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For July 2015, we’ve got another jam-packed month of genre-related titles arriving on VOD (and a few other digital platforms too) to help fans beat the summer heat by staying inside and catching up on tons of great new movies.
IFC Midnight’s got a zany new creature feature called Stung that’s kicking off the month and for those of you who may have missed it in theaters earlier this year, the acclaimed breakout indie film It Follows is finally making its way to homes on VOD beginning July 2nd. Some other notable July VOD releases include 3-Headed Shark Attack, Felt, Alleluia, The Stanford Prison Experiment, Dark Was the Night, and Extinction.
Also, Dude Bro Party Massacre III - which premiered earlier this month at the Los Angeles Film Festival - is gearing up for its release as well in July; it won’t be arriving on traditional VOD platforms, »
- Heather Wixson
Plot: A washed-up boxer (Corey Stoll) becomes the fall-guy for a wealthy mobster (Billy Crudup). Review: Being a film critic for JoBlo.com, my inbox is ofen full of review requests from indie distributors looking for coverage for their movies. When you agree to check out one of these films, it.s really a crap-shoot as to how the film is going to turn out. Something like Glass Chin really belongs in the... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
After breakout turns in "Afterschool" and "We Need To Talk About Kevin," Ezra Miller didn't seem like the most obvious candidate to become a franchise player. Rather, one could be forgiven in thinking he might become a respected and sought after character actor. However, Warner Bros. has faith in Miller's talents having broad appeal. They already cast him as the lead in "The Flash," and now they've got another big property for him. Read More: Watch: First Trailer For 'The Stanford Prison Experiment' Puts Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan& More Behind Bars Variety reports that Miller is the studio's choice to play Kredan in "Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them," with talks underway. He would be joining Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston in the adaptation of J.K. Rowling's book set in New York 70 years before Harry comes into the picture, focusing on Newt Scamander, a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The trailer for The Stanford Prison Experiment was recently released, and if you were appalled just watching it, think of how the experience must have been for the men who had to live it. The movie, starring Ezra Miller and Michael Angarano and due in theaters on July 17, is based on the true story of a trial conducted by Dr. Philip Zimbardo (played by Billy Crudup in the movie) at Stanford University in 1971. If you learned about this in school, you probably remember the general gist of the experiment: A sampling of male volunteers were split into two groups, guards and prisoners. They lived in a faux prison setting, and as the trial went on, their behavior and personalities appeared to be greatly influenced by their assigned roles. Here's a basic breakdown of the study - the details of which you can find at the experiment's official website - and the incredibly disturbing results. »
★★★★☆ Fantasy becomes near unbelievable reality in Sundance hit The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015), director Kyle Patrick Alvarez's astonishing third feature film which sees him make a deserved return to the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Formed around the real life experiment conducted in 1971 by professor Philip Zimbardo (Billy Crudup), the film is often excruciating to behold, but ultimately fascinating and thought-provoking, every inch of the screen filled with impeccable detail and underlying meaning. Twenty-four students were selected to take part in a unique psychological test after responding to an advertisement in a local newspaper.
- CineVue UK
This exasperating film, winner of Sundance's screenplay and Alfred P. Sloan prizes, tells the real-life story of Dr. Zimbardo's 1971 simulated prison study involving 18 male undergrads, randomly assigned the role of prisoner or guard, who are stripped of their humanity (among other things) by each other—and by their sadistic, psychologist puppeteer. The cast boasts many a dreamy indie "it" boy, including Ezra Miller (in a ferocious but all too brief turn), Keir Gilchrist, Jack Kilmer, Michael Angarano, James Wolk, Tye Sheridan and fresh-faced Sundance breakout Logan Miller. Billy Crudup astutely leads the ensemble as Philip Zimbardo, whose ill-conceived faux prison breaks them down and throws them into degrading, uncomfortable and sometimes erotic scenarios. Olivia Thirlby co-stars as Zimbardo's skeptical fiancee. Read More: 2015 Sundance Film Festival Awards The film is a grueling experience but it works thanks to licks of black humor and Ezra Miller's »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Remember learning about that terrifying prison experiment gone awry in psychology class? There's a new movie, The Stanford Prison Experiment, that will tell the tale of the infamous 1971 social trial. Ezra Miller and Tye Sheridan are among the young men posing as prisoners for professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo (Billy Crudup), opposite Michael Angarano and several others as faux guards. The trailer is deeply disconcerting, which means the movie is going to be even more disturbing. The movie opened at Sundance this year, and it'll be released in theaters on July 17. »
Read More: How I Shot That: Dp Jas Shelton on Capturing the Claustrophobia of 'The Stanford Prison Experiment' From director Kyle Patrick Alvarez ("C.O.G."), "The Stanford Prison Experiment" promises to reenact the horrifying 1971 project that put innocent students behind bars and their untrained peers in control of them as guards. Led by Dr. Philip Zimbardo, the infamous psychology experiment had unintentionally detrimental results as the students embodied their roles as guards and became increasingly violent. The film, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, appears to be just as chilling and intense as the experiment itself. The unsettling trailer -- filled with all of the scary signs that made the science that justified the project seem dubious at best -- is sure to make you quite uneasy. The ensemble includes Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Thirlby and Michael Angarano. "The Stanford Prison Experiment »
- Meredith Mattlin
Back in August of 1971 on Stanford University’s campus, 18 young men were selected for a psychological experiment simulating the effects of a prison environment on both prisoners and guards. The results were famously shocking and controversial, and the study became a case study of psychology courses everywhere.
