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Before I Disappear

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Before I Disappear Movie

A troubled young man and his straight-laced niece embark on a thrilling odyssey through New York City in this heartrending drama based on an Oscar-winning short. As his life hits rock bottom, 20-something Richie decides to end it all, only to have his half-hearted suicide attempt interrupted by an urgent request from his sister to babysit her precocious daughter. So begins a madcap tour of Manhattan after dark, as uncle and niece find unexpected bonds in the unlikeliest of places.

Before I Disappear is an American drama film directed by Shawn Christensen. The film is a feature-length adaptation of the 2012 Oscar-winning short film, Curfew. The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest Film on March 10, 2014. The film was acquired for distribution by IFC Films on August 5, 2014 and released on November 28, 2014

Before I Disappear Movie

About the Story

In New York City, Richie (Shawn Christensen), a downtrodden young man whose girlfriend, Vista (Isabelle McNally), recently disappeared, discovers the corpse of a girl who died from a heroin overdose while he is cleaning bathroom stalls at a nightclub. The club owner, Bill (Ron Perlman), arranges for her body to be removed without notifying the authorities.

At his apartment, Richie attempts suicide by cutting one of his wrists in a bathtub, when he receives a call from his estranged sister, Maggie (Emmy Rossum), asking him to look after her eleven-year-old daughter, Sophia (Fátima Ptacek). Richie goes to her school, where she recites an Emily Dickinson poem in English and Mandarin. Richie takes her to her apartment before heading home, where he attempts suicide by drug overdose. Richie hallucinates a drug dealer calling him on the phone, threatening him by saying he is in the building. Sophia calls, however, and informs Richie that her mother has not returned home.

Before I Disappear Movie

Richie arrives at the lobby of Maggie’s apartment, where he discovers that the drugs he took were Zolafren, intended for menopause. Outside Maggie’s apartment, a suspicious-looking woman asks Richie about his sister’s whereabouts. After entering, Maggie calls the apartment, indicating to Richie that she is in central booking and upon hearing of the woman, orders Richie to sneak Sophia out of the building.

Richie takes Sophia to a bowling alley where he works. Richie calls central booking, who inform him that his sister was arrested and is awaiting arraignment at 4:30 AM. The owner of the bowling alley, Gideon (Paul Wesley), has Richie brought to the office. Gideon informs him that his girlfriend has been missing for a day, with her last whereabouts being at Bill’s nightclub, and produces a photograph, which Richie recognizes as being of the dead woman he saw the night before. Richie denies knowledge of her whereabouts. He calls Bill, who tells him to come in at 1:30 AM to discuss the situation.

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Before I Dissapear

Directed by: Shawn Christensen
StarringB Emmy Rossum, Ron Perlman, Paul Wesley, Fatima Ptacek, Shawn Christensen, Stephanie Kurtzuba, J. Elaine Marcos, Isabelle McNally, Jacqui Denski
Screenplay by: Shawn Christensen
Production Design by: Scott Kuzio
Cinematography by: Daniel Katz
Film Editing by: Andrew Napier, Damon Russell
Costume Design by: Mikaela Wohl
Set Decoration by: Nora Mendis
Art Direction by: Fletcher Chancey
Music by: Darren Morze
MPAA Rating: None.
Studio: IFC Films
Release Date: November 28, 2014

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The Babadook

The Babadook Movie

From breakthrough director Jennifer Kent comes the creepy psychological horror movie The Babadook that has received an explosion of acclaim following its world premiere at Sundance 2014. The film tells of a single mother, plagued by the death of her husband, who battles with her son’s night time fear of a shadowy monster. But soon, she discovers a sinister presence is lurking in the house.

With echoes of past and contemporary classics like Rosemary’s Baby, The Tenant, The Exorcist, The Omen and Let the Right One In, the film is an immaculately crafted tale starring Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman. The supporting cast includes Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear. Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love.

The Babadook is an Australian-Canadian psychological horror film, written and directed by Jennifer Kent at her directorial debut, in which a woman and her son are tormented by an evil entity. The film stars Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman, while Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear appear in supporting roles.

