The Bachelors review

The majority of movies at film festivals don’t release trailers beforehand, so we often choose which films to see based on the filmmakers involved, the cast, and a brief description. Approaching a movie fresh is a hugely different experience than seeing one that’s strategically unveiled three trailers and a barrage of TV spots, and because so much about them is unknown, I find myself watching festival films with a different level of anticipation. Not only am I hoping the film turns out to be good (as I do with every movie I see), but in the back of my mind, I’m secretly hoping to see something revelatory. Something that moves me in a way that a huge studio project might not be able to. Something with an awards-worthy performance, or perhaps something that heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in the world of independent film.

Most of the time, festival films don’t live up to those expectations. Sometimes, you just get a movie that’s fine, a middle-of-the-road piece of work that neither moves you nor insults your intelligence. Something competently made with respectable actors and a handful of pleasant moments, but you won’t ever give it a second thought. That may sound harsh or dismissive, but think about it: if you watch a lot of movies, doesn’t that accurately describe a large percentage of them? Such is the case with The Bachelors, Kurt Voelker’s exploration of grief, loneliness, and despair through the eyes of two men who have lost the most important woman in their lives. Read More »

‘Max’ Trailer: A Dog With the Heart of a Marine

Max trailer

Call it War DogMax is the story of a dog trained to work with military units in Afghanistan, who finds a new life with family in the States after his handler is killed in action. If you’re a dog person, this first Max trailer is probably going to be enough to have you shedding tears on your laptop keyboard, and I can just imagine the tear-jerking power of the film, even when it throws out pretty goofy lines like “we’ve got the Air Jordan of dogs.” Check out the trailer below. Read More »

‘Hellion’ Trailer: Aaron Paul Is a Bad Dad

hellion trailer

During his time on Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul seems to have mastered the art of playing sympathetic screw-ups. He plays yet another one in the upcoming Hellion, which debuted at Sundance earlier this year.

Written and directed by Kat Candler, the bleak drama centers around single dad Hollis (Paul) and the two sons he’s barely raising — teenage Jacob (Josh Wiggins) and the younger Wes (Deke Garner). When Wes gets taken away by Child Protective Services, Hollis and Jacob must take responsibility to bring him back. Watch the Hellion trailer after the jump.

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