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Fantasia Review: ‘Open Windows’ Starring Elijah Wood & Sasha Grey

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • July 23, 2014 2:04 PM
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Open Windows
When he burst onto the scene in 2007 with his Spanish debut feature “Timecrimes,” everyone saw a potential new big name from a nation with a knack for churning out directors who really know how (and really, really want) to thrill you. But Nacho Vigalondo’s follow up “Extraterrestrial” in 2011 was more of a whimper compared to the bang he started off with. This year, the hope is that his English language debut puts him back in gear. After a six year absence from the festival, Nacho Vigalondo is back at Fantasia to spook you into never looking at your computer screen the same way again, especially if there’s one too many windows open at the same time. To help him get an even bigger international boost, he’s got the support of an ex-porn star and an ex-hobbit. Unfortunately it feels like the rise keeps getting stunted because those who criticized "Timecrimes" for being a little muddled in its narrative, and "Extraterrestrial" all over the place in tone, will most likely feel carsick by the time “Open Windows” comes to a close.

Watch: Elijah Wood Tries To Log On With Porn Star Sasha Grey In Trailer For Nacho Vigalondo's 'Open Windows'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2013 10:00 AM
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It seems every few months comes another movie about celebrity obsession and/or the perils of being on the internet, and very few have anything original to say. Which brings us to "Open Windows," an upcoming thriller that looks like a remake of "Getaway" with a laptop instead of a car.

Poster Party: New One Sheets For 'Iron Man 3,' 'Trance,' 'Spring Breakers,' 'The Great Gatsby' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2013 3:57 PM
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We're in that momentary lull, just after the Oscars, and right before the spring and summer blockbuster season arrives, and some new posters are here to prime you with thrills, superheroes, scares and more. So strap in and prepare thy eyeballs.

Review: 'Would You Rather' See This Movie, Or Make A Better Use Of Your Ten Bucks?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 8, 2013 4:00 PM
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Several filmmakers have their own insight into what the recession has done to the middle class. Few of them have as much anger as David Guy Levy, director of “Would You Rather,” a sinister new thriller opening in theaters this Friday. No, Levy thinks of the general public as prey not to be hunted, but to be toyed with. Why eat the poor, when they can provide entertainment? It’s not the most optimistic outlook, admittedly.

Elijah Wood & Sasha Grey 'Open Windows' For Nacho Vigalondo’s English-Language Debut

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2012 11:18 AM
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Elijah Wood really likes horror and thriller movies. The actor has been making a big play into the genre lately, starring in the "Maniac" remake, leading the ticking clock race in "Grand Piano," launching his own production company specializing in scares, and signing up to star in the horror flick "Cooties." And now he's jumping into genre waters once again.

Review: 'The Girl From The Naked Eye' Strictly For Lovers Of Z-Grade Noir

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 15, 2012 11:05 AM
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In the early days of noir filmmaking, even when a book was the source of the story, the films were made with a genuine sense of danger. Noir was still a new genre, and we didn’t exactly know the rules quite yet. That led to filmmakers essentially writing, shooting and performing what they knew, from the dangerous bar down the street, to the dame with whom they shouldn’t have trifled, to the backroom brawls that had the stench of sweat, desperation, and bourbon. It’s a cliché to point out that yesterday’s filmmakers actually lived life, but it’s true -- the internet hadn’t yet been invented.

Adam Goldberg Is Harry Reems, Harold Perrineau Is Sammy Davis Jr. & Sasha Grey Joins Other Linda Lovelace Biopic 'Inferno'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2012 10:21 PM
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If 2012 is the battle of the Snow White movies, it looks like 2013 may be the smuttier war between porn biopics of the infamous Linda Lovelace. Hot on the heels of "Lovelace" shoring up their cast with Demi Moore and Adam Brody, "Inferno" has fired back with casting of its own.

Review: 'I Melt With You' Is An Intensely Familiar Look At Male Midlife Crisis

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 6, 2011 9:58 AM
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If an alien race were to study our cinema, they’d realize that every man beyond the age of 40 is unhappy and suffering a mid-life crisis. For every happy, well-adjusted middle-aged man in contemporary cinema, there are three more, casually living life out of a suitcase, a bottle, or underneath a sea of unpaid bills and obligations.

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