The Swedish film Force Majeure took festivals by storm last year thanks to a tough but blackly funny story and some great performances. The film, directed by Ruben Ostlund, was an awards favorite at home, sweeping the Swedish version of the Oscars, and it took the Un Certain Regard jury prize at Cannes in 2014. And now the film is winning another, slightly more dubious honor, as there’s now a Force Majeure remake in the works thanks to Fox Searchlight. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Table 19 is a project I’ve been tracking since 2009.
Originally The Duplass Brothers were set to direct their script for Fox Searchlight and producer Jason Reitman, but director Jeffrey Blitz will be helming the movie instead, and he is now reuniting with his Rocket Science star Anna Kendrick. There is so much awesome in that last sentence, and I’m very excited to see this movie finally come to fruition. The film, which begins shooting next week in Atlanta, also stars Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant, Tony Revolori, June Squibb, Wyatt Russell and Amanda Crew.
Posted on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 by Germain Lussier
UPDATE: The release date has changed from the initial news. The updated text is below.
The biggest breakout of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, has just been given a release date. Fox Searchlight will release the Alfonso Gomez-Rejon-directed film on a limited basis June 12 (moved from July 1).
Starring Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, Jon Bernthal, Connie Britton and Nick Offerman, Me and Earl won the two top narrative prizes, Grand Jury and Audience, in January. (Whiplash did the same thing the year before.)
You can read our full review here.
Posted on Friday, February 6th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
Birdman, directed byAlejandro González Iñárritu from a script by Alexander Dinelaris, is pretty cynical about Hollywood product. But if things had gone the way the film was originally scripted, it would have ended with an even more pointed jab at the studio franchise machine.
In the film, Michael Keaton plays an actor whose most popular role, Birdman, haunts him as he attempts to mount a stage play. The parallels between Birdman and Batman are impossible to miss. But the original script ended with a scene that took the film’s structure forward to another actor/character pair: Johnny Depp and his Pirates of the Caribbean alter-ego Jack Sparrow. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 30th, 2015 by Germain Lussier
Though it doesn’t say it at the beginning, True Story is indeed a true story. It’s the story of Mike Finkel, a New York Times reporter who is oddly drawn into the world of Christian Longo, an Oregon man accused of killing his wife and three children. Playing against their usual types, Jonah Hill plays Finkel and James Franco plays Longo in first time feature director Rupert Gould’s crime mystery that is mostly good, but falls short of its full potential. Read more of our True Story review below. Read More »
Posted on Sunday, January 25th, 2015 by Germain Lussier
Noah Baumbach’s movies have never been easy to describe. Each one blends so many different tones, sensibilities and genres that simply describing his movies as one thing doesn’t work. Calling The Squid and the Whale a family drama doesn’t seem right. Frances Ha isn’t just a coming of age story and Greenberg isn’t just a movie about self-discovery.
That lack of easy categorization is probably the only thing Baumbach’s latest film, Mistress America, shares with the director’s other films. Well, that and his co-writer and star Greta Gerwig. Mistress America is by far Baumbach’s funniest film, anchored by a completely new sort of performance from Gerwig, and blessed with a script so smart and sharp, many of the film’s jokes don’t land for a few seconds because A) you’ve never heard anyone say anything like that and B) it’s just so damn intelligent.
Mistress America had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and you can read the rest of our Mistress America review below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 24th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
The Thomas Hardy novel Far From the Madding Crowd has been adapted into a lush film by Thomas Vinterberg, who gained international notice as part of Lars von Trier’s Dogme 95 crowd and most recently made The Hunt. Carey Mulligan stars as the very independent woman Bathsheba Everdene, while Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge, and Michael Sheen play the three very different men who come into her life as suitors. The first Far From the Madding Crowd trailer eschews dialogue in favor of a montage backed with a gorgeous song; the strength of this footage might be enough to entice any lit obsessives, Mulligan fans, and period film devotees. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
As it stands, Jason Reitman‘s career can be divided into two phases: Fox Searchlight and Paramount. His first two movies, Thank You For Smoking and Juno, were released by Fox Searchlight and the four since have all been at Paramount. For an upcoming project, the director of Up in the Air will transition back to the studio were it all started.
Reitman is now attached to a film called I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family, based on a magazine article about a seemingly normal Texas family who robs banks together. It’ll be adapted by High Fidelity author Nick Hornby and produced by Jason Reitman’s father, Ivan Reitman. Read more about the new Jason Reitman movie below. Read More »
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman is one of the most technically dazzling and thematically ambitious films of the year. With an all-star cast and some spectacular digital effects to make the film seem like it was done in one long continuous shot, Birdman is stuffed to the gills with ideas and importance. This movie doesn’t just want to make you feel something, it wants to say something about humanity and stardom and the inner lives of celebrities and the “cultural genocide” that superhero films have wrought upon us.
But what was up with that ending? Let’s explore. Massive spoilers for Birdman follow.
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