first cow trailer

Meek’s Cutoff and Wendy and Lucy director Kelly Reichardt has a talent for portraying the American working class experience through quiet, contemplative frontier dramas — letting humanity shine through the grim wilderness. Her latest film, First Cow, does that as well, but under the cover of a rather quirky premise: a cook and a refugee strike up a close friendship and an unusual business deal by stealing milk from a cow. It sounds like the set-up for a joke, but it is in fact the foundation for one of the most lovely and tender portrayals of male friendship in some time. Watch the First Cow trailer below.

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the farewell real grandmother

Lulu Wang‘s deeply personal, disarmingly universal story of culture clash and family grief became an indie phenomenon when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year. Based on Wang’s own experiences, The Farewell tells the story of a Chinese family who decides not to tell their grandmother that she has Stage 4 lung cancer, and the Chinese-American granddaughter (Golden Globe winner Awkwafina) who struggles with this decision.

But what about the real grandmother that the story is based on? She never found out the truth, even when Wang first told the story on This American Life in 2016, nor when Wang began shooting her film in her grandmother’s hometown in China. Wang and her family would have liked to keep it that way, but due to Chinese-language reviews published ahead of The Farewell‘s upcoming release in China, Wang’s grandmother found out the truth.

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a most violent year sequel

A Most Violent Year is a phenomenal character drama featuring Oscar Isaac in Young Al Pacino Mode and Jessica Chastain sinking her teeth into a role that allows her to smoke cigarettes and give people withering glances. And yet, the film – which came from indie powerhouse A24 – feels somewhat overlooked. The overall reaction to the movie certainly doesn’t suggest someone would want to go ahead and make a sequel…and yet, that might be exactly what’s about to happen. A curious Twitter comment from Chastain hints that we might be seeing the Most Violent Year characters again, in some form.

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uncut gems trailer final

Uncut Gems is already playing everywhere, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be blessed with one more trailer. This final Uncut Gems trailer features a killer needle-drop in the form of Billy Joel’s “The Stranger.” It also features Adam Sandler running around, shouting, and making everyone around him extra anxious. This is how he wins. Watch the final Uncut Gems trailer below.

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Uncut Gems F-word

Uncut Gems, the movie that opens by zooming out of Adam Sandler’s butthole, is a big hit. Not only is it a critical darling, but it’s also one of the biggest successes in the history of A24 films. And here’s another achievement to boast about: it ranks in seventh place on a list of films with the most F-words. It joins the company of not one but two Martin Scorsese movies, Spike Lee’s Summer of Sam, two different documentaries about cursing, and more.

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Uncut Gems interview Julia Fox

The path to Julia Fox‘s on-screen acting debut in Uncut Gems took her through a myriad of other successful creative endeavors, including art, photography, fashion design, writing, and even recently directing her first short film, Fantasy Girls. Fox first became well known in her native New York City for being something of an “It girl” on the club/party scene, and it was during that time in her life, nearly 10 years ago, that she became friendly with brothers and struggling filmmakers Josh and Bennie Safdie, who were developing a script set in the city’s diamond district which focused on a fast-talking jeweler named Howard Ratner, a degenerate gambler and a man who enjoys the thrill of risk more than the actual rewards it may bring.

The Safdies wrote the character of Julia for Fox, and through the many iterations of both the screenplay and the cast, Fox has remained the one constant in the production – but she still had to fight for the role and prove she could play the part of Howard’s mistress. Uncut Gems took many years to get off the ground (the brothers made their breakthrough movies Heaven Knows What and Good Time in the meantime), and when the Safdies’ first choice to play Howard, Adam Sandler, finally agreed to make the film, things fell into place fairly quickly. Fox was ready, and she’s absolutely electric as the charming, manipulative, and irresistible Julia, in a movie that feels like the cinematic equivalent of a panic attack and also happens to be one of the best of the year.

/Film spoke with with Fox recently about her long road to overnight success, how much of herself (past and present versions) she put into the Julia character, what she learned about acting from working so closely with Sandler, and the free-floating directing style that the Safdie brothers adopted to make the film both tense and funny. Read More »

Uncut Gems

Adam Sandler is getting a lot of awards buzz right now for his role in the new thriller Uncut Gems from A24. He’s been making the publicity rounds talking about what many are calling the best performance of his career, and it seems like he’s really leaning into the promotional side of awards season with some publicity stunts. Today, Sandler answered phone calls as his Uncut Gems character Howard Ratner, a New York City jeweler with his own shop called KMH Gems & Jewelry, and we were lucky enough to get through to the man himself to place an order for a very special piece of jewelry. Find out more below. Read More »

saint maud trailer

A24 has carved out a brand releasing weird, unconventional horror movies that casual horror moviegoers don’t quite get, but horror fans go gaga over. And they’re at it again with Saint Maud, a highly disturbing slow burn that’s going to stick with you long after the credits have rolled. The Ross Glass-directed feature follows a disturbed young woman (Morfydd Clark) who works as a hospice nurse. Watch the Saint Maud trailer below.

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Waves Trailer

It’s been difficult for me to describe what exactly happens in Waves to friends of mine who know that I love the film but want to know why. Trey Edward Shults’ third film, which is now playing in select theaters and will expand over the coming weeks, finds moving and deeply human drama in the twinned stories of teenaged siblings Tyler (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) and Emily Williams (Taylor Russell). But the film’s moments of grace come less from what the story is and more from how Shults chooses to tell it, particularly in the ways that the two narratives play off each other.

There’s so much to dig into with Emily’s story in the film, particularly her budding romance with classmate Luke (Lucas Hedges). But in order to discuss their journeys with any level of detail, the conversation has to go into spoiler territory and divulge a major plot point in Waves. Luckily for us, Trey Edward Shults was willing to go there.

Only read past this point if you’ve seen Waves – and if you haven’t, bookmark this page and return to this interview after seeing the film so you can absorb Shults’ wisdom and insight. Spoilers begin now.

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Jonathan Glazer directed one of the best films of the last ten years, Under the Skin. Now he’s closing out the decade with a disturbing, nightmarish short film: The Fall. For seven-plus-minutes, Glazer’s short film draws you into a story of mob-mentality at its absolute worst – a story that has unfortunate and terrifying connections to the current reality we find ourselves in.

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