As a screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman has crafted some of the best and weirdest cinematic mind trips imaginable. Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind are among his best but his work in the director's chair has taken his writing to another level. Synecdoche, New York is a work of soul-searching genius and his latest Anomalisa continues to cement Charlie Kaufman's reputation as one of the greatest filmmakers working today. Originally conceived by Kaufman as a short play to debut in composer Carter Burwell's "Theater of a New Ear," the idea to translate the material to the screen quickly became an option but with a twist. ›››
Continue reading TIFF 2015: Duke Johnson & Charlie Kaufman's Stop-Motion 'Anomalisa'
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Never let go! Now playing in theaters everywhere is Everest, a 3D adventure from filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur. Telling the story of the 1996 expedition to Everest documented in Jon Krakauer's book "Into Thin Air", Everest is a cinematic version of that story - being presented in IMAX 3D in many locations worldwide. Michael Kelly plays Jon Krakauer, with Jason Clarke starring as New Zealand guide Rob Hall who leads the team. Also with Martin Henderson, John Hawkes, Emily Watson, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal. So - is it intense? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Baltasar Kormákur's Everest. ›››
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There's little doubt in the current fascination with violence. Hell, there's an argument to be made that we've grown addicted to it. Naturally, Hollywood was going to throw major bucks in the direction of Black Mass, the story of James "Whitey" Bulger, arguably the most notorious and most violent criminal in American organized crime. It's the kind of role that would attract an A-lister like Johnny Depp, whose performance here makes up the film's highest mark. Tediously paced but overall commendably executed, the film serves as a suitable yet surface-level telling of Bulger's story. The violence clearly sets up the walls of this particular house, but it's Depp's performance that makes the interior design of Black Mass worthwhile. ›››
Continue reading Review: Repetitive Violence Makes 'Black Mass' a Tedious Undertaking
"None of this is real… You are in a trap!" Flame sword activated! My goodness this looks like an awful mess. Universal has debuted another new trailer for Breck Eisner's The Last Witch Hunter, starring Vin Diesel as "Kaulder" the last witch hunter, which has been delayed for years. We've featured two trailers for this previously, but this one is an obvious desperate attempt to sell this hunk of junk to as many people as possible. Selfies, flaming swords, Vin Diesel in front of a sexy car? Come on. Is that car even in the movie? Hopefully this is the last trailer we'll ever have to post for this, I'm ready to move on and forget it already. ›››
Continue reading One More Trailer for 'The Last Witch Hunter' Movie with Vin Diesel
Ilya Naishuller's Hardcore (watch the trailer) is a movie so violent, loud and fun it's guaranteed to offend and entertain in equal numbers. It's also the first of its kind, a first-person action adventure that plays out like a cinematic video game. Think of it as a hybrid of Crank and Robocop and you'll start to get an idea of how unique and insane this movie truly is. Those looking for plot and structure in their cinematic diet will have to look elsewhere because Hardcore is visual fast food all the way. The movie opens from your POV as "Henry", a man with a disfigured body and no memory of how he got knocked out in the first place. ›››
Continue reading TIFF 2015: Ilya Naishuller's First Person POV Action Film 'Hardcore'
"What are you doing here, Utah?" Warner Bros has debuted another new trailer for Ericson Core's remake of Point Break, the extreme action heist movie from years ago starring Keanu Reeves. Don't worry, this doesn't look any better than it did in the first trailer did, and we highly recommend ignoring this and just renting/rewatching the original Point Break multiple times instead. In the new one, Luke Bracey stars as Johnny Utah, recruited by the FBI to infiltrate and expose a team of criminal extreme sports junkies. The cast includes Teresa Palmer, Ray Winstone, Édgar Ramírez & Clemens Schick. Watch out for this. ›››
Continue reading Don't Watch: Another Trailer for the Pointless 'Point Break' Remake
Briefly: They're finally ready to dump this. After years and years of delays, production troubles, distribution troubles, all kinds of problems, The Weinstein Company has confirmed that Gavin O'Connor's Jane Got a Gun will be released in February of 2016. This is the western with Natalie Portman where, on the first days of shooting the original director (Lynne Ramsay) never showed up to set, and they scrambled to figure out what to do and put it together after multiple cast/director changes. For a while, Relativity had this ready to go for late 2015 but then that company went under and now TWC bought the rights. The film does not yet have a specific date in February, and will be released first in Europe this November. Stay tuned for a trailer.
