Writer/director Jeff Nichols has spent his career making movies about families, from 2007’s feud-driven drama Shotgun Stories all the way up to 2016’s powerful biopic Loving. Now he’s back with a new short film called Long Way Back Home, a mystery that stars frequent collaborator Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water), who has appeared in every one of Nichols’ films so far.
If that reunion somehow isn’t enough to convince you to watch this, maybe the presence of actors like Scoot McNairy (Argo) and Garrett Hedlund (Mudbound) playing Shannon’s morally questionable brothers will help. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
Note: With Loving in limited release this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the TIFF.
Jeff Nichols has never been one for outsized drama. It’s not that dramatic things don’t happen in his movies — on the contrary, his films are full of superpowered kids and apocalyptic dreams and the like. But he often seems less interested in big events than in all the moments in between, the everyday bonds and minute details that make up the textures of everyday life.
In Loving, Nichols applies that same approach to the 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which struck down anti-miscegenation laws across the country. Aided by awards-worthy performances from Joel Edgerton and especially Ruth Negga, Nichols delivers an intimate drama that feels all the bigger for keeping its scope so resolutely small. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
What a time to be a Jeff Nichols fan. Earlier this year the director released his Amblinesque adventure Midnight Special, and this fall he’s back with Loving. The civil rights drama played at TIFF last week to rave reviews after premiering at Cannes in May, and in just a few more weeks it’ll make its way to theaters.
Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton lead the true story of Mildred and Richard Loving. Their mixed-race marriage sparked a years-long legal battle that culminated in the landmark 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which struck down anti-miscegenation laws all across the country. Nichols’ understated humanity adds an intimate touch to a dramatic real-life tale, and Negga is already getting awards buzz for her performance as Mildred. Watch the Loving trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 9th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
We’re big fans of director Jeff Nichols around these parts. I loved his science fiction drama Midnight Special when I saw it at SXSW earlier this year and it’s still my favorite movie of 2016 so far. His other 2016 release, the drama Loving, was ranked number two on our list of most anticipated Fall movies and our own Angie Han has written a rave review from TIFF. And then there’s the fact that his filmography also includes gems like Take Shelter, Mud, and Shotgun Stories. Nichols is one our most humane filmmakers and he’s brought his gentle touch with him even as his budgets have steadily grown bigger.
And that makes the prospect of him signing on to remake the science fiction buddy cop movie Alien Nation one of the most intriguing and promising pieces of movie news to arrive this year.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
It was just a few months ago that Jeff Nichols released Midnight Special, an Amblin-esque adventure that’s emerged as one of our very favorite films of the year so far. But Nichols wasn’t done. Later this year he’ll bring us Loving, a historical drama about the real-life couple whose interracial marriage sparked a legal battle that took them all the way to the Supreme Court — who ultimately struck down anti-miscegenation laws across the United States.
Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga play the couple in question, and Nick Kroll, Marton Csokas, and (of course) Michael Shannon also star. Watch the first Loving trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, May 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
Jeff Nichols‘ last movie, Midnight Special, has only just left theaters, but he’s already got another one on the way. The filmmaker hit Cannes this week to unveil Loving, his new drama about the 1967 Supreme Court case that struck down anti-miscegenation laws across the country. Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga play Richard and Mildred Loving, the mixed-race couple whose marriage is literally on trial, and they take center stage in the very first Loving poster. Check it out, and get the early buzz on Nichols’ movie, below. Read More »
With his fourth feature film to date, Midnight Special
, writer-director Jeff Nichols often asks audiences to connect the dots. The filmmaker behind Mud and Take Shelter isn’t exactly making filmgoers work during his sci-fi drama, which stars Michael Shannon, but simply asking them to lean in, watch, and listen. The exposition is sparse, as is typically the case with Nichols’ dramas, and according to the director, he wanted to experiment with Midnight Special in that regard.
Below, read our Jeff Nichols interview (mild spoilers follow).
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If Steven Spielberg was born and raised in Texas, he could have made Midnight Special. But he wasn’t and he didn’t, so the task fell to Jeff Nichols.
While this is undeniably the work of the same filmmaker who made Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, and Mud, his particular skill set is being utilized in service of a very different kind of story. Midnight Special is a science fiction road movie that proudly wears its influences on its sleeve while boldly treading into new territory. This is Close Encounters of the Third Kind with a southern drawl, Starman with a lived-in sensibility, and, most of all, it is one of the most stunning original and humane genre films to arrive in a long time.
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Posted on Monday, March 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
Jeff Nichols makes his first foray into sci-fi with this month’s Midnight Special, before returning to more grounded drama with Loving. But you may recall a brief period when it looked like the director might go the superhero movie route. Way back during the Sony hack, word got out that Nichols was in talks with Warner Bros. to direct Aquaman starring Jason Momoa.
Ultimately, the job went to Furious 7 director James Wan — a fine pick, if a less surprising one. Still, Nichols was an intriguing enough choice that we couldn’t help wondering why his Aquaman didn’t pan out. Now, he’s finally gone on the record to explain why. Read More »
It’s safe to say that we’re very much looking forward to Jeff Nichols‘ upcoming science fiction film Midnight Special. It made my personal most anticipated movies of 2016 list and it topped the list of our own Jack Giroux. After all, what kind of self-respecting film fan isn’t interested in seeing the director of Mud and Take Shelter channel the likes of Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter? Heck, what kind of self-respecting film fan doesn’t want to watch any movie Michael Shannon stars in by default?
Three new Midnight Special TV spots have arrived online, showcasing a few snippets of new footage from this film, which has done a fine job of keeping plot details scarce in its previous trailers. These follow suit, teasing a tone and a great cast while sidestepping potential spoilers.
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