A Most Violent Year trailer

Just as summer always brings a rash of big-budget blockbuster sequels, fall and early winter reliably provide a crop of prestige dramas laden with Academy Award-nominated names. Among the many this year is A Most Violent Year, from Oscar nominee J.C. Chandor, two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, and actual Oscar / future Oscar nominee Oscar Isaac.

Isaac plays idealistic immigrant businessman Abel and Chastain his connected wife Anna. Together, they head a growing gas business in New York. But they runs into trouble when their company clashes with certain elements of the city’s criminal underworld. Watch the A Most Violent Year trailer after the jump.

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Obvious Child trailer

Jenny Slate is about to become a movie star thanks to the Obvious Child trailer. The comedic actress, best known for her TV roles on Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, House of Lies and others, plays her the lead character, Donna, in the Gillian Robespierre film. She’s a stand-up comedian whose life gets turned upside down when a one-night stand with an unlikely man leaves her pregnant. It might sound like a simple, cliché set-up but Slate’s brave performance and Robespierre’s frank, foul screenplay exposes lots of truth and even more laughs.

Obvious Child premiered at Sundance where Peter gave it a rave review. A24 Films picked it up and scheduled it for release June 6. Now, you can watch the first Obvious Child trailer below. Read More »

Under the Skin

Nine years after Birth, Jonathan Glazer returned to the festival circuit last year with Under the Skin. The film features an intriguing hook — Scarlett Johansson plays a sexy alien who seduces men and then destroys them — and the results look even stranger and less commercial than that description suggests.

The latest trailer does a great job of conveying a creepy tone, even as it turns out to be less revealing than the promos that came before. But that’s how Glazer wants it, apparently. He cut the new preview himself. Check it out after the jump.

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A24 Films Buys Sundance Hit ‘Obvious Child’

Obvious Child

One of the buzzier comedies in Park City, UT at the Sundance Film Festival this week is Obvious Child, a New York set comedy about a comedian (Jenny Slate) who mistakenly gets pregnant. Read Pete’s positive review here. Co-written and directed by Gillian Robespierre, A24 Films has picked it up for domestic distribution. Read the press release below. Read More »

The Spectacular Now at Sundance

In an age when the phrase “teen drama” suggests hardscrabble dystopias or lovelorn werewolves, what’s extraordinary about The Spectacular Now is how ordinary it is. The leads are two kids that could be from any town in America, and their romance is neither epic nor star-crossed. Stories like this one surely play out dozens of times a day all over the world.

But despite that ordinariness, or more likely because of it, The Spectacular Now is also one of the best teen dramas of recent years. Under the direction of James Ponsoldt (Smashed), The Spectacular Now is a pitch-perfect depiction of adolescence, warm and funny and sad without ever veering into forced sentimentality.

It’s a tough balance to pull off, and during a recent press stop in New York I got the opportunity to ask him how he managed to get it right. We also talked about why the kids in The Spectacular Now drink so much, how he took advantage of Kyle Chandler‘s Coach Taylor image, and which Arrested Development star he’d love to work with. Hit the jump to read the full interview. (Some spoilers for The Spectacular Now follow.)

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Kevin Smith CBM

Kevin Smith‘s online ad- turned- podcast turned- screenplay turned- horror movie Tusk has just been picked up for distribution. A24 Films, the team behind The Spectacular Now and Spring Breakers (and which recently signed an exclusive deal with Amazon), will give the film a wide release in the third quarter of 2014. Read the full press release below. Read More »

Spring Breakers

Way before Blockbuster said goodbye, the battlefields of streaming video were getting bloody. Studios fought and signed exclusive deals with Netflix, Hulu and others to release both catalog titles, and new releases, on one service or the other. The future has been happening for a while.

One of the (relatively) newer streaming services to enter the game was Amazon. While the company’s streaming service through Prime has a good amount of titles, as well as a growing crop of originally programming, Amazon just signed its first exclusive deal with a film production company. That company is A24 Films, the team behind The Spectacular Now, Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring. Upcoming A24 Films will only stream on Amazon. Read More »

Enemy

This weekend, the pairing of star Jake Gyllenhaal and director Denis Villeneuve equaled the number one movie in the country, Prisoners. Next, the pair will team up again in a story with not one, but two Gyllenhaals. That film is called Enemy, and following a premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, a mysterious teaser clip has now come online.

Based on a novel by Jose Saramago, Gyllenhaal stars as a downtrodden college professor who comes to realize there’s a younger version of himself somewhere in the world. It also stars Mélanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini and Sarah Gadon. Check out the teaser below. Read More »

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