2014 has been the year of Boyhood, Richard Linklater‘s 12-years in the making chronicle of a Texas family. The film debuted to great praise at Sundance back in January, and twelve months later it is causing a stir as critics groups in Boston and Los Angeles hand it several awards. (Including a well-deserved Best Actress win for Patricia Arquette from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.) The film hits digital HD today, and will be on DVD and Blu in January. To help promote that digital release, IFC has offered up a great ten-minute video that looks at the twelve-year process of creating the movie. Read More »
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The Dardenne Brothers (The Kid With a Bike) aren’t known for working with actors who might also be found in a Christopher Nolan tentpole, but Marion Cotillard is that rare talent who can seem at ease in both environments. And she seems perfectly cast in Two Days, One Night, the new film from the Dardennes, in which Cotillard plays a woman who must rely upon a certain sort of generosity from her co-workers in order to keep her job. It doesn’t sound like much, but that setup is all the Dardennes need to create a stirring film. See the new Two Days, One Night trailer below.
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We all know that Adam Driver co-stars on Girls and that he’ll be in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (And that he was so great in a small role in Inside Llewyn Davis last year, too.) But there’s a Driver performance most of us haven’t had a chance to see yet, and it is one for which he and his co-star are winning accolades. In Hungry Hearts, Driver and Alba Rohrwacher play a young couple who “engage in a fateful struggle over the life of their newborn child.” If that sounds like some Roman Polanski sorta-atmosphere, that’s what we got out of the Hungry Hearts trailer, too. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
One indie film that’s mostly flown under the radar is Goodbye to All That, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this past spring. But judging by the first trailer, it may be time to give this one a closer look.
Goodbye to All That is the directorial debut of Angus MacLachlan, screenwriter of the remarkable Junebug. Paul Schneider stars as a newly divorced dad trying to navigate the single life for the first time in years. Okay, so the premise sounds a bit familiar, but the execution looks far above average thanks to MacLachlan’s warm, honest approach and engaging performances all around. Watch the first Goodbye to All That trailer after the jump.
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Every once in a while, you go to the movies with no idea what you’re about to see and witness something special. Even something miraculous, cinema in its purest form, without hype or expectations. That happened to me this summer when I saw Sam Esmail‘s Comet.
In Comet, Justin Long and Emmy Rossum star as a couple whose entire relationship is viewed in a series of connected scenes that change, transform and surprise in a multitude of ways. It opens in limited release December 5 and now the first trailer is here. Check out the Comet trailer below. Read More »
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Berberian Sound Studio director Peter Strickland returns with The Duke of Burgundy, but this film offers a fairly different sort of experience. There’s still a hazy, less-than-real aesthetic and sense of place, but this movie has a more focused and recognizable story at its core. The short synopsis of this movie is very simple: “Peter Strickland’s dark melodrama follows the intense relationship between two women.”
In truth, The Duke of Burgundy is a good bit more complex than that, especially as relates to the specific dynamics of the relationship. To keep things close to the vest, I’ll just say that their relationship is atypical, but the beauty of the film is that it does not treat the couple’s interactions as unusual. Their problems are the same problems any couple has; they just happen to be articulated through more eccentric means.
I really love this film and can’t wait for more people to have a chance to see it. Below, get a first taste via a Duke of Burgundy clip. Read More »
The Babadook is good enough that, after nine months of Sundance audiences (like me) flapping their gums about it’s virtues, Fantastic Fest audiences saw through any hype and responded enthusiastically to the film in multiple screenings over the past week. It’s good enough that, even with the debut of other impressive horror pictures (such as festival entries Cub, It Follows, and Shrew’s Nest — especially Shrew’s Nest) The Babadook still rings as the top horror film of 2014 so far. And now we’ve got the first Babadook US trailer. Read More »
The Babadook, which follows a very troubled single mother and her son, is the best horror film I’ve seen in 2014. In fact, it’s one of the best I’ve seen in a long time, period. So we’re going to keep talking about it, because the name isn’t the sort that ropes audiences in right away. (In fact, the film’s title is the main reason I almost blew it off at Sundance. Very glad I did not.) Here’s a great new Babadook quad poster from the UK, along with a trailer for the film that we haven’t run in the past. Read More »
The Babadook is a lean and mean horror film out of Australia, and this new Babadook trailer is just perfect. The film was one of the best at Sundance this year, and remains one of my favorites of the year so far.
The story centers on Amelia, a widowed mother, and her troubled young son Samuel. The kid is spinning out of control, and his mom is at her wits’ end. A strange storybook provides a focal point for Sam’s nightmarish hallucinations, and things get intense as Sam’s visions start to connect with Amelia’s own fears.
Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman are simply terrific in the two lead roles, and writer/director Jennifer Kent has cooked up a story that is shockingly scary and built on solid characters. Take the shocks out of this movie and you’d still have a great story. With them in, The Babadook is the must-see horror film of 2014. Watch the trailer below. Read More »