Posted on Thursday, January 8th, 2015 by Angie Han
The question was never whether Sam Taylor-Johnson‘s Fifty Shades of Grey would feature lots of sex, but how much sex and what kind. Now we have a better idea, thanks to the MPAA.
The board has just given Fifty Shades of Grey an R, which is possibly disappointing but not terribly surprising. More interesting is the group’s “unusual” justification for that rating. More about the Fifty Shades of Grey R rating after the jump. Read More »
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It took a year for the vampire western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night to really build momentum after its Sundance debut last year, but the debut feature from writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour has really made an impression on people now. We’ve talked about her as a director we’re very excited to watch going forward, and now we know Ana Lily Amirpour’s next film. She wrote and will direct The Bad Batch, a “dystopian love story set in Texas.” Even better, she’ll be backed by Vice and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, the same team that was behind Spring Breakers. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
Before Will Smith and Margot Robbie team up in Suicide Squad, they’ll go head-to-head in Focus. The “comedy-caper-love story” stars the future supervillains as two con artists with a complicated history. Three years after their last encounter, they cross paths again in Buenos Aires, where Nicky (Smith) is planning to pull off his biggest scheme yet.
See the new Focus trailer and posters after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
When Alan Rickman isn’t busy threatening John McClane or glowering at Harry Potter, he finds time to direct a film now and again. His first directorial effort, The Winter Guest, was released in 1997. Now, 17 years later, he’s come out with the trailer for his second, the 17th century romance A Little Chaos.
Rickman’s Sense and Sensibility co-star Kate Winslet plays Sabine, a landscape designer recruited to build one of the gardens at Versailles. Matthias Schoenarts plays the landscape artist with whom she forges a close connection. Rickman himself appears as King Louis XIV. Watch the A Little Chaos trailer after the jump.
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As I’ve worked on a “Top Ten Films of 2014″ list I’ve gone back and forth on whether or not to include movies I saw at festivals, but which aren’t yet in general release. If I decide to go the festival route, The Duke of Burgundy will be in my top three for this year. If not, it is likely to be in the top few spots of next year’s list. This ravishing movie is a gorgeous visual experience, as the trailer below will indicate. But the film is also a wonderfully nuanced portrait of a relationship — one which is made seemingly more exotic by its daily particulars, but which, in the end, fraught with the same issues everyone faces. Check out The Duke of Burgundy trailer below.
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Posted on Monday, December 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
Phil Lord and Chris Miller have built up so much goodwill at this point, they could probably get audiences to watch anything. But even they may be testing their limits with MoonQuake Lake, a third-rate Twilight knockoff starring Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and Rihanna.
Or rather, they might be pushing it if MoonQuake Lake were a real film instead of a pitch-perfect sendup of the fantasy YA subgenre. It’s the best joke from Annie, the new musical by Will Gluck. Watch Lord and Miller’s MoonQuake Lake trailer — and their tongue-in-cheek reaction to the film’s Golden Globes snub — after the jump. Read More »
The Last Five Years, the off-Broadway musical from Tony-winning composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown, is now a film from writer/director Richard LaGravenese. It stars Anna Kendrick, who is also in Disney’s musical Into the Woods, opening later this month. While this film premiered at TIFF, it won’t open in the US until February. But you can see The Last Five Years trailer below. Read More »
Editor’s note: This review originally ran in June, but the wonderful Comet opens in limited release this weekend, so we’ve republished it. It’s also on demand. Watch the trailer here.
Imagine you’re watching your relationship on TV. It is playing on five channels, with each channel airing a different stage of the relationship. When things get too uncomfortable, awkward or emotional, you just flip the channel. On that next channel, you’d continue to watch your relationship unfold, maybe from a point a few years later. The cumulative result of the experience would probably put into perspective the whole of what you and another person can be together. Loving in one moment, hateful in another, caring, selfish and more.
That metaphor is an elaborate attempt to describe Comet, the directorial debut of Sam Esmail, which had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival this weekend. Comet stars Emmy Rossum and Justin Long as the central couple. While there is absolutely no TV channel surfing involved, the film’s complex and fascinating structure feels like that, from the audience perspective. It’s a dense, funny, insanely well-written and well-acted film. Unlike most romantic films, it keeps you guessing. Simultaneously, it raises questions about the nature of love, life, and truth, all disguised in an semi-conventional love story told in the most unconventional of ways. It’s a special movie. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 by Angie Han
Last year, Spike Lee decided to follow up his big studio remake of Oldboy with something very different. He turned to Kickstarter to raise money for Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, an idiosyncratic romance about bloodsuckers. (But don’t call them vampires.) Now the first trailer has arrived to show his fans just what they’ve paid for, and the results look pretty interesting. Check out the Da Sweet Blood of Jesus trailer after the jump. Read More »