Posted on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
Brian Wilson wasn’t a conventional person, so why should he get a conventional biopic? Love & Mercy casts not one but two actors as the Beach Boys musician. Paul Dano plays him in the 1960s, when he was a young man on track for greatness; John Cusack plays him in the 1980s, as he’s struggling to get out from under an abusive relationship with his doctor Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti).
Leaving aside the fact that Dano, Cusack, and Wilson don’t really look alike at all, Love & Mercy seems like an artful exploration of an American music icon. Elizabeth Banks also stars as Melinda Ledbetter, the woman who would become Wilson’s second wife. Watch the Love and Mercy trailer after the jump.
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There have been more screen incarnations of Sherlock Holmes than we can easily count, with two active on television right now. And still the idea of Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes is something we’re still eager to see. Now we can — and as one might expect, Sir Ian’s Holmes is somewhat unique.
Based upon the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin, the film Mr. Holmes catches up with Sherlock very late in life, when he has retired to a country home. Holmes is beumsed, and to some extent irritated by the inflated tales of his exploits. The story finds him returning — mentally, at least — to old stories and memories. Bill Condon directs the film which “reflects upon the interplay between truth and legend, age and memory, unresolved guilt and the chance to finally make peace with oneself.” There’s no trailer for the film just yet, but you can see McKellan’s Sherlock now in a Mr. Holmes clip. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by Angie Han
It may seem premature in September to declare that a film has entered the Oscar race, but in the case of Mommy it’s confirmed fact. Last week, Canada officially selected the family drama as its entry for the Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award. It’ll be director Xavier Dolan‘s second time angling for the prize; his feature directing debut I Killed My Mother was chosen to represent the country for the 82nd Oscars.
To be sure, Mommy still has several hoops to jump through before it gets that little gold man. But the glowing reactions from its Cannes debut suggest it could actually go the distance. To get an idea of what all the fuss is about, hit the jump to see the Mommy US trailer.
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One of the most exciting and uplifting films of the Sundance Film Festival just got its first trailer. It’s called The Skeleton Twins and stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig as estranged siblings, reunited after a tragedy, who must begin to work through their old issues. Craig Johnson directed the film, which is decidedly more dramatic than you’re used to seeing Wiig and Hader, but they rise to the occasion. Each creates a full, interesting, flawed character with plenty of humor just under the surface.
The Skeleton Twins opens September 19 and now you can watch the first trailer. Check it out below. Read More »
Dear White People made a splash at Sundance as a well-liked, funny satire about race relations in modern America. The first Dear White People teaser trailer has just arrived, and you’ll see pretty quickly why Sundance audiences liked the movie. Writer/director Justin Simien makes his debut with the film, and he’s got a funny and frank voice, and is willing to poke at sensitive topics with humor and energy. And just to make sure the broadest possible audience gets behind this ad campaign, there’s a great gag in the trailer about the real meaning of Gremlins. Watch the teaser below.
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It’s a classic setup: the wife of a philandering husband is kidnapped, and the lowlifes responsible ask for a million-dollar ransom. Trouble is, the husband doesn’t want the wife to be returned, as he wants to start a new life with his younger and more sexually available mistress. Life of Crime is based on Elmore Leonard‘s novel The Switch, and features Tim Robbins, Jennifer Aniston, and Isla Fisher as that crime-crossed love triangle defined by kidnapping and lust.
And while you wouldn’t know it from the trailer, John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) play younger versions of the characters played by Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson in Jackie Brown. Will Life of Crime stick more closely to the source novel than Tarantino did when he adapted the novel Rum Punch into Jackie Brown? Get your bearings by watching the Life of Crime trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
One of the very last films Philip Seymour Hoffman completed before his passing this past February was A Most Wanted Man, Anton Corbijn‘s adaptation of John le Carré‘s novel. The film premiered at Sundance this year to mostly (if not wildly) positive reviews, and is now heading toward a theatrical release this summer.
Hoffman leads the contemporary thriller as Günther Bachmann, a German spy looking for a half-Chechen, half-Russian immigrant (Grigoriy Dobrygin) with possible terrorist ties. The film looks checking out for many reasons, not least of which is the chance to hear Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, and Willem Dafoe try out their best German accents. Watch the first A Most Wanted Man trailer after the jump.
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Here’s a new trailer for Joe, which teams director David Gordon Green with Nicolas Cage. Both men have started to be known more for their broad comic and genre work, but this movie shows that both can really deliver on the dramatic front when they have a mind to. Here Cage is paired with Tye Sheridan, the young actor who was so good in Mud, playing a young man with a tousled family, who develops a surrogate father/son relationship with Cage’s character Joe.
We’ve seen one French trailer for the film already, but this is the first domestic edit, and it’s a lot better. There’s less plot given away here, and a lot more suggestion of character. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 by Angie Han
Having spent most of the past decade overacting in one cheapie thriller after another, Nicolas Cage sometimes draws more jeers than applause these days, even though his fanbase is probably bigger than ever. And on the all-too-rare occasion that he finds a project worthy of his talents, it becomes clear that he can still bring it when he wants to.
One such showcase is Joe, David Gordon Green‘s gritty drama about an ex-con (Cage) who strikes up an unlikely bond with a troubled teen (Tye Sheridan of Mud and Tree of Life). The film made the festival rounds last year, and is now gearing up for theatrical release. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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