The Dead Lands Trailer: Maori Martial Arts Madness

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Back in 2011, the world was introduced to the Indonesian martial art of Pencak Silat through Gareth Evans’ action film The Raid: Redemption. Now, get ready to embrace the Maori martial art Mau rakau in the New Zealand action epic The Dead Lands. Much like The Raid, this movie also premiered at TIFF, although it was somewhat overlooked this year because it wasn’t in the Midnight Madness program. Now Magnet Releasing has picked up the North American rights to the movie, which seems vaguely reminiscent of Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto. They still have not yet announced a release date, but in the meantime, Australian distributor Transmission Films has released a trailer. The Dead Lands hits theatres in New Zealand on Oct. 30th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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This is Where I Leave You Review

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Directed by: Shawn Levy
Written by: Jonathan Tropper
Starring: Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Corey Stoll, Timothy Olyphant, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton and Dax Shepard

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Judd Altman (Jason Bateman) is not having a good day. He finds his wife in bed with his boss, and in short order receives a phone call from his sister Wendy (Tina Fey) informing him that their father has passed away. The grown children of the Altman patriarch return to their childhood home and their mother, Hillary (Jane Fonda). She informs the group that their father’s dying wish was for his clan to observe the Jewish tradition of Shiva, which is a weeklong mourning session. And so the four siblings are forced to spend a week under one roof with their mother.

In addition to Wendy and Judd, there’s Paul (Corey Stoll) and his wife Annie (Kathryn Hahn) who are riding the rollercoaster of infertility treatments in the hopes of having a baby. Then there’s free-spirited Phillip (Adam Driver) who arrives with his older girlfriend Tracy (Connie Britton).

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Fox Officially Announces Deadpool Movie, Delays Fantastic Four Reboot

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After years of rumours and speculation, it looks like Fox is finally moving forward with a Deadpool feature film. The character first appeared on screen back in 2009 in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, although many fans weren’t particularly happy with how he was portrayed. Still, after all this time, it appears that the studio is maintaining some form of loose continuity with that film as Ryan Reynolds is still expected to star. This week they have announced that Deadpool will hit theatres in early 2016. They have also shuffled release dates for a couple of other upcoming movies, including their Fantastic Four reboot. Hit the jump for more details.

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Tusk Review

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Written and Directed by: Kevin Smith
Starring: Michael Parks, Justin Long, Genesis Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment, Johnny Depp

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Hmm. What to make of Tusk, Kevin Smith’s bizarre tale of a grizzled seaman obsessed with turning an unsuspecting man into a walrus? Is it a comedy? Is it a horror story? Is it classic camp? The truth is that Tusk defies being characterized by any one genre. It’s rife with a smattering of all these elements, and it’s utterly ridiculous, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the movie.

Justin Long plays Wallace Bryton, an obnoxious podcaster who has let his success go to his head. He’s a loud-mouthed cad who routinely cheats on his gorgeous girlfriend Ally (Genesis Rodriguez) and eschews good taste for ratings. One day Wallace and his sidekick Teddy (a considerably chunked up Haley Joel Osment) receive a YouTube clip from a listener that features a nerd recreating a scene from Kill Bill where he accidentally severs his leg with a sword. Naturally the two find this hilarious, and Wallace decides to go to Canada to interview the kid. Unfortunately, Wallace is too late. It seems the humiliated guy committed suicide shortly before Wallace arrived.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Maze Runner, A Walk Among the Tombstones, Tusk

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Multiplexes should be a bit more lively this weekend with four new wide releases hitting theatres, the biggest being the latest young adult sci-fi adaptation The Maze Runner. Other new movies hitting theatres include revenge thriller A Walk Among Tombstones starring Liam Neeson, Kevin Smith’s horror comedy Tusk, and family dramedy This is Where I Leave You starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey. (Tusk, unfortunately, does not arrive in Canada for a few more weeks.) In select theatres, we also have Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett’s The Guest, Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem and the Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth. What will you be watching this weekend?

Tim Burton’s Big Eyes Trailer Starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz

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Although this year’s awards season is shaping up to be a little less crowded than usual, there are still a handful of potential Oscar contenders coming out later this year that we have heard almost nothing about. One of those movies is Big Eyes, Tim Burton’s return to more intimate filmmaking and a reunion with Ed Wood screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Just like Ed Wood, this one is a biopic about a well-known artist, but in this case the overall tone is a lot less quirky and comedic.

