The Duke of Burgundy – Fascinating, Maddening Look at Love Through a Keyhole

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The Duke of Burgundy / UKWritten and directed by Peter StricklandStarring Sidse Babett Knudsen and Chiara D’AnnaRating 4/5The rites of BDSM are explored with refinement and intelligence in The Duke of Burgundy and without even a smidgeon of genitalia. The “otherness” of the lifestyle is muted by the exceptional artistry in the world it inhabits, compassion with which it’s executed and the familiar human factor. It doesn’t pretend to shed new light on sex; it is top to bottom a love story, about what happens in a rough patch. It’s a love story pretending to be a mistress/servant drama.Indeed, two […]

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Premiere (Photos)

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We have added a set of pictures from the premiere of Paramount Pictures’ “Hot Tub Time Machine 2″ at Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, California. Guests included John Cho, Andrew Panay, Rob Corddry, Collette Wolfe, Jason Jones,  Clark Duke  and Bianca Haase. Photos are by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Paramount.

Catherine Keener on Xavier Dolan, Charles Binamé and Elephant Song

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Catherine Keener on Elephant SongXavier Dolan does that other thing he does – acting – in Charles Binamé’s Elephant Song, a noir-ish psychological drama set in a mental institution in which he plays Michael, a patient who may be behind the disappearance of his psychiatrist. The missing man is replaced by another doctor (Colm Feore) but he’s cowed by Michael’s manipulative mental powers and unable to restore patient/doctor balance. The hospital chief (Bruce Greenwood) doesn’t fare much better. Holding it all together is Nurse Peterson, a jealous, strong and withholding caregiver with more than a passing resemblance to Louise Fletcher’s […]

Leviathan Review

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Change the things you can, accept the things you cannot, and go to jail and die either way.Nominated for the 2015 Academy Awards Best Foreign Film Oscar, and the winner of the Golden Globe, writer/director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s neo-biblical tome is as fascinating to watch as it is dreadful to imagine. Co-written with Oleg Negin, the screenplay is set in a small, nearly abandoned coastal town on the Barents Sea in northern Russia. All hope seems to have left the family of Kolya (Alexei Serebriakov). A small but successful automobile mechanic, the widower Kolya is embroiled in a fight with the […]

Stills from It Follows

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We have added some photos from forthcoming horror It Follows. A young girl finds herself having weird visions and has a forbidding sense of someone or something following her, she enlists the help of friends. Directed and written by David Robert Mitchell It Follows stars Maika Monroe as 19-year-old Jay. The flick gets a UK release on 27 February and March 15th in the U.S.

Hollywood’s Ten Richest Movie Moguls, The No Surprises Here List

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George Lucas, not James Cameron, is the King of the World.Drinks are on them: Wealth-X Reveals: Hollywood’s Richest Movie Moguls!Before the pretty Caucasian Academy Awards on 22 February, Wealth-X today released a list of the top 10 richest individuals in the American film industry. And the award for the wealthiest Hollywood tycoon goes to…. George Lucas.  His peers are also powerful Hollywood white men.The director and producer of the Star Wars blockbuster films, Lucas tops Wealth-X’s Hollywood Rich List with a fortune of US$5.4 billion, mostly derived from revenue from the Star Wars franchise and the sale of LucasFilm to […]

Birdman Wins American Society of Cinematographers Theatrical Award, Honorees List

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Awards 2015 Spotlight: ASC Awards saw Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC; Jonathan Freeman, ASC; John Lindley, ASC; and Peter Flinckenberg, FSC earn top honors in the four competitive categories at the 29th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards for Outstanding Achievement.Lubezki won for the feature film Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance ). Freeman won the episodic television category for Boardwalk Empire and Lindley took the honors in the TV Movie/Miniseries/Pilot category for Manhattan. Winning the ASC Spotlight Award was Flinckenberg for Concrete Night.Giovanni Ribisi presented the ASC Award for best feature to Lubezki, who also won the organization’s […]

Marriott Takes The Hollywood Plunge

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Hotel Chain Produces Its First Original Short Film About – What Else? – ‘Two Bellmen’Can ‘The Grand Marriott Hotel’ Be Far Behind? (Paging Mr. Wes Anderson!)“Two Bellmen,” the first original short film production from Marriott International, Inc.’s Content Studio, will have its world premiere on March 10th, 2015 with a global YouTube launch, as well as a gala screening and party at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE. The iconic JW Marriott property plays a starring role in the film.What’s a hotel chain like Marriott doing in a place like Hollywood? Call it a “suite beginning” of a new […]

