Tangerine

Sean Baker‘s Sundance smash Tangerine stands out in a couple of ways. For one thing, it chronicles the Christmas Eve misadventures of two transgender prostitutes — not a premise we see on film very often. For another, it was shot entirely on an iPhone 5. But beyond that, it seems worth checking out simply because it looks damn interesting.

Newcomers Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor are instantly compelling as Sin-Dee and Alexandra, two BFFs working the streets of LA, and their journey takes them through some of LA’s more obscure corners and subcultures. Watch the Tangerine trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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Man Up

There are those who mourn the death of the classic romcom, and those who prefer the genre in its newer, more Apatovian incarnation. Both groups would do well to watch Man Up, a British charmer that has one foot firmly planted in each camp. It’s full of meet-cutes and grand romantic gestures, just like your favorite ’90s classics, but it’s got the grounded messiness and R-rated jokes of a more modern affair. And it absolutely nails the most important aspect of any romcom: a lead couple with chemistry, in this case played by Simon Pegg and Lake Bell.

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The Dead Lands

Both James Cameron and Peter Jackson love The Dead Lands. That’s a pretty amazing endorsement. Written by Glenn Standring and directed by Toa Fraser, the raw action movie is about a young warrior who must avenge his father’s death by traveling across the treacherous dead lands to forge an alliance with an stranger.

This small, New Zealand-based action film is currently in select theaters and on VOD. In the hopes you might check it out, the studio has provided /Film with an exclusive clip of one of the film’s action sequences. It features some dynamic camera moves and violence to illustrate why Cameron and Jackson love the movie so much.

Below, watch the exclusive Dead Lands clip, check out the trailer and read the specific quotes from James Cameron and Peter Jackson. Read More »

Results trailer

Results came out of Sundance this year, and shows director Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha HaMutual Appreciation) moving into more polished comedy than the very low-key films that originally made his name. This one stars Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, and Kevin Corrigan as an unlikely trio who are united by Corrigan’s neediness and depression after a divorce. And that sounds pretty heavy, but this first Results trailer makes the story look bitterly funny, with a particularly good turn from Smulders.  Read More »

It Follows

Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: The Weinstein Company has announced that they will be expanding It Follows to 1,655 theaters nationwide on Friday April 3rd 2015. The indie horror film has become a smash success, originally scheduled for a small limited release in just four theaters before a VOD release. That digital release was pushed back on March 20th as the company announced they would be keeping the film in theaters and expanding wide to 1000 screens. The film earned nearly $4 million, earning the fifth place on the weekend box office charts. Read the official It Follows wide release press release after the jump.

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The D Train Trailer
One of the films I enjoyed at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival but didn’t get around to reviewing is The D Train. Directed by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, the new indie dramedy tells the story of a loser (Jack Black) who believes he’ll win his way into the cool kids club if he can convince Oliver Lawless (James Marsden), the most popular guy from his high school who’s now the face of a national Banana Boat ad campaign, to show up with him to their class reunion.

Remember when we use to love Jack Black? He’s back at full force in this new film, but the spotlight shifts to James Marsden. The film is very traditional in execution (as you’ll see in the trailer) but the story takes some interesting swerves you wouldn’t expect from a big screen comedy (unfortunately the trailer strongly hints at the more compelling turns). IFC has released The D Train trailer, and you can watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Shooting Clerks Trailer

A few years back, Kevin Smith said he was retiring. That changed when a spark ignited new passion in the filmmaker; now we’re getting movie after movie from Smith. He first had that inspiration in the early ’90s when he raised $27,000 to make a little black and white movie called Clerks. Now, over twenty years later, that incredible story is becoming a movie. It’s called Shooting Clerks, and after going the crowd-funding route in 2014, the first Shooting Clerks trailer is now out. See it below. Read More »

Slow West

If you were following our dispatches from Sundance this year, you might already know to be excited for Slow West. Directed by John Maclean, the Western stars Kodi Smit-McPhee as a young man who journeys from Scotland to the American West to find his lost love (Caren Pisorious). Along the way he’s joined by Silas (Michael Fassbender), a mysterious gunslinger who guides and protects him.

As much as we love grim, gritty Westerns, part of what makes Slow West so intriguing is that it looks like so much more than that. It’s dark and violent, sure, but it’s also laced through with black humor, Biblical allegory, and even a slight a fairy tale feel. Watch the Slow West trailer after the jump.  Read More »