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Hell or High Water, 2016.
Directed by David Mackenzie.
A divorced dad and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s ranch in West Texas.
The appeal of David Mackenzie’s sweltering Texan noir is understandable. Harnessed by a gaggle of flagship character actors, penned by the deft hand behind Denis Villeneuve’s thunderously visceral Sicario (2015), and packaged like a finite slice of 1970s Americana, there is little doubt that audiences wish to – and indeed will – see Hell or High Water. And so they should. Whilst unable to honestly earn the many plaudits smothering the promotional campaigns, this is still a handsomely crafted production which serves as a rugged and welcomed gear-change as we leave a summer of disappointments wallowing in the dirt.
Only screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s second offering, his »
- Chris Haydon
“This is an opening shot that tells you this is an ambitious film, and it’s going to take you on a journey.” That’s how filmmaker David Mackenzie (“Starred Up”) describes the opening sequence to of Texas-set bank heist drama “Hell or High Water” in the New York Times video series “Anatomy of a Scene.”
Mackenzie lays out the technical and dramatic approaches he took to create the film’s opening shot, which follows a car clearly “up to no good” nearly 360 degrees around a mostly deserted bank parking lot before the passengers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) perform their heist, holding a female employee (Dale Dickey) at gunpoint as she enters. The robbers wait, guns drawn, for the bank president to arrive before they (seemingly successfully) make a run for it.
- Annakeara Stinson
Every week, a bevy of new releases (independent or otherwise), open in theaters. That’s why we created the Weekly Film Guide, filled with basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
For August, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 12. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Director: Sean Ellis
Synopsis: “Anthropoid” is based on the extraordinary true story of “Operation Anthropoid,” the code name for the Czechoslovakian operatives’ mission to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution, »
- Steve Greene
As you all know by now, I love being surprised by a movie I had absolutely no expectations for going into. Last week, I saw something that just blew me away. This week, I can turn you all on to it, as it’s opening. The flick is called Hell or High Water and is just fantastic. Not only do I think it’s better than Sicario, which was a top notch outing last year and also written by scribe Taylor Sheridan, but I’d go so far as to say I prefer it to No Country for Old Man, which is a cinematic cousin of sorts. Equally mellow and raging at the state of the world, this is more than just a crime drama. It’s a character study about the modern cowboy, and much more. I out and out loved it, as you’ll see below. The film »
- Joey Magidson
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new crime drama “Hell or High Water” starring Jeff Bridges and Ben Foster!
“Hell or High Water,” which opens on Aug. 12, 2016 and is rated “R,” also stars Chris Pine, Dale Dickey, William Sterchi, Buck Taylor, Kristin Berg and Gil Birmingham from director David Mackenzie and writer Taylor Sheridan. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.
To win your free passes to “Hell or High Water” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition! »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
"Y'all been here for a while? Long enough to watch a bank getting robbed that has been robbing me for 30 years..." CBS Films has unveiled one more official trailer for David Mackenzie's modern western Hell or High Water, from the writer of Sicario and the director of Starred Up. Chris Pine and Ben Foster star as brothers who decide to rob a couple of banks in small towns in Texas. Close to retirement, the Texas Ranger who decides to hunt them down is Marcus, played by Jeff Bridges. The cast includes Katy Mixon, Dale Dickey, Kevin Rankin, Marin Ireland and Gil Birmingham. This is a helluva film and I highly recommend catching it in theaters. See it because Jeff Bridges is badass in it, see it because the script is outstanding, see it because David Mackenzie is a talented director. There's plenty of good reasons to see it. Here's »
- Alex Billington
"People get caught when they make mistakes... You stick with me, I'll give you everything I got." Lionsgate has premiered a new trailer for the gritty action thriller Blood Father, from French director Jean-François Richet (of the Assault on Precinct 13 remake, Mesrine Part 1 & Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1), starring Mel Gibson as an ex-con badass who goes crazy trying to save his daughter, played by Erin Moriarty. The first trailer looked pretty good, this one is even better, almost like Taken meets John Wick set in the deep South. Hopefully the action is just as good as those films. Also starring William H. Macy, Thomas Mann, Elisabeth Röhm, Diego Luna & Dale Dickey. I might actually have to see this. Fire it up below. Here's the new official trailer (+ poster) for Jean-François Richet's Blood Father, direct from YouTube: After her drug kingpin boyfriend frames her for stealing a fortune in cartel cash, »
- Alex Billington
“Blood Father” follows John Link (Mel Gibson), an ex-convict and recovering alcoholic who runs a tattoo parlor out of his dusty trailer on the outskirts of Los Angeles. When his estranged daughter (Erin Moriarty) shows up out of the blue on the lam after a drug deal gone bad, Link is forced to protect her when a roving drug cartel comes after her with everything they’ve got. The film also features William H. Macy (“Fargo”), Elisabeth Röhm (“Angel”), Diego Luna (“Y tu mamá también”), Thomas Mann (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”), Dale Dickey (“Winter;s Bone”), and more. Watch the new trailer for the film below and check out a new poster as well.
