John Carpenter

Horror fans, rejoice! John Carpenter, the filmmaker behind iconic classics like HalloweenBig Trouble in Little China and Escape From New York, is coming out of retirement to direct again. The filmmaker hasn’t directed a narrative feature in seven years, but he’ll get back in the director’s chair for the pilot episode of the anthology series Tales for a Halloween Night.

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Fullmetal_Alchemist

Today, a live-action version of Fullmetal Alchemist, based on the popular anime and manga series, made its world premiere as the opening film of the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival. As numerous sites have reported, this film adaptation is unique in that it has eschewed the usual whitewashing in favor of a homegrown Japanese cast. Some have cried foul over this, given the story’s European cultural background. Yet while the original manga volumes have sold over 70 million copies worldwide, Fullmetal Alchemist was written and illustrated by a Japanese woman. In a poll conducted by the Japanese television network TV Asahi, it ranked as the most popular anime of all time in Japan.

In a year when Hollywood has already tied itself up in screenwriting knots trying to justify uploading a Japanese woman’s consciousness into a white woman’s body (see: Ghost in the Shell), it is understandable why Japan would want to be protective of this property and why it would want to maybe tip the balance of racebending in favor of non-Caucasian for once. The issue is more complicated than that, of course, but ultimately, regardless of the politics of its casting, Fullmetal Alchemist has to be evaluated on its own merits as a film.

So how does the film measure up?

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Nevermoor movie

Drew Goddard, the writer behind The MartianWorld War Z, Netflix’s Daredevil and The Cabin in the Woods, will adapt the new children’s fantasy book Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow into a feature film for Twentieth Century Fox. Nevermoor will hit bookstores on Halloween day, 2017. The Nevermoor movie news awaits you below.

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Dora the Explorer movie

Dora the Explorer, the popular and educational animated children’s television character who reigned supreme for 14 years on Nickelodeon, is about to make the leap to the big screen in a very unexpected way. Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes will produce a live-action take on the character from Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Neighbors director Nick Stoller. I’m not making any of this up, I swear to you. You can get the full Dora the Explorer movie details below.

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no-country-anton-chigurh

It has been almost a decade since No Country for Old Men, the seismic film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel, first went into limited release in the United States. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, the winner of the Best Picture Oscar for 2007 is simultaneously steeped in genre tropes and highly unconventional. I still remember hearing the lady in front of me at the local indie theater jeer “That’s it? Boo!” as the closing credits rolled.

In a way, the film’s plot acts as a Trojan Horse, lowering the viewer’s defenses against all things arthouse with an exciting genre premise. A Vietnam vet hunting in the desert comes across the site of a drug deal gone bad. Absconding with a satchel full of drug money, he finds himself on the run from an eccentric hitman who uses an air-powered captive bolt gun to dispatch roadside Good Samaritans and other unwitting marks like human cattle.

If that is all there was to the film, however, we might not still be talking about it ten years later. What gives No Country for Old Men such resonance is what happens when the belly of its Trojan-Horse plot springs open. Then the film reveals itself to be a haunting, literate rumination on mortality, something richer and far more meaningful than the simple chase thriller you thought you were watching. (If you have somehow managed to not see this movie, spoilers do lie ahead.)

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12 Strong Trailer

Warner Bros. Pictures has a new war drama called 12: Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers coming to theaters in January of 2018. Formerly known as Horse Soldiers, the film follows a team of U.S. Special Forces soldiers sent into Afghanistan almost immediately after the attacks of 9/11 on a mission to track down a network of terrorists. But in order to get the job done, they must form a surprising alliance during a difficult time, one that is more relevant than ever during today’s times of political and cultural strife.

On February 7, 2017, /Film was invited to visit the set of 12 Strong during production in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We talked to stars Chris Hemsworth, Michael Pena, Trevante Rhodes and Navid Negahban about their work on the movie, which included riding horses into battle on a small mountainside while flaming debris and gunfire surrounded them. Find out what we learned about the film and the true story at the center of it in our full 12 Strong movie set visit report below. Read More »

Wonder trailer

Every now and then, you might need to go see a good tear-jerker. Wonder is here to help you out with that. Adapted from R.J. Palacio‘s novel, the film follows a young boy with facial differences who attends public school for the first time after years of homeschooling. The family drama marks the directorial return of The Perks of Being a Wallflower writer and helmer Stephen Chbosky. Grab a box of tissues for your copious tears and watch the Wonder trailer below.

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12 Strong Trailer

Though fans are gearing up to see Chris Hemsworth take on Hulk in the upcoming Marvel Studios sequel Thor: Ragnarok, he’ll be taking on a much more realistic threat in an upcoming war drama arriving early in 2018.

12 Strong, formerly known as Horse Soldiers, finds Chris Hemsworth as part of a U.S. Special Forces team tasked with being sent into Afghanistan in the aftermath of 9/11 on a mission to track down the terrorists who were behind the ruthless attacks on the United States in 2001. In order to effectively track down the Taliban and Al Qaeda terrorists, they must align themselves with local Afghani soldiers, even though that means being outgunned and outnumbered. Check out the first 12 Strong trailer to get a peek at the new military drama. Read More »

The Snowman screenplay

The Snowman isn’t even in wide release yet and it’s already been met with a chilly reception. U.K. critics who got to see the film early have panned it across the board, and it looks like American critics aren’t going to be much kinder. Now The Snowman director Tomas Alfredson seems to be doing a bit of damage control, explaining script issues hampered the project.

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murder on the orient express featurette

Kenneth Branagh‘s glorious mustache is not the only thing that the actor-director is doing old-school in his feature film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express.

The director and star of the 2017 adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic novel is taking painstaking means to give audiences as authentic and immersive experience as possible. That means a return to the days of yore, when filmmakers used film cameras and not digital. A new Murder on the Orient Express featurette dives into Branagh’s process, and the joy it gives actors to perform without a green screen.

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