Lionsgate has released the trailer for The 9th Life of Louis Drax, the new thriller from Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D, Horns). Based on Liz Jensen‘s best-selling novel of the same title, the story follows a psychologist who finds himself drawn into a mystery of a young boy who has suffered a near-fatal fall. The film stars Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon, Aaron Paul and Aiden Longworth. Actor Max Minghella (The Ides of March, The Social Network) penned the screenplay adaptation. Watch the The 9th Life of Louis Drax trailer now embedded after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, June 27th, 2016 by Angie Han
Anya Taylor-Joy came seemingly out of nowhere to wow audiences in The Witch earlier this year. It was the kind of star-making performance that had us dying to see where she’d end up next, and luckily we haven’t had to wait too long for an answer. Taylor-Joy will be seen this fall in Morgan, a sci-fi thriller that marks the directorial debut of Luke Scott (son of Ridley Scott, who gets a producer credit).
As in The Witch, she plays a young woman that arouses fear and suspicion in others. Unlike in The Witch, her character in Morgan seems to know exactly what she’s doing. Taylor-Joy is Morgan, an artificial being created in a lab. Kate Mara stars as a corporate consultant sent to investigate a terrifying incident involving Morgan. The impressive cast also includes Toby Jones, Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Paul Giamatti. Watch the first Morgan trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
It’s been a decade since The Da Vinci Code hit theaters and seven years since the same team adapted Angels & Demons and it’s a little surprising just how little director Ron Howard‘s adaptations of author Dan Brown’s art history-themed airport thrillers have remained in pop culture consciousness. Tom Hanks playing a bookish, thinking man’s Indiana Jones who galavants around Europe solving mysteries tied to art and architecture should be fun, but it’s hard to remember anything at all about the previous two movies in this series. They’re serviceable. They’re watchable. They’re fine.
But they also made a ton of money (especially on the international stage), so Howard and Hanks are back for the adaptation of Inferno and the new trailer looks…silly. Like, really, really silly. Silly enough that I feel compelled to actually see the film because I need to know if the actual movie is as preposterous as what I’m seeing in the preview.
Posted on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 by Jack Giroux
With The Shallows, director Jaume Collet-Serra may have taken on his biggest challenge yet as a filmmaker. The director of Orphan, Non-Stop, and Run All Night made a film primarily set on the water, featuring an entirely CG antagonist, a great white shark, and a co-star that’s a seagull, whom Blake Lively‘s character names Steven Seagull. All these factors added up to a production that, Collet-Serra admits, wasn’t easy.
Collet-Serra typically relies more on practical effects, so The Shallows was a more CG-heavy experience than he was probably used to. The director was kind enough to take the time to discuss the experience of making The Shallows with us, and why the CG shark proved to be “the fear that lasts a year.”
Below, read our Jaume Collet-Serra interview.
Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Yesterday, we ran down the best movies arriving on Netflix in July 2016, but that bounty of new entertainment comes at a cost – a bunch of quality movies and shows are departing the streaming service in the coming weeks and who knows when they’ll return. But I’ve got your back: here are the movies you need to watch before they disappear.
“I Am From the Future”: A Sometimes Contentious Conversation With ‘The Neon Demon’ Director Nicolas Winding Refn & Composer Cliff Martinez
Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The Neon Demon won’t be for all tastes, but the latest film from Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn is a singular and memorable experience. It’s the kind of movie that lingers in the back of your brain for days after your screening, resurfacing every so often with a startling image or strange moment. It’s very much a companion piece to Refn’s Only God Forgives, exchanging the broken and doomed masculinity of that film to explore the feminine world of professional models, superficial beauty, and other, gnarlier subjects that don’t deserve to be spoken about in polite company.
Refn himself is polite company, even when your conversation about his divisive new film (which I quite like) turns a little contentious. I sat down with the filmmaker and his frequent collaborator, composer Cliff Martinez, to discuss why all films find audiences, the future of the entertainment industry, and how making a controversial film is harder than it looks.
Posted on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Every month, we write about which movies and shows are coming to Netflix and which movies and shows are leaving and it often feels like more great stuff is leaving than arriving. Then a month like July 2016 arrive and restores your faith in the world’s most popular streaming service. This is a strong batch of entertainment and if you’re already looking for ways to occupy yourself next month, you have plenty of options. We have a batch of recommendations and everything.
Posted on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Over the past decade, it feels like the zombie subgenre of horror films has been played out. The popularity of The Walking Dead on television reinvigorated zombie movies, but most haven’t done anything original with the concept. There have been fresher approaches to zombies with films such as Zombieland, Warm Bodies, Life After Beth, Maggie and Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, but 28 Days Later was probably the last great zombie movie.
However, it looks like the United Kingdom might have another great zombie thriller waiting to be unleashed. The Girl With All the Gifts trailer has just arrived online, showing off the film adaptation of M.R. Carey‘s novel of the same name. The film follows a contingent of soldiers and scientists researching a group of children who are infected with a zombie pathogen, but somehow still control their thoughts and emotions, despite still have a desire to eat human flesh. Among the group, one girl named Melanie seems to be the key to finding a cure. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The trailer for Disorder appears to be selling a paint-by-numbers thriller, but everything else about the movie seems to suggest that there’s more going on here than meets the eye. For starters, there’s Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger in the lead roles and you’d be hard-pressed to name a movie where those two phoned in their lead roles. And then there’s director Alice Winocour behind the camera, who co-wrote last year’s critically acclaimed drama Mustang. Even if the trailer is selling an accurate portrait of Disorder, there’s a definite chance it will be a fair bit more interesting than your boilerplate Hollywood action movie.