- Vikram Murthi
In Don’t Breathe, three friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man with unexpected consequences.
Jean-Francois Richet’s Blood Father will make its North American premiere as part of the festival’s closing night events and as the official closing film of the Action! Section.
The thriller, which first premiered at Cannes in May, stars Mel Gibson as an ex-con who reunites with his estranged 16-year old daughter to protect her from »
Fantasia’s full 2016 lineup of over 130 features has been revealed. Included therein are 19 World Premieres, 18 North American Premieres, and 47 Canadian Premieres! In addition, the festival will be showcasing over 300 shorts from across the globe.
For the grand finale of Fantasia’s 20th anniversary edition, the festival will present the Canadian Premiere of co-writer/director Fede Alvarez’s terrifying new film Don’t Breathe, which left audiences breathless during its ecstatic South by Southwest debut earlier this year. In Don’t Breathe,, a trio of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong. Screening will be hosted by Alvarez himself. Don’t Breathe, is produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert along with Alvarez.
- Kat Hughes
"Well if that ain't Texan, then I don't know what is..." CBS Films has released another great trailer for the modern western Hell or High Water, directed by David Mackenzie, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this summer. I saw the film there and it's surprisingly fantastic, with an outstanding script by Taylor Sheridan (of Sicario previously) that drives strong performances from the entire cast. Chris Pine and Ben Foster star as brothers who decide to rob a couple of banks in small towns in Texas. Close to retirement, the Texas Ranger who decides to hunt them down is Marcus, played by Jeff Bridges. The cast includes Katy Mixon, Dale Dickey, Kevin Rankin, Marin Ireland and Gil Birmingham. I really dug this film, and I definitely recommend it, so if this trailer grabs your interest make sure to see it in theaters. Here's the second official trailer for »
- Alex Billington
Somebody caught a mean case of school spirit. The first nine-episode season of the Vice Principals TV show premieres on HBO Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 10:30pm Et/Pt. Watch the trailer and two teasers, below. Created by Danny McBride and Jody Hill, this dark comedy series tells the story of a high school "and the two people who almost run it, the vice principals." McBride and Hill are executive producing with David Gordon Green and Stephanie Laing.
Neal Gamby (McBride) and Lee Russell (Walter Goggins) are in an epic power struggle with one another to become school principal, when Dr. Belinda Brown (Kimberly Hébert Gregory) arrives on the scene. The Vice Principals cast also includes Georgia King, Sheaun McKinney, Edi Patterson, Ashley Spillers, Susan Park, Busy Phillips, Jennifer Gatti, Dale Dickey, Christopher Thornton, and Maya G. Love.
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If the core ensemble wasn’t impressive enough, THR also goes on to reveal that Small Town Crime has attracted quite the supporting cast too, enlisting the likes of Clifton Collins Jr., Michael Vartan, Daniel Sunjata, Don Harvey, James Lafferty, Jeremy Ratchford, Caity Lotz and Dale Dickey.
John Hawkes will be serving as the narrative crux, though, stepping into the well-worn shoes of “an alcoholic ex-cop who finds the body of a young woman and, through an act of self-redemption, becomes hell-bent »
- Michael Briers
Famous Monsters. Welcome, Dale! Please, sit for a spell and tell us a little bit about the new film you are in, Regression, and the role you play.
