dredd dark judges

The line between “official” and “unofficial” gets weird with this announcement of an online Judge Dredd series, called Dark Judges, which seems to be meant as something between a sequel to the 2012 film and a “thank you” to passionate Dredd fans. Producer Adi Shankar helped make Dredd as a passion project. Now he is the one backing the online series. Many details about the series remain mysterious; what we know about the Dredd Dark Judges series is below. Read More »

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Camp X-Ray

Here’s a new trailer for Camp X-Ray, in which Kristen Stewart plays a young woman whose military career puts her in an unexpected position, working as a guard at Guantanamo Bay. Peter Sattler makes his feature debut writing and directing the film, and this Camp X-Ray trailer makes the film out to be a stark and severe vision of working life at that detention center. (The importance of that phrase “detention center,” not “prison,” is made clear in the trailer, if you weren’t already familiar with the distinction.) Camp X-Ray was the name of one specific detention area in Gitmo. It is now closed, but take a trip back to the early days of the war on terror with the film.   Read More »

Saw 2014 rerelease

Update: Lionsgate has released a Saw 10th anniversary re-release trailer and special poster promoting the event.

Lionsgate is set to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the theatrical release of SAW by bringing the film back to theaters nationwide for a one-week run starting on Friday, October 31st with select screenings beginning Thursday night, October 30th. Complain all you want about the series of films that it spawned but the original is actually a pretty interesting indie film. (I first discovered it the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.) The director of the original film, James Wan, has gone on to create the Insidious franchise, as well as directing The Conjuring and the upcoming Fast & Furious 7. Read the full Saw 2014 rerelease press release after the jump.
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Dying of the Light

That shot above is the first look at Nicolas CageAnton Yelchin and Irène Jacob in the new Paul Schrader film, Dying of the Light. Cage plays a CIA agent whose vision is failing as he undertakes his final mission.

Schrader scripted the movie in 2010, and it was once set to be directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. After Refn’s plan to make the film with Harrison Ford failed due to creative differences between director and star, Refn stepped back to a producer role while Schrader took the director’s chair. Along with this image comes some controversy about the film’s cut, and the departure of Schrader, which you can read more about below. Read More »

Strange Rumblings in Shangri-La trailer

The surf documentary has a long and storied history. As seen in The Endless Summer and Riding Giants and dozens in between, surfers and filmmakers have been traveling the globe together for decades, documenting the unique lifestyle and incredibly beautiful sport.

The latest entry into this specific genre is out today. It’s called Strange Rumblings in Shangri-La and was directed by Joe G. The director shot the whole movie on 16mm film, which gives it a classic feel in a modern world. The filmmakers traveled from Iceland to Mozambique, France to Brazil and many places in between, all in the quest for “surfing’s own holy grail.”

Below, read more about the surf documentary Strange Rumblings in Shangri-La, watch the trailer, see the poster and find out how to watch it right now. Read More »

Felt trailer

Fantastic Fest 2014 saw the debut of Felt, the new film from Toad Road director Jason Banker. Felt was one of the festival’s most striking films, with a power that has stuck with me for days after the premiere. The story follows a young woman named Amy as she embarks upon a journey of personal redefinition following a past trauma. Played by significant new talent Amy Everson, the character Amy is an artist whose work with fabrics and objects helps build a new physicality. She puts her work to use in a climax that resounds with rage. We’re proud to present the film’s first poster, and you can see that along with the Felt trailer below. Read More »

Better Angels trailer

The Better Angels is a “young Abraham Lincoln” story seen through the eye of director Terrence Malick. Or, in actuality, seen through the eye of Malick’s associate A.J. Edwards, here making his directorial debut with a feature that employs Malick’s visual hallmarks. Braydon Denney plays young Abe, while Brit MarlingJason ClarkeDiane Kruger and Wes Bentley round out the cast to explore the story of the President’s formative years. See the new The Better Angels trailer below. Read More »

Tusk image 1

Kevin Smith‘s Tusk is a prime example of a filmmaker in the midst of reinvention. Every since the disaster that was Cop Out, Smith has been on a quest to become a new director. First he shunned Hollywood and self-distributed Red State, a welcome departure from his off-the-wall comedies of the past. Now he’s delving deep into horror with Tusk, the story of a man named Howard (Michael Parks) who kidnaps a podcaster named Wallace (Justin Long) and attempts to turn him into a Walrus.

Much like Smith’s up-and-down career path, Tusk has a fascinating trajectory. Everything starts off well with the director slowly but surely building a very specific, intriguing and foreboding tone. Even as the story begins to border on the ridiculous and the gore gets exponentially more intense, we buy it because the film has won us over with its sharp writing, well-timed humor, inventive plot and layered storytelling.

Unfortunately, about two-thirds into the movie, Smith apparently saw some brake lights in front of him because the film comes to a screeching halt. It stops being fun so suddenly and so painfully it’s almost unfathomable. Things never quite recover from that narrative roadblock and, by the end, it all feels arbitrary and amateurish. Read More »

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