Fall is just around the corner, which means awards season isn’t too far away either. The first film out of the gate that could be a major contender at the Academy Awards next year is Snowden. The biopic from director Oliver Stone tells the story of the former CIA employee Edward Snowen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who became a whistleblower when he leaked classified information about the NSA to the media that revealed the agency was spying on unknowing citizens of the United States. Now you can see it early thanks to a special Fathom Events engagement that includes a live Q&A with Oliver Stone and Edward Snowden himself.
Find out about the Snowden advanced screening after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 by Angie Han
A United Kingdom is like a trifecta of talents who seem like they should be much bigger than they are. In the lead roles it has Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo, who gave two of the best performances of 2014, and behind the camera it’s got Amma Asante, who delivered the smart period drama Belle that same year. While none of them are at household name status quite yet, all three are worth keeping an eye on. So when they all converge for one project, you can bet we’ll be paying attention.
Based on a true story, A United Kingdom chronicles the eventful romance of Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams. The two meet and fall in love in 1940s London, which is tough enough given they’re an interracial couple — but their relationship is further complicated by the fact that he is the prince of Bechuanaland (present-day Botswana). The film is slated to debut at TIFF next month, but before we get there you can check out the first A United Kingdom trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 by Angie Han
Were Narcos just another crime drama, it could go on indefinitely with the story of DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña chasing after drug kingpin Pablo Escobar . But it’s bound to historical events, and the fact is that Escobar couldn’t keep running forever. As of the end of season one, the clock is running out for Escobar. Season two picks up where season one left off, and promises to take us through to the end of Escobar’s story.
Which isn’t to say it’ll be smooth sailing for our heroes from here on out. Sure, we in 2016 know what becomes of Escobar (played here by Wagner Moura). But our heroes in the show, Murphy (Boyd Holbrook) and Peña (Pedro Pascal) are still in the middle of a very intense situation. As Murphy says, “Pablo is never more dangerous than when you almost have him.” Watch the latest Narcos season 2 trailer below. Read More »
Just like last year brought us both Southpaw and Creed, this year we get two more boxing dramas. However, while last year’s stories set in the ring were entirely fictional, this year we get two non-fiction boxing movie. Bleed for This starring Miles Teller won’t arrive until November (watch the trailer here), but the other is arriving in theaters next week.
Hands of Stone follows Edgar Ramirez (Deliver Us from Evil, Point Break) as Panamanian fighter Roberto Duran who once defeated iconic boxer Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond) in 1980, but abandoned a rematch a few months later. It was one of the most famous face-offs in boxing history, so knowing that story detail doesn’t spoil anything like the most interesting parts of the story come from the boxers themselves.
A new red band Hands of Stone trailer teases what’s in store for audiences. However, it’s a bit of an odd one because the reason it’s a red band trailer is due to some explicit sex scenes being features. They just seem out of place as if they’re trying to pull in moviegoers who just want to see nudity. Read More »
In recent years, Tom Hanks has played a couple real life heroes. From his titular role in Captain Phillips to his turn as one hell of a lawyer in Bridge of Spies, Hanks is the perfect everyman to bring these men to life. This year he adds one more to his career in Sully, the latest drama from Clint Eastwood, based on the real life story of heroic pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who glided his plane along the Hudson River, saving the life of all those aboard.
But while everyone knows about his heroic efforts that saved everyone on board that plane, most don’t know about the pesky investigation that followed which created plenty of trouble for Sully in both his life and career. Get a taste of the aftermath of The Miracle on the Hudson in the new Sully trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Todd Phillips‘ War Dogs might become one of the summer’s few pleasant surprises. Critics are somewhat mixed on the film, but the reviews are far more positive than what we read for The Hangover sequels, and they’re about on par with the reviews for Phillips’ Old School, Starsky & Hutch, and Road Trip, his more well-liked movies. Jonah Hill is receiving praise for his performance as obnoxious gunrunner Efraim Diveroli, but originally, Shia LaBeouf was going to play the character.
Below, find out why LaBeouf and Jesse Eisenberg didn’t lead the War Dogs cast.
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Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
John Glenn might get most of the glory for being the first American to orbit Earth, but behind him were dozens of brilliant scientists, mathematicians, and engineers, and more working to make his journey happen. The new movie Hidden Figures tells the story of three of them.
Taraji P. Henson leads the cast as NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015 for her pioneering work. Octavia Spencer plays fellow NASA mathematician Dorothy Vaughn, and Janelle Monáe rounds out the central trio as NASA engineer Mary Jackson.
Also starring are Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Aldis Hodge, Mahershala Ali, and Glen Powell as John Glenn. Watch the first Hidden Figures trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Sunday, August 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Eddie Murphy stretch his dramatic muscles. Heck, it’s been a while since we’ve seen Eddie Murphy at all. His last film was A Thousand Words, released all the way back in 2012. But he’s back this fall, and with his most dramatic role since 2006’s Dreamgirls.
Murphy leads Mr. Church as Mr. Church himself — a cook hired to care for a young girl (Britt Robertson) and her dying mother (Natascha McElhone). What was supposed to be just a job blossoms into a lifelong friendship. It’s directed by Bruce Beresford, which seems appropriate since Mr. Church definitely has strong Driving Miss Daisy vibes. Watch the Mr Church trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
Kathryn Bigelow‘s next movie will reunite her with a star from one of her last movies. Anthony Mackie has boarded her as-yet-untitled drama about the 1967 Detroit riots, joining Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega and Game of Thrones actress Hannah Murray. The project also recently added Will Poulter (The Revenant), Ben O’Toole (The Water Diviner), and Jack Reynor (Sing Street). Read More »