After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, the biopic I Saw the Light about country singer Hank Williams was supposed to be released Thanksgiving weekend. But back in October, the movie was pushed back to a spring 2016 release, with a crowded awards season and Tom Hiddleston‘s busy schedule cited as the primary reasons for the delay.
Now that the film is just a few months away, we finally have the first I Saw the Light trailer, showing that this is undoubtedly Tom Hiddleston’s Walk the Line, with pretty much the same beats and a praiseworthy leading performance. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 by Jack Giroux
The opening night movie of this year’s Sundance Film Festival was a bit of a letdown. In 2014, Whiplash kicked off the fest, starting things off with a bang. This year, though, the festival started with a whimper. Director Bryan Buckley‘s The Bronze is about a female antihero, which could have made for a great change of pace because we see enough terribly flawed or tortured male characters. Unfortunately, The Bronze doesn’t have the laughs or sadness we expect from truly great antihero stories.
After the jump, watch The Bronze red band trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Son of Saul may be a masterpiece. Hungary’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards is stunningly technical accomplishment, a two-hour tour through hell that will leave your emotions battered and leave your soul black and blue. Holocaust dramas are tough sells by their very nature, but director László Nemes‘ debut feature demands to be seen. This is bold, accomplished filmmaking, providing a crushing, fresh new angle on a subject that has already been filmed countless times.
The Son of Saul trailer only hints at the what the film is, but it’s all the better for it. Watch it after the jump.
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Who doesn’t like Dame Maggie Smith? The actress even has fans amongst the kiddies, thanks to her performance as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter franchise. Potter and Downtown Abby aside, she’s done great work throughout her career, both on and off the stage. We’ll next see her in an adaptation of a stage play, Lady in the Van, which she starred in, before the year ends.
Watch the Lady in the Van trailer after the jump.
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There comes a time in every great actor’s life where they must star in a biopic. Awards potential aside, it’s just something you gotta do. Actor Tom Hiddleston‘s (Crimson Peak) performance as country singer Hank Williams initially seemed destined for accolades, but I Saw the Light getting delayed until 2016 makes that an unlikely future. Learn more after the jump.
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Son of Saul is a significant achievement made all the more astonishing by the fact that it is the director’s debut feature. This intimate story from within the Holocaust avoids World War II movie cliches, turning away from convention to embrace an unflinching vision of one man’s quest for redemption in the inferno of Auschwitz.
The phrase “Holocaust movie” may inspire an instinct to avoid rather than rush towards a film; in this case please don’t give in. Son of Saul approaches its subject without gingerness or caution, but this film’s spirit never falls into exploitation. More important, focusing on one man’s experience does not trivialize the weight of the story’s context. Seeing the Holocaust through Saul’s own personal mission gives us a view of the genocide that is unlike any other in cinema. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 by Angie Han
Prepare to relive very recent history with Truth, James Vanderbilt‘s drama about the “Rathergate” scandal. Robert Redford plays CBS News anchor Dan Rather, and Cate Blanchett his producer Mary Mapes. Toper Grace, Elisabeth Moss, Dennis Quaid, Bruce Greenwood, and Stacy Keach also star. Watch the Truth trailer after the jump. Read More »
When a biopic depicts a major musical figure, one of the first orders of promotional business is to show the lead actor performing a key song. It’s the way to say “see? they can do it!” So here’s Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams in the film I Saw the Light, in a clip that takes place in the studio when Williams lays down the classic track ‘Move it on Over,’ which was a watershed tune for the singer. (A song, by the way, about a guy literally sleeping in the doghouse after his wife locks him out.)
We don’t have a trailer for the film yet, but here’s the first I Saw the Light footage, complete with a little bonus glimpse of Elizabeth Olsen as Audrey Sheppard Williams. Read More »