The Babadook Movie

About the Story

Amelia, a troubled widow, has raised her six-year-old son Samuel alone, after her husband Oskar died in an accident driving Amelia to the hospital to give birth. Sam begins displaying erratic behavior: he rarely sleeps through the night and is preoccupied with an imaginary monster, which he has built weapons to fight. Amelia is forced to take her son out of school due to his behavioral problems.

One night, Sam asks his mother to read from a mysterious pop-up storybook he finds on his shelf. The story, Mister Babadook, is about a supernatural entity: once someone is made aware of its existence, the monster torments that person. Amelia is disturbed by the book’s contents, while Sam becomes convinced that the Babadook is stalking them. Strange events begin occurring throughout the house: doors open and close on their own, Amelia finds glass in her food, and strange sounds are heard with no apparent source. Amelia attributes the events to Sam’s behavior, but he insists that the Babadook is responsible. Amelia rips up the Mister Babadook book and disposes of it.

At his cousin Ruby’s birthday party, Ruby bullies Sam for not having a father; as a result, Sam pushes her out of her tree house and breaks her nose. Amelia’s sister, Claire, admits she cannot bear to be around Sam, and suspects that Amelia feels the same way. On the drive home, Sam has another vision of the Babadook and suffers a febrile seizure. Amelia convinces a doctor to prescribe sedatives for Sam to help him sleep, hoping that she will also be able to get some sleep as well.

The following morning, Amelia finds the Mister Babadook storybook, reassembled, on the front step. New words inside the book taunt her, claiming that the more she denies the Babadook’s existence, the stronger the monster will get, growing inside her. It contains new pop-ups of Amelia killing her dog, Samuel, and herself. Terrified, Amelia tries to convince the police that she is being harassed by a stalker, but when they ask for the storybook as evidence, she admits that she burnt it. She realizes they can see chalk on her hands, implying she may have put the book back together herself. The Babadook then reveals itself to Amelia before possessing her.

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The Babadook

Directed by: Jennifer Kent
Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight, Cathy Adamek
Screenplay by: Jennifer Kent
Production Design by: Alex Holmes
Cinematography by: Radek Ladczuk
Film Editing by: Simon Njoo
Costume Design by: Heather Wallace
Set Decoration by: Jennifer Drake
Music by: Jed Kurzel
MPAA Rating: None.
Studio: IFC Films
Release Date: November 28, 2014

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Comet

Comet Movie

Justin Long and Emmy Rossum are star-crossed lovers whose relationship blooms and unravels over the course of six years in this mysterious, dazzlingly original romance. When a chance encounter brings together the cynical Dell (Justin Long) and the quick-witted Kimberly (Emmy Rossum), the stage is set for a tempestuous love affair that unfolds like a puzzle.

As the film zigzags back and forth in time-from a meteor shower in LA, to an encounter in a Paris hotel room, to a fateful phone call-an unforgettable portrait of a relationship emerges. Sumptuously shot and boasting incredible chemistry between the leads, Comet is a one-of-a-kind cosmic love story.

Comet is an American comedy drama film directed and written by Sam Esmail. The film stars Emmy Rossum and Justin Long. The movie had its world premiere at Los Angeles Film Festival on June 13, 2014. It will be released worldwide on December 5, 2014.

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Comet

Directed by: Sam Esmail
Starring: Emmy Rossum, Justin Long, Eric Winter, Kayla Servi, Nicole Lucas, Ben Pace, Derrick Dean
Screenplay by: Sam Esmail
Production Design by: Annie Spitz
Cinematography by: Eric Koretz
Film Editing by: Franklin Peterson
Costume Design by: Mona May
Set Decoration by: Tracy Dishman
Art Direction by: Brittany Hites
MPAA Rating: R for language including sexual references, and some drug use.
Studio: IFC Films
Release Date: December 5, 2014

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Camp X-Ray

Camp X-Ray Movie

Taglines: Connection takes courage.

A young woman joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small town roots. But she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay instead, where her mission is far from black and white. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive squadmates, she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees. A story of two people, on opposite sides of a war, struggling to find their way through the ethical quagmire of Guantanamo Bay. And in the process, they form an unlikely bond that changes them both.

