Ike Barinholtz makes his directorial debut with The Oath, a dark political comedy that hits a little too close to home. The premise itself is a little outrageous: a Thanksgiving dinner, typically the setting for some tense family stand-offs, turns violent when politics come into the fray. But the reason for this escalation of one of the worst family gatherings of the year is a controversial White House policy that honestly could be enacted in the real world.
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Film festival season is officially underway, and while movies that emerge from fests like Venice, Toronto, and Telluride often become Oscar contenders, the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society isn’t ready to look that far ahead just yet. Instead, they’ve looked back at the films of the past few months and issued their Summer Movie Awards, with Mission: Impossible – Fallout and performers like John Cho (Searching), Toni Collette (Hereditary), and Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians) winning big.
Take a look at the full list of winners below.
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Searching isn’t the first movie to be told entirely through computer and mobile screens, but it might be the first movie to take advantage of the narrative format in such a clever and impeccable fashion. Now you can see how the movie came together in post-production and how complicated it is to bring a movie like this to life and make it feel authentic. Read More »
Searching, an innovative new thriller about a father’s quest to find his missing teenage daughter, plays out entirely across computer screens and cell phones. That might sound like a gimmick, but aside from being an immersive way to tell this specific story, it has the effect of forcing us to reckon with the ways we use technology in our lives and how we communicate with others. For a story with such a tech-heavy presentation, it’s also surprisingly emotional, and that has a lot to do with the well-crafted story and the performances from stars John Cho, Debra Messing, and Michelle La.
The primary creative force behind this project is co-writer/director Aneesh Chaganty, who, amazingly, is making his feature directorial debut with this movie. I caught up with Aneesh during the Sundance Film Festival to talk about his inspirations for this story, the surprising scope of the film, how he conveyed the passage of time, and much more. Be sure to read my full review of the movie here, and enjoy our full Aneesh Chaganty Searching interview below. Read More »
Searching, the upcoming thriller starring John Cho (Star Trek, Columbus), follows a father on a desperate quest to find his missing daughter. By now you’ve probably heard that the movie’s action unfolds entirely across computer and cell phone screens, but now Sony Pictures has created a cool Searching viral website that provides access to Cho’s character’s cell phone so we can look through his apps, messages, e-mails, and more to try to find clues about his daughter’s whereabouts. Learn more below. Read More »
One of my favorite parts of this job is going to bat for movies I love and spreading the word about smaller films that might not be on everyone’s radar. I’ve been a vocal supporter of a fantastic thriller called Searching ever since I saw it at Sundance, where I gave it a 10/10 review. It’s my favorite movie of 2018 thus far, and since a new behind the scenes trailer hit the Internet today, of course I’m going to take it as another opportunity to convince as many people as possible to go see this movie when it comes out later this month.
Take a look at the new trailer below, which features some brief interviews with stars John Cho and Debra Messing.
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The upcoming The Grudge remake may be in a bit of trouble. Taka lchise, producer of the original Japanese Grudge (Ju-on) franchise, has filed a breach of contract lawsuit, claiming that he was not offered a producer credit on the new movie. The Grudge remake is already filming, but this new development might curse it to an uncertain future.
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A father scrambles to find his missing teenaged daughter, wracking his brain to think of anything that could give him a clue to her whereabouts. With no other options, he begins to comb through her digital life and discovers that he didn’t know his daughter nearly as well as he thought.
This is Searching, an upcoming thriller starring John Cho that unfolds entirely across computer screens. It’s an innovative and twisty mystery, and it’s one of the best films of this year so far. Take a look at the new Searching trailer and poster below.
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Sony has released new international trailer for Searching, one of the year’s most innovative thrillers and easily one of the best films of 2018 so far. The movie unfolds entirely across computer and cell phone screens, but don’t be turned off if you saw 2014’s Unfriended and weren’t impressed – Searching takes the form to a whole new level and delivers a mysterious, compelling story that hooks you from the opening seconds and doesn’t let go.
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Circle August 3, 2018 on your calendars, add an event in your phone, do whatever you need to do to remember that date, because that’s when one of the year’s best movies arrives in theaters. Searching stars John Cho (Star Trek, Columbus) as a father whose teenaged daughter goes missing, and as his quest to find her intensifies, he realizes he may not have known her as well as he initially thought. I’ve seen the movie twice already and can say without reservation that this is one of the best movies of 2018.
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