Last Call Before Oscar Train Leaves Station

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Academy Award Favorites Walk The Red Carpet One More Time At Lovely Seaside Santa Barbara International Film Festival‘Selma’s’ David Oyewolo Creates Cause CelebreIn the all-important time of year in Hollywood known as Awards Season (roughly, December through February), the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, this year presented by UGG Australia, is considered the last hurrah before the golden statues are handed out (on Sunday, Feb. 22nd).This year was no different as an array of Oscar nominees made appearances to influence the Academy members, many of whom call Santa Barbara home, one more time. Among them were Michael Keaton (Best Actor, […]

“The Man in 3B” Premiere, 23rd Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival VIDEO

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Movie spotlight: The first in a series of book to screen adaptations, “The Man in 3B” offers a delectable gift of drama, intrigue, suspense, and romance. Now the highly anticipated screen adaptation of Carl Weber’s thriller, “The Man in 3B,” will have its world premiere at the 23rd Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) as the closing night film.The film is based on New York Times’ bestselling author Weber’s novel of the same title, the film is directed by Trey Haley, President of Tri Destined Studios, and produced by ND Brown, Carl Weber, Veronica Nichols and Tracey Moore.Weber […]

Some Stills from Disney’s Frozen Fever

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Elsa and Anna are back this Spring in Disney’s short film Frozen Fever. A birthday celebration goes little awry when Elsa’s icy powers have a few unintended consequences. Disney Animation Studios’ short Frozen Fever will be shown in front of Cinderella on March 13, 2015.

‘Furious 7′ Stills And New Trailer! UPDATE

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It’s hard to see the stills of Paul Walker. Fans of the franchise can see the late actor alongside his castmates in the latest iteration of The Fast and Furious. Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Furious 7.UPDATE:James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black.They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, […]

Canada’s Mpho Koaho Stars in Kevin Costner’s Black or White

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Kevin Costner financed his latest film Black or White himself, so strong was his belief in the material. It’s the true story of a battle between Costner’s character, an alcoholic widower, and Octavia Spencer’s character, matriarch of a big family, for custody of their bi-racial granddaughter. Costner also believed in the abilities of award-winning Canadian actor Mpho Koaho, who plays the tutor Duvan. Koaho got to work alongside the two Academy Award winners, a nice addition to a busy career that began in 1998 in the TV series Goosebumps and continues through to the sci-fi series Falling Skies. We had […]

Match Review

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Stripped down and heartfelt essay on what it takes to love and be loved.No hold is barred in Stephen Belber’s short and sweet essay on love and commitment. Mike and Lisa show up on Tobi’s doorstep with an odd request. They have travelled from Seattle to New York to interview Tobi for Lisa’s dissertation. In the first ten minutes of the film it is obvious they came for another reason entirely. Mike is sniffing around the house, looking at all the pictures. Every hair on his head is searching for clues about the past and present of the man with […]

Two Days, One Night Review

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A lean, no nonsense film crafted in the most brutally honest style of the Dardennes with a stellar performance by Marion Cotillard. In the Dardenne brothers David vs Goliath drama, Sandra (Marion Cotillard) is a young wife and mother working for a small manufacturing business in Seraing, Belgium. She takes medical leave for a nervous breakdown and is about to return when she hears she has lost her job. She is not notified by the company, she is told by a friend. Unbelievably, and despicably, the company has held an internal vote of the employees of whether to give them all […]

The Duke of Burgundy Review

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A deliciously deviant romp into sexual adventure grounded in the real life struggle for enduring intimacy.Peter Strickland’s film shows nothing if not a lot of courage. The screenplay reflects on the seemingly Victorian experiences of two sexually liberated and experimentally inclined women against a backdrop of heavily disciplined and constrained academic isolation.Evelyn (“Berberian” star Chiara D’Anna) and Cynthia (Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen) share a very comfortable mansion in the lush green countryside. We never know the location, but it appears to be a wealthy part of, perhaps, England. The actual shooting was done in Hungary, where Strickland resides.Cynthia is […]

The Boy Next Door Review

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A thrown together collection of hackneyed and screwball soft porn, toilet humor and predictable violence.Although director Rob Cohen’s film is classified as a thriller, it is anything but. The first sixty minutes of the ninety-one minute movie is a straight up TV soap opera with nothing but the most hackneyed, overused plot tricks. The last thirty minutes might have made a part of a B horror film if the audience had been kept awake by a different opening. Unfortunately, many of those in attendance either came expecting more, or were checking their cell phone messages by the time of the […]

Mortdecai Review

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Johnny Depp as an updated Baron Munchausen.Even in the middle of watching this hugely entertaining Johnny Depp slapstick-a-thon the viewer finds him/herself wondering if the great actor’s best days are behind him. The edginess is mostly gone and in its place are double the cleverness and four times the action, production and special effects. Where has Johnny gone?Reuniting with director David Koepp for the first time since his 2004 adaption of Stephen King’s “Secret Window,” there is no question Depp is thoroughly enjoying himself. In fact, Gwyneth Paltrow (as Mortdecai’s wife Johanna) even seems to be enjoying herself. There is […]

