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Wes Craven the master of horror leaves us | OBIT

Freddy daddy dead. Wes Craven, the creator of the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET franchise and America's answer to Dario Argento (except much, much better) has passed away yesterday at age 76. He suffered from brain cancer. Craven had a long and storied career as a filmmaker, having directed the SCREAM films (four in total). His first film was THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (1972). An American auteur ... more >

LuC BESSON

French tax incentives: Luc Besson can’t catch a break on home turf | VALERIAN

PARIS - The upcoming film VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS (2017) has a bang up cast (Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan and Clive Owen), will employ a twelve-hundred-person crew, take six months to shoot (with principal photography starting in January) and has been in the preparatory phases for two years. From a Frenchman's viewpoint, at least, it's a big deal. And yet, instead of being ... more >

Larry Yang

FORTISSIMO snaps rights to new Larry Yang film MOUNTAIN CRY

Fortissimo Films announced today that it has acquired global sales rights to Larry Yang’s (SORRY, I LOVE YOU; NANA) highly anticipated film MOUNTAIN CRY. The film, which won the prize for ‘Best Commercial Potential’ at last year’s Beijing International Film Festival ‘Pitch & Catch’ event, was just announced yesterday to have its World Premiere on October 10, 2015 as the Closing Film of the 20th ... more >

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QUICK TAKE | WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS

Produced by Warner Brothers
Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski and Wes Bentley
Directed by Max Joseph

The few movies that have been made about the electronic dance music scene in the last twenty years have come and gone like mere blips and blops, in part because of weak plots and sub-plot and bad casting choices but also because techno, like drugs or sex, tends to make for boring on-screen subject matter. Movies about music need to have vivid characters that jump off the screen, like those in ... more >

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THE VIEW FROM ABOVE | WE COME AS FRIENDS

As resourceful as it is entertaining
Adelante Films [France / Austria]
Directed by Hubert Sauper

Time to dust off the Frantz Fanon reader. Colonialism, as well as Africa, its oil, gold and religion are the ambiguous motifs this new documentary film slated for release next week aims to confronts. For WE COME AS FRIENDS filmmaker Hubert Sauper swooped down into the context of his story, literally. He and his crew built a small aircraft especially for the film and flew it to the filming ... more >

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Are Gambling Movies a Dying Breed?

A different era

A comparative review of casino films pre-2000s with movies released in the new millennium suggest that this generation’s screenplay writers and directors have exhausted the genre, and the Internet’s various lists of top films in the category have not proven otherwise. The recent additions in the category have failed to impress at the box office with Jason Statham’s Wild Card, a substandard ... more >

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THE TRIBE

When a scream from violence falls completely silent
Grigoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova and Rosa Babiy
Directed by Miroslav Slaboshpitsky

In THE TRIBE we're propelled head-first in a boarding school for young deaf and mute people, the tribe of the title, in which violence, trafficking and prostitution are commonplace. For the over two hours of the film's length there's not a single line of dialogue or caption, just the power of cinema to induce raw emotion through ruthless framing shots that spare us nothing and zeroes in on actors ... more >