Posted on Saturday, March 18th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
You know the drill. A man gets out of prison and returns home. His old life is gone, but the wreckage remains. His friends are scattered. His enemies are powerful. There is no hope for escape. But maybe, just maybe, one last job, one last crime, one last ass-covering, will be all he needs to pull himself up and put his act back together. And then it all goes horribly wrong, of course.
Small Crimes, like so many neo-noirs, is all about a small pile of poor decisions rapidly growing into a large pile of poor decisions, until the whole thing topples over into chaos. But this one is especially nasty, particularly bloodthirsty, and completely unwilling to pull its punches. This movie has a mean streak…and it grins as it draws blood.
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Posted on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 by Angie Han
Riz Ahmed seemed to be freaking everywhere in 2016, from The Night Of to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be slowing down any in 2017. He’s got a guest spot on Girls and a supporting role in Una, and he’ll be getting a lead role all to himself in City of Tiny Lights.
Ahmed stars as a down-on-his-luck private eye (is there any other kind in movies?) who gets caught up in a missing-persons case that dredges up some ghosts from his past. Billie Piper stars an ex-girlfriend with whom he has some complicated history. Pete Travis (Dredd) directed. Watch the City of Tiny Lights trailer below. Read More »
Next week brings the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and there are so many movies desperate to get promotion in front of the huge audience going to see the Harry Potter spin-off. And it seems Warner Bros. Pictures will be taking advantage of that by releasing a new trailer for Ben Affleck‘s latest directorial effort Live By Night.
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Under the pen name Robert Galbraith, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has written three books about private investigator Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. Almost two years ago, BBC began working on an adaptation of Rowling’s novels. The BBC miniseries, titled Cormoran Strike, was rumored to find another home at HBO, which is now confirmed.
Below, learn more about the JK Rowling HBO series.
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Posted on Saturday, October 8th, 2016 by Angie Han
John Wick was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2014, a lean, mean thriller that delivered stylish action and a fantastically fun leading performance from Keanu Reeves. So naturally, John Wick: Chapter 2 has been high on the list of our most anticipated films of 2017. Earlier this week Lionsgate offered a small slice of footage from the sequel, and today they’ve served up a full-fledged trailer. Watch the John Wick Chapter 2 trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 by Angie Han
The Night Of may be over and done, but the year of Riz Ahmed continues. Following his supporting role in Jason Bourne and ahead of his blockbuster turn in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the British actor has not one but two films premiering next month at TIFF. Today we’ve got an intriguing look at one of them, City of Tiny Lights from Dredd director Pete Travis.
The neo-noir thriller puts Ahmed back into the criminal justice system, this time from the other end. His Tommy is a private eye investigating a missing persons case in London. As he digs deeper into the mystery, however, he finds himself facing dark secrets from his past. The first City of Lights clip has Tommy visiting a certain key figure from his history, an ex-girlfriend played by Billie Piper. Watch the City of Tiny Lights clip below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 13th, 2016 by Angie Han
Beloved shows never really die in this day and age. They just enter a limbo state, leaving showrunners and stars to spend the rest of their lives fielding questions from fans about possible revivals and/or movie sequels. A lucky few even get resurrected, like Arrested Development or Gilmore Girls or Full House, keeping hope alive for fans of the rest.
At a recent event, producers Ted Griffin and Shawn Ryan addressed the question of reviving Terriers, their wonderful but tragically short-lived drama starring Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James. The short answer is that they’ve talked about it — but the long answer is that they’ve have several hoops to jump through first. Read More »
In 2005, screenwriter Shane Black made his directorial debut with the wonderful Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, but years before he directed his first feature, he co-wrote The Nice Guys with Anthony Bagarozzi. The finished film is quite different from the original draft, but the spirit of that script has remained intact throughout the years. Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) and Holland March (Ryan Gosling) are still the same flawed and immensely charming duo they first were.
By this point, Black is an old hand at writing buddy films. The writer behind Lethal Weapon, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and The Last Action Hero has written some of the most memorable on-screen duos of the past 25 years. We’ll see if Healy and March manage to stand the test of time like some of Black’s other characters, but it’s difficult to imagine audiences not sharing Black’s enthusiasm for these two down in the dumps heroes.
The Nice Guys director, who’s affection for Healy and March rings loud and clear in the film, was kind enough to discuss his latest film with us. Below, read our Shane Black interview.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 by Angie Han
The Nice Guys has a lot going for it. It’s got a A-list pairing in Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, and the verve and style of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 mastermind Shane Black. Oh, and it’s really, really good — a lovable mix of cynicism and sincerity, dropped against a cool ’70s noir backdrop and liberally sprinkled with humor and charisma. What it doesn’t have going for it, however, is a recognizable brand name. It’s not a sequel to an already-beloved movie, like Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising or Captain America: Civil War. It’s not even based on a phenomenally popular property from another medium, like The Angry Birds Movie.
So what are these schmucks to do? In a field like that, how is a scrappy little action-comedy like The Nice Guys supposed to compete? That’s exactly what Nice Guys producer Joel Silver would like to know, as he loudly (and hilariously) rants to Gosling and Crowe in a meta bit of The Nice Guys marketing. They don’t really come up with any good answers, but it sure is fun to watch them try. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
Forget all of those super-serious superhero-on-superhero showdowns. Sometimes, the brightest sparks fly when two not-so-heroic foes are forced to join forces. And no one does that particular genre of story like Shane Black, as we’ve seen in films like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Lethal Weapon. His latest, The Nice Guys, pairs a hapless detective (Ryan Gosling) with the gruff enforcer (Russell Crowe) who broke his arm, as the two get caught up in an ever-more-tangled web of intrigue involving a missing girl, a dead porn star, and Matt Bomer in a really unflattering haircut.
All of the marketing so far has suggested that Black is up to his usual tricks — colorful characters, ridiculous action, crackling dialogue — with typically spectacular results. And the first reactions from early screenings are backing that up. Get a taste of the Nice Guys buzz and watch the Nice Guys final trailer after the jump.
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