Two of the very best action films of the past decade are undoubtedly The Raid and The Raid 2: Berandal. The films deliver some of the most fast-paced, hard-hitting, perfectly choreographed action in recent memory, and while director Gareth Evans is responsible for bringing it all together, leading man Iko Uwais deserves plenty of credit for pulling off his own fight scenes and stunts. And now he’s back in what promises to be another brutal action flick, albeit with a derivative story.
Headshot is premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, and the first trailer for the Indonesian action flick has just arrived online. If you loved the action in The Raid franchise, then you’ll definitely want to check this one out. Watch the Headshot trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
This 2016 fall movie preview was written by Jacob Hall and Jack Giroux.
The summer is over and the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting milder and (fingers crossed) the movies are going to start getting better. The next four months offer an embarrassment of cinematic riches, with new films from Martin Scorsese, Damien Chazelle, Tim Burton, Gareth Edwards, Paul Verhoeven, Mel Gibson, Robert Zemeckis, Park Chan-Wook, Terrence Malick, J.A. Bayona, Jeff Nichols, Ang Lee, Denis Villeneuve, Kenneth Lonergan, and other filmmakers of note waiting in the wings.
We’ve narrowed down the list of must-see movies to 32 titles and have ranked them from “We really want to see this!” to “We will push you out of the way at a sprint to see this!”
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Posted on Thursday, August 25th, 2016 by Angie Han
Natalie Portman has had a busy 2016, starring in Jane Got a Gun and Knight of Cups, as well as her own directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness. And she’s still not done. Next month she has two films debuting at both Venice and Toronto. One is Jackie, the First Lady biopic from Pablo Larraín. The other is Planetarium, an intriguing drama directed by Rebecca Zlotowski (Grand Central).
The latter stars Portman and Lily-Rose Depp (Yoga Hosers) as two American sisters with an unusual gift. The ladies make their way through 1930s Paris and catch the attention of a filmmaker (Emmanuel Salinger) mounting an ambitious new movie. Watch the Planetarium trailer below. Read More »
The Guardians (foreign title “Zaschitniki”) is Russia’s attempt at a Marvel Avengers-style superhero blockbuster. Directed by Armenian director Sarik Andreasyan and starring Sebastien Sisak, Anton Pampuchniy, Sanzhar Madiev, Alina Lanina, Valeria Shkirando and Stanislav Shirin, the story follows a secret group of Soviet superheroes named “Patriot” created during the Cold War to defend the homeland from supernatural threats. The team is comprised of representatives of the different nationalities of the Soviet Union. But really all you need to know is the movie features a bear-man shooting a huge Gatling gun. Watch The Guardians trailer now after the jump to see what Russia’s big superhero team-up blockbuster looks like.
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Godzilla is in the midst of a pretty big comeback overseas with the release of Shin Godzilla (or Godzilla Resurgence as it’s known in the United States) in Japan. The revival of the iconic monster franchise hit theaters back in June and is getting close to hitting $50 million, which is more than the $31.6 million grossed by Legendary’s Godzilla reboot by Gareth Edwards back in 2014. And there’s more of Godzilla on the way.
Toho, the company who created Godzilla, is looking to keep the renewed interest in the franchise going strong with a new animated movie, the first in the franchise’s 62-year history. Get the details on the animated Godzilla movie after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
Babak Anvari‘s Under the Shadow premiered to rave reviews at Sundance this year (including one from yours truly) and has spent the past several months collecting still more praise on the festival circuit, hitting SXSW, Fantasia, and more. Now it’s finally headed to theaters, just in time to get yourself good and terrified for Halloween.
Set in the 1980s during the height of the Iran-Iraq war, Under the Shadow follows a mother and daughter left to fend for themselves in Tehran after the father is conscripted into military service. Everyday life is nerve-wracking as it is, what with air raid sirens going off at random, political turmoil upending the social order, and religious zealots eager to find and punish anyone who steps out of line. But things go from bad to worse when the mother starts to suspect a djinn is haunting the family.
Watch the Under the Shadow trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Following a brief foray into English-language filmmaking with Stoker, South Korean director Park Chan-wook returns to his home turf this fall with The Handmaiden. Well, kind of — his new thriller is actually an adaptation of the Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith, with the action moved from Victorian-era Britain to Japanese-occupied Korea. Kim Tae-ri plays a young woman who’s hired by a con man (Ha Jung-woo) to help him defraud a Japanese heiress (Kim Min-hee). But the plan goes sideways when the two women begin to fall in love with one another.
The Handmaiden is just coming off of a warm debut at Cannes, and the first trailer suggests Park hasn’t lost any of his lavish style or pulse-pounding intensity. Watch The Handmaiden trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
No one’s had better luck than Disney with live-action fairy tales, whose biggest recent hits have included Cinderella and the Sleeping Beauty retelling Maleficent. But they’re not the only ones in the game. Today we’ve got a new trailer for Beauty and the Beast, but it’s not the Disney version coming out next year with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens — no, this is the French one directed by Christophe Gans and starring Léa Seydoux and Vincent Cassel. Watch the Beauty and the Beast trailer below. Read More »
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Directors Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol previously collaborated on the Oscar-nominated animated film A Cat in Paris, and now they’re back with their latest cartoon effort, Phantom Boy. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this year, and while it would be easy to say this is just another superhero movie, this looks like something truly special.
The first Phantom Boy teaser trailer has just arrived online from GKIDS, and it shows off the gorgeous animation and unique story about a young boy with cancer who is able to leave his body and fly around New York City for short periods of time. With this power, he may be the only one who can help stop a criminal mastermind. Watch the Phantom Boy teaser trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Typically, when a film garners big buzz at a splashy festival premiere, it takes a few months — sometimes a full year or more — before the rest of us at home get the chance to check it out. That is happily not the case with The Wailing, Na Hong-jin‘s chilling thriller about a rural village that falls prey to a mysterious outbreak of violence. The film did big business at the South Korean box office before wowing Cannes in May, and its limited U.S. release begins this weekend. Get a glimpse of the horror to come with a new The Wailing trailer below. Read More »