After breaking out in the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise, Jamie Dornan has made a concerted effort to take a wide variety of roles. He appeared in the biographical drama A Private War, went medieval with a new take on Robin Hood, dug into his Irish roots in an odd way with Wild Mountain Thyme, and even voiced a character in Trolls World Tour. Soon we’ll see the comedic side of him in Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar with Kristen Wiig, but after that, he’ll be leading a new limited series called The Tourist at HBO Max. Read More »
Azazel Jacobs’ previous film, The Lovers, establishes its overarching and consistent tone from the time the opening studio logo appears. A self-consciously melodramatic piece of score cues the audience to recognize Jacobs’ perspective. He humorously heightens the stakes for an otherwise mundane story of aging lovers and their affairs.
His follow-up feature, an adaptation of Patrick DeWitt’s novel French Exit, contains no less vibrant an expression of Jacobs’ directorial stamp. Yet there’s something slipperier and tougher to pin down here, largely because the droll wit never seems to coalesce around a clear point of view. The result is a satire of New York’s upper crust that feels like it pulls punches, if only because it seems to have no clear direction as to where – and how – Jacobs wants them to land.
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Based on the true story of former Neo-Nazi Bryon Widner, Skin stars Jamie Bell as a skinhead who turns FBI informant against his white supremacist group. Set to be released by A24, Skin dramatizes the story of removing Widner’s removal of his tattoos and breaking out of his white-power group that was the subject in the 2011 documentary Erasing Hate. Watch the Skin trailer below.
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A stunning, vibrant fairy tale tinged with suspense and packed with riveting ideas, Alice Waddington’s Paradise Hills is one of the most visually spectacular movies of the year so far. Read More »
It’s strange that beauty pageants are still a thing in 2018, but apparently people still love a superficial contest where women are rewarded for their looks and the judges pretend that the answers to any of the questions they ask actually matter. But in some sparsely populated areas, it’s all they have. For plus-size teenager Willowdean (Danielle Macdonald) with a beauty queen mother (Jennifer Aniston) in a Texas town, it’s a burden that she has to deal with every year. Now she’s about to shake things up.
Watch the Dumplin’ trailer below to see it all unfold. Read More »