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Fantastic Fest Review: 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place' An Emotionally Resonant Crime Thriller

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 24, 2013 9:59 AM
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In movies, small towns are too often populated with inbred, murderous hillbillies, but there’s nevertheless a wealth of interesting, seldom-explored and considerably more believable stories to tell about them. “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” offers audiences little that they haven’t seen in one form or another – small town kids, dreams of escape and the interference of local criminals – but in the hands of screenwriter Dutch Southern and directors Simon and Zeke Hawkins, its familiar components come together in a unique way. A crime thriller rich with emotional resonance, “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” offers the kind of clean, elegant storytelling whose emotional impact eclipses the cosmetic horrors of its counterparts while announcing the arrival of considerable new filmmaking talents.

Female Version Of 'The Expendables' In The Works From The Guys Who Brought You 'The Grey' & 'Killing Them Softly'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 12:44 PM
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Well, "The Expendables 2" was on top of the box office this weekend, though it opened at smaller numbers than its predecessor which begs the question: is the novelty wearing off? We suppose we'll know more once the final tally and international numbers start rolling in, but with talk of "The Expendables 3" already percolating with Nicolas Cage apparently already signed, there may be some juice left in the concept. And the awesomely named production company 1984 Private Defense Contractors are hoping to spin their own riff on the format with a bit of a gender swich.

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