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What Are You Seeing This Weekend? The 'Star Trek' Franchise Faces Off Against Indies 'Frances Ha' & 'Erased'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • May 17, 2013 3:10 PM
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We haven't hit Memorial Day Weekend yet, but it's official: Summer Blockbuster Season is underway. Between comic books, Michael Bay's latest flick, a Tom Cruise vehicle, and summer dalliances in the Hamptons, the second installment of the rebooted "Star Trek" franchise almost seems superfluous. Almost. Still, there's plenty of other delightful fare at the cinemas: another "Taken" imitation, a New-York-set coming-of-late-20s-ager, a B-horror movie set in Maine, a Korean thriller that may or may not feature Oedipal urges, and plenty of engaging documentaries. So enjoy the early onset of summer, faithful readers! And tell us what you want to see to celebrate it in the comments below!

Review: 'Black Rock' A Back-To-The-Wilds Slasher With Brains & Bonding To Go With The Blood

  • By James Rocchi
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  • May 14, 2013 5:10 PM
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Black Rock, Katie Aselton, Lake Bell, Kate Bosworth
There is, ultimately, something to be said for the pleasures of a simple, sleek and well-shot run-or-kill-or-die thriller. The sort of film where the heroes are trapped in the middle of nowhere and find themselves threatened by hostile locals, and must then strike back to survive. That's what "Black Rock," the second directorial effort from Katie Aselton, is at heart, no more, no less. If you're hoping for a transcendent reinvention of the form, keep moving. If you're looking for a film like Aselton's erotic, neurotic and superbly acted "The Freebie," pass along. If you're looking for a well-executed example of a sub-genre with a Y-chromosome inflected plot and script, not as good as "Deliverance," but far better than a host of similarly-constructed films with bigger budgets and smaller IQs, you'll probably appreciate what "Black Rock" offers.

Summer Movie Photos: 'Before Midnight,' 'The Heat,' 'Prince Avalanche,' 'Bling Ring' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 1, 2013 10:36 AM
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Summer preview photos
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, so here’s 28,000 (not really) courtesy of stills from movies that run the gamut from highly anticipated sequels to smaller indie fare. Head on down below and get yr eyeballs ready.

Watch: Lake Bell, Kate Bosworth & Katie Aselton Get Into Trouble In New Trailer For 'Black Rock'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 29, 2012 9:03 AM
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Many horror films have featured women in peril, but with Katie Aselton at the helm of "Black Rock," the meat-and-potatoes outsiders-vs.-locals thriller -- in the vein of films like “Deliverance” -- the picture is far more empowering and gives the female leads greater substance than other films of its ilk tend to do. Now, the first trailer for the Sundance film has landed online.

Weinsteins 'Lay The Favorite,' Focus Had 'A Good Time,' Millenium Turns On 'Red Lights' & More Sundance Acquisitions

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 25, 2012 11:43 AM
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As many of you know, the Sundance Film Festival is well underway, and there’s been no shortage of studios acquiring some buzzed-about independent titles. As the fest winds into its last few days, the deals are getting done.

Sundance: Katie Aselton & Kate Bosworth Talk Realism Vs. Horror In 'Black Rock'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2012 2:03 PM
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While the subject of women in peril is about as old as the horror/thriller genre itself, director Katie Aselton, who also stars alongside Kate Bosworth and Lake Bell, is hoping to change the equation a bit with "Black Rock." The movie, which premiered over the weekend at the Sundance Film Festival, presents a trio of women who retreat to an island for a weekend, only to wind up fighting for their lives. As our review of the film notes, unlike standard movies in the genre, which give little substance to the women who are the victims of the tale, in "Black Rock" we get much more characterization, which in turn makes the audience far more invested in their plight.

Sundance Review: 'Black Rock' A Back-To-The-Wilds Slasher With Brains & Bonding Along With The Blood

  • By James Rocchi
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  • January 24, 2012 6:42 AM
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There is, ultimately, something to be said for the pleasures of a simple, sleek and well-shot run-or-kill-or-die thriller where our heroes, trapped in the middle of nowhere and confronted by hostile locals, strike back to survive. And that, at heart, is what "Black Rock," the second directorial effort from Katie Aselton is, no more, no less. If you're hoping for a transcendent reinvention of the form, keep moving. If you're looking for a film like Aselton's erotic, neurotic and superbly acted "The Freebie," pass along. If you're looking for a well-executed example of a sub-genre, not as good as "Deliverance," but far better than a host of similarly-constructed films with bigger budgets and smaller IQs, you'll probably appreciate what "Black Rock" offers with its Y-chromosome inflected plot and script.

Sundance: CBS Films Takes 'The Words,' Fox Searchlight Tames 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' & More Acquisitions From Park City

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 23, 2012 12:21 PM
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Docs 'The Queen Of Versailles' And 'Searching For Sugar Man,' And Slash-Produced Horror Film 'Nothing To Fear' Also Find Homes

Katie Aselton To Direct & Star In Thriller 'Black Rock' With Kate Bosworth & Lake Bell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2011 6:45 AM
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If you don't know the name Katie Aselton, don't be too worried, but you'll likely be hearing more of it very soon. The actress has knocked around the indie world notably in the films of her husband Mark Duplass, and she was also a regular on the series "The League." But she took a big step with her directorial debut "The Freebie" last year, a comedy starring herself and Dax Shepherd that was not unlike this year's "Hall Pass" -- at least in its premise -- focusing on a couple who give each other one night off from their relationship. However, for her next gig behind the camera, Aselton is switching up directions big time.

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