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SXSW Review: ‘Pig Hag’ is an Assured Debut Feature That’s Equally Cruel and Sympathetic

Equal parts cruel and sympathetic, Colby Holt and Sam Probst’s Pig Hag is a shocking indie debut occupying the psychological space of Jodie (Anna T Schlegel), a 36-year-old travel nurse obsessed with Guns N’ Roses who is looking for love and companionship. It doesn’t help her sister Chrissy gives her all the obvious advice when […]

Park Chan-wook’s ‘The Brigands of Rattlecreek,’ Scripted by S. Craig Zahler, Gets Revived at Amazon

It was seven years ago we got our last update on Park Chan-wook’s ultra-violent western The Brigands of Rattleborge. With the director going on to make The Handmaiden and Little Drummer Girl, he’s now returning to the promising project as it’s been revived by Amazon Studios, Collider reports. Scripted by S. Craig Zahler–no stranger to bloody epics with Bone Tomahawk and […]

New to Streaming: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘They Shall Not Grow Old,’ ‘Triple Frontier’ & More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here. Combat Obscura (Miles Lagoze) One of the very best documentaries we saw […]

J.C. Chandor on Refuting the Auteur Theory, the Scope of ‘Triple Frontier,’ and Oscar Isaac as Donald Rumsfeld

J.C. Chandor has the same energy as the squad on screen in Triple Frontier. You can read his thoughts giddily bouncing around his head before they can spill out. It doesn’t matter if you ask him about stunt helicopter crashes or character psychology, he taps into wells of energy when talking about his cinematic work. […]

NYC Weekend Watch: Bruno Ganz, ‘The Juniper Tree,’ ‘King Kong’ & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not […]

Review: ‘Captive State’ Builds a Grounded Sci-Fi World with a Lifeless Narrative

Captive State could very well be set in an alternate timeline of Arrival, one where the communication tactics of Louise Banks (Amy Adams) failed and the aliens stayed put to govern over humans. While this has happened worldwide, Rupert Wyatt’s grounded new sci-fi thriller specifically hones in on Chicago, where top government officials work with […]

Take a Mesmerizing Trip in U.S. Trailer for Bi Gan’s ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’

One of the most staggering cinematic experiences of recent years was seeing Bi Gan’s transportive, dreamlike odyssey Long Day’s into Night at the New York Film Festival last fall. Now set for an April release via Kino Lorber, the 3D film—which concludes with an astounding hour-long single take through multiple towns and above—follows a detective’s […]

Ang Lee Preparing 120 Frames Per Second/4K/3D Release for ‘Gemini Man’

After trying out high frame rates with Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Ang Lee is looking to continue pursuing technological advancements with his next film, which occupies a genre that may be better suited for such experimentation. Led by Will Smith, the October-bound action thriller Gemini Man follows an assassin who must battle his younger […]

First Teasers for Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s ‘To the Ends of the Earth’

We’re approaching springtime, which means the first looks at what will likely premiere at Cannes Film Festival begin to see the light of day. One of the sure bets is the latest film from Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who recently impressed with the sci-fi drama Before We Vanish. His next film is To the Ends of the Earth […]

SXSW Review: ‘Nothing Stays The Same’ Plays a Transcendent Tune with a Formulaic Approach

Nothing Stays The Same: The Story of The Saxon Pub functions as both a local interest story and something deserving of greater attention. The battle to keep Austin weird is very real as skyrocketing property values and a tech boom have priced out artists that have been responsible for making the city what it is. The […]