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Crazy Famous: Bob Will Not Settle For Anything But Fame in Exclusive Clip

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On January 9th Gravitas Ventures will release Paul Jarrett's comedy Crazy Famous and Screen Anarchy has an exclusive clip to share with you.    Bob is an average Joe whose obsession to be famous lands him in a mental hospital. When a patient claims Bin Laden is still alive, Bob escapes with a band of misfits in a last-ditch effort to get Bin Laden and the fame he so deeply desires.    In the clip Bob appears to have just arrived at the mental hospital and has yet to meet the cadre of characters that will help him on his personal quest to become famous. It does not quite lend itself to the comedy that the trailer wants to get across but surely conveys how seriously Bob...

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Review: Stray (2016), a chilling and deceptively simple indie thriller

7 hours ago

Stray is an indie crime (and psychological) thriller that thankfully doesn’t feel the same as every other low-budget pot-boiler out there. Thanks in part to a strong central performance, but also due to writer-director Nena Eskridge’s strong sense of style, the movie works as a twisted tale of murder and deceit which, despite descending into incoherency and implausibility during the third act, ended up leaving me with a nice aftertaste. Yes, it does look like it cost $60,000 to make (because it did), but despite its financial limitations (or maybe because of them), it boasts a very distinct and compelling look. Stray follows Jennifer (Gabrielle Stone), a murderous young woman who arrives at the small town of Chestnut Hill. She wants to build a new...

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Review: Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds, Ambitious Fantasy Epic Indulges in Cheesy Backdrops and Melodrama

8 hours ago

Riding in on a wave of curiosity and anticipation, popular webcomic adaptation Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds, the opener of Korea's first simultaneously filmed two-part series, represents one of the biggest gambles in Korean film history. No Korean film has ever relied on so much VFX work and at a cost of roughly $36 million, failure would spell certain doom for the people behind it. The filmmakers have hedged their bets with an effects-heavy saga that is likely to appeal to teens while a bombastically melodramatic climax may seal the deal for older crowds in Korea as well. Though they need not worry about filing for bankruptcy just yet, the result is also an awkwardly plotted and tedious affair that is far more...

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Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Stronger Than Ever with the Force

10 hours ago

There’s nothing better than a great Star Wars movie. And this is a great Star Wars movie. In the interest of rightly remaining spoiler free, I’ll put forth that, generally speaking, The Last Jedi pulls off many things that The Force Awakens (the official Star Wars “Episode” prior to this one, for anyone living under a non-levitated rock) had a clunky time with. Part of it may be that Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams had a far more combustible situation on his hands; introducing a new generation of characters (among them, Daisy Ridley’s Force-ified Rey, Adam Driver’s fit-prone villain Kylo Ren, John Boyega’s reformed Stormtrooper Finn and Oscar Isaac’s hotshot X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron) while dishing up a Hutt-sized helping of original trilogy nostalgia. But,...

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Review: Steel Rain, Bombastic Action-Drama Ponders Nuclear Armageddon

10 hours ago

The first of a trio of major end-of-year releases in Korea this winter, Steel Rain is the third North Korea-themed action-thriller of 2017 (following Confidential Assignment and V.I.P.) and easily its most bombastic. From The Attorney helmer Yang Woo-suk, who adapts his own webtoon of the same name, the threat of nuclear armageddon on the Korean peninsula has never been so great in a film that is as ambitious as it is disjointed. Leads Jung Woo-sung and Kwak Do-kwon reunite just over a year after Asura: The City of Madness. A rogue North Korean agent witnesses the beginning of a coup and shelters the country's leader when he falls into a coma. He escapes with the injured head of state to South Korea, where intelligence...

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Review: The Chase Leads Us Down Familiar Path

11 hours ago

An intriguing, if admittedly low-key twist on the Korean serial killer chiller never really comes together in the mediocre The Chase, the third film from The Con Artists helmer Kim Hong-sun. Leading man Baek Yoon-sik (of Save the Green Planet fame) lays on a heavy accent as he shuffles through an incongruous medley of gore and levity that rarely strays from its middle-of-the-road trajectory. The elderly begin to turn up dead in Aridong, a grimy neighborhood in Southern Korea and the only person beginning to connect the dots is a curmudgeonly landlord who constantly pesters his tenants for rent. The cops write off the seemingly unconnected deaths as accidents but when a strange man appears before the landlord with some crazy theories, they both venture...

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Have Your Say: Is 4Dx About Sense Or Nonsense?

12 hours ago

Last January, I mentioned in this series of articles that cinemas in the Netherlands were finally getting their frikkin lasers, and guess what: we're now getting frikkin moving chairs as well. Yes, the famous 4Dx logo has arrived at several theaters, and it carries a pretty heavy title to introduce itself with over here: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Apparently it involves moving chairs, fog machines, smells, and for some films even rain. Oooooh! Of course this has left me with an extra choice to make: do I check my first screening of the new Star Wars with 4Dx or shall I settle for "regular" 3D IMAX? I've never been to a 4Dx screening before but it all sounds very gimmicky. Do I...

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Blu-ray Review: Le SAMOURAÏ Examines A Solitary Life Lived In Gunmetal Grey

13 hours ago

It's a bit intimidating to be the one tasked with delivering an opinion on one the most beloved gangster fims ever made. The legendary Jean-Pierre Melville is one of French cinema's most revered filmmakers, and with good reason. Working adjacent to the agitators of the French New Wave, Melville instead provided a kind of bridge between the avant-garde and more commercial elements of the French film scene in the '50s and '60s. One of his pivotal works was this film, the iconic portrait of the solitary hitman Jef Costello (Alain Delon), Le Samouraï. Costello is a mob enforcer tasked with eliminating a night club owner, a hit with is played out to perfection, as are all of his jobs. However, Costello had no way of...

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Our Favorite Faces Of Michael Shannon

11 December 2017 7:00 AM, PST

Water increases its volume when it gets close to freezing or close to boiling, and indeed Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape of Water keeps expanding nicely, now that it's gaining some box office heat. The film is currently the number 13 film in the United States with just over a million dollars earned this week, which sounds underwhelming until you see the film plays in only 41 venues. To put this in context: the number 12 has 2,124 venues and the number 14 has 1,453 venues. Critics are generally raving about it (our Shelagh Rowan-Legg says it's Del Toro at his best), and this is in no small part due to the cast, which includes Sally Hawkins and Michael Shannon, both fantastic. So let's make...

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