Barbara Stanwyck – None Like Her. TIFF Looks Back With Love

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Ball of Fire: The Films of Barbara Stanwyck at TIFF February 7 to April 4 at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox Tough, smart, independent, serious and versatile, are not adjectives that come to mind thinking of one of Hollywood’s most important female stars. But Barbara Stanwyck was a powerhouse who could literally do it all. She was a phenom, who played an impressive range of characters from back alley harridan to a society matron to a professors’ favourite to a Wild West gunslinger and burlesque queen, mainstream comedy and the pulpiest noir. She was a “ball of fire” and a murderer, […]

Indie Short ‘Heat Wave’ with Twilight’s Kiowa Gordon and Catch Hell’s Russ Russo, Photos

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Film Picks: Just released today (January 26, 2015) is the independent short film Heat Wave with Twilight’s Kiowa Gordon and Catch Hell’s Russ Russo (making his directorial debut). The film has been released digitally on VHXKiowa Gordon (Twilight Saga’s Embry Call, SundanceTV’s The Red Road) stars in this tale of four friends who awaken to find that their reality may not be what they expected in the midst of a 2015 heat wave in LA.Also starring Aaron Jaeger (TV’s Youthful Daze), Wolfgang Weber (The Magician’s Son), Jessica Andres (TV’s The Lizzie Bennet Diaries) & Russ Russo (An Act of War, […]

Winners of the 2013 – 2014 International Online Film Critics’ Poll Announced

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Today the International Online Film Critics’ Poll announced its winners for the 4th biannual awards for excellence in film. Founded in 2007, the IOFCP is the only biannual poll of film critics from all around the world (over one hundred critics from USA, UK, Italy, Spain, Canada, France, Mexico, Australia, India, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, Serbia, Poland, Romania, Estonia, Pakistan, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden). The awards are biannual to allow the comparison of different film seasons.I was thrilled to be asked to participate.The IOFCP voted the coming-of-age drama Boyhood as Best Film, according to the results of its biannual critics’ poll […]

Santa Barbara Film Festival Brings ‘Desert Dancer’ Premiere, Jan. 27

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will kick off Opening Night with the U.S. Premiere of Relativity Studios’ Desert Dancer at the historic Arlington Theatre on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.Directed by Richard Raymond and starring Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Cullen and Marmama Corlett, Desert Dancer tells the true story of a self-taught dancer pursuing a dream in a suppressed society.“Raymond has delivered an extremely timely and thought-provoking movie about love, truth and the freedom that comes from following your passions,” stated Roger Durling, SBIFF Executive Director. “What better way to kick off our 30th anniversary!”For the first […]

Amr Waked Steps into Geostorm

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Egyptian Amr Waked has been cast in the forthcoming sci-fi action thriller Geostorm.According to The Hollywood Reporter Waked will play the head of security on the international space station.Geostorm’s plot centres around catastrophic climate change that threatens to destroy life on Earth as climate control satellites look set to cause a massive storm.Waked is a big star in Egypt and was seen in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and more recently in Luc Besson’s Lucy.Geostorm stars Gerard Butler, Katheryn Winnick, Ed Harris and Andy Garcia.The movie is currently filming in New Orleans with Dean Devlin (who was a producer on Independeance […]

American Sniper Continues Run Top of Box Office

American Sniper is on course to become the biggest earning war movie of all time. Though audiences outside the US are less eager.

American Sniper, the controversial Clint Eastwood movie, has been reaping big rewards at the US box office as it pulled in over $64 million in its second week, bringing its US total to over $200 million.The movie stars Bradley Cooper and is about Iraq veteran and sniper Chris Kyle. Kyle did four tours of Iraq and wrote a book about his experiences, you can read our review here.The second spot was taken by The Boy Next Door, the Jennifer Lopez thriller which opened for $15 million.In third place was everyone’s favorite lost bear Paddington who put over $12 million under […]

ChefDance Media Lounge Day Two At Sundance Film Festival

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The ChefDance Media Lounge welcomed day two of the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, January 24, hosting top tier-casts at the Tim Hortons Café & Bake Shop and the Indiegogo Lounge, where live-streaming interviews were conducted with Sundance films including:• “A Walk In The Woods” starring Robert Redford• “Z For Zachariah” starring Chris Pine, Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor• “The Overnight ” starring Adam Scott, Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godreche​​• “Knock Knock” starring Keanu Reeves, with director Eli Roth.• “Glassland” starring Toni Collette• “The Bronze” starring Gary Cole, Melissa Rauch, Winston Rauch, Bryan Buckley, Thomas Middleditch and Haley Lu• “99 […]