Tag Archive: Debut Feature

Nov
26

Cinefantastique Spotlight: RISE OF THE GUARDIANS

An all-star cast (l to r: Isla Fisher, Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, and Hugh Jackman) protect childhood's most valuable resource in RISE OF THE GUARDIANS.

With THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, Disney succeeded in extending the holiday film season from the beginning of November to the end of the year. Now, DreamWorks has upped the ante with RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, a CG animated, 3D fantasy that not only has a burly, Slavic Santa (Alec Baldwin) heading up a team of …

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Sep
29

WE MADE THIS MOVIE Director Rob Burnett

Stardom (and Escape Route) Deferred: Arjay Smith (center) leads the cast of WE MADE THIS MOVIE.

The new comedy, WE MADE THIS MOVIE, offers up a couple of lessons in first impressions. Lesson one: Don’t presume that the producer of THE LATE SHOW and ED is going to go the traditional, studio route when he makes his feature film directing debut. Lesson two: Don’t think that a film about a group …

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Aug
27

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE APPARITION

I've Got a Radar Detector and I'm Not Afraid to Use It: Modern technology provides scant protection for Ashley Greene in THE APPARITION.

All these shades and poltergeists invading suburbia, moving the furniture and scaring the children and snatching souls from still-living bodies and otherwise causing all kinds of ruckus, sure, it’s inconvenient for the residents, but what about the real estate agents? Why doesn’t anybody think of them? What’s to come of their commissions, what about the …

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Aug
20

Cinefantastique Spotlight: PARANORMAN

The dead get downright lively in PARANORMAN.

A young boy gifted with the ability to see ghosts has to rise to the challenge when his small New England town is cursed by the spirit of a vengeful witch in PARANORMAN, the latest 3D stop-motion animated effort from Oregon’s Laika Studios. With an onslaught of mouldering zombies, voluble spirits, and malevolent storm fronts, …

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Jul
02

Cinefantastique Spotlight: TED & Sam Raimi’s SPIDER-MAN Trilogy

Who Needs a Reboot?: Iconic image from Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN.

Chalk Spotlight host & producer Dan Persons up for the crisis of faith: While he concedes that there are enough laughs in the animated works of  Seth McFarlane to dismiss the notion that the creator of such shows as FAMILY GUY and AMERICAN DAD is everything that’s wrong with televised comedy (an assertion that’s nowhere …

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Jun
25

Cinefantastique Spotlight: BRAVE

Have You Ever Seen a Lassie Go This Way and Slash?: A Scottish princess voiced by Kelly Macdonald seeks to forge her own fate in BRAVE.

Triumphant return of Pixar after the disappointment that was CARS 2? Another daring redefinition of the family film from the people who turned a near-dialogue-free tale about a love-struck robot, an adventure about a cantankerous, air-bound septuagenarian, and a fantasy about a culinary-obsessed rat into worldwide, critical and commercial hits?  Uh, no, not quite. But …

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Apr
27

Tribeca 2012 Diary: NANCY, PLEASE Director Andrew Semans

Why let others torture you when you can cut out the middle man and do it yourself? In NANCY, PLEASE, twenty-something Paul (Will Rogers) tries to retrieve a book from his former roommate, Nancy (Eléonore Hendricks), a task complicated both by the fact that the woman appears to be an unholy gene-splice between the Marquis …

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Apr
24

Tribeca 2012 Diary: UNA NOCHE Director Lucy Mulloy

The drama of three young Cubans taking the not-inconsequential step of escaping their country to the (possibly) welcoming arms of the United States is traced in startling detail in UNA NOCHE. Filming on-location, director Lucy Mulloy makes her feature film debut by capturing a compellingly credible portrayal of life in modern-day Havana — the struggle …

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Apr
23

Tribeca 2012 Diary: REPLICAS’ Jeremy Power Regimbal & Josh Close

Cherish what you’ve got, ‘cuz it’s likely others sure as hell do. In REPLICAS, an upscale family (Selma Blair, Josh Close — who also wrote the screenplay — and Quinn Lord) take a trip to their vacation home in order to recover from a recent tragedy, and receive a visit from a set of excessively …

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Apr
16

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

Adhering to Form: Fran Kranz preps for survival in THE CABIN IN THE WOODS.

Joss Whedon has just been the busy, busy little bee lately, hasn’t he? He was one of the producers of the Morgan Spurlock documentary COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE last week; he’s the director of eagerly awaited THE AVENGERS, coming up in May; and this past weekend he produced and helped co-write THE CABIN …

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