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Chicago, see John Boyega in Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit early and for free

It’s been five years since Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow last inflicted a national tummyache on America with one of her tense, politically resonant thrillers. The director’s latest film doesn’t sound like it’ll let up on the gut-churning pressure, either: Detroit sees Bigelow turn her camera on the title…

Brooklyn becomes a war zone in this trailer for Dave Bautista’s Bushwick

There are very few things about this trailer for co-directors Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott’s Bushwick that don’t seem ridiculous, but that’s probably by design. The trailer starts with Pitch Perfect’s Brittany Snow having a good time in Brooklyn with a boyfriend/husband, and within seconds there are roving gangs…

Set aside meaning and just get lost in the stunning imagery of Kékszakállú

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Ignore the jumble of accent marks and consonants that make up the title. Kékszakállú is the Hungarian word for Bluebeard, but that doesn’t matter. Nor is it particularly important to know that Béla Bartók’s 1911 opera Bluebeard’s Castle served as this experimental film’s (very, very) loose inspiration. The less you…

Amnesia won’t let you forget for a second what it’s really about

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Subtext isn’t exactly Barbet Schroeder’s primary concern in Amnesia, his first dramatic feature since 2008’s poorly received Inju: The Beast In The Shadow (which never even got a U.S. release). It’s one thing to give your movie a title that spells out its theme—in this case, the willful refusal to contend with past…

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George Romero didn’t just invent the zombie movie, he changed filmmaking forever

It’s true that, before George Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead traumatized a generation of kids like the crowd Roger Ebert described in his review, zombies were simply an obscure creature from Haitian folklore. By relocating his “ghouls” to present-day America and giving them an appetite for human flesh, Romero…