NOCTURNAL ANIMALS teaser

The first wave of reviews for Tom Ford‘s Nocturnal Animals are mostly positive. The critics who aren’t particularly taken with Ford’s romantic crime thriller describe it as a hollow piece of work. Ford’s moving debut A Single Man received similar criticisms from its few detractors, so it sounds like we should expect a similar response to his latest film, although it looks and sounds like a completely different movie.

Below, watch the Nocturnal Animals teaser for the trailer.

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NOCTURNAL ANIMALS review

There’s a lot to admire about Nocturnal Animals, the second feature from Tom Ford. The narrative is actually two narratives, beautifully braided together by Ford and brought to life by Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal. It’s pretentious pulp, in a good way — engaging to watch and pretty to behold. But Nocturnal Animals seems to be aiming for profundity, and there it falls short. It’s trying to say something, but what isn’t exactly clear.  Read More »

Nocturnal Animals posters

Fashion extraordinaire Tom Ford‘s second feature film is finally coming out. Ford made his directorial debut six years ago with A Single Man, a beautiful and often painful film about love and loss, and now he’s back with a very different type of movie. His latest, Nocturnal Animals, sounds like a real trip, almost like two films in one that, according to critics, calls to mind the works of Douglas SirkAlfred Hitchcock, and Sam Peckinpah. Those are some lofty comparisons. Based on the early reviews, though, Tom Ford earns them.

Below, check out some posters, photos, and early buzz for Nocturnal Animals.

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Guillermo del Toro The Shape of Water

I’m excited about all of the project that filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) is developing but I never believe any of them are actually going to happen until the first day of filming begins. That day has come for his cold war fantasy film The Shape Of Water, which begins principal photography today in Toronto Canada. Learn more about The Shape of Water, after the jump.

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godless series

Well, now it’s official: Steven Soderbergh is indeed coming out of retirement. Back in February, the “rumor” was that Soderbergh would return to moviemaking with Logan Lucky, but Soderbergh went on to dismiss the story on his always entertaining Twitter feed. However, the project is both real and moving forward, as a few big actors have just signed up for the heist film.

Learn more about the Logan Lucky cast below.

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Michael Shannon in Midnight Special

It’s not remotely surprising when Guillermo del Toro manages to attract top-level talent for his movies, but it’s welcome news all the same. Michael Shannon is the latest actor to sign on for del Toro’s next movie, an otherwordly Cold War romance that also stars Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Stuhlbarg. More details on the Guillermo del Toro Michael Shannon casting below.  Read More »

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Below, read our Jeff Nichols interview (mild spoilers follow).

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If Steven Spielberg was born and raised in Texas, he could have made Midnight Special. But he wasn’t and he didn’t, so the task fell to Jeff Nichols.

While this is undeniably the work of the same filmmaker who made Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, and Mud, his particular skill set is being utilized in service of a very different kind of story. Midnight Special is a science fiction road movie that proudly wears its influences on its sleeve while boldly treading into new territory. This is Close Encounters of the Third Kind with a southern drawl, Starman with a lived-in sensibility, and, most of all, it is one of the most stunning original and humane genre films to arrive in a long time.

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