama from 1997!

In the 1980s, a new legend in animated movies Don Bluth made his breakthrough with the 1984 classic "Secrets of Nimh" and finished the 80s with a bang with the 1989 classic "Land Before Time".  Don is also the man...

THE BRIDE: Russian Horror Terrifies In New Trailer

It was just last year that we came across the trailer for impressive looking Russian horror film Queen Of Spades: The Dark Rite. Obviously steeped in American horror tropes this one had production values to stand with teh very best...

Russian Disaster Film ICEBREAKER Runs Ashore With New Trailer, Higher Rating

Coming from the team behind subway disaster picture Metro, we've been keeping an eye on upcoming Russian disaster flick Icebreaker for a while now and have now been rewarded both with a new trailer and news that the film has...

Latest ATTRACTION Trailer Suggests The Arrival May Not Be Intentional

The long history of alien arrival films has generally been driven by one of two options. Either they've come here to help us or they've come here to hurt us. But based on the latest trailer for Fyodor Bondarchuk's Attraction...