sundance 2017 line-up

We’re only a few short weeks away from the Sundance Film Festival. This year Peter, Angie, and Ethan are on the ground covering the fest, meaning they’ll get to see new movies from filmmakers such as David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon), Gillian Robespierre (Obvious Child), Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up, Phillip), Marti Noxon (UnREAL), and Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land). The Festival has announced the 66 films playing in competition in addition to titles out of competition as part of the NEXT lineup. Expect more titles showing at the festival to be announced shortly. The film fest kicks off in Park City, Utah on January 19th.

Below, check out the Sundance 2017 line-up.

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Well, this is exciting. Around the time director David Lowery‘s Pete’s Dragon remake was released he filmed another feature with his Ain’t Them Bodies Saints stars, Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. Lowery shot the mystery film in Dallas, where he’ll soon shoot his next drama, The Old Man and the Gun, which he calls a bit of a tribute to its star, Robert Redford.

Below, learn more about the secret David Lowery movie.

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The Secret Scripture Trailer

Rooney Mara has had a very busy fall, with not one, not two, but three separate films playing at TIFF. Today we’ve got the trailer for one of them, Jim Sheridan‘s The Secret Scripture.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Sebastian BarryThe Secret Scripture chronicles the loves and losses of a young woman named Rose (Mara) in 1940s Ireland. She’s caught the attention of several men in town including the local priest (Divergent‘s Theo James), but has eyes only for a dashing fighter pilot (Sing Street‘s Jack Reynor). What unfolds next explains why, 40 years later, she’s in an insane asylum (Vanessa Redgrave plays the older Rose) where she is being interviewed by a psychologist (Eric Bana).

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Lion trailer

Producer Harvey Weinstein sees awards potential in Lion, one of the two contenders he’s betting on this fall. The other awards hopeful film coming from TWC, in Harvey Weinstein’s eyes, is The Founder, based on the life of Ray Kroc. While that biopic is about a man driven by greed, Lion is a more kind-hearted and inspiring tale, about a man (Dev Patel) searching for his family.

Below, watch the Lion trailer.

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Kubo and the Two Strings Trailer

We know that the last Kubo and the Two Strings trailer was supposed to be the final one, but it looks like Focus Features and LAIKA wanted to show off a little more from their anticipated stop-motion animated fantasy epic. It’s a quick new trailer, but it has plenty of new footage featuring Kubo stepping into the big shoes left behind by his warrior father, as well as some little bits of humor as well.

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Rooney Mara

Charlie McDowell recently shot his second feature film, The Discovery. The sci-fi film is his follow-up to the high-concept drama The One I Love, a promising, small-scale directorial debut. While his new feature doesn’t sound much bigger in scope, its cast is certainly larger than the two-person show McDowell previously directed. The Discovery stars Rooney Mara , Robert Redford, Jason Segel, Jesse Plemmons, and Riley Keough. Netflix has acquired the global rights to McDowell’s next feature, which we’ll see in 2017.

Below, learn more about The Discovery.

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Kubo and the Two Strings Trailer

There’s a good chance that I will always be stunned by how incredibly gorgeous stop-motion animation looks from Laika. The studio is host to dozens of animators who are masters of their craft, and when you see the new footage from the final Kubo and the Two Strings trailer, you’ll certainly agree.

The fantasy adventure follows a young boy named Kubo (Art Parkinson) who gets caught up in the kind of fantasy adventures with which he usually entertains his village. With the help of a monkey (Charlize Theron) and a trusty, loyal warrior named Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), Kubo must face gods and monsters in order to learn the true history of his family and become a hero in the process. Read More »

joaquin phoenix jesus

Jesus Christ is one hell of a role for an actor. You get to be a brave spiritual leader, face down the enemies of both God and man, and then you get the most dramatic death scene of all time. It’s the complete package. Whether you follow the Christian religion or not, Jesus is one of most fascinating figures in human history, a vessel for a variety of a beliefs and a vehicle for examining faith and how we view the world and its inhabitants.

So the news that the great Joaquin Phoenix may play Jesus in Garth DavisMary Magdalene is just plain fascinating to me. It’s hard to imagine Phoenix playing a traditional riff on the chief symbol of the Christian faith, so the fact that he’s being considered for the role at all says a great deal about what Davis may have in store for us with this Biblical drama.

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Kubo and the Two Strings Trailer

The sheer beauty and wonder of stop-motion animation from LAIKA will never cease to amaze me. A new trailer for their latest project, Kubo and the Two Strings, has just arrived, and as the animation studio’s first epic, the visual are truly stunning. The intricacy of the animation makes you wonder why LAIKA takes the time do make these movies in stop-motion animated, but if you’ve seen any of their movies, you know that it gives it a certain homemade quality that makes it that much more special.

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Kubo and the Two Strings trailer

After CoralineParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls, in LAIKA we trust. The animation studio made three ambitious, distinct stop-motion animated movies, films that aren’t always afraid of scaring children. They trust kids to be brave as their protagonists, which is rare for anyone making family movies. As proven by the this wonderful full-length Kubo and the Two Strings trailer, the company hasn’t changed their ways and this looks to be their biggest film to date.

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