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Independent Film Festival Boston 2015 – Day 2: ‘Results’ And ‘Eden’

The 13th Annual Independent Film Festival Boston 2015 is officially in full swing after last night. Slow West, one of UTG’s most anticipated at the fest, played at Somerville Theater at 7:15pm to a sold-out crowd. Luckily, there’s another showing of the film at 7:30pm tomorrow at Somerville Theater (also, only rush line ticketing now).

The historic Brattle Theater held showings for both of the films that UTG saw last night. First up, Andrew Bujalski’s fitness rom-com/drama, Results. To close up the night (the film got out at 12:15am, I think I’m getting old), Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden made …

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Watch The New ‘Fantastic Four’ Trailer

Marvel’s Fantastic Four series will be the latest superhero story to be revamped once it hits theaters later this year. The new film will begin with the group’s origin story, and follows them as they discover what was set loose when they traveled through space.

In January the first trailer was released by 20th Century Fox. Now we have another look at the film, and it gives us a little bit more insight into how it all begins for the Fantastic Four. We also get a glimpse at one of Marvel’s greatest villains, Victor von Doom. You can watch it …

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Latest ‘Tomorrowland’ Trailer Almost Shows Too Much

By now you have no doubt heard of Tomorrowland, the mysterious new adventure film from Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird that is based on the famous and somewhat futuristic part of Disneyland. You may have even seen one of the film’s initial trailers or television ads, which teased a young woman finding a strange token that transported her to a far away land. If you have encountered any of that marketing and fallen in love with the idea of seeing this film, let me take this opportunity and say the trailer included in this post may be a bit …

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Watch The Latest Trailer For ‘Jurassic World’

Jurassic World will be the latest film to join the incredibly successful Jurassic Park franchise later this summer. The movie, which stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, picks up 22 years after the last installment, Jurassic Park III.

Isla Nublar finally has a fully functioning theme park as John Hammond had originally envisioned. After visiting rates start to decline though, the park operators take a risky step that ends up backfiring.

The second official trailer has been released, and it’s available to watch below. Jurassic World will hit theaters everywhere June 12.…

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New ‘Star Wars’ Trailer Teases New Foes and Old Allies

After what feels like forever, we have finally been given our second look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the form of a new two-minute teaser.

If ever you had doubts as to JJ Abrams’ ability to helm one of the most beloved franchises in cinema history, I assure you that such reservations will be cast aside within the opening seconds of Lucasfilm’s latest offering.

It is apparent that the 48-year-old filmmaker has gone to great lengths to keep the feel of the original films intact, and the results speak for themselves. There are X-Wings, there are lightsabers, and …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ex Machina’ Is More Than Just Skin Deep

Film: Ex Machina
Starring: Domnhall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander
Directed by: Alex Garland

In the massive sci-fi canon that viewers have been subjected to today, you start seeing more similarities than differences and feel that not enough thought is being poured into a concept. Alex Garland, the man behind Dredd and Sunshine, uses that canon as a launchpad to apply familiar sci-fi concepts to burning philosophical questions. His directorial debut film, Ex Machina, plays like a Petri dish of fantastic ideas. Some come off perfectly fleshed out while others seem half-baked. As a film that utilizes misdirection …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Unfriended’ Is Not Worth The Price Of Admission

Film: Unfriended
Starring: Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer
Directed by: Levan Gabriadze

Serving as the first ‘all on-screen’ horror film to open in thousands of theaters nationwide, Unfriended boasts a relatively fresh gimmick and almost nothing else.

Remember that long period of silence at the beginning of Wall-E? Replace the colorful animation, comedy, and adorable robots with the computer screen of a high school-aged girl named Blaire who likes to watch videos online without making them full screen and you pretty much have the opening fifteen minutes of Unfriended.…

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UTG INTERVIEW: Screenwriter David Larson Discusses Being Accepted Into Tribeca Film Festival With ‘Big Boy’

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival is taking place April 15-26 in New York City, NY. Each year the festival showcases hundreds of features by film crews across the globe. Not every feature that’s submitted to the festival gets accepted, which makes it a huge honor for those who make it. Most features that win in their category are eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award for the current season. Last year’s winner in the Best Narrative Short category, The Phone Call, subsequently won an Oscar this past February.

We had the opportunity to sit down with the screenwriter …

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The 6 Must-See Films Of IFF Boston 2015

Another week of important cinema is nigh!

Wednesday, April 22 marks the beginning of Independent Film Festival Boston‘s 2015 fest.

Per usual with UTG, we wanted to let our readers know what films we are most excited for in the upcoming fest. Just under 100 films are playing between April 22 and 29. Unfortunately, we cannot attend all of them. You know, unless you have a magical time machine we can borrow from you.

Anyway, might as well get into the thick of it while I have your attention, right?…

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Steven Spielberg to Make Disney Debut Next Summer

Next summer, legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg will continue to add to his legacy with yet another new undertaking—his first film for Disney.

According to a wealth of sources, the Academy Award-winning director will soon captain a new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s celebrated children’s book, The BFG, based off a script penned by E.T. co-collaborator Melissa Mathison. Together with Ruby Barnhill, Bill Hader, Rebecca Hall, and many more, Spielberg and company will breathe new life into one of the most beloved stories of all time, which centers on a young girl named Sophie and her adventures alongside a …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Writer/Director Alex Garland Talks ‘Ex Machina’ And The Auteur Theory

The Beach, 28 Days Later, Never Let Me Go, Dredd, Sunshine. These may all be sci-fi titles that you have seen or heard of in the past ten years. Alex Garland is the man who helped shepherd them to completion. Not only is he the writer on all of those aforementioned products, he is also a consultant on how those films ended up looking.

Starting out as a cartoonist, Garland turned his eye toward writing. When his book, The Beach, got optioned, Garland’s gaze turned towards filmmaking. Since The Beach, Garland has succeeded …

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Independent Film Festival Boston Unveils Full 2015 Film Lineup

The full film list for IFF Boston 2015 has been revealed.

In a newsletter to supporters and previous attendees on March 31, Independent Film Festival Boston revealed their opening & closing night films as well as their full narrative and documentary feature lineup. All of their films will play between April 22 and April 29.

Kicking off the festival this year will be the Sundance hit, The End of the Tour, directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now). The End of the Tour recounts journalist David Lipsky’s travels and conversations with enigmatic author David Foster Wallace during …