First Teaser Trailer for Xavier Gens’ Chilly New Sci-Fi Film ‘Cold Skin’

Cold Skin Teaser Trailer

Now what do we have here? There's a very brief teaser trailer going around for a film called Cold Skin, the latest feature from French filmmaker Xavier Gens (of Frontier(s) and The Divide). The teaser trailer doesn't show much, but there are a bunch of photos from the set and a few posters that give us a good look at the weird "humanoid killer amphibians". Set on a desolate island in the Antarctic Circle, the film tells of a man living there who discovers that at night the island is overrun by these creatures. The cast includes David Oakes, Ray Stevenson, and Aura Garrido as Aneris, who seems to be one of these creatures that he falls in love with (see photo above). I'm certainly very curious about this, and I hope we get to see more footage sooner than later. For now, this is all we have but it's worth a look. Check out this shot of Gens, too. ›››

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Review

Twenty years after The Fifth Element, director Luc Besson returns to sci-fi cinema with the vibrant, imaginative, but wildly uneven Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Based on the classic French comic book series Valerian and Laureline, the film follows a pair of space-time security agents tasked with protecting an invaluable resource generator while also uncovering a vast military conspiracy within their ranks. That's the simplest synopsis for this unwieldy story, penned by Besson, that is often an incoherent mess populated with underserved characters.

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Recap of My Experience at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in Czechia

Karlovy Vary Film Festival

There are film festivals that take place in big cities, with screenings at huge performance venues, and lines that go down the block. Then there's festivals that take place in tiny towns, where dedicated cinephiles go to discover amazing films big and small. The Karlovy Vary Film Festival is one of these outstanding little festivals that takes place in a small spa town in the Czech Republic Czechia. This was my first year attending Karlovy Vary, which I had heard great things about from many colleagues for years, and it lives up to the hype. It's an excellent festival in a beautiful town nestled in the hills, and they show tons of stellar films. Coincidentally, I'd already seen many of their big centerpieces (A Ghost Story, Wind River, The Big Sick, Columbus) at other festivals but was still happy to stop by for a week of catching up with other great films. ›››

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New IMAX Featurette for Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ Takes Us Behind the Frame

Dunkirk IMAX Featurette

"The immersive quality of the image is second to none." IMAX has unveiled a new four-minute behind-the-scenes featurette for Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, taking us "Behind the Frame" and giving us a look at the incredible work on this movie. The video features extensive interviews with director Christopher Nolan, producer Emma Thomas, and cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema discussing how important it was to film 70% of this in the full IMAX format. "It is the most beautiful way to watch a movie." This stars Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, James D'Arcy, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, Jack Lowden, and Adam Long. This is an excellent featurette that has boat loads of behind-the-scenes footage and lots of good discussion about making this intense WWII film. Hitting theaters soon. ›››

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