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‘Profile’ Trailer: ‘Wanted’ Director Timur Bekmambetov Mines Real Dangers for Screenlife Thriller

Inspired by the 2015 nonfiction book In the Skin of a Jihadist, Profile takes the real story of Isis recruitment to the screen. To the Screenlife format, specifically — the computer-screen “genre” that has been gaining recent popularity in films like Unfriended and Searching. Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov, who produced both of those films, takes […]

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‘Profile’ Trailer: ‘Wanted’ Director Timur Bekmambetov Returns with Screenlife Thriller

Kazakh-Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov’s thriller “Profile” has been completed since 2018, when it was released at the Berlin International Film Festival. But the latest film from the director of “Night Watch,” “Wanted,” and the notorious 2016 remake of “Ben Hur” is only just now getting a theatrical release — on May 14 from Focus Features. […]

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Now Stream This: ‘Gone Girl’, ‘His House’, ‘Unfriended’, ‘Moneyball’, ‘The Rock’, ‘Crazy, Not Insane’, and More

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) Gone Girl Now Streaming on Hulu Release Date: 2014 Genre: Mystery-Drama Director: David Fincher Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Carrie Coon, Tyler Perry David Fincher is back this […]

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‘Unfriended: Dark Web’ Has Two Different Endings — and There’s No Way of Knowing Which One You’ll See

Anyone who’s seen “Unfriended” likely assumes that its soon-to-be-released sequel, “Unfriended: Dark Web,” doesn’t have an especially happy ending. As it turns out, they may be both right and wrong. A list of instructions for projectionists shared on Twitter includes an unusual warning: “Please Note This Feature Has Two Different Endings.”The film — which, like […]

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Profile’

Say what you will about genre-hopping Kazakh export Timur Bekmambetov: His career keeps you guessing, even when his films don’t. Rarely has a director’s filmography threaded two films as improbably consecutive as 2016’s misguided “Ben-Hur” remake and now “Profile,” a fast, lurid online-terror thriller that you’d describe as a curio if its helmer weren’t hell-bent […]

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