Baby Driver - Baby (Ansel Elgort) in mirror

Baby Driver took SXSW by storm this past March, earning such high praise (it’s currently sitting at a perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, with 22 reviews in) that distributor Sony was inspired to bump its release up from a sleepy August weekend to a prime June spot.

But we didn’t know any of that was going to happen in April 2016, when the studio invited us to visit the film’s Atlanta set. All we knew at that time was that Baby Driver was the new Edgar Wright movie – and considering his track record, that in itself felt like reason enough to get excited. And what we learned on set rocketed the film to the top of our most-anticipated list.

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Baby Driver trailer

The best thing about Edgar Wright‘s Baby Driver is that it feels familiar and unique at the same time, a thorough blend of the old and the new. On one hand, it’s constructed out of the building blocks seen in classic crime, heist and car chase movies – it feels like an old friend. But on the other, it energizes those familiar pieces with a style and delivery that is unlike anything else hitting theaters this year – no one breaks into song, but this is pretty much a musical.

I don’t think a trailer can properly sell what makes this one special and why you should go out of your way to see it this summer, but new Baby Driver trailer is here for you to watch anyway.

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it comes at night trailer

I was able to see director Trey Edward ShultsIt Comes At Night a few weeks ago and I agree with our own Alex Riviello, who reviewed it from the world premiere at the Overlook Film Festival: it’s a really good movie. It is also not the movie being presented in this new preview, which could be a problem for some audiences.

So watch the new It Comes at Night trailer below, but understand that the movie arriving in theaters next week isn’t the movie being advertised.

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Fargo The Law of Inevitability Review

(Every week, we’re going to kick off a discussion about Fargo season 3 by answering one simple question: who f*cked up the most this week?)

The blue streak continues on Fargo. Life has never been worse for Sy Feltz (Michael Stuhlbarg), Emmit Stussy (Ewan McGregor), and maybe Nikki Swango (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), who’s mysterious and world-weary enough to indicate season 3 of Fargo is far from her first bad time in Minnesota. Noah Hawley‘s FX series experiences the shockwave of last week’s shocking episode in “The Law of Inevitability,” in which Chief Moe Dammick (Shea Whigham) enlightens us on the mashed potato theory and how he proceeds when the sun is out.

Below, check out our latest Fargo review.

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Shimmer Lake trailer

Shimmer Lake is one of the funniest thrillers in recent memory. Oren Uziel‘s directorial debut, which plays out in reverse time, has a ton of laugh-out-loud moments to go along with some bloodshed and betrayal. It’s a story of a heist gone wrong in a small town where everybody knows everybody and, from beginning to end, it keeps you laughing and on your toes.

Below, watch the Shimmer Lake trailer.

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Ozark trailer

I love watching great television shows. But at this point, the rate at which Netflix is dropping new content on its subscribers is almost aggressive. They’re starting to seem like the Joker in The Dark Knight, setting fire to massive piles of cash in a darkened warehouse for no reason other than that they enjoy the chaos of it all. They just want to watch the world burn. And yes, I’m fully aware that I’ve reached peak #firstworldproblems status: I’m actually angry about how many good new shows exist that I want to watch.

And now the streaming service has released a teaser trailer for a dark new drama starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney called Ozark, and damn it, this one also looks terrific. Watch the first Ozark trailer below.
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Wind River Trailer

After writing the acclaimed films Sicario and Hell or High Water, screenwriter Taylor Sheridan has tried his hand at directing a suspenseful thriller of his own.

Wind River follows Jeremy Renner as US Fish & Wildlife agent Cory Lambert working on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. When he finds the body of a young woman in the mountains, an FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) is brought in to help solve what looks like a homicide. She’s a rookie and this her first big case, which means she’s unprepared to deal with the harsh environment of Wind River in the winter, both literally and figuratively. The two must work together if they’re going to figure out who committed this crime.

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Fargo The Lord of No Mercy Review

(Every week, we’re going to kick off a discussion about Fargo season 3 by answering one simple question: who f*cked up the most this week?)

“The Lord of No Mercy” is a more than fitting title for this week’s episode of FargoNoah Hawley‘s FX series got grimmer this week, paying off previous events in an unexpected and tragic fashion. Things are destined to only get worse from here, but the two most recent episodes of Fargo had few laughs to soften some serious blows.

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Better Call Saul Expenses Review

(Every week, we’re going to kick off discussion about Better Call Saul season 3 by answering one simple question: who came out on top when the credits rolled?)

At this point in Better Call Saul, it’s difficult to know whether or not we’re supposed to root for Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk). Obviously, to a certain degree, we are. We’re in his house, after all. He’s hit rock bottom in “Expenses,” and though we know he’ll end up back on top (sort of) by the time Breaking Bad begins, it’s become obvious that the path there is going to be a profoundly ugly one. “Expenses” plays like a partner to “Chicanery” as an episode that captures exactly just how naturalistic the drama at the center of it is. It’s a show that’s pared down and precise — the pain doesn’t come from the near-operatic as it did in Breaking Bad, it comes from small, simple human foibles.

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Twin Peaks refresher

I’m still shocked that David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks aired on a major television network – let alone in primetime. The series heavily influenced a lot of prestige TV that followed its cancellation after its second season back in 1991, but I can’t think of another show that’s ever run the gamut of styles and genres quite the way this one did. The original run of episodes was thrilling because we had absolutely no idea what kind of show it would be from one moment to the next. Twin Peaks was the absolute king of tonal shifts, often whipping from surreal to comedic, from melodramatic to genuinely heartbreaking, from profound to eye-rollingly dumb. This show contained multitudes. But through it all, it remained enigmatic, eccentric, exciting, and distinctly Lynchian – even when Lynch himself scaled back his involvement during the show’s questionable second season.

With the limited series revival heading to Showtime this weekend, now’s a good time for a refresher about what you need to know, some questions left unanswered, and a bit of good old-fashioned speculation about what we might see in the future. Grab a cup of damn fine coffee, a slice of cherry pie, and join me for a whirlwind trip to small town America in the Pacific Northwest.
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