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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.

Chloë Moretz & Keanu Reeves Recreate 'Taxi Driver' In Harper's Bazaar Photo Spread

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 12, 2011 8:48 AM
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What's the next best thing to being in a Martin Scorsese movie? Pretending to be in a Martin Scorsese movie.

Trailer: Rod Lurie's Remake Of Sam Peckinpah's 'Straw Dogs' Throws White Trash Under The Bus

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 13, 2011 7:36 AM
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"They're practically licking my body outside," Kate Bosworth says to her husband James Marsden in Rod Lurie's controversial remake of Sam Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs." Controversial because "Straw Dogs," an incredibly haunting and challenging domestic drama and psychological thriller by Peckinpah, is (rightfully) considered a masterpiece. So many have asked, what's the point in remaking it? The original is an amazing examination at masculinity and male emasculation -- in that sense the latter point is almost a cautionary horror tale for men.

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.

Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas & Jean-Marc Barr Head To 'Big Sur' For Michael Polish

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2011 5:39 AM
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Anthony Edwards, Radha Mitchell, Balthazar Getty & Henry Thomas Round Out The CastCould the Beat Generation be experiencing a resurgence of mainstream interest? We'll have to wait and see but it certainly won't be for a lack of trying from Hollywood. Last year, James Franco starred in the underwhelming "Howl" centering on Allen Ginsberg and the famous trial around the poem. While that film fizzled, a much more star studded affair is around the corner with Walter Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's iconic "On The Road" starring Kristen Stewart, Garret Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Steve Buscemi, Elisabeth Moss, Terrence Howard, Alice Braga and Danny Morgan. And now, another famed Kerouac is getting the big screen treatment.

Kate Bosworth, Diane Kruger, Eva Mendes, Paula Patton & More All Up For 'Total Recall' Remake

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 22, 2011 5:44 AM
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Jessica Biel & Eva Green Also In ContentionDespite it being still near-omnipresent on TV, 20 years since its release, the powers-that-be have deemed that it's time to remake "Total Recall," the sci-fi thriller that proved a hit for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Paul Verhoeven all that time ago. "The Adjustment Bureau" has proven that pictures based on Philip K. Dick's work can still be viable at the box office (both the original and the remake are based on the sci-fi writer's story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale"). And Sony, in their infinite wisdom, have put the new version in the hands of D-movie king Neal Moritz ("The Green Hornet," "The Fast and the Furious,"), "Salt" scribe Kurt Wimmer, and "Underworld" and "Live Free and Die Hard" director Len Wiseman.

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