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Review: Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac: Volume II' Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jamie Bell & Shia LaBeouf

  • By Ben Brock
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  • March 20, 2014 7:39 AM
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Lars von Trier's two-part, multi-version “Nymphomaniac” is destined to divide opinion the way it is itself divided down the middle (and as if it wasn't different enough to different viewers, there are also multiple versions: this is a review of the shorter, theatrical cut of the second volume). If “Vol. I” felt at times like a long-winded dirty joke – meandering, incoherently provocative, self-indulgent without being fun enough to make up for it – then “Vol. II” might just be the punchline (though many found a lot to like in the first volume's exuberant array of explicit sexuality and bizarre analogy: for a positive take you can read our review on Part I here). It's an extremely long way from being a perfect film, but undoubtedly (and whatever you thought of “Vol. I”), there's enough going on in the second volume to keep you stroking your chins (or other, more...private...parts).

How The 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Might Be Changing Canon, And Why That's A Good Thing

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 20, 2014 4:02 PM
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Fantastic Four Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara & Jamie Bell
Poor Josh Trank has had to answer a sea of rumors in putting together his vision for "The Fantastic Four." The scrutiny is understandable: this is a property that has been adapted into film twice already (three times if you count a basically-unreleased early '90s incarnation), each time failing to impress the hardcore fans. And Fox, eager to kick-start the series to keep it from reverting back to Marvel, have been keeping things close to the vest, refusing to disclose any story details for a film that’s a little over a year away, and about to begin production. But if this latest casting notice is anything to go by, Fox is playing fast and loose with the series. And why not?

Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara & Jamie Bell Lining Up As The New 'Fantastic Four'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2014 9:00 AM
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Fantastic Four Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara & Jamie Bell
Although the trades are being cautious and using phrases like "seems that way" while underscoring some deals aren't in place, Josh Trank hasn't hit Twitter yet to debunk this latest news, and most places seem pretty confident that casting on "Fantastic Four" has finally been locked down. And it looks like the reboot of the superhero quartet are bringing some rising young faces to the roles.

Watch: 4 New Clips From Bong Joon-Ho's Berlin Bound 'Snowpiercer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 29, 2014 9:04 AM
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Snowpiercer
While the Weinsteins may have angled to keep "Snowpiercer" from TIFF, they won't be preventing it from screening next week at the Berlin Film Festival. Of course, Bong Joon-Ho's apocalyptic, train-set thriller has already opened in a handful of international territories, but not yet in the ones controlled by Harv and co., so it will still be something fresh for many of the press and audience members in Berlin. And as we continue to patiently wait for some sign of a release date on U.S. soil, four new clips have landed for the flick.

Watch: First Full Trailer For AMC's 'Turn' Starring Jamie Bell, Pilot Directed By Rupert Wyatt

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 14, 2014 10:41 AM
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Turn Jamie Bell
Though he declined to helm the follow-up to his hugely successful “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes,” Rupert Wyatt hasn’t been exactly resting his laurels, instead opting to help launch AMC’s newest series, “Turn.” While a brief teaser surfaced last month, the week brings a full-length trailer for the show which features a Wyatt-directed pilot.

Watch: Teaser For New AMC Series 'Turn' Starring Jamie Bell, Pilot Episode Directed By Rupert Wyatt

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2013 6:09 PM
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Turn Jamie Bell
Can wigs and muskets replace meth labs and Heisenberg? AMC is still trying to figure out what will fill the monumental gap left behind by "Breaking Bad." Oh sure, there's the Saul Goodman spinoff show but you can't put all your money on one horse. "Low Winter Sun" rode into the fall season on a wave of hype only to underwhelm, with its chances of a second season still hanging in the balance (and looking bleaker each day). But can "Turn" uh, turn things around?

Watch: Charlotte Gainsbourg Gets A Naughty Christmas Gift In NSFW Clip From 'Nymphomaniac'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2013 6:52 PM
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Nymphomaniac, trailer
While Americans fought the crowds and sometimes each other to score discounts on Black Friday, for the rest of the world it was business as usual. And for Lars von Trier and company, that meant yet another provocative clip from "Nymphomaniac," but this time with a bit of holiday spirit.

Watch: Fiery, Bloody, Aspect Ratio Shifting, Very NSFW Full Length Trailer For Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2013 10:16 AM
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Nymphomaniac Trailer
Blood, fire, sex, spanking, tears, screaming, nudity, fucking ... yep, it's the full-length trailer for Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" and yes, it's just as outrageous as you might have guessed.

Review: Director's Cut Of Bong Joon-Ho's 'Snowpiercer' Is Visionary & Thrilling

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 31, 2013 1:43 PM
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Few films without a firm release date (in most of the world, at least) have inspired as much chatter of late than Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer." The English-language debut of the South Korean mastermind behind "Memories of Murder," "The Host" and "Mother," it features an all-star cast and a hefty budget, and was snapped up early on by The Weinstein Company. But after opening in South Korea in August, it's barely been seen in the rest of the world, with Harvey Weinstein holding the release in the territories he controls until he can cut a reported 20 minutes out to make it more palatable to western crowds. But one location in which Harvey Scissorhands doesn't hold the rights is France, and the director's cut opened there this week—appropriate, given that it's based on a French graphic novel called "Le Transperceneige." Eager to see what the fuss is about, we hopped on the Eurostar to Paris to check it out yesterday. And Harvey? We wouldn't touch a frame, because this might be the best pure science-fiction film since "Children of Men."

Review: 'Filth,' Based On The Irvine Welsh Novel, Starring James McAvoy

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • October 21, 2013 11:29 AM
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One thing we resolved early on, having read around on the subject a little: to try, try, try to get through just the first sentence of our review of “Filth,” the Jon S. Baird-directed adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel, without mentioning “Trainspotting.” So, obviously, we’re pretty disappointed with ourselves. But disappointment is somewhat the order of the day, unfortunately, as it’s a comparison that occurred to us, not often to the benefit of "Filth," throughout our viewing of the film. However, Danny Boyle’s modern classic doth bestride the world of the Irvine Welsh adaptation like a colossus, its shadow seemingly impossible to escape from, so there is a glass-half-full way of looking at it: “Filth” is undoubtedly better than also-rans “The Acid House” and “Ecstasy.” In fact, when it comes to capturing some of the gonzo, amoral, substance-fueled verve that Welsh’s novels can display, “Filth” can take the silver medal with its head held relatively high. And that it can is largely down to two things: all the rest of the cast, and James McAvoy.

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