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Marvel’s Inhumans movie has been dogged by cancellation rumors for months, and when the project was recently yanked from Disney’s release calendar altogether, many fans assumed that was the end. But that’s not the case, insists Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. It just means it’s no longer part of the franchise’s Phase Three plans, which run through 2019. Read More »

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Little Men trailer

One film I was very disappointed to miss at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Little Men, the new drama by Ira Sachs. The drama might not sound all that exciting on paper — it concerns two young friends, Jake (Theo Taplitz) and Tony (Michael Barbieri), whose families begin feuding over a rent dispute — but the Keep the Lights On and Love Is Strange has demonstrated a gift for capturing the day-to-day realities of life in New York, and a particular understanding of the men (or in this case boys) navigating relationships with one another within it.

Fortunately, Little Men has turned out to be one of those Sundance charmers that hit theaters sooner rather than later. With a summer release date in sight, Magnolia Pictures has released the first Little Men trailer for your consideration. Also starring are Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle as Jake’s parents, and Paulina García as Tony’s mom.  Read More »

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By now you’ve surely heard that ABC has decided not to move forward with Marvel’s Most Wanted, and that it’s decided it doesn’t want more Agent Carter or The Muppets either. So what does the network want? If they’re not going to give us more of Hayley Atwell kicking ass and taking names Peggy Carter, what do they plan to serve us next season instead?

Well, for starters, Hayley Atwell kicking ass and taking names as a different Carter — Carter Morrison, the protagonist of a new legal drama called Conviction. There’s also Downward Dog, starring Fargo‘s Allison Tolman, and Still Star-Crossed, a Romeo and Juliet sequel for all you ShondaLand faithful out there. See brand-new promos for all of those, plus Imaginary MaryNotoriousSpeechless, and Time After TimeRead More »

‘Godzilla 2’ Loses Director Gareth Edwards

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Legendary and Warner Bros.’ nascent Godzilla / King Kong universe has just been dealt a monster-sized blow. Director Gareth Edwards has dropped out of Godzilla 2, which was recently delayed from summer 2018 to spring 2019. Edwards had signed on for the sequel back in 2014, shortly after the release of the last Godzilla movie, which he also helmed.  Read More »

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Last year’s Fantastic Four was a failure by just about any measure. It’s one of the worst reviewed and one of the lowest-grossing Marvel Comics adaptations of all time, it derailed Josh Trank’s once-promising career, and it further tarnished the reputation of a property that had already been ill-served by 2005’s Fantastic Four. It came as no surprise, then, when 20th Century Fox quietly yanked the planned sequel from its summer 2017 slate. But producer Simon Kinberg says they aren’t giving up just yet.

“We want to make another Fantastic Four movie,” Kinberg said during the recent press tour for X-Men: Apocalypse. And they’re really going to try to get it right this time, he promises: “We’ll try to be truer to the essence of the tone of Fantastic Four,” he said.  Read More »

Don't Breathe Trailer

Between Matt Murdock and Arya Stark, you’d think people would have gotten the message by now: underestimate the blind at your own peril. And after Avatar, everyone should definitely know better than to dismiss Stephen Lang. But perhaps the characters of Fede Alvarez‘s Don’t Breathe don’t get the same pop culture we do, because they make the very, very terrible mistake of trying to rob a blind man played by Stephen Lang, with predictably upsetting results.

Don’t Breathe took SXSW by storm this spring, and now the first Don’t Breathe trailer has arrived to show us just why this film scared those festivalgoers silly. Jane Levy (Evil Dead), Dylan Minnette (Goosebumps), and Daniel Zovatto (It Follows) star as the young and not-blind people who unwisely get tangled up with Lang.  Read More »

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Love & Friendship

Note: With Love & Friendship in limited release this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the Sundance Film Festival.

 

Jane Austen may have a reputation as a romantic, but I’d argue that her real forte is as a humorist. She’s second to none when it comes to elegantly written, sharply observed comedies about the foibles of England’s upper classes, combining a wry, biting wit with a genuine sense of affection for the characters she’s created.

Naturally, this makes Austen’s work the perfect source of inspiration for Metropolitan and Last Days of Disco director Whit Stillman, who has brought her novella Lady Susan to life in the laugh-out-loud hilarious Love & FriendshipKate Beckinsale plays Lady Susan herself, a cunning widow out to secure her position in society via favorable marriage matches for herself and her daughter.  Read More »

The Lobster review

Note: With The Lobster in limited release this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the New York Film Festival.

Audiences have come to expect the bizarre from director Yorgos Lanthimos, who broke out in 2009 with the wonderful and unsettling Dogtooth, and The Lobster definitely doesn’t disappoint on that front. It’s set in a dystopia where single people are transformed into animals; the title refers to the animal that Colin Farrell‘s David has chosen to become if he can’t find a mate.

If weird were all The Lobster had going for it, though, it’d be little more than an experimental curiosity. What makes The Lobster must-see viewing is the film’s pitch-black sense of humor, its uncomfortably keen insights into real-life relationships, and even, in spite of everything else, its aching romanticism.  Read More »

Indignation

At 24, Logan Lerman‘s already built up a damn impressive career. He’s done the franchise thing with Percy Jackson, checked off the “YA adaptation” box with Perks of Being a Wallflower, and worked with filmmakers like David Ayer (Fury), Darren Aronofsky (Noah), and James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma). Now he’s back this summer in Indignation, the directing debut of The Ice Storm and Hulk screenwriter James Schamus.

Based on the novel by Philip Roth, the drama stars Lerman as a working class Jewish boy attending a Christian college in Ohio. Between his religious convictions and his romance with fellow student Olivia (Sarah Gadon), who’s got some troubles of her own, he fits in like a square peg in a round hole. Our own Ethan Anderton caught Indignation at Sundance, and he loved it so much he’s even quoted in the first Indignation trailer, which you can watch below.  Read More »