The Riviera Maya Film Festival was created in 2012 with the goal to meet one of the greatest needs of the film industry in Mexico and perhaps in the entire world: the distribution of quality international cinema. This festival is free and that is why they revitalized the film fest experience of screening and watching a film in all kinds of stages and contexts, such as at the beach or in public squares.More than 70 Films from Around the World, Including the Critically Acclaimed ‘Burying the Ex’ and Asia Argento’s ‘Incompresa,’ Have Been Selected To Screen During the 2015 Riviera […]
We have added some photos from forthcoming action-adventure movie The Dead Lands.The New Zealand film follows the teenage son of a Maori chieftain. His father and the tribe are slaughtered and he seeks revenge. However, he is hopelessly outnumbered by the enemy. His only hope is to pas through the forbidden Dead Lands and seek the help of the warrior who rules those lands.The Dead Lands is rated R and has a limited opening on April 17 in the U.S. and on May 29 in the UK.Check out the images and trailer below.
The werewolves you can accept, the humans you can tolerate, but the Christians?Directed and written by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, “Shadows” is a marvelous mash-up of every vampire trope invented in the last century with a few new ones thrown in. The four flat mates are the best of friends, and have been the best of friends for several centuries, since vampires never die. But when they initiate a new member of the group and the rookie brings in a human, the friendship is tested to the limits. Turning the entire human-vampire relationship around, daylight becomes a lethal hazard […]
A real life interpretation of the “Godfather” series that strips away the glamour and leaves only despair.Nominated for the Golden Lion, the highest award of the Venice Film Festival, writer/director Francesco Munzi’s familial crime drama looks deep into the heart of darkness. Based on the novel by Gioacchino Criaco with a screenplay co-written by Maurizio Braucci and Fabrizio Ruggirello, this is the story of a family drawn into, and eventually destroyed by, the “Ndrangheta” crime syndicate. Having said that, this is not a film about organized crime. The same tragic and deadly story could be told about small time grifters […]
A great performance by Ben Stiller makes this an easygoing Sunday afternoon movie, if not one of Baumbach’s best pieces of self-examination.Noah Baumbach’s latest dramedy takes on a decidedly Woody Allen feeling that gives Ben Stiller a chance to show his stuff. Supporting leads Naomi Watts and Adam Driver fall victim to the curse of New York City as they fade into the shadows behind the bright lights of Gotham. Stiller and Watts play Josh and Cornelia Srebnick, a married couple in their mid-30’s who are grappling with a childless marriage and the reality of a creative life in a […]
Movie News: Watch the Ted 2 clip which debuted on MTV as part of the Movie Awards Takeover: Wicked Boston accents….check. Fart humor? Check. It’s time for Seth McFarlane’s part deux of “Ted” where a coming of age collides with arrested development. Ted is ready to become an adult, hold your breath!“Ted 2” picks up three years later with the profane lil’ bear marrying his girlfriend Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) and trying to conceive a child with the help of his best friend and reluctant sperm donor, John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg). Things of course are complicated, as Ted is a BEAR […]
Interesting to note that corporate hotelier Marriott has a Content Studio and they are readying their second original short film “French Kiss” was shot in Paris, produced a la “Two Bellman” and teams with noted producers Ian Sander and Kim Moses. The trailer releases April 28th with a worldwide premiere on May 19th. “Bellmen” featured some of the biggest stars from the hip hop and B-boy dance world and Hollywood stuntmen in a comedic, genre-bending mix of parkour, martial arts, dance and music action in partnership with JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand.Marriott International’s Content Studio has teamed-up with the […]
Filmmaker Matt Sadowski and his leading man Dov Tiefenbach took on the conventional romantic comedy and all its artifice and won with the independent Canadian feature Pretend We’re Kissing. Set proudly in Toronto, Tiefenbach brilliantly takes on the role of a reserved and socially phobic man who hopes to finally make a match with a girl (Tommie-Amber Pirie) who seems open to him. She’s patient and encouraging, but there are many obstacles in their way including an alt-babe roommate played by Zoe Kravitz. So they take it outdoors and into Toronto and onto the island where they are stranded overnight […]
The latest trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road looks absolutly stunning.As per the original movies it follows loner Max as he tries to survive in a broken world full of gangs and people desperate just to stay alive. The trailer features frantic action, crazy vehicles and some quite beautiful cinematography. Mad Max: Fury Road is directed by George Miller and stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Holt and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.Let’s hope the movie is half as good as the trailer, see it from May 15th.
