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Juliet Naked review

If there’s one popular writer who knows his way around stories of shaky romance and an almost unhealthy obsession with music, it’s Nick Hornby. So it should come as no surprise that Juliet, Naked the latest film adaptation from the author of the source material behind High Fidelity and About A Boy – is replete with heartbreak, missed romantic opportunities, longing for connection and more in-depth analysis of music than you could ever want or need. More specifically, the music in question come from fictional ’90s musician Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke), who put out one of the greatest broken-heart records of all time entitled Juliet 25 years earlier, before vanishing from public life. Read More »

beast of burden trailer

Daniel Radcliffe just went and got himself in over his head in the Beast of Burden trailer. The film (not to be confused with the Rolling Stones song) features Radcliffe as a man pushed to extremes to help save his wife. Lots of expository dialogue follows. Watch the Beast of Burden trailer below.

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Dear Dictator Trailer

Dealing with high school is worse than ever with the advent of cell phones and social media. But what if you could deal with the worst people in your high school by getting advice from a feared international dictator?

Dear Dictator follows a British-Caribbean dictator played by Michael Caine as he’s ousted from power and has only one place to flee: the suburban American home of a rebellious teenage girl (Odeya Rush of Lady Bird) with whom he’s been corresponding through letters. As you can see in the first trailer for the comedy below, that’s not going to sit well with the rest of suburbia. Read More »

bright featurette 2

Bright has already set records at Netflix, shooting to the top of the streaming platform’s highest-viewed movies, and quickly getting picked up for a sequel. But that doesn’t mean Netflix’s promotional train is stopping any time soon.

A new featurette for Bright takes you behind-the-scenes of David Ayer‘s urban fantasy starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton as the human/orc cop partners who discover a powerful wand, leading them on a whirlwind chase across Los Angeles.

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Mandy review

A primal, psychedelic rage-scream of a movie, Mandy takes a while to get going, but once it does, it delivers exactly what fans are hoping for: Nicolas Cage fully unleashing the beast within and absolutely wrecking people with a giant axe and a chainsaw. It’s just a shame it doesn’t get to the blood-soaked revenge much sooner. Read More »

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50 Cent

If there’s one interview subject I want to have all the time in the world with, it’s Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. For starters, the rapper, actor, producer, and entrepreneur has a great story, which we saw told on screen in Get Rich or Die Tryin’. After his debut album of the same name came out, his story only grew richer. He’s had such a full career already and there’s no shortage of things to ask. But when we interviewed Jackson, it was to discuss his new film, Den of Thieves, in which he plays a bank robber.

We didn’t discuss the movie much, though. When we spoke with Jackson on the set of Den of Thieves, he candidly covered a huge array of subjects. When we spoke with him again, he did the same, starting with the book he co-wrote with Robert Greene, The 50th Law. I can’t recommend it enough.

Below, read our 50 Cent interview.

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Eighth Grade Review

Any adult will tell you that middle school is one of the most awful parts of adolescence. Faces explode with acne, hormones are raging, conversations are awkward, and everyone sucks. So comedian Bo Burnham decided to make his feature writing and directorial debut recounting just how awful that time in all of our lives was with a wonderful, lively movie called Eighth Grade, and just like that we have a fresh new voice on the page and behind the camera. Read More »

Oliver! remake

Remember that previously-announced Disney Oliver! remake? The one starring Ice Cube, with Hamilton director Thomas Kail at the helm? It’s still happening! And the film now has a writer: Buffy the Vampire Slayer alumnus Danny Strong will pen the script. The original Oliver! was a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Ice Cube will play Fagin, the leader of a band of young pickpockets.

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American Animals review

Heist movies are all about setting up the illusion of clockwork precision, but every good heist film features at least one scene where the job goes horribly wrong – and the great ones often dive into the bitter consequences of crossing the line.

In that tradition comes American Animals, a compelling new heist drama from writer/director Bart Layton, the filmmaker behind the impressive 2012 documentary The Imposter. Here he conducts an interesting harmony between fiction and non-fiction, intercutting dramatic scenes featuring his primary cast (Barry Keoghan, Evan Peters, Jared Abrahamson, Blake Jenner) with actual interviews of the real-life thieves they’re playing. The result is a mesmerizing blend of narrative and documentary storytelling that would seem too far-fetched to believe if it was just another run-of-the-mill thriller. Read More »

paul thomas anderson q&a

Folks, not only is Paul Thomas Anderson very good at making movies, he’s also very good at the internet. The acclaimed filmmaker is out there promoting his new masterpiece Phantom Thread, and in a series of recent Q&As, via Reddit and Twitter, he proceeded to charm the hell out of everyone and offer some good advice (to others, and to himself). See the results of the Paul Thomas Anderson Q&A below.

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