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‘Breeder’ Review: Murky Mad-Scientist Mayhem From Denmark

‘Breeder’ Review: Murky Mad-Scientist Mayhem From Denmark
A Frankensteinian mashup of sci-fi and torture-porn horror tropes, . While there are vague pretensions toward seriousness in Sissel Dalsgaard Thomsen’s screenplay and Jens Dahl’s direction, this thriller ends up discomfitingly most reminiscent of 1970s Wip (women in prison) and Nazisploitation grindhouse fare, as well as gamy mainstream serial-killer potboilers like “Kiss the Girls.” Well-made but more than a bit ick, it’s being released to stateside digital formats by Uncork’d Entertainment on Jan. 11.

Mia (Sara Hjort Ditlevsen) is an equestrian training for the Olympics. She seems more comfortable in the company of her horse than husband Thomas (Anders Heinrichsen), though the complexities of their relationship (including apparent separate sexual peccadilloes) never get more than hinted at. In any case, such nuances soon prove irrelevant when circumstances fatefully entangle his home and work life.

He’s employed as financial chief for a shadowy project by one Dr. Isabel Ruben
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‘Italian Studies’ Review: Vanessa Kirby Chases Her Own Identity in a Teasing Miniature Psychodrama

‘Italian Studies’ Review: Vanessa Kirby Chases Her Own Identity in a Teasing Miniature Psychodrama
“Italian Studies” begins on that most minor, familiar but nonetheless disorienting of social embarrassments: You run into a person who knows you, but you cannot for the life of you remember them. For most of us, it’s a simple slip of the memory. For London-based writer Alina, confronted with a blank space in her brain after bumming a cigarette off an apparent stranger, it’s a callback to a longer, more damaging period of dissociation — when, while living in Manhattan, she suddenly forgot who she was for several days. Adam Leon’s minor-key, jaggedly structured indie isn’t concerned with the specific whens, hows and whys of Alina’s out-of-nowhere amnesia, but with the hazy in-the-moment sensation of being struck with it, the sensation of stumbling for the lightswitch in your own mind. That’s a nebulous-sounding dramatic proposition, though as performed by a nervy, live-wire Vanessa Kirby, it becomes a tensely compelling one.
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1883: Eric Nelsen On The Episode That Will Change Everything [Interview]

1883: Eric Nelsen On The Episode That Will Change Everything [Interview]
Episode 5 of the Paramount+ show "1883" is a gut punch. I'm not sure I'm going to recover any time soon, and if you're a fan, I bet you're with me on that. If you haven't watched the episode yet, go do it right now. There are absolutely humongous Spoilers coming up for a major turning point in the series. I cannot be more clear. Turn back now! Do not cross that river unprepared! Go unpack your wagon and leave the heavy stuff behind. 

Eric Nelsen plays Ennis, a cowboy who's been hired to help a group of travelers take cattle from Fort Worth, Texas...

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SNL Spoofs Bel-Air With A Very Serious Drama About Steve Urkel

SNL Spoofs Bel-Air With A Very Serious Drama About Steve Urkel
A few years ago, many were calling for a return to the Roaring '20s. While those plans were derailed thanks to the general state of the world right now, streaming services still decided to turn back the clock. Although, they stopped at the '90s. "Full House," "Saved By The Bell," "Daria," and "Legends of the Hidden Temple" are just a few favorites that have been revived by various streamers. 

Now Peacock has dropped the trailer for "Bel Air," a dramatic retelling of the iconic Will Smith sitcom that saw the then-rapper-now-megastar's life get flipped, turned upside down as he moved from the mean streets of Philadelphia...

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TV, Interrupted: How Selfie Actually Slayed

TV, Interrupted: How Selfie Actually Slayed
(Welcome to TV, Interrupted, a series where the /Film team remembers, eulogizes, and makes a case for the revival of TV shows we loved that were canceled far too soon.)

Few relationships carry such an inherent risk as the ones we share with our favorite TV shows. Nowadays, it's risky to get attached to any show outside of the Dick Wolf Lexicon or the celebrity competition genre. Even as networks transition to streaming, many series are likelier to face cancelation than renewal. Of course, if the fandom is loud enough, there's always the chance of redemption. Certain fan-favorites (like the recent "Sanditon" or "One Day at a Time")...

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Ridley Scott Reflects On His Legendary Apple Commercial: 'Who The F*** Is Steve Jobs?'

Ridley Scott Reflects On His Legendary Apple Commercial: 'Who The F*** Is Steve Jobs?'
Prolific director Ridley Scott is in the award season conversation for not just one, but two films this year. He released the panoramic period piece "The Last Duel" in October, before dropping the Lady Gaga-led "House of Gucci" the very next month. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Scott reflected on his varied career, even speaking at length about his time directing TV commercials.

According to THR, Scott's ad filmography includes over 2,000 different commercials, but it's clear that one stood out more than the rest. In 1984, Apple introduced the Macintosh computer in a Super Bowl ad....

