Beguiled trailer

Sofia Coppola‘s The Beguiled is a change of pace for the filmmaker. Her remake of Don Siegel‘s 1971 film, or re-adaptation of Thomas P. Cullinan‘s “A Painted Devil,” is a gothic thriller with a life on the line, not the sparse character piece we’re accustomed to seeing from Coppola. Naturally, we’re excited to how the writer-director behind Lost in Translation and The Virgin Suicides works with a story dripping with tension.

Below, watch The Beguiled trailer.

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the shape of water

You can tell a lot about a movie based on when a distributor decides to release it into theaters. In the case of Guillermo del Toro‘s upcoming The Shape of Water, the newly revealed release date showcases Fox Searchlight’s confidence in this being a potential end-of-the-year awards contender.

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/Answers: The Best Television Episodes of All Time

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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition asks “What is your favorite television episode of all time?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team, along with a special guest. This week, we are joined by The Leftovers and Lost showrunner Damon Lindelof.

If you’d like to share your favorite TV episode, please send your thoughts to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our favorite episodes below!

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Split Honest Trailer

Though January is usually a dumping ground for movies that either aren’t good enough to be Oscar contenders or have no business coming out during spring and summer, director M. Night Shyamalan delivered quite a surprise to those who had given up on the man who brought us The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth.

Split returned M. Night Shyamalan to his roots in more ways than one with a thriller that was not only suspenseful and interesting, but it had one hell of a twist that absolutely no one saw coming. We won’t spoil what that is until after the jump though. You’ve been warned.

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The Hero Trailer - Sam Elliott

Now that summer is getting closer, not only will we get the usual onslaught of studio blockbusters looking for box office dollars, but we’ll get plenty of indies looking to attract the niche audiences, including plenty of films that debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. One of those indies just debuted its first promising trailer.

The Hero follows Sam Elliott as Lee Hayden, a former western star past his prime at a point in his career when he’s receiving lifetime achievement awards while he’s still looking for one more career-defining role. Funnily enough, this leading turn for Sam Elliott is getting plenty of praise for being just that.
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lost in london trailer

Woody Harrelson has long proven himself to be a multi-talented actor with a decades-spanning career — first achieving fame with the massively popular sitcom Cheers, and going on to do everything from radical violent fare like Natural Born Killers, to comedies like White Men Can’t Jump. He’s known today as an established actor who brings gravitas to blockbusters like The Hunger Games or stretches his chops in prestige television like True Detective. There’s no denying that Harrelson is a successful, gifted actor.

But earlier this year, he had to one-up himself with a movie experiment never done before: Harrelson wrote, directed, produced and starred in a movie that was broadcast live to movie theaters called Lost in London. And now the trailer is out for the wide release of Harrelson’s personal experimental film.

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Damon Lindelof interview

(This is the first half of a two-part interview. The second half will run later this week.)

The Leftovers entered its third and final season this week. The first hour was what we’ve come to expect from showrunner Damon Lindelof‘s ambitious HBO drama – the start of another ominous, darkly funny, and emotional journey for the struggling family at the heart of the Tom Perrotta adaptation. Kevin Garvey Jr. (Justin Theroux) and co. remain at the forefront of this story, not the mystery (as intriguing as it is).

There are a few questions raised at the start of season 3, but the characters continue to drive Damon Lindelof and Perrotta’s story. The new season is set three years after the events of season two, and some of them have changed and grown, but others still find themselves lost in this fish-out-of-water chapter of The Leftovers.

I was recently able to speak with Lindelof about the series and while we didn’t get into too many plot specifics, we did talk about the structure of season 3, shows that inspire the series (like Rick and Morty), and the side effects of binge-watching.

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American Assassin Trailer

If you watched American Sniper and thought they weren’t patriotic enough in their depiction of Americans taking down terrorism, there’s another overtly American movie on the way, and we know that, because the word American is in the title. America.

American Assassin is based on Vince Flynn’s novel of the same name, introducing the recurring character of Mitch Rapp. With several books featuring the character, Mitch Rapp is a seasoned counter-terrorism operative who was first recruited unofficially by the CIA before being brought on board the agency officially later in his career. But American Assassin gives us the origin of this aggressive operative (played by The Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien) who has an axe to grind against radical terrorists who were responsible for killing his girlfriend.

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better call saul review witness

(Every week, we’re going to kick off discussion about Better Call Saul season 3 by answering one simple question: who came out on top when the credits rolled?)

For two seasons now, Better Call Saul has been remarkable in how unafraid it’s been of quiet (particularly when it comes to setting up long sequences leading to a pay-off), and this week’s episode — directed, like the season premiere, by Vince Gilligan himself — opens with a long stretch of it. You notice, too, when there’s no music backing the dialogue, and the episode ultimately ends with silence. It’s a gut punch, an aural way of expressing just how completely the rug’s been pulled out from underneath the characters. It’s hard to crown a winner this week, as the chickens have come home to roost startlingly early, but here we go.

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Beatriz at Dinner trailer

Director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White sounds like a dynamite combo. The Good Girl director and Enlightened creator linked up for Beatriz at the Dinner, which stars Salma Hayek and Jon Lithgow. Arteta and White tend to make heartfelt and sincere comedies, so their sensibilities should align nicely with Beatriz at Dinner.

Below, watch the Beatriz at Dinner trailer.

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