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All this week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Fall Preview, including offerings that span genres, a close examination of some of the year’s biggest breakouts, all the awards contenders you need to know about now and special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.
“Morgan,” September 2
Stepping out of your father’s shadow is never easy when said father is beloved and successful, but it’s got to be especially difficult when it’s Ridley Scott. Sitting in the director’s chair for his very first feature, Luke Scott looks to bring the kind of white-knuckle tension and mysterious head games to the sci-fi genre as his father has done time and time again. »
- Kate Erbland, Zack Sharf, Steve Greene, David Ehrlich, Graham Winfrey and William Earl
Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
- Amie Cranswick
Wonder cover art
Coming to cinemas next April is the adaptation of the novel Wonder, a film which will unite Julia Roberts and Room actor Jacob Tremblay. The film tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
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Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, »
- Paul Heath
To paraphrase “Ratatouille,” not everyone can act, but a great actor can come from anywhere. The beautiful thing about the movies is that they so often do.
Screen debuts can have such an impact precisely because audiences don’t know these people. We haven’t read about them in the tabloids or seen them in other roles. The best inaugural performances bristle with the rush of witnessing raw potential, of being introduced to something incredible before the world has decided what it is yet. A great debut can make you feel like you’re witness to a happening, or getting in on the ground floor of an investment — watching John Boyega defy an alien invasion in “Attack the Block,” it was immediately clear that learning his name was going to pay off.
Sometimes, as with Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave,” that excitement instantly translates into a sensation. Other times, »
- David Ehrlich, Chris O'Falt, Liz Shannon Miller, Steve Greene, Kate Erbland, Hanh Nguyen and Zack Sharf
Relativity Studios has released a new poster the upcoming heist comedy Masterminds, which sees Jared Hess directing a cast that includes Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Jason Sudeikis; check it out below…
See Also: Watch the trailer for Masterminds
In this action comedy inspired by true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people’s money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime.
- Amie Cranswick
It was a long time coming after having been shelved a few times because of Relativity’s financial turmoil and subsequent bankruptcy proceedings, but the heist comedy Masterminds — produced by Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn and starring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis and the Ghostbusting trio of Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon — finally will get its theatrical release next month. Masterminds was set to go in October 2015, before and there was… »
Jacob Tremblay is back, and he's as aww-inducing as ever. The Room actor, 9, stars in the upcoming drama Wonder alongside Julia Roberts - and People has the first look. The film, based on the best-selling book by R.J. Palacio, tells the story of a boy with facial differences who strives to be treated the same as his peers as he begins the year at a new school. "The movie Wonder is about family, friendship, love and most of all, it's about choosing kindness at every stage of life," director Stephen Chbosky tells People. Chbosky said he chose Roberts, 48, and Tremblay »
- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3
Jacob Tremblay is back, and he's as aww-inducing as ever. The Room actor, 9, stars in the upcoming drama Wonder alongside Julie Roberts - and People has the first look. The film, based on the best-selling book by R.J. Palacio, tells the story of a boy with facial differences who strives to be treated the same as his peers as he begins the year at a new school. "The movie Wonder is about family, friendship, love and most of all, it's about choosing kindness at every stage of life," director Stephen Chbosky tells People. Chbosky said he chose Roberts, 48, and Tremblay »
- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3
For years, an improve group called The Commune have been the stars of their small New York improv theater. The members of the group, Mile (Mike Birbiglia), Samantha (Gillian Jacobs), Jack (Keegan-Michael Key), Allison (Kate Micucci), Bill (Chris Gethard), and Lindsay (Tami Sagher) entertain audiences night after night by performing as a finely-tuned troop. But, by day, they have to support themselves by working soul-crushing menial jobs.
Then, after they learn that their beloved theater is closing down and a hit comedy television show, ala Saturday Night Live, is looking for talent, the group dynamic begins to fracture and it may be time for the group to stop dreaming and get on with their lives.
- Mike Tyrkus
For nearly a decade and a half, model-turned-action star Milla Jovovich has been slaughtering zombies and fighting the Umbrella Corporation as Alice in the Resident Evil movies. That series is coming to an end with the sixth and final entry in the big screen video game franchise as Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is heading to theaters in January. Now, we know a lot more about what to expect, as the first trailer for the movie has just been released.
As promised, the trailer for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter dropped today, and it looks very much like what we have come to expect from the series. Jovovich teased the release of the trailer last week via her Twitter account, where she also released a very brief clip from the trailer. In the clip, Alice says she is going to "kill every last one of them," and by the looks of the trailer, »
Last week, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter star Milla Jovovich debuted a brief trailer preview on Twitter, announcing that the first full trailer will debut Tuesday, August 9. The actress also revealed she will be hosting a Facebook live Q&A session directly after the trailer's debut at 12 Pm Pt. To get fans ready for this trailer and Q&A, Milla Jovovich debuted the official poster. We also have a new photo plus details from director Paul W.S. Anderson.