Camp X-Ray is an American independent drama film based on the temporary detention facility Camp X-Ray at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The film is the directorial debut of Peter Sattler who also wrote the screenplay. It stars Kristen Stewart and Peyman Moaadi with John Carroll Lynch, Lane Garrison, and Joseph Julian Soria in supporting roles. The film premiered on January 17, 2014 at 2014 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. dramatic competition category and released on October 17, 2014 by IFC Films.

Camp X-Ray Movie - Kristen Stewart

On February 6, 2014, IFC Films announced their acquisition of the North American rights to the film. Shooting Stars LLC acquired the rights to distribute the film in the United Arab Emirates. EDGE Entertainment will distribute Camp X-Ray in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. The film will also be distributed in Lebanon and Iraq with an October 30, 2014 release date.

Production for Camp X-Ray took place in Los Angeles and Whittier, California. Principal photography began on July 17, 2013 and ended in mid-August. The location used for filming the prison scenes was the abandoned Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility in Whittier, California.

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Camp X-Ray

Directed by: Peter Sattler
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaadi, John Carroll Lynch, Lane Garrison, Joseph Julian Soria, Cory Michael Smith
Screenplay by: Peter Sattler
Production Design by: Richard A. Wright
Cinematography by: James Laxton
Film Editing by: Geraud Brisson
Costume Design by: Christie Wittenborn
Set Decoration by: Adam Willis
Art Direction by: Joshua Locy
Music by: Jess Stroup
MPAA Rating: R for language and brief nude images.
Studio: IFC Films
Release Date: October 17, 2014

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The Pact 2

The Pact 2 Movie

Taglines: It’s starting again.

Only a few weeks after Annie Barlow exterminated the plague that was the Judas Killer, we meet June Abbott, a woman whose carefully constructed life in Los Angeles is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life.

When Special Agent Terrence Ballard, the FBI agent assigned to wrap up the case of the newly deceased Judas Killer, shows up at June’s door, he brings with him some terrifying news – there is a Judas copycat killer on the loose in her neighborhood! In the course of his investigation, Ballard shows June a picture of the copycat killer’s victim, and she is stunned to see that it’s the same woman she saw brutally murdered in her nightmares.

A series of hauntings begin to torment June, growing in frequency and ferocity over time. Now, not only does she see murder victims, but her dreams put herself in the role of the murderer. June fears that the spirit of the

Judas Killer is the architect of some greater plan in which she must now play a part. June struggles to maintain her grip on sanity as she plunges into her own investigation of these events. No matter the result, the truth will be horrifying; either there is true evil inside of her, or someone, or something, is determined to destroy her.

The Pact 2 Movie - Camilla Ludington

The Pact 2 is an American horror film written and directed by Nicholas McCarthy and starring Caity Lotz and Casper Van Dien. The film was made following the success of McCarthy’s short film of the same name which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. It had its nationwide theatrical release on September 5 and received positive reviews from critics.

The Pact 2 Review

FBI agent Ballard (Patrick Fischler), who’s recently wrapped up the case of the prolific “Judas Killer,” reveals that June’s mother was one of his original victims and now Ballard believes that the copycat murderer who decapitated Ford is targeting June. As her terrifying visions of Ford’s death intensify, strange noises and ghostly late-night visitations indicate that June’s LA home may be infested with an evil presence.

The reappearance of Annie Barlow (Lotz), the young woman who previously dispatched the Judas Killer in self-defense, contributes to June’s growing suspicion that Ballard’s theory may actually be correct, as she senses a threatening presence closing in on her that neither the FBI agent nor Daniel can protect her from.

The Pact 2 Movie

Connecting the two films with the premise that the malevolent spirit of the Judas Killer is now inspiring and informing the murder spree of his imitator represents a fairly weak link that grows even more tentative as the action progresses. Co-scripters and directors Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath never seem quite sure which horror subgenre the film should favor, as the supernatural elements demonstrate little synergy with the serial-killer procedural plotting.

