Farewell Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967 – 2014)

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Philip Seymour Hoffman – award-winning actor, producer and director – died today of a suspected overdose in his Manhattan apartment. Hoffman, who has been nominated for no less than four Academy Awards since his debut feature performance in Triple Bogey On A Five Par Hole opposite Robbie Coltrane, had appeared at the Sundance Film Festival only two weeks prior to his death, in support of two films: A Most Wanted Man and God’s Pocket. Continue reading “Farewell Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967 – 2014)”

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Review: In A World… (2013)

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Known to few for her supporting turns in such rom-coms as It’s Complicated and No Strings Attached, actress Lake Bell takes a leap into the forefront with In A World. This superbly written treasure of a film, which premiered to wows from critics and audiences alike at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, delves into the unseen world of trailer voiceover artists and not only proves Bell’s worth as an actress, but also marks her arrival as a proficient writer and director. Continue reading “Review: In A World… (2013)”

EIFF 2013 Review: This Is Martin Bonner (2013)

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Writer-director Chad Hartigan follows up his softly received directorial debut Luke And Brie Are On A First Date with This Is Martin Bonner, a thoughtful, well-acted and subtle character drama that scooped the Best of NEXT Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It’s minimalist and quiet, sure, but that’s what enables this film about two elderly men experiencing dramatic changes in their lives to be such a welcome surprise and linger in the mind long after the end credits roll. Continue reading “EIFF 2013 Review: This Is Martin Bonner (2013)”

EIFF 2013 Review: Breathe In (2013)

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The 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival opened softly last night with relationship drama Breathe In. Reuniting blossoming British actress Felicity Jones with writer and director Drake Doremus, whose last feature Like Crazy deservedly scooped the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Breathe In may feel and look like a more adult effort, yet is ultimately depreciated by clichéd character stereotypes and a lack of believability. Continue reading “EIFF 2013 Review: Breathe In (2013)”

GFF 2013 Review: Compliance (2013)

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Craig Zobel’s sophomore feature Compliance, based on the alarming reality of victimising prank calls, has built up a significant reputation since debuting at the Sundance Film Festival last year, not least due to its hard-hitting subject-matter and the significant protests that have befallen it; there were various reports of walk-outs and complaints were reported at screenings in the US. Continue reading “GFF 2013 Review: Compliance (2013)”

Debut Trailer And Poster For Horror Anthology V/H/S

Magnolia Pictures have debuted an official red band trailer and poster for horror anthology and ex-Sundance entry V/H/S, Total Film has uncovered.

Featuring a collection of shorts written and directed by Ti West, Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Joe Swanberg, Glenn McQuaid and Radio Silence, V/H/S received rave reviews at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it Continue reading “Debut Trailer And Poster For Horror Anthology V/H/S”

Soda Pictures Acquires For Ellen, Barbara & Sister For U.K. Distribution

Continuing their trend of bringing the best art house and independent films to our shores, Soda Pictures announced today that they’ve acquired not one but three of this year’s big festival hitters: For Ellen, Barbara and Sister.

Each acquisition represents a step forward for Soda Pictures in their effort to become one of the U.K.’s leading film distributors.

No release dates have yet been set for any of the film’s but, due to the immediate Continue reading “Soda Pictures Acquires For Ellen, Barbara & Sister For U.K. Distribution”