Over the summer, before Sylvester Stallone returned to the big screen with his action star goons in The Expendables 3, we got a look at a completely different kind of ensemble movie in the form of Reach Me. The drama looked like Crash 2.0 as it focuses on a motivational book written by a mysterious man (Tom Berenger) which goes viral and quickly gains popularity, inspiring a journalist (Kevin Connolly), his editor (Sylvester Stallone), a former inmate (Kyra Sedgwick), a hip-hop mogul (Nelly), an actor (Cary Elwes) and an undercover cop (Thomas Jane) and more to re-evaluate their choices and decisions by confronting their fears. If that sounds cheesy already, wait until you see this melodramatic trailer. Watch? ›››
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"It was all very difficult..." It's not surprising that it is as wonderful to sit down and talk with the people from Studio Ghibli as it is to watch the wonderful movies they make. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to interview Hayao Miyazaki prior to his retirement during a trip over to the US to promote Ponyo. While up in Toronto at TIFF 2014 this year, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet up with and interview Isao Takahata, the director of the beautiful film The Tale of Princess Kaguya, which was released in Japan last year and arrives in US theaters this fall. He was wonderful to speak with, making my entire trip worth it. ›››
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"I'm a temporal agent. We prevent crime before it takes place." After debuting in Australia last month, the time travel thriller Predestination is poised for release in the United States early next year, and a new international trailer has arrived. The film reteams Ethan Hawke with Daybreakers directing duo Michael & Peter Spierig for a story that sees the actor as a temporal agent, stopping crimes before they even take place. It's a Minority Report set-up but with a little more focus as Hawke keeps trying to pursue a criminal who has evaded him over and over again for years. We haven't heard much buzz for this one since it debuted at SXSW earlier this year, so it might not be that great, especially if it hits early in 2015. Watch below now! ›››
"All this weirdness that I got sucked into tonight woke me up." Where have you been hiding? Universal has finally debuted the first trailer for Joe Carnahan's Stretch, not to be confused with the Stretch Armstrong movie, this is about a depressed chauffeur (played by Patrick Wilson) who ends up driving an eccentric billionaire around in a stretch limo to make some extra money. As expected with a Carnahan movie, this is packed with as much absurdity as one can imagine, going all over the place over the course of one night. Looks like fun. And it looks much better than Cronenberg's Cosmopolis. The door is open, so take the ride. ›››
An oblivious, big-city lawyer gets in over his head in No Man's Land, a neo-western thriller directed by Ning Hao. The film, shot in 2009, sat on a shelf of censorship as the Chinese government deemed it too "nihilistic." To this, the Fantastic Fest crowd, who got their first look at No Man's Land, said, "Yeah, what's the big deal?" What ends up being the big deal is that the film is as smart as it is cool, a deliberately paced trek into the Gobi Desert with a handful of badass trimmings and a nice, rustic fringe. It's the kind of quirky actioner with even quirkier characters that's getting comparisons to the Coen Brothers, and for good reason. ›››
Continue reading Fantastic Fest Review: 'No Man's Land' a Bizarre, Badass Blockbuster
Though awards season is just around the corner, with plenty of hopeful quality movie like Interstellar, Foxcatcher and Gone Girl hitting theaters, the dumping ground of January and February is coming, which means we're getting trailers for those movies too. The Wedding Ringer doesn't really look abysmal, but it certainly doesn't look all that funny in this new trailer. As someone who loves Josh Gad, but doesn't enjoy Kevin Hart, the two stars cancel each other out for me. But I will concede that the joke about the fake groomsmen and The Goonies actually made me laugh out loud, so maybe there's hope for this one. Watch? ›››
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"I don't think that most people would want to know the truth..." I don't care what anyone else thinks about the Wachowskis, this looks absolutely amazing in my opinion. Warner Bros has unleashed the third official trailer for the Wachowskis' new sci-fi Jupiter Ascending, starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. They've been teasing the grand space opera adventure all year long, with a few trailers so far including one at Comic-Con. The release was pushed back to February of 2015 but I still can't wait to see this movie - the stylized action, sci-fi worlds and all the footage looks crazy, in a very exciting way. The cast includes Sean Bean, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Eddie Redmayne and more. Fire this up & don't blink. Ready for ascension? ›››
