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Summary:  After a one-night stand, a successful married man finds himself entangled in a cunning police detective’s latest investigation.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 6th May 2021 (Australia), 18th December 2020 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Deon Taylor

Screenwriter: David Loughery

Cast: Oakley Bull (Haley Younger/Haley Older), Mike Colter (Rafe Grimes), Sam Daly (Officer Stallman), Michael Ealy (Derrick Tyler), Kali Hawk (Micaela), David Hofin (Officer Lowe), Rasneet Kaur (Lira), Damaris Lewis (Tracie Tyler), Sabina Mach (Sabina), Compton Menace (Bumpy), Geoffrey Owens (Bill Cranepool), Danny Pino (Carter Heywood), Filipp Revega (Officer Mike), Kirill Revega (Officer John), Lance Stephenson (himself), Hilary Swank (Detective Val Quinlan), Tyrin Turner (Tyrin Abenathy)

Running Time: 102 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia), R (USA)

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David Griffiths’ Fatale Review:

Back in the 1990s and early 2000s Hollywood went through a phase where it loved to mix ‘sex-up’ it’s crime thrillers. The result was classic films like Basic Instinct and of course every teenage boy’s dream – Wild Things. Of course though like all Hollywood phase for every sexy crime thriller that hit its mark there were another twenty that fell from the way-side… and you can find most of those ones in the DVD section of The Reject Shop these days.

To me, director Deon Taylor’s (Black And Blue) feels like a throwback to those films. The film centres around the seductive Detective Val Quinlan (Hilary Swank – Boys Don’t Cry) who ends up in bed with Derrick Tyler (Michael Ealy – Think Like A Man) when the two’s paths cross in the city of sin – Las Vegas.

What Derrick doesn’t tell Val is that he is married and she only finds that out about him when she is called out to the scene of an attempted murder that just happens to happen at the house of Derrick and his wife Tracie (Damaris Lewis – The Rewrite). The high-rolling Derrick is stunned that somebody has tried to murder him and he is beyond nervous of that fact that Val is now in contact with his wife.

The worst enemy of this film is its trailer. I’ll admit that I enjoyed Fatale as a film but having seen the trailer before I saw the film I had some of my experience spoilt by the fact that I already knew too much of what was going to happen. Deon Taylor and screenwriter David Loughery (Lakeview Terrace) have created a good crime thriller with all the right twists and turns to keep their audience guessing but sadly some of those reveals have already been revealed in the trailer.

Still as far as crime thrillers go Fatale does work pretty well. There is enough suspense to make you wonder about nearly every character that is in Derrick’s life while cinematographer Dante Spinotti (Heat) captures some wonderful shots of the opulent house (and its views) that a majority of the film was shot in.

What I also enjoyed about Fatale was the performances of its leads. Hilary Swank looked like she was having a hell of a fun time playing the dangerous vixen while Michael Ealy takes a huge step forward in his career with a performance that more than shows that he was ready to take over the leading man status on a film.Fatale is a guilty pleasure film. It is the kind of film that I found myself enjoying while I was watching but it is one of those films where people are going to give you a funny look when you admit to liking it. It has suspense, some great twists and turns but I would seriously consider avoiding the trailer before you head into the cinema to watch it.

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Summary:  17-year-old Zoe Hull uses her wits, survival skills, and compassion to fight for her life, and those of her fellow classmates, against a group of live-streaming school shooters.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: TBA

VOD Release Dates: 5th May 2021 (Australia), 14th January 2021 (USA)