The story follows Alice Abernathy (Milla Jovovich) as she continues her battle against The Umbrella Corporation's hostile AI system The Red Queen (Megan Charpentier) with the help of her friends Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), Leon Scott Kennedy (Johann Urb), Ada Wong (Li Bingbing), and her daughter Becky (Aryanna Engineer), while continuing an uneasy alliance with the former head of Umbrella, Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts). Along the way, they will reconnect with former »
If you've been following actress Milla Jovovich on Twitter, you likely know that, over the past few days, the actress has teased that the first trailer for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will debut on August 9. The actress also revealed that just after the trailer drops, she will be hosting a live Q&A on her Facebook page. Today, with just four days left until the trailer's debut, the actress shared a brief trailer preview that showcases the first footage of Milla Jovovich's iconic character Alice.
The video, which Milla Jovovich debuted on Twitter today, is only 16 seconds long, but we do hear Alice say she's going to "kill every last one of them," while we get a brief glimpse at a bloodied Alice riding a motorcycle through an explosion. Production wrapped back in December, with Milla Jovovich sending out the final set photos to fans, but we haven't heard much since then. »
Let’s acknowledge it up front: Rating films for their content is a dubious process at best and a dangerous one at worst. Trying to place disparate, diverse films into a handful of age-based categories has rarely come without controversy, especially when the MPAA ratings board deems a hint of language and nudity untenable while excusing wide swaths of violence for lower classifications. Yet, there’s a way that a “R” rating has become shorthand for a specific type of comedy. Geared toward older viewers (or those on the precipice of adulthood), these are the laugh-based moviegoing experiences so confident in their own ability to attract an audience that they’re willing to accept what some might see as a theatrical release stigma.
These are films that luxuriate in moving swiftly past their allotment of one, non-sexual use of everyone’s favorite four-letter “f word,” further flaunting their disregard for »
- Steve Greene, David Ehrlich, Liz Shannon Miller, Ben Travers, Hanh Nguyen, Kate Erbland and Zack Sharf
Remember Masterminds, the comedy with Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Kristen Wiig? Well it’s back and this time around it might finally hit theaters. “David Ghantt discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an […]
Read Masterminds is Back With a New Trailer on Filmonic.
Caught amidst Relativity Studios’ tumble into bankruptcy, there was a time when many feared the starry comedy would never see the light of date. Pushed back a full year, a new trailer has emerged today reminding us all that, yes, Masterminds is still a thing – and it’s arriving sooner than you might think.
Zach Galifianakis and Ghostbusters star Kristen Wiig take point as two lowly schemers, who draw up what they believe to be a foolproof plan to become $17 million richer. Spoilers: things go south pretty fast, and whether you take an inkling for Masterminds will likely depend on your tolerance of Hess’ other features, namely Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre.
- Michael Briers
Relativity Studios has debuted a new trailer for "Masterminds," Jared Hess' heist comedy which has been stuck in limbo due to financial issues at the distributor. Zach Galifianakis stars as an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life as an armored car driver. He's soon lured into the scheme of a lifetime.
Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash…only problem is he foolishly hands it over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall.
The film is slated to open in cinemas on September 30th.
- Garth Franklin
"How hard can it be? You load up a truck, and you drive away." Relativity has debuted a new 2016 trailer for the comedy Masterminds, from the director of Napoleon Dynamite - Jared Hess. Most will remember hearing about this before, as it was originally scheduled to be released last year, and we even ran two trailers for it (which were removed) before Relativity pulled it from the schedule. It's now set to open in theaters this fall - though I'm not sure if any new marketing will help. Zach Galifianakis & Kristen Wiig star as a couple who plan a heist that goes right, and they end up with $17 million with their friends Owen Wilson, Ken Marino and Devin Ratray. But once they get the money, things start to fall apart. Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Jones & Kate McKinnon also star. This is supposed to be funny in a stupid way, but it looks dull. »
- Alex Billington
The story behind Jared Hess’ latest feature, Masterminds, is now nearly as convoluted as the true-crime caper it hopes to goofily document: torpedoed by the bankruptcy of Relativity Media last year, the already-completed movie has since become a legal football in the negotiations and scrabbles between Relativity and its partners at the streaming giant Netflix.
But the latest feature from the Napoleon Dynamite director—starring Zach Galifianakis as a soft-voiced, hapless security guard convinced to rob his workplace by a villainous Owen Wilson—finally has a release date, September 30, and a new trailer to accompany it.
Honestly, it looks like a year on the shelf hasn’t done much to change the movie’s dedication to comic criminal stupidity: The biggest difference between Masterminds in 2015 and Masterminds in 2016 is that Ghostbusters happened in the meantime, meaning that the promo materials are now highlighting the presence of stars ...
- William Hughes
Jared Hess‘ Masterminds centers on a real-life $17 million heist, but Ocean’s 11 or Inside Man this ain’t. Instead, the thieves behind the operation include an unassuming armored car driver played by Zach Galifianakis, his flirty co-worker played by Kristen Wiig, their not-very-brilliant mastermind played by Owen Wilson. Jason Sudeikis stars as a hitman, Kate McKinnon as Galifianakis’ wife, and Leslie Jones as the cop who’s out […]
- Angie Han
Relativity Studios has just released a brand new trailer and some new photos from their upcoming action-comedy, Masterminds, and believe it or not this is Inspired by true events.
In this action comedy inspired by true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people's money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who »
- Kellvin Chavez
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