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No one expected writer/director David Robert Mitchell to follow his beloved, indie hit The Myth of the American Sleepover with a horror film. Even fewer expected it to be one of the most terrifying cautionary tales to come down the horror mountain in a long, long while. Regardless that's what we get with It Follows, because that's precisely what it is, a spine-chilling yet simple story that knows exactly how to get under the viewer's skin. Mitchell knocks the slew of horror tropes he could have easily fed us to the side, and It Follows ends up being a unique film that just may do more for young-adult abstinence than a sex ed class. ›››
"It's like spooning a warm marshmallow." Following an amusing and impressive teaser trailer for the first animated collaboration between Walt Disney Animation and Marvel, a full theatrical trailer for Big Hero 6 has arrived. This time we get a much better idea of the overall story, from Hiro Hamada's seemingly passed brother who created the pudgy medical robot Baymax to our superhero team and the villain they'll be facing. There's some great animation at work here, fun characters, and a promising film that looks like another hit to stack on top of Disney's success from their big musical hit Frozen last year. Watch the trailer below now! ›››
"This isn't about money, this isn't about politics." It's been five years since we've gotten a film from Michael Mann, and that was the somewhat disappointing gangster thriller Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp. But now Mann is back with the contemporary thriller Blackhat, set in the timely and relevant world of cybercrime. Chris Hemsworth leads the film as a brilliant convict brought out of prison to help track down a vicious hacker with seemingly no political or financial agenda, who is just willing to completely cripple the world's banking system. There's pretty some cool shots, and it definitely looks like a Michael Mann film, but I'm not entirely sold on the story just yet. Seems a little too familiar. Watch now! ›››
Continue reading Chris Hemsworth Hunts Cybercriminals in First Trailer for 'Blackhat'
"Magic is such a universal thing." Who doesn't love a little bit of magic? If you're in the mood for something inspiring, and fun at the same time, check out this short documentary from The Verge about a small town in Michigan called Colon (Google Maps). Dubbed the "Magic Capital of the World", the doc takes a light-hearted look at a lovable town that contains three fabulous home-brewed magic shops/manufacturers, and hosts the annual "Abbott's Magic Get Together", a convention (that reminds me of Fantastic Fest) for magicians, illusionists and entertainers. Never heard of this place? Neither have I, but that's why it's such a memorable introduction. A nice little slice of Americana packed into an entertaining short doc. Have a look. ›››
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We've previously pointed out the overwhelming trend of movie posters almost always looking the same nowadays, with little to no artistic effort put into promoting the film on a poster. One such trend that we've seen recently on posters for Thor and The Social Network is the use of overlaying text on top of the image of one of the stars of the film (you can see even more of them here too). And now it's Benedict Cumberbatch and his awards season hopeful performance in The Imitation Game that gets the familiar poster treatment. It's not the best effort, but we just want you to see this film that our own Alex Billington saw at Tellurdie and called an "exceptionally compelling film led by remarkable performances." Look now! ›››
Briefly: Lionsgate and OddLot Entertainment have made a slight change to their 2015 calendar, and it means fans of Johnny Depp get to see him in wacky mode as Mortdecai with THR reporting he film has been moved up from its original release date of February 6th, 2015 to the previous month on January 23rd. 2015. Previously, the companies had set Lee Toland Krieger's fantastical romance The Age of Adaline with Blake Lively, Harrison Ford and Ellen Burstyn for the January date, but they've pushed that back to an April 24th, 2015 release date instead now. You can watch the trailer for Mortdecai right here, but we haven't seen anything from The Age of Adaline yet, so stay tuned for anymore updates. ›››
Continue reading Johnny Depp's 'Mortdecai' Moves Up a Couple Weeks to January Date