Dale Dickey. At its core, Regression is a suspense thriller set in rural Minnesota dealing with a young girl’s cry of rape by her Father, leading a detective (Ethan Hawke), along with a psychoanalyst and a priest, to uncover the possibility of a satanic cult. Stemming from the mass ‘cult’ hysteria in the 1980s, it questions the use of regression therapy in helping to unravel the mystery. I play Rose Gray, mother of the accused, and grandmother of the victim Angela (Emma Watson). Dealing with poverty and alcoholism and an already vulnerable mental state, she is faced with »
Alejandro Amenábar's (The Others, The Sea Inside) latest psychological thriller Regression arrived on May 10 on Blu-ray and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Dimension Films, and Digital HD and On Demand from Starz Digital. If you have not already picked up a copy we have a Blu-ray to give to one lucky TwitchFilm reader. Regression stars Ethan Hawke (Boyhood, Training Day, The Purge), Emma Watson (Harry Potter, Perks of Being a Wallflower), David Thewlis (Harry Potter, Anomalisa), Dale Dickey ("True Blood") and Devon Bostick ("The 100", Diary of a Wimpy Kid). Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection...
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"A story about the collision of the Old and New West." CBS Films has debuted a trailer for the drama Hell or High Water, the latest film from David Mackenzie (who last made one of my favorites - Starred Up). Hell or High Water is premiering at the Cannes Film Festival this week, and will be out in Us theaters in just a few months. Ben Foster and Chris Pine star as two brothers who come together to rob a bank, but end up on the run being chased by Jeff Bridges as a relentless Texas Ranger. This definitely has the vibe of a western with some contemporary sensibilities. The full cast includes Katy Mixon, Kevin Rankin, Dale Dickey, Gil Birmingham, Marin Ireland and Melanie Papalia. This looks like solid - give it a watch. Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for David Mackenzie's Hell or High Water, in high »
- Alex Billington
At your wit’s end and you have nowhere else to go, what do you do? Obviously, you become a thief and a robber, and eventually become so good at that that now other con-men start coming to you for help and you start robbing them.
Much easier said than done, at least what the cast of Poor Boy can agree with. First time director Robert Scott Wildes shows off his directing chops in Poor Boy, a film that follows two brothers as they continue a series of robberies in order to survive – until one day they come across a woman who threatens their home and livelihood. Faced with trouble with the law and with other con-men, the two brothers resort to making the greatest heist of all as they try to get away scot-free.
- Catherina Gioino
“Poor Boy” has a strung-out, sunburnt feverishness that makes it seem, at any moment, poised to tip into outright insanity. The effect is intentional, though that doesn’t mean it’s a good thing, as Robert Scott Wildes’ directorial debut is the sort of out-of-control whatsit that spins about like a decapitated chicken in its spastic death throes. This unhinged tale of two wayward brothers trying to subsist in the desert will undoubtedly attract its fair share of gonzo-cinema fans, but only in the long run, as its chances for theatrical success are about as high as its moron protagonists’ combined IQs.
Wildes’ film opens with a long tracking shot toward, around and behind sad rodeo clown Blayde (Michael Shannon) as he makes his way to center ring. Following that non-sequitur of an intro, “Poor Boy” dives headfirst into its madness proper, which concerns long-bearded, trucker-hat-adorned Romeo (Lou Taylor Pucci »
- Nick Schager
Robert Scott Wildes’ debut feature film Poor Boy has its world premiere next week at the Tribeca Film Festival in the Viewpoints section. Lou Taylor Pucci, Dov Tiefenbach, Michael Shannon, Dale Dickey, Pat Healy, Amy Ferguson, Amanda Crew and Justin Chatwin star in the pic, which is being described as a darkly nuanced, adrenaline-filled caper set in a modern western landscape. The exclusive first look gives off a vibe of a kind of over-anxious optimism in the desert as… »
"For those who don't know me, my name is John. And I'm a real success story..." Icon Films Australia has debuted the first official trailer for Blood Father, a film by Jean-François Richet (Assault on Precinct 13 remake, Mesrine Part 1 & Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1), starring Mel Gibson as an ex-con badass who gets into some gritty action trying to save his daughter, played by Erin Moriarty. This kind of has the toss-up mix of being part Taken, part John Wick in a way, plus all Mel Gibson, reset in the deep South with a No Country tinge - and it actually looks pretty damn good. The cast says it includes William H. Macy, Thomas Mann, Elisabeth Röhm, Diego Luna & Dale Dickey. This is definitely worth taking a look at. Here's the first trailer for Jean-François Richet's Blood Father, from Icon Australia's YouTube (via Tfs): After her drug »
- Alex Billington
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