My personal jury is still out on director Mickey Keating, but one thing has become increasingly clear over the past two years or so: he’s here to stay. His new film, Carnage Park, rode a wave of generally positive buzz at Sundance and SXSW this year and the first trailer makes this look like the film that could break him out of his current niche. That is, if he even wants to break out of his current niche. Keating’s work certainly suggests that he is perfectly happy making films directly for already-entrenched horror fans and trash cinema aficionados. Carnage Park looks more accessible than his previous films, but it also looks like it’s in his usual grimy wheelhouse.
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In the years since he filmed the horror movie Clown, director Jon Watts went on to make the critically acclaimed thriller Cop Car and snag the director’s chair on the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. So I could open this post about the latest Clown trailer by making a bad joke about this movie following a perfectly ordinary man who gains extraordinary abilities after being bitten by a radioactive clown, but I would never subject you to such lackluster comedy.
Actually, Clown is about a perfectly ordinary man who gains monstrous new appetites after putting on a clown costume that turns out to be the “skin of a demon.” You know, that old chestnut.
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Matt Damon was left behind on Mars due to an accident in last year’s outstanding The Martian. This year, Asa Butterfield will be left on the red planet on purpose as the first child born on Mars in The Space Between Us.
Gardner Elliot (Butterfield) has only known Mars as his home, but NASA finally decides to bring him back to Earth. However, due to the threat our own gravity poses to his constitution after being born off-planet, he’s left in isolation, away from the outside world he so desperate wants to experience. And part of that world is a girl (Tomorrowland‘s Britt Robertson) in Colorado he had been talking to from across the universe, and he’ll do anything to finally meet her. It’s a coming-of-age romance unlike anything we’ve seen before.
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After becoming one of the most intimidating meth dealers we’ve ever seen, Bryan Cranston is now on the other side of the law, chasing down one of the most notorious drug dealers in history. The Infiltrator tells the story of the federal agent who went undercover as a money launderer in order to take down Pablo Escobar’s infamous drug trafficking empire back in 1986. A new trailer for the crime thriller has just arrived, and it looks like a refreshing bit of counter-programming to the usual blockbuster fare that arrives during the summer.
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In Collide, Casey (Nicholas Hoult) must revisit his dark past to save the one he loves. That set up is very familiar, but Eran Creevy is a director capable of transcending tropes. Creevy’s sophomore effort as a filmmaker, Welcome to the Punch, is a story of hero and foe uniting, a potentially trite set up that makes for a refreshingly streamlined film with a reliance on practical action. His follow-up, Collide, which he co-wrote with F. Scott Frazier (xXx: The Return of Xander Cage), looks like another lean action-thriller from the director.
Below, watch the Collide trailer.
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Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney‘s (Taxi to the Dark Side) new movie Zero Days premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and has been playing the film festival tour before it hits theaters this July. The film is about the world of cyberwar. The title is a reference to the concept of a zero day vulnerability, which is a hole in software that can be exploited by hackers. Once the flaw becomes known, the software’s author has zero days in which to plan and advise any mitigation against its exploitation.
We’ve seen many movies about these kind of things, and in today’s technology driven world, its a real threat. Magnolia Pictures has released a new Zero Day trailer, which you can watch after the jump.
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As long as there are successful Hollywood franchises, there will be rip-offs. This is true in America, where companies like the Asylum have built an entire business model around making movies that look just similar enough to major blockbusters to confuse grandparents and stoners. However, it’s especially true on the international stage, where scrappy filmmakers all over the world have been abusing copyright for decades now. I highly recommend Remake, Remix, Rip-Off, a wonderful documentary about the anarchic world of Turkish cinema in the ’60s and ’70s if you want so see examples of some truly, beautifully shameless filmmaking.
But today, we’re turning our eyes to China, who have produced a Kung Fu Panda rip-off that looks like it clawed its way out of the deepest recesses of your nightmares. And because the universe is cruel (or because parents will confuse it with the other movie about the martial artist panda bear and will pick it up without knowing better), it’s getting an American release courtesy of Lionsgate.
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Illumination Entertainment has a couple of new animated movies hitting theaters this year. The first is the animal adventure The Secret Life of Pets, arriving this summer. But just before Christmas, Illumination will get musical with Sing. In what is basically Zootopia meets American Idol, one koala (Matthew McConaughey) decides to put on a huge singing competition to save his theater, and some average animals with incredible pipes look at it as their opportunity for a better life. Of course, it’s all fueled by an endless array of popular songs from yesterday and today.
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This summer brings Finding Dory to theaters, the sequel to Pixar Animation’s hit film Finding Nemo from 13 years ago. The story follows Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) as she sets out to find her family. And as the new Finding Dory trailer illustrates, she lost them a long time ago, when she was a much younger fish. There’s also the introduction of the marine life institute that Dory gets arrives at when some divers find her caught in those pesky, plastic pop can rings. At the institute she meets a whole array of new colorful underwater friends who might be able to help her out.
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