michael shannon cable

When you’re looking for someone to play a grim, muscle-bound, super-powered soldier displaced from his dystopian alternate future timeline, you probably don’t think about Michael Shannon. And yet, according to a new report, the two-time Oscar nominee, who is, you know, just one the finest actors currently drawing breath on the planet, is currently the frontrunner to play the stoic superhero Cable in Deadpool 2.

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Wolves Trailer

Michael Shannon seems to be playing a familiar type in the new basketball drama Wolves: the father of the talented high school athlete who can’t help but stand in his kid’s way. He doesn’t disapprove of his son’s sports career – he just went and gambled away his entire college savings. Whoops.

Anyway, Shannon (one of our finest working actors) is the chief draw in the Wolves trailer, which shows off a sports drama that may contain a little more nerve than your average entry in the genre.

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the shape of water story details

What’s one movie to look forward this year? Director Guillermo del Toro‘s (Pan’s Labyrinth) cold war fantasy film, The Shape of Water. Fox Searchlight is behind the project, which del Toro started shooting late last summer in Toronto, Canada. We know a decent amount about the love story, but actor Doug Jones (Hellboy II: The Golden Army) recently revealed more information about the film and the creature he’s playing.

Below, learn new The Shape of Water story details.

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NOCTURNAL ANIMALS review

Note: With Nocturnal Animals out this weekend, we’re re-running our review from TIFF.

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 featurette

Tom Ford‘s Nocturnal Animals is a beautiful and nasty piece of work. Ford’s adaptation of the late Austin Wright‘s Tony & Susan has elements of a thriller, but first and foremost, it’s a love story. An often unsettling and tragic love story. Ford’s latest actually shares a few similarities with A Single Man, but it’s a much bigger and darker movie.

Below, watch the Nocturnal Animals featurette.

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Frank and Lola trailer

A psychosexual thriller starring Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots? Where do we line up? Well, this year’s Sundance Film Festival was the first place to get in line for the noir romance. Journalist-turned-director Matthew Ross‘ feature directorial debut, which was met with a positive response at Sundance, stars Shannon and Poots as a couple whose relationship begins to take some dark, mysterious turns.

Below, watch the Frank & Lola trailer.

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I didn’t write a full review of Werner Herzog‘s Salt and Fire from Fantastic Fest 2016, but when I put together my silly end-of-festival awards, it walked away with two imaginary statuettes: “Most WTF Character” and “Most Quotable Movie.” That first award was well-earned because this is one odd movie, fluctuating between bonkers and boring on a scene-by-scene basis. That second award came about because I spent the rest of the fest encountering people who had also endured the movie and sharing lines of dialogue like a baffling inside joke that only we were privy to. I will never recommend Salt and Fire, but damn it, I will never discourage you from watching it.

And it’s only right that the trailer for the film is a total bait-and-switch that tries to sell the film as a traditional thriller when the last words you could ever use to describe this film are “traditional” and “thrilling.”

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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 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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