Lowlife El Monstruo

Rarely does a film live up to its title as well as Lowlife. Equal parts absurd comedy and surrealist bloodbath, it’s a shocking and often-hilarious story of a bunch of derelicts told over a few days in Los Angeles.

You know you’re in for a rough time when the film starts with an apparent ICE agent bursting into a motel room in the dead of night and grabbing all the undocumented immigrants inside. The owner, Crystal (Nicki Micheaux) tries to stop them and almost gets shot for her efforts. The ICE agent takes them to the basement of one Teddy ‘Bear’ Haynes (Mark Burnham having a lot of fun with the role), the owner of a taco shop who has a far more nefarious business going on downstairs. A good-looking woman is separated from the men and you immediately know that something worse than deportation is about to happen. It does, although a survivor is happy when Teddy mentions El Monstruo (Ricardo Adam Zarate), and believes that he’s someone who will save them.

But it turns out El Monstruo works for Teddy.

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Mr. Mercedes TV Series

David E. Kelly and Lost director Jack Bender have adapted Stephen King’s book Mr. Mercedes as a series for Audience Network. King has written three books featuring Bill Hodges, the retired detective played by Brendan Gleeson on Mr. Mercedes. Chris Long, Head of Audience Network, told the Television Critics Association he hopes to produce multiple seasons to cover subsequent books.

“Obviously we have to see how it performs, but that is the plan,” Long said. “I think the plan is to go into the other two books.”

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Get Shorty TV Series

Pay cable network Epix just launched its first scripted original series in 2016 with Berlin Station and Graves. For its third, show runner Davey Holmes has adapted Get Shorty. The series will apparently be closer to the Elmore Leonard source material than the 1995 movie which was based on the book.

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Stranger Things Season 2 Trailer breakdown

A new trailer for Stranger Things season 2 (or Stranger Things 2, as Netflix is calling it) was released during San Diego Comic-Con International on Saturday afternoon. If you haven’t yet seen it, please click here now to watch it as it’s definitely one of the most exciting things I saw in Hall H this week in San Diego. Now that the /Film team has returned home, it’s time to delve in and unlock the secrets in our trademark trailer breakdown analysis. Hit the jump for the Stranger Things Season 2 trailer breakdown.

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Unlocked trailer 2

It’s been a long time since the original Bourne trilogy, and terrorism thrillers – even last year’s continuation of that franchise, Jason Bourne – don’t have quite the same appeal that they used to. I don’t know if it’s because we’re too far from the events of September 11, 2001, or if these movies can sometimes feel too fresh because we’re sadly never far enough from the latest devastating attack somewhere in the world, but a low-level B-movie about preventing a terrorist attack doesn’t feel like the norm anymore. And it feels especially weird when when a movie like that, in this case a film called Unlocked, is directed by an acclaimed documentary filmmaker like Michael Apted (the Up series).
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invasion of the body snatchers remake

Prepare for another Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

The sci-fi classic is being targeted for another remake by Warner Bros., making this the fourth Invasion of the Body Snatchers remake since the 1955 novel The Body Snatchers was first adapted for the big screen in 1956.

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Bright Comic-Con Panel: Everything You Need to Know

Training Day meets Lord of the Rings is how Will Smith describes Bright, his next collaboration with director David Ayer. Ayer, who wrote Training Day, is making a movie that resembles his early work far more than his DCEU film, Suicide Squad. His new movie is a genre mash-up, a cop film featuring orcs, fairies, elves, and a powerful magic wand.

Below, check out our reaction to a clip from Bright, some quotes from Ayer about the film, and more.

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Mother Trailer

Here’s a cool bonus for some of you who are heading out to see Dunkirk tonight. The first trailer for mother!, the new horror thriller from director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), has debuted in front of select screenings of Christopher Nolan’s epic World War II film. The trailer doesn’t appear to be online yet, but you can read a brief description of it below and find out the film’s brand new release date while you’re at it.
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Storm Reid Joins Only You Movie

A Wrinkle in Time hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but young star Storm Reid is already booking exciting new projects.

Having shouldered an anticipated Disney sci-fi blockbuster that boasts a slate of Oscar-nominated stars and directors, Reid’s next choice is understandably a little more low-key.

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Bright trailer

David Ayer is no stranger to depicting cops on film. He’s made some good, gritty and dirty crime thrillers with End of Watch and Street Kings. Cops and Los Angeles fit comfortably in the filmmaker’s wheelhouse. It’s a world and genre he knows well. Ayer has now made another cop movie, Bright, which stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. They’re playing partners, but they’re a little different from the partners from Ayer’s previous movies: one of these is an orc. A hard-edged David Ayer movie with Will Smith, orcs, and fairies sounds like a blast, and it looks like one, too.

Below, watch the Bright trailer.

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