Retro Review: Filth Starring A Different Side of James McAvoy

Submitted by petrocs on November 16, 2016 - 6:40am


Irvine Welsh has created some of the most thought provoking novels of the past 25 years, so much so that many pieces of his literary collection have been adapted in some form over the years. From the Danny Boyle's 1996 classic film Trainspotting to Paul McGuigan's film, The Acid House, each director has lent their unique talents to the telling of Welsh's cult classics. While a series of adaptation failures plagued Welsh in the late 1990's thru the early 2000's, there has always been a vibe around the announcement of another project. This year brings director Jon S. Baird's take on the mind and words of Irvine Welsh, the 1998 novel Filth, and I'm confident in saying it is the best adaptation of an Irvine Welsh novel since Trainspotting.

Now on Demand & iTunes, in theaters May 30th

Retro Review: The Raid 2: Berandal - Has Gareth Evans Created A Monster Franchise?

Submitted by petrocs on July 26, 2016 - 10:06pm


Foreign films have not done particularly well on U.S. soil, because audiences here tend to avoid films that contain subtitles and may also contain a storyline that reflects another culture's heritage (i.e. history or artistically). An always niche genre, martial arts films have usually fallen prey to this type of thinking and have not done well at the U.S. box office; unless of course they starred Jackie Chan and co-starred some American sidekick. Although martial arts films have a loyal following here in the U.S., many films are released at film festivals and even sometimes receive a limited release. This was the case with director Gareth Evans 2011 cult classic, The Raid: Redemption. After much praise on the awards circuit, the film went on to gross $4.5 million in the U.S., but built a legion of fans throughout the preceding years. Gareth Evans promised that a sequel would be forthcoming and it has; 2014 has brought us The Raid 2: Berandal.

Now playing in select theaters, opening in more Friday, April 11th!

Review: 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'

Submitted by petrocs on June 27, 2014 - 3:23pm

Michael Bay needs to stop making films. PERIOD. His movies are so over the top with zero substance, but as cinema summer blockbusters go, the guy sure knows how to blow stuff up. And that's what most audiences want from a Michael Bay film, don't talk too much, blow stuff up and stick some pretty people in front of the camera. Well Michael, you achieved these three ingredients in your newest film Transformers: Age of Extinction....but nothing more. Four years have passed since the battle of Chicago, the Autobots and Decepticons who did not perish in the fight are being hunted down as enemies of the state by the federal government. An elite CIA black ops team under the command of Henry Attinger (Kelsey Grammer) was created for this very thing, to kill Transformers and take back their planet. The ace in the hole for these humans is a Transformer bounty hunter named Lockdown, who is hellbent on one prize, Optimus Prime. Only one problem, Prime has gone missing so the hunt begins.

Cinemit Podcast - Snowpiercer Special Edition!

Submitted by melissa on June 27, 2014 - 6:50am


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Review: 'Snowpiercer' Starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer & Jamie Bell

Submitted by petrocs on June 27, 2014 - 6:40am


With a recent run of movies based on a dystopian future, it is important for a film to find a way to stand out from the pack; Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer does just that. Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob & Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette, Joon-ho creates a thought provoking science fiction film that explores humanity's struggle to survive while living through social stratification in the last remaining colony on earth...a train called the Snowpiercer.

In the near future, the earth is dying due to the effects of global warming. In hopes to lower the earth's temperature, a collective decision by the world's governments is made to release a substance called CW7 into the atmosphere. The substance backfires and sends humanity into the second ice age killing every living thing on the planet. The last remaining survivors are forced to board a massive train called the Snowpiercer, the brainchild of a mysterious man called Wilford. The train, powered by an engine designed to last forever, travels the earth on a globe spanning track which circumnavigates the planet exactly once per year. The train's cabins are divided by class where the richest members of society ride in the front of the train with all the luxuries of life, while the lower class rides in the tail of the train, given little and struggle to survive. This is the 18th year of the Snowpiercer's journey.

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