win it all review

Win It All is a nice movie.

That may seem like faint praise, but it’s hard to think of a more accurate or complimentary way to describe the latest collaboration between co-writer/director Joe Swanberg and co-writer/actor Jake Johnson. It is a pleasant, agreeable movie about people you like, where every single scene (and the movie itself) refuses to overstay its welcome. It is funny. It is moving. It is sweet. It is easy to watch. It is nice.

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gareth edwards SXSW keynote

While the bulk of the Gareth Edwards-related headlines to come out of SXSW have to do with the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray and DVD release, the filmmaker was actually in Austin, Texas for a reason beyond talking about Star Wars with journalists and bloggers. He was actually there to talk about Star Wars in front of an enormous crowd as one of the fest’s keynote speakers.

Now, his entire keynote has been put online by SXSW, so non-attendees can watch the whole thing.

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american gods tv show

When we discuss the stunning and bizarre and frequently hilarious first hour of Starz’s American Gods, we may very well be discussing your next television obsession. At the very least, Bryan Fuller and Michael Green‘s adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s beloved novel has a stunning opening filled with astonishing images, bizarre characters, and evocative mysteries.

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Alien Covenant footage

“I’m pleased to show you some clips from our latest project, Alien: Covenant. My mantra has always been to scare the living shit out of you.”

And after that brisk introduction from director Ridley Scott, we were off. Technically, the crowd in the Paramount Theater in downtown Austin was there to watch a repertory screening of the original 1979 Alien, Scott’s horror/science fiction classic that has inspired countless imitators, but no equals. However, our session got started with with 15 minutes of the next film in the series, Alien: Covenant, with cast members Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, and Michael Fassbender on hand for a brief Q&A.

We watched three full scenes from the upcoming film and they were very promising: slick, violent, and very intense. Oh, and full of what seem to be major spoilers, but we’ll leave those parts out. Instead, let’s dive into what was on display in this footage in the most spoiler-free way possible.

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sxsw 2017 preview

The 2017 SXSW Film Festival kicks off today and /Film will be there for the duration, bringing you reviews of major premieres and new discoveries alike. While we’re bound to uncover a gem (or three) that come out of nowhere, a few movies are already on our radar as must-sees. Let’s run down the films we’re prioritizing this year.

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Netflix sxsw trailers

Netflix has released trailers for three original films in advance of their premieres at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, which begins tomorrow in Austin Texas. Those films include: Joe Swanberg‘s new comedy Win It All starring Keegan-Michael Key, Jake Johnson and Joe Lo Truglio, Tommy O’Haver‘s true-crime biopic drama The Most Hated Woman in America starring Melissa Leo, Adam Scott and Juno Temple, and E.L. Katz‘s dramatic crime thriller Small Crimes.

Below, watch the Netflix SXSW trailers, learn more about these three films, and find out when you’ll be able to watch them at home on Netflix streaming service.
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Baby Driver Script

Audiences heading to South by Southwest will be treated to the premiere of Baby Driver, the latest film from Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright. It’s one of my most anticipated films of 2017 (it’s on Jacob Hall’s list too), and I can’t wait to see what Wright has in store for us this time.

For those who don’t know, Baby Driver follows The Fault in Our Stars leading man Ansel Elgort as a young getaway driver who is nearly mute, suffering from a condition that leaves a constant ringing n his ears. He relies on his own personal soundtrack to drown out the noise so he can do what he does best. Now Edgar Wright has revealed the first page of the Baby Driver script, illustrating just how important music will be to the movie, even more than usual. Read More »

Baby Driver

The bulk of the 2017 SXSW Film Festival line-up has been unveiled and it is spectacular. We already knew that Terrence Malick‘s Song to Song would open this year’s fest, but it’s now in good company: Edgar Wright‘s Baby Driver, Ben Wheatley‘s Free Fire, and Michael Showalter‘s The Big Sick are among the films playing.

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Don't Think Twice

Mike Birbiglia started out as a stand-up comedian before transitioning into filmmaking with 2011’s loosely autobiographical Sleepwalk With Me, based on one of his stand-up acts. It was solid and sweet and lots of fun, but it’s his second film, Don’t Think Twice, that should really mark him as an indie director to watch.

The dramedy, which premiered at SXSW this spring and is now headed for a summer release, follows the members of a scrappy New York improv troupe played by Birbiglia, Gillian Jacobs, Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Gethard, Kate Micucci, and Tami Sagher. The close-knit circle finds itself in disarray when one of their number gets catches a huge break. It’s laugh-out-loud hilarious and painfully honest and above all, deeply empathetic, and it’ll ring all too true to anyone who’s ever found themselves feeling stuck in life. Watch the Don’t Think Twice trailer after the jump. Read More »

best films of sxsw 2016

The 2016 SXSW Film Festival is over, so you know what that means: it’s time to sift through the wreckage and hand out imaginary awards created by a jury composed entirely of a single writer. Welcome /Film’s SXSW Awards, where the categories only exist as an excuse to talk about the best movies that I saw at this year’s fest.

This was a strong year for a typically strong festival – as usual, everyone involved outdid themselves. For a complete look at everything I saw, you can head over here. But now it’s time to take the stage and start handing out fake trophies to a bunch of movies that deserve actual accolades.

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