Son of Saul Review

Son of Saul is a significant achievement made all the more astonishing by the fact that it is the director’s debut feature. This intimate story from within the Holocaust avoids World War II movie cliches, turning away from convention to embrace an unflinching vision of one man’s quest for redemption in the inferno of Auschwitz.

The phrase “Holocaust movie” may inspire an instinct to avoid rather than rush towards a film; in this case please don’t give in. Son of Saul approaches its subject without gingerness or caution, but this film’s spirit never falls into exploitation. More important, focusing on one man’s experience does not trivialize the weight of the story’s context. Seeing the Holocaust through Saul’s own personal mission gives us a view of the genocide that is unlike any other in cinema. Read More »


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Evolution review

(This review is based upon a viewing of the film at Fantastic Fest 2015.)

Evolution is a deep swim in mysterious seas. This tale blends folklore and science fiction into a powerful hallucination of life where land and sea blur together, in which bodies are induced to behave in ways that are new and, in a Lovecraftian sense, possibly even obscene.

Director Lucile Hadzihalilovic, who previously directed Innocence, and is a creative partner to spouse Gaspar Noe, keeps the final details of this story shrouded in shadow, draws on the mysteries of the sea and the pains of growing up to synthesize her own powerful new fable.    Read More »

A ‘Southpaw’ Re-Release is Coming

southpaw re-release

Southpaw was a mild success. The Antoine Fuqua-directed boxing pic was forecast as an Awards contender, with plenty of buzz going around for Jake Gyllenhaal‘s performance. While the film might not go that distance, a Southpaw re-release is happening. So if you missed out on the pretty decent and pretty on-the-nose drama, it’s returning to theaters this Friday. Learn why after the jump.

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‘The Choice’ Trailer: Nicholas Sparks Is Back

The Choice trailer

Like the seasonal return of locusts, Nicolas Sparks is back. It would be unfair to call Sparks movies a plague — there’s an audience for every movie — but films based on Sparks novels are certainly numerous, and now there’s one more that you can struggle to distinguish from the rest. The new film is The Choice, which features Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, and Tom Welling in the story of a romance that spans years and tries to overcome tragedy.

The Choice trailer showcases so many of the elements we’ve come to take as given in a Sparks movie: pretty young leads, a romantic triangle, golden North Carolina landscapes, and that one horrible event that changes everything. Check out the footage below. Read More »

gold first look

Stephen Gaghan (above, center) doesn’t direct as many movies as we’d like to see him make. The Academy Award-winning writer behind Traffic hasn’t directed a movie for the big screen since 2006’s Syriana. Gaghan is known for writing more adult material than your typical studio movie, and because of that, he probably struggles to get his movies made. Thankfully, the writer and director is back behind the camera again, with Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez headlining his newest picture. We now have our Gold first look. Behold the film’s bald and sweaty McConaughey after the jump.

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A Bigger Splash trailer

Following the sumptuous I Am LoveTilda Swinton and director Luca Gadagnino have reunited for another tale of sun-drenched desire. In A Bigger Splash, a rock star (Swinton) and her filmmaker boyfriend (Matthias Schoenaerts) find their relationship rocked by the arrival of her ex (Ralph Fiennes) and his daughter (Dakota Johnson). Mind games, jealousy, and possibly danger ensue. Watch the A Bigger Splash trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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‘Meadowland’ Trailer: Olivia Wilde is Miserable

meadowland trailer

Somber tone. Shots of characters walking aimlessly. Brief glimpses of a gloomy night sky. A tone of despair. Yep, this Meadowland trailer sure does scream “indie.” Cinematographer Reed Morano‘s directorial debut is promising, though, thanks to the director’s past work and an excellent cast. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Macbeth featurette

Macbeth, from director Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, appears to be, if nothing else, a visually overwhelming adaptation of the play by William Shakespeare. Fassbender plays the general Macbeth, of course, who becomes king through treacherous violence, while Cotillard plays his devious and ruthless wife Lady Macbeth.

This Macbeth featurette features interviews with those three primary voices (Shakespeare not included) and features interesting notes just as Kurzel saying the script read like a western, and the idea that Macbeth is suffering from PTSD.

There are some good “making of” shots here, too, which are just as visually striking as the film’s footage itself. Fortunately, this featurette is just a bit more substantial than most things of this type. Running five minutes long it’s still a pretty digestible piece of marketing, but it gives the actors room to talk, and so we’ll take it.

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Love trailer

Earlier this summer, Gaspar Noé’s brought his controversial romance Love to Cannes as an out of competition entry, and since then it’s been making the rounds at Toronto and Athens. But soon this erotic, X-rated, 3D film will be coming to limited theaters, and the first Love trailer has just arrived to tease the arousing story.

The story follows Karl Glusman as Murphy, a young man who ends up on a journey trying to find his missing girlfriend, reflecting on the two years they spent together. The trailer after the jump doesn’t have any nudity, so it’s mostly safe for work, however, at the bottom of the page we’ve included some NSFW clips, so beware of scrolling too far down. Read More »