song to song review

Late in Song to Song, a character strums an old guitar, noting that she could play the same chord for hours straight. Read it as another odd musing in a film filled with them or read it as director Terrence Malick summoning a nugget of self-awareness. Whatever it is, this moment sums up this film (and Malick’s recent output): this is the work of an artist willing to do the same thing over and over and over again, not because it makes a crowd-pleasing song, because it pleases him. These are his chords. His monotonous, frustrating, repetitive and undeniably distinctive chords.

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Song to Song trailer

Over three years ago, Val Kilmer pulled out a chainsaw at Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Music Festival when he was performing on stage with The Black Lips. Kilmer wasn’t a new addition to the band gone mad or anything; he was shooting a scene for Terrence Malick‘s long-awaited upcoming film, Song to Song, previously titled Weightless. While Malick often cuts great actors out of his films, thankfully Kilmer and his chainsaw made the final cut of Malick’s new love story, which stars Ryan GoslingRooney MaraMichael Fassbender, and Natalie Portman.

Below, watch the Song to Song trailer.

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avengers infinity war score

When Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige announced Avengers: Infinity War, it was positioned as a two-film epic crossover event that would be the culmination of everything Marvel had planned up to that point. So with both films about to start shooting concurrently, I thought it might be fun to take a look at all the characters confirmed or rumored to be part of Avengers: Infinity War, and theorize how they may play into this story.

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song to song

Here’s the thing about Terrence Malick: he does what he wants and really doesn’t feel the need to follow typical Hollywood norms. He’ll cut major movie stars out of his movies or reduce them to cameos. He’ll chop plot out of his stories to serve a greater emotional or thematic need. He’ll delay one of his movies just long enough that its presence on a most anticipated movies of 2016 list looks far too hopeful. Naturally, the results are always fascinating and thoughtful, if sometimes frustrating. There is no one like Malick.

And now, the next film from the enigmatic director of The Tree of Life has a new title and has released a new photograph showing off stars Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, and Michael Fassbender.

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Thor The Dark World - Natalie Portman in Future Marvel Movies

Towards the end of last summer, we found out that Natalie Portman was done with her part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actress confirmed that she’s not part of Thor: Ragnarok, indicating that the God of Thunder may be moving on from his romance with with the Earth scientist.

However, Natalie Portman is hoping that she’ll be able to come back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe sometime in the future. And with the huge battle coming to Earth in The Avengers: Infinity War, there might be a chance of that happening. Find out more about the possibility of seeing Natalie Portman in future Marvel movies after the jump. Read More »

Jackie trailer

The vast majority of 2016 movies are in our rearview mirror at this point, but there are still a few gems to look forward to before the year’s out. Among them is Jackie, a biopic of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the difficult days following her husband’s death. The film’s already earned high praise on the festival circuit, particularly for director Pablo Larraín‘s unsentimental approach to his subject and for Natalie Portman‘s insightful lead performance, and in just a few weeks it’ll be in theaters for the rest of us to enjoy. Watch the new Jackie trailer below.  Read More »

Jackie teaser trailer

Each year, as the weather cools down, the theaters become flooded with prestige pics hoping to snag some awards. Some of them look more promising than others, and a few are quite clearly out of their depth. But Pablo Larraín‘s Jackie looks like it could be among the cream of the crop. The First Lady biopic is coming off of rave reviews at TIFF and Venice, and if all goes well it’ll ride that wave of acclaim all the way to its theatrical release in December.

In particular, critics are singling out Larraín’s unconventional approach to biography, and Natalie Portman‘s portrayal as Jackie Kennedy in the day following John F. Kennedy’s death. I know it can be reductive to talk about movies in terms of their awards potential, and it should go without saying that that’s not the best reason to watch Jackie; the fact that it looks like a really good movie is. But if you’re the kind of person who enjoys following the Oscar race, this is definitely one you’ll need to put on your to-watch list. Watch the Jackie teaser trailer below.

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Jackie early buzz

Director Pablo Larraín‘s (The ClubJackie left more than a favorable impression at the Venice Film Festival. Larraín’s English language debut about the first lady Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) scored rave reviews, with critics praising the filmmaker’s unconventional approach to the biopic and a potential career best performance from Portman. So far, the reviews are almost nothing but effusive.

Below, check out the early buzz from the first Jackie reviews.

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Natalie Portman Star Wars prequels

Since starring in the Star Wars prequels, Natalie Portman has given birth to a son who’s now really into Star Wars. You might think that’d make her kid the one Star Wars fan who really digs the prequels — at least he’s pre-disposed to like one of the main characters, which is more than a lot of fans can say — but according to Portman that’s not the case. In fact, she said, she hasn’t allowed her son to even watch them. Find out why below.  Read More »

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Planetarium trailer

Natalie Portman has had a busy 2016, starring in Jane Got a Gun and Knight of Cups, as well as her own directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness. And she’s still not done. Next month she has two films debuting at both Venice and Toronto. One is Jackie, the First Lady biopic from Pablo Larraín. The other is Planetarium, an intriguing drama directed by Rebecca Zlotowski (Grand Central).

The latter stars Portman and Lily-Rose Depp (Yoga Hosers) as two American sisters with an unusual gift. The ladies make their way through 1930s Paris and catch the attention of a filmmaker (Emmanuel Salinger) mounting an ambitious new movie. Watch the Planetarium trailer below.  Read More »