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Director Karyn Kusama returns this year with The Invitation, which impressed the hell out of me when it debuted in the Midnight program at the recent SXSW film festival. The film watches as a couple (Logan Marshall-Green and Emayatzy Corinealdi) heads to a dinner party thrown by the guy’s former wife and her new partner (Tammy Blanchard and Michiel Huisman), where signs quickly begin to suggest that things are very much off with the hosts. They seem to have been recruited into a cult of some sort, but is their new mindset actually a problem, or just kinda weird?

The Invitation is a gripping thriller with a really ominous tone and a terrific ending. Now Drafthouse Films has picked up the movie for worldwide distribution. Read More »


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Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago) is a musical based on the stage work from Stephen Sondheim, but you wouldn’t have known that from the film’s first trailer. This featurette, however, gives us not only interviews with the cast and crew, discussing the creation of the film, but also a lot more footage. And singing! In this you can hear the cast sing for the first time. There are snippets of ‘I Wish,’ featuring Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Emily Blunt, and Meryl Streep, and you’ll hear Streep knocking out ‘Stay With Me’ as well. Read More »

Daniel Radcliffe is very near the end of his run as Harry Potter, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II set to debut on July 15. The young actor made enough of an impression growing up in that role, however, that we’ve been anticipating his post-Potter work. On the movie side, there is only one film ready to go, the gothic horror story The Woman in Black. (See an image from that here.)

In between Harry Potter films, however, Daniel Radcliffe has done some stage work, primarily (or notoriously, depending upon your perspective) in the play Equus. Now he is in a revival of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which opens on Broadway March 27 and also features John Larroquette, Tammy Blanchard and Rose Hemingway. The first shots of that production are after the break. Read More »