Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
Keanu Reeves has been killing it lately in a variety of offbeat projects, from John Wick to The Neon Demon. He even acquitted himself quite nicely in The Bad Batch, which is more than we can say for either of that film’s actual leads. Now this fall he’ll return to more straightforwardly dramatic fare with The Whole Truth, the new legal thriller from Frozen River director Courtney Hunt.
Written by Nicholas Kazan, The Whole Truth centers on a shocking murder trial. A teenage boy (Gabriel Basso) has been charged with murdering his father (Jim Belushi), and his mother (Renée Zellweger) hires defense attorney Richard Ramsay (Reeves) to defend her. The case seems straightforward at first. The boy has confessed to the crime, and all physical evidence seems to back him up. But as the trial moves forward, Richard’s colleague (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) begins to suspect that not all is as it appears. Watch The Whole Truth trailer below. Read More »
This new red-band trailer for The Kings of Summer, from Jordan Vogt-Roberts, does a much better job of capturing the movie’s character, humor, and adolescent unease than the first trailer did. In fact, this is the look at the film that audiences should have had in the first place.
Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, and Moises Arias play three kids who take off into the woods to build their own house over the course of a summer, while Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and Alison Brie play family of a couple of the kids, and actors like Kumail Nanjiani, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Hannibal Buress show up in comic supporting roles. You’ll see a lot of them in the trailer. A lot of the interaction of the core character trio here is limited to their forest shenanigans, but that’s a great way to get to know them. Read More »
Joe is sick of dealing with his depressed father after the death of Joe’s mother; Patrick’s cloying parents are getting him down, too. Sounds like the beginning of a typical teen comedy, but The Kings of Summer (which debuted at Sundance as Toy’s House) isn’t quite that. This is a coming of age story that calls back to certain tendencies from ’80s teen movies. Yet it has personality of its own to spare as Joe, Patrick, and a strange friend literally make their own home as as summer blooms.
Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, and Moises Arias play the lead trio of characters who escape to the woods where they can barrel into adulthood without parents. A host of comedic talent including Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Alison Brie, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kumail Nanjiani, and Hannibal Buress show up to offer support.
We liked the movie a lot at Sundance, and the first teaser, while pretty limited, did a good job of getting the tone of the film into a minute of footage. This first trailer doesn’t do such a good job, however. Still, check it out below. Read More »
One of the hottest films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival was a little movie called Toy’s House, which got purchased by CBS Films. The distributor has retitled the film to the less confusing The Kings of Summer, and slotted it for release May 31. That’s coming up quick, so a teaser trailer is out now too.
The Kings of Summer, written by Chris Galletta and directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, is about three friends (Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Aries) who run away from home and build their own house in the woods. Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Alison Brie and Mary Lynn Rajskub co-star, none of whom show up in the tease you can see below. Read More »
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Update: Toy’s House was renamed The Kings of Summer, so I’ve changed the title in this review.
Coming of age stories are a dime a dozen. Good ones are one in a million and The Kings of Summer, written by Chris Galletta and directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, is definitely the latter. It’s the story of Joe Toy (Nick Robinson) who along with his friend Patrick (Gabriel Basso) and oddball Biaggio (Moises Aries) decide to build their own house in the woods and run away from home. Not a tree house, mind you, a real house with everything except plumbing, electricity and running water.
The true joy in the film, though, comes not just from seeing these kids come into their own, it’s with the adult cast, which includes Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Alison Brie and Mary Lynn Rajskub. Offerman and Mullally in particular are just spectacularly hilarious, which offsets some of the swings and misses on the part of the kids. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Paramount is dropping little grains of new Super 8 footage today via two TV spots. One appeared this morning on Yahoo, but the other is our own exclusive. Ours is better (I mean, I would say that, but still…) because it nicely distills the basic setup of the story. If you’ve been wary of knowing too much about the film, it’s a great way to get the gist very quickly without feeling like you’ve seen too much. Check both out after the break. Read More »
With cameras beginning to roll on Super 8, the new film from J.J. Abrams, expect the trickle of news about the secretive production to widen at least to a free-flowing stream.
We’ve just seen some spy pics of prepped exterior locations, and learned that Kyle Chandler and Elle Fanning were among the more famous cast members. Now we’ve got a raft of additional names to add to the Steven Spielberg-produced film that seeks to emulate the tone (to some extent) of classic Amblin films. Read More »