Taissa Farmiga

Vertical Entertainment

A woman alone at home hears a noise in the other room and goes to investigate. She finds a window open that she thought she had closed and soon discovers why — an intruder is in the house and armed with a knife and malicious intent. But as she’s races in fear from one room to the next another man becomes visible to us while she runs right past him. What the what? John Washington (Mark Strong) is a memory detective. With a combination of hand-holding and a little bit of coaxing he can enter a person’s memories, whether they be formative or traumatic, and while he can’t interact with them his observations reveal information that can be used later in therapy or criminal trials. It’s a good gig if you can get it, but John is forced onto sabbatical after his latest trip down someone else’s memory lane finds his own recollections leaking in resulting in him having a seizure. He returns after a months-long sabbatical to take on the case of a potentially disturbed teenage girl named Anna (Taissa Farmiga). He probably should have taken a longer sabbatical.

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mindscape

Is House of Wax and Orphan director Jaume Collet-Serra really enough of a name that movies can sell themselves by giving him a Tarantino-esque “Presented by” credit in their advertising? Likely not, but that’s not stopping Warner Bros. from trying to sell a new supernatural thriller called Mindscape with his name anyway, even though he’s just involved as one of its producers. The most unusual part of this development is that Mindscape isn’t the sort of subtitled, genre-heavy pick that studios usually pull these sorts of tricks on—actually it’s a pretty intriguing-looking thriller that’s seemingly performed completely in English, and it has big time movie star Mark Strong’s handsome and compelling face at its center to boot. Add in a supernatural element wherein Strong’s character can enter people’s memories and an up-and-coming young actress in Taissa Farmiga (The Bling Ring, American Horror Story), and this is exactly the sort of movie that audiences don’t mind giving a chance to. No offense to Mr. Collet-Serra, of course. I’m sure his help is appreciated, and maybe this is just a marketing strategy that they’re using in Spain? Click through to watch the trailer.

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at-middleton

Here’s an pairing that’s just so odd that it might work: Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia as bubbly single parents of incoming college freshmen who fall in love when they meet on the campus tour. Adam Rodgers‘ At Middleton is the story about how they get separated from their kids and the tour and spend a day experiencing all the college has to offer instead. You know, like dancing in a dorm room and running fully-clothed through a fountain. Since this is a rom-com, Garcia is the straight man complete with a bowtie, and Farmiga is the free-spirited woman wearing a silk blouse. They have nothing in common, and yet they’re falling madly in love after just an afternoon together. You see, they went looking for the tour group and found each other instead. It’s a sweet trailer, but a bland premise. They both seem to be dissatisfied with their lives (Farmiga’s breakdown in the middle) and a campus tryst with another parent isn’t going to magically solve things. Mom and Dad, we’re just going to be waiting in the parking lot. Text us when you’re finished with that rave, okay? Check out the trailer here:

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Casting on Sofia Coppola’s new celebrity-obsessed crime movie The Bling Ring seems to be coming together quite quickly. It was just about a week ago we learned that Emma Watson had signed on to become the first actor confirmed for the film, and now THR has news that she’s being joined by a gaggle more. The biggest name added to the cast is Leslie Mann (Knocked Up), who is set to play the mother of two of the female members of this teenage crime ring – but she’s not alone. This movie tells the based-on-a-true story of a bunch of teenagers who break into celebrity homes, and Coppola reportedly wants to use it as an opportunity to break in a bunch of young new actors. Perhaps the biggest break is going to come to Israel Broussard (The Chaperone), who gets to play the male lead. But, in addition to him, young actresses named Katie Chang, Claire Pfister, and Georgia Rock are all set to make their feature debuts here, and American Horror Story actress Taissa Farmiga is on board as well (in just her second feature appearance). With the members of the crime ring coming together so nicely, will it be long before we start to get word on which celebrities will be making cameos as the people whose houses get broken into? Call me crazy, but it seems like there’s some potential for hilarity there.

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We continue our journey through a month of frightening, bloody and violent films. For more, check out our 31 Days of Horror homepage. You gotta give Ryan Murphy credit for one thing, he sure as hell doesn’t believe in doing anything “normal,” and his triumphant return to adult television in the new FX series American Horror Story fits right in with the rest of his filmography, and the creepy child would agree. What can honestly be said about American Horror Story? Well first off, there’s no way to properly market this show. It’s honestly one of the most twisted things this reviewer has ever seen attempted by a mainstream television network. Here are a few adjectives and phrases I would use to describe the series: bloody, creepy, hyper-sexual, campy, crazy, ummm…okay…, WTF?!, where the?, huh?, holy shit, behind you! If any of that sounds appealing, then you are going to fucking love American Horror Story.

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