For years a version of this story has been trying to get off the ground, and director Kyle Patrick Alvarez (C.O.G.) finally made it happen this year at Sundance. The Stanford Prison Experiment is a scarily accurate recreation of the events, with even the film’s set built to a near perfect model of the actual dimensions the “prisoners” were held in. Lane Scarberry said in her Sundance review that the film is, “a claustrophobic tale of ego and wits under duress that retains suspense not in the outcome but in its execution.” Here’s the full synopsis:
What happens when a college psych study goes shockingly wrong? »
- Brian Welk
Way back in 2006, Christopher McQuarrie was announced as the writer and director of The Stanford Prison Experiment. Nine years later the film is finally complete, but in rather different form than originally planned. McQuarrie is now listed only among the producers, with the screenplay credit going to Tim Talbott (South Park, Medium), and Kyle Patrick Alvarez (C.O.G.) in the director's chair. Ezra Miller, Thomas Mann, Billy Crudup and Olivia Thirlby head up the cast, and here's a trailer.The film, of course, is based on the infamous human behaviour study conducted in the early 1970s. The experiment saw a group of Us college students taking on the roles of prisoners and guards to study the effects of incarceration. Within a day, the “guards” resorted to psychological torture and humiliation and the “prisoners” began to riot.It’s been a cultural touchstone for years – and several films based on the subject »
A college psychology experiment takes a terrifying turn in the violent new trailer for The Stanford Prison Experiment.
The film, set in 1971, is based on the controversial experiment carried out at Stanford University by psychologist Philip Zimbardo.
The incident saw a group of college students cast as inmates and guards and placed in a replica jail - with some disturbing results, as some of the 'guards' began to take their roles too seriously.
The new clip certainly gives some clear hints about the shocking turn the experiment took. As Zimbardo (Billy Crudup) looks on, 'guards' begin to deliver beatings to traumatised 'prisoners', one of whom begs to be released.
“I had no idea it would turn out this way,” an ominous voice says over the trailer for upcoming drama “The Stanford Prison Experiment.”
Set in 1971, the film dramatizes Stanford University’s controversial psychological experiment that cast college students as prison guards and inmates pitted against each other in a mock jail. Billy Crudup stars as psychologist Philip Zimbardo, whose book “The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil” inspired the film.
“The Stanford Prison Experiment” bows in theaters and VOD July 24.
- Marianne Zumberge
“Nobody likes guards.” And these guys seem to get a little too deeply into their role playing in director Kyle Patrick Alvarez's drama based on Stanford professor Philip Zimbardo's infamous social experiment using college kids as prison guards and inmates. The movie that IFC Films acquired out of Sundance took the festival’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for Tim Talbott’s script plus the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize. It stars Billy Crudup, Olivia Thirlby, Ezra… »
The Stanford Prison Experiment Trailer. Kyle Patrick Alvarez‘s The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) movie trailer stars Olivia Thirlby, Ezra Miller, Jesse Carere, Billy Crudup, and Thomas Mann. The Stanford Prison Experiment‘s plot synopsis: “It is the summer of 1971. Dr. Philip Zimbardo launches a study on the psychology of imprisonment. Twenty-four male undergraduates are randomly assigned to be either a guard or a prisoner. Set in a simulated jail, the project unfolds. The participants rapidly embody their roles—the guards become power-hungry and sadistic, while the prisoners, subject to degradation, strategize as underdogs. It soon becomes clear that, as Zimbardo and team monitor the escalation of action through surveillance cameras, they are not fully aware of how they, too, have become part of the experiment.”
