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Unlimited with Certain Limits, MoviePass’ New Policy Brings Frustration

MoviePass, the innovative attempt at “interrupting” the model of traditional cinema exhibition, is finding itself in the line of attack from subscribers on social media due to a change to the how the service allocates tickets to subscribers and a subsequent system glitch. This morning, I spoke with CEO Mitch Lowe, a subscription service veteran […]

The Essential Art of Editing is Explored in New 20-Minute Video Essay

Cinema is an image. Story is a cut. While there are stunning examples to the contrary, most of film’s narrative history could be boiled down to editing. Many say the final re-write of a film is done in the editing room, where a director and editor truly craft the story into its most concise, impactful form. […]

Our 20 Most-Anticipated Films at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

Comprising a considerable amount of our top 50 films of last year, Sundance Film Festival has proven to yield the first genuine look at what the year in cinema will bring. Now in its 39th iteration, we’ll be heading back to Park City this week, but before we do, it’s time to highlight the films we’re most looking […]

Stephen Graham Goes on the Hunt in Exclusive Clip from ‘A Patch of Fog’

From his break-out role in Snatch to taking part in productions from Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Tomas Alfredson, Shane Meadows, and more, Stephen Graham has always been a compelling aspect of any production. His latest, the Belfast thriller A Patch of Fog finds him taking the role of a security guard who finds a once-famous novelist […]

Editing on Orson Welles’ ‘The Other Side of the Wind’ Aiming for Spring Start

It was nearly a year ago that we got the last substantial update about Orson Welles‘ long-overdue final feature, The Other Side of the Wind. After an initial fundraising campaign intended to help those involved with the production complete the un-edited film in time for Welles’ 100th birthday in May 2015 didn’t meet its goal, there was word that Netflix […]

‘A Dark Song’ Plays in Dread-Inducing First Trailer

The first full-length trailer has arrived for the indie U.K. chiller A Dark Song, the directorial debut of Liam Gavin. Centered on a grieving mother (Catherine Walker) looking to get in contact with her deceased son through a damaged occultist (Sightseers‘ Steve Oram), A Dark Song looks to focus on atmosphere and slow-burn-induced dread, despite this trailer’s insistence that it […]

Full Trailer for Genre-Bending ‘Sleight’ Combines Magic and Crime

Magicians have been trying to make a resurgence on the cool side of our zeitgeist since Now You See Me (we all know how that went), so it’s no surprise a new indie-superhero angle is being taken with Sleight. The feature debut of writer-director J.D. Dillard — who did VFX work for The Force Awakens — Sleight‘s new trailer has all the floating-card […]

Full Trailer for Genre-Bending ‘Sleight’ Combines Magic and Crime

Magicians have been trying to make a resurgence on the cool side of our zeitgeist since Now You See Me (we all know how that went), so it’s no surprise a new indie-superhero angle is being taken with Sleight. The feature debut of writer-director J.D. Dillard — who did VFX work for The Force Awakens — Sleight‘s new trailer has all the floating-card […]

Review: ‘Sleepless’ is a Generic Thriller That Runs on Auto-Pilot

Theatrical ReviewOpen Road; 95 minutes Director: Baran bo Odar Written by John Fink on January 14, 2017  If Sleepless doesn’t seem like it is doing anything new it’s, well, not. A remake of Frederic Jardin’s 2011 thriller Nuit blanche (Sleepless Night) rebooted as a low-rent Luc Besson-style affair with half the wit, Sleepless isn’t an unbearable experience. It’s just […]

A24’s Mysterious Sci-Fi Project Revealed as Sundance-Bound Short Film ‘Toru’

Earlier this week, A24 dropped a mysterious teaser trailer for what was thought to be a new science-fiction feature film from the company. With its slick near-future design and life-encompassing text overlays, many thought it may signal the return of Upstream Color and Primer director Shane Carruth, but now we’ve found out what this trailer is previewing. […]