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The first wave of Fantastic Fest 2017 titles have finally been announced and they’re great



With the lineup for international film festivals such as TIFF and Venice already announced, the Alamo Drafthouse has unveiled the first wave of titles for its upcoming thirteenth edition of Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the United States, which will return to Austin next month with quite an impressive selection of programming to choose from.

According to a press release issued this morning, Fantastic Fest will kick off the week-long film festival with the U.S. premiere of writer-director Martin McDonagh’s darkly comic drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri starring Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson. Other notable titles include The Killing of a Sacred Deer and The Square, which won Best Screenplay and the Palme d’Or at the 70th Festival de Cannes, respectively.

“I’m proud to say that this is truly lucky thirteen for us,” said Tim League, festival founder and Alamo Drafthouse CEO. “We have another ferocious slate celebrating new and returning filmmakers from all over the world. It’s again an honor and privilege to welcome them and their brilliant, brave work.”

Fantastic Fest 2017 will begin on September 21 and runs until September 28 in Austin, Texas. You can check out the complete list of first wave titles playing at this year’s festival below:


USA, 2017

World Premiere, 101 mins

Director – Zak Hilditch

1922 is based on Stephen King’s 131-page story telling of a man’s confession of his wife’s murder. The tale is told from from the perspective of Wilfred James, the story’s unreliable narrator who admits to killing his wife, Arlette, in Nebraska. But after he buries her body, he finds himself terrorized by rats and, as his life begins to unravel, he becomes convinced his wife is haunting him.


USA, 2017

Regional Premiere, 91 min

Director – Alexandre O. Philippe

This masterful documentary focuses on a single aspect of Hitchcock’s PSYCHO to demonstrate the master’s technical ability in storytelling. With expert interviews and rollicking analysis, 78/52 sets a new bar in how to examine film overall.


Scotland, 2017

World Premiere, 107 min

Director – John McPhail

Anna’s life is dominated by the typical concerns of her youthful peers until the Christmas season in her small town brings not Santa, but an outbreak of the undead in this genre-mashing holiday horror musical. Yep. Musical.


Egypt, 1981

Repertory, 100 min

Director – Mohammed Shebl

ANYAB (FANGS) is an oddity worth rediscovering! An Egyptian take on THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, this eye-popping musical of madness manages to cram horror, science fiction and even social commentary together while charming with its outrageous costumes and action.


Japan, 2017

US Premiere, 141 min

Director – Takashi Miike

Takashi Miike’s 100th journey is an adaptation of the BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL manga. Manji, a samurai who cannot die, crosses paths with Rin Asano, a young girl whose parents were killed. Manji swears to help Rin Asano avenge her parents’ deaths.


USA, 2017

US Premiere, 132 min

Director – S. Craig Zahler

S. Craig Zahler (BONE TOMAHAWK) returns with his sophomore feature, BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99. An exhilarating exercise in analog violence, CELL BLOCK follows the brutal exploits of a former boxer who finds himself incarcerated after a drug deal goes wrong. Trapped in a maximum security facility, he must fight to stay alive and to protect those he loves.


Germany, 2017

US Premiere, 91 min

Director – Stefan Ruzowitzsky

A young Turkish woman living in Vienna feels increasingly lonely after she witnesses a murder and finds herself next on the killer’s agenda in this smart and gritty thriller from the director of ANATOMY and the Oscar-winning THE COUNTERFEITERS.


Denmark, 2017

US Premiere, 97 min

Director – Jesper Rofelt

KLOWN duo Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam reunite for a true-life tale of epic failure. Witness the non-arrival of the Danish electric car!


USA, 2017

Texas Premiere, 111 min

Directors – Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead

When brothers Justin and Aaron return to the cult that they escaped from ten years ago, they encounter a web of secrets and mysteries that threatens to tear them apart.


Belgium, 2017

ep. 1-4 = North American Premiere; ep. 5-6 = World Premiere, 210 min

Director – Pieter Van Hees

The generation gap has never been wider than it is in Pieter Van Hees’ deliriously absurd satire, pitting old generation money against Millennial apathy — and the occasional naked anarchist — following Belgium’s economic collapse.


