Jake Gyllenhaal has become one of the most consistently solid actors working today. He went on a heck of a hot streak recently with Prisoners, End of Watch, Enemy, and Nightcrawler, and though his movies have been a bit more hit or miss since then, he still regularly delivers stirring, compelling performances that are always worth discussing.
Therefore it should come as no surprise that he’s one of the most interesting characters in Life, the new ensemble sci-fi film directed by Daniel Espinosa, and it appears that the two cultivated a good working relationship on that set because they’re reportedly reuniting for a new war movie that’s based on a true story. Read More »
Hollywood history is littered with competing projects about similar subjects. The most famous example is probably the double-header of Armageddon and Deep Impact in 1998, but the phenomenon continues to this day. Remember how 2012 brought us Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror, Mirror?
Now, 2017 is bringing us dueling biopics about Winston Churchill, the legendary Prime Minister of the United Kingdom who helped lead his nation through World War II. The preview for the first of these two biopics, starring the great Brian Cox, has arrived and you can watch the Churchill trailer below.
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J.J. Abrams fans love a good mystery, and it looks like we have another one on our hands. Back in February, we heard that Son of a Gun director Julius Avery would be directing a WWII film called Overlord for Paramount and Bad Robot. But now a new piece of information has come to light that may indicate the film is part of the slowly-growing “Clover-verse.” Let’s explore the possible Overlord Cloverfield connections. Read More »
Last night brought the sneak preview screenings of Kong: Skull Island at many theaters across the country, and even though I had already seen the gnarly monster movie (and enjoyed it quite a bit), I wanted to see it again with friends. In addition to being treated to a second round of Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ spectacular monster action on an IMAX screen, there was a little surprise preceding the movie.
As the lights came down and the trailers began, the first preview out of the gate was Dunkirk. However, I was taken aback, because this wasn’t the trailer that has been playing in theaters since late last year. Instead, this was the 5-minute prologue that exclusively played before certain IMAX showings of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The good news is that this wasn’t just a fluke and you can easily see the Dunkirk prologue with IMAX screenings of Kong if you weren’t able to catch it already.
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Even though a triangle is one of the strongest geometric shapes, a love triangle makes things far less stable. It certainly doesn’t help matters any in Terry George‘s new film The Promise.
A young woman named Ana (Charlotte Le Bon of The Walk) strikes up a close relationship with a medical students (Oscar Isaac) while she’s still in a relationship with an American photojournalist (Christian Bale), all while war breaks out around them in the middle of the Ottoman Empire. It makes for some complicated romantic drama, but it may not turn out to be as important as helping the people around them get to safety in the middle of the turmoil surrounding them.
Watch The Promise trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by Angie Han
One of the interesting things about Netflix’s massive original programming slate is that unlike a lot of traditional distributors, they don’t really have a type. They’ll release gritty superhero dramas and fluffy kiddie fare, sober documentaries and goofy standup specials, Adam Sandler comedies and arthouse oddities. They’ve got a little something for everyone, which makes perfect sense since “everyone” is their target customer.
So while we’re not super into, say, Sandy Wexler, we’re more than happy to tolerate its existence if it means we also get movies like War Machine. Directed by David Michôd (of Animal Kingdom fame), the pitch-black satire stars Brad Pitt as real-life U.S. general Stanley McChrystal. You may remember his dramatic fall from grace a few years ago after a Rolling Stone exposé. Tilda Swinton and Ben Kingsley also star. Check out the War Machine trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 24th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
Predicting the Oscars is an art. You can’t look at the nominees and pick personal favorites. You can’t side with the movies that you think deserve to win. You have to look over those 27 categories and put yourself in the shoes of 6,000 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science and think “What are they going to vote for?”
So welcome to the second annual /Film Oscar Predictions Contest, where we put our heads together to predict the winners of the biggest movie awards show of the year. Feel free to play along.
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Hollywood loves making movies about making movies, and even though Lone Scherfig‘s World War II romantic dramedy Their Finest actually hails from across the pond, it’s still looking for that sweet spot of nostalgia for classic filmmaking crossed with the hardships of war.
After playing at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and the Sundance Film Festival just last month, Their Finest follows the making of a movie about the heroic events of a couple sisters at Dunkirk who save hundreds of soldiers. Sadly, it’s not anywhere near as compelling as we hope Christopher Nolan’s movie about Dunkirk will be, but Their Finest is coming to US theaters this spring, delivering lighthearted laughs, sappy romance, and stilted war drama. Watch the new Their Finest trailer after the jump to get a taste of the film. Read More »
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Armie Hammer is almost performing a one-man show in Mine. The Man from U.N.CL.E. star isn’t alone in Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro‘s thriller, but he spends much of it on his own in the frame, with one foot resting not-so-comfortably on a landmine in the desert. To stay alive, he’ll have to survive the next 52 hours by staying in one place.
Below, watch the Mine trailer.
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Bad Robot and Paramount are working on a new film about D-Day, titled Overlord, based on J.J. Abrams and Billy Ray‘s (Shattered Glass) original idea. Ray, who directed the 2015 remake of Secret in Their Eyes, wrote the script, and Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) polished it up a little. Julius Avery (Son of a Gun) has signed on to direct the Abrams-produced World War II movie, which has a major supernatural twist.
Below, learn about Julius Avery’s Bad Robot movie.
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