Two years ago Rodrigo Cortés brought the one-man thriller Buried to Sundance, and this year he returned with Red Lights, a film in which follows “psychologist Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her assistant Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) as they study and disprove paranormal activity, parascience and psychics. But can they take down world-renowned psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro), who has come out of retirement after three decades?”

Today, despite tepid reviews, Millennium Entertainment signed a deal to distribute Red Lights in the US. While there isn’t yet a new domestic trailer to supplement the teaser we saw a couple months back, there is an international trailer to show off the film a bit.

This Spanish trailer won’t tell you too much about the film, because it is dubbed in Spanish with no subtitles, but if you want to get a general idea of what the film looks like this should do the trick. Read More »

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Rodrigo Cortés made a name for himself with a film that premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival: Buried, based on Chris Sparling’s black list script about a man buried alive who has to figure a way out of his coffin before his air supply is used up. The film starred Ryan Reynolds, and was critically praised for it’s direction, a tough task considering the 95-minute film takes place completely inside a casket.

Cortés returns to Sundance two years later with the $15 million thriller Red Lights, which he also wrote. The story follows Psychologist Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her assistant Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) as they study and disprove paranormal activity, parascience and psychics. But can they take down world-renowned psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro), who has come out of retirement after three decades?

This is a 21st century Ghostbusters. What if Venkman, Stantz and Spengler never got fired from their parapsychology professor jobs? What if they took their research seriously and mounted a serious fight against the world of paranormal scams (a la skeptics James Randi and Penn Jillette), busting “ghosts” through scientific research. Or you might even be ale to think of it as a Ghostbusters spin-off — what if Dana Barrett (Weaver’s character in GB) left the company of the Ghostbusters and became a skeptic?
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From the moment I heard about Rampart the movie placed high on my ‘must-see’ list. The Messenger director Oren Moverman reunites with Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster to tell a story about the LAPD’s disgraced Rampart division, with a script originally written by LA crime master James Ellroy. Ice Cube is a good cop and Ned Beatty is in the movie, as are Sigourney Weaver and Steve Buscemi.

The movie has hit some festivals and I’m already hearing so much about how good Harrelson is in the film that I’ve just had to shut down all of the chatter until I get a chance to see the film. Rampart is scheduled for a limited Oscar-qualifying run in New York and LA starting next week, but most of us won’t get a chance to see it until January 2012.

There is a trailer right now, however, so you can get a taste of Harrelson’s performance as “the most corrupt cop you’ve ever seen on screen.” Watch it below. Read More »

When James Cameron does interviews, he loves setting the record straight. He was in New York Monday night to receive a Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics. While on the red carpet, he commented on the voice cameo viral video that we recently published, the Avatar world that will be opening at Disney and also Sigourney Weaver‘s comment that she’d be returning for Avatar 2 even though she died in the first film. That last bit, in particular, is of interest because Cameron’s answer provides a glimpse into the structure of the 2014 sequel. Read his quote and more after the jump. Read More »

John Singleton’s Taylor Lautner film Abduction opens next week and one of his co-stars, Sigourney Weaver, has been doing the interview rounds. Being as she was the female lead in the first two Ghostbusters films, and Ghostbusters 3 is always a topic of geek discussion, the legendary Aliens star is being bombarded with questions about the potential sequel. She was also part of the biggest film of all time, Avatar, and has some info on the eventual sequels, Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. After the jump, read what Weaver had to say about each film but realize they should be considered potential spoilers. Read More »

Although director Rodrigo Cortes isn’t a household name just yet, last year’s gripping, suspenseful Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds, marked him as a talent to watch. So we’ve been curious about his new project, Red Lights, ever since it was first announced last year. Our anticipation only heightened as we watched Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy, and indie darling Elizabeth Olsen join the cast, one by one.

We got our first glimpse of the film back in the spring, when a not terribly exciting photo was released showing De Niro standing on a stage, all in black. Now we’ve got a a brand-new teaser, which offers a very slightly better look at the movie.

Written and directed by Cortes, the story revolves around a psychologist (Weaver) and her assistant (Olsen). Their research leads them to try and debunk a famous psychic (De Niro), who’s making a comeback after decades away from the limelight. Murphy plays Olsen’s love interest. Sadly, Weaver, Olsen, and Murphy are nowhere to be seen in the trailer — it’s just De Niro by himself, acting all mysterious-like. Watch the video after the jump.

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In John Singleton‘s Abduction, Taylor Lautner gets to play out a great teen fantasy: rather than being just another good-looking high-school kid with a caring family, he’s a good-looking kid who is secretly a total badass. He’s so secretly a badass that he doesn’t even know it. That is, not until his adoptive spy parents are taken out, after which he has to go on the run to find out the truth of his own secretly amazing existence.

The first trailer was all about setting up the story and positioning Taylor Lautner as a guy who can act with his shirt on. This new follow-up trailer is much more interested in proving that there is so much action in the movie that it won’t really matter if Lautner can act or not. Check it out below. Read More »

Twenty-five years ago, it was time for war. On July 18, 1986 James Cameron‘s film Aliens exploded into theaters and immediately became one of the few examples of a standout sequel in movie history. Picking up where Ridley Scott‘s Alien left off — with Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley drifting asleep in the sci-fi version of a lifeboat — Aliens emulated its predecessor with character-centric thrills and expanded upon it by visualizing the killer aliens as a bee-like hive society.

The movie celebrates industrial and military design, as in the marine ship Sulacco, which lances through space like an ingenious fusion of rifle and projectile, or the smart guns which transform cinematic equipment (the Steadicam) into weapons. At the same time, it mocks big business (see Paul Reiser‘s sleazy company man Carter Burke) and presumptuous military might.

In a popular film culture dominated by buffed-up male action heroes (Schwarzenegger, Stallone, et al) Aliens dared not only to scorn false machismo, but to weave a gory, violently thrilling story about motherhood. Critics and audiences responded with rapture. Sigourney Weaver earned one of the film’s seven Oscar nominations (it won for Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects) and the film owned the box office for four weeks. Aliens is one of the most-emulated films in action and/or science fiction, and arguably James Cameron’s best work. We’ll revisit some key memories of the film after the break.
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