First Cow Review

Her films might not blare “it’s the economy, stupid,” but make no bones about it – Kelly Reichardt’s cinema frequently obsesses over how the mechanics of commercial arrangements affect interpersonal relationships. Though micro in scale, her films are macro in mindset. Her latest look at the subject, First Cow, goes all the way back to the fledgling days of American capitalism. The film finds an effective and ultimately touching contrast between the friendships born of enterprising businessmen and the ruthlessness of competing with entrenched elites.

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sopranos prequel cast john magaro

The Sopranos prequel cast keeps growing, and this time, it’s added a familiar face from David Chase‘s past career. John Magaro, who starred in the Chase-directed 2012 movie Not Fade Away, is the latest addition to the impressive line-up. As is the case with most of the cast, we have no idea who he’s playing. Magaro has credits in films such as The Big Short, Carol, and can currently be seen on Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy.

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overlord trailer final

The frights don’t end after October. November will see the release of Overlord, a World War II horror film from director Julius Avery that was once teased as being a Cloverfield movie. The bloody monster movie finds a group of paratroopers battling Nazi zombies, and really – what more do you need? Watch the latest Overlord trailer below.

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The Umbrella Academy first look

Netflix has just released the first images and a release date for its next comic book series, The Umbrella Academy.

The Umbrella Academy first look gives us a glimpse at the star-studded cast of the adaptation of Gerard Way‘s graphic novel, led by superhero vet Ellen Page. She plays one of the members of a “super” dysfunctional family who must come together to — what else? — save the world.

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Jack Ryan review

Amazon hopes to strike streaming gold with Jack Ryan, their new espionage thriller based on the work of Tom Clancy. Does this Jack Ryan succeed where recent attempts like The Sum of All Fears and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit failed?

Let’s put it this way: Jack Ryan the character is the least interesting part about Jack Ryan the show, and that’s a problem.

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Cloverfield 4

The Cloverfield Paradox, aka Cloverfield 3, caught everyone off-guard when it unexpectedly dropped onto Netflix this week. If you thought that might be the future of all Cloverfield films, think again. Paramount still plans to release Cloverfield 4, currently titled Overlord, in theaters. Don’t give up on the Cloverfield franchise just yet, folks.

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THE FINEST HOURS

At a time when our big-screen heroes typically come packaged with extraordinary abilities or cutting-edge gadgets or mystical prophecies, Craig Gillespie‘s The Finest Hours looks like a throwback. It’s a no-frills tale of heroism, made all the more remarkable by the fact that these incredible events actually too place. In 1952, a brutal nor’easter savaged New England, smashing apart an oil tanker called the SS Pendleton and leaving over 30 sailors stranded at sea. Back on the Massachusetts shore, the Coast Guard got word of the disaster, and a small team of men bravely risked their own lives to help. The incident is still considered one of the greatest rescues in Coast Guard history.

In November 2014, I had the opportunity to visit the set of The Finest Hours along with a few other journalists. We spoke with a few of the talents involved, including director Gillespie, stars Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Kyle Gallner, and John Magaro, and producers Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero. After the jump, find out what we learned on the set of The Finest HoursRead More »

The Big Short Trailer

This winter, comedy director Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Step Brothers) takes the leap to a different genre by directing the financial crisis drama The Big Short. Based on Michael Lewis‘ book of the same name, the story follows Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt as four men who try to take on the banks before a major collapse in the global economy.

A new The Big Short trailer shows off the star-studded cast, including the impressive supporting players who are bound to make this a major awards contender at the Oscars this season. Watch the new trailer below! Read More »

For a feature filmmaking debut starring a cast of relative unknowns, Not Fade Away has been drawing quite a bit of attention. Because the first-timer at the helm isn’t just anyone, you see — it’s Sopranos creator David Chase. If television today has shed its reputation as cinema’s lesser sibling, it’s because of high-quality entertainments like Chase’s beloved mob drama. Translating that knack for storytelling into filmmaking just seems like a natural next step.

And yet, if anything, Chase’s work in Not Fade Away actually emphasizes what the two mediums don’t have in common. In Chase’s hands, a premise that could’ve worked equally well for TV or film turns into a messy, meandering movie that feels like it should’ve been a 13-episode season of an HBO drama.

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Five years ago, David Chase ended one of the best television shows of all time, The Sopranos. Now he’s rolled that legacy into his first movie. Not Fade Away is Chase’s feature directorial debut and it’s a semi-autobiographical story about a group of young men in 1960s New Jersey attempting to form a rock band. Starring John Magaro, Jack Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote, Brad Garrett, Christopher McDonald and James Gandolfini, the film is currently playing the New York Film Festival before its holiday release, December 21.

After the break, check out the nostalgic first trailer, packed with rock and roll, and read some of the early buzz coming out of the New York Film Festival. Read More »