Christoph Waltz plays Walter Keane, a very successful painter during the ’50s and early ’60s, best known for his cartoony paintings of little girls with big eyes. It was later revealed that the true artist behind the paintings was his wife Margaret (Amy Adams), which caused a huge uproar and led her to file for a divorce and a lawsuit. Big Eyes hits theatres on Dec. 24th; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year Trailer Starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain

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Before he directs Mark Wahlberg in the upcoming Deepwater Horizon disaster movie, J.C. Chandor (All is Lost) has another film sneaking into theatres at the end of this year, just in time to qualify for the Oscar race. A Most Violent Year is a fictional crime drama set in New York City in 1981, the same year that violent crime reached record levels. Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain play a couple who run a growing gas business and soon find themselves at odds with the criminal underworld. The first teaser trailer doesn’t reveal much else about the plot, but it certainly does look handsome. A Most Violent Year hits select theatres on Dec. 31st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New on Netflix: Silver Linings Playbook, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Final Member

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David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook leads the list of new additions to Netflix Instant in the U.S. this week, along with Ti West’s cult thriller The Sacrament, Mike Mills’ indie drama Beginners, WWII film Defiance starring Daniel Craig and 3 Days to Kill starring Kevin Costner. There are also a few older classics like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, High Noon and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, while in Canada we get Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. Noteworthy titles appearing in both regions include the hilarious penis museum documentary The Final Member and just in time for the release of Kevin Smith’s Tusk, Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. See anything worth watching? Check out the list of new titles after the jump.

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Liam Neeson to Star in Tell No One Remake

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Although I’m not hearing a whole lot of buzz surrounding Liam Neeson’s next movie A Walk Among The Tombstones (which hits theatres this Friday), Universal seems eager to keep pumping out more action-thrillers with him in the lead role. Non-Stop was a decent hit for them earlier this year and now we’re hearing that they are looking to bring him on for their long gestating remake of the French film Tell No One. The original 2006 film, directed by Guillaume Canet and based on a novel by American author Harlan Coben, revolves around a man who is forced to go on the run after being framed for the murder of his own wife, who was killed eight years earlier. Does that sound like an ideal premise for a Liam Neeson movie? Yep, it sure does.

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Force Majeure U.S. Trailer

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Here’s the first U.S. trailer for Force Majeure, the acclaimed film by Swedish director Ruben Ostlund that is starting to build momentum for a possible Oscar nomination in the foreign language category next year. The movie premiered at Cannes in May where it won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize and continued to earn rave reviews this month at TIFF. The film is a dark comedy about a family on vacation in the French Alps. When a sudden avalanche threatens to hit a mountainside restaurant, the family patriarch abandons his wife and children and makes a run for it… which understandably puts him in the doghouse afterward. Magnolia will give Force Majeure a limited release stateside on Oct. 24th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Paranormal Activity 5 Gets a New Title and Release Date

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If you were worried that you’d have to wait at least another year before seeing a new Paranormal Activity movie, fear not friend. Paramount will be bringing the next installment to theatres sooner than originally anticipated. Earlier this year, we learned that Paranormal Activity 5 would be giving up its Halloween 2014 release date, primarily to give the series a bit of a rest. The unofficial word was that the sequel might not actually hit theatres until 2016, which some people interpreted as a sign that the franchise was in trouble. As it turns out, the next movie is back on track and it will now be released in early 2015. Hit the jump to find out what they’re calling it.

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Film Junk Poll: What is the Best Kevin Smith Movie?

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With Kevin Smith’s latest film Tusk set to hit theatres in the U.S. this weekend, many of us are wondering if it will reveal a completely new side of the director. Clearly he has already dabbled in the horror genre with Red State, but he is still best known for regaling audiences with crude dick and fart jokes. For some that has become less endearing than it once was, but there is no debating the fact that he was a big part of the independent film explosion in the ’90s. The man has certainly made an impact on pop culture, but whether or not his early films still hold up today remains to be seen. So what is Kevin Smith’s best movie to date? Cast your vote in this week’s poll and then sound off in the comments below.

What is the Best Kevin Smith Movie?

 
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