While the filmmakers adequately manage the production’s undemanding technical requirements, the constantly shifting tone emerges as an insurmountable contradiction. Saddled with this stylistic inconsistency, the castmembers fail to distinguish themselves in almost any regard. Luddington sulks her way through most of the movie, rarely demonstrating a level of terror equal to the horrors thrust upon her.

Although Lotz’s arrival midway through initially raises the interest level somewhat, she doesn’t stick around long enough to maintain it, while both Foster’s and Fischler’s plodding performances only create more drag on the increasingly conflicted plot. The film’s lower-budget production styling doesn’t compare well with the quality of similar recent releases, leaving the distinct impression of counterproductive cost-cutting.

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The Pact 2

Directed by: Dallas Richard Hallam, Patrick Horvath
Starring: Caity Lotz, Scott Michael Foster, Camilla Luddington, Amy Pietz, Patrick Fischler, Alexandra Ryan
Screenplay by: Dallas Richard Hallam, Patrick Horvath
Production Design by: Helen Harwell
Cinematography by: Carmen Cabana
Film Editing by: Saul Herckis
Costume Design by: Molly Grundman
Music by: Carl Sondrol
MPAA Rating: None.
Studio: IFC Films
Release Date: September 5, 2014

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Days and Nights

Days and Nights Movie

Days and Nights is writer / director Christian Camargo’s directorial debut, inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull and set in rural New England in the 1980s. The film centers around Elizabeth (Allison Janney), a movie star, who brings her paramour Peter to her lakeside estate to visit her family on Memorial Day weekend.

The household includes her ailing brother (William Hurt), her artist son (Ben Whishaw), his ethereal muse (Juliet Rylance), the family doctor (Jean Reno) and the estate’s custodian (Russell Means), the careless caretaker (Michael Nyqvist) and his wife (Cherry Jones), their temperamental daughter (Katie Holmes) and her long suffering ornithologist husband (Mark Rylance) — the keeper of the sacred land where a bald eagle is trying to raise its young. During the weekend a disastrous turn of events leads the family from dysfunction to heartbreak and, ultimately, salvation.

Days and Nights is an American drama film directed and written by Christian Camargo. The film is inspired by The Seagull by Anton Chekhov and set in rural New England in the 1980s. As part of a special tribute in honor of the actor and activist Russell Means, who died 2012, the film had a special screening at the Denver Film Festival on November 8, 2013.

Days and Nights showed at the 25th Anniversary Palm Springs International Film Festival at the Annenberg Theatre on January 4, 2014. It had its premiere in the United States on September 26, 2014.

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Days and Nights

Directed by: Christian Camargo
Starring: Katie Holmes, Christian Camargo, William Hurt, Allison Janney, Cherry Jones, Russell Means, Michael Nyqvist, Jean Reno, Juliet Rylance, Mark Rylance, Ben Whishaw
Screenplay by: Christian Camargo
Production Design by: Tommaso Ortino
Cinematography by: Steve Cosens
Film Editing by: Ron Dulin, Sarah Flack
Costume Design by: Anna Terrazas
Set Decoration by: Philippa Culpepper
Art Direction by: Laura Miller
Music by: Claire van Kampen
MPAA Rating: None.
Studio: IFC Films
Release Date: September 26, 2014

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Kelly and Cal

Kelly and Ca Moviel - Juliette Lewis

Taglines: Tagliness: Outcasts in life. Allies in suburbia.

Punk-rocker turned suburban mom, Kelly (a fantastic Juliette Lewis), is nostalgic for a life she can no longer have and uncertain of a future she doesn’t yet fit in. Seventeen-year-old Cal (Jonny Weston in a breakthrough performance) is frustrated at his lack of control over the hand he’s been dealt. When the two strike up an unlikely friendship, it’s the perfect spark needed to thrust them both back to life.

Kelly and Cal stars Juliette Lewis, Jonny Weston, Cybill Shepherd, Margaret Colin and Josh Hopkins, and premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, in March 2014. The film tells the story of a riot grrrl turned housewife (Lewis) who strikes up an unlikely friendship with her 17-year-old neighbor (Weston). The film opened at SXSW to positive reviews from Variety, The Wrap and other sites. It made best of the fest lists with Vogue and Variety.[16] Senior writer Karen Valby at Entertainment Weekly compared Kelly & Cal to the work of filmmakers Nicole Holofcener and Alexander Payne.

