Dope teaser trailer

Dope was a big hit at Sundance in part because of its irresistible energy, and the first Dope teaser trailer takes an unusual approach to showing that energy to new audiences. This teaser barely introduces the three leads, a set of ’80s and ’90s-loving outcast nerd kids in Inglewood played by Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, and Kiersey Clemons. Instead it shows us the stuff they love — throwback design, video games, music — in a flash of footage that gets across the film’s energy better than a simple clip from the movie could. 

The Dope teaser is unique and fresh; watch it below. Read More »

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movies sold at sundance 2015

These are the movies sold at Sundance 2015. Many of the films that premiere at the Sundance Film Festival are hoping to attract a distributor and find a bigger audience, be it in theaters around the country or distributed through digital VOD. Throughout the festival we will be reporting on all of the movies sold at Sundance 2015. This list should help give you an idea about which movies may someday be available to you either theatrically of VOD. We’re including photo stills from each of the films along with all of the relevant information (director, cast, how much it sold for, the plot synopsis and more).  Hit the jump to find out which movies sold at Sundance 2015.

Latest update: Samuel L. Goldwyn will release Lila and Eve starring Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez.

Previous update: Jemaine Clement’s People, Places, Things is picked up by The Film Arcade.

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The Best Films of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

best of sundance 2015

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival ends Sunday but team /Film is already back in Los Angeles. We were on the ground in Park City for eight days, seeing and reviewing as many movies as possible. While there, our aim is to find the awesome films you’ll want to have on your radar later this year. We think we were successful.

Below, Peter Sciretta, Russ Fischer and I have each ranked every single film we saw. I saw 25, Peter and Russ saw 22. We assigned points to our top films to come up with an overall site ranking. We also came up with a bunch of fun stats to to give you an idea of how huge Sundance is, and how our tastes figure into coverage.

Below, read about the best of Sundance 2015, according to Slashfilm. Read More »

Dope release date

One of the best films at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Dope, has just been slotted onto the release calendar. Open Road acquired the film for $7 million very early at the fest, and have given them film a release date of June 12. Read more about the Dope release date below. Read More »

Dope review

Four days in, Rick Famuyiwa‘s Dope is the best film I’ve seen so far at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. A coming of age story for the “post hip hop generation” best described as a mix of three films: Doug Liman’s Go, Greg Mottola’s Superbad and John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood.  I’m posting this review the morning after the premiere and its being reported that six studios are rabidly bidding to distribute this film — its insanely accessible movie for a Sundance film and will sure to be a hit that lives on past its festival and theatrical runs. Read my Dope review after the jump.

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Dope

With the Sundance Film Festival slated to kick off tomorrow, we have a fun first look at one of this year’s under-the-radar treats. Dope stars Shameik Moore as a teenage geek named Malcolm growing up in a rough neighborhood in Inglewood, California. He winds up in a sticky situation after attending a party where a drug deal goes sour.

Also starring are Zoë KravitzTony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Blake Anderson (WorkaholicsKeith Stanfield (Short Term 12), and rapper A$AP Rocky. Pharrell contributed to the soundtrack. Watch the Dope trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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One of the best films of the past year was Todd Haynes‘ new version of Mildred Pierce for HBO. It’s actually a mini-series, but what the hell: the boundaries between film and TV are dropping like the Berlin Wall, so let’s call Mildred Pierce a movie. It’s a great one that continues Haynes’ unblemished run of ambitious, interesting films. (Even when I’m not an unabashed fan of one of his films, as is the case with Velvet Goldmine, I can’t deny that the film is worth watching.)

And now Todd Haynes is getting set to make another film for HBO: an adaptation of Sara Gran‘s novel Dope. Circling the lead role is Julianne Moore. If this works out it’ll be the fourth project for the pair, who have previously worked together on Safe, Far From Heaven and I’m Not There. Read More »