USA, 2017

US Premiere, 103 mins

Director – Mike Flanagan


Flanagan unites with master of the macabre Stephen King for his cinematic interpretation of King’s beloved GERALD’S GAME. Starring Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood, GERALD’S GAME delivers pitch-perfect performances in a faithful adaptation where the horrors of the mind are much worse than what’s in front of you.


Germany, 2017

World Premiere, 102 min

Director – Lukas Feigelfeld

Set in the 15th Century in the Austrian Alps, Lukas Feigelfeld’s HAGAZUSSA takes us back to a dark period in which even the remotest parts of Europe suffered from the paranoia and superstition of the time.


Cambodia, 2017

US Premiere, 92 min

Director – Jimmy Henderson

Cambodia’s traditional martial art of bokator is unleashed in all its bone crunching fury in this action-packed tale of police trapped in the midst of a raging prison riot.


USA, 2017

World Premiere, 87 min

Director – Bradley Buecker

The emotionally powerful story of Billy, an angry youth who spends his evenings stealing cars with best friend Mikey while attempting to cultivate a stable relationship with his girlfriend Jules.


Ireland / United Kingdom, 2017

US Premiere, 120 min

Director – Yorgos Lanthimos

The life of a brilliant surgeon is thrown into disarray when his friendship with a bizarre teenager threatens the lives of his entire family. Faced with a frightening choice, the man will be forced to assess all that he’s ever done.


USA, 2017

US Premiere, 104 min

Director – Steve Mitchell

Featuring interviews from some of the biggest names in genre cinema including Joe Dante, Robert Forster and Fred Williamson, this documentary tells the story of one of the best and hardest working exploitation filmmakers.


Spain, 2017

World Premiere, 90 min

Director – Yayo Herrero

Yayo Herrero’s directorial debut is a couple’s nightmare journey into the heart of darkness. A superlative horror parable, this shocking film is an indictment of modern history, war and the difficulties of reconciliation. It is a story for our times.


USA, 2017

Texas Premiere, 107 min

Director – Marc Meyers

This is the story of Jeffrey Dahmer, a high school loner whose life would shape up to be something far more frightening than anyone could have imagined.


Egypt, 2017

International Premiere, 125 mins

Director – Marwan Hamed

Samir works for a bank, provides for his ever-demanding family and dreams of being in an Egyptian talent show. When he’s unexpectedly fired, Samir finds himself recruited to be part of a secret society and finds a darker side to life in Egypt.


The Netherlands, 2017

North American Premiere, 78 min

Directors – Steffen Haars & Flip van der Kuil

The latest from the comedic team behind the NEW KIDS films and BROs BEFORE HOs. Ron Goossens is totally shitfaced. Only by working as a movie stuntman and bedding the hottest actress in the Netherlands can Ron save his marriage.


Sweden, 2017

US Premiere, 150 min

Director – Ruben Östlund

An art museum director’s life becomes a comedy of errors when trying to put together his latest exhibit in FORCE MAJEURE director Ruben Ostlund’s latest, which won the Palme D’Or at this year’s Cannes.


USA, 2017

Regional Premiere, 102 min

Director – Kevin Phillips

A split-second act of violence forever changes the lives of two ‘90s kids. Now they must cope with both the fallout of that moment and the pressures of high school in this clever and bloody coming-of-age thriller.


USA, 2017

US PREMIERE, 110 min

Director – Martin McDonagh

A grieving mother takes drastic measures in an attempt to catch her daughter’s killer. Challenging the police to solve the case, she posts a series of billboards that threaten the fabric of rural, Missouri.


Germany, 2017

US Premiere, 90 min

Director – Jakob Lass

Failing to crack the ranks as a would-be cop, Maggie begrudgingly settles for a security guard job until she encounters Tiger, a fierce young woman whose rebellious antics leave Maggie questioning which side of the law she truly belongs on.


