Amy Adams in Nocturnal Animals

Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals hit theaters this past weekend and while /Film’s Angie Han found it “pretty but hollow,” the film continued to haunt me long after I left the theater.

Specifically, I found the film’s ending to be enigmatic, and worthy of further conversation. After the jump, you’ll find some of my thoughts on it. You should assume that there are massive SPOILERS for the film in this article and in the comments.
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Deadpool 2 director frontrunner

UPDATE: THR reports that Leitch has closed his deal to direct Deadpool 2. Original story from 10/29/16 follows.

John Wick director David Leitch is the frontrunner to direct Deadpool 2, which last week lost director Deadpool director Tim Miller over creative differences. with Ryan Reynolds. Hit the jump for more info on the Deadpool 2 director frontrunner.

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Emilia Clarke

Breaking news. Disney has announced that Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has been cast in the upcoming untitled Han Solo Star Wars standalone movie. Hit the jump to learn some details about the Emilia Clarke Han Solo casting.

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early doctor strange comics

The new Doctor Strange movie has done what 50 years of comic book lore could not – it has made the the Marvel Universe’s master of the mystical arts into a household name. Like Iron Man before him, Stephen Strange is no longer a B-tier superhero, beloved only by dedicated comic book readers. He now belongs to movie fans around the world.

Any character who has existed for half a century undergoes significant changes. But at the same time, any character who can exist for half a century has something at his core that allows him to endure for so long. So I decided to revisit the earliest Doctor Strange comics, written by Stan Lee and drawn by Steve Ditko, to see just how much the Sorcerer Supreme has evolved… and how much he’s stayed the same. (Spoilers ahead for the Doctor Strange movie, if you haven’t seen it yet.)

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NOCTURNAL ANIMALS review

Note: With Nocturnal Animals out this weekend, we’re re-running our review from TIFF.

There’s a lot to admire about Nocturnal Animals, the second feature from Tom Ford. The narrative is actually two narratives, beautifully braided together by Ford and brought to life by Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal. It’s pretentious pulp, in a good way — engaging to watch and pretty to behold. But Nocturnal Animals seems to be aiming for profundity, and there it falls short. It’s trying to say something, but what isn’t exactly clear.  Read More »

Magicians: Life In The Impossible Trailer

/Film’s David Chen has said that half of his top ten list this year will probably be populated by documentaries. There have been some real fantastic documentary films in 2016, and I want to add a new one to your to-do list. It is called Magicians: Life in the Impossible. Yes, the title is so horribly generic that if you search “magicians movie” on Google, the film doesn’t even show up on the first page of results, but please don’t let that scare you away.

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Why Diversity in Film Matters More Than Ever

Star Wars Rogue One Character Names

In the wake of this shocking election and in the face of massive uncertainty, the question of diversity in movies may seem trivial. What does it matter what race a new comic book hero or action star is when the next president is taking advice from a proud white nationalist? Who cares whether female characters are well written when the incoming Republican government is drooling over the opportunity to gut Roe v. Wade?

The answer is it still matters. It may matter now more than ever.  Read More »

Kong Skull Island Trailer

Following a revival of Godzilla back in 2014, another one of most menacing monsters of the movies is returning to theaters. Kong: Skull Island brings back the King of the Apes known as King Kong. And while we know that this new take on Kong will have ties to the same world that the new Godzilla exists in, eventually leading to a head-to-head battle between the two monsters in 2020, first we must have a proper introduction to the giant ape.

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star wars episode 8 character details

We’re still over a year away from Star Wars: Episode VIII, yet I feel like we are much more in the dark about Rian Johnson‘s of the Star Wars saga than we were about JJ Abrams film this far before release. When Star Wars 8 began production back in February 2016, it was announced that Oscar winner Benicio del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran were joining the cast in undisclosed roles. We’ve heard rumblings over the past year and a half about del Toro’s villain role, but we really haven’t heard anything substantial from the rumor mill, until now. Hit the jump to find out what we learned from the rumored Star Wars Episode 8 character details.

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the edge of seventeen interview

The Edge of Seventeen is the kind of movie that could change someone’s life. Rarely has a “teen comedy” been so brutally honest and so agonizingly real, portraying the pain of being a young adult with empathy, immediacy, and a wicked sense of humor. In the lead role of Nadine Byrd, Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld crafts one of the great teen antiheroes – you’re always on her side even when she’s making the worst possible decision.

The is a combination of fresh and seasoned talent, with first-time writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig teaming up with veteran producer (and film and television legend) James L. Brooks. To interview them is to discover a duo who are on the same page in the best possible ways, artists concerned with telling honest stories about people who feel real. While the subject at hand is The Edge of Seventeen, we found time to talk about the importance of research, diversity in filmmaking, and the ongoing battle with depression. And yes, I managed to find a way to talk oh-so-briefly about Brooks’ masterpiece Broadcast News.

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