2016 Summer Movie Preview

This week officially kicks off blockbuster summer with the release of Captain America: Civil War. And the Marvel Studios sequel is just one of a bunch of movies you should be excited to see this season. Later this week we’ll highlight a selection of movies that might be flying under your radar this summer, indie comedies and dramas that may not get the barrage of marketing that studios dish out this season. But this edition of the /Film 2016 Summer Movie Preview will focus on the studio and blockbuster releases you should be excited about. Read More »

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Yesterday was the second day of CinemaCon 2016 in Las Vegas. As you know, each year movie theater exhibitors gather to, among other things, watch presentations from all of the major movie studios previewing their film slates for the upcoming year and beyond. Sony Pictures presented a ton of new footage for upcoming films, including:

Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime WalkPassengers starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, the animated Spider-Man movie, Blake Lively’s contained thriller The Shallows, Ron Howard’s DaVinci Code sequel Inferno starring Tom Hanks, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, the R-rated Seth Rogen animated film Sausage Party, and antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven.

Warner Bros also presented a preview of their upcoming films, including:

Justice League, Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, Shane Black’s buddy cop period comedy The Nice Guys, James Wan’s The Conjuring 2Lights Out starring Teresa Palmer, Dawson Thurber’s comedy Central Intelligence starring The Rock and Kevin Hart, The Legend of Tarzan, the Todd Phillips comedy War Dogs, The LEGO Batman movie and the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Hit the jump to watch both video blogs talking about all the clips shown at the presentation.

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best films of sxsw 2016

The 2016 SXSW Film Festival is over, so you know what that means: it’s time to sift through the wreckage and hand out imaginary awards created by a jury composed entirely of a single writer. Welcome /Film’s SXSW Awards, where the categories only exist as an excuse to talk about the best movies that I saw at this year’s fest.

This was a strong year for a typically strong festival – as usual, everyone involved outdid themselves. For a complete look at everything I saw, you can head over here. But now it’s time to take the stage and start handing out fake trophies to a bunch of movies that deserve actual accolades.

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Everything We Saw at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival

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Few film festivals offer the breadth and variety of SXSW and this year was no exception. During my eight days there, I saw gentle comedies, brutal horror movies, fascinating dramas produced on shoestring budgets, inventive documentaries and even an R-rated animated film about talking food. It was one helluva week.

Here is everything that I watched, including the (often very good!) movies that didn’t get full reviews.

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It’s hard to believe that Sausage Party actually escaped late-night, pot-fueled conversations between writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, but the film screened at the SXSW Film Festival last night in a “work-in-progress” version. It exists. Somehow. People in positions of authority actually gave these lunatics the time of day (and a budget) and now the world is a much stranger place. A place where an R-rated animated comedy about talking food learning the shocking truth of their existence is a thing that actually exists.

And even in its unfinished form, Sausage Party is funny. Really funny. And completely deranged.

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SXSW tends to be a hectic time for anyone in the general vicinity of Austin, Texas, but Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg may be even busier than most this year. Not only are they premiering their new series Preacher, which hits AMC this spring, they’re also unveiling the first look at their animated film Sausage Party, in the form of a work-in-progress screening.

Described by Rogen as an “R-rated Pixar-style movie,” Sausage Party follows a bunch of food items at a grocery store who wonder about the “Great Beyond” — i.e., what happens after they get purchased. Rogen, who co-wrote the script with Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, and Ariel Shaffir, voices a hot dog named Frank who falls out of a shopping cart and embarks on an eventful journey to make it back to his shelf before the Fourth of July sale. Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon directed. Watch the first Sausage Party trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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2016 SXSW Preview: 10 Things We’re Excited to See

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Year after year, SXSW proves itself to be one of the best film festivals in the world, offering an astonishing variety of programming that appeals to every taste. Emotional arthouse dramas? Yep. An always stellar documentary line-up? You betcha. An insane midnight program that offers a look at bonkers movies from all over the world? Of course. Gigantic premieres and previews for upcoming studio releases and high anticipated TV shows? Take a guess.

So when we decided to limit our 2016 SXSW preview to only ten titles, we knew we were leaving dozens of fascinating movies on the cutting room floor. But that’s the joy of any film festival – you go in with certain expectations, only to stumble over a whole slate of great films you never saw coming. /Film will be in attendance at SXSW, bringing you news and reviews straight from the fest, but here are the screenings we’re looking forward to seeing the most.

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Every film festival has its unique identity. Programmers from all backgrounds and walks of life come together to create a voice for a fest, selecting and pursuing movies that they believe serve their particular slice of film fanatics. And while it would be unfair to to reduce a film festival as unique and special and varied as SXSW to “Yeah, they the exact kind of outfit that would take a chance on an R-rated animated comedy about talking food,” it’s true. They are the exact kind of outfit that would take a chance on an R-rated animated comedy about talking food.

The SXSW Film Festival has announced that it will screen a “work-in-progress” cut of Sausage Party, the latest project to blossom from the deranged minds of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Although the film sounds like a lazy riff on the Brave Little Toaster and Toy Story template, the fact that this animated film is intended for adult audiences and features a killer line-up of voice talent suggests that we’re supposed to make that comparison…only for the formula to be torn to shreds.

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If you grew up in the ’90s, you grew up listening to Alan Menken‘s work. The composer was behind some of the biggest hits of the Disney Renaissance era, including The Little MermaidBeauty and the Beast, and Aladdin, as well as non-animated classics like Little Shop of Horrors and Newsies. But the kids of the ’90s have now grown up to become foul-mouthed adults, and Menken has evolved along with them.

One of Menken’s latest projects is Sausage Party, Seth Rogen‘s R-rated animated comedy. Rogen recently shared a photo from their collaboration to give us just a tiny idea of what this completely bizarre-sounding feature has in store for us. Check it out after the jump.  Read More »