This film looks great. If you have seen The Experiment (based upon the real-life experiment), you know exactly what you are going to get with this film. »
- Rollo Tomasi
The first trailer has arrived online for the upcoming psychological thriller The Stanford Prison Experiment, which stars Billy Crudup as Dr. Philip Zimbardo, a Standford University professor who launched an experiment in 1971 to study 24 male students playing the roles of prisoners and wardens in a mock prison. Check it out here…
The Stanford Prison Experiment is set for release July 17th in the States and features a cast that also includes Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Olivia Thirlby, Johnny Simmons, Thomas Mann and Tye Sheridan.
- Gary Collinson
"Under no circumstances whatsoever are you to physically assault the prisoners in any way." IFC Films has debuted the trailer for The Stanford Prison Experiment, an adaptation of the seminal psychological experiment conducted in the early 70s. The movie tries to replicate and tell the full story without holding back. The impressive ensemble cast includes: Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Thomas Mann, Keir Gilchrist, Johnny Simmons & Olivia Thirlby. All of them give great performances, which is what makes this such a great film to watch. It truly is so unsettling and disturbing at times you forget you're watching a movie, and just hope everyone makes it out okay. Give this trailer a look. Here's the trailer for Kyle Patrick Alvarez's The Stanford Prison Experiment, found on YouTube: Twenty-four male students out of seventy-five were selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in »
- Alex Billington
The story is true, and even decades later, the story remains shocking and unbelievable. In 1971, Dr. Philip Zimbardo assigned twenty-four male undergraduates to be either a guard or a prisoner, set up a prison simulation, and then sat back to watch the results unfold. But he never realized what he was unleashing. Soon the "guards" began giving in to their worst impulses to maintain control, the prisoners were treated brutally, and things soon spiralled out of control. This is the story. "The Stanford Prison Experiment," directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, brings together the ensemble of Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Thirlby, Michael Anganaro, Logan Miller, Thomas Mann, Keir Gilchrist, Johnny Simmons, Moises Arias, Jack Kilmer, Chris Sheffield, Ki Hong Lee, and James Frecheville, to tell the tale and it's a movie you won't want to miss. We named it one of The Best Films Of The 2015 Sundance Film »
- Kevin Jagernauth
IFC Films has unveiled the trailer for "The Stanford Prison Experiment" psychological thriller, starring Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Tye Sheridan, Michael Angarano and Thomas Mann. Check it out below. Plot: What happens when a college psych study goes shockingly wrong? Based on the notorious true story, The Stanford Prison Experiment stars Crudup as Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who, in 1971, cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behavior in the prison system. The results astonished the world, as participants went from middle-class undergrads to drunk-with-power sadists and submissive victims in just a few days. The new movie will hit select theaters on July 17th and then be released on VOD on July 24th. Trailer: »
The pursuit of knowledge in the name of science often uncovers the unexpectedly dark side of human beings, though occasionally the experimenters are every bit as guilty as the subjects. The Milgram Experiments, Henrietta Lacks, The Stanford Prison Experiment. Each of these experiments exhibit instances of human nature gone wrong, on both sides of the statistical table, but the latter has been adapted into a tense thriller by screenwriter Tim Talbott and director Kyle Patrick Alvarez. Starring Billy Crudup as Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo, The Stanford Prison Experiment follows participants of a simulated jail in which some student volunteers are appointed as guards and the others as prisoners. What starts as a simple bit of role-playing soon devolves into a contentious divide between power-hungry enforcers and submissive prisoners. This first look is both powerful and horrifyingly fascinating in part because of the performance of the cast but also »
- Dave Trumbore
Exclusive: After Christina Applegate takes goes on Vacation with Ed Helms this summer, she’ll be taking a trip to Youth In Oregon. The actress has signed on for the dark comedy about a cantankerous old man (Frank Langella) being driven cross-country by his son-in-law (Billy Crudup), who is trying to talk the older man out of getting legally euthanized there. Applegate will play Kate Ingersol, the respective daughter and wife of the pair who has, by default, become her… »
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