Hell or High Water Trailer

Ben Foster and Chris Pine play incredibly convincing brothers in David Mackenzie‘s knockout drama, Hell or High Water, written by Sicario scribe Taylor Sheridan. Tanner (Foster) and Toby (Pine) have their differences, but they’re definitely from the same family. Their mutual trust, their shorthand, their inside jokes, and how they express themselves — they’re cut from the same cloth. The criminals are far from heroes, but their tight bond makes them surprisingly empathetic in Hell or High Water, which hits home video tomorrow. To celebrate the release, we’ve been premiering a clip from one of the film’s bonus features.

Below, watch a clip from a Hell or High Water featurette.

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Patriots Day early buzz

Perhaps still reeling from the sheer ridiculousness of BattleshipPeter Berg has devoted much of his past few years to recreating one all-too-real event after another. First there was Lone Survivor, and then there was Deepwater Horizon. Now, as the end of 2016 approaches, there’s Patriots Day, about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its immediate aftermath.

Berg’s past two films earned critical praise for their grittiness, their intensity, and their attention to detail. Will Patriots Day be cut from the same cloth? The drama made its premiere last night and the first reactions are in. Get the Patriots Day early buzz below.  Read More »

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS review

Note: With Nocturnal Animals out this weekend, we’re re-running our review from TIFF.

There’s a lot to admire about Nocturnal Animals, the second feature from Tom Ford. The narrative is actually two narratives, beautifully braided together by Ford and brought to life by Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal. It’s pretentious pulp, in a good way — engaging to watch and pretty to behold. But Nocturnal Animals seems to be aiming for profundity, and there it falls short. It’s trying to say something, but what isn’t exactly clear.  Read More »

Forest Whitaker Joins Johnny Depp in ‘Labyrinth’

Forest Whitaker Labyrinth casting

This is a fine year for Forest Whitaker. We recently saw him in the fantastic Arrival, not too long ago he signed up for Ryan Coogler‘s Black Panther, and he has Rogue One: A Star Wars Story coming up. The more we see of the actor, producer, and director, the better, so it’s good to hear he’s added another intriguing project to his slate. Whitaker will star in director Brad Furman‘s (The Lincoln LawyerLAbyrinth, a true story about the detective who investigated the murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.

Below, learn more about the Forest Whitaker Labyrinth casting.

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don't breathe 2

2016 has been a banner year for awful things happening to the world in general, so maybe it’s appropriate that it’s been a banner year for horror cinema. After all, this is a genre that takes great pleasure in chewing up our miseries and spitting them out, allowing us to cackle at our misfortunes or comprehend our personal dread. A wave of great horror movies was exactly what we needed this year.

And one of those great horror movies was Fede Alvarez‘s Don’t Breathe, a vicious, hard-hearted thriller about a the criminals who break into the home of a secluded blind man and learn the hard way that he’s not someone to be underestimated. It turns out that the film’s conclusion, which left the door for further horror wide open, was a promise as Don’t Breathe 2 is currently in the works.

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Murder on the Orient Express cast

Penélope Cruz is the latest actor to sign up for Kenneth Branagh‘s star-studded remake of Murder on the Orient Express. The cast already includes Dame Judi DenchDerek JacobiMichelle Pfeiffer, Daisy RidleyMichael Peña, and Johnny Depp. We already know the characters they’re all playing, but Cruz’s role is currently unknown.

Below, learn more about the Murder on the Orient Express cast.

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solace trailer

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Solace is that its screenplay was once retrofitted into a sequel to David Fincher’s Se7en, with Morgan Freeman’s Detective Somerset coming out of retirement to hunt down a new serial killer. Of course, that take died in development and now we have a movie closer to the original screenplay: an FBI agent played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan teams up with a psychic doctor played by Anthony Hopkins to hunt down a psychic serial killer played by Colin Farrell. Wait…this was supposed to be a Se7en sequel?

Ponder that question as you watch the new trailer.

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Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland Season 6 Teaser Trailer

Put the words “Carrie,” “New York City,” and “premium cable” side by side, and you’ll probably assume I’m about to go into a discussion of Sex and the City. But no, it’s a different Carrie on a different show on a different network. Showtime has released a new Homeland season 6 teaser trailer, which sends Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) to Brooklyn where she’s working for a foundation that helps American Muslims. But of course she gets caught up in espionage and intrigue again. Watch the Homeland season 6 teaser trailer below. Read More »

Nocturnal Animals featurette

Tom Ford‘s Nocturnal Animals is a beautiful and nasty piece of work. Ford’s adaptation of the late Austin Wright‘s Tony & Susan has elements of a thriller, but first and foremost, it’s a love story. An often unsettling and tragic love story. Ford’s latest actually shares a few similarities with A Single Man, but it’s a much bigger and darker movie.

Below, watch the Nocturnal Animals featurette.

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the girl in the spider's web director

It’s been five years since The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo failed to kickstart a franchise, doing solid business at the international box office while leaving audiences divided. David Fincher’s take on Stieg Larsson’s bestselling novel was icy, cruel, and deliberately anticlimactic, a deconstructive thriller programmed to dodge expectation and decimate the satisfaction that usually accompanies mystery stories. I loved it and still love it, but it doesn’t surprise me at all that audiences were divided and that a sequel never materialized.

But approximately one year ago, we learned that Sony wasn’t giving up on the further adventures of Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander just yet. And adaptation of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the fourth book in the series, was put into development…and now Fede Alvarez is being courted to direct.

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