wheelman trailer

Wheelman exists at a tricky crossroads. It’s the kind of down and dirty, modestly budgeted thriller made for an adult audience that major studios tend to shy away from these days. But as a Netflix original movie, very few people will have the chance to experience it on the big screen, which is a shame because it’s a great audience movie.

And Wheelman is a great audience movie. So invite some friends over, crank up the volume, and be prepared to laugh and cheer and stop breathing for 82 minutes. But first, you can watch the Wheelman trailer below if you need additional convincing beyond “Frank Grillo is a seasoned getaway driver who has a very, very bad night.”

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Mindhunter Trailer

Hey! David Fincher has a new television series coming to Netflix this Friday. And hey! It looks like the spiritual follow-up to his 2007 masterpiece, Zodiac. Yep, Mindhunter definitely feels like something we’ll all have to binge this weekend and the new (and presumably final) trailer for the show’s first season only seals the deal.

Watch the latest Mindhunter trailer below.

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BRAWL IN CELLBLOCK 99

Much like S. Craig Zahler‘s previous film, Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99 will be a divisive movie. Some will love it, some will hate it, but nobody is going to walk away feeling “meh” about it.

The film is anchored by Vince Vaughn‘s career-best performance as Bradley Thomas, an imposing hulk of a guy with a talent for bringing the pain. Bradley isn’t just a brute, though. The man has a moral compass that he has to obey, even if that means putting himself, his pregnant wife and the life they’ve built together at risk. However, that doesn’t mean he won’t unleash an ass-kicking when he has to. There is some brutal violence in this movie that would make even the most die hard fan of Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky nod in approval.

Brawl in Cell Block 99 is definitely not for the squeamish, but the film has lots of character and dramatic complexity layered within the very pulpy premise of a bone-breaker having to do some brutal things for the sake of his family.

I was able to sit down with writer/director S. Craig Zahler and Vince Vaughn to discuss that complexity as well as building the character of Bradley (don’t call him Brad) Thomas. Both men had no trouble going into detail about the world and character-building going on in this totally insane film.

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Replicas Trailer

Keanu Reeves is taking some time off from shooting everyone in the John Wick films to resurrect the dead in Replicas. Part Frankenstein, part Flatliners, part Multiplicity, plus about 10 other movies, the new sci-fi thriller has Reeves defying the laws of nature to save his family. Watch the Replicas trailer below.

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now stream this halloween

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

Hello, boils and ghouls! Welcome to a special spooktacular edition of Now Stream This! (Please imagine me saying all of this in the voice of the Crypt Keeper from Tales from the Crypt). It’s October, which means it’s Halloween season. That’s right, if you thought Halloween was just one day you are 100% incorrect. Halloween lasts all month long, and in the spirit of the season, I’ve highlighted 10 frightastic films for you to stream this month. Unless you’re too scared to watch them! There’s a classic documentary about witchcraft, an excellent remake, a cannibal coming-of-age tale, and more!

So put on your best Dracula cape and/or witch hat, light a Jack-O-Lantern candle, and join me as I highlight the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.

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udo kier interview

Udo Kier is one of the most interesting screen personalities working today. To call him a character actor is somewhat small-minded. The man is a force of personality, so incredibly comfortable with himself that nothing is ever off limits. That makes him dangerous on screen because anything can happen.

From his early days working with Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey in artfully absurd takes on the famous Universal Monsters to his current work, usually playing creepy European dudes, Kier always elevates everything he’s in, be it the latest Alexander Payne movie (Downsizing) or direct-to-video sleaze like the Iron Sky films.

In S. Craig Zahler‘s Brawl in Cell Block 99 Kier plays a character known only as “The Placid Man,” a servant for the big bad guy of the story who calmly lays out some terrible options for Vince Vaughn‘s rage-filled criminal at the heart of the story. We spoke to him following the film’s premiere at Fantastic Fest and as you’d expect, chatting with him was an amazing, sometimes surreal experience.

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The Bourne Identity

The Bourne film series may have come to outstay its welcome today, but 15 years ago, The Bourne Identity was a plucky spy thriller starring a rising dramatic actor making his first venture into the action genre.

Without high expectations for the film, director Doug Liman and star Matt Damon debated giving The Bourne Identity a dramatic twist — by killing off its title character at the end of the film. Clearly, that did not happen, and Jason Bourne went on to become the quintessential cinematic spy of the 21st century.

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Two years ago, the Library of Congress inducted L.A. Confidential, the 1997 neo-noir film directed by the late Curtis Hanson, into the National Film Registry. The movie hadn’t even reached its twentieth anniversary yet, but it did last month, even as word came that CBS is developing a television adaptation of James Ellroy’s original novel.

Having witnessed firsthand the divisiveness of David Lynch with my look at another L.A. movie, Mulholland Drive, it is tempting to stir the pot a little further now, and set up a false dichotomy, where I say, “There are two kinds of people in this world: Titanic people and L.A. Confidential people.” Because of course, L.A. Confidential lost Best Picture to Titanic at the Academy Awards. Now we’re here to talk about the real Best Picture of 1997. This film’s seedier aspects might give it less mass appeal, but it nonetheless stands as a towering cinematic achievement.

We’re about to go “off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush,” and examine  L.A. Confidential 20 years later.

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Creep 2 trailer

Patrick Brice’s funny, unnerving Creep, starring Mark Duplass in a tour de force of weirdness, found clever ways to breathe new life into the “found footage” genre. Now Brice is trying to recreate the very uncomfortable magic again with Creep 2, a sequel that will attempt to go to even greater lengths to make its audience feel uneasy. The Creep 2 trailer below gives us our first look at the film.

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flatliners trailer

Like any year, 2017 has had some truly excellent films, and then it’s also had some stinkers. As we approach the end of the year and enter awards season, get ready for more excellent films. For now, though, here come the summer runoffs – the films studios had no real faith in and dumped at the dead-end of September. Films like the Flatliners remake, which is now sitting at an uncomfortable 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, as the folks at MovieFone were kind enough to point out. Read more about the Flatliners negative reviews below.

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