Slow West

If you were following our dispatches from Sundance this year, you might already know to be excited for Slow West. Directed by John Maclean, the Western stars Kodi Smit-McPhee as a young man who journeys from Scotland to the American West to find his lost love (Caren Pisorious). Along the way he’s joined by Silas (Michael Fassbender), a mysterious gunslinger who guides and protects him.

As much as we love grim, gritty Westerns, part of what makes Slow West so intriguing is that it looks like so much more than that. It’s dark and violent, sure, but it’s also laced through with black humor, Biblical allegory, and even a slight a fairy tale feel. Watch the Slow West trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler is joining X-Men: Apocalypse and this time, he’s a bit younger. Director Bryan Singer announced Tuesday that Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road, Let Me In) has been cast in the film as the agile mutant. He was previously seen in X2: X-Men United as played by Alan Cumming. Read more about Nightcrawler being in X-Men Apocalypse below. Read More »

All the Wilderness trailer

In All the Wilderness, Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) plays a young guy who isn’t dealing well with the loss of his father. His shrink (Danny DeVito) isn’t making much headway with the kid’s problems, but McPhee’s character meets a group of isolated kids, which leads him into a new life. The film looks gorgeous, and there are some good moments in this first trailer. Watch the All the Wilderness trailer after the break.

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Young Ones Trailer

“From writer/director Jake Paltrow comes a futuristic western, told in three chapters, which inventively layers Greek tragedy over an ethereal narrative that’s steeped deeply in the values of the American West.” I’m in. Did I mention that the film has a great cast? Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult and Kodi Smit-McPhee lead this story. Watch the Young Ones trailer embedded after the jump.

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Is the idea of Michael Fassbender in a giant fake head not quite what you’re looking for from the actor? Sure, everyone wants to see his face, but see Frank anyway. Regardless, here’s a shot from another upcoming film featuring the actor. In Slow West, Fassbender plays Silas Selleck, and Kodi Smit-McPhee is a kid named Jay Cavendish. Slow West is directed by John Maclean, who has previously directed Fassbender in a couple short films. (Most recently, Pitch Black Heist.) 

In the film, Selleck is something of a caretaker/protector to Cavendish as the two navigate the western American frontier. The first shot is below, showing the two in a pose that could go from helpful to threatening really quickly. Read More »

Final Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer

It’s less than a month until we return to an Earth that has been dramatically reshaped into a place that could soon be called a planet of the apes, and Fox has released one last big look at its latest chapter in the long-running saga. Half of this final Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer is all about brewing conflict and watching humanity further lose hold on the planet.

And then things just explode, and that war that Caesar talks about in his steadily-improving speech just explodes. A lot of the footage here is stuff we’ve seen before, but that’s OK; it’s good to save the best stuff for the final film. And Matt Reeves’ sequel to the surprise hit from 2011 looks like it firmly takes the reins of the story in a way that could be very satisfying for Apes fans, indeed.  Read More »

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Set

On June 3rd 2013, I flew to New Orleans, LA to visit the set of Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes follow-up Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. There, I learned a great deal about the Matt Reeves-directed sequel.  After the jump, read about my Dawn of the Planet of the Apes set visit and discover the secrets behind the next chapter in the Planet of the Apes series.

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These days, teen romances are as likely as not to involve vampires, werewolves, zombies, aliens, and/or hellish dystopian landscapes. At their heart, though, so many of them are about forbidden love of one kind or another. In other words, they’re essentially Romeo & Juliet with supernatural bells and whistles.

Now along comes the original Romeo & Juliet to (hopefully) show us all how it’s done. Carlo Carlei‘s apparently faithful adaptation stars Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth as the iconic star-crossed lovers. Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Ed Westwick, Stellan Skarsgard, and Kodi Smit-McPhee also star. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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We’ve been waiting for The Congress, the new film from Waltz With Bashir director Ari Folman, for what feels like a very long time. (In reality, only since 2009.) The film is loosely based upon a story by science fiction grandmaster Stanislaw Lem, but has been adapted to very specifically suit cinema.

The live-action/animated hybrid features Robin Wright as an actress — actually as Robin Wright — whose career is being pronounced dead. And so she sells her likeness to a firm that uses her as a sample source. Wright playing a version of herself is already fairly strange, but then there are the ways that filmmakers use her likeness, which are really out there.

We’ve seen glimpses of the film’s animation before, but what we see here is far beyond what we’ve had a look at in the past. The animation is beautiful, but it’s the combination of everything that makes this look like one of the most visually commanding movies of the year. Will the script be as compelling? Get a taste in the trailer below. Read More »

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