Captive

Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for the thriller Captive. Based on true events, the film has Kate Mara as Ashley Smith, a struggling mother and recovering drug addict whose bad day takes a turn for the much, much worse when she’s taken hostage by accused rapist Brian Nichols (played by David Oyelowo).

But the real star here is Rick Warren‘s Christian self-help book The Purpose Driven Life. Ashley initially rejects the book, but comes to find great value in it. Especially once it becomes a way for her to convince Brian to let her go. Watch the Captive trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Hugh Jackman is jumping on the Bible-based bandwagon, and he’s bringing Matt Damon and Ben Affleck with him. Jackman is set to lead, and Damon and Affleck will produce, Apostle Paul. You can think of it as an origin story about the guy who’d go on to write up to 14 of the 27 books in the New Testament.

Get all the details on the Hugh Jackman Apostle Paul movie after the jump.  Read More »

Michael Parks Red State alternate ending

Kevin Smith‘s career changing movie Red State could have gone in a very different direction. Smith has gone on the record saying that he had a different ending of the film in mind when he first wrote the script. However, he they realized the budget was only $4 million, he scrapped the bigger ending in favor of something smaller and quieter.

In other interviews, Smith has said what he wanted that ending to be but – in case you haven’t read it – I won’t say it here. Especially because Smith has proved Entertainment Weekly with an animated version of this original vision and it’s absolutely insane, especially if you don’t know what’s coming.

Watch the animated Red State alternate ending below. Read More »

Last Days in the Desert

In Rodrigo Garcia‘s beautiful and lush film Last Days in the Desert, the journey is uncertain for a while. We follow Jesus, played by Ewan McGregor, as he enters the desert on a journey for truth. “Father, speak to me,” he says. As he walks and thinks, he begins to see visions of Satan, also played by McGregor. He meets a family out in the desert, and the audience may initially wonder what those people are doing out there. But eventually it clicks. We realize the point, just as Jesus probably realizes the point in the narrative, and the film blossoms into something beautiful but not entirely fulfilling. Read more of our Last Days in the Desert review below. Read More »

/Film’s 20 Favorite Holiday Movies of All Time

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This Christmas, the collective entity of /Film pooled their efforts together to present this gift. Earlier this week, I polled all our writers and editors for their top ten holiday films of all time. I then gave each film on each list a 1 to 10 ranking. 10 points for first place, 1 point for 10th place, and added up the results. What were the results? Pretty predictable, if you ask me, but fun nevertheless.

Still, there were plenty of great movies on the list and weird subplots to explore. For example, only two of us put the same film number one, and it just so happens to be our overall top pick. However, another writer hasn’t even seen that movie. (Until late last night, as it turns out.) Which film is it? And what did it beat out? You’ll have to click below to read /Film’s 20 Favorite Holiday movies of all time. Read More »

DF-02064 - Joel Edgerton stars as Ramses.

Ridley Scott has said that one of the things that intrigued him about Exodus: Gods and Kings was how big it was — the grand scale, the giant story, the massive challenges. And earlier this week, a rumor went around that the film would have an enormous running time to match.

The story had an aura of plausibility to it because Exodus: Gods and Kings really is an epic tale, and because Scott has flirted with extra-long runtimes before. His Kingdom of Heaven director’s cut ran well over three hours, and was better for it. But could it really be true in this case? Get the facts about the Exodus Gods and Kings runtime after the jump.

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Maybe the world doesn’t really need another Ben-Hur, but if it has to have one it may as well feature an intriguing cast. Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, and Morgan Freeman signed on for the Timur Bekmambetov-directed epic last month, and future Wonder Woman Gal Gadot nabbed the female lead yesterday.

As of today, the latest addition to the cast is Pedro Pascal, last seen battling the second strongest man in the world on Game of Thrones. Hit the jump for more details on the Pedro Pascal Ben-Hur casting.

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Up until now, Gal Gadot was mostly just known as the lady from the Fast and Furious films. But the way things are going for her, we’ll be seeing a lot more of her in the near future. She’s set to star in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and today we learned she was also getting her own Wonder Woman solo outing.

Now on top of all that, she’s honing in on the female lead in Paramount and MGM’s new Ben-Hur. Timur Bekmambetov is directing the new take on the Biblical epic, with Jack Huston in the title role. Hit the jump for more on the Gal Gadot Ben-Hur news.

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Exodus Gods and Kings trailer

Let it never be said that Ridley Scott works too slowly. This winter brings the release of Exodus: Gods and Kings, his fourth film in five years. This one stars Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses, and if you’ve ever been to Sunday School or caught The Ten Commandments on TV over Easter weekend, you’ll know exactly how dramatically the adopted brothers’ relationship goes awry.

Watch the Exodus Gods and Kings trailer after the jump.

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