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The 10 Best Films To See In September

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 5, 2012 11:12 AM
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While you might be bummed you can't make it to Venice, Telluride and TIFF, over the next four weeks, there will be plenty of movies hitting theaters that are not only just as buzzworthy, but will be heading to cinemas following their splashy premieres around the world. So to help you along your way, we've picked ten films that are unspooling in the next 30 days or so that will likely to be worth your time and hard earned dollars. So with no further ado…

Watch: New Clip From 'Dredd' Introduces Us To Drug-Filled Housing Project Peach Trees

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2012 9:22 AM
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One of the more admirable aspects of "Dredd," the 3D sci-fi actioner set to be released at the end of the month (after it hits Midnight Madness at TIFF later this week) is how contained it is. It might be a dystopian extravaganza, but the story takes place in just one building – a huge, derelict housing project with the idyllic moniker of Peach Trees. When several murders occur in Peach Trees, the Judges (futuristic investigators given the power of judge, jury and executioner) are sent in. And in a new clip from Digital Spy (courtesy of Hey U Guys), we get to see the Judges (Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby) enter Peach Trees. It's probably the calmest moment in the whole movie.

Alex Garland Says ‘Dredd’ TV Show Would Be Best Follow-Up; Preview All 22 Tracks From Soundtrack Album

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 30, 2012 1:16 PM
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In a few weeks, “Dredd” (in 3D!) will be released in the United States (and even sooner in England). The movie got a rousing response at Comic-Con this summer and this writer politely disagrees with our review out of San Diego. It’s a dark, beautifully photographed (by frequent Lars von Trier and Danny Boyle collaborator Anthony Dod Mantle), outrageously violent sci-fi treat that will surprise a lot of people. And of course, anytime a comic book-based movie is worth its salt, talk inevitably turns to a sequel. And writer/producer Alex Garland has stepped up to field questions, hype the movie and discuss where further adventures of “Dredd” may go.

How Do You Plead? New 'Dredd' TV Spot Offers Up More Futuristic Action

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 2:49 PM
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Well, we'll say this about "Dredd" -- it's not going to tax your brain with plot. Two judges, one villain, one building, lotsa explosions. At the very least, it's a far cry from the '90s Sylvester Stallone flick, right?

Watch: New Clip From Comic-Book Actioner 'Dredd 3D' Takes Us To The Peach Trees

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 21, 2012 2:19 PM
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We were just as surprised as you that our writer on the scene at Comic-Con didn’t completely hate the upcoming revamp of comic book hero Judge Dredd. After a troubled production history and a trailer that reminded us a little too much of this year’s excellent action extravaganza “The Raid: Redemption” (granted, “Dredd” began production long before “The Raid”), we were all but ready to write “Dredd” off as a misfire akin to Sylvester Stallone’s 1995 interpretation of the same anti-hero.

First Looks & New Photos: English 'Pusher' Remake, 'Sightseers' & 'Dredd'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 31, 2012 12:41 PM
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The Toronto International Film Festival displays a selection of films from all over the world, and the latest batch of images released from genre-flavored fare in the Midnight Madness and Vanguard sections all revolve around films from the U.K. First up is "Pusher," a London-set remake of Nicolas Winding Refn's 1996 Danish-language debut. Already remade once (in India) and sequelized twice by the director, this take stars Richard Coyle ("Prince of Persia"), Zlatko Buric, who starred in the original, and model Agyness Deyn, is directed by Luis Prieto, and features a score by dance act Orbital. Read the festival synopsis below.

Martin McDonagh's 'Seven Psychopaths,' Rob Zombie's 'Lords of Salem' & 'Dredd 3D' Head TIFF Midnight Madness Line-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 31, 2012 11:21 AM
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Variety being the spice of life, every film festival needs the opportunity for a bit of a change of pace. After a few days of subtitles and gruelling kitchen sink drama, even the most stoic cinephile starts to get in the mood for watching a few heads get ripped from their bodies, and that's why things like TIFF's Midnight Madness strand exists. Highlighting genre fare, often with lashing of blood and gore, the strand has seen films premiere that have gone onto international success -- last year alone brought films like "The Raid," "Kill List" and "God Bless America" to TIFF audiences.

'Dredd' Delivers Justice In New Batch Of Pics Featuring Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby & Lena Headey

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2012 10:35 AM
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It was a roll of the dice to be sure, but it mostly turned out well for Lionsgate, who kicked off Comic-Con last week by screening "Dredd" for enthusiastic geeks. And while we thought the film was mostly empty spectacle, many other folks disagreed, with much of the initial wariness of the film lifting as a result of the screening (though perhaps replaced after that ridiculous slow motion clip landed online).

The Best & Worst At Comic-Con: Which Films & Studios Had Good, Bad Or Middling Reactions

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 16, 2012 3:34 PM
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Well, Comic-Con is done for another year. The San Diego Conference Center is currently getting a thorough hosing down, hungover cos-players have done their awkward walks of shame, and film press are returning to their various corners of the world longing, like ourselves, to watch and write about something difficult, European and subtitled.

Zack Snyder Boners: New Slo-Mo Action Heavy Clip For 'Dredd' Does Violence As Porn

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 13, 2012 9:40 AM
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The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One -- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called "Judges" who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge -- a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of "Slo-Mo" experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.

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