New Joss Whedon Film

Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently in production but there’s another new Joss Whedon film now available online. In Your Eyes, a new film written and produced by Whedon, premiered Sunday at the Tribeca Film Festival. Following the screening, Whedon announced the film would immediately be available online to download for $5. It’s a “metaphysical romance” starring Zoe Kazan, Michael Stahl-David and directed by Brin Hill.

Below, watch a video message from the writer/producer and find out how to download the new Joss Whedon film. Read More »

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new Dardenne Brothers trailer

The Kid With a Bike, the last film from sibling directors Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, was one of the best films of 2011, and will probably end up standing as one of the best films of the decade. So we’d be excited at the prospect of any new film from the brothers. The fact that their new movie, Two Days, One Night, stars Marion Cotillard is just a lovely bonus. The film will premiere at Cannes next month, and the first new Dardenne Brothers trailer film is below. Read More »

the captive trailer

With the announcement of the Cannes 2014 lineup comes a great deal of information on new films from talented filmmakers. Among those is Atom Egoyan, whose latest film The Captive just got a first trailer. Ryan Reynolds stars as a father whose daughter is kidnapped while he quickly runs into a store to get a pie for dinner. The frightening occurrence is just the start of a long, intricate kidnapping plot that involves characters played by Scott Speedman, Mireille Enos, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Durand and Bruce Greenwood.

Check out The Captive trailer, poster and synopsis below. Read More »

Foxcatcher

This morning, the official selections for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival were announced. Now in its 67th year, the event is still considered one of the highlights of the cinematic calendar, and lineups like this one are why. The list runs all over the place, in a good way.

Among the featured filmmakers this year are David Cronenberg, Jean-Luc Godard, Bennett Miller, David Michôd, Xavier Dolan, and Michel Hazanavicius — and Ryan Gosling, finally making his directorial debut. As expected, Olivier Dahan‘s Grace of Monaco is serving as the (out of competition) opener. And How to Train Your Dragon 2 will be to Cannes 2014 what Madagascar 3 was to Cannes 2012.

Read the full Cannes 2014 lineup after the jump.

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Editor’s Note: The following review was originally published on January 22nd 2014 after the film’s premiere at Sundance. The review is being republished as the film is being released in New York and Los Angeles this weekend, and expanding in the coming weeks.

In the case of an action movie like The Raid, I can’t fault anyone who wants to set plot aside and simply enjoy the action. With The Raid 2, that approach becomes impossible. Writer/director/editor Gareth Evans puts lofty goals fully on display in this sequel, which expands in every direction relative to the original. The action is bigger and more diverse, the story is more complex, and more emphasis is placed on dramatic performances even as the film’s physical demands intensify. Where the first was a tightly controlled action film that jettisoned all but the skeleton of a plot, this sequel is a huge crime tale featuring several criminal organizations competing for power, the police trying to catch up, and one young cop caught squarely in the middle.

Premiering the film at Sundance in a prime slot is a strange experiment of sorts. The Raid 2 isn’t a thing for general audiences; this is a hardcore genre movie. The swirl of Evans’ dramatic ambitions are punctuated by ultra-violent choreography, like a machine-gun snare drum tracked into a piece of classical music. It’s a tricky balancing act. The Raid 2 navigates the test awkwardly at best, because the story never connects as solidly as do the film’s thousand punches. Read More »

Sundance sci-fi The Signal

The Sundance sci-fi The Signal, almost a mystery as much as it is a science fiction piece, played really well at the festival this year. While I didn’t get to see it, Peter loved the film, and it was quickly set for a summer release by Focus Features. But The Signal remains a mystery to most potential audiences — and that’s where these new images and a viral video come in. None of these materials will give away what’s going on in the film, but they probably will make you a lot more curious about seeing it. Read More »

Starry Eyes Red-Band

The SXSW film festival has been ramping up its Midnight programming over the past few years, to the point where each new iteration of the fest sees the debut of at least one or two very worthy genre entries.

Two of the Midnight films this year are 13 Sins and Starry Eyes, and short, violent and intense trailers are available for each. (That’s an excerpt of the spectacular Starry Eyes poster above; see the full image below.) Read More »

Chef (4)

When Jon Favreau released the first Iron Man, he was still seen as an exciting young director on his way up despite having credits like Made, Elf, and Zathura. Then came Iron Man 2 and Cowboys & Aliens, and his name started to elicit more eye-rolls than smiles. But at SXSW this year, he unveiled what seems to be a return to form: a crowd-pleasing indie called Chef.

In it, Favreau plays a once-acclaimed chef rebuilding his life after a heavily YouTubed incident sends his career on the skids. He’s also dealing with a gorgeous ex-wife (Sofia Vergara) and an adorable moppet of a son (Emjay Anthony). So how does this latest effort stack up against some of Favreau’s critically scorned tentpole output? Get the word from SXSW and check out some first-look photos after the jump.

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