“I don’t look at Nic the way I look at the other addicts in the room,” wrote David Sheff about his son Nic in his memoir Beautiful Boy. “Nic is a smart kid who has gone way out of control.”
The disease of addiction is rife with contradiction such as these. It can leave a person’s outside entirely in tact while eating them from the outside in. The very things that make someone charming and winning might become the very cudgels they wield in order to squeeze their loved ones for support. The addict, unlike a cancer patient, holds all the power to stop the pain inflicted to their body, yet the condition saps their agency to do what they know is necessary. And then, of course, there’s the famously paradoxical maxim: relapse is a part of recovery.
Beautiful Boy’s director and co-screenwriter Felix van Groeningen digs in and embraces the frustration these opposing truths cause in the minds of all those affected by addiction. He’s an inspired choice to bring David and Nic Sheff’s story to life given that his international breakout feature, 2013’s The Broken Circle Breakdown, depicts a similarly tragic journey as the illness of a child slowly gnaws away at the sanity of an entire family. Van Groeningen, who collaborated with Luke Davies on the adaptation, even utilizes a similar narrative technique to tell the story. Rather than charting the progress of the disease chronologically, he cuts between the happy times and the tragic ones. The adjacency of these two timelines makes their divergence all the more harrowing. Health and happiness are both so near and so unattainable in Beautiful Boy. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
While we wait to see what Disney does with its never-gonna-get-recast icon Indiana Jones, Napoleon Dynamite duo Jared and Jerusha Hess have mounted their own search for the Holy Grail. Don Verdean stars Sam Rockwell as a Biblical archaeologist who gets caught in the rivalry between two congregations led by Danny McBride and Will Forte. Needless to say, this is a much sillier quest than the one Indy went on in The Last Crusade.
Also starring are Jemaine Clement as his Holy Land associate Boaz, Amy Ryan as his assistant Carol, and Leslie Bibb as McBride’s wife. Watch the Don Verdean trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 by Angie Han
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks reunite this fall for another wartime story, but this one’s of a chillier sort. Based on true events, Bridge of Spies unfolds during the Cold War, as a Brooklyn lawyer (Hanks) is tasked with defending a KGB spy (Mark Rylance) — and then with negotiating to trade him with the Soviet Union a captured American U-2 pilot. Scott Shepherd, Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch, and Alan Alda also star. Watch the Bridge of Spies trailer after the jump. Read More »
For people of a certain age, the Goosebumps books by R.L. Stine were the introduction to reading, and to horror, and probably to many other things. Now there’s a Goosebumps movie, with Jack Black as the lead, playing a fictionalized version of Stine himself, and Jillian Bell, Amy Ryan, Ken Marino, and Kumail Nanjiani playing characters who end up touched by the not-so-fictional world and creatures created by the writer. Check out the Goosebumps trailer below. Read More »
Following the first domestic trailer released last month for Steven Spielberg‘s latest thriller Bridge of Spies, a new international trailer has surfaced across the pond, laying out more of the Cold War set true story starring Tom Hanks.
There’s some moments from the first trailer here, but there’s a slew of new footage that really digs into the meat of this captivating story, showing off plenty of what promises to be another stirring performance from Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can and Saving Private Ryan star as a man thrust into a precarious and dangerous situation in unfamiliar territory.
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The first trailer for the new Steven Spielberg film Bridge of Spies will be out tomorrow, so you don’t have long to wait before seeing the first footage of Tom Hanks as James Donovan, the Brooklyn lawyer who negotiated the release of a US pilot in Berlin during the cold war. This is a film co-written by the Coen Brothers, by the way, just in case you needed one more reason to be interested.
In the meantime, check out the first Bridge of Spies poster, which finds a very serious Tom Hanks caught between the US and Soviet flags. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by Angie Han
Forget Guardians of the Galaxy — this year’s most unusual superhero movie has got to be Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman. Though to be fair, it’s not so much a superhero movie as it is a superhero movie movie.
Former Batman Michael Keaton plays a washed-up actor who got famous years ago playing an iconic superhero. In a bid to recapture his former glory, he decides to put on a Broadway show. On his way to opening night, he struggles with everything from egotistical actors to an unhappy family to his own troubled soul. Watch the new Birdman international trailer after the jump.
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Steven Spielberg is teaming with Tom Hanks to make a spy thriller set during the Cold War, and now Spielberg has recruited some new actors to join Hanks. Mark Rylance recently came on board, and now Amy Ryan will co-star in the film, which is currently untitled. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, July 29th, 2013 by Angie Han
Walter White isn’t the only prickly small-screen antihero coming back in the next couple of weeks. Larry David is returning to television for the first time since Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s eighth season ended in 2011 with Clear History, a new movie by HBO.
Technically, David’s Clear History character is entirely separate from his Curb one. For starters, his name here isn’t “Larry David” but Nathan Flomm. For another, Flomm’s a marketing exec who works with Jon Hamm’s character. But the film’s premise — Flomm loses his stake in a startup after a petty argument, only to see the company grow into a billion-dollar corporation — certainly sounds very Curb-y. Watch the new trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
Guy Pearce was last seen in Iron Man 3, and Felicity Jones will soon appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. But in Drake Doremus‘ Breathe In, they’ll both ditch the superpowered world for a quieter, messier, more grounded one.
In his follow-up to 2011’s festival hit Like Crazy, which also starred Jones, Doremus once again delves into the complicated desires that connect and separate people. Pearce plays music teacher Keith, whose family plays host to British exchange student Sophie (Jones). A talented piano player — not to mention a soulful, striking young woman — she draws Keith’s attention, and a forbidden bond begins to form. Amy Ryan and Mackenzie Davis also star, as Keith’s wife and daughter, respectively. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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