The Book of Love Trailer

As we get closer to the end of the year, we’re starting to get trailers for movies that are getting unceremoniously dumped in January so as to have little to no competition with early spring blockbusters, the prime summer tentpoles or the previous month’s awards contenders. One of those is a new comedy that played at Tribeca under the title The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea, but now it has a new title and a telling release date.

The Book of Love has a promising cast featuring Jason Sudeikis and Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams in the story of a widower who sets out to help a young homeless girl build a vessel so she can literally set sail on a metaphorical new path for her life.

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The Before Trilogy Criterion Collection

Three of the best romance movies of all time make up what is known as Richard Linklater‘s Before Trilogy. Released over 18 years, the films Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013) reveal the love story of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), who meet one day in Vienna and share mere hours together before they leave each other, only to see their relationship blossom into something that is simultaneously beautiful and complicated. Now all three films are coming to the Criterion Collection in February of 2017.

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The Eyes of My Mother Trailer

Since it’s Halloween, it’s the perfect time for a new trailer to promote the creepy indie horror flick The Eyes of My Mother. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and reviews are pegging it as a truly chilling nightmare. The first trailer was certainly ominous and foreboding, and now a new trailer has come along that’s even more creepy.

In the new The Eyes of My Mother trailer, we basically get a single scene that introduces us to Francisca, one of those children who you just know is going to haunt you when you go to sleep. It appears she has certain proclivities to making friends in the creepiest way possible. Closing your eyes during this movie will be just as much about being scared as it will be protection from Francisca.

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dreamland trailer

Dreamland is the feature film debut of Robert Schwartzman, lead vocalist of the rock/pop band Rooney, who has appeared in The Virgin Suicides, directed and co-written by his cousin Sofia Coppola, as well as The Princess Diaries, and composer of Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto. Dreamland stars Johnny Simmons as part-time pianist Monty Fagan, who begins a May-December romance that upends his home life. The movie co-stars Amy Landecker, Jason Schwartzman (his brother), Frankie Shaw, Noël Wells, Beverly D’Angelo, and Talia Shire (his mother). The film’s soundtrack also features several original songs by Schwartzman’s band Rooney. Hit the jump to watch the Dreamland trailer.
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Barry teaser trailer

In the final year of his presidency, Barack Obama has been the subject of not one but two movies about his formative years. The first, Southside With You, premiered at Sundance and opened in theaters in August. The second, Barry, landed a few weeks later at TIFF and is now headed to Netflix before the end of the year.

Set in the early 1980s, Barry picks up with a young Barack Obama just as he’s embarking on his junior year of college at Columbia University. The tricky task of playing Obama goes to Devon Terrell, an Aussie actor whose only major screen credit to date is a failed HBO pilot, and by all accounts he acquits himself quite nicely. Also starring are Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) as his college girlfriend, Ashley Judd as his mother, and Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood) and Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton) as some of his friends. Watch the Barry teaser trailer below.  Read More »

First 10 Minutes of Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Not only was What We Do In The Shadows one of my favorite films of 2015, it shocked us all by coming in at #2 on the list of the best movies of the year put together by all of us here at /Film. Right now the film’s director, Taika Waititi, is busy in Australia behind the camera for Thor: Ragnarok, the third film in the Marvel Studios franchise. But before he went into superhero territory, Waititi went back to New Zealand for an indie adventure comedy that debuted at Sundance this year and is now readily available for you to watch.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople arrives on Blu-ray and DVD next week, but you can actually buy it on Digital HD right now if you were so inclined. And honestly, it could be the best decision you make this month, or even next month. The film takes the character dynamic of Up and tosses it into the brush of New Zealand with adorable hilarity that only Taika Waititi can deliver. If you need any more convincing, you can watch the first 10 minutes of Hunt for the Wilderpeople after the jump. Read More »

This Is How ‘Moon’ and ‘Mute’ Are Connected

mute composer

Yesterday, we were pleased to report Duncan Jones will finally start shooting Mute next week. The director was hoping to make the Berlin-set sci-fi movie his directorial debut, but he spent years struggling to get it financed. During those years, though, he met Sam Rockwell, who read Mute when Jones was aiming to make it his first movie. The director wanted the actor to play the villain, but Rockwell was interested in another role. They couldn’t agree on which part he was right for, but that meeting ultimately led to Moon, which will be referenced in Mute.

When the director tweeted yesterday that the two films are related, some people were left wondering how, but for the past few years, Jones has been discussing a Mute and Moon connection, and a part of it is the Sam Rockwell. Below, learn more about that cameo and the potential Moon-iverse.

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David Lynch says Cable Television is the New Arthouse

Showtime has lured filmmaker David Lynch back to television with a revival of Twin Peaks. The auteur director responsible for Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, and Mulholland Drive now seems to believe that movies are no longer the primary place to find interesting visual stories. He says, “Cable television is the new arthouse.”

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Walt Disney's The Florida Project

At the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, I sat in the library theater for the premiere of an ultra low budget film titled Tangerine. Filmmaker Sean Baker‘s Duplass Brothers-produced dramedy told the story of a transgender working girl searching Hollywood on Christmas Eve for the pimp who broke her heart. The film surprised the crowd with its heart and comedy, but the big shock came after the screening when the director revealed that the whole film was shot on an iPhone 5s.

The film has been namedropped by big filmmakers like JJ Abrams, and a lot of people have been interested to find out what Baker would be doing next. In April it was revealed that Baker had found his next movie, a film called The Florida Project. The title actually refers to Orlando Florida’s Disney World. Disney fanatics probably know that when Walt Disney first started buying up land and planning Disney World, the theme park plans was referred to it as “The Florida Project.”

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Newtown Trailer

On December 14, 2012, a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and shot 20 children aged between 6 and 7 years old, as well as six adult staff members. It’s the kind of horror that you hope one can’t even imagine, but it became a real life nightmare for the parents and families of the murdered children and school employees. Now a new documentary looks at how the small town is recovering a few short years later.

Newtown premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and was acquired this past summer for a release this fall. Now the first trailer for the documentary has arrived, profiling the parents who lost their children in the vicious act, as well as a surviving teacher, one of the emergency room doctors who took care of the victims, and even some of the survivors who witnessed this tragedy firsthand.

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