Australia, 2016

North American Premiere, 87 min

Directors – Aaron McCann & Dominic Pearce

Aliens! Ninjas! Robots! Enormous egos! Get ready to enter the world of TOP KNOT DETECTIVE! Possibly the greatest cult TV series you’ve never heard of, TOP KNOT DETECTIVE and its creator Takashi Tawagoto come to life in this gonzo documentary.



‘Beautiful Boy’ first look reveals Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet in the upcoming addiction drama



Beautiful Boy

Felix Van Groeningen’s highly anticipated English-language debut Beautiful Boy is still months away from being released and doesn’t even have an official trailer yet, but it’s already being considered a serious contender in the forthcoming awards season and is destined to bring plenty of Oscar-related attention to its two main stars.

Beautiful Boy is based on David Sheff’s best-selling memoir of the same name and chronicles his journey through his son Nic’s addiction to methamphetamine and the tentative steps toward recovery. Steve Carell will be playing David, while Call Me by Your Name breakout Timothée Chalamet is taking on the role of Nic.


In the first look image above, we see Chalamet and Carell’s characters sitting in a diner, in what appears to be a pretty emotional scene. Obviously, this thing is going to be a tough watch given the subject matter of the source material, but we’re ready for it. I mean, how could go you wrong with Carell and Chalamet in the same movie?

Word on the street is that Beautiful Boy will likely skip the Cannes Film Festival in May and will end up hopping on the festival circuit in September once the Toronto International Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival roll around. The film will open in theaters on October 12.

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Chris Evans says ‘Avengers 4’ will probably be the last time he ever plays Captain America in the MCU



Captain America

The next chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe following next month’s highly anticipated superhero mashup Avengers: Infinity War could be the end of the road for Captain America who, at this point, has basically become the face of the entire franchise. But it doesn’t look like Chris Evans has interest in renewing his contract with Marvel.

“Last year, he filmed back-to-back the final two Marvel movies for which he is under contract — Avengers: Infinity War due in April, and a sequel planned for next year,” The New York Times reports. “For now, he has no plans to return to the franchise (“You want to get off the train before they push you off,” he said), and expects that planned reshoots in the fall will mark the end of his tenure in the familiar red, white and blue super suit.”


The demise of Steve Rogers raises an important question: who will take over the mantle of Captain America? Assuming Marvel follows the storyline of the comics, it would be safe to say that Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier would be the one to pick up the shield, or perhaps even Anthony Mackie’s Falcon. Marvel could really take the story any way they want to.

The good news is that we don’t have to worry about Steve Rogers kicking the bucket for another year or two. Avengers: Infinity War will see Captain America, along with the rest of the Avengers and their superhero allies, go head to head with the powerful Thanos when it opens in theaters next month on April 27.

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Nicolas Pesce’s reboot of ‘The Grudge’ lands ‘Insidious’ star and horror veteran Lin Shaye



The Grudge

As Nicolas Pesce prepares to move his script for The Grudge reboot out of development and into production, Variety is reporting that Lin Shaye, perhaps best known for her role as the medium Elise in the Insidious franchise, has been tapped to join the cast of the upcoming film, which already has three other stars also on board.

Pesce, who made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed black-and-white horror film The Eyes of My Mother, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016, is writing and directing The Grudge reboot, while Andrea Riseborough, Demian Bichir, and John Cho are attached to star.


“We are so excited about this new adaptation,” Sam Raimi, who is producing The Grudge reboot alongside Rob Tapert, said in a statement. “We went back to the original source material to deliver a relentless supernatural thrill ride that explores the horrors of American suburbia.”

While this reboot could just be another example of a typical Hollywood cash grab, the fact that Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, Ghost House, and Good Universe, who all previously collaborated on the 2016 horror hit Don’t Breathe, are all involved, as well as such a talented director and cast, makes me think otherwise.

That’s all we have for you right now, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted on any further updates about The Grudge reboot as they roll in. The film is expected to begin shooting this May, so something tells me we’ll be hearing more about it in the coming weeks.

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