Run release date

Aneesh Chaganty, the co-writer/director of last year’s computer screen mystery Searching, is following up that movie with a more traditionally-filmed thriller called Run. Sarah Paulson (Glass, American Horror Story) stars opposite newcomer Kiera Allen, and now Lionsgate has unveiled the movie’s official release date. Find out the Run release date below, and why it’s good news for the filmmaking team.
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searching clip

Searching, the latest film to employ the ScreenLife method of having all the action take place on various computer and phone screens, hits Blu-ray this week. The film, from writer-director Aneesh Chaganty, stars John Cho as a man trying to locate his missing daughter. It’s one of the best examples of how this method of movie making can be employed, and worth checking out. In honor of the Blu-ray release, we have an exclusive clip below.

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Searching easter egg video

We’re quickly approaching the end of the year, and Searching, the thrilling mystery that unfolds across computer screens, remains one of my favorite films of 2018. If you missed the movie during its theatrical run, you have the opportunity to catch it now because it’s just arrived on home video.

To celebrate its release, Sony Pictures Entertainment has released a new Searching easter egg video that points us to even more references, nods, and clues about the villain that were hidden in plain sight. Plus, a separate video has surfaced that reveals one of the movie’s most random easter eggs: an alien invasion taking place in the background. Did you spot any of these the first time around? Read More »

Searching Easter egg

Searching, this year’s innovative and electrifying thriller that takes place entirely on computer screens, is coming to home video next month. It’s full of twists and hinges on a big mystery, and one of the bonus features reveals that the film’s ending is spelled out in exact detail for all to see in John Cho‘s character’s e-mail inbox – assuming, of course, that you’re quick enough to read it. Take a look at the Searching easter egg that spoils its own ending. Read More »

Searching Scene Breakdown

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Searching director Aneesh Chaganty explains how a sequence in the screen-set narrative came together. Plus, a video essay explores the storytelling language of Star Wars and how it hasn’t changed in 40 years, and a shot film called Captain 3D comes to life from the pages of a comic book. Read More »

Making of Searching

Searching isn’t the first movie to be told entirely through computer and mobile screens, but it might be the first movie to take advantage of the narrative format in such a clever and impeccable fashion. Now you can see how the movie came together in post-production and how complicated it is to bring a movie like this to life and make it feel authentic. Read More »

Searching Aneesh Chaganty interview

On the August 24, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson presents an interview with first-time filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty (who’s a big fan of /Film!), the co-writer/director of one of 2018’s best movies, Searching.

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Aneesh Chaganty Searching interview

Searching, an innovative new thriller about a father’s quest to find his missing teenage daughter, plays out entirely across computer screens and cell phones. That might sound like a gimmick, but aside from being an immersive way to tell this specific story, it has the effect of forcing us to reckon with the ways we use technology in our lives and how we communicate with others. For a story with such a tech-heavy presentation, it’s also surprisingly emotional, and that has a lot to do with the well-crafted story and the performances from stars John Cho, Debra Messing, and Michelle La.

The primary creative force behind this project is co-writer/director Aneesh Chaganty, who, amazingly, is making his feature directorial debut with this movie. I caught up with Aneesh during the Sundance Film Festival to talk about his inspirations for this story, the surprising scope of the film, how he conveyed the passage of time, and much more. Be sure to read my full review of the movie here, and enjoy our full Aneesh Chaganty Searching interview below. Read More »

Searching behind the scenes trailer

One of my favorite parts of this job is going to bat for movies I love and spreading the word about smaller films that might not be on everyone’s radar. I’ve been a vocal supporter of a fantastic thriller called Searching ever since I saw it at Sundance, where I gave it a 10/10 review. It’s my favorite movie of 2018 thus far, and since a new behind the scenes trailer hit the Internet today, of course I’m going to take it as another opportunity to convince as many people as possible to go see this movie when it comes out later this month.

Take a look at the new trailer below, which features some brief interviews with stars John Cho and Debra Messing.
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Searching trailer

A father scrambles to find his missing teenaged daughter, wracking his brain to think of anything that could give him a clue to her whereabouts. With no other options, he begins to comb through her digital life and discovers that he didn’t know his daughter nearly as well as he thought.

This is Searching, an upcoming thriller starring John Cho that unfolds entirely across computer screens. It’s an innovative and twisty mystery, and it’s one of the best films of this year so far. Take a look at the new Searching trailer and poster below.
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