'50 Shades of Grey' has officially been put on notice by 'The Duke of Burgundy,' the gorgeous and glorious sophomore effort from British director Peter Strickland, the vivid mind behind 'Berberian Sound Studio.' A film which features not a single male actor and which examines the ins and outs of a dominant/submissive relationship, 'The Duke of Burgundy' is also an incredibly smart and surprisingly funny relationship drama.
It's become increasingly rare for horror films to make an effort to truly scare us these days, but Jennifer Kent's 'The Babadook' gets under the skin in ways that are both visceral and highly emotional. A mediation on a mother's grief and the displacement of that grief onto her son, the film echoes Stephen King's 'The Shining' in many ways, while lead actress Essie Davis gives a chill-inducing performance evocative of vintage Sissy Spacek and Mia Farrow.
Fantastic Fest is a film festival like no other -- it’s rowdy and teeming with avid fans of genre films, all determined to see as many films as they can over the course of an intense seven days. Your typical film festival usually places the more provocative genre films in the midnight slot, but Fantastic Fest is nothing but genre from the time you wake up to the time you stumble back to wherever it is you’re staying for the week. These films are proving that genre doesn’t need to be singular or defined by one word (horror, action, sci-fi), and as such, they’re surprising and totally unique. The less you know about a film at this fest before going in, the better, and the more likely you are to discover something truly great.
Keanu Reeves seriously does not get the credit he deserves. Over the years it seems like he's just been accruing knowledge from project to project, figuring out what works for him and what doesn't, and now he's distilled and perfected something that's almost hard to define. Last year he brought the crazy, crowd-pleasing martial arts flick 'Man of Tai Chi' to the Fantastic Fest film festival, and this year he returns with 'John Wick.' It's a ridiculous action thriller in which Reeves plays a former hitman-type out for revenge because some obnoxious Russian gangster's son steals his cool muscle car and kills the puppy his dead wife sent him as a present -- yeah, really.
Well alright, alright, alriiiiii -- wait a minute. Although it was previously confirmed by 'Magic Mike XXL' director Greg Jacobs that the entire cast would be returning for the upcoming sequel, it seems that's not quite the case: Matthew McConaughey, who played veteran strip club ringleader Dallas in the first film, will not be making an appearance after all. Commence the booing.
Although it was rumored that Tom Hiddleston was being eyed for the leading role in director Timur Bekmambetov's upcoming remake of 'Ben-Hur,' it seems the epic redo has found its leading man: 'Boardwalk Empire' star Jack Huston. Oh, sorry, guess you might not recognize him unless he's missing half of his face.
October is here, and at the movies that means it's a time for horror, a time for thrills, and a time for action -- but don't worry! It's not all scares. There's tons of diversity coming to theaters this month, including a little drama and even some stuff for the family. Read on for our guide to the newest movie releases hitting theaters in October 2014.
Although we've known quite a bit about what to expect from 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' for a while now thanks to this thing called The Internet and to the rather excellent Marvel panel at Comic-Con 2014, tonight Marvel has finally revealed the official plot synopsis for the upcoming superhero super-sequel -- among the details you'll find a little nugget about Vision, a new character, but one with which fans will already be familiar.
Well that didn't last long, did it? With the conclusion of the original 'Bourne' trilogy, director Paul Greengrass said there wasn't really anywhere else for Jason Bourne to go in the franchise, hence the Jeremy Renner spinoff 'The Bourne Legacy.' But it looks like Greengrass and star Matt Damon have come up with an idea to put Jason Bourne back into action.
Crime just isn't what it used to be. That's something that 'Boardwalk Empire' has perhaps ruminated on since the beginning, but something that has become more and more glaring with each passing season, with the introduction of foils and central conflicts for Nucky Thompson and the other major criminal players in New York and Chicago to navigate. Perhaps the reason why the fifth and final season has thus far felt as disorienting as the opening shot of "The Good Listener" is that there's no real singular conflict or thread running through it all. In the vernacular of 'The Big Lebowski,' there's no rug to tie this room together, man.