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 Loudest Voice in the Room

Russell Crowe is headed to TV for a new Showtime limited series focused on Fox News founder Roger Ailes. Ailes forever altered the political landscape with his polarizing news network, and later resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. Needless to say, this project is bound to be controversial.

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Dundee Trailer

Even though Dundee has been confirmed to be nothing more than a Super Bowl commercial stunt promoting Australian tourism, that doesn’t mean we’re not interested in seeing every bit of footage shot for this fake movie starring Danny McBride as the estranged American son of the one and only Crocodile Dundee. So far, clips have revealed Chris Hemsworth and Hugh Jackman as being part of the cast, but now a full trailer has unveiled the entire Australian cast line-up, and damn, is it impressive.

Watch the new Dundee trailer to see who else is appearing in this sort-of sequel from Down Under. Read More »

Bad Times at the El Royale cast

It’s been almost six years since filmmaker Drew Goddard made his directorial debut with the unexpectedly brilliant horror comedy The Cabin in the Woods, and while he’s worked consistently since then as a writer, he has yet to step behind the camera to direct another feature film. That changes this year with Bad Times at the El Royale, a mysterious thriller that stars Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges.

As if that cast weren’t already intriguing enough, Goddard has just added two more top notch actors to his new film’s roster. Learn about the newest additions to the Bad Times at the El Royale cast below.
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master and commander sequel
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
is one of the best films of the 21st century, but not a lot of people saw it. Which is a shame, because the film was an adaptation based on Patrick O’Brian‘s 20-novel Aubrey-Maturin series, meaning it was ripe to launch an entire series of films. Due to shoddy box office, those follow-up films never came to pass, but now Master and Commander star Russell Crowe has given fans of the film hope. While this seems to be more wishful thinking than a sure thing, any news of a possible Master and Commander sequel is worth paying attention to.

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Dark Universe dead

It was supposed to be a brave new world of gods and monsters, but Universal’s Dark Universe might be shuffling back to the tomb from whence it came. After the critical and box office failure of The Mummy, Dark Universe masterminds Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are departing the franchise, leaving the future of the Dark Universe uncertain. Is the Dark Universe dead?

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next joel edgerton film

Two years after making his excellent directorial debut, The Gift, actor Joel Edgerton is getting back behind the camera for Boy Erased. His adaptation of Garrard Conley‘s memoir, “Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family,” will star Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) as Conley, the son of a Christian Baptist Minister who was pressured to go to a gay conversion program.

Below, learn more about the next Joel Edgerton film.

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tom cruise killed the mummy

The Mummy was supposed to be the start of a new cinematic universe, and a new franchise for star Tom Cruise to notch onto his belt. But scathing reviews and a tepid domestic opening of $32 million seems to have killed it dead.

Of course, as it happens with mega-blockbusters like The Mummy, the Hollywood blame game has started and all signs point to Cruise. Apparently, Cruise’s excessive control of the movie changed the story almost completely, resulting in the mess that became The Mummy, a movie that thinks Cruise is “a young man.”

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the mummy

The Dark Universe doesn’t get off to the most promising start with The Mummy. Alex Kurtzman‘s first entry in the shared universe is a strangely subdued movie: the scares aren’t scary enough, the humor is often forced and out of place, and the adventure never feels adventurous enough. Grand-scale spectacle and monsters don’t mix well in the film.

We’re going to run a larger review of this one on Friday, but with the first wave of reactions arriving online today, let’s take a quick look at why this movie doesn’t work.

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