Paddington movie review

Paddington is a PG-rated family film about a talking bear who moves from the jungles of Peru to London. That premise, based on a popular series of children’s book by Michael Bond, is obviously silly. Yet writer director Paul King‘s adaptation is so on the money, so well-done, so deceptively simple, heartfelt and flat-out entertaining, it make movies with far more plausible plots seem silly by comparison.

Below read the rest of our Paddington movie review, which talks about what the movie does right that others should take note of. Read More »

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Demonic

Originally, James Wan was supposed to have two films out in 2014: Furious 7, which he directed; and Demonic, which he produced. Alas, both got pulled off the calendar. Furious 7 has at least found a new date in April, but we’re still waiting for release details on Demonic.

In the meantime, though, we do have a new Demonic trailer that offers a taste of the creepiness to come. Frank Grillo and Maria Bello star as a detective and a psychologist (respectively) investigating the deaths of five college students who perished while looking for ghosts. Will Canon directed. Watch the Demonic trailer after the jump. Read More »

Everly Review

Christmas came and went last week in the real world, but in the first Everly trailer the holiday has just arrived. And it’s not looking very merry or bright for the poor title character.

Salma Hayek leads the Joe Lynch-directed actioner as a call girl who’s become a police informant. Needless to say, this doesn’t sit well with her mob boss ex (Hiroyuki Watanabe). He sends a string of killers to her apartment in order to finish off her and her family, forcing Everly to defend herself in any way she can. The film hits VOD in January then theaters in February but you can watch the Everly trailer after the jump. Read More »

It Follows trailer

I really liked the horror film It Follows at Fantastic Fest. The movie is a John Carpenter-influenced vision of the lingering effects of sex and trauma (and of the shift from adolescence to adulthood that sex brings) that is powerfully cinematic, and built on an ever-intensifying sense of dread rather than jump scares.

Now the movie finally has something like a US release date, and a full domestic trailer. This It Follows trailer has some of the same structure as the last two teasers we’ve seen from other territories, but with a lot more footage. Check out the new It Follows trailer below. Read More »

It Follows teaser

There’s an image you’ll see connected to the horror film It Follows that looks similar something from a “torture porn” film. You’ll see it in the still frame in the video embed below, in which a terrified young woman is tied to a chair. She’s terrified for a reason, but the situation that image represents is very different from what you might assume it to be. It Follows is a smart and elegantly crafted movie about teen sexual experiences — or, really, the effect of those experiences. It’s a horror film not just about the things that might happen to someone in the future, but also about the things that have already happened.

We’ve seen one teaser for the film, a French edit that was heavy on atmosphere, but didn’t tell much story. In this new UK teaser, the character played by Maika Monroe (The Guest) talks about her youthful fantasies of the ideal date, and then we see some of how that date goes in an unexpected direction. “Someone gave it to me,” says her date, “and I’ve passed it to you.” Read More »

The Hateful Eight poster header

Quentin Tarantino‘s next may be called The Hateful Eight, but the eight stars in it aren’t hateful at all. In fact, they’re downright great. And now they’ve all assembled as the Western prepares to begin shooting in Colorado next month. Check out the first Hateful Eight behind the scenes photos after the jump. Read More »

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Amy Adams in Big Eyes reviews

I’m sure I’m not the only one who kind of forgot there’s a new Tim Burton movie coming out this year. That movie is called Big Eyes, and it tells the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who becomes famous as a painter, for his images of people with big eyes. The truth of his life, however, is that his wife Margaret, played by Amy Adams, is the actual talent. He’s been stealing her credit.

With Burton, Waltz, Adams and a Christmas Day release date, Big Eyes sounds like a sure fire Oscar-contender. But no one knows for sure until that all important first screening, which took place Thursday night at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Did it work out? Read a bunch of early Big Eyes reviews below. Read More »

Quentin Tarantino Django Unchained

The Hateful Eight will be the eighth film by Quentin Tarantino, and the director is still planning on retiring after his tenth. A few years ago, the director suggested the retirement plan. Now, with his eighth film almost ready to go, he’s more serious than ever:

I don’t believe you should stay on stage until people are begging you to get off. I like the idea of leaving them wanting a bit more. I do think directing is a young man’s game and I like the idea of an umbilical cord connection from my first to my last movie. I’m not trying to ridicule anyone who thinks differently, but I want to go out while I’m still hard…I like that I will leave a ten-film filmography, and so I’ve got two more to go after this.

Read more about Quentin Tarantino retiring, as well as his ambitious 70mm plans for The Hateful Eight, below. Read More »

Mark Wahlberg in Shooter

Hollywood has been trying to turn the popular ’70s TV show The Six Million Dollar Man into a feature film for decades. It’s taken so long, inflation has ballooned the idea of a six million dollar man into a six billion dollar man. And now, the team behind Lone Survivor is stepping up to the plate to make the movie.

Director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg are teaming up to make The Six Billion Dollar Man for The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films. They’ll tell the story of a man named Steve Austin (Wahlberg) is nearly killed in a terrible accident, but is rebuilt with six billion dollars of improvements added onto his body. His newfound super strength and abilities make him an ideal secret agent. Read More »