The TCM Classic Film Festival returned to Tinsel Town for a sixth consecutive year, offering aficionados from across America and even some from abroad a groaning board of over 80 film classics and rarities to feast on. And starry-eyed fans got a chance to see some of their favorites do interviews or introduce films they are known for, including Sophia Loren (Marriage Italian Style) Shirley MacLaine (“The Apartment” and “The Children’s Hour”) and Ann-Margaret (“The Cincinnati Kid”). The four-day event, which ended Sunday, kicked off with a 50th anniversary screening of a splendidly restored version of “The Sound of Music” […]
John Boorman’s beloved 1987 World War II film Hope and Glory was based on his own experiences as a young boy in London. His alter ego Bill Rohan’s most memorable scene was shouting for joy when Hitler bombs his school, ensuring time off. Now flash forward to 1952 where Boorman picks up Bill’s life as a trainee solider. It was the Cold War and as Boorman says, a time of great upheaval in Britain. Seen through Bill’s eyes, the post war world was a time and place where anything could happen. We spoke with 82-year old filmmaker from London. It’s […]
Scott Speedman grew up around Ontario’s Muskoka Lakes and Georgian Bay, a vacation getaway landscape that is part of the Canadian Shield. It holds a special place in his heart. So shooting October Gale on Lake Joseph was something special. Speedman returned home to star in October Gale, a romantic thriller about a man who breaks into a woman’s cottage at night, putting both their lives at risk. Stormy conditions outside mirror rising tensions inside as a night of depravity and violence begins. Oh, and there’s a little unexpected romance. We spoke with Speedman from New York. What was it […]
Human Rights Watch Film FestivalMarch 24 to April 2 at TIFF Bell Lightbox The 12th annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival unveils eight films at Lightbox which will provoke, anger and make us think. Its focus is international human rights abuses and those who fight them through the powerful medium of documentary films. Canada, Indonesia, Sudan, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Palestine, Guatemala, the United States and Hungary are represented, as curated by CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema Helga Stephenson and TIFF’s Magali Simard, Manager of Film Programmes. We spoke with Simard about this year’s must-see offerings. Magali, what […]
The recipient of the Garden State Film Festival’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, esteemed award winning actor Ed Asner will be honored with the Garden State Film Festival’s MVP Award when the 13th annual festival convenes in Atlantic City from March 19 to 22. Make sure to catch “The Painting.” The film will be premiering this week at the Garden State Film Festival. “The Painting” is a horror-comedy that celebrates the Grand Guignol style of filmmaking, is having its World Premiere on March 21st at the Garden State Film Festival.This is the third feature film from award-winning indie writer/director Robert Rothbard and […]
We have added some stills from Walt Disney Pictures’ forthcoming movie Tomorrowland. The film follows the adventures of the former child genius (George Clooney) and an optimistic teenager Casey (Britt Robertson), who is interested in all things scientific. Together they embark on a dangerous mission to discover secrets in a place somewhere in time and space known only as Tomorrowland. Tomorrowland is being directed by Brad Bird from a screenplay he wrote with Damon Lindelof. Bird worked on the likes of Ratatouille and Lindelof was a creator and writer on Lost. The movie stars George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, […]
The Runner / Davandeh (Iran, 1985)Part of I for Iran: A History of Iranian Cinema by its Creators Retrospective Directed by Amir NaderiFriday, March 13 6:30pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto Amir Naderi paints a bleak portrait of life for Iranian orphans in poverty in the semi-autobiographical film shot during the Iran-Iraq War. A young boy named Amiro (Majid Niroumand) lives at the searing hot docks, looking for any kind of work he can get, mostly gathering bottles that have floated ashore, risking shark attack, selling metal or cold water to thirsty passers-by. He lives alone on a wrecked ship […]
We have added some great pictures from Paris Fashion Week as Derek Zoolander and Hansel walk the runway at the Valentino Fashion Show. With Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson starring, Zoolander 2 will open in theaters in the U.S. on February 12, 2016. Photos by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For Paramount Pictures.
Zoolander lives, and he’s fabulous.See Zoolander’s Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson Prep for the Valentino Show Are you ready for your close-up? Today at Valentino’s show in Paris for Paris Fashion Week, a Zoolander reunion took place when Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson cat-walked in character as their Zoolander alter-egos Derek Zoolander and Hansel. This is the official Zoolander 2 announcement as Paramount has announced the movie for a 2016 release; you can get that date and see some Instagram evidence of the runway presence below.Vogue got the shot of actors Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson who gave a live […]
Cymbeline In Theaters and VOD 3/13Shakespeare’s tragedy Cymbeline gets the modern treatment as a biker gang versus dirty cop war set in Manhattan. Ed Harris is the titular drug dealer who leads his soldiers into deadly territory facing off with the corrupt police chief Caius Lucius (Vondie Curtis-Hall) and his band of men. Cymbeline’s merciless fervour and explosive temper instil rightful fear in all who might cross him, and he is backed by well-armed followers. Ethan Hawke is the tricky Iachimo who recklessly complicates people’s lives, and Penn Badgley and Dakota Johnson are Posthumus and Imogen, lovers on opposite sides […]
Movie news: Head to Austin for SXSW, as Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy will be there to help celebrate the remastered ‘Breakfast Club’ SXSW film premiere. John Hughes epic film of friendship and learning how to break the norms of high school, The Breakfast Club made the careers of Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez and others with their heart-wrenching performances of how a brain, a beauty, a recluse, a rich kid, nerd and jock all came to common ground during a day-long detention.Hughes took a group of stereotypes and created the classic us against them (authority, school […]
Michael Urie may be best-known as Betty Suarez’ gay best friend Marc St. James on the hit series Ugly Betty; he was slightly-over-the-top with a great sense of humour, unforgettable. But Urie’s actor’s palette contains many more colours than that. Urie was a Julliard student in New York when the 9/11 attacks occurred. A few years later he starred in Brian Sloane’s WTC View, a stage play about the devastating ripple effects of the bombings on New Yorkers. A man places an ad for a roommate in a paper and the results of that act help bring him to his […]
The Duke of Burgundy / UK Written 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, […]
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 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 […]