After Her explored how artificial intelligence may become a new outlet for humans to find love, a new film that played at SXSW earlier this year feels like a kindred spirit. It’s one that’s a little more grounded in reality, but still uses technology as the catalyst for romantic confusion.
Operator follows Martin Starr as a software developer whose team is tasked with creating a new voice for a Siri-like program on a smartphone. After getting a nice, calm chat from his wife (Mae Whitman), he decides that she would make the perfect new voice. But then he starts preferring the company of her presence on the phone instead of her in real life.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
All relationships have secrets, but any problems you have with your significant other will surely pale in comparison to Brad Pitt‘s issues with Marion Cotillard in the new trailer for Allied. Robert Zemeckis‘ romantic thriller stars Pitt as Max, an intelligence officer who meets French resistance fighter Marianne (Cotillard) during World War II. They’re assigned to pose as a couple for a mission, but begin to fall in love for real. So far, so good; Allied sounds like a star-crossed romance set against the dramatic backdrop of war.
But when Max and Marianne return to London and start to build a home, a shocking revelation threatens to destroy the trust they’ve built. Max gets word that Marianne is under suspicion of working for the enemy, and finds himself tasked with killing the woman he’s come to love. Told you their problems were more serious than yours. Watch the Allied trailer below.
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Earlier this summer, Selma director Ava DuVernay departed from the Steven Speilberg-produced Intelligent Life. The Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly-written Amblin science fiction story is now being rewritten by Jay Roach, who is also being eyed to direct the movie. Hit the jump to learn more about the Jay Roach Intelligent Life news.
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Rules Don’t Apply brings Warren Beatty back to us. Beatty, who hasn’t directed since 1998’s hilarious Bulworth, has returned with a movie that defines “longtime passion project.” Ever since seeing Howard Hughes in-person in 1973, Beatty has wanted to make a film about the man. He finally did it with Rules Don’t Apply, although it’s less a biopic, more of a romance between Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich‘s characters.
Below, watch the new Rules Don’t Apply trailer.
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Posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
Asa Butterfield plays a Martian in The Space Between Us, but not the kind with slimy green skin and giant jet-black eyes. He’s a human, just one that happens to have been born on Mars. His mother was an astronaut, you see, and didn’t realize she was even pregnant until after she’d already set out as part of a mission to colonize the red planet. So Gardner becomes the first baby born there, and grows up in a tiny settlement consisting of just 15 people.
Gardner does have one lifeline to Earth, though — an online friend named Tulsa (Britt Robertson), who lives in Colorado. He sets out to visit her on Earth, and enlists her in a quest to learn more about where he came from. It’s part The Martian and part John Green, and if you’re in the mood for an earnest coming-of-age romance with a bit of sci-fi flair, it just might hit the spot.
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Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Terence Winter has signed on to re-write Training Day/Magnificent Seven director Antoine Fuqua‘s Scarface remake. Find out more about how Winter will help transform the Scarface remake screenplay, after the jump.
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Posted on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Park Chan-wook has spent much of his career being compared to the great Alfred Hitchock and The Handmaiden isn’t going to stop that. But there’s something to be said for a modern filmmaker being constantly placed side-by-side with one of the greatest directors of all time and there’s something more to be said when that director was known for his range and his willingness to take risks. Yes, Park’s films are Hitchockian in that they’re technically precise thrillers, but they’re also Hitchcockian because they muddle elements of horror and black comedy into the mix. And with The Handmaiden, Park proves that he can also match Mr. Hitchock in another category – he too is gloriously perverted.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
Unless you’ve spent the entire day sleeping under a rock at the bottom of the ocean, you’ve probably heard that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are over. And unless you’ve also spent the past decade-plus sleeping under that same rock, you probably recall that rumors about that relationship first began around the release of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Anyway, on a completely unrelated note, Paramount has dropped a new spot for their upcoming film Allied, a spy thriller starring Pitt that basically looks like Mr. & Mrs. Smith as a World War II drama. Watch the Allied trailer below. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
On paper, Passengers feels genetically modified to make all of the money in the world. It’s an action-packed science fiction spectacle that is also an intriguing mystery that is also romantic tale of (literally?) star-crossed lovers that also happens to star Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, two of the most instantly likable people being filmed by cameras today. Based purely on its concept (and on the fact that Jon Spaihts‘ screenplay was garnering acclaim for years before it was produced), the new film from director Morten Tyldum made our top 10 most anticipated movies of the fall.
Now that the first trailer has arrived, will I regret fighting for it to be ranked so high?
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Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
What a time to be a Jeff Nichols fan. Earlier this year the director released his Amblinesque adventure Midnight Special, and this fall he’s back with Loving. The civil rights drama played at TIFF last week to rave reviews after premiering at Cannes in May, and in just a few more weeks it’ll make its way to theaters.
Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton lead the true story of Mildred and Richard Loving. Their mixed-race marriage sparked a years-long legal battle that culminated in the landmark 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which struck down anti-miscegenation laws all across the country. Nichols’ understated humanity adds an intimate touch to a dramatic real-life tale, and Negga is already getting awards buzz for her performance as Mildred. Watch the Loving trailer below. Read More »