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Watch: First Trailer for 'Top Five' From Writer/Director Chris Rock

Chris Rock's Top Five

"I don't feel like doing funny movies anymore, I don't feel funny." Paramount has debuted the first trailer for Chris Rock's new movie Top Five, starring, written and directed by Chris Rock, making a comeback after a few years of being out of the spotlight. The indie production premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last month and was quickly acquired by Paramount, and quickly turned around for release this December. This is only the first trailer but honestly it's a bit hard to follow, is this Rock playing himself or something else? Rosario Dawson is another lead star, along with a big cast including Kevin Hart, Adam Sandler, Romany Malco, J.B. Smoove and Whoopi Goldberg. The film earned great reviews out of TIFF. Enjoy

 Posted October 16 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Exclusive: New Poster for Acclaimed Documentary 'The Overnighters'

The Overnighters Poster

Doesn't everyone deserve a second chance? We're excited to debut the brand new poster for Jesse Moss' highly acclaimed, extraordinary documentary The Overnighters which was just released in theaters last weekend by Drafthouse Films. It's a must see doc this year. The poster features a handful of quotes from critics all over, praising the "masterwork" doc calling it "riveting", "powerful" and "explosive". It is all of these things and much more, an incredible discovery out of Sundance this year hoping to go all the way at the Oscars next year. We're lucky to be quoted on this as well, out of my own Sundance review, where I call it a "wildly captivating real world ride." Take a look at the new poster below and catch this in theaters now.

 Posted October 16 in Docs, Indies, Posters | Comments

Chris Hemsworth in Ron Howard's 'In the Heart of the Sea' Trailer

Heart of the Sea Trailer

"We were headed for the edge of sanity, like we were apparitions, phantoms..." Warner Bros has debuted the first teaser trailer for Ron Howard's new movie In the Heart of the Sea, adapting a book by Nathaniel Philbrick about the real-life story that inspired Moby Dick. Chris Hemsworth stars as Owen Chase, the veteran first mate of the Essex, a whaling ship that sets off with a crew to hunt down the gigantic demon of a whale haunting them. The cast includes Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw, Charlotte Riley, Tom Holland and many others. This first teaser is a rather poetic and beautiful look at the story, presenting us with a larger-than-life tale of ambition and adventure. As a first glance, this looks really good.

 Posted October 16 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

35mm Doc 'Out Of Print' Now Online After New Beverly Controversy

New Beverly

Over the last few weeks we've written a few articles about Quentin Tarantino taking over managing the New Beverly Cinema, the repertory 35mm theater in Los Angeles. However, there's an interesting development on the other side today and it involves one of the theater's longtime employees speaking out about the new changes. It seems things have taken a turn for the worse, and after being told to keep quiet, Julia Marchese (@juliacmarchese) has written a blog about her experiences and being unfairly forced to quit. Marchese is also the filmmaker behind the documentary Out of Print about saving 35mm film made mostly at the New Beverly. But due to this break-up, she has released the doc in full online immediately for everyone's viewing.

 Posted October 15 in Discuss, Docs, Movie News, To Watch | Comments

Marketing Material Galore for 'The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies'

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

The Defining Chapter. The End of it All. The Grand Finale. We're getting closer and closer to the release of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies in December and Warner Bros has started their final marketing push with an abundance of new materials. Aside from the daily character poster debut on @TheHobbitMovie Twitter account, a big batch of new banners has been unveiled. To top it off, IMPAwards has tossed in two more posters for the finale, showing epic scenes of Gandalf reaching out for Galadriel, and Thorin sitting on his rightful throne. All this material is just a reminder this movie is indeed arriving soon.

 Posted October 15 in Hobbit, Posters | Comments

Watch: Satirical Horror Short Film 'Liebe', Or 'A Ghastly Love Story'

Liebe Short Film

"When I first saw you, I could not believe my eyes." It's October which means it's the month of horror, with scary films premiering all over. This short, titled Liebe or Love in German, is a quick watch and a fun way to mix up all those scares with something that will make you laugh. The 3-minute short has played at film festivals all over, including at Fantasia and Toronto After Dark throughout the year, and is now online for viewing. As always, we feature shorts to show people how much great filmmaking there is out there even in short form and made on a shoestring budget. Have fun with this one - the perfect short for October. Enjoy!

 Posted October 15 in Horror, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Check Out FAMP Art's Latest Print for André Øvredal's 'Trollhunter'

Trollhunter FAMP Art

The Trolls are back! Call the Trollhunter! Last week at New York Comic-Con I met one of the guys behind FAMP Art, the new creative collective focused on creating great art for "foreign films, classics and more" branching out from Mondo. We chatted about some upcoming releases following their debut for City of God, and here's the next one. This artwork is for that awesome Norwegian faux-documentary Trollhunter, or Trolljegeren, which first hit theaters back in 2011 from director André Øvredal, who has yet to make his next feature though a few are in the works. The art is by Chris Weston and will be printed as a full 24"x36" print being sold by FAMP Art next week. Check out the Trollhunter print and another variant version below.