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Would Die For Eagly: An Ode To Recent Superhero Pet Sidekicks

Would Die For Eagly: An Ode To Recent Superhero Pet Sidekicks
Before returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to regale the world with the next chapter of the Guardians of the Galaxy's story, James Gunn stuck around the DC Extended Universe after "The Suicide Squad" to give us the vulgar, violent, and venerable spinoff "Peacemaker." The HBO Max series follows former WWE Champion John Cena as he reprises his role as Christopher Smith aka Peacemaker, Task Force X's resident weapons expert, black ops extraordinaire, and top tier a-hole. Some have even used the term "murder himbo," and that's probably the best possible way to describe him.

Cena's Peacemaker isn't alone on his latest mission. He's joined...

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In From The Cold Trailer: A Single Mom Is A Secret Russian Spy With Superpowers

In From The Cold Trailer: A Single Mom Is A Secret Russian Spy With Superpowers
What if your mom was actually a secret Russian spy with superhuman abilities? That could certainly make mommy-daughter day at school interesting, and it's also the premise behind a new Netflix series, "In From the Cold." 

The show is set to debut on January 28, 2022, which is just around the corner. To get viewers interested, Netflix has dropped a trailer that shows star Margarita Levieva kicking lots and lots of butt. "In From the Cold" looks like it's a little "La Femme Nikita," a little "The Americans," and a whole lot of badass. Check out the trailer below!

So what exactly is "In From...

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The Idea For Peacemaker's White Dragon Began On The Set Of The Suicide Squad

The Idea For Peacemaker's White Dragon Began On The Set Of The Suicide Squad
If you've checked out the first three episodes of the HBO Max series "Peacemaker," then you know that Peacemaker's dad Auggie (Robert Patrick) is a real jerk. His behavior makes Peacemaker (John Cena) look like a really good guy by comparison, which is part of the reason Peacemaker is so screwed up in the first place. 

In a press junket attended by /Film, series creator James Gunn explained that he first started exploring the character with Cena on the set of "The Suicide Squad." Fatherhood and its impacts were major themes in "The Suicide Squad," and the HBO Max series is set to take those...

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Memoria review – Tilda Swinton works her magic in enigmatic fantasy

Memoria review – Tilda Swinton works her magic in enigmatic fantasy
Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul has crafted a trance-like tale of a woman haunted by strange sounds in Colombia

On the eve of what would have been David Bowie’s 75th birthday, Tilda Swinton told me that she had always considered him to be her spiritual “cousin”. Nowhere is this connection clearer than in Floria Sigismondi’s 2013 video for The Stars (Are Out Tonight), in which Bowie and Swinton play a suburban couple haunted by their alien-like alter egos – the ghosts of fame. Significant, too, that one of Swinton’s early starring roles saw her playing an extraterrestrial visitor in Friendship’s Death (1987), a film that could easily have been titled The Woman Who Fell to Earth.

Like Bowie, Swinton has always possessed an uncanny ability to meld the natural and the supernatural – the down-to-earth and the out-of-this-world. That’s a quality put to perfect use in the latest film from the Thai maestro Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
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How To Watch America's Funniest Home Videos Tribute To Bob Saget

How To Watch America's Funniest Home Videos Tribute To Bob Saget
Fans are still mourning the loss of actor, host, and comedian Bob Saget, who tragically passed away last week at the age of 65. The beloved star of "Full House" was the TV dad of a generation, and also the original host of the long-running ABC comedy show, "America's Funniest Home Videos." 

In honor of his legacy, "America's Funniest Home Videos" is putting on a special tribute to Saget, airing at the beginning of Sunday's episode at 7:00 p.m. Et/Pt, exactly one week after Saget died at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Orlando, Florida. "Bob was the backbone of a TV show that has...

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The Daily Stream: High-Rise Is A Stylish Dystopian Nightmare

The Daily Stream: High-Rise Is A Stylish Dystopian Nightmare
(Welcome to The Daily Stream, an ongoing series in which the /Film team shares what they've been watching, why it's worth checking out, and where you can stream it.)

The Movie: "High-Rise"

Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max

The Pitch: Directed by Ben Wheatley and based on the 1975 novel of the same name by J.G. Ballard, "High-Rise" is a dystopian fable about classism, capitalism, and consumerism. The film is set in a luxury residential high-rise building sometime in the 1970s. This place is cushy — you could probably have everything you ever needed without every leaving the building. The richest people live near the top, while those nearer to the bottom are...

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The Expanse's Steven Strait Looks Back On James Holden's Journey To The Series Finale [Interview]

The Expanse's Steven Strait Looks Back On James Holden's Journey To The Series Finale [Interview]
With the final episode of "The Expanse" airing this Friday, /Film had the chance to talk with James Holden himself — actor Steven Strait — about the end of the show.

