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...And remember that goofy comic strip affair Bloody Mallory from 2002? Well, French director Julien Magnat is back with the giallo-style thriller Faces in the Crowd starring Milla Jovovich. The set-up is an irresistible and inventive one.

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TWO REVIEWS: From Cinematical.com for Milla's 2010 films, Resident Evil: Afterlife and Stone. Their review for the latter is pretty much glowing, implicating the buzz for this film (however mixed it might end up being) is pretty much solid, and while the review for Afterlife is neither glowing or sarcastic to the point of obvious hatred, it manages to point out the negatives and positives of the film while still saying it'll be a film to enjoy if your into this type of action/horror genre.



A fondness for the games isn't required to enjoy the film, though. The aforementioned prison-set stretch is full of cool moments and really shows off the one thing Paul W.S. Anderson does better than many of his peers: production design. There's a number of reasons he's become a punching bag for fanboys (his screenwriting, for one, comes up short), but he has a clear love for placing his actors in real sets where they interact with real explosions and real creature and gore effects. The sad truth is that unlike a lot of commercial directors these days, Anderson doesn't just do everything in post-production, and that's more than admirable, it's impressive...

Yet even with problems minor (the distracting make-up) and major (an unambitious, repetitive score) piling up left and right,Resident Evil: Afterlife still squeaks out enough to be entertaining. It tries to be the slickest, coolest rated-R zombie shooting gallery around and it mostly works. That may not be something everyone is looking for, but those who are will find enough enjoyable things about the film to make it worthwhile. [READ MORE]





And yet who would ever imagine the day when DeNiro would be upstaged by Milla Jovovich?

Certainly one of the luckiest actresses thanks to the semi-successful Resident Evil franchise and a couple of convenient marriages, Jovovich has never earned much praise aside from being an object of beauty. In Stone she easily delivers her best performance since her little-seen turn opposite Adrien Brody in the ventriloquist comedy, Dummy. Lucetta is a very tricky character. Aside from confirming our fantasies that our attractive grade school teachers were really freaks at home, Lucetta is a lost little girl who is nevertheless in control of her desires. The way she manipulates Jack over the phone by shifting to whispery tones is sexier than any photo spread Jovovich has ever participated in and is a lynchpin moment for a performance we have to watch very carefully. [SOURCE]
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Managed to catch Resident Evil: Afterlife in 3D (or 2D)? Discuss the film here!
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I'M RATHER surprised to find a review for Afterlife circulating the web already, since I was given the impression that this film wouldn't be getting screened to critics first, but I'm guessing this is one of people who were witness to the film @ the Japanese [World] Premiere a couple days ago, so if your curious about what they thought about the film, click on the cut to check them out. The review really doesn't come off as spoilerific, however, be wary all the same.

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Have a look at this incredibly encouraging and positive “review-esque” write-up regarding John Curran’s crime drama Stone from OpposingViews.com. Although Stone‘s production company Overture has blocked the publication of all reviews on the film until its Toronto International Film Festival premiere this September, the reviewer was so impressed with the film (and the cast, including Milla Jovovich, might I add) that he actually contacted Overture to be allowed to say a word on it. Wow! Full article under the cut.

The trailer for John Curran’s Stone (Overture, 10.8) makes it seem like a more-or-less conventional crime melodrama. In the midst of evaluating an apparently psychopathic convict (Edward Norton) regarding an upcoming parole hearing, a retirement-age prison counselor (Robert De Niro) succumbs to sexual favors offered by the prisoner’s scheming wife (Milla Jovovich). We all know where this is likely to go. Exposure, revenge, moral ruin, chaos.

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A flawed documentary about trying to turn Arizona in to the next Napa Valley.



The documentary "Blood Into Wine," directed by Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke, follows Maynard James Keenan and Eric Glomski as they attempt to start a stable of wineries in northern Arizona. Winemaking, you say? In Arizona? That is exactly the response the film is designed to address, as it includes background on the history of the region and winemaking (as well as some handsome nature photography) while making the pitch for the area to possibly be the next Napa.

Keenan's other job is as a rock star, a creative force behind the art-metal of Tool and A Perfect Circle as well as the parody cabaret of Puscifer. The frisson between his well-crafted personal mystique and the way the film presents him as a dedicated new winemaker learning his craft is intriguing. (Scenes of fans at a wine bottle signing event put his two sides in sharp relief.)

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Twohy's convoluted, at-times infuriating thriller ekes by as a guilty pleasure...
Reviewed by Kenneth Brown, December 18, 2009



Having built up a fair tolerance to overwrought thrillers and contrived plot twists over the years, I know I shouldn't have enjoyed A Perfect Getaway as much as I did. I know better. Writer/director David Twohy's sun-slathered whodunit isn't even a film, it's a single plot twist stretched across ninety-seven minutes of celluloid. It doesn't have characters, it has agents of manipulation and deception. It doesn't have a story, it has a series of clues delivered in rapidfire succession. It isn't engrossing, it merely piques curiosity.

It isn't lovingly shot, it's brashly cobbled together. And the inevitable scene that reveals Twohy's carefully guarded secrets? No thirty-second montage here. We're force-fed a sprawling, eight-minute remapping of the entire tale. Sounds awful, right? Even writing about the film's lesser qualities is making me second guess my own taste. But, for reasons impossible to convey, A Perfect Getaway managed to lure me in, entertain the dense action-junkie I have locked away in my brain and, at the very least, keep me guessing.

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Rock band pushes the envelope with unique show.



What is a Puscifer? The predominantly young audience entering the Capitol Theatre on Wednesday didn't know quite to expect from Puscifer, the side project of Maynard James Keenan, the mysterious frontman of multi-platinum metal band Tool.

What they saw was a unique theatrical experience that befuddled as much as entertained the audience, as humor and hard rock battled for the spotlight in what ended up to be a satisfying musical adventure that challenged our preconceptions of what to expect from a rock show.

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