"You're the only one who sees the world the same way I do…" Universal has debuted the final, fantastic trailer for Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs, based on a script by Aaron Sorkin, starring Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs. The film just premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last week and it's excellent - one of my favorite films of the year, an absolute powerhouse with one helluva script (read my festival review in full). Everything about the film is near perfect – the cast, the script, the cinematography – and it's so exhilarating to watch even running over two hours. Delve even deeper into the mind of Steve Jobs. The cast includes Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Katherine Waterston, Jeff Daniels, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Strap in. ›››
"The wheels on the bus go ’round and ’round…" Gulf Film has debuted the first full trailer for action thriller Bus 657, about a desperate father's bus heist gone wrong. Jeffrey Dean Morgan stars as the hijacker, a father without the means to pay for his daughter's medical treatment. Robert De Niro plays kingpin "The Pope" and the cast includes Dave Bautista, Kate Bosworth, Gina Carano, Morris Chestnut and D.B. Sweeney. While this seems to be bordering on straight-to-DVD quality, I don't think it looks awful. I like the way this trailer is cut to the music, and focuses on the action more than anything. Give it a look below. ›››
A punk rock concert goes horrible awry in the violent new suspense thriller Green Room, a movie filled with loud music, buckets of blood and white supremacists. The film has a cat-and-mouse structure for most of its running time but thankfully is smart and entertaining enough to have more tricks up its sleeve. The "Ain't Rights" are a punk band on the verge of breaking up for good. As they're introduced, they constantly bicker, continue to play dead-end gigs and as a result are ready to throw in the towel and go home. A last minute opportunity to play a final show in rural Oregon has them reconsider their plans and off they go. ›››
Continue reading TIFF 2015: Jeremy Saulnier's 'Green Room' Set at a Punk Rock Concert
Country music legend Hank Williams was a tortured man plagued by his own success and exuberance. Dying way too young and leaving behind a treasure trove of inspiration, many musicians still credit him to his day. These facts are given a very light touch in Marc Abraham's new biopic I Saw the Light, a movie that tries to encapsulate what made Williams so special but never digs deep enough to get any real answers. British actor Tom Hiddleston slips on a cowboy hat and gives it his all as Williams and the result is a surprising knockout. He is fully devoted to the part so it's a shame the rest of the film can't keep up with him. ›››
Continue reading TIFF 2015: Marc Abraham's 'I Saw the Light' Starring Tom Hiddleston
It's happening. They're going to fight, and it's going to be epic. Over at Hollywood Reporter, they've posted a full-on article examining the deal that came together between Legendary and Warner Bros. Universal passed on Legendary's most recent iteration of the new King Kong, which is in the works from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts titled Kong: Skull Island. Apparently they didn't agree to the budget, so instead WB said sure, no problem - because they have big plans. They want to make a new trilogy leading to King Kong vs Godzilla. We all know that Batman v Superman is going to be huge next year, why not these monsters? That's why this is such an interesting deal, and it sets everything up to work out nicely across three movies. ›››
Continue reading Plans For a Trilogy Leading to King Kong vs Godzilla Coming Together
"Trust gave way to doubt, hope to superstition.." Warner Bros has debuted a new trailer for Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea, starring Chris Hemsworth and Frank Dillane. We actually haven't seen a trailer for this since last year, which is when it was originally set to be released this March, before they delayed it until this December. So now with a few months until its official release, this third trailer is ready to roll. Interestingly, this trailer almost features footage that only shows Chris Hemsworth and barely any of the other crew or cast, which also includes Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Charlotte Riley, Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson. Change of strategy, I suppose. Take a look and let us know if you're still planning to see it. ›››
"What's the next move… when you don't know what the game is?" Two new trailers have debuted online for Steven Spielberg's latest, the Cold War spy thriller Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks as a lawyer caught in between two governments vying for power. The more and more we see for this, the more excited I get, but that may just be because it's the "new Spielberg movie" and it looks really good. We've seen at least two different trailers for Bridge of Spies so far, so a few more trailers are fine, but I don't want to see too much before going into theaters to see this. The cast includes Amy Ryan, Mark Rylance, Austin Stowell & Alan Alda. The movie may not be heavy on action, but I'm still intrigued. Catch both new trailers below. ›››
