annihilation early buzz

Annihilation promises to be a cerebral science-fiction tale that could rival the acclaim of last year’s Blade Runner 2049 or even 2016’s Oscar-nominated Arrival. But why — with merely three weeks until the star-studded movie’s release — have we heard so little about it?

Alex Garland‘s adaptation of the best-selling Jeff VanderMeer novel has been shrouded in mystery mostly out of necessity. But worryingly, the reviews for the ambitious sci-fi film will remain under lock and key until the day before the film’s release. Thank goodness, then, that social media reactions have started flooding in this week. So far, the critical reaction to Garland’s follow-up to his stunning directorial debut, Ex Machina, has been over the moon.

Below, we’ve rounded up the Annihilation early buzz.

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New ‘Annihilation’ Clip Goes Into The Shimmer

Annihilation clip

We’re less than a month away from the release of Alex Garland‘s mysterious new movie Annihilation, and a new clip from the film takes you inside the nightmarish world of The Shimmer – a strange, dangerous area that’s slowly expanding and altering everything in its path. It’s all very weird and intangible, but one thing is for sure: entering The Shimmer isn’t going to be pleasant. Watch the Annihilation clip below.

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Annihilation Featurette - Natalie Portman

Not too long ago, we released our collective list of /Film’s 25 Most Anticipated Films of 2018. Even though films like Avengers: Infinity War and The Incredibles 2 ended up near the top, our #1 film ended up being Alex Garland‘s new sci-fi thriller Annihilation.

Starring Natalie Portman, the film is based on Jeff VanderMeer’s first novel in the author’s Southern Reach Trilogy, and it follows a group of female scientists and scholars as they head into a strange phenomenon that has appeared on Earth known as The Shimmer. A new Annihilation featurette explains a little more what appears to be happening in The Shimmer, and it doesn’t sound great for the human race. Read More »

Annihilation behind the scenes

Alex Garland‘s Ex Machina follow-up Annihilation, adapted from the first book in Jeff VanderMeer‘s Southern Reach Trilogy, looks incredible. But behind-the-scenes, one of the film’s producers has been concerned that Garland’s adaptation might be too intelligent for average moviegoers to grasp some of the film’s weirder, more complicated elements. The Annihilation behind-the-scenes issues have resulted in an unprecedented deal with Netflix.

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smallfoot trailer

It turns out if you take away Channing Tatum‘s body and turn him into a furry Bigfoot with horns, he’s still twice as charming as any average human being.

That’s what the filmmakers of Smallfoot get to rely on, with Tatum leading their cast as a naive yeti who discovers that humans — or what he calls “smallfoot” — exist. And that’s a prospect even more terrifying than spending a whole movie without seeing Channing Tatum’s lovely face.

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annihilation set photos

Ex Machina director Alex Garland is close to releasing his next film, Annihilation, a highly-anticipated (especially by me) adaptation of the first book of The Southern Reach Trilogy. With a killer cast that includes Natalie PortmanJennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, and Oscar Isaac and the promise of something strange and beautiful, this could be the next surreal sci-fi classic that has everybody talking. Save for a few set photos, there’s been very little released from Garland’s new film, but now we have our first real look via an official image. See the Annihilation first look below.

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Nick Jonas ferdinand

Munro Leaf’s classic children’s book The Story of Ferdinand is receiving the animated movie treatment, and a new trailer has arrived to give us all a look at the film while announcing new cast members and a new song from Nick Jonas. How can you dare to resist this movie about a cartoon bull now, I ask? You can’t, don’t even try. The new Ferdinand trailer packed full of all this new information awaits you below.

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batgirl actress

Last week, it was revealed that Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator and The Avengers director Joss Whedon is going to write and direct a Batgirl movie. It feels like a pitch-perfect match of storyteller and character – Whedon’s voice feels perfectly honed to tell the story of Barbara Gordon, the daughter of the Gotham City police commissioner who decides to take her father’s war on crime to the next level.

Of course, it’s still early days yet. Whedon has not cast his Batgirl. And that’s why we’re here. We have 17 suggestions.

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Miss Bala

The director behind ThirteenLords of Dogtown, and TwilightCatherine Hardwicke, is currently circling two projects. One of the projects being a remake of Miss Bala, the acclaimed 2011 Mexican film that was nominated for Best Foreign Picture. The current frontrunner to play the lead is Jane the Virgin star, Gina Rodriguez.

Below, learn more about the Miss Bala remake.

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Ferdinand trailer

An animated film about a physically imposing character who’s more than a muscle-bound idiot, with a message about not judging others based solely on their looks? That’s about as subtle as a bull in a chi…well, you know the rest. But animated movies provide teachable moments for young audiences, and even though we’re all familiar with these tropes, there’s always a new generation who’ll be learning them for the first time.

Enter Ferdinand, the latest animated effort from Blue Sky Studios. 20th Century Fox has released the first trailer, and if nothing else, it features an impressive voice cast. Watch the full Ferdinand trailer below. Read More »