in a valley of violence review

The first thing you notice about In a Valley of Violence is that it doesn’t feel like a typical Ti West film. His trademark slow-burn menace is nowhere to be found and his low-key comedy, which he used to punctuate tension in films like The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers, has undergone a transformation. This is the first West film that isn’t the cinematic equivalent of being placed in a pot of water and not realizing that the water is boiling until it’s too late – it’s broader, more straightforward, and, on paper, a fairly typical revenge western.

Until’s it’s not. In a Valley of Violence is one weird movie, an experience that grabs your attention with its eccentricities before losing you with its lack of focus. It’s not a deadeye pistol shot from a gunslinger, but a wild shot from a scattergun. Yeah, it still hits its target, but you wish the aim was a little more true.

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Kubo and the Two Strings Trailer

The sheer beauty and wonder of stop-motion animation from LAIKA will never cease to amaze me. A new trailer for their latest project, Kubo and the Two Strings, has just arrived, and as the animation studio’s first epic, the visual are truly stunning. The intricacy of the animation makes you wonder why LAIKA takes the time do make these movies in stop-motion animated, but if you’ve seen any of their movies, you know that it gives it a certain homemade quality that makes it that much more special.

Watch the new Kubo and the Two Strings trailer after the jump. Read More »

london has fallen clips

2013 saw the release of two “Terrorists Take Over the White House Movies” and Olympus Has Fallen was the winner in that particular showdown, outgrossing the glossier and far more expensive White House Down at the box office. Somehow, the trashy and often technically inept Gerard Butler joint is getting a sequel and the movie where Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx have a limo chase on the White House lawn is not. I’m still a little sore about this.

And yet, I do appreciate the B-movie charms of the Olympus Has Fallen and especially enjoy how approximately 64% of the film consists of Butler’s disgraced Secret Service agent wandering dark hallways and stabbing people in the head. There are more head-stabbings per minute in Olympus Has Fallen than another other action movie ever made, which makes the dearth of head-stabbings in these new batch of London Has Fallen clips rather disappointing.

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‘Bastille Day’ Trailer: Idris Elba Gets Some Action

Bastille Day trailer

Yes, it’s got “Day” in the title, but no, it’s not another one of Garry Marshall’s middling ensemble romcoms. Bastille Day stars Idris Elba as a CIA agent looking into a bombing attack in Paris. He teams up with an American pickpocket (Richard Madden from Game of Thrones), who’s unwittingly gotten mixed up in the whole affair. Together, they start to unravel a large-scale conspiracy within the police force. Watch the first Bastille Day trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Kubo and the Two Strings trailer

After CoralineParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls, in LAIKA we trust. The animation studio made three ambitious, distinct stop-motion animated movies, films that aren’t always afraid of scaring children. They trust kids to be brave as their protagonists, which is rare for anyone making family movies. As proven by the this wonderful full-length Kubo and the Two Strings trailer, the company hasn’t changed their ways and this looks to be their biggest film to date.

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directors roundtable

Around the end of every year, The Hollywood Reporter releases one-hour roundtable video interviews with writers, actors, directors, and more. Often the filmmakers will discuss their work with a surprising amount of honesty. This year is no different, and once again, they’ve found a few filmmakers you’d want to spend an hour with, including directors Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight), Ridley Scott (The Martian), and Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs).

After the jump, watch the one-hour long chat.

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kubo and the two strings trailer

Laika, the animation studio known for quirky and visually stunning stop-motion animated movies like Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls, are back with their latest project, Kubo and the Two Strings. And like their previous work, which floated between genres and refused to pin the company down as the maker of a certain kind of movie, this one looks visually stunning and unlike anything else being sold to family audiences these days.

Watch the Kubo and the Two Strings trailer after the jump.

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London Has Fallen Trailer

After saving the president (Aaron Eckhart) from a terrorist infiltration of the White House in Olympus Has Fallen, once-disgraced Presidential guard member Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is now protecting the world leader at every turn as the new head of the Secret Service. But even he may have his work cut out for him when terrorists strike again across the pond.

London Has Fallen sees Butler doing his best John McClane as he is forced to go on the run in foggy London Town to keep the president safe from wave after wave of terrorists who want nothing more than to get their hands on America’s Commander in Chief. But our friends in the U.K. are certainly taking a beating as well. Watch the first London Has Fallen trailer after the jump. Read More »

The Danish Girl trailer

At a time when our culture and society is becoming far more accepting and understanding of the LGBT community, here comes the story of one of the first trans women to undergo sex reassignment surgery in The Danish Girl.

Eddie Redmayne takes the titular role as Lili Elbe, formerly Einar Wegener, a pioneer of the transgender community who had the surgery in 1930, a process that took over two years. Now a new The Danish Girl trailer shows Redmayne’s incredible transformation into the real-life woman, showing that another Oscar could be in his future. Read More »

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Colin Trevorrow and Chris Pratt Nerdist

Star Wars Episode 9 director Colin Trevorrow‘s Jurassic World follow-up The Book Of Henry starts filming today. Focus Features has sent out a press release announcing the start of production and Trevorrow took to twitter to release the first photo of his film’s cast. And if you look closely, you might see some concept art in the background. Hit the jump to see the photo and learn more from the official press release.

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