The Girl Before

In just under a couple weeks, we’ll see what director Ron Howard can do when he puts Chris Hemsworth out to sea to wage war with Moby Dick in the period drama In the Heart of the Sea. The film was pushed back from an initial March release, so the movie has been done for awhile. Now Howard is ready to get back to work at Universal with a new thriller called The Girl Before, which stirred up a bit of an auction among the studios before Thanksgiving.

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sight and sound best of 2015

Of the hundreds of “best of the year” lists assembled by various publications around the world, Sight & Sound magazine’s top 20 always tends to be the most fascinating. This year is no different. It’s hard to argue with any list that finds room to contain brutal holocaust immersions and artful LGBT romances and post-apocalyptic action adventures and tear-jerking animated family movies and stirring stop-motion animated dramas and high-concept horror movies and unrelenting documentaries about genocide and stoner film noir.

As usual, the list skews arthouse (there are a few titles here that we aren’t familiar with at all), but consider this list a homework assignment – if it’s on this list, it’s surely going to be worthy of any serious movie fan’s time. Check out the complete Sight and Sound best of 2015 ranking after the jump.

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sundance midnight line-up

The Sundance Film Festival is all about giving small movies from new filmmakers a platform, and their “Midnight” section is all about giving small genre movies from often insane filmmakers a platform from which to disgust, horrify, and shock Fest attendees. The 2016 Festival doesn’t kick off until late January, but the first batch of Midnight movies have been revealed and it’s the expected mix of unknown talent, slightly known talent, and a few well-known people thrown in for good measure.

While most of the Sundance Midnight line-up revealed so far comes courtesy of filmmakers you probably know nothing about (yet), the Fest is also playing new movies from Rob Zombie and Kevin Smith. Hit the jump for more details.

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lost james bond movie

Any movie franchise with a 53-year history is going to have some stories of things that never happened and what could have been. Fans of the James Bond films always like to play the “What If?” game. What if George Lazenby had hung around for more movies after On Her Majesty’s Secret Service? What if The Spy Who Loved Me could have actually seen the return of Blofeld and S.P.E.C.T.R.E., as originally intended? And now we have a new one to ponder: What if Peter Morgan‘s concept for the film that would eventually become Skyfall was filmed?

Morgan, a two-time Oscar nominee for penning The Queen and Frost/Nixon, contributed a treatment titled Once Upon a Spy, which was ultimately rejected by Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson. And we can see why – this lost James Bond movie would have taken 007 into territory that would’ve been a little too dark, even for Daniel Craig‘s morally gray run with the character.

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Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis

As excited as we are to see Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron in next month’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens — and as Apocalypse in next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse — it’s a relief to hear he isn’t abandoning the kind of non-franchise dramas he built his reputation on in the first place. Isaac’s next new gig looks likely to be A Foreigner, from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl helmer Alfonso Gomez-RejonRead More »

Extraction Trailer

If you’re in the market for an action thriller, but you don’t really care if the story is formulaic, the performances are terrible, and it looks like everybody phoned it in, then we have good news.

The first trailer for the new movie Extraction has arrived, and while you’re normally used to seeing Bruce Willis save the day, this time he’s the one who needs saving. Kellan Lutz plays his son, who is both deadly and a government analyst, and must try to save his father, and by association millions of people threatened by a terrorist plot. It’s just as bland as it sounds. Read More »

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wages of fear remake

Henri-Georges Clouzot‘s The Wages of Fear is one of the best thrillers ever made, a despairing, sentiment-free, white-knuckle road trip into a nightmare. When it comes to powerful portraits of shattered masculinity barely surviving in the shadow of capitalism and existential dread, cinema pretty much peaked in 1953. So it’s actually kind of insane that William Friedkin‘s 1977 remake, Sorcerer, is also a masterpiece, although you’ll find two dedicated camps debating over which version is superior.

Now, a third take on the material is on the day. Ben Wheatley, the twisted genius behind Kill List, Sightseers, and A Field in England, is in talks to remake The Wages of Fear and we’re oddly cool about it. After all, things worked out pretty well the last time a genius filmmaker decided to remake this movie, and here’s a hot take for you: Wheatley is a brilliant talent who deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as Clouzot and Friedkin. He’s one of the few filmmakers working today who deserves a “remake whatever the hell you want” pass.

Find everything we currently know about the Wages of Fear remake after the jump.

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Like an amnesiac widower trying to piece together the events of his wife’s death, the movie biz is retracing its steps. A remake of Christopher Nolan‘s Memento is now in the works, from Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi‘s AMBI Pictures. More details on the Memento remake after the jump.  Read More »

body trailer

The holiday movie season is typically defined by family-friendly fare, stuff that you and mom and dad and grandma and grandpa and your cousins and nephews and nieces can go enjoy together. But what about the lonely cynics who spend the season alone and would like to let some darkness into their hearts every December?

Don’t worry. Hollywood has got you covered. This year’s holiday counter-programming looks to be Body, the newest release from the folks at Oscilloscope, and it looks like the kind of anti-Christmas thriller that will help keep your dark, shrunken heart at appropriate Grinch levels. Don’t let the greeting card companies win!

Watch the Body trailer after the jump.

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