Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins teaser trailer

Way back in the simpler days of 2011, writer-director-actor Evan Glodell made a big splash with his debut feature, Bellflower. The pre-apocalyptic romance felt both familiar (it’s an extended Mad Max riff) and totally new (but have you ever seen an extended Mad Max homage that was also a bittersweet breakup story?), and heralded Glodell as a scrappy young talent to watch.

But then Glodell kind of disappeared from view. It’s only now he’s finally returned, with a brand-new film called Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins. While Glodell doesn’t write and direct this time — that honor goes to first-timer Jonathan Keevil — the movie seems to be very much in a similar vein as his earlier effort, combining ’80s nostalgia and emotional personal drama in one eye-catching package. Oh, and it also reunites Glodell with his Bellflower co-star Tyler Dawson. In short, if you loved Bellflower, you’ll definitely want to check this out. Watch the Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins teaser trailer below.  Read More »

‘Lowriders’ Trailer Digs Into East LA Car Culture

Lowriders trailer

You might remember that a few years ago, Peruvian filmmaker Ricardo de Monteuil made waves with his sci-fi short film The Raven. Not long after, he signed on to direct the coming-of-age drama Lowriders, and today the first trailer for that film has arrived.

War for the Planet of the Apes‘ Gabriel Chavarria stars as Danny, a Mexican-American teenage graffiti artist growing up among the colorful lowrider car culture of East LA. His dreams put him at odds with his father (Demián Bichir), a garage owner who hopes his son will follow in his footsteps. Also starring are Theo Rossi as Danny’s troublemaker brother, Eva Longoria as their new stepmom, and Melissa Benoist and Tony Revolori as Danny’s friends. Watch the Lowriders trailer below.  Read More »

Newness Review

Back in 2011, director Drake Doremus made a splash at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with his indie romance Like Crazy, which won the Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Dramatic category. Since then, his films Breathe In and Equals haven’t really reached the same level of praise. But with his latest work behind the camera that hit the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Doremus makes a valiant, respectable effort in his creation of a new honest portrait of love in the age of Tinder.

Newness focuses on a couple twentysomethings (Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa) who meet through a Tinder-style app called Winx. Both had a couple failed hooks-ups, and they decide to have a late night rendezvous with no strings attached. But after spending some time together, and eventually having sex, they fall for each other. That’s the kind of story that has been used to take up a whole hour and a half story, but for Newness, it’s just the first 15 minutes. For the rest of the movie, Doremus digs a little deeper.

Read on for our full Newness review. Read More »

Imperial Dreams trailer

In between his breakout turn in Attack the Block and his even bigger breakout turn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Boyega racked up a number of smaller, more low-profile projects. One of those was Imperial Dreams, which debuted at Sundance all the way back in 2014. Directed by Malik Vitthal, the gritty drama stars Boyega as a young ex-con who wants a better life for his son. And no, despite the title, it has nothing to do with the Galactic Empire.

Although it earned some positive buzz at the fest, the film’s sat on the shelf all these years. But now it’s finally headed for release thanks to Netflix, and you can watch the first Imperial Dreams trailer below.  Read More »

Michelle Williams in Manchester by the Sea

Before Michelle Williams became an indie drama darling, she was best known for playing troubled teen Jen Lindley in the 1990s primetime soap Dawson’s Creek. Now the four-time Oscar nominee is set to return to that era with Mid-’90s, this time as the mother of a troubled teen. The coming-of-age dramedy marks the feature directing debut of Jonah Hill, who also wrote the script.  Read More »

sundance 2017

The /Film team of Angie Han, Ethan Anderton, and myself have returned from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Over the six days we were in Park City, we screened over 36 movies (with only one movie having been watched by all three of us). Here are 15-second capsule reviews of all the movies we saw at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

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Mudbound review

Any movie should consider itself lucky to have an ensemble as good as the one anchoring Mudbound, which includes Jason Mitchell, Garrett Hedlund, and, most unexpectedly, Mary J. Blige. Directed by Dee Rees (whose debut feature Pariah was a breakout favorite at Sundance 2011), the drama follows two families — one black, one white — living on the same farm in the Mississippi Delta around the time of World War II.

The white McAllans own the property, despite the fact that household head Henry (Jason Clarke) is a Memphis gentleman who knows little about the land, and seemingly moved his family to the country on a whim. The Jacksons, on the other hand, have worked these acres for generations, for one white owner after another. Both clans are forever changed when World War II hits, and then again when the war ends and brings their loved ones back home.  Read More »

A Ghost Story Review

If I told you there was a movie at Sundance where Casey Affleck appears for most of the film covered in a white sheet with black eyes like some kind of cheap Halloween ghost, you’d probably think it was some sort of quirky comedy. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

It should come as no surprise that A Ghost Story is about a ghost. Casey Affleck plays a man, only identified as “C” in the film’s credits who dies in a head-on collision outside of the house where he lives with his wife “M” (Rooney Mara) in a small town. After his wife sees his body one last time in the hospital and leaves, the camera lingers, and after a couple of minutes of ambient sound, the sheet covering “C” raises as if he’s alive. And what follows is not horror, thriller or comedy, but a drama from director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon) the likes of which you haven’t seen before.

Read on for our full A Ghost Story review. Read More »

the discovery trailer

We could have an argument all day about whether it’s more difficult to create a multi-million dollar, visual effects spectacular blockbuster or an independent film with a budget that is spread too thin. But there’s something extremely impressive about a high-concept sci-fi drama doing something so grand and ambitious with so few resources. Such is the case with the new film from The One I Love director Charlie McDowell.

The Discovery takes place in a world where Dr. Thomas Harber (Robert Redford) has proved that an afterlife exists. This revelation has prompted a huge increase in suicide in the two years since his historic finding, over four million and counting, with more being added everyday as people “celebrate” the anniversary of the discovery. The premise itself is intriguing enough, but this is just the beginning of the remarkable, fascinating, thought-provoking indie sci-fi film.

Read the rest of our The Discovery review after the jump. Read More »

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