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Keanu Reeves Joins Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock,' Benicio Del Toro Joins Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2014 4:53 PM
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The Man of Tai Chi
Looks like Keanu Reeves might need to reboot his career a bit. His latest blockbuster, "47 Ronin," was a flop, and the string of indies he'd done since 2008's "The Day The Earth Stood Still" barely made a ripple. That's not to mention the sci-fi "Passengers," which needs to find a female lead (after Rachel McAdams dropped out) if shooting is to proceed on schedule this summer. So his move is—go make a low budget horror with Eli Roth.

Review: Emotionally Poignant And Heartbreaking 'Breathe In' Starring Guy Pearce & Felicity Jones

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 27, 2014 5:24 PM
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Breathe In, Felicity Jones
Intimate, expressive, agonizing and beautifully rendered, director Drake Doremus' third feature-length effort, "Breathe In," will be familiar to those that know the indie filmmaker's small, but already distinctive oeuvre. While similar in tone and style, his latest effort is like the darker cousin to Dormeus' wistful relationship drama "Like Crazy," possessing an intensity and tension that's emotionally bruising.

Mark Wahlberg Reveals Role In 'Mojave,' Amy Ryan Joins 'Monster Trucks' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2014 12:46 PM
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While he'll be featuring in the self-described "biggest movie of 2014" with "Transformers: Age Of Extinction," the always busy Mark Wahlberg has a number of other movies percolating that are smaller and much more interesting (at least for us). And he's revealed the status of a few of them to the folks at Collider.

Watch: New Trailer For West Memphis Three Drama ‘Devil’s Knot’ With Colin Firth & Reese Witherspoon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2014 2:02 PM
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The mystery is still unsolved, but the boys known as the West Memphis Three are now free, after being railroaded by a justice system perverted by the pursuit to find an answer, even if it wasn't the truth. And after a handful of documentaries and extensive media coverage, the saga is now getting the dramatic feature treatment thanks to Atom Egoyan.

Review: 'Escape Plan' Starring Sylvester Stallone And Arnold Schwarzenegger

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 17, 2013 9:00 AM
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Escape Plan
If this were 1988, the world would stop for “Escape Plan,” which finally pairs Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger as above-the-title talents. The duo haven’t been able to keep themselves from looking backwards in recent films: both seem in denial of their advanced ages, with Schwarzenegger taking on roles fit for someone two decades younger, and Stallone content to play his greatest hits, sometimes in duet form with the “Expendables” movies. Appropriately, “Escape Plan” also doesn’t feel as if it’s made for this era, but amusingly seems like a relic of the early aughts, when Stallone was fronting dubious direct-to-video schlock, Schwarzenegger was a declining attraction, and getting 50 Cent in a supporting role seemed like a major coup.

Watch: 2 Clips, B-Roll & Lots Of New Pics From 'Escape Plan' With Arnold Schwarzenegger & Sylvester Stallone

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • October 3, 2013 10:39 AM
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Seeing as how both their solo movies (“The Last Stand,” “Bullet to the Head”) fizzled at the box office earlier this year, it’s only natural that Stallone and Schwarzenegger would try to team up for an action movie. They've done just that in the upcoming “Escape Plan” and it’s the action pairing we always wanted… 25 years ago. Even so, maybe putting them together when they’re pushing 70 could actually be fun? It can be our generation’s “Grumpy Old Men,” but set in prison and with much more violence. How fitting. Still, the question remains, can a Stallone-Schwarzenegger pairing be enough to get the audiences’ butts in the seats or will they only find success in the action hero ensemble 'Expendables' franchise? Perhaps a few more clips from “Escape Plan” can help people decide.

TIFF Review: Atom Egoyan's West Memphis Three Drama 'Devil's Knot' Starring Reese Witherspoon & Colin Firth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 9, 2013 2:05 PM
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Devil's Knot
It has been twenty years since the horrifically mutilated, murdered bodies of children Steve Branch, Michael Moore, and Christopher Byers were found in a creek in the middle of Robin Hood Hills in Arkansas. And thus started a saga that spanned nearly two decades, with the trials of the accused Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin gaining national attention, which eventually turned to outrage. Chronicled in great detail via the 'Paradise Lost' trilogy of documentaries as well as Amy Berg's "West Of Memphis," the case of the West Memphis Three soon became one of justice denied, not only to the three young men, but also the victims whose real killer or killers is still unidentified.

Watch: Guy Pearce & Felicity Jones Cross The Line In Trailer For Drake Doremus' 'Breathe In'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2013 10:23 AM
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The pain of love and the strains of fidelity seem to be recurring themes in the burgeoning career of filmmaker Drake Doremus. He burst onto the scene with the long distance romancer "Like Crazy," turned an Intel/Toshiba promo opportunity into the web series "The Beauty Inside" (watch it here) and now returns to the bruising pangs of love with "Breathe In." And the first trailer is here to provide a window into what he's conjured for his latest.

Casting: Rose Byrne Tackles ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ & ‘Townies,’ Bella Heathcote Joins Hugh Grant Rom-Com & Amy Ryan Lands ‘Birdman’

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • March 15, 2013 5:05 PM
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“Damages” star and “Bridesmaids” queen bee Rose Byrne is in negotiations for two major movie projects – Warner Bros.’s “This is Where I Leave You” and Universal’s “Townies.” In the Shawn Levy-directed and Jonathan Tropper-written “This is Where I Leave You,” the Aussie actress joins an ensemble cast that currently includes Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver (HBO’s “Girls”), Kathryn Hahn, and Jane Fonda.

Sundance Review: Felicity Jones & Guy Pearce Are Tremendous In The Flawed But Beautiful 'Breathe In'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 20, 2013 9:00 AM
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Intimate, expressive, agonizing and beautifully rendered, director Drake Doremus' third feature-length effort, "Breathe In," will be familiar to those that know the indie filmmaker's small, but already distinctive oeuvre. While similar in tone and style, his latest effort is like the darker cousin to Dormeus' wistful relationship drama "Like Crazy," possessing an intensity and tension that's emotionally bruising.

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