harriet review

Cynthia Erivo was a star the moment she opened her mouth and released a honeyed run of notes in Bad Times at the El Royale. Stealing 2018 in two back-to-back performances of El Royale and the critically acclaimed Widows, it was clear that the Tony-winning British actress was going to conquer the silver screen as well. And she’s got a role worthy of her star power in the rousing biopic Harriet, which follows the life of the slave-turned-abolitionist. Erivo is magnificent in the Kasi Lemmons-directed film, channeling a fiery rage and raw vulnerability in a performance that soars above the generic biopic formula that Harriet unfortunately cannot escape.

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Dark Waters trailer

When he’s not acting, Mark Ruffalo (Avengers: Endgame, Spotlight) is an activist and environmentalist. But now all three of those interests are colliding in Dark Waters, a new film from Carol director Todd Haynes that’s based on a true story. Ruffalo plays a lawyer who discovers that American company DuPont was responsible for dumping chemicals into the water near its factories, wreaking havoc on not only the livestock, but the human residents in the area. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Reel Destinations Alicia Malone

If you’ve ever wanted to visit filming locations from some of your favorite movies but just haven’t been able to make the trip, Focus Features has a new webseries that lets you vicariously live out your travel dreams. It’s called Reel Destinations, and in its first episode, host Alicia Malone takes audiences inside the real castle that serves as the primary location on the PBS TV series Downton Abbey and Focus’s upcoming movie which continues the story. Check it out below. Read More »

downton abbey featurette

In case you haven’t been keeping up with the Crawley’s in the Emmy Award-winning British period soap Downton Abbey, a new Downton Abbey featurette is here to remind you of who’s who ahead of the feature film. And you’re going to have to keep a little more in your head than simply referring to Hugh Bonneville as “Mr. Downton.” Watch the new Downton Abbey featurette below.

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last night in soho first look

There’s one less night until we get to see Edgar Wright‘s upcoming thriller Last Night in Soho. The Baby Driver director announced that his upcoming psychological horror movie wrapped production with a first look image featuring star Thomasin McKenzie looking a little spooked.

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Last Night in Soho Release Date

Whenever there’s a new Edgar Wright movie on the way, everyone should be excited. And while we don’t know much about his forthcoming thriller Last Night in Soho, we’re happy to hear that Focus Features will be releasing the film in the fall of 2020. Find out what we know about Edgar Wright’s latest movie below. Read More »

the dead don't die cast

Having already covered vampires with Only Lovers Left Alive, Jim Jarmusch is moving on to zombies with The Dead Don’t Die. The indie auteur has put together one hell of a cast for this saga, and you can see the full lineup below. In addition to the complete cast announcement, The Dead Don’t Die now has an official release date: June 2019.

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Captive State trailer

Captive State is a sci-fi thriller that moves like clockwork. Director Rupert Wyatt‘s film always maintains its propulsion without any redundancies or large chunks of tedious exposition. Like the characters trying to start an uprising in a world dominated by aliens, Wyatt and co-writer Erica Beeney always keep their story moving. Compared to other bloated or gigantic alien invasion movies, Captive State is a refreshingly minimalist and stripped down sci-fi movie.

Similar to Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, there’s a sense of grounding and familiarity that doesn’t make it too hard to suspend one’s disbelief and buy into this world. It’s so grounded, in fact, Beeney and Wyatt often looked to history for inspiration. Beeney, who previously wrote the Project Greenlight movie The Battle of Shaker Heights, recently told us about some of Captive State‘s influences, whether it’s a political film, and writing a surprisingly empathetic antagonist.

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Irresistible Cast

It’s been five years since former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart got behind the camera for the first time with the drama Rosewater. Now he’s heading back to the big screen with his sophomore directing effort, and a new cast member is in talks to join the production.

Irresistible already had Steve Carell on board as a slick Democratic strategist who helps a retired veteran run for mayor in a small, right-wing town in Wisconsin (famously a swing state in presidential elections). Now Rose Byrne has been cast as his political adversary in the film. Read More »

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last night in soho cast

Last Night in Soho, the psychological horror-thriller from director Edgar Wright, just picked up two exciting new cast members – Matt Smith, of Doctor Who fame, and Leave No Trace break-out Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie. The two join the previously cast Anya Taylor-Joy in a film that Wright has described as being in the same style as Roman Polanski’s Repulsion and Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now. 

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