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‘Literally, Right Before Aaron’ Is A Strange, Tonally Confused Romcom [Review]

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Peter Gallagher speaks the following line in the new movie by CW actor Ryan Eggold: “Don’t dick me around, guy. We are on a strict deadline. ‘Nature Calls with Orson Schwartzman’ waits for no man.” Gallagher is playing Orson Schwartzman, the fictional host of that fictional nature show. Now, you don’t have Peter Gallagher show up in your movie for three minutes, give him a name like “Orson Schwartzman,” and have him say the line “[d]on’t dick me around, guy.

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- Eli Fine

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James Franco Says 3 Season Run Planned For ‘The Deuce’

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Sometimes half the battle between being a good and a great show is knowing when to end. There are countless examples of series that perhaps went one season too long, or by contrast, didn’t get the space they needed to tell the story they wanted. For HBO‘s “The Deuce,” however, it looks like creators David Simon and George Pelecanos already have a gameplan, and for those of you who you like your narratives lean and mean, this going to be some good news.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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New York Film Festival: 12 Must-See Films To Watch

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The fall film festival season is almost at a close. Audiences have heard first word from Venice, Telluride, the Toronto International Film Festival, to a lesser degree Fantastic Fest, and coming up this week is the New York Film Festival (don’t forget about AFI Fest which closes out the season in November). Not as huge on world premieres as the previous, aforementioned festivals, it still has tricks up its sleeve.

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- The Playlist

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‘Five Fingers For Marseilles’ Is A South African Spaghetti Western [Review]

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The opening scenes of director’s Michael Matthews “Five Fingers for Marseilles” — which premiered in the Discovery section of this year’s edition of Toronto International Film Festival, and is now screening at Fantastic Fest — already pay homage to the genre he hopes to breathe new life into. With dazzling wide-open shots, Matthews brings the spaghetti western to South Africa, all the while examining issues of apartheid and colonialism through the native people’s lenses.

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- Ingrid Oliveira Silva Keller

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Len Wiseman Brewing ‘Underworld’ TV Series, Says ‘Die Hard: Year One’ Still Happening

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The “Underworld” franchise has achieved the remarkable feat of lasting five films, but making no real impact on the pop culture sphere. The series — which is best known as that one where Kate Beckinsale wears leather and points guns at people — has always made a tidy profit, and pulled in enough overseas to justify making another one, but no one actually cares about the films. (Do they?) In fact, before last year’s “Underworld: Blood Wars,” there was already talk of rebooting the property entirely, and while they ultimately decided to continue for one more flick, the time has arrived to give it a fresh coat of paint.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Watchmen’ Artist Dave Gibbons Says ‘Batman v Superman’ Was “Too Dark”

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Everyone has an opinion by this point about Zack Snyder‘s pretty turgid “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.” Perhaps that’s fair given it was supposed to be the anchor of a new DC Films universe, that over a year later, is still trying to figuring out its footing. Now, yet another opinion has landed about why the movie didn’t work, and it comes from a surprising place: “Watchmen” artist Dave Gibbons.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Says New ‘Terminator’ Will Be “Totally Ignoring” ‘Terminator Genisys’

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Like it or not, yet another “Terminator” trilogy is in the works, with James Cameron, Linda Hamilton, and Arnold Schwarzenegger all returning. Tim Miller (“Deadpool“) will be directing the first installment, and after four sequels and a TV series, you might be wondering where the timeline will be picking up, or what is considered canon at this point? Well, it sort of sounds like they’re scrapping everything after “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”

Schwarzenegger recently chatted with The Terminator Fans, and shared the approach that’s being taken, thusly: “Cameron was not involved in the others, so he does not acknowledge the others.”

It’s an interesting position for Cameron to take considering he publicly endorsed a couple of those shitty sequels, but now that he has his creative fingers back in the pie as a producer, it appears he’s more than keen to brew up a new recipe. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Gerald’s Game’: Stephen King Adaptation Is A Symphony Of Suspense & Scares [Review]

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Stephen King knows what idle thoughts spiral into nightmares and lurch out of the darkness to terrorize when you’re alone. This skill, and its visceral scares are made manifest in Mike Flanagan‘s sensational adaptation of “Gerald’s Game.”

Based on King’s 1992 suspense novel, the film stars Bruce Greenwood and Carla Gugino as Gerald and Jessie Burlingame, a married couple trying to reignite their relationship with a weekend away at a remote lake house.