Country: USA

Director: Kyle Rankin

Screenwriter: Kyle Rankin

Cast: Sahara Ale (Dawn), Cyrus Arnold (Kip Quade), Pierce Atchison (Chaz Harding), Nate Boyer (Commander Riggins), Eli Brown (Tristan Voy), Tori Carew (Katie), Demeris Comeger (Keith), Barbara Crampton (Mrs. Crawford), Catherine Davis (Anna Jelick), Braeden De La Garza (Connor Cope), Mary Deese (Mrs. Greene), David Docobo (Will), Desarae A. Dotson (Claire), Linda Eicher (Barbara), Sydney Gilbertson (Grace Evans), Hanna Glen (Jan), Thomas Jane (Todd Hull), Shelley Kaehr (Ms. Voy), Sebastian Konarski (Officer LaBelle), CG Lewis (Roy Moake), Isabel May (Zoe Hull), Shelby Mayes (Cora Brenner), April McCulloch (Lauren Cope), Joe Michaely (Mr. Yates), Radha Mitchell (Jennifer Hull), Britton Sear (Chris Jelick), Olly Sholotan (Lewis Washington), Kenneisha Thompson (Deputy Monique), Jackie Tien (Missy Walsh), Cindy Vela (Ms. Nunez), Treat Williams (Sheriff Tarsy), Tom Williamson (Mr. Coombs)

Running Time: 109 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK)

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Umbrella Entertainment in association with Monster Pictures will release the most ambitious sci-fi film ever produced in Australia, OCCUPATION RAINFALL, to home entertainment on June 16.

Following a major theatrical release earlier this year that saw OCCUPATION RAINFALL play in over 200 cinemas across Australia, Luke Sparke’s highly anticipated follow-up to the 2018 feature OCCUPATION is finally headed home to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital.

A film of such epic scale as OCCUPATION RAINFALL is deserving of the deluxe treatment on home entertainment and Umbrella Entertainment & Monster Pictures answer the call with a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. Loaded with Special Features, ranging from multiple Audio Commentary tracks to Deleted Scenes to Featurettes that take you behind-the-scenes of the film and much more, this is without a doubt the definitive release of OCCUPATION RAINFALL.

Blu-ray Special Features

• 2 x Audio Commentary Tracks
–with writer/director Luke Sparke
-with writer/director Luke Sparke, producers Carly Imrie & Carmel Imrie, actor Zac Garred and VFX Supervisor Alex Becconsall
• 8 x Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by writer/director Luke Sparke
-Montage/ Wessex & Amelia
-Alien Spy in the Base
-Wessex & Amelia Reunite
-Haye’s Room
-Wessex & Amelia
-To the Lost
-Matt Talks to Alison
-Matt Hears Baby Alison
• Behind-the-Scenes (Featurette)
• Making The Music – Attack on Sydney (Featurette)
• Red Carpet Premiere (Featurette)
• TV Spots
-15 Second Spot
-30 Second Spot
• Theatrical Trailer
• Reversible Sleeve Artwork

Blu-ray Specifications

• Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (16×9)
• Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Umbrella Entertainment have just released writer/director Braden R. Duemmler‘s debut feature WHAT LIES BELOW, a mystery horror to DVD and Video-on-Demand.

Sixteen-year-old Libby Wells (Ema Horvath, THE GALLOWS ACT II) returns from summer camp to the surprise introduction of her Mom’s fiancée, John Smith (Trey Tucker, THE OUTPOST), who emerges from the backyard lake, chiseled and glistening in the afternoon light.

While her Mom (Mena Suvari, AMERICAN BEAUTY) nurses a foreign illness in the upstairs bedroom, John ignites a sexual curiosity in Libby and she slowly accepts his awkward, confusing advances. One night, Libby wakes to a piercing, amber light that cascades into her room from the depths of the lake outside. She spots John on the shore, basking in the luminance, until he walks into the water, completely submerges and then disappears as the light clicks off.

Immediately, Libby questions John’s outward perfection. Her suspicions raised, she quickly uncovers his true nature and sinister strategy, even as her Mother clings to his infectious charm.

WHAT LIES BELOW Available on DVD & Video-on-Demand Now

It seems that the apple didn’t fall from the tree when it came to Nicolas Cage’s son Weston Cage Coppola. Not only has Weston followed in his father’s footsteps when it comes to acting but he is also the lead singer of a black metal band and is a martial arts expert that has seen him win a few belts along the way. Now Weston returns to the screen with his latest film, action flick Assault On VA-33 and he couldn’t be happier.

