The comedies Robert De Niro has made in recent years have left more than a little to be desired. Still, when news of De Niro playing a stand-up comedian in a new drama from Taylor Hackford surfaced, I was hoping that we might get something akin to his darker turn in Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy. But now that the first trailer for the film has arrived, it appears I might be slightly disappointed.
The Comedian follows Robert De Niro as Jackie Burke, a big name comedian with flares of a lame Don Rickles who is coasting through the latter portion of his career. He doesn’t really get along with many people, and his comedy paints him as a bit of a jerk, which doesn’t seem entirely inaccurate. But he might have found an unlikely counterpart in a younger woman (Leslie Mann) he meets while doing mandatory community service. It just feels like it’s playing things very safe.
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Posted on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Studio Ghibli is venturing into new territory. The animation house’s first international co-production is The Red Turtle, a gorgeous fable from Dutch animator Michaël Dudok De Wit. While not a Studio Ghibli release per se, this wordless wonder is certainly worthy of standing with the Japanese giant’s other titles. The story and art are deceptively simple, spinning a tale of an unfortunate man stranded on a desert island, but what eventually emerges is a moving meditation on the cycle of life.
The Red Turtle has already won over audiences at Cannes and TIFF (among other festivals) and is now preparing to set sail for U.S. theaters. Check out the new The Red Turtle trailer below. Read More »
In 2009, actor John Krasinski made his directorial debut with an adaptation of David Foster Wallace‘s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. The film, which does feature some good performances, wasn’t received particularly well. Seven years after its premiere, Krasinski returned to the Sundance Film Festival with his second feature as a director, The Hollars, which stars himself, Anna Kendrick, Margo Martindale, Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day, Richard Jenkins, Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Below, watch The Hollars trailer.
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Tom Hiddleston has called the role of Hank Williams one of the hardest jobs he’s ever done. The I Saw the Light star had to completely transform himself, physically and vocally, sometimes in the subtlest of ways, to play the iconic folk singer. All of that hard work led to a performance that’s more akin to embodiment than impersonation — a tough tightrope to walk for any actor starring in a biopic.
Below, read our Tom Hiddleston interview, in which he discusses playing Hank Williams, authenticity, and more.
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The Meddler was on my most anticipated of 2016 list. The film, which stars Rose Byrne and Susan Sarandon, is Lorene Scafaria‘s second directorial effort, following the effortlessly charming Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Scafaria’s film premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, where it was greeted with a positive reception. Sarandon, in particular, was praised for her performance.
Watch The Meddler trailer below.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s no secret that love has a way of complicating things, both in the movies and in life, but Maggie’s Plan takes these complications to the next level. Greta Gerwig stars as Maggie, a 30something New Yorker who’s decided the time is right for her to try and get pregnant on her own. Then she meets and falls for a professor named John (Ethan Hawke), who’s unhappily married to Georgette (Julianne Moore), and all of Maggie’s plans go out the window.
The Rebecca Miller-directed comedy has been making the rounds on the festival circuit for the past several months, and now it’s finally on its way into theaters. Watch the first Maggie’s Plan trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
There’s a strong chance you’ve heard about László Nemes‘ directorial debut, Son of Saul. This harrowing drama is the current frontrunner for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards. It took home the foreign film award at the Golden Globes last week. It even made my personal top 10 of 2015, which is surely the greatest honor of them all.
While you have heard about it, chances are strong that you haven’t had a chance to actually see Son of Saul. It’s not like brutal Hungarian Holocaust dramas are a common sight at your local multiplex. However, a new trailer for this incredible film has arrived, which should serve as a reminder to check out this movie as soon as you have a chance (and on the big screen, if you can make that happen).
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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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