boy erased trailer

Writer/director Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased starts off resembling a prison drama. Lucas Hedges’ Jared Eamons shows up to Love in Action, a conversion therapy program designed to “cure” gay people, and must surrender his possessions. An orderly tells him they will call random numbers in his cell phone during the day. In addition, the original stories in his notebook might be subject to confiscation if they reflect any of the desires that the center attempts to purge.

Even as imposing as Love in Action is, the real prison in Boy Erased is Jared’s own thoughts. In a remarkably subdued performance, Hedges shows that his character’s mind, racked with guilt and shame his community has told him to feel, will be the site of the most important reckoning in the film. Jared is uncertain in how to navigate the cruelness of conversion therapy, either by giving in or resisting full stop. The hesitancy in responding externally plunges him deeper into his own mind and memory.

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boy erased trailer

After trying his hand at the psychological horror genre with his directorial debut The GiftJoel Edgerton pivots to dramatically different fare for his next film, Boy Erased. Based on the memoir by Garrard ConleyBoy Erased follows a gay teen (Lucas Hedges) who is outed and forced to attend gay conversion therapy — or else be shunned by his entire community.

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The King cast

Netflix’s upcoming movie The King has found its subjects.

Director David Michod (Animal Kingdom, War Machine) begins production tomorrow on his William Shakespeare-inspired epic movie, and he’s pulled together a pretty stellar cast to join previously-announced stars Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) and Joel Edgerton (Warrior). Read on to learn about the rest of The King cast and who they’ll play in this story of war, legacy, and nobility.
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bright sequel

Netflix is still moving forward with their Bright sequel, and they’ve just hired a writer to pen the latest orc cop adventure. Evan Spiliotopoulos, who co-wrote Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, will write the script for director David Ayer.

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Bright Honest Trailer

Netflix’s first blockbuster took the gritty cop drama of movies like Training Day and End of Watch and mixed them with the magic and fantasy of Hellboy and Lord of the Rings. If that premise sounds like it would make for an awesome movie, you’d be right. But unfortunately we don’t live in the universe where that movie exists. Instead we got David Ayer‘s misfire Bright.

Bright follows the unlikely partnership of Will Smith, a human police officer, paired with Joel Edgerton, an orc police officer. Instead of the tension that exists between various races on the streets, we get the tension that exists between different species. And for some reason, as Honest Trailers points out, the world the story exists in isn’t much different from today’s world despite having magic be part of it for over 200 years. In fact, it’s almost exactly the same, and that’s just stupid. Read More »

Red Sparrow Francis Lawrence Interview

With Red Sparrow, the gloves are coming off for director Francis Lawrence. The filmmaker behind ConstantineThe Hunger Games sequels, and the “Bad Romance” music video has made an often unsettling thriller. Mary-Louise Parker, in a “no such thing as small parts” sort of small part, brings great levity to the movie, but light popcorn fare this adaptation of author Jason Matthews‘ novel is not.

After the success of the three Hunger Games sequels, Lawrence has served up a pitch dark film about the brutal, unforgiving, and cold world of Russian Intelligence. The story begins with the immersive and eye-catching visuals expected from Lawrence. In an eight-minute sequence cutting between Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton‘s characters, the director tells a lot of story with such precision. It’s a strong hook that we recently discussed with Lawrence along with the film’s style, lessons from his music video work, collaborating with Jennifer Lawrence, and more.

Check out our Red Sparrow Francis Lawrence interview to get insight from the director on his latest film.

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bright reviews

“It’s made for the fans, not the critics,” is an increasingly common defense that filmmakers and actors are falling back on these days. Now, it’s apparently a shield for every middling blockbuster that critics savaged, from superhero movies that do have a built-in audience, to an original Netflix film that…doesn’t.

And it’s what Bright star Joel Edgerton is sticking by. Bright was David Ayer‘s sci-fi crime movie for Netflix that broke the streaming service’s records for its original films, garnering it a sequel and apparent immunity to negative critical reaction.

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Red Sparrow clip

Depending on which critic you ask, Red Sparrow is either a surprisingly good adult drama or a slog to sit through. Either way, there’s some buzz behind the Jennifer Lawrence spy-thriller. A new Red Sparrow clip offers a dramatic-yet-subdued look at the film.

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Gringo trailer

After watching the newest Gringo trailer, I only have one question: what kind of dirt does the casting director have on David Oyelowo and Charlize Theron?

I’m joking, but once you see the antics on display in this corporate drug “comedy,” you might understand that line of thinking. How did such a solid cast – which also includes Thandie Newton, Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, Kenneth Choi, and Sharlto Copley – get roped into…this? Read More »

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red sparrow clips

Jennifer Lawrence has aced the steely-faced seductive stare. That much we can tell during the barrage of clips, TV spots, and marketing for her upcoming spy thriller Red Sparrow.

The film hits theaters in a matter of weeks, and with early buzz building for the movie, 20th Century Fox is kicking its marketing into high gear. But can the air of mystery around Francis Lawrence’s Cold War-era film be maintained?

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