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- Kristy Puchko

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Rutger Hauer Is Crying Tears In The Rain About ‘Blade Runner 2049’

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Some of the gang is getting back together for “Blade Runner 2049,” with at least Harrison Ford and Edward James Olmos returning from the original film to star in Denis Villeneuve‘s sequel. However, one face you won’t see is Rutger Hauer. The actor’s terrific turn as Roy Batty is one of the highlights of Ridley Scott‘s classic sci-fi, but quite obviously, having been killed off, he won’t be rolling into the followup.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Paul Thomas Anderson & Haim’s Short Film ‘Valentine’ Has Arrived

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We’re continuing to wait patiently for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new, untitled movie in which Daniel Day-Lewis makes suits or whatever, but until then the director has threaded together a treat. Earlier this year he teamed up with the excellent Haim, directing their video for “Right Now,” and putting together a full short film, “Valentine.” The short screened briefly in 35mm at select cinemas during the summer, but now it’s here for all to see and it’s pure magic.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘First They Killed My Father’ Trailer: Angelina Jolie Directs True Story Of Spirit & Struggle

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After riding out some early controversy, Angelina Jolie‘s “First They Killed My Father” hit the festival circuit, unspooling at both Telluride and Toronto to very good notices. However, sometimes films just get lost in the shuffle, and for whatever reason, ‘Father’ hasn’t generated much buzz. Hell, you might not even realize it’s currently on Netflix or playing in (very) select cinemas right now, but the streaming service is here to remind you that the movie is available to watch whenever you’re ready.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Trailer: The Bellas Go On Tour

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In a year where audiences have been cool on sequels, will “Pitch Perfect 3” sing the right tune? The breakout musical comedy has sustained two pictures, but the third installment is swinging for the fences, aiming for a holiday season release, and it’ll be interesting to see if moviegoers are ready for another song.

The massive ensemble this time around includes Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Regner, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins, John Lithgow, and Ruby Rose, with the story seeing The Bellas back together – out of school and on tour overseas, where more musical mayhem unfolds.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Gripping, Moving, Award-Winning Domestic Violence Drama ‘Custody’ [San Sebastian Review]

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If it’s never really occurred to you before what a strange word “custody” is, and how its two meanings — guardianship and imprisonment — are complementary yet also inherently at odds, be prepared to spend 90 gripping minutes constantly turning that over in your mind during Xavier Legrand‘s tense, terrifying film of that title. It starts with one kind of custody and ends with the implication of the other, yet throughout the film, places of refuge turn into besieged fortresses; protectors turn out to need protection, and a child’s would-be guardian becomes the very person he needs to be guarded against.

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- Jessica Kiang

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David Lowery Shares His Adorable Childhood Remake Of ‘Poltergeist’

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With the proliferation of affordable digital cameras, and the ability to shoot insanely high quality video on something as small as an iPhone, more than ever the advice given to budding filmmakers is: just start filming. Well, director David Lowery seems to know what he wanted to do ever since the age of seven-and-a-half, and didn’t waste a moment figuring out how to make a movie. Now, he’s shared the first film he ever made and it’s pretty adorable stuff.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Denis Villeneuve Says ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Will Be His Director’s Cut

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Upon its release in 1982, “Blade Runner” had so much studio interference, that its history has been plagued with ups and downs. Receiving mixed reviews, the film came and went upon release, but ended up receiving a cult following on home video, which had its director Ridley Scott amped up and screening his own versions to audiences around the country for the next few years. There have been several versions of “Blade Runner,” seven to be specific, but the ultimate version will always be “The Final Cut” which got rid of the narration, left us with an extra final brilliant shot, and fixed many of the plot holes that were present in the original.

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- Jordan Ruimy

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Is the Show Fans Have Been Waiting For [Review]

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Less than five minutes into “Star Trek: Discovery,” we’re pips-deep in technobabble, Klingon dialogue, and a callout to Kahless. This show isn’t afraid of going geeky and pleasing fans at the exclusion of outsiders, but it also looks as good as the big-screen blockbusters that draw opening weekend crowds in the millions. Most of those millions didn’t know Drax the Destroyer from Ronan the Accuser before flocking to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and they may give “Star Trek: Discovery” the same benefit of the doubt if their knowledge of Gene Roddenberry‘s universe doesn’t extend past J.J.

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- Kimber Myers

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‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Trailer: The Trilogy Comes To A Close

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Having suffered a major delay in filming after an on-set accident involving leading man Dylan O’Brien, the fate of the third in “The Maze Runner” trilogy was left in limbo. However, the star regained health and the cast and crew returned to set to finish off the remainder of the film.

The first in the franchise, “The Maze Runner,” was met with a somewhat muted appraisal, coming too soon off the heels of every other Ya adaptation to not be met with some fatigue.

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- Ally Johnson

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