(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)
October has arrived and with it, the spooky season. So it’s time to turn to horror, and if not that, the horror within humanity with our latest batch of the best foreign movies and TV streaming now. First there are two hidden martial arts gems streaming on Netflix, including a gripping Vietnamese action flick starring Veronica Ngo from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Wong Kar-wai‘s Ip Man biographical drama not starring Donnie Yen. Also on our list is J.A. Bayona‘s Spanish-language directorial debut, as well as an ambitious Swedish sci-fi movie and a fascinating Netflix crime procedural experiment.
Let’s fire up those subtitles and let’s get streaming.
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The crime drama is one of Hollywood’s most reliable genres in both film and television. Soon Netflix will deliver a unique crime procedural called Criminal, which follows 12 police interrogations in four countries, all taking place exclusively within the confines of a police interview suite. Making this series even more interesting is that each of the episodes will be in the hands of different directors from around the world, and they each feature a fantastic ensemble of international talent. Watch the Criminal trailer below. Read More »
David Tennant and Hayley Atwell join a criminally good international cast for the upcoming Netflix procedural series, Criminal. The cast of the police interrogation drama spans four countries, even as the drama takes place exclusively within the confines of a police interview suite. Watch the first Criminal teaser below.
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Almost every police procedural show features scenes set in a dark and atmospheric interrogation room, where we watch a furious cop question a sweaty suspect. But Netflix plans to take things to the next level with Criminal, a new series set entirely in interrogation rooms. The show will tell 12 individual stories set in 4 different countries. One can only assume there will be a scene where a cop acts like a loose cannon while a perp yells about wanting a lawyer, because that’s how these things go.
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Posted on Friday, February 12th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The first trailer for director Ariel Vromen‘s Criminal looks familiar, but in an oddly comforting way. After watching this footage, you can assemble the entire plot of the film in your head, predict every character arc, and call every twist, but it still feels perfectly fine. This is the kind of mid-range, slightly predictable thriller that we need in our lives, a vehicle for good actors to remind your why you like them. If Criminal lives up to its trailer, it will be a perfectly serviceable stepping stone between event movies. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Plus, it features Ryan Reynolds‘ brain being directly injected into that of Kevin Costner, which is just weird enough to garner your attention for two minutes.
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Lionsgate have announced a whole slate of new release dates, and also some date changes. The films in question include American Ultra, Criminal, Dirty Grandpa, Gods of Egypt, La La Land, and Power Rangers. Hit the jump to find out the latest release date announcements.
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Kevin Costner is making one more movie to follow his recent spate of films that includes Man of Steel, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Three Days to Kill, and Draft Day. He’s already got two more films lined up or in progress: the Disney sports film McFarland, and a reunion with his Upside of Anger director Mike Binder for Black and White. Now there’s a new project. This new one is called Criminal, and whoa, that’s awesome — Costner playing a hardened street gangster would be great.
But hey, hold up there, bucko. This isn’t Criminal, like “Ed Brubaker’s Criminal.” There is a film in development based on one of the stories Brubaker and Sean Phillips created for the Criminal comic book series. This is a different Criminal, about a killer who avoids a jail sentence by participating in a pretty out-there experiment. Read More »
The English-language debut of South Korean director Kim Ji-woon (I Saw the Devil; The Good, the Bad, the Weird) didn’t land with much impact. But the piffle of a reception given The Last Stand hasn’t frightened the director off making films outside his native country. And now Kim has latched on to a project that perhaps suits his own proclivities much better than did the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film.
Kim will next make Coward, based on the first storyline from the much-praised comic book series Criminal written by Ed Brubaker and drawn by Sean Phillips. Brubaker also adapted the script. Coward is a lean and very mean story of robbery big and small, of double-crosses, and best intentions that are blown all to hell. Read More »