“I think it was the actual intensity of it,” says Weston as he chats about what it was about the screenplay for this movie that made him want to commit it. “It was so high octane and there was this amazing speed of urgency that seemed to develop for the protagonist. For every character in the film everything is just so complex and I just knew that I wanted to be involved.

Weston is certainly not the hero in this story; in fact he is very much the villain as he gets to play a Russian terrorist hell-bent on getting revenge on an American Military General. “His name is Adrian Rabikov and he is ex Russian military,” explains Weston as we start to discuss the in and outs of characters. “Essentially he just wants to know the whereabouts of his brother. His brother was kidnapped during an American military operation and he is doing everything that he can to find this General Welch who would know where his brother is.”

There is a harshness to Rabikov and Weston is quick to admit that he is not a very nice guy. “It is not uncommon for him to torture people,” he admits. “He is basically willing to conduct terrorist acts in a bid to get what he needs. I guess the relief for me to be able to play a terrorist was that in his eyes he sees himself as a freedom fighter. Because of the fact that he is looking for his brother that to me kind of makes him a redeemable villain, that helped make him somebody that I wanted to bring to the big screen.”

The complexity of the character meant that Weston had to work really hard when on set and he admits that there were times when he had to try and find a way to try and relax at the end of each day, especially after the torture scenes.

“When it came to the scenes with the hostages I just used to try and make them laugh between takes,” he says when we begin to talk about how intense things were on set. “I was really carrying a lot of frightening energy. The statement that my character was so intense that I felt like I had to try and make everybody laugh between takes so there was some kind of release for everybody. A couple of times I couldn’t but I tried to as much as I could because for all of those people in the background that scene felt so real.”

A lot of that intensity came from Weston’s performance and the fact that at times he was so fired up with his performances that saliva sprayed from his at times while he was delivering lines. “I had to do a lot of meditation,” he says laughing as we discuss how he went about calming down each day when shooting wrapped. “I was taking a lot of hot baths; I was doing breath work and just meditating anyway that I could really. I just had to do whatever I could at the end of the day to try and get out of that mentality.”

“Of course that role was somebody that I think people have to be stone cold sober to play,” he says continuing. “I was just keeping up my vitamins and making sure that I got plenty of sleep because I knew that role could take people places that they didn’t want to go… even a bar.”

The intense Assault On VA-33 which stars Weston Cage Coppola and Sean Patrick Flannery is available to stream or rent online.

Fans of the Saw universe listen up – Spiral is about to hit cinemas. Starring Chris Rock, Samuel L Jackson and Morgan David Jones this is going to be one of cinematic highlights of 2021.

Now to celebrate the release of Spiral on May 13th in Australian cinemas Studio Canal have very kindly given us some double passes to giveaway. For your chance to win simply go to the Subculture Entertainment Facebook page and private message us the word ‘Spiral’.

The God of Mischief strikes again! Watch Tom Hiddleston’s video message announcing the new premiere date and weekly release day for Marvel Studios’ “Loki,” a brand-new, original series exclusively on Disney+.

Marvel Studios’ “Loki” features the God of Mischief as he steps out of his brother’s shadow in a new series that takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” Tom Hiddleston returns as the title character, joined by Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku and Richard E. Grant. Kate Herron directs “Loki,” and Michael Waldron is head writer. 

Presented by Palace, the German Film Festival’s full 2021 programme has been revealed, which boasts a spectacular selection of 30 films, the best and latest in German cinema, a number of which are screening for the first time outside Germany.

The Festival, in collaboration with German Films, opens with the eagerly anticipated feature debut of actor Daniel Brühl (Good Bye Lenin!), who directs and stars in NEXT DOOR (Nebenan) fresh from its world premiere at the Berlinale. In this darkly comic skewering of celebrity and privilege, Brühl plays a famous actor whose day gets completely railroaded by a stranger with ulterior motives.

