Son of Saul Review

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 »


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Truth trailer

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 »

I Saw the Light footage

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 »

Whiplash short film

In a surprise run that doesn’t normally happen, Damien Chazelle‘s stupendous film Whiplash went all the way from a premiere at Sundance to a Best Picture nomination the following year. It didn’t take home the big prize, but J.K. Simmons ended up pulling off a deserved win for Best Supporting Actor, and the film also got the Film Editing and Sound Mixing awards.

In case you didn’t know, Whiplash was based on a short film of the same name that Chazelle directed in 2013. The film featured Simmons as the jazz band conductor still, but it had Johnny Simmons (co-star of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, no relation to J.K. Simmons) in the lead role instead.

And if you’ve ever wondered how the two compare, a YouTube video has a fantastic side-by-side comparison showing how the short and the feature length film are very similar, and nearly identical, in many key sequences. Watch the Whiplash short film comparison after the jump! Read More »

Diary of a Teenage Girl UK trailer

After making a splash at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, the indie sensation The Diary of a Teenage Girl is coming to theaters next month. The film may not have made our list of the Best of Sundance 2015, but it’s certainly one of those indies worth seeking out this summer.

Now a new trailer from across the pond has surfaced, showcasing a tale of sexual exploration and coming-of-age, driven stupendously by a breakthrough performance from Bel Powley. And coming through with outstanding supporting performances are Alexander Skarsgard and Kristen Wiig too. Watch The Diary of a Teenage Girl UK trailer below! Read More »

Grandma trailer

Right now you can get plenty of Lily Tomlin in the Netflix exclusive series Grace and Frankie, but later this summer she’s also got a new indie hitting theaters, fresh from the Sundance Film Festival and Los Angeles Film Festival this year.

The movie is called Grandma, but don’t think that just because Tomlin is old enough to play the title role that she’s some feeble old woman. In the indie comedy, Tomlin just might be the coolest grandmother you’ve ever seen, but she’s got a bit of an attitude problem, making it hard to get along with her granddaughter (Julia Garner of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) when they need each other the most.

Watch the Grandma trailer after the jump! Read More »

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Coming Home trailer

Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled the new trailer for Coming Home, the historical romance from director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero). Based on the novel by Geling Yan, Coming Home centers on a married couple, Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (Gong Li), who are separated when the former is sent to a labor camp.

He returns years later to discover that she, having suffered a head injury, no longer recognizes him. Determined to get his life back, he sets out to resurrect his relationship with his wife. Newcomer Zhang Huiwen plays their daughter. Watch the Coming Home trailer after the jump. Read More »

diary of a teenage girl trailer

Coming-of-age indie narratives are a Sundance staple each year, and this year one of the most buzzed-about was Marielle Heller‘s The Diary of a Teenage Girl. Based on the novel by Phoebe Gloeckner, it stars Bel Powley as Minnie, a teenager growing up in 1970s San Francisco.

Minnie loses her virginity to a much older man (Alexander Skårsgard) who also happens to be dating her mom (Kristen Wiig), and her life only gets crazier and more complicated from there. Check out the first Diary of a Teenage Girl trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Irrational Man

In typical Woody Allen fashion, the writer/director has been keeping details for his next film Irrational Man under tight wraps. But with the arrival of the first Irrational Man trailer, we finally have some idea of what this movie will be about.

Joaquin Phoenix stars as a philosophy professor who’s suffering from an existential crisis: he can’t write, he can’t breathe, he “couldn’t remember the reason for living,” as he says in the promo. But he gains new purpose when he strikes up a relationship with a beautiful young student played by Emma Stone. Watch the Irrational Man trailer after the jump.  Read More »