the glass castle trailer

The Glass Castle seems like a sob story version of Captain Fantastic — except it’s based on a true story.

The adaptation of Jeannette Walls‘s powerful memoir, The Glass Castle stars a master class in Academy Award nominees and winners, with Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts heading a dysfunctional, free-wheeling family that ping-pongs between poverty and a bohemian lifestyle.

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war for the planet of the apes influences

The Bridge on the River KwaiThe Outlaw Josey WalesBen-Hur, and Apocalypse Now – these are a few of the classic films that inspired War for the Planet of the Apes. The battle of wills from David Lean’s classic and The Thin Red Line‘s “darker, more nuanced reflection of human nature” were key influences for filmmaker Matt Reeves. Before Reeves’ sequel, which our own Ethan Anderson called “one of the most significant blockbusters of the decade,” hits theaters this week, he’s revealed a couple more influences, including Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackThe Great Escape, and Paths of Glory.

Below, learn more about the War for the Planet of the Apes influences.

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War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer

With just over two weeks to go until War for the Planet of the Apes hits theaters, we’re hitting that final round of marketing where 20th Century Fox is pulling out all the stops to convince audiences who haven’t already made up their mind about the sequel to buy a ticket when the time comes. That means the footage in promos is starting to venture into spoiler territory, and that’s especially true when it comes to a new international trailer.

Fox Star India has debuted a new trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes for audiences overseas, but since the internet knows no bounds, it’s available for all to see. However, let me say that if you’ve already decided to see this blockbuster sequel that yours truly called “one of the most significant blockbusters of the decade” then do not watch this trailer. It gives away far too much, including one plot point from early on that serves as the catalyst for the rest of the film. You’ve been warned!

For everyone else, watch the new War for the Planet of the Apes trailer below. Read More »

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Though the release of War for the Planet of the Apes is still over two weeks away, 20th Century Fox knows they have a winner on their hands and have unleashed the extremely positive reviews and word of mouth a little early. Last week, the studio held free fan screenings all around the world, as well as the first press screenings, and while we already delivered our own glowing review of the movie (along with one compelling observation about a particular shortcoming), there are plenty more voices to be heard.

We’ve assembled some excerpts of War for the Planet of the Apes reviews to give you a wider scope of how the sequel is being perceived. The reactions so far are extremely positive, though there are some who were not quite as impressed as the rest. Find out more in our War for the Planet of the Apes reviews round-up below. Read More »

war for the planet of the apes reaction

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: why an otherwise very good movie like War For the Planet of the Apes suffers from being indebted to other movies.)

War For the Planet of the Apes is a stunning capper to one of the greatest blockbuster trilogies ever. The reviews have flowed in praising the sci-fi film’s emotional heft and mind-blowing use of technology — our own review on /Film gave it a rare 10 out of 10 — and I can agree that it’s an example of the best of its genre.

And like many sci-fi genre films these days, War For the Planet of the Apes relied heavily on homages and parallels to popular genres of the past, from Westerns to Biblical epics. It seems to be a signifier of any intellectual blockbuster nowadays — how nimbly can they transform an established movie genre and appeal to the audiences’ esteem of the genre to which they’re paying homage? War For the Planet of the Apes is not the first nor the last to do this, and it does it marvelously. But are sci-fi blockblusters limiting themselves by giving deference to other genres before them?

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War for the Planet of the Apes TV spots

If Matt ReevesWar for the Planet of the Apes is as good as its trailers make it out to be – and we have no reason to think it won’t live up to that high bar – that should put these movies in the conversation of the best cinematic trilogies ever made. The two films before this one, especially Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, are tremendous pieces of pop storytelling, and though the new one looks to take a darker turn, it’s exactly where this story has been heading from the start.

20th Century Fox has unveiled two new War for the Planet of the Apes TV spots as a nice chaser for the new trailer that dropped earlier this week. Check them out below.
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The Glass Castle trailer

The 2013 indie film Short Term 12 launched Brie Larson’s career in a big way, and in the relatively quick time since then, she’s starred in a major studio comedy (Trainwreck), a massive Hollywood monster movie (Kong: Skull Island), and snagged the lead role in an upcoming Marvel superhero film. And don’t forget about that Best Actress Oscar she won for her work in Room.

Things have been a lot quieter for Short Term 12’s director, Destin Daniel Cretton, who hasn’t directed a movie since. But he’s reunited with his old collaborator for a new movie, and the first trailer has just arrived. Check out the first trailer for The Glass Castle below.
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war for the planet of the apes trailer

The final trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes will bring about “the end” — but for whom?

We find Caesar (Andy Serkis) broken, physically and emotionally, by the toll of war, as the fate of apes and humanity hangs in the balance. But as the war escalates to its final act, led on the human side by Woody Harrelson and what looks like a primate who has betrayed his kind, Caesar finds hope in a silent, lost child who he takes under his wing.

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Girl in War for the Planet of the Apes

Matt Reeves is aiming high with War for the Planet of the Apes. He looked to such classics as Bridge on the River KwaiBen-Hur, and The Outlaw Josey Wales for inspiration, giving us a clear idea of where his head is at with the sequel. For The Batman director, he saw an emotional connection between his sequel and those films, so Reeves and co-writer Mark Bomback reacquainted themselves with those classics and took some notes.

Below, learn more about the War for the Planet of the Apes influences and check out a new pic from the film.

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lost in london trailer

Woody Harrelson has long proven himself to be a multi-talented actor with a decades-spanning career — first achieving fame with the massively popular sitcom Cheers, and going on to do everything from radical violent fare like Natural Born Killers, to comedies like White Men Can’t Jump. He’s known today as an established actor who brings gravitas to blockbusters like The Hunger Games or stretches his chops in prestige television like True Detective. There’s no denying that Harrelson is a successful, gifted actor.

But earlier this year, he had to one-up himself with a movie experiment never done before: Harrelson wrote, directed, produced and starred in a movie that was broadcast live to movie theaters called Lost in London. And now the trailer is out for the wide release of Harrelson’s personal experimental film.

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