miss bala trailer

Catherine Hardwicke hasn’t exactly gotten a fair shake in Hollywood. Despite directing several indie favorites and turning the first Twilight book into a goldmine, she’s gotten relatively little credit. Hardwicke tends to direct films aimed at feminine audiences, which are traditionally looked down upon by (overwhelmingly male) critics. She’s a true indie director who understands the power of storytelling, even on a shoestring budget. Hardwicke knows how to highlight emotion, using handheld camera techniques and working closely with performers to get the most out of every scene.

In Miss Bala, in theaters now, Gloria (Gina Rodriguez) is a makeup artist from Los Angeles who gets caught up in kidnapping, money laundering, and drug cartels after a trip to Tijuana. She ends up playing both sides, working with both the cartel leader and the DEA. She’ll have to rely on all her strength and cunning to survive the dangerous world of cross-border crime. Based on the 2011 Mexican film of the same name, Miss Bala highlights Hardwicke’s return to telling emotional stories about women in precarious situations.

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miss bala review

To say Gina Rodriguez was born to be an action star would be a misnomer. Up until last year, Rodriguez was best known as the star of the satirical CW comedy Jane the Virgin, winning a Golden Globe for her infinitely charming performance as the plucky title character. But an action star is what Rodriguez seems destined to be, and that’s all right by me. The actress has taken to the character type like it was second nature, impressing last year as a gruff and damaged paramedic in Annihilation. It was the birth of an action star and Rodriguez has smartly doubled down on that to make her proper action movie debut with Miss Bala. However, while Rodriguez unsurprisingly gives a gripping performance in the lead role, the drug cartel crime thriller surrounding her doesn’t do her any favors.

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miss bala trailer

Welcome to the era of Gina Rodriguez, action star. The Jane the Virgin star and Annihilation scene-stealer is finally stepping into the role that she was always meant to be in: action hero.

Rodriguez makes her action star debut in the Miss Bala trailer, where she plays a young woman forced to become a mole for the DEA in a drug cartel. But like the action greats before her, she takes things into her own hands when her “family” is threatened.

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Miss Bala

The director behind ThirteenLords of Dogtown, and TwilightCatherine Hardwicke, is currently circling two projects. One of the projects being a remake of Miss Bala, the acclaimed 2011 Mexican film that was nominated for Best Foreign Picture. The current frontrunner to play the lead is Jane the Virgin star, Gina Rodriguez.

Below, learn more about the Miss Bala remake.

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Tomb Raider female director

Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Kathryn Bigelow’s reps have contacted us and confirm that “Kathryn has not met with anyone about this project, and does not have any interest in directing this film.” Ethan’s original story from September 18th follows.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we head over The Wall to see what all the fuss is about, get cancer and get closer to our lady friends, open up some familial scars so we all can rubberneck, and I have no idea what the other film is about, to be honest, to even be able and make a snarky quip.

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catherine hardwicke twilight

Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke is going back to high school. Hardwicke is on board to direct Stargirl. Not to be confused with the DC Comics superhero of the same name, this Stargirl is an adaptation of Jerry Spinelli‘s 2000 YA novel about a teenage girl whose nonconformity confuses, upsets, and inspires her fellow students.

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Catherine Hardwicke love letters to the dead movie

Chances are you may not know what Love Letters to the Dead is, but odds are you’re going to love the idea. The book, written by Ava Dellaira, is about a young girl who is given an assignment to write a letter to someone dead. She chooses Kurt Cobain and, in the process, becomes fascinated with how open she can be to these famous people. That leads her to a series of personal discoveries through letters she writes to dead celebrities like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart and Heath Ledger. It’s a best seller and now, it’s getting an A-List filmmaker to take it to the big screen.

Catherine Hardwicke – the director of Twilight and Thirteen –  is now attached to direct Love Letters to the Dead from a screenplay by Dellairia herself and released by Fox 2000. It’ll be produced by the team behind Twilight, The Maze Runner and The Fault in our Stars. Read more about the Love Letters to the Dead movie below. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we remember what it was like to be 11, enjoy the pop hit “True” in a completely unironic way, create good TV, leave this earth behind, and understand our economy before falling asleep.

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On June 4th 2013, I spent the night and early morning hours on a farm outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on the set of Wes Ball‘s upcoming movie adaptation The Maze Runner. Ball describes the film as Lord of the Flies meets Lost, so you know I am already very interested in this one. After the jump you can read about everything I learned about the movie while on The Maze Runner set.

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