duck butter review

Duck Butter is not a film about a whirlwind lesbian romance — rather, it’s a slow-moving train crash about a relationship that appears doomed from the start. But it’s one that you can’t look away from.

Alia Shawkat stars in and co-writes the Miguel Arteta-directed dramedy about two women who embark on a 24-hour experiment that puts the fast-forward button on their relationship. But the experiment — which involves them having sex every hour — takes a dramatic turn as emotions and unresolved issues come to a head. Duck Butter is a slow-burning drama whose every story movement is deliberate, every long silence is dense with meaning, and every emotion feels explosive. But there’s an unease to watching the film and knowing the inevitable outcome of this romantic experiment: the penny will drop, the love will fail, and the shit will (literally) come out.

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Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we try and connect with our troubled kid, make a one-night-stand a 24-hour stand, learn about a futurist that isn’t named Steve Jobs, and spend some time with the Dallas Cowboys. Read More »

Beatriz at Dinner trailer

Director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White sounds like a dynamite combo. The Good Girl director and Enlightened creator linked up for Beatriz at the Dinner, which stars Salma Hayek and Jon Lithgow. Arteta and White tend to make heartfelt and sincere comedies, so their sensibilities should align nicely with Beatriz at Dinner.

Below, watch the Beatriz at Dinner trailer.

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alexander terrible horrible no good very bad day trailer

Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner could potentially be the perfect parents. And in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, they appear to be. That is, until, their family has what is easily the worst day imaginable.

Based on the classic kids book by Judith Viorst, the Disney adaptation is directed by indie filmmaker Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl, Cedar Rapids, Youth in Revolt) and opens in October. Check out the latest trailer below. Read More »

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day

We’re having a pretty good day, thanks in part to Disney’s decision to drop the first official Guardians of the Galaxy still after months of anticipation. But if you aren’t, maybe the studio’s other big reveal will be more your speed.

Disney has just debuted a new image from Miguel Arteta‘s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, based on the classic children’s book by Judith Viorst. Though Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) is the only title character, the awfulness of his day does not seem to be limited to him. The rest of the family, which includes Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, doesn’t look too happy either. Check out the photo after the jump.

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In his mainstream comedic roles, Adam Sandler tends to waver between two modes: playing himself, and playing garish caricatures of himself. The latter is more rare, previously granting us characters such as Little Nicky and Zohan, and soon granting us Jill. At least he’s consistent in one-upping himself, which he may continue to do with Fat Man, a project he’s purportedly circling that would find him playing a bed-ridden 800-pound man who spends the majority of the film naked. Learn more after the break. Read More »

‘Cedar Rapids’ Trailer

The first big film Ed Helms booked after the success of The Hangover was Cedar Rapids, in which he plays a naive smalltown insurance guy who is sent to the ‘big city’ of Cedar Rapids to represent his company at a convention. Probability of wacky hijinks: very high. Now there’s a trailer, which you can see after the break. Read More »

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We’ve seen two trailers for Youth in Revolt, and with a month left before the film finally opens (it was delayed from a fall open) we’ve now got a red band trailer. This clip follows much the same structure as the second trailer, only with a lot more dirty dialogue. That’s not a bad thing, necessarily, as it’s funny stuff. Check it out after the break. Read More »

Ed Helms to Star in Cedar Rapids

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Most of the big casting news post-Hangover has focused on Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis. Maybe that’s because their co-star Ed Helms was already quite well established thanks to The Daily Show and The Office. But he’ll be on hiatus from shooting The Office in October, and according to Variety he’ll fill the time by starring in Cedar Rapids, a film for which Alexander Payne will be producer while Miguel Arteta (Youth in Revolt) directs. Read More »