A creature as unquenchable as the sun. Lionsgate has debuted one more trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, with the film only a few more months away from opening. This trailer is helping build the anticipation for the grand finale even further as it's a look back "For Prim" and comes with another new poster featuring Katniss with an actual Mockingjay on her shoulder. Oh boy. The grand finale features Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Liam Hemsworth as Gale, Sam Claflin as Finnick, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, Natalie Dormer as Cressida, Donald Sutherland as President Snow, and many others. The final countdown is on, and Lionsgate is making sure Katniss goes out with a bang, not a whimper. Ready? ›››
"Sherpa people have a great respect for that mountain." The first teaser trailer has debuted for one of my favorite documentaries of the year, titled Sherpa, playing at the Toronto Film Festival this week. I saw this at Telluride and totally loved it. Directed by Jennifer Peedom, Sherpa tells the story of the hard-working sherpas of Nepal, who do all the very challenging work hauling loads of supplies up and down mountains like Everest while western climbers wait. The footage of the sherpas working, all the climbing, and being in the right place during so many incredible moments - like the tragic avalanche in 2014 that killed 16 sherpas - is what makes this doc so amazing. Get a glimpse at some footage, along with the buzz out of TIFF, below. ›››
Continue reading Watch: First Trailers for Jennifer Peedom's Outstanding Doc 'Sherpa'
"It's time we fight back!" "You are the key, Tris." Summit has debuted the new trailer for The Divergent Series: Allegiant, starring Shailene Woodley as Tris. How about another young adult sci-fi adaptation trailer to compliment that other one from today? This one is yet another sequel in a franchise that is still somehow playing in theaters. The Divergent Series: Allegiant is the third movie in the "Divergent" series, and I'm already ready to move on. If it weren't for the cast, this wouldn't have my attention at all. It also stars: Theo James as Four, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Naomi Watts, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Jeff Daniels, Jonny Weston and Kate Winslet. If you're still interested in this series, catch the tease below. ›››
The true story of transgender leader Lili Erbe has been watered down for the big screen in Tom Hooper's new film The Danish Girl. What should have been a pioneering story of change and acceptance instead plays it safe and wastes a golden opportunity. Hot off his Oscar win last year for The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne tackles the difficult role of Einar Wegener, a 1920's Danish painter living with his artist wife Gerda (played by Alicia Vikander). In a moment of happenstance she asks him to step in for a model who is running late, the only catch is he's supposed to model women's clothes. ›››
Continue reading TIFF 2015: Tom Hooper's 'The Danish Girl' Starring Eddie Redmayne
The glamour of 1960's London underworld is captured with varying degrees of success in Brian Helgeland's new film Legend, the story of notorious East end gangsters Ron and Reggie Kray. The fact that both twins are played via CGI by versatile actor Tom Hardy should sweeten the film's appeal were if not for the uneven craftsmanship behind the camera. Celebrated screenwriter Brian Helgeland (of L.A. Confidential, director of 42 and A Knight's Tale) wrote and directed Legend and although many of the tales told in the film have been covered before, his screenplay manages to make them fresh again. The 1990 film The Krays scratched the surface on the volatile brothers' past but Legend digs much deeper. ›››
Continue reading TIFF 2015: Tom Hardy as Both Kray Bros in Brian Helgeland's 'Legend'
"Are you alone out here? What are you doing so deep in the jungle?" Disney has debuted the first official teaser trailer for Jon Favreau's new The Jungle Book movie, starring Neel Sethi as Mowgli. This is only a first glimpse but it looks to be a very spectacularly-realized CGI movie, with all of Mowgli's animal friends looking incredibly realistic. The voice cast includes Bill Murray as Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, also featuring Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito, Lupita Nyong'o and Emjay Anthony. I'm very impressed by this footage, and I'm curious to see more of what it looks like beyond just a few quick shots thrown together. Everyone needs to take a look. ›››
Continue reading Watch: First Trailer for Disney's New 'Jungle Book' from Jon Favreau