Chloë Grace Moretz Talks Her Career and Heavy New Film If I Stay

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Doane Gregory
In a year full of film adaptations of fantastical young-adult novels (Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, Vampire Academy, The Giver), If I Stay confronts the audience with stark reality. Adapted from the book by Gayle Forman, the film finds its main character, Mia Hall, in a coma after a car accident with her family. It is here, between life and death, that she reflects on her relationships, her family, and her overall existence and tries to decide whether staying alive is worth a shot.

It's a heavy work, but Chloë Grace Moretz, who plays Hall, feels good about it. She knows how dark If I Stay is compared to other recent YA works, but she's confident that audiences can handle the pain.

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Brazilian Film Festival 2014: Naked Eye Documents Ney Matogrosso's Career

Ambient sounds, a screeching monkey, and some out of focus imagery greet you when Olho Nu (Naked Eye) begins. It's arguably a jarring experience, and yet, the moment one sees Ney Matogrosso donning real goat horns, goatskin, bull tooth, and monkey hair, it makes perfect sense. This documentary is all about a performer's career and all the eccentricities that come with being a Brazilian glam rocker.

It's clear from the very beginning that Olho Nu wants to pride itself on being just as eccentric a documentary as the subject it's presenting, something I'd often praise in an informative work. The problem with the film, however, is that it doesn't actually do all that much to stand out from anything else.

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Brazilian Film Festival 2014: Flawed Documentary Meeting Sebastião Salgado Explores Fascinating Subject


It's documentaries about famous figures always make me realize just how limited my views on certain subjects tend to be. With Revelando Sebastião Salgado (whose English title is Meeting Sebastião Salgado), the subject is photography, and more specifically, a man who I was formerly unacquainted with: renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. 

The film by Betse de Paula is simply laid out, with a grand portion of it taking place in Salgado's own Paris home two years ago in a massive conversation about his work. Not only does the conversation span his massive career, which began in 1973, but also what led him to the lifestyle he became so accustomed to. He jokes about his work in economics -- his boss saying "we'd all love to be photographers" and scoffing at his aspirations -- and how it all began because his wife, Lélia Wanick Salgado, bought herself a camera. 

See also: Brazilian Film Festival 2014: Elena Is a Beautiful Reflection on Loss and Memory

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The Expendables 3: "It's Heavy Metal Cinema," Says Star Antonio Banderas

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Carolina del Busto

Action movies once reigned supreme with films like Die Hard and The Terminator dominating the '80s and '90s, yet it seems like in the early 2000s the genre laid dormant. But now, it's making a comeback.

One could say action movies evolved with the times; the term has come to mean more than just explosions and fight scenes. Or, as Kellan Lutz puts it, "I don't think action movies ever went anywhere."

The actor was in town Wednesday along with The Expendables 3 co-star Antonio Banderas to throw the first pitch at the Marlins-Cardinals game. Cultist caught up with the pair at Marlins Park after their brief stint as professional athletes to talk shop.

See also: Joe Manganiello Takes Over the Action Genre in Sabotage with Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Podcast: How We Will Remember Robin Williams

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Williams in Moscow on the Hudson
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly remember Robin Williams, who died on Monday. He was 63. They also recommend We Are Mari Pepa, a slight movie about growing up punk in Mexico, the Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan rom-com What If, and Lenny Abrahamson's Frank, the movie where Michael Fassbender wears a giant mask the entire time.

Listen below.

Brazilian Film Festival 2014: Elena Is a Beautiful Reflection on Loss and Memory

"Elena, I had a dream about you last night," Petra Costa, the woman who created the ultra-personal tribute to her dead sister that is Elena, says in the first lines of her film. It's a perfectly apt way to introduce a film that's as dreamlike as the very memories we hold of those dearest to us that have passed on, but everything becomes more real as the minutes flow by.

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The Palace Bar to Host Robin Williams Tribute with Free Birdcage Screening

The loss of a great actor is something that affects many people, not just those fortunate enough to have known the talent personally. In the case of actor and comedian Robin Williams, his career and heart touched the lives of many, not only those around him.

His jokes and unique style of delivery can define an entire generation, and his dramatic works proved how deep Williams' talent pool reached.

A man of this caliber deserves to be honored and celebrated. And while in Miami we don't have the Hollywood Walk of Fame to pile flowers over the comedian's star, we do have something equally as fabulous: The Palace Bar.

Tonight, the South Beach establishment will dedicate its weekly drag show and Movies on Ocean event to the late, great actor.

See also: Remembering Robin Williams in The Birdcage

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Dracula Untold Comes to Universal's Halloween Horror Nights Next Month

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Inspired by Universal Pictures' forthcoming vampire origin tale, Dracula Untold, Universal Orlando adds a little bite to its roster for this year's Halloween Horror Nights (HHN). Starting in September, prepare to get lost in the history of Dracula -- actually physically lost -- with the Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood maze.

The film explores the history of the 15th century Romanian prince Vlad Tepes, whose legacy is attributed to inspiring Bram Stoker's famous Dracula character. The maze it inspired plans to transport you to Tepes' dark castle grounds and "spiral guests through Dracula's eternal damnation, where the thirst for blood is never-ending."

See also: The Purge Gets Its Own Scare Zone at Halloween Horror Nights This Fall

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Film Podcast: Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight Is Forgettable

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Emma Stone and Colin Firth in Magic in the Moonlight.
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly discuss Woody Allen's latest, Magic in the Moonlight, and revisit Get on Up and Guardians of the Galaxy, and finally, touch on the new documentary The Dog.

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Documented Gets Encore Screening in Miami as Filmmaker Vargas Faces New Immigration Issues

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As news develops on the detention of immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas, the director of the award-winning documentary film Documented, Miami might soon have a second opportunity to see his film. Local immigration attorney Joseph Lackey has booked the encore screening of the film, and has positive a perspective on the undocumented Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist's recent detention.

Vargas was visiting undocumented immigrant children at a shelter in McAllen, Texas, a few weeks ago when he was detained. On July 15, U.S. Border Patrol agents took him into custody at McAllen-Miller International Airport in Texas. Speaking via phone, Lackey says Vargas' detention could actually work out in his favor.

See also: Documented's Vargas: "Immigration Is Not About Republican or Democrat, Immigration Is About Families"

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