A Monster Calls is a heartbreaking movie. When J.A. Bayona‘s (The Impossible) latest film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, in a nice bit of promotion, tissue boxes were handed out to those in attendance. That was a good call because the film certainly made our own Angie Han choke up once or twice. She praised the drama as a “five-hankie sobfest, a ruthlessly effective tearjerker even by cancer drama standards,” despite a few scenes she found too manipulative.
Below, watch A Monster Calls featurette, which shows how the story came about and evolved.
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John Goodman is a national treasure, especially his smile. The actor has recently been on a roll, lining up some notable projects. Before the year ends, we’ll see Goodman in Patriot’s Day, and next year we’ll see him in Kong: Skull Island, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and David Leitch’s (John Wick) The Coldest City. Another fine job Goodman has landed is a role in Rupert Wyatt‘s sci-fi film, Captive State.
Below, learn more about the Rupert Wyatt sci-fi movie.
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Posted on Thursday, November 17th, 2016 by Angie Han
Focus Features has unveiled the first trailer for The Zookeeper’s Wife, the based-on-a-true-story World War II drama from Niki Caro (Whale Rider). Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh star as Antonina Zabinska and Jan Zabinski, who run a zoo in Warsaw. When Poland is invaded by Nazis, the couple heroically work with the Resistance to secretly shelter Jews who’ve escaped from the Warsaw ghetto — right under the nose of the Reich’s chief zoologist, played by Daniel Brühl.
Watch The Zookeeper’s Wife trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Sunday, November 6th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
My second favorite thing about Gary Oldman is that he’s not picky, which means we’re always getting a new Gary Oldman performance on a fairly regular basis. He’ll play heroes and villains, spies and politicians, wizards and comic book characters. He’s fought hyper-intelligent apes, the Joker, and an on-the-spectrum hitman played by Jean Reno. He’s done it all. My favorite thing about Gary Oldman is that he’s done all of this without ever phoning in a performance, offering the same kind of gravitas to B-movie junk food like Criminal and thoughtful thrillers like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (which earned him his sole Oscar nomination). He’s even good in that RoboCop remake. The RoboCop remake!
Now, Gary Oldman is playing Winston Churchill and our first look at him in-character is remarkable.
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Tom Ford‘s Nocturnal Animals is a beautiful and nasty piece of work. Ford’s adaptation of the late Austin Wright‘s Tony & Susan has elements of a thriller, but first and foremost, it’s a love story. An often unsettling and tragic love story. Ford’s latest actually shares a few similarities with A Single Man, but it’s a much bigger and darker movie.
Below, watch the Nocturnal Animals featurette.
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Posted on Friday, October 21st, 2016 by Angie Han
The new Nocturnal Animals trailer is so decadently gorgeous, you’d think it was a Tom Ford ad. And, well, technically it is — but it’s not for one of his fragrances or clothing lines. Nocturnal Animals is the new film by Ford, the fashion designer who made his feature directing debut on A Single Man.
This one stars Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal as a divorced couple who’ve been estranged for many years. But their shared past comes rushing back to the forefront when Edward sends Susan a manuscript of his latest novel, a dark thriller about a family assaulted one night on a deserted West Texas road. Cutting between Susan’s life and the story in Edward’s novel, Ford weaves together a riveting tale of love, betrayal, and revenge. Watch the Nocturnal Animals trailer below. Read More »
Now that we’re n October, we’re starting to get a look at some of the movies that will be key players in awards season. But plenty of heavy hitters won’t be arriving until this winter. One of those potential contenders is A Monster Calls. Funnily enough, the film from future Jurassic World 2 helmer J.A. Bayona was slated to arrive in theaters later this month, but after a huge critical reception out of the Toronto International Film Festival, Focus Features decided it was worthy of a more prime awards season release closer to Christmas.
Now a new A Monster Calls promo has arrived in honor of National Face Your Fears Day today, showing some of the beauty this film promises with the story of a young boy, his imaginary friend, and his dying mother, played by Felicity Jones. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2016 by Angie Han
These days, Tom Holland is best known as the new Spider-Man. But in between his web-slinging exploits in Captain America: Civil War and next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, you’ll get to catch his work in a very different kind of movie. Only you won’t actually be able to see him or hear him.
As revealed by director J.A. Bayona, Holland helped out with A Monster Calls, the cancer drama that nearly drowned TIFF in tears. However, he didn’t have a traditional role per se. As it turns out, Holland was a stand-in for the monster, who is voiced by Liam Neeson. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 by Jack Giroux
The first wave of reviews for Tom Ford‘s Nocturnal Animals are mostly positive. The critics who aren’t particularly taken with Ford’s romantic crime thriller describe it as a hollow piece of work. Ford’s moving debut A Single Man received similar criticisms from its few detractors, so it sounds like we should expect a similar response to his latest film, although it looks and sounds like a completely different movie.
Below, watch the Nocturnal Animals teaser for the trailer.
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Posted on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
J.A. Bayona‘s adaptation of Patrick Ness‘ A Monster Calls is a five-hankie sobfest, a ruthlessly effective tearjerker even by cancer drama standards. The sniffles start with the premise. A boy (Lewis MacDougall) struggles with his mother’s terminal illness, and calls upon a giant tree monster for help. The monster (voiced by Liam Neeson) forces a deal upon the boy: he’ll tell three stories, after which the boy will have to reveal his own deepest, darkest secret.
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