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 Secret Scripture Trailer

Rooney Mara has had a very busy fall, with not one, not two, but three separate films playing at TIFF. Today we’ve got the trailer for one of them, Jim Sheridan‘s The Secret Scripture.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Sebastian BarryThe Secret Scripture chronicles the loves and losses of a young woman named Rose (Mara) in 1940s Ireland. She’s caught the attention of several men in town including the local priest (Divergent‘s Theo James), but has eyes only for a dashing fighter pilot (Sing Street‘s Jack Reynor). What unfolds next explains why, 40 years later, she’s in an insane asylum (Vanessa Redgrave plays the older Rose) where she is being interviewed by a psychologist (Eric Bana).

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Beauty and the Beast trailer

For the past couple of weeks, Disney’s been showing us more and more of Bill Condon‘s Beauty and the Beast, the latest live-action fairy tale remake from the Mouse House. Today all that culminates in the unveiling of the first real Beauty and the Beast trailer.

Though we’ve seen teasers and images from the film already, the Beauty and the Beast trailer gives us our first real look at the sweeping fantasy romance in action. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens lead the cast as Belle and the Beast, with Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Lefou, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, and Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza. Watch the Beauty and the Beast trailer below. Read More »

beauty and the beast songs

Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast features three new ballads from composer Alan Menken. Menken, who recently wrote “The Great Beyond” for Sausage Party, collaborated with the late Howard Ashman and lyricist Tim Rice on the original animated film’s tunes. 25 years later, he’s now working on director Bill Condon‘s Beauty and the Beast, which will feature new songs sung by Belle (Emma Watson) and Beast (Dan Stevens), in addition to a song performed by Tony Award winner Audra McDonald.

Below, learn more about the new Beauty and the Beast songs.

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Loving review

Note: With Loving in limited release this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the TIFF.

Jeff Nichols has never been one for outsized drama. It’s not that dramatic things don’t happen in his movies — on the contrary, his films are full of superpowered kids and apocalyptic dreams and the like. But he often seems less interested in big events than in all the moments in between, the everyday bonds and minute details that make up the textures of everyday life.

In Loving, Nichols applies that same approach to the 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which struck down anti-miscegenation laws across the country. Aided by awards-worthy performances from Joel Edgerton and especially Ruth Negga, Nichols delivers an intimate drama that feels all the bigger for keeping its scope so resolutely small.  Read More »

Belle's new backstory

Yesterday brought us our first real good look at Bill Condon‘s live-action remake of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. A batch of new photos showed off Gaston, Lefou, Maurice, Cogsworth, Lumiere, Plumette, and Mrs. Potts, in addition to a recreation of one of the animated film’s most famous sequences featuring Belle (Emma Watson) and the Beast (Dan Stevens). How faithful Condon’s film is to the 25-year-old animated musical we’ll have to wait and see, but one welcome change has been made to Belle’s backstory.

Below, learn Belle’s new backstory.

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passengers tv spot

There are several reasons I’m looking forward to Passengers, a film that I listed amongst my most anticipated movies of 2016 and broke into the top 10 on our most anticipated movies of the fall season list. The first reason is that Jon Spaihts‘ screenplay has been garnering acclaim since 2007, leading me to keep an eye on this film as it almost became a Keanu Reeves vehicle. The second reason is that the premise is so intriguing: a romance between a man and a woman prematurely awakened from their hibernation on a 90-year journey to a colony on a distant planet. And once the film was cast, there became a third reason: there are few modern screen couples that sound as instantly appealing as Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence.

The first TV spot for the film has arrived and it touches on everything that makes this movie look so darn nifty. Big spaceship sets! Expensive science fiction action! Smoldering shots of the two leads staring into each other’s eyes!

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La La Land trailer

We’re guessing a large number of you have been in the bag for La La Land since the moment it was announced, based solely on the talent and premise. It’s an old-fashioned musical romance (albeit one set in the modern day) from Whiplash wunderkind Damien Chazelle, starring two of the most appealing actors working today, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. What’s not to like, right?

So for those of you, this La La Land trailer probably isn’t so much a chance for you to make up your mind about whether you want to see this thing, as it is an opportunity for you to get excited all over again. And the good news is that it still looks great. Watch the La La Land trailer below. Read More »

Penny Dreadful sequel comic

The Penny Dreadful series finale is a bit of a disappointment. Not because fans didn’t know the season three finale was actually the series finale until the end credits, but because the show rushes a little towards the finish line. A few storylines and subplots, like which side Ethan Chandler chooses, feel incomplete. The final moments of the series are emotional, but are they earned? Yes, for the most part, but the ending of John Logan‘s beautiful show still leaves you wanting more. Thankfully, for those of us fans who want to spend more time in this world, we’ll have the opportunity to do so with the Penny Dreadful sequel comic coming from Titan Comic Books.

Below, learn more about the Penny Dreadful sequel comic.

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It’s been 15 years since Warren Beatty has acted in a movie and 18 years since he stepped behind the camera, so the return of the Hollywood legend as both actor and director in Rules Don’t Apply should be enough to pique the curiosity of anyone with a sense of film history. But if a 79-year-old living legend isn’t enough, this film also features delightful young actors like Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins, a supporting cast stacked with some of your favorite actors, and a new trailer that makes Beatty’s return to the silver screen look like a charming, frothy, and likable time at the movies.

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