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Brit Action-Thriller 'Welcome To The Punch' Rounds Out With An Impressive Cast

  • By Sam Price
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  • July 20, 2011 2:41 AM
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For a film produced on a government-funded scheme that gave its recipients a budget of £100,000, Eran Creevy’s debut film, 2008’s “Shifty,” has enjoyed a long cultural half-life. Although it didn’t get a decent airing outside of the U.K. – and even then was little-seen, in spite of an array of awards and critical attention – this hasn’t diminished the prospects of its director Creevy, whose follow-up “Welcome To The Punch” has been catching our attention since it we profiled its script when it charted high on the annual Brit List some months ago. Already confirmed to star were James McAvoy (who could do with off-setting his debonair know-it-all performance as Professor Charles Xavier with something more substantive), Andrea Riseborough (she of “Brighton Rock” and “Never Let Me Go”) and Britain’s answer to Jeremy Renner in terms of his heedless productivity, Mark Strong.

Mo'Nique Gets 'Bumped' Into Indie Dramedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2011 2:26 AM
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If you had told us a few years ago that Mo'Nique -- best known at the time for starring in the sitcom "The Parkers" -- would deliver a breathtaking dramatic performance that would land her an Oscar, we would have said you were crazy. But as much we had our issues with "Precious," there was no denying that the actress was a revelation. In the lead up to the Oscars in 2010, we said she was "a beast in this picture; a force of nature" that "saves this exploitative and garish movie from being a total waste of time." However, following all the awards season recognition and the career changing praise, the actress hasn't been quick to sign on to anything but now, more than two years after "Precious" first premiered at Sundance, it looks like she's ready for the big screen again.

Watch: 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Trailer Presents A Not So Amazing Origin Story & Wonky POV Web Work

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2011 2:21 AM
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Granted, when "The Amazing Spider-Man" hits theaters next year, it will be a full decade since Sam Raimi's first Spider-Man movie and there will be a whole new generation of kids growing up with Peter Parker for the first time. But for the rest of us, the origins of the young photographer's crime fighting abilities have been elaborated not only in Raimi's films, but on the long-running cartoon show and in the comics. We've been down that road multiple times with very little variation in the myth, but it looks like director Marc Webb is going to tell us that familiar tale all over again. Or maybe, it won't be as familiar as we think.

Watch: Deeply Unnerving Full Trailer For Ben Wheatley's 'Kill List'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 20, 2011 2:04 AM
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Plus Trailer For Takashi Shimizu & Christopher Doyle's Mad-Looking 'Rabbit Horror 3D'One of our favorite films at SXSW this year was "Kill List." The follow-up to Ben Wheatley's terrific, but woefully underseen gangster film "Down Terrace," it's a domestic drama, blended with a hitman thriller, mixed with a pastoral horror flick, that's not really like anything you've ever seen, and its basically guaranteed to leave you shaking for hours after: without saying too much, the film left one senior member of The Playlist team physically ill. In a good way. It was picked up by IFC Midnight, who'll release it later in the year, but a U.K. opening is more imminent, and a couple of trailers have arrived ahead of it.

'Tree Of Life' Star Jessica Chastain To Star In Guillermo Del Toro-Produced Horror 'Mama'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 20, 2011 1:35 AM
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It feels like Jessica Chastain is a name that we've been hearing about for years now, without much evidence to go by in terms of released movies. But now that we've seen her in a leading role in Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," we understand why she's such a hot property: she's a terrific, luminous actress. And 2011 will continue to be a massive year for her, as she has another seven films on the way: playing the young Helen Mirren in "The Debt"; starring in the acclaimed Sundance drama "Take Shelter"; popping up Ralph Fiennes' "Coriolanus," teaming with Al Pacino in "Wilde Salome," featuring alongside Emma Stone in "The Help," taking a part in John Hillcoat's "The Wettest County In The World," and appearing with Sam Worthington and Chloe Moretz in cop drama "Texas Killing Fields." Whew. As for 2012, she's got a small role in Malick's next picture (presuming it comes out next year), and she's just signed on to something that sounds very different, a film with a rising Spanish director, and produced by one of the biggest names in the genre world.

Obviously: Director Confirms That Bruce Campbell Will Cameo In 'The Evil Dead' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2011 1:15 AM
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It's hard to believe that after so much chatter and so many promises, the remake of "The Evil Dead" is actually happening. Indeed, the project is set up at Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures, with on-the-rise director Fede Alvarez (“Panic Attack!”) at the helm with none other than Oscar winning screenwriter Diablo Cody doing some final touchups on the script. This won't quite be the 'Evil Dead' we all know and love, rather, something promisingly different, but there will be one very, very familiar chin popping up in what is a pretty no-brainer cameo.

Tinker Tailor Poster Spy: One-Sheet Arrives For Eagerly Anticipated Spy Flick

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 19, 2011 12:57 PM
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Every time we have to see something like "The Smurfs" or "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie" we get through it (other than by self-medicating) by remembering that it's only a few months before "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" hits theaters. The English-language debut of "Let The Right One In" director Tomas Alfredson, and the first big-screen version of the John le Carré spy novel already memorably adapted for television in the 1970s, the film's long been one of our most anticipated, considering its impeccably-pedigreed cast, and the teaser trailer that landed a few weeks back did absolutely nothing to change that, being one of the most mouth-watering clips we've seen in some time.

First Look At Justin Timberlake & Amanda Seyfried In 'In Time' Arrives Right On Schedule

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2011 11:58 AM
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Formerly titled "I'm.mortal" then "Now" before settling on "In Time," director Andrew Niccol has stepped behind the camera again for the time in six years, returning to the sci-fi genre that served him so well the first time out with "Gattaca." And he's got a helluva story to tell.
More: Films, In Time

Ron Howard & Dustin Lance Black Are 'Under The Banner Of Heaven'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2011 11:23 AM
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With multi-platform "The Dark Tower" dead for now, and also freeing up years of Ron Howard's life he would have spent toiling on the picture(s), he hasn't wasted any time in lining up a batch of new projects. His Formula 1 drama "Rush" with Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl will shift into gear in late 2011/early 2012 and he's currently got a "Spy Vs. Spy" movie and the mysterious Robert Ludlum-meets-Tolkien pic "Amnesty" sitting on his backburner for now, and it looks as though they will also be competing for space alongside a new endeavor.

Interview: Brit Marling Takes Us On A Tour Of 'Another Earth'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 19, 2011 10:40 AM
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In this week's "Another Earth," rising star Brit Marling plays Rhoda, a troubled young woman who is released from prison after serving a sentence for a fatal drunk driving incident. She eventually comes into the life of the grieving father John (William Mapother) whose child she killed all while the rest of the world deals with a mirror version of Earth appearing in the sky, hidden behind the Sun. Marling, who co-wrote the film with director Mike Cahill, has become a major personality in the indie film world with both "Another Earth" and "Sound Of My Voice" (also co-written by, and starring Marling) surprising both the arthouse and genre fans as they've done the festival rounds. "Another Earth" walked away from Sundance this year with a distribution deal with Fox Searchlight and two prizes for director Mike Cahill.

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