Native Son review

Native Son is an adaptation of Richard Wright’s 1940 novel, and while I haven’t read that book, first-time director Rashid Johnson arrives on the scene with a smart, impressive debut full of strong work from a young cast.

Ashton Sanders, who played the teenaged version of Chiron in the Oscar-winning Moonlight, transforms into Bigger “Big” Thomas, a young man from Chicago with a love of punk music and a look to match, wearing a shock of green hair and a long black leather jacket with writing scribbled all over it. Big is a rarity for movie characters: someone who completely defies conventional stereotypes (and acknowledges that fact several times in the film) while also feeling like a well-rounded, genuine human with a life that continues when he’s off-camera. Read More »

Joker Movie details

The Todd Phillips-directed, Joaquin Phoenix-starring Joker movie has gone from seeming like a terrible idea to a movie that might just work. It’s clear Phillips and company are going for a much different approach to the character than what we’re used to, and that might be enough to make the movie truly memorable. Phillips has also assembled a fantastic cast around Phoenix, including always-welcomed character actor Shea Whigham. In a new interview, Whigham revealed some details about his Joker character, and praised Phoenix’s performance.

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the first trailer

Sean Penn, actor and author of Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, is headed to Mars in The First, a new Hulu drama from House of Cards creator Beau Willimon. The series is set in the not-too-distant future, and focuses on the challenges of trying to get to the red planet. Watch the First trailer below.

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wildlife trailer

Actor Paul Dano makes his directorial debut with Wildlife, a new drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan. The film is an adaptation of the Richard Ford novel of the same name. Watch the Wildlife trailer below.

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woman walks ahead trailer

Jessica Chastain is joining the evergrowing A24 family with Woman Walks Ahead, a Western drama that finds the actress playing a widow who sets out West to meet Sioux Chief Sitting Bull. Watch the Woman Walks Ahead trailer below.

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The Looming tower review

Before The Looming Tower even begins, you know where it’s going to end. Yet that doesn’t make the series any less engrossing, or addictive.

Based on Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer-winning book, The Looming Tower is the story of how we ended up here – seemingly trapped in wars with no end in sight. It is the story of the individuals who tried, and failed, to prevent the events that would ultimately lead to 9/11. And it unfolds with all the heart-pounding intensity of a potboiler thriller. The end result is something that may ultimately prove to be the first truly great new TV series of 2018.

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the looming tower trailer

Get ready for your next must-see series: Hulu just released a new trailer for their tense, star-studded new show The Looming Tower. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning non-fiction book by Lawrence Wright, the series deals with how the FBI and CIA dealt with (and in some cases, failed to deal with) the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the 1990s.

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The Looming Tower first look

The events leading up to 9/11 will soon be dramatized in Hulu’s new miniseries The Looming Tower. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning non-fiction book by Lawrence Wright, the series will follow the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the 1990s, and how a rivalry between the FBI and CIA may have inadvertently contributed to a failure to prevent the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

A new The Looming Tower first look offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the show.

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The Night of trailer

Based on Peter Moffat‘s 2008 BBC series Criminal Justice, HBO’s upcoming remake of The Night Of has no shortage of talent behind it. Academy Award-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List) directed nearly all eight episodes of the miniseries, making this is his first directorial effort in over a decade since the critical and financial misfire All the King’s Men. The director’s latest effort, which stars John Turturro (Fading Gigolo) and Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), looks significantly more appealing than that remake.

Below, watch The Night Of trailer.

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Jeff Nichols has cast Michael Shannon in every one of his films so far, and that streak will continue with Nichols’ next project. Shannon is set to join Nichols’ interracial marriage drama Loving, starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga. Nick Kroll, Jon Bass, Marton Csokas, and Bill Camp will also appear. Get details on the Michael Shannon Loving casting after the jump. Read More »