FILTH Blu-ray Review

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Irvine Welsh made his reputation with both the novel and the filmed version of Trainspotting, with the latter creating the cinematic language that has been borrowed by every adaptation of his work that’s followed.  The most recent big screen Welsh adaptation is Filth, which was written for the screen and directed by Jon S.  Baird and stars James McAvoy as Detective Bruce Robertson, a corrupt cop who’s got some issues at home and in the workforce.  But where it has some of the flash of Trainspotting, it seems more like a Chuck Palahniuk adaptation, replete with a terrible third act twist.  My review of the Filth Blu-ray follows after the jump.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY Trailer: Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy Lead an Unconventional Love Story

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The Weinstein Company has released the first The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby trailer for writer/director Ned Benson’s ambitious love story drama.  The film focuses on the entirety of a relationship between two people, played by Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy.  As glimpsed in this trailer, the film was actually crafted as two separate movies: Her and Him.  One told the story from Chastain’s point of view, and the other from McAvoy’s point of view, but then Benson cut together an omniscient version (titled Them), which is the one that will be released first theatrically.  I’m curious to see if the pic works in this single feature version, but this trailer is certainly an excellent start.  The tone is romantic without overdoing it, and the chemistry between Chastain and McAvoy looks swell.  The Weinstein Company plans to release Her and Him in limited release shortly after this initial version opens, so I’m looking forward to experiencing all three versions.

Hit the jump to watch the Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby trailer.  The film also stars Bill Hader, Viola Davis, William Hurt, Ciaran Hinds, Isabelle Huppert, and Jess WeixlerThe Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby opens in theaters on September 26th.

FILTH Review

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Addiction can be used as a way to mask a deeper pain.  The addict can disappear into a drug-induced haze, and find a brief reprieve before real life comes crashing back in, and there’s a need for a bigger fix.  Filth follows suit, but instead of using drugs to mask pain, it uses drugs to mask a shallow story and weak jokes.  Writer-director Jon S. Baird has plenty of tricks: breaking the fourth wall, throwing up graphics, frenetic cinematography, etc.  He also has a great cast willing to give it their all, but nothing can compensate for a tedious picture that thinks it’s more aggressive and exciting than it actually is.  Only near the very end does its constant posturing prove to have a semblance of a point.

James McAvoy Talks FILTH, Enjoying His Character’s Corruption; Working with His Co-Stars, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, FRANKENSTEIN, and More

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With the dark comedy Filth set to arrive in theaters tomorrow, I recently got to interview the film’s star, James McAvoy.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the movie, it’s about a corrupt cop (McAvoy) who is angling for a promotion in order to win back his estranged family.  The terrific cast also includes Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots, and Jim Broadbent.

During our exclusive phone interview, McAvoy talked about what interested him in the character, the atmosphere on set, playing off his co-stars, and the freedom of an independent movie versus a studio picture.  We also talked about his upcoming films X-Men: Apocalypse, Frankenstein, and more.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.  Filth is now available on VOD, and opens tomorrow in limited release.

TOP 5: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Trailer, Gareth Edwards to Direct STAR WARS Spinoff, MAN OF STEEL Sequel Gets Official Title, LIFE ITSELF Trailer

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And just like that, my excitement for Marvel’s Ant-Man has been severely diminished. Understanding that making a film of this size is hardly the work of a single person, the loss of Edgar Wright from the director’s chair remains a huge subtraction nonetheless. I’m undoubtedly biased as Wright is one of my favorite working filmmakers, but I can’t see how you let a talent of his caliber walk away from a project that he’s been developing in one way or another for nearly a decade and cite “creative differences” as the culprit. I realize the film industry has brass at the top calling the shots like any other big business, but if I’m made to believe that there are two irreconcilable visions for Ant-Man (Marvel’s and Wright’s) then I can’t help but think that we’ll now be getting the lesser one next July. As unfair as it is, even if the finished product turns out great (which could very well happen), I’ll always wonder how it might have been with Wright at the helm.

All Ant-Man talk aside, this week’s Top 5 features our interviews for and review of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, the news that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will direct the first Star Wars spinoff, the lengthy official title for the Man of Steel sequel, and the first trailer for director Steve JamesRoger Ebert doc Life Itself. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Review

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As I’ve re-watched all of the X-Men movies over the past week, it’s been a little difficult to nail down a common theme, especially since two of them are spin-offs.  Ignoring the Wolverine movies, the plots are similar: mutants-vs-humans mixed with mutants-vs-mutants with an emphasis on how to deal with persecution.  Xavier always wants peace, but from Magneto’s perspective, he’s tried assimilation (X-Men), annihilation (X2), mobilization (X-Men: The Last Stand), and retribution (X-Men: First Class).  But thus far we’ve only seen a nebulous notion of “Peace Is Good” from Professor X.  X-Men: Days of Future Past brings substance to Xavier’s beliefs and brings a new characteristic to the series: salvation.  Although this approach mostly removes the ensemble aspect I’ve enjoyed in these movies, the latest X-Men has the most admirable values thus far.  And while the action, pacing, and visuals aren’t quite as sharp as a couple of the other movies, director Bryan Singer has still managed to reclaim the series’ past, present, and future.

“A Very Groovy Mutation”: Matt Revisits X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

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[With X-Men: Days of Future Past opening on Friday, I'm taking a look back at the X-Men movie franchise.  These reviews contain spoilers.]

As I said in my X-Men: The Last Stand review, Professor X and Magneto were the pillars of the franchise’s narrative.  X-Men Origins: Wolverine wasn’t an outright flop, but it certainly underperformed, and combined with the scathing reviews from fans and critics, the X-Men franchise wisely returned to a central problem about how to fight persecution—with peace or with fury? Then they brought these characters to the forefront, and wrapped the subtext in a movie with vibrant visuals, humor, charming performances, and terrific action.  By going back to the beginning in more ways than one, X-Men: First Class was giving the X-Men franchise a fresh start.

Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy Talk X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, the Ambition of the Sequel, Future X-MEN Movies, the PROMETHEUS Sequel, More

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Opening this weekend is director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.  As most of you know, Days of Future Past finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  The film also takes place in the future, so we’re going to see the original X-Men cast and what will happen if Wolverine fails.  I caught a screening last week and am very happy to report the film is great.  It’s loaded with awesome character moments and tons of mutant action.  You’re all going to love it.  For more on the film, watch these five clips and nine minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, and click here for all of our coverage.

At the New York City press day, I landed a great video interview with Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy.  They talked about the ambition of the sequel, signing a multi-picture deal to play the characters, future movies, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch the interview.

Watch 5 X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Movie Clips and 9 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage

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With X-Men: Days of Future Past opening next weekend, 20th Century Fox has provided us with five movie clips and nine minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film.  If you’ve ever wanted to see what it’s like on set, you’ll really enjoy the clips of Bryan Singer directing the cast and seeing your favorite actors in between takes.  As most of you know, Days of Future Past finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.   The film also takes place in the future, so we’re going to see the original X-Men cast and what will happen if Wolverine fails.  I caught a screening last week and am very happy to report the film is great.  It’s loaded with awesome character moments and tons of mutant action.  You’re all going to love it.

Hit the jump to watch the X-Men: Days of Future Past clips and behind-the-scenes footage.  The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Ian McKellan, Patrick StewartPeter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry.

3 Different Versions of THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY Will Be Released This Fall

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When director Ned Benson’s feature directorial debut The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby screened at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, it marked a fascinating moviegoing experience in that two different cuts of the film were screened back to back.  The film stars Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy and tells the story of a married couple whose relationship disintegrates, and Benson had cut together two entirely separate films.  Him tells the story completely from McAvoy’s point of view, and Her tells the story from Chastain’s perspective.

I was very much looking forward to seeing both films when the pic got a theatrical release, but when The Weinstein Company dated the pic for release on September 26th, it was for a traditional two-hour cut.  Thankfully, word now comes that TWC plans on releasing not only the traditional cut but also two other different cuts when Eleanor Rigby hits theaters.  Hit the jump for more.

23 New Images of Character Art for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender

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20th Century Fox has released twenty-three new images of X-Men: Days of Future Past character art.  The story finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  This art use the same images as the ones from the Empire Magazine covers we saw a few months back.  The only thing that’s different is that the backgrounds are different and the Empire text is gone.  There were twenty-five posters for Empire; the missing two from this set: director Bryan Singer (no surprise) and Rogue (slight surprise), although it looks like she probably has a brief cameo in the finale cut.

Hit the jump to check out the character art.  The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Ian McKellan, Patrick StewartPeter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd.

Exclusive Clip from FILTH Starring James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots, and Jim Broadbent

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With director Jon S. Baird’ adaptation of the Irvine Welsh crime novel Filth now on VOD today and in theaters May 30th, we’ve happy to premiere an exclusive clip from the film.  If you’re not familiar with the story, James McAvoy stars as Bruce Robertson, a corrupt, drug-addicted detective who attempts to connive his way to a promotion in the hopes that it will repair his broken family.  The film also stars Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots, Eddie Marsan, and Jim Broadbent.  Hit the jump to watch the clip and here’s a crazy red band trailer if you missed it.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Stars Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy Announce the Globe-Trotting X-Men X-Perience

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Can’t make it to New York for the X-Men: Days of Future Past premiere?  Not to worry.  If you live in or near another major city, the X-Men X-Perience is likely headed your way!  Stars Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy announce the globe-trotting event in a new video, which also features some footage from the sequel (and plenty of good-natured ribbing among the three).  Joining them on this trip around the world will be Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, Fan Bingbing, Omar Sy, Nicholas Hoult, and Ellen Page, though they’ll be splitting up to tackle various premieres.  Even if you aren’t looking forward to X-Men: Days of Future Past, which opens May 23rd, you should hit the jump to watch the video anyway because they’re all rather handsome and charming.

Three New Featurettes plus an International Poster for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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20th Century Fox has released three new X-Men: Days of Future Past featurettes along with a new international poster.  The follow-up finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) and the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  These featurettes contain new footage, and I continue to be excited for this movie (unlike some other folks, I’ve enjoyed all the trailers).

Hit the jump to check out the featurettes and the new poster.  The film also stars Jennifer LawrenceNicholas Hoult, Patrick StewartIan McKellenEvan PetersEllen PageShawn AshmoreHalle BerryLucas TillOmar SyAdan CantoDaniel Cudmore, and Bingbing Fan.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 2D and 3D.

Two New Featurettes for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Starring Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence

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Following yesterday’s final trailer, two new X-Men: Days of Future Past featurettes have been released.  These featurettes go into the making of two specific scenes.  One featurette focuses on a last-minute addition to the movie where director Bryan Singer felt there needed to be a scene where Magneto (Michael Fassbender) retrieves his helmet, and the other featurette looks at the task of outfitting extras with custom-made 1973 outfits.  They’re both interesting featurettes because they show aspects of filmmaking that some people might not think about.

Hit the jump to check out the featurettes.  The film also stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer LawrenceNicholas Hoult, Patrick StewartIan McKellenEvan PetersEllen PageShawn AshmoreHalle BerryLucas TillOmar SyAdan CantoDaniel Cudmore, and Bingbing Fan.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 2D and 3D.

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