Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
Michael Shannon seems to be playing a familiar type in the new basketball drama Wolves: the father of the talented high school athlete who can’t help but stand in his kid’s way. He doesn’t disapprove of his son’s sports career – he just went and gambled away his entire college savings. Whoops.
Anyway, Shannon (one of our finest working actors) is the chief draw in the Wolves trailer, which shows off a sports drama that may contain a little more nerve than your average entry in the genre.
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Follow me through this inter-dimensional gateway. Trust me. It’ll only take a few minutes. Welcome to Universe 6418, one of infinite dimensions in the sprawling multiverse that makes up creation. No, no. We’re not here to see who’s in the White House. You don’t want to know who’s in there. We’re just here to take a peek at the posters at the local movie theater. Yep, this is the universe where Armie Hammer became a massive movie star, where Diego Luna was a household name long before Star Wars, and where Katee Sackhoff parlayed the success of Battlestar Galactica into a Scarlett Johansson-esque career as an all-purpose cinematic badass.
Now let’s go home, back to the universe where Sackhoff is doing perfectly fine, starring in TV’s Longmire and lending her talents to occasional horror movies like Don’t Knock Twice, which finds the former Starbuck facing off against a witch.
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Romance is a staple of cinema. But while movies about love have often painted a portrait of happily ever after, some filmmakers have decided to deliver more realistic portrayals of romance — the good and the bad, the whimsical and the disappointing. Between Us is another one of those films.
The indie romance from Mexican director Rafael Palacio Illingworth focuses on Ben Feldman (Superstore) and Olivia Thirlby (Juno), a couple that has been together for six years and feels the pressure of settling down so much that they decide, perhaps too fleetingly, to tie the knot. They soon find that the “forever” part of their marriage vows is more of a struggle than they anticipated.
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Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
André Øvredal‘s The Autopsy of Jane Doe was one of my favorite movies at Fantastic Fest 2016 and one of the best horror films I’ve seen in a year that has been very kind to the genre. It will be released on VOD platforms on December 20, 2016 and in select theaters on December 21, 2016. If you like good horror movies that value performances and mood and character as much as they value scares, you should go out of your way to see it. If it’s playing in a theater near you, it’s worth the price of admission. This is such an audience movie.
And if you’ve already decided to see it, I’d recommend skipping the latest trailer, which tips its hand a little too much and teases a few too many of the film’s finest scares.
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Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
When I left the theater after seeing The Autopsy of Jane Doe at Fantastic Fest last month, the first thing I did was try to find a way to steady my nerves because this movie is scary as hell. The second thing I did was wonder how IFC Midnight was going to market a movie that takes place almost entirely around an autopsy table, with an increasingly, uh, examined dead body being central to much of the plot. The easiest answer: a red band trailer, of course.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
We’ve come to expect the best from Isabelle Huppert, but even by her own lofty standards she’s having one hell of a year. She has not one but two movies out later this fall, both of which have been collecting great reviews on the festival circuit. One is Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, the trailer for which we saw last month. The other is Mia Hansen-Løve‘s Things to Come, and we’ve got the trailer for you to enjoy right here.
The story concerns Nathalie, a philosophy teacher in late middle age who seems to have a perfectly nice life. Or so she thinks, until her husband of 25 years announces he’s leaving her for another woman. As her life falls apart, she begins to realize she feels truly free for the first time. Watch the Things to Come trailer below.
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Posted on Monday, October 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
Maren Ade‘s Toni Erdmann may be Germany’s selection in the Best Foreign Language Oscar category this year, but the cringeworthy hilarity of a really bad dad joke transcends language barriers. The story follows a father and daughter who aren’t on great terms. She (Sandar Hüller) is busy with a high-powered job in Bucharest, and he (Peter Simonischek) is even lonelier than ever after his dog dies. In an attempt to reconnect, he shows up at her doorstep for an unannounced — and unwelcome — weekend visit.
Things only get stranger and funnier and more uncomfortable from there. Put it this way: if you thought your parents were weird, they probably still have nothing on Winfried here. Toni Erdmann earned raves following its Cannes debut this summer, and is now on its way to U.S. theaters at the end of the year. Check out the first Toni Erdmann trailer below. Read More »
Since taking on the Twilight franchise, Kristen Stewart has spent her career taking on a wide variety of films in the indie world. Her roles in recent years include the prisoner of war drama Camp X-Ray, Woody Allen’s most recent film Cafe Society, the action comedy American Ultra, the powerful family drama Still Alice, and Olivier Assayas’ praised Clouds of Sils Maria. Now she’s back with the latter filmmaker for a haunting thriller.
Personal Shopper played at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, and now the acclaimed film is coming to limited theaters next spring. Having known very little about the film, even after its premiere at Cannes, I must say that the first Personal Shopper trailer that debuted online recently teases an enticing supernatural tale. Read More »
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The Autopsy of Jane Doe is the newest film from director André Øvredal, the man behind the very fun found footage movie Trollhunter. Øvredal returns to us with a new horror picture starring Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch, playing father and son in this story. The Autopsy of Jane Doe recently played at Fantastic Fest, where our own Jacob Hall called the film “scary as hell.”
Below, watch The Autopsy of Jane Doe teaser trailer.
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Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
Following a Sundance premiere back in January, Jason Lew‘s The Free World is now headed to theaters. Boyd Holbrook and Elisabeth Moss lead the downbeat romantic drama. He plays Mo, fresh out of prison after spending two decades locked away for a crime he didn’t commit. Nowadays he spends his days working at an animal shelter, which is where he meets Doris (Moss), the abused wife of a police officer.
She’s desperate for help and he’s helpless to turn her away, and the two strike up an intensely emotional bond that blossoms into a romance. Octavia Spencer and Sung Kang also star. Watch The Free World trailer below. Read More »