There’s a good chance that I will always be stunned by how incredibly gorgeous stop-motion animation looks from Laika. The studio is host to dozens of animators who are masters of their craft, and when you see the new footage from the final Kubo and the Two Strings trailer, you’ll certainly agree.
The fantasy adventure follows a young boy named Kubo (Art Parkinson) who gets caught up in the kind of fantasy adventures with which he usually entertains his village. With the help of a monkey (Charlize Theron) and a trusty, loyal warrior named Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), Kubo must face gods and monsters in order to learn the true history of his family and become a hero in the process. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
There are no shortage of monsters on the big screen this year, whether they be mutants or ghosts or dragons or other mythical creatures. But not all monsters are out to terrorize people. Some of them appear because they’ve been summoned by sad little boys desperately in need. In Juan Antonio Bayona‘s A Monster Calls, Conor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall) struggles with bullies at school and his mother’s illness at home. At night he’s visited by a monster in the form of a towering tree (Liam Neeson).
Although A Monster Calls has elements of fantasy and adventure, the real core of the story is Conor’s attempts to cope with the kind of outsized emotions that even adults are ill-equipped to handle: love, loss, and grief. In other words, this beast of a tale looks more likely to break your heart than to make you scream. Watch the latest A Monster Calls teaser trailer below.
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Posted on Friday, April 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s been nearly three years since Scot Armstrong started shooting Search Party, an R-rated comedy starring Happy Endings alum Adam Pally and Silicon Valley stars T.J. Miller and Thomas Middleditch. Originally, the plan was for Universal to open Search Party in fall 2014 — but fall 2014 came and went without a release, and it’s only now, as we creep into summer 2016, that it’s finally getting ready to hit theaters.
Search Party has strong shades of The Hangover, which seems appropriate enough considering Armstrong wrote The Hangover Part II. Miller and Pally play Jason and Evan, friends of groom-to-be Nardo (Middleditch). Convinced Nardo is making a huge mistake, Jason bursts into the wedding and ruins it. A devastated Nardo heads to Mexico to try and win back his bride, only to wind up naked and stranded and alone with no one to call for help but Jason and Evan. Watch the Search Party red-band trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 17th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The first thing you notice about In a Valley of Violence is that it doesn’t feel like a typical Ti West film. His trademark slow-burn menace is nowhere to be found and his low-key comedy, which he used to punctuate tension in films like The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers, has undergone a transformation. This is the first West film that isn’t the cinematic equivalent of being placed in a pot of water and not realizing that the water is boiling until it’s too late – it’s broader, more straightforward, and, on paper, a fairly typical revenge western.
Until’s it’s not. In a Valley of Violence is one weird movie, an experience that grabs your attention with its eccentricities before losing you with its lack of focus. It’s not a deadeye pistol shot from a gunslinger, but a wild shot from a scattergun. Yeah, it still hits its target, but you wish the aim was a little more true.
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The sheer beauty and wonder of stop-motion animation from LAIKA will never cease to amaze me. A new trailer for their latest project, Kubo and the Two Strings, has just arrived, and as the animation studio’s first epic, the visual are truly stunning. The intricacy of the animation makes you wonder why LAIKA takes the time do make these movies in stop-motion animated, but if you’ve seen any of their movies, you know that it gives it a certain homemade quality that makes it that much more special.
Watch the new Kubo and the Two Strings trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, February 26th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
2013 saw the release of two “Terrorists Take Over the White House Movies” and Olympus Has Fallen was the winner in that particular showdown, outgrossing the glossier and far more expensive White House Down at the box office. Somehow, the trashy and often technically inept Gerard Butler joint is getting a sequel and the movie where Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx have a limo chase on the White House lawn is not. I’m still a little sore about this.
And yet, I do appreciate the B-movie charms of the Olympus Has Fallen and especially enjoy how approximately 64% of the film consists of Butler’s disgraced Secret Service agent wandering dark hallways and stabbing people in the head. There are more head-stabbings per minute in Olympus Has Fallen than another other action movie ever made, which makes the dearth of head-stabbings in these new batch of London Has Fallen clips rather disappointing.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
Yes, it’s got “Day” in the title, but no, it’s not another one of Garry Marshall’s middling ensemble romcoms. Bastille Day stars Idris Elba as a CIA agent looking into a bombing attack in Paris. He teams up with an American pickpocket (Richard Madden from Game of Thrones), who’s unwittingly gotten mixed up in the whole affair. Together, they start to unravel a large-scale conspiracy within the police force. Watch the first Bastille Day trailer after the jump. Read More »
After Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls, in LAIKA we trust. The animation studio made three ambitious, distinct stop-motion animated movies, films that aren’t always afraid of scaring children. They trust kids to be brave as their protagonists, which is rare for anyone making family movies. As proven by the this wonderful full-length Kubo and the Two Strings trailer, the company hasn’t changed their ways and this looks to be their biggest film to date.
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Around the end of every year, The Hollywood Reporter releases one-hour roundtable video interviews with writers, actors, directors, and more. Often the filmmakers will discuss their work with a surprising amount of honesty. This year is no different, and once again, they’ve found a few filmmakers you’d want to spend an hour with, including directors Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight), Ridley Scott (The Martian), and Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs).
After the jump, watch the one-hour long chat.
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