Posted on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 by Angie Han
If the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar contenders look kind of, well, foreign, that’s probably because only three have opened in the U.S. so far. But they are coming, slowly but surely, and the next to land on our shores is Argentina’s Wild Tales.
Produced by Pedro Almodóvar and directed by Damián Szifrón, Wild Tales unveils six separate tales of revenge. It’s dark, but not necessarily in the way you’d expect — it’s a sharp-edged satire centered around people who’ve simply had it up to here with this messed-up world. Check out the Wild Tales trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 by Angie Han
Ryan Gosling is an extremely successful movie star, or at least he was as of 2013. He hasn’t been seen onscreen in the past year because in addition to being a movie star, he also wants to be a director. He makes his feature filmmaking debut with Lost River, a dreamy fantasy-thriller about a teenage boy (Iain De Casestecker) in an abandoned city.
Christina Hendricks plays the kid’s beleaguered mother and Saoirse Ronan his oddball love interest. Matt Smith, Eva Mendes, and Ben Mendelsohn also star. Watch the Lost River trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Sunday, February 1st, 2015 by Angie Han
The Sleepless Night remake just got a jolt of much-needed energy. Open Road has just picked up the action-thriller and attached Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan to star. Baran bo Odar will direct from a script by Andrea Berloff.
The original French film by Frédéric Jardin was a big hit with critics, if not the box office. To give you general sense of the tone, it’s been described as “a sort of Die Hard (in a nightclub) crossed with Taken.” More on the Sleepless Night remake after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
Although Fifty Shades of Grey is getting all the buzz, it’s not the only movie Jamie Dornan has out this year. He’s also in Alexandre Aja‘s The 9th Life of Louis Drax, along with Aaron Paul and Sarah Gadon.
As in Fifty Shades of Grey, Dornan plays a handsome hero who gets all conflicted over a beautiful woman. But that’s where the similarities stop. Dornan’s 9th Life of Louis Drax character isn’t a kinky billionaire, but a doctor who steps in after a kid falls into a coma. Get your The 9th Life of Louis Drax first look after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
Tom Hardy has never met an accent he didn’t like, whether it’s Bostonian in The Drop, Welsh in Locke, or whatever the hell he’s doing in The Dark Knight Rises. In his new movie Child 44, he gets to take midcentury Russian out for a spin.
Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), the thriller follows police agent Leo Demidov (Hardy) in Soviet-era Russia. When he begins investigating a serial killer who targets young boys, he attracts the wrath of the state, which refuses to acknowledge the crimes at all.
Noomi Rapace plays Leo’s wife Raisa, Gary Oldman is General Mikhail Nesterov, and Joel Kinnaman is Leo’s rival. Jason Clarke, Paddy Considine, and Vincent Cassel also star. Watch the Child 44 trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
You can’t throw a rock at Sundance without hitting a coming-of-age tale, but it’s safe to say Turbo Kid is different from most. The Park City at Midnight entry follows an orphaned boy (Munro Chambers) in a retro-futuristic, post-apocalyptic 1997. After his best friend (Laurence Leboeuf) is kidnapped by the evil Zeus (Michael Ironside), he sets out across the Wasteland on his BMX bike to find her.
Co-director Anouk Whissell describes it as “an old crazy 80s kid movie,” while co-director François Simard adds that it’s “made for the inner children in all of us.” (Yoann-Karl Whissell is the third co-director.) But it’s not made for people who are also children on the outside — it’s gleefully gory, as you’ll see from the first Turbo Kid trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
Ethan Hunt will be embarking on his next adventure a bit earlier than expected. Paramount has bumped up Mission: Impossible 5 by five months to summer 2015. Meanwhile, Monster Trucks is being delayed by seven months so it can take Mission: Impossible 5‘s old Christmas 2015 berth.
More details on the Mission Impossible 5 release date change after the jump. Read More »
Cop Car has the brutal elegance of old-school crime fiction. Two young kids find a seemingly abandoned sheriff’s cruiser in a stand of trees. One thing leads to another, and soon they’re off on a joyride through the countryside. But the sheriff wants his car back, and there’s another wild card factor, too, which draws a noose around all their necks.
Few deeds go unpunished in this daylight noir. Yet even through the increasingly grim action an innocence is maintained that sets Cop Car apart from recent companion films such as Cold in July, The Guest, and Blue Ruin. Getting reductive for a moment, Cop Car is like an Amblin film filtered through the twisted vision of the Coen Brothers. It’s a midnight movie blast. Read More »
When Eli Roth directs a movie, there’s a certain expectation from the film. Gore, disturbing imagery and sheer terror are associated with the director of Cabin Fever and Hostel. Roth knows that as well as anyone. With his latest film Knock Knock, he uses those expectations to his advantage to toy with the audience. The film slowly builds, but situations don’t get violent. You might question what the hell you’re watching. What is the point here? That might be frustrating in the hands of another filmmaker, but not from Roth. For almost half of Knock Knock, the film presents fresh, difficult and exceedingly awkward situations for the characters. And because you have no idea what’s going to happen, that’s scary and thrilling in its own unique way.
Knock Knock, which stars Keanu Reeves as a happy husband randomly thrust into an uncomfortable situation with two young girls, premiered this weekend at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Continue reading our Knock Knock review. Read More »