The multi award-winning Closing Night film, BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ is a slick new adaptation of Alfred Döblin’s influential 1929 novel of the same name and follows an undocumented immigrant from West Africa on a dark odyssey through Berlin.

Berlin Alexanderplatz was previously adapted by filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Fassbinder is the focus of this year’s Festival spotlight with a glorious 4K restoration of LOLA for its 40th anniversary. Lola follows a seductive cabaret singer in her outrageous quest to elevate herself in a world where everything-and everyone-is for sale. The film will feature special introductions at selected sessions throughout the Festival.

Plus the Cannes Film Festival selected ENFANT TERRIBLE, aprovocative and uncompromising biopic that looks at the intense short life and excesses of the iconic New German Cinema auteur, featuring a brilliant performance from Oliver Masucci as Fassbinder. 

The city of Berlin features prominently in this year’s festival. Documentary BERLIN BOUNCER tells the story of Berlin – from a divided city to the party metropolis of today – through the eyes of its most legendary doormen. Stars Berghain bouncer Sven Marquardt.

THE KANGAROO CHRONICLES (Die Känguru-Chroniken) is ahilarious adaptation of the bestselling book series by Marc-Uwe Kling and revolves around a mediocre musician and a communist Kangaroo who must team up to fight a right-wing politician. Directed by Dani Levy.

Sandra Hüller (Toni Erdmann) stars in EXILE (Exil) where cultural and psychological tensions, claustrophobically observed in the workplace and at home, come to a head in Visar Morina’s enthralling thriller about one man’s identity crisis as a foreigner in Germany.

FREE COUNTRY (Freies Land)is set in a recently reunified Germany as two detectives investigate the disappearance of teen sisters in a remote town, where it seems like everyone has something to hide.

Family relationships are at the fore in GOD, YOU’RE SUCH A PRICK (Gott, du kannst ein Arsch sein). 

16-year-old Steffi who has been diagnosed with cancer decides to enjoy the time she has left by embarking on a road-trip while her parents (played by Heike Makatsch and Til Schweiger) chase her. Charming comedy GRANDPARENTING 101 (Enkel für Anfänger) stars Heiner Lauterbach, Barbara Sukowa and Maren Kroymann as grandparents for hire who plunge their lives into chaos to escape their monotonous retirement. Lauterbach also stars in IT’S FOR YOUR OWN GOOD (Es ist zu deinem Besten) alongside Jürgen Vogel and Hilmi Sözer in this feel-good comedy as three fathers who make a pact to save their daughters from their boyfriends.

A beguiling fusion of modern romance and futurism, Maria Schrader’s romantic comedy I’M YOUR MAN (Ich bin dein Mensch) questions what it means to be human, as a scientist agrees to live with a humanoid robot in an extraordinary experiment. Maren Eggert’s performance as scientist Alma earned her the Silver Bear Award at the Berlinale this year. Also stars Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey).  

Told without dialogue but full of poetry, THE BRA (Vom Lokführer, der die Liebe suchte) is an unconventional Cinderella story set in scenic Azerbaijan where a lovable train driver stumbles upon not a crystal slipper but a blue bra.

In THE PERFECT SECRET (Das perfekte Geheimnis), an evening amongst friends escalates when all phones are put on the table at dinner and secrets cannot be hidden in this biting German box office hit featuring a unique all-star ensemble.

Based on a bestselling novel, epistolary cyber romance THE SPACE BETWEEN THE LINES (Gut gegen Nordwind) is a thoughtful look at the nature of human relationships, starring Nora Tschirner and Alexander Fehling.

Thrilling drama THE COLLINI CASE (Der Fall Collini) starsElyas M’Barek as a young defence lawyer who unearths a vast conspiracy while investigating a brutal murder case. M’Barek also stars opposite Palina Rojinski in NIGHTLIFE, which follows one man’s romantic encounter with the woman of his dreams that turns into a crazy chase through the Berlin night in this wild comedy. 