Read on to get Strait's thoughts on portraying Holden's arc through the six seasons of the series and what it was like going back to play a very young and naïve Holden for the show's X-Ray short. There's also some cat talk, for your enjoyment.

And warning! Spoilers for the series finale of "The Expanse" lie ahead.

This must be a big day for you, now that...

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Tales From The Box Office: How Wes Craven's Scream Saved The Slasher Genre

Tales From The Box Office: How Wes Craven's Scream Saved The Slasher Genre
(Welcome to Tales from the Box Office, our column that examines box office miracles, disasters, and everything in between, as well as what we can learn from them.)

Horror is truly one of the mainstay staples of Hollywood and, in many ways, its ever-reliable backbone. Slasher flicks, specifically, feel as though they have always done particularly well. It's a genre where an investment of a few million dollars can eventually lead to the "Halloween" franchise taking in over $700 million at the global box office. It's a space where Jason Voorhees can go from being a footnote in the original "Friday...

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Year Of The Vampire: The Transfiguration Brings Blood-Sucking Down To Earth

Year Of The Vampire: The Transfiguration Brings Blood-Sucking Down To Earth
(Welcome to Year of the Vampire, a series examining the greatest, strangest, and sometimes overlooked vampire movies of all time in honor of "Nosferatu," which turns 100 this year.)As a forever fan of fellows with fangs, there's little I won't watch as long as vampires are involved. In my quest to consume all things vampire, there have been disappointments, joys, and hidden gems. The 2016 indie vampire movie "The Transfiguration" is definitely in the third category. It's one of those movies that I just can't get out of my head — not that I would want to. While it is not a traditional vampire...

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Francis Ford Coppola Used A Mafia Move To Escape Getting Fired From The Godfather

Francis Ford Coppola Used A Mafia Move To Escape Getting Fired From The Godfather
Late last year, we delved into a bit of Hollywood history and examined how director Francis Ford Coppola was nearly fired during the production of "The Godfather." The arrival of 2022 brings the 50th anniversary of "The Godfather" and a theatrical rerelease and 4K restoration of "cinema's most beloved masterpiece," as Paramount's new trailer calls it. Coppola is doing press to promote it, and he has again shared the story of watching the Oscars in 1971 with friend and fellow filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Scorsese sought to comfort him after Coppola won a best original screenplay Oscar for "Patton" by telling him that...

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Easter Eggs You May Have Missed In Scream

Easter Eggs You May Have Missed In Scream
As we've come to know over the years, one of the best parts of the "Scream" franchise is the meta element. The focus on the "rules" of horror movies and the commentary on the genre at large is what makes the franchise so lovable, and to see ourselves as fans reflected back at us in such an iconic and memorable way is what keeps us coming back. So, naturally, they decided to up the meta-ante in 2022's "Scream," which arrived in theaters this weekend.

And because they decided to up the meta-ante this time around, directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett made sure to throw in...

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Moon Knight Trailer Preview Shows Marc Spector Getting In Touch With His Inner Chaos

Moon Knight Trailer Preview Shows Marc Spector Getting In Touch With His Inner Chaos
The Marvel Studios TV shows on Disney+ are really starting to take off, giving creatives a chance to explore some of the comic book characters in longer storytelling formats. After the Christmas fun of "Hawkeye," we're set to dive into something much darker with Oscar Isaac in "Moon Knight." 

A new trailer for "Moon Knight" will drop on Monday during the NFL Super Wild Card matchup on ESPN and ABC, and Marvel has released a teaser for that trailer with some new footage. "Moon Knight" looks like it's going to be something pretty different for Disney+, which has definitely caught my interest. Check...

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Scream Had Multiple Fake Scripts To Keep Those Darn Actors From Spoiling Things

Scream Had Multiple Fake Scripts To Keep Those Darn Actors From Spoiling Things
It's not unusual to hear of movies or TV shows going to great lengths to safeguard plot secrets, particularly since Al Gore invented the Internet and made it so easy for things to leak online. Gore was vice president the first time the title "Scream" landed on movie marquees back in 1996, and now here we are again, looking at another film in the same franchise with the same title. The latest "Scream" (which is really "Scream 5") features returning cast members Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette, along with some new faces — one of them being Jack Quaid.

Quaid made his feature film...

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Inventing Anna Trailer: Wild Accents, Wilder Story

Inventing Anna Trailer: Wild Accents, Wilder Story
Netflix has released a trailer for its upcoming series "Inventing Anna." The show, which premieres February 11, 2022, is based on the true story of Anna Sorokin, a Russian-born German woman who created a fraudulent identity for herself in New York's elite social circles by posing as a German heiress called Anna Delvey. Sorokin basically created a shell game, using fake credit cards, borrowing money from people, and applying for loans with fake Swiss bank account papers. You may have read about her in the news, but wow, the story is really crazy. 

For instance, Sorokin applied for a huge loan with fake papers at one bank, was denied,...

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