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the void review

In the eyes of many genre filmmakers, the horror genre peaked in the ’80s and this mindset has informed entire filmographies. To attend any genre film festival is to wade through movies that feel like deliberate riffs on the work of directors like John Carpenter, movies filled with gooey practical effects and set to icy synth soundtracks. This kind of affection for a bygone era even went mainstream this summer with the release of Netflix’s Stranger Things – everyone wants to make a great ’80s movie 30 years after the fact and it can feel stifling. Nostalgia can be a bitch and a half. After a few miserable ’80s horror pastiches, you can’t help but feel ready to throw this entire subgenre to the dogs.

And then something like The Void arrives and shows how you can do it right.

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The Duplass Brothers have a four-picture deal with Netflix. Last summer, the streaming service announced they’d finance four movies produced by Jay and Mark Duplass through their production company Duplass Brothers Productions. Unlike Netflix’s Adam Sandler movies, however, the brothers’ films will first go to theaters. The first film the Duplass brothers have produced for Netflix is Alex Lehmann’s feature directorial debut Blue Jay, which stars Duplass and recent Emmy winner Sarah Paulson (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story).

Below, watch the Blue Jay trailer.

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Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling‘s short film Cargo has close to 11 million views on youtube. The Australian filmmaking duo have now adapted their hit short into a feature film of the same name. Ramke and Howling’s father-daughter zombie drama stars Martin Freeman (Sherlock), playing a dad desperately trying to get his daughter to safety before the virus turns him.

Below, learn more about Cargo and get your Cargo first look.

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Good Girls Revolt

Amazon has released the first trailer for their upcoming original television series Good Girls Revolt starring Anna Camp (True Blood, Pitch Perfect) as Jane Hollander, Grace Gummer (Mr. Robot, The Newsroom) as Nora Ephron and Jim Belushi as Wick McFadden. Inspired by real events, the series follows a group of young female researchers in 1969 at “News of the Week” who go on a revolutionary journey, sparking change across their lives & the newsroom.
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Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we see how Sarah Paulson and Mark Duplass are making my heart ache, catch up with Tracy Ullman, get in the ring with a foreign Oscar contender, make sense of a nonsensical artist, get positive, and hope for the best with comedians who are learning how to be funny. Read More »

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Who would win in a fight between Blade and Ghost Rider? What does International Iron Man reveal about Tony Stark‘s parentage? Want to see how different Yondu could have looked in the first Guardians of the Galaxy? Will Black Panther‘s ring have powers in the Marvel cinematic universe? What did the Suicide Squad soundtrack accomplish that no other soundtrack did this year? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Doctor Who spinoff Class premiere

Good news, Whovians: we now know exactly when Class will be in session. U.K. fans will be able to catch the Doctor Who spinoff starting October 22 on BBC Three. U.S. fans, unfortunately, will have to wait a bit longer, as Class won’t hit BBC America until spring 2017.

Whenever it reaches your country, though, you can count on the Doctor himself to help get the party started. Peter Capaldi is confirmed to appear in the Class series premiere, which is called “For Tonight We Might Die.” Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls) created the series and is executive producing with Doctor Who‘s Steven Moffat and Brian MinchinRead More »

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Below, learn more about Paul Dano’s directorial debut.

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These days, Tom Holland is best known as the new Spider-Man. But in between his web-slinging exploits in Captain America: Civil War and next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, you’ll get to catch his work in a very different kind of movie. Only you won’t actually be able to see him or hear him.

As revealed by director J.A. Bayona, Holland helped out with A Monster Calls, the cancer drama that nearly drowned TIFF in tears. However, he didn’t have a traditional role per se. As it turns out, Holland was a stand-in for the monster, who is voiced by Liam NeesonRead More »