South by Southwest is only days away now. Sadly, I won’t be attending the very fun Austin-based festival this year, but our own Jacob Hall will be in attendance to cover the wide array of films premiering there this year, including some high-profile films. Last week an unfinished cut of Sausage Party was added to this year’s lineup, but another addition just has been made to the SXSW schedule: Keanu will play at the festival.
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One of our favorite movies at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival back in January was Sing Street from director John Carney. In my review from the festival, yours truly called the movie “marvelous, delightful and just plain great.” You’ve probably already seen the trailer for this flick that comes straight from the heart of the 1980s and all the pop rock that comes with that decade, but now a new clip has debuted showing us just how great the teen band at the center of the film truly is, even if they’re a bit clumsy shooting the music video for “The Riddle of the Model,” their first single. Read More »
These are the movies sold at Sundance 2016. Many of the films that premiere at the Sundance Film Festival are hoping to attract a distributor and find a bigger audience, be it in theaters around the country or distributed through digital VOD. Throughout the festival we will be reporting on all of the movies sold at Sundance 2016. This list should help give you an idea about which movies may someday be available to you either theatrically of VOD. We’re including photo stills from each of the films along with all of the relevant information (director, cast, how much it sold for, the plot synopsis and more). Hit the jump to find out which movies sold at Sundance 2016.
Latest update: Netflix grabs SVOD rights to Belgica (from Broken Circle Breakdown director Felix van Groeningen) and White Girl (starring Homeland‘s Morgan Saylor); Amazon Prime picks up NUTS!, a documentary about the stranger-than-fiction story of John Romulus Brinkley.
Previous update: Miramax/Roadshow acquire Obama love story Southside With You, Magnet buys horror film The Eyes of My Mother.
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One of the hit premieres out of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival this year was New Zealand’s comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople. The film comes from What We Do in the Shadows director Taika Waititi, who is preparing to make the jump to big budget filmmaking with Thor: Ragnarok at Marvel Studios, and his latest film proves why he’s one of the best and brightest filmmakers working today.
Sam Neill plays a grumpy old man who ends up stuck with a chubby little orphan named Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison in a breakthrough performance) after his sweet wife passes away, just when the young lad was starting to feel at home in the middle of nowhere. But the two unlikely family members end up on the run together from the law when Ricky decides he doesn’t want to go back to child services and some miscommunication pegs his foster uncle as a kidnapper. What ensues is a hilarious trip through the wilderness that is just as heartwarming as it is raucously funny.
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Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Director Richard Linklater is one of Austin, Texas’ favorite sons, so it was not surprising in the slightest when his newest movie, Everybody Wants Some, was selected to open this year’s SXSW Film Festival. Linklater’s work has screened at the fest on several occasions and Linklater himself has put in more than a few memorable appearances. He interviewed fellow Texan Wes Anderson after a screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel a few years ago and it was magnificent.
And that brings us to the news of the moment: Mondo, the Austin-based purveyor of terrific film and pop culture-related posters that sell out way too fast, is dedicating its next gallery show to Linklater and his work.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 by Angie Han
South by Southwest is just over a month away, and just in case you weren’t excited enough already, the festival has just unveiled this year’s Midnighters lineup. Highlights include Mike Flanagan‘s Hush, a new Fede Alvarez thriller, and the remastered Phantasm. And if needed even more reasons to get pumped, they’ve also announced a new selection of Festival Favorites and short films to look forward to.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 by Angie Han
We only just closed the book on Sundance 2016, but it’s already time to look ahead to one of the year’s other major festivals: South by Southwest, which takes place in Austin, Texas from March 11-19.
This year’s lineup includes 139 movies in total, including 89 world premieres and 52 feature debuts. Among the highlights are Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, Richard Linklater‘s Everybody Wants Some, Ti West‘s In a Valley of Violence, and Mike Birbiglia‘s Don’t Think Twice. TV lovers will be glad to see the world premieres of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s Preacher, Jody Hill and David Gordon Green‘s Vice Principals, and Adam Wingard‘s Outcast, among others. Hit the jump for the full SXSW 2016 movies.
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The 2016 Sundance Film Festival is over, and while you’ll have to wait a little while to see some of the films that played up in the mountains, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy part of the festival right now. In addition to the films that played at Park City, some filmmakers were in attendance for a series of panels talking about the art of film in a variety of ways, and one panel in particular will be worth your time.
Christopher Nolan and Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip), representing the blockbuster and indie sides of the film industry, sit down for a 90-minute chat about celluloid and their preference for using the physical medium over the digital format. Sweetening the deal are Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow and Fruitvale Station and Dope cinematographer Rachel Morrison. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
After 10 glorious days, the 2016 Sundance Film Festival came to a close last night, with awards handed out Saturday night. And now that the festival is officially over and done with, we at /Film have tallied the movies we saw this year, to present to you a list of our favorites.
Three writers from /Film attended the festival this year: Peter Sciretta, Angie Han, and Ethan Anderton. Just three movies were viewed by all three members of the /Film team: Other People, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and Manchester by the Sea. Another 12 were seen by two members of the /Film staff, and 26 were seen by just one person. In all, the three of us caught 41 different movies. So how did the films we watched stack up? Run down the best of Sundance 2016 with us after the jump. Read More »