If you’re attracted to the idea of a fable-like vampire tale but don’t want to forego big splashes of blood and big, baroque emotional arcs, then Neil Jordan‘s Byzantium might be one to see. The film features Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as mother and daughter, with the twist being that they share vampiric blood. They’re trying to maintain the undead version of a living in a small town, but when Ronan’s character sparks to a young man played by Caleb Landry Jones, things get out of control.

Jonny Lee MillerSam Riley, and Tom Hollander also show up in the story that marks Jordan’s return to vampires following his 1994 effort Interview With the Vampire. (There are also distinct shades of his 1984 fairy tale A Company of Wolves here, as well.)

Reviews of this one out of TIFF last year were mixed, but this new international trailer does a good job of setting up the film as something fun and a bit set off from the now-typical film depiction of vampires. Read More »

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For all the zillions of movies we get about the deliriously happy early days of a romance, there are precious few about what happens when the honeymoon period wears off. And it’s a shame, because while it’s harder to turn something that’s become part of the everyday grind into a crowd-pleasing holiday-themed romcom directed by Garry Marshall, the truth is that there’s a ton of rich, textured material to be mined from older relationships.

One film that goes there is Ira SachsKeep the Lights On, an intimate drama about a decade-long relationship between documentary filmmaker Erik (Thure Lindhardt) and and lawyer Paul (Zachary Booth). The life they’ve built together is threatened when Paul’s drug addiction — an issue even in the early days — continues to worsen. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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