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The Invitation Review

Karyn Kusama’s latest thriller might be a slow burn, but the payoff at the end of the fuse is indeed explosive. The Invitation is a thriller rich with compelling characters, eerie circumstances, and paranoia that will linger with the viewer long after they’ve left the theater. Expertly crafted with a commitment to exploring the darkest corners of grief and loss through a terrifying – though still devastatingly human – lens, The Invitation will crawl under your skin and make itself quite cozy there.

The premise is simple: Will (Logan Marshall-Green) and his partner Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi) show up for a dinner party at the home he shared with his ex-wife, Eden (Tammy Blanchard) and her new husband David (Michiel Huisman). A group of old friends joins them, and it seems as though they’re in for a night of reconnection along with some awkward, deep-rooted feelings. But the movie takes a turn before Will and Kira even arrive at the house in the Hollywood Hills, with a disturbing surprise that sets the tone for the film to come.

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Thief Video Game Movie Adaptation in the Works

Straight Up Films has acquired the rights to adapt Square Enix’s Thief video game into a movie.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Thief’s screenplay will be written by Adam Mason and Simon Boyes (Misconduct, Not Safe for Work) and will be set in a “dark fantasy world where a master thief tries to restore freedom denied by a magic-wielding tyrant,” which is similar to the plot in Square Enix’s 2014 reboot of Thief.

The Los Angeles-based Straight Up Films will co-produce Thief alongside Square Enix and Source Rock’s Khalid Jones. No director or actors have been revealed for the film at this time.

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Knight of Cups Review

There are some who might suggest that writer-director Terrence Malick’s latest film, Knight of Cups is anti-narrative, or anti-traditional narrative, but that may not be the most accurate description. It feels more right to say that the film is not “anti-” but rather simply doesn’t care one way or the other whether it has a decipherable narrative. That, along with other ambiguities and minor annoyances, will turn it into a frustrating experience for those who try to get through it.

Of course, some people out there will tell you precisely what they think Knight of Cups means. This will involve how Christian Bale’s Rick, a Hollywood screenwriter, struggling with the death of one brother, the aging of his father (Brian Dennehy), the issues of his other brother (Wes Bentley), and his inability to form a healthy and long-lasting relationship as he travels through Los Angeles, simply trying to find his way amid a myriad of issues and with a plethora of women (portrayed by the likes of Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, and more).

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The Wave Review

At first glance, The Wave looks like yet another Hollywood disaster flick, but director Roar Uthaug (who will soon direct the Tomb Raider reboot) is less concerned with showcasing spectacle and more interested in raising awareness about the very real cataclysm that threatens Geiranger, Norway. While that might not sound like the most cinematic premise, the fact that it will actually happen one day definitely lends some weight to it.

In actuality, Geiranger is a popular tourist spot nestled under the Åkerneset mountain, which is constantly on the verge of collapse, and Uthag’s film presents one outcome of that impending event.

Meanwhile, the filmmaker invests in original characters so that, when the time comes, we might care what happens to them — and, by extension, the real-life settlers of Geiranger.

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Apple reportedly making its first scripted TV show starring Dr. Dre

Apple has decided to back its first ever scripted television series that will star one of its own executives, Beats co-founder and rapper Dr. Dre (real name Andre Young). According to The Hollywood Reporter, the top-secret project is dubbed “Vital Signs”. The production is reportedly “being bankrolled by Apple”. The series will be likely distributed via […]

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Hail, Caesar! Review

The Coen Bros.’ latest film is the showbiz send-up Hail, Caesar!. Set in early ’50s Hollywood, Capitol Pictures boss Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) is a fixer of problems, some major and some minor, an array of Hollywood headaches that range from wayward stars (Scarlett Johansson) to pesky gossip columnists (Tilda Swinton) to appeasing a veteran filmmaker (Ralph Fiennes) saddled (almost literally) with an unsuitable leading man (Alden Ehrenreich) he can’t fire.

The studio’s biggest movie of the year is the Biblical epic Hail, Caesar!, starring screen legend Baird Whitlock (George Clooney). It’s a hugely expensive, prestige picture, one that Eddie wants to make sure won’t offend Christians or Jews. Eddie’s ultimate problem to fix hits when Baird gets kidnapped from the Capitol backlot by a shady group seeking ransom. Finding out the who and why lends this otherwise screwy comedy a period-appropriate Film Noir element.

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Youth Review

Everyone wonders about the choices that they are making, will make, or have made in life. Contemplating what your decisions have wrought (or will bring) is natural and as one gets older there are only more decisions to look back on and, potentially, lament.

Enter Paolo Sorrentino’s new movie, Youth. The film stars Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel as two elderly friends vacationing in Switzerland and looking back at their lives. Caine is Fred Ballinger, a retired composer. Keitel is Mick Boyle, a Hollywood writer and director who eschews retirement and is currently working on the screenplay for what he is sure will be his ultimate triumph.

The men, friends since youth, are now also tied together by their children, Lena Ballinger (Rachel Weisz) and Julian Boyle (Ed Stoppard), who are married and about to head off on a vacation.

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Youth Review

Everyone wonders about the choices that they are making, will make, or have made in life. Contemplating what your decisions have wrought (or will bring) is natural and as one gets older there are only more decisions to look back on and, potentially, lament.

Enter Paolo Sorrentino’s new movie, Youth. The film stars Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel as two elderly friends vacationing in Switzerland and looking back at their lives. Caine is Fred Ballinger, a retired composer. Keitel is Mick Boyle, a Hollywood writer and director who eschews retirement and is currently working on the screenplay for what he is sure will be his ultimate triumph.

The men, friends since youth, are now also tied together by their children, Lena Ballinger (Rachel Weisz) and Julian Boyle (Ed Stoppard), who are married and about to head off on a vacation.

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