18 items from 2017
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
The Lego Batman Movie won the weekend as expected, but not with nearly as much money as I had predicted, not besting the opening of The Lego Movie as expected, but instead ending up with a reasonable and not so bad $53 million. Fifty Shades Darker proved that the audience for movies based on the popular books was still great enough for it to win Friday with $21 million (to Lego Batman’s $15 million) and end up second for the weekend with a strong $46.6 million. That was still almost $40 million less than the opening of the previous movie Fifty Shades of Grey, but the sequel also didn’t have the benefits of Valentine’s Day and a four-day holiday. Coming in »
- Edward Douglas
No one is safe in the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Chris von Hoffmann’s upcoming “Drifter.” Seriously, no one. In von Hoffmann’s first feature film, two brothers find themselves crossing paths with a family of psychotic cannibals when they get stuck in a desolate town at the end of the world. Relatable.
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In our exclusive clip, things are appropriately mysterious and terrifying as Vijah (Monique Rosario) is forced by the head cannibal in charge, Latos (Anthony Ficco), to tie Miles (Aria Emory) down to a couch and then watch, terrified, as his brother is thrown in the middle of what looks to be a large dirt circle made of garbage. They’re both bruised and bloodied, and von Hoffmann doesn’t make it easy on the audience by cutting away, but »
- Allison Picurro
The last time we checked in with Thor, the hammer-wielding hero helpfully answered the question on everyone’s mind: While we know the rest of his Avengers team was battling it out in “Captain America: Civil War,” what was the Asgardian God of thunder up to? In a short released last summer called “While You Were Fighting: A Thor Mockumentary,” directed by Taika Waititi, who is also at the helm of the upcoming “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor invited the world into his new home in Australia where he lives with his long-suffering roommate Darryl. He dubbed them Team Thor, and thus a new iconic Marvel duo was born.
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- Allison Picurro
Even a master swordsman isn’t safe when it comes to Derek Yee’s