tilda swinton julia

Do you want to disappoint Tilda Swinton? No, of course you don’t. Over the weekend, the actress took part in a Reddit AMA to promote her new film Snowpiercer. During the session she gave many charming and informative answers to a wide variety of questions. Asked about an unappreciated movie of hers that she hopes more people might see, she wrote enthusiastically about Erick Zonca‘s 2008 film Julia.

The movie, inspired by John Cassavetes’ Gloria, features Swinton in the lead role as a woman who kidnaps a young boy in hopes of ransoming him for a large amount of money. Below, read her comments, and watch the trailer for the film.

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Life Itself

Thursday night in Hollywood, Magnolia Pictures hosted the premiere of the incredible documentary Life Itself. Directed by Steve James, the film tells the story of legendary film critic Roger Ebert. Along the way, it helps us think about not only Ebert’s legacy, but our own love of movies and ultimately our own lives. It’s a beautiful film that opens in theaters and on demand July 4.

Scrolling through Twitter, I noticed something at the Life Itself premiere that touched my heart. Someone at the premiere had left a seat open for Ebert, who passed away in April of 2013, just four months after James started filming. The simple gesture brought a tear to my eye because of just how much Ebert meant to myself and fellow film critics, fans and audiences all over the world. If it had that effect on me, we thought it might have a similar effect on you. Read More »

new Frank trailer

Frank is so great. I want to show it to everyone, but right now I’ll settle for sharing a new Frank trailer. The film is easily in my favorites of 2014 so far, and not because it has Michael Fassbender wearing a giant fake head, or because Maggie Gyllenhaal is a deliciously brittle musician, or because Domhnall Gleeson plays a picture-perfect vision of the wannabe artist.

The film is a fave because, as weird as the movie gets, Frank is totally honest, gleefully odd, and unusually perceptive about the process of making music and art. It feels totally right. And, ok, Fassbender’s performance as Frank is stellar, and the rest of the cast rises to his challenge. The Frank US trailer is out now, and you can see it below. Read More »

‘Ragnarok’ Trailer: The World Serpent Wakes

Ragnarok trailer

Want something a little different this summer, but not too different? Ragnarok may be just the thing. The film is a big-budget action-adventure story in the Spielberg mold, but there are also shades of Godzilla as the real star is a giant beast that has lain for centuries beneath the sea. Inspired vaguely by stories of the mythological Norse end of the world, this Norwegian film stars Pål Sverre Hagen (Kon-Tikiand Sofia HelinMikkel Brænne Sandemose directed from a script by John Kåre Raake. Check out the US Ragnarok trailer below. Read More »

Two Faces of January Trailer

Last time we checked in on The Two Faces of January, the film didn’t have a US release date set. There was reason to hope for one, as the film stars Viggo Mordetensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac in an adaptation of the novel by Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley).

This Two Faces of January trailer starts off a bit different than the last one — it introduces Mortensen and Dunst as an American couple abroad, and shows how they get into trouble when the past catches up with them. And then Oscar Isaac steps in to help, and things start to get complicated. Knowing Highsmith’s plots, there will be more twists than the ones promises here. Watch below! Read More »

Frontera trailer

Enjoyment of the work of Ed Harris and Michael Peña looks like the primary reason to watch the politicized Frontera. In the thriller, an illegal Mexican immigrant (Peña) is accused of the murder of an Arizona woman. Her widower husband, a former Sheriff played by Harris, starts to look into the case, and finds that there are multiple layers of information no one is talking about. Watch the Frontera trailer below. Read More »

Force Majeure trailer

The Swedish film Force Majeure upends the disaster movie concept. A family finds its ski vacation disrupted when an avalanche threatens the mountain and lodge. And while disaster is averted on a grand scale, the brush with fear and death reveals something disturbing about the family patriarch, and creates some big problems. Check out the first Force Majeure trailer below. Read More »

Life Itself

“A vast, entertaining and thought-provoking look at Roger Ebert the man and icon.” That’s how I described Steve James‘ documentary Life Itself when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Now you can see some of that film for yourself.

Based on Ebert’s autobiography of the same name, the documentary tells Ebert’s life story via the framework of our own love of the movies. James, who is best known for Hoop Dreams, takes great care to specifically illustrate not only how Ebert changed the face of film criticism, but how he helped us all discover our own passion for the movies.

Magnolia picked up the film out of the festival and is bringing it to theaters and on demand on July 4. Now, the first Life Itself trailer has been released. Check it out. Read More »

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