Dinosaur 13 trailer

The documentary Dinosaur 13 tells story that is first uplifting and then utterly infuriating. It’s a wild ride. The film begins with the 1990 discovery of a T-rex skeleton, nicknamed Sue, and follows the work of a group of semi-pro paleontologists who unearth and preserve the skeleton, only to have it taken from them by the highest US law enforcement agencies. You’ve seen the National Guard roll into a town in monster movies, but here, the Guard shows up to help the FBI take a long-dead dino from the people who found it. Check out the Dinosaur 13 trailer below. Read More »

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Life Itself

“A vast, entertaining and thought-provoking look at Roger Ebert the man and icon.” That’s how I described Steve James‘ documentary Life Itself when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Now you can see some of that film for yourself.

Based on Ebert’s autobiography of the same name, the documentary tells Ebert’s life story via the framework of our own love of the movies. James, who is best known for Hoop Dreams, takes great care to specifically illustrate not only how Ebert changed the face of film criticism, but how he helped us all discover our own passion for the movies.

Magnolia picked up the film out of the festival and is bringing it to theaters and on demand on July 4. Now, the first Life Itself trailer has been released. Check it out. Read More »

Dictionary adds Catfish

When a little low budget documentary Catfish played at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, who would’ve thought the indie would change popular culture in the way that it has? Not only was the film was a critical and commercial success, but it spawned an MTV reality series that has been one of those shows that I rush to watch every week it airs — its surprisingly great. But thats the point, Catfish surprises in every way possible. The title of the film, which comes from an almost-completely unrelated story delivered late in the film, has been adopted in popular culture and now Merriam-Webster Dictionary is making it official — the dictionary adds Catfish definition inspired by the movie and television show.

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Palo Alto

James Franco has been an actor, a director, an author, a scholar, a painter, and an Instagram creepster. Now he’s going to be a documentary subject, too. First-time director Lisa Vangellow has been collecting footage for Franco: A Documentary since last June, and is now heading into the editing bay. More details on the project after the jump.

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Cate Blanchett Voyage of Time

Recently, Terrence Malick has been putting out new movies every year or two instead of every decade or so. But that doesn’t mean he’s rushing these newer projects. Case in point: His documentary Voyage of Time has been brewing for several years already, with Brad Pitt revealed as the narrator all the way back in 2009.

Now, as the film inches closer to theaters, Malick’s added another big name to the cast. Cate Blanchett will also lend her voice to the movie, which does nothing less than attempt to cover “the whole of time.” No wonder Pitt needed the help. Hit the jump for the latest details on this long-simmering film.

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Life Itself

The release of the new Life Itself poster is as good a reason as any to talk about the film. Hoop Dreams director Steve James adapts the book by the late Roger Ebert to create a vivid, detailed, and moving portrait of the film critic. Life Itself is not wide-eyed deification, but a clear-minded portrait of Ebert that is both funny and unflinching. It’s a great film that champions Ebert’s vision of film and writing as a means to reach other people, moreso than the simple data of his life-long tenure as a film critic. It’s a film worth seeing. For now, see the poster below. Read More »

Elstree 1976 trailer

Star Wars made, well, stars out of actors like Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. But they’re only a few of the actors who populated the film. A couple others, such as Alec Guinness, had been stars for decades. Others, many of whom were part of the film’s masked cast, saw their characters rocket to incredible popularity as the actors themselves remained relatively anonymous. Most everyone could identify Darth Vader and Boba Fett in a second. But how many people could pick David Prowse or Jeremy Bulloch out of a lineup?

Elstree 1976 is a film dedicated to conversations with people such as Prowse and Bulloch. It gets in touch with some of the actors who made Star Wars what it was, but who are mostly invisible to the public at large. Some of the actors are just a step up from being extras, while others are featured players whose faces were hidden behind the masks that captured the imaginations of generations of viewers. Check out a trailer below. Read More »

james cameron ama

The last James Cameron film was released five years ago. The next one is two years away, but he’s sneaking a little something in this year — a starring role. James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D will hit theaters August 8. It follows Cameron on one of his many underwater explorations, this one to the deepest depths of the ocean in a single person vessel. The 3D doc is directed by John Bruno, Andrew Wight and Ray Quint. Read about the new James Cameron movie below. Read More »

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