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‘The Tribe’ Trailer: The Provocative New Film Features No Spoken Dialogue, Only Sign Language

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by Britt Hayes May 13, 2015 @ 8:13 PM
The Tribe is a film you should definitely put on your to-do list. The upcoming release from Drafthouse Films is a provocative, unnerving exercise in the value of show vs. tell, an affecting and layered drama that immerses the audience in the isolated world of its characters — a cast of deaf teenagers at a school in the Ukraine, who communicate entirely through sign language. There is no spoken dialogue or music, and the new trailer for the film effectively sells that premise.

Celebrate '20,000 Days on Earth' with Nick Cave Live in New York City

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by Britt Hayes September 4, 2014 @ 5:25 PM
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Fans of both iconic musician Nick Cave and great films take notice: Drafthouse Films have announced a very, very special screening of '20,000 Days on Earth,' the inventive new documentary that provides a rare insight into the mind and creative process of the celebrated musician. For one night only, Cave will give a solo piano performance in New York City following a special screening of the film. Can't make it to NYC? Don't worry, you can watch a live stream of the event.

Review: 'I Declare War'

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by Britt Hayes August 30, 2013 @ 12:42 PM
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In 'I Declare War,' a pretend game of war between kids goes way too far when one over-zealous boy takes the rules into his own hands. An intense rivalry develops as PK, the general from one camp, tries to adhere to the rules and play an honorable game, while the smarmy Skinner from the opposing camp does the unthinkable and takes a prisoner, throwing the whole game into upheaval.
'I Declare War' is an inventive film that embraces the seriousness of childhood imagination, while affectionately acknowledging the lack of wisdom in adolescence.

'A Field in England' Review

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by Britt Hayes February 5, 2013 @ 10:19 PM
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British director Ben Wheatley isn't content to make the same kind of film over and over again. His last two films -- 'Kill List' and 'Sightseers' -- offered different tones and delightfully sinister surprises; the only consistency is Wheatley's attraction to dark, subversive material and his ability to capture that material with a particularly keen and appreciative eye. With 'A Field in England,' Wheatley returns with yet another unexpected work: an intense, abstract, and intensely abstract trip (literally and figuratively).

'Miami Connection' Review

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by Matt Singer November 1, 2012 @ 7:00 AM
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Sight and Sound Magazine: it's time for a recount in your decennial poll. 'Miami Connection' is clearly the greatest film ever made -- at least on whatever planet it came from. Hilarious yet oddly touching, goofy yet totally sincere, this is one of the most entertainingly bizarre movies I've ever seen; not so much so-bad-it's-good as so-strange-it's-brilliant. The fight scenes are memorable, the dialogue is quotable, and the rock songs about tae kwon do and ninjas are impossibly catchy. Made and released in the late 1980s and then immediately forgotten, it would have been doomed to eternal obscurity if not for the efforts of Drafthouse Films, who recognized the inspired lunacy that everyone else had somehow missed. For their efforts, they've now got an unmissable cult classic on their hands.

'The ABCs of Death' Review

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by Jordan Hoffman September 23, 2012 @ 11:15 AM
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G is for Gimmick
But gimmicks are not necessarily a bad thing. 'The ABCs of Death' (which could also be called '26 Ways to Barf') is the mother of all horror anthologies, collecting 26 short films, each from a different director, all representing a different way to bite it.

'Wake in Fright' Trailer: A Long Lost Classic Returns

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by Jacob Hall September 23, 2012 @ 9:00 AM
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Drafthouse Films may be fine purveyors of schlock, but they also know a thing or two about genuinely great movies. How else do you explain them acquiring the rights to 'Wake in Fright,' a 1971 Cannes Film Festival champion that seemingly vanished off the face of the planet in the decades after its unsuccessful commercial release? The film has not only been discovered and restored, it's playing at Fantastic Fest this week.
And wouldn't you know it: a trailer for this restored masterpiece has hit.

'Miami Connection' Trailer Promises the Craziest Movie You'll See This Year

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by Jacob Hall September 22, 2012 @ 8:50 AM
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Are modern movies just a little too normal for you? Do the latest Hollywood releases make too much sense? Are you tired of movies that aren't downright insane in design and execution? If you just mumbled "yes" at your computer screen three times, then 'Miami Connection' is for you!

'Klown' Review

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by Britt Hayes July 27, 2012 @ 2:33 PM
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When Drafthouse Films, the Alamo Drafthouse's film distribution branch, started up last year, it became clear fairly quickly that the company would be making some rather bold choices. Given Drafthouse's selections for Fantastic Fest, Drafthouse Films' own roster would surely fall in line with the sort of edgy genre fare hosted at their annual festival every year. So when they announced the acquisition of 'Klown,' based on the Danish television series of the same name, it was fair to assume that the film would be something special -- and special it is, though that may be an understatement.