It's getting close to awards season, but it's safe to say that one film won't be worry about that much, and that's Dumb & Dumber To. It's been 20 years since we've seen Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) on the big screen, and this time they have another big road trip in store, as we've seen in the first trailer for the film. Now a TV spot has arrived, and while it's pretty much a condensed version of the trailer (with added laser light effects in one odd scene), we do get one more amusing joke showing how efficiently Harry and Lloyd take advantage of the public transportation system. Will we like this a lot? Maybe. Watch! ›››
Continue reading Harry & Lloyd Hit the Road in First 'Dumb and Dumber To' TV Spot
We're still waiting impatiently for the first trailer showing off Paul Thomas Anderson's latest, anticipated film Inherent Vice starring Joaquin Phoenix, but Warner Bros. Pictures is just slowly rolling out small looks at the film little by little. The film will debut at the New York Film Festival (you can see a little footage in the trailer for the fest itself), but until then, a new image has surfaced giving us our first look at Reese Witherspoon alongside Phoenix in the film. This is bound to be an awards worthy film, so we can't wait to see more soon, but it looks like we'll all just have to be patient a little while longer. Look! ›››
"If it's in a word. Or it's in a look. You can't get rid of..." IFC Midnight has debuted one more full trailer for Jennifer Kent's The Babadook, the Australian horror-thriller that is winning over audiences. The film just played at Fantastic Fest earlier this week, after premiering at Sundance in January. One tweet review from the fest called it: "Powerful. Beautiful/horrifying imagery matched [with] a potent human story." It'll finally be hitting theaters and VOD starting this November, and it's one of the best horror films to catch this year. The trailer does show a lot, as expected, but it's a great setup to intrigue those not yet interested. Everyone should be, it's a fine example of how compelling original horror can be. "It's just a book... it can't hurt you." ›››
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"We'll find a way. We always have..." The countdown is at T-minus 44 days until Interstellar arrives in theaters. With the hype growing more and more every single day, fans are starting to show their love for the wonderful world of sci-fi in exciting ways. I was sent this video, made by FS.net reader Robbert Doelwijt, titled Voyage that is an Interstellar-inspired tribute to space exploration. It's a quick video focusing mostly on the recent space exploration movies hitting theaters, though there are nods to 2001 and Apollo 13 in here. It's simply an enthralling reminder of the awe and great mystery of space. Can I visit out there yet? ›››
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Wait - Paul Schrader, screenwriter of Raging Bull & Taxi Driver and director of American Gigolo, cast Nicolas Cage in his new film? This has to be a joke? Nope. It's real, and it's already shot and finishing up for 2015 release. Schrader's new "mid-budget indie", which he wrote and directed, is titled Dying of the Light executive produced by fellow filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn. What a team-up this is: Schrader, Refn, Cage. Who else? Well, the cast includes Anton Yelchin (also seen in the photo), Alexander Karim and Irène Jacob. I won't deny that I'm curious about this. Take a look at the image below, which doesn't reveal much about the way this will play. Of all the recent Cage films, this is the one I'm most interested in. ›››
With Big Eyes starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz poised to hit theaters this winter, director Tim Burton now has his focused on his forthcoming adaptation of the novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. 20th Century Fox recently pushed the film back again to March 4th, 2016, but it sounds like that's not stopping Burton from getting the cast together as The Wrap reports Asa Butterfield, star of Hugo and Ender's Game, is wanted to lead the film about 16-year old Jacob Portman, who seeks the truth about his grandfather's past after he's murdered by a “hollow,” a creature thought to be imaginary. ›››
Continue reading Tim Burton Eyes 'Ender's Game' Star to Lead 'Miss Peregrine's Home'
There's no doubt that Back to the Future is one of the classics. The film is highly regarded as one of the best time travel movies ever made, but even outside of the realm of sci-fi, it's simply one of the best motion pictures in history. And while over the years there's been a lot of focus on the DeLorean time machine or even the elements that come into play Back to the Future II like hoverboards and whatnot, it's time to just hunker down and look at the hard work and talented filmmaking that went into the film. One of the sequences that goes overlooked is the long-take, opening sequence of the first film with all the clocks. It seems simple, but it turns out that making that whole sequence happen was anything but that. Watch now! ›››
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