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Review for Kelly and Cal

This movie is like finding and enjoying a perfectly ripened piece of fruit, then taking a step forward, slipping on the peel, falling backwards and cracking your head on the pavement! Now what do I mean by that statement?

It’s very simple to understand – the film starts with Kelly meeting Cal, both are highly spirited and living lives very out of place for their charged up personalities. Kelly is confined by her new role as a mother living in a very American suburban middle class neighborhood after her punk rocker all girl band background. Cal is young, handsome, and full of the capacity to experience the ecstasy of life, but he too is confined in life by his disability, wheelchair, and a bitter outlook toward his future.

After they discover each other a glorious friendship develops with some of the finest dialog you can find in a movie. Kelly sees in Cal her youth which she obviously misses. Cal sees in Kelly everything he wants to experience in life but cannot or (more likely) is afraid to do because he fears failure more than his disability. Through Kelly, Cal breaks out of his shell and at the same time Kelly develops an empathy for Cal because he has projected his feelings toward her in sexual advances and his willingness to get back into his artistic abilities. Then reality strikes, and Kelly must step back from this complex and needy friendship. At this point the story starts to fall apart.

The movie turns into a ridiculous melodrama of Cal discarding everything Kelly helped him through both psychologically and physically. Kelly goes running after him as if she can save him from himself. Why the writer and director did this I do not understand because they took the relationship of a disabled youth and a frustrated older woman who both found an inner fulfillment in each other that could have been so compelling and bold this movie would have possibly been real box office material. Why not have the suburban housewife have an affair with a disabled youth? Could it possibly be that it was a ‘too European’ idea?

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Kelly and Cal

Directed by: Jen McGowan
Screenplay by: Amy Lowe Starbin
Starring: Juliette Lewis, Jonny Weston, Josh Hopkins, Cybill Shepherd, Lucy Owen, Margaret Colin, Victoria Barabas, Alysia Reiner
Production Design by: Natasha Gerasimova
Cinematography by: Philip Lott
Film Editing by: David Hopper
Costume Design by: Sarah Beers
Set Decoration by: Philippa Culpepper
Music by: Toby Chu
MPAA Rating: None.
Studio: IFC Films
Release Date: March 7, 2014

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The Trip to Italy

The Trip to Italy Movie

Taglines: Anyone for seconds?

Years after their successful restaurant review tour of Northern Britain, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are commissioned for a new tour in Italy. Once again, the two comedy buddies / rivals take the landscape as well as the cuisine of that country in a trip filled with witty repartee and personal insecurities. Along the way, their own professional and personal lives comes in as these slightly older men’s friendship comes through.

Michael Winterbottom’s largely improvised 2010 film, The Trip, took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon—or semifictionalized versions thereof—on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. Rewhetting our palates from the earlier film, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri while riffing on subjects as varied as Batman’s vocal register, the artistic merits of “Jagged Little Pill,” and, of course, the virtue of sequels.

Winterbottom trains his camera to capture the idyllic Italian landscape and the gastronomic treasures being prepared and consumed while keeping the film centered on the crackling chemistry between the two leads. The Trip to Italy effortlessly melds the brilliant comic interplay between Coogan and Brydon into quieter moments of self-reflection, letting audiences into their insightful ruminations on the nuances of friendship and the juggling of family and career. The result is a biting portrait of modern-day masculinity.

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The Trip to Italy

Directed by: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rosie Fellner, Claire Keelan, Ronni Ancona, Rebecca Johnson, Flora Villani, Alba Foncuberta Bufill
Bcreenplay by: Michael Winterbottom
Cinematography by: James Clarke
Film Editing by: Mags Arnold, Robbie Gibbon, Paul Monaghan, Marc Richardson
Visual Effects by: Matheus Lacava
MPAA Rating: None.
Studio: IFC Films
Release Date: August 15, 2014

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