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Review: Pat Healy Ain't Messin' Around in Smart and Stomach-Turning 'Cheap Thrills'

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And a lot of really gross stuff. This is the sly premise behind the smart -- and, yes, very gross -- thriller “Cheap Thrills,” which has dazzled Midnight festival crowds for the past year and hits theaters March 21.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 19, 2014 1:22 PM
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WATCH: Trailer for Drafthouse Doc 'The Final Member,' on the World's Only Penis Museum

The one "thing" this Icelandic museum is missing is a human specimen. A trailer and poster have arrived for Drafthouse Films' doc "The Final Member," which chronicles the world's sole penis museum's "quest for one last endowment," i.e. a human phallus to add to their collection. Give it a gander, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 20, 2014 1:51 PM
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Drafthouse Nabs Nick Cave Portrait and Sundance Winner '20,000 Days on Earth'

Drafthouse Films has snapped up North American rights to Sundance winner "20,000 Days on Earth," visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's debut portrait of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 10, 2014 11:36 AM
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Drafthouse Films Nabs Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo,' Starring Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris (TRAILER)

Drafthouse Films has snapped up Michel Gondry's "Mood Indigo" for US distribution. The film, starring Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris, is a love story about a pair of Parisian newlyweds. Watch the trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 13, 2014 12:00 PM
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Your Week in Streaming: From Giallo to Grindhouse, Essential Horror Films to Watch Before LA's Inaugural Beyond Fest

LA's inaugural Beyond Fest kicks off this week with a sickening slate catered to genre nerds looking for both new, never-before-seen films and screenings of classics you might only find in a cult video store. From Giallo films by Dario Argento to the twisted Brit cinema of Ben Wheatley and more, here are some essential horror movies now streaming.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • October 8, 2013 4:19 PM
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Drafthouse Films Nabs Abel Ferrara's 1981 Revenge Thriller 'Ms. 45' for Remastered Theatrical and Blu-ray Release (TRAILER)

Drafthouse Films has snapped up North American rights to Abel Ferrara's 1981 classic revenge thriller "Ms. 45," which follows a mute garment seamstress (the late Zoe Lund) who starts a homicidal rampage against the NYC male population after she's fallen victim to one too many assaults. Check out the vintage '81 trailer, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 8, 2013 1:00 PM
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'Borgman' Selected as Netherlands' Foreign-Language Oscar Entry (TRAILER)

"Borgman," directed by Alex van Warmerdam, has been selected as the Netherlands' official entry for the Foreign-Language Oscar race. Drafthouse Films acquired the rights to the domestic thriller out of Cannes, and is planning a 2014 stateside release. Watch the trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 13, 2013 11:22 AM
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Drafthouse Films and Films We Like Nab Ari Folman's 'The Congress,' Starring Robin Wright

Drafthouse Films and Films We Like have snapped up North American rights to Ari Folman's animated-live-action hybrid "The Congress," which recently made its world premiere at Cannes in the Directors Fortnight sidebar. The film stars Robin Wright as an aging actress who participates in a radical experiment to keep her career afloat: She creates a digital replica of herself.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 7, 2013 12:37 PM
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Cannes Deal: Drafthouse Films Nabs Dutch Domestic Thriller 'Borgman'

Drafthouse Films has picked up rights to domestic thriller "Borgman" from this year's Cannes Film Festival. Helmed by Alex van Warmerdam ("Grimm," "Abel"), and in the tonal vein of Yorgos Lanthimos' "Dogtooth" and Michael Haneke's "Funny Games," it is the first Dutch film to play in competition at the fest in nearly 40 years.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 31, 2013 1:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Kim Ki-Duk's Venice Golden Lion Winner 'Pieta,' Plus New Mondo Poster

The new trailer for Kim Ki-Duk's 2012 Venice Golden Lion winner and South Korea's Oscar entry "Pieta" has arrived, along with a poster by Mondo artist Jay Shaw (Mondo's sister company, Drafthouse Films, is distributing the film). Jo Min-soo gives a knockout performance as a woman claiming to be the long-lost mother of a lone shark (Lee Jung-jin) who collects bloody paybacks for his moneylender boss. He literally takes limbs in payment.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 5, 2013 3:39 PM
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