 Posted October 14 in Artwork, Foreign Film, Posters | Comments

Monthly Must See: John Curran's 'Tracks' Starring Mia Wasikowska

Tracks - Monthly Must See

"Like any journey, it's not what you carry, but what you leave behind." Continuing our latest feature, the Monthly Must See profile, this time around I'm highlighting an extraordinarily beautiful film called Tracks, set in Australia directed by John Curran of We Don't Live Here Anymore and The Painted Veil previously. Tracks is now playing in limited theaters and first premiered at the fall film festivals in 2013, where I first caught it. Actress Mia Wasikowska stars as Robyn in the true story of an independent young woman who decides to hike 1,700 miles across the Australian desert on her own. Aside from her dog and three camels.

 Posted October 14 in Editorial, Feat, Indies | Comments

Watch: Stellar Russian CGI Futuristic War Short 'Крепость/Fortress'

Fortress Short Film

Whoa. This is awesome. You have to watch this! That's the reaction I had, and I expect most people will have, after watching this. It's a short film titled Fortress, or Крепость in Russian, made by a guy named Dima Fedotof who posted this to his own Vimeo a year ago. Yes it's a bit old, but it's still worth seeing because, as our friend Jonnie tweeted about it: "love that it has minimal setup, and that it's actually short." Dima explains that the short is just a "cartoon parable" and he's only a "CG enthusiast from Russia", but it's impressive work. The setting is in the far future, where wars have been raging for so long that the robots continue to fight each other even though all humanity is gone. Just another cool short to enjoy - take a look.

 Posted October 14 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Debating Passionately with Fans on NYCC's 'Fans vs. Critics' Panel

Fans vs Critics Panel - NYCC

This past weekend it was New York's time to geek out. The New York Comic-Con took place at the Javitz Center on the west side, with over 100,000 geeks/nerds/fans of all ages attending. On Friday evening I was invited to participate in a panel called Your Opinion Sucks! Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans where a small group of "professional critics" sit in front of a room full of fans and argue about what they like/didn't like. This isn't the first time this panel has appeared, as Rotten Tomatoes has been hosting it in San Diego and at conventions like CinemaCon for years, but it was my first time on it. I really wanted to have fun, see what people wanted to debate, and enjoy the experience of being on a panel instead of covering it (for once).

 Posted October 13 in Discuss, Editorial, Feat | Comments

NYFF Review: Laura Poitras' Doc 'Citizenfour' is History in the Making

Citizenfour

Along comes a documentary that may change your life by showing humanity in its most honest form. That documentary is called Citizenfour, with that title coming from the username Edward Snowden used to initially contact reporter/filmmaker Laura Poitras, who put this together over the last year. The footage she shows, the story she tells, it's as if they have captured lightning in a bottle. Citizenfour is like watching history unfold in front of your eyes, showing Snowden before and after he was revealed to the public as the whistleblower behind the NSA's mass surveillance conspiracy. Except it's not a conspiracy. It's out there, it exists, it's real. This documentary captures what happens when one person tries to tell the world the truth.

 Posted October 12 in Docs, NYFF | Comments

Indie Trailer Sunday: Marshall Curry's Documentary 'Point and Shoot'

Point and Shoot Doc Trailer

"Everybody tries to create their idealized image of how they want to be seen and who they want to be..." Today's trailer is for a riveting documentary about humanity called Point and Shoot, the latest work from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry (of Street Fight), telling the fascinating story of a young American who ends up fighting in the Libyan revolution while on a motorcycle adventure through Northern Africa and the Middle East. Described as a "wild and dangerous coming-of-age tale", this doc looks like it's so much more than just a story about one lone fighter, and I'm intrigued to delve into this and learn more about his story. This is a beautiful trailer that should make you interested in catching this doc soon.

 Posted October 12 in Docs, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Sundance 2014: Compelling Modern Storytelling in 'The Overnighters'

The Overnighters

While attending a film festival it's always exciting to hear buzz about films that may not have been on our radar before. One film in particular at Sundance 2014 that I kept hearing my colleagues raving about was actually a documentary, one called The Overnighters. It took a little while but I finally caught up with the film after the fest and was so taken aback, so impressed and surprised and genuinely moved by what I saw, I couldn't help but write about it. Overnighters is a refreshingly modern documentary, an utterly compelling, nuanced film that precariously balances the big questions of one of the great dilemmas of this day and age.

 Posted October 10 in Docs, Review, Sundance 14 | Comments

Sound Off: RDJ in David Dobkin's 'The Judge' - What Did You Think?

The Judge

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Defend your Honor. Now playing in theaters nationwide is David Dobkin's (Shanghai Knights, Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up, Fred Claus) dramatic turn The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. RDJ plays a city lawyer named Hank Palmer who returns to his small hometown where his father is suspected of murder. He then gets involved in the case and sets out to discover the truth. The ensemble cast includes Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Leighton Meester. So how is the film? Smart change of pace for Dobkin or not? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on The Judge.

 Posted October 10 in Discuss, Sound Off | Comments

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