Austrian cinema also features with OSKAR & LILLI. WHERE NO ONE KNOWS US (Ein bisschen bleiben wir noch), a timely bittersweet odyssey about the many ways of perceiving the world in order to survive. Two Chechen refugee children – separated from their mother – try to avert their looming fate of deportation from Austria with poetic and unusual means.

BACKSTAGE VIENNA STATE OPERA (Backstage Wiener Staatsoper), a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at cultural institution the Vienna State Opera, portrays the variety of often invisible work that enables the world-renowned singers, conductors and musicians to delight their audience.

Music is also at the heart of THE AUDITION (Das Vorspiel).A meticulously arranged visual concerto from acclaimed German actor-director Ina Weisse, this gripping drama stars Nina Hoss as a woman trapped in the pursuit of success. Each session will be followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with star Nina Hoss.

Previously announced, the Festival Centrepiece feature is FABIAN: GOING TO THE DOGS (Fabian oder Der Gang vor die Hunde).  Direct from its world premiere at the 2021 Berlinale, Dominik Graf’sadaptation of Erich Kästner’s iconic 1930s Berlin set novel, sees a dashing idealist played by Tom Schilling find love amidst the twilight hedonism of pre-Nazi Germany. Special event screenings will feature an introduction and intermission with specialty cocktails served.

Also screening: ELECTRIC GIRL, a high energy blend of animation and psychological study in which a slam poet begins to embody the Japanese anime superheroine that she voices.While in HOW I TAUGHT MYSELF TO BE A CHILD (Wie ich lernte, bei mir selbst Kind zu sein)the youngest son of an old Austrian dynasty of confectionery millionaires discovers the power of love, humour and his own extraordinary ability to shape his realities in conservative 1950s Vienna.

The Goethe-Institut presents the popular sidebar “Kino for Kids”, films especially curated for children and teens. This year’s programme includes: 

A VOLUNTARY YEAR (Das freiwillige Jahr) – Adomestic coming-of-age story, a father and daughter fight over travel plans as recent high-school graduate Jette is about to head to Central America for a year of volunteering.

DEAR MR. FÜHRER (Das Glaszimmer) – After fleeing Munich with his mother shortly before the end of the war, Felix befriends the son of a loyal National Socialist in this war drama about growing up and fitting in.

MADISON: A FAST FRIENDSHIP (Madison) – When the cycling-obsessed 13-year-old Madison has to unwillingly swap her racing bike for a mountain bike in the Alps, things go haywire in this sporting adventure.

MAX AND THE WILD BUNCH (Max und die wilde 7) – When nine-year-old Max moves to a senior residence with his mother, he is caught up in an exciting investigation, together with the three nursing home residents of Table No. 7.

THE PEPPERCORNS AND THE SECRET OF THE DEEP SEA (Die Pfefferkörner und der Schatz der Tiefsee) – An exciting adventure with a strong environmental message, five young sleuths become embroiled in an eco-conspiracy in their search for a missing oceanographer.

TOO FAR AWAY (Zu weit weg) – Athis new school, an 11-year-old boy bonds over soccer with another newcomer, a 12-year-old Syrian refugee in this sensitive drama of competition and friendship.

Tickets are now on sale at www.germanfilmfestival.com.au

The German Film Festival will take place nationally from 25 May to 20 June in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Byron Bay. 

LISTING DETAILS:

Sydney: 25 May – 13 June, Palace Norton, Chauvel Cinemas, Palace Central

Canberra: 26 May – 13 June, Palace Electric

Melbourne: 27 May – 13 June,Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, The Kino, Pentridge Cinema and The Astor Theatre (selected sessions)

Brisbane: 1 – 20 June,Palace James StPalace Barracks

Adelaide: 2 – 20 June,Palace Nova Eastend CinemasPalace Nova Prospect Cinemas

Perth: 3 – 20 June, Luna Leederville, Luna on SX & Palace Raine Square

Byron Bay: 4 – 20 June, Palace Byron Bay