Miranda July heist movie

Female-led heist films are officially a trend. With Ocean’s 8 and Widows coming up later this year, a third heist movie is now in the works from indie filmmaker Miranda July. The project is still untitled, but she’s managed to secure Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) and Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) as two of her lead actors, and the idea of those two co-starring in a movie is almost enough to convince me to see it sight unseen. What’s that? Acclaimed character actor Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water, Bone Tomahawk) is in this, too? Well, then count me in.

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Carmen Sandiego Movie - Gina Rodriguez

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? We’re not sure right now, but soon, you’ll find her on Netflix.

Netflix is developing a live-action Carmen Sandiego movie starring Annihilation and Jane the Virgin breakout star Gina Rodriguez. And Rodriguez will be doing more than donning the iconic red hat and trenchcoat of the criminal mastermind. Rodriguez will also be producing Netflix’s adaptation of the educational computer game and TV show.

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annihilation spoiler review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Alex Garland’s haunting Annihilation.)

With AnnihilationEx Machina director Alex Garland has crafted a weird, challenging, and disturbing sci-fi horror film that will repel some and amaze others. This is the type of strange, hypnotic work that film fans obsess over. Don’t be surprised if people are studying and talking about this film in years to come.

This Annihilation spoiler review will attempt to get to the heart of Garland’s often impenetrable film. Spoilers follow, obviously.

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Annihilation differences

Alex Garland‘s weird, wonderful adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer‘s Annihilation hits theaters this week. Anyone who read the novel and watched the trailers could’ve guessed Garland took liberties with the source material. Below, we examine some of the major Annihilation differences between book and film. There are a lot of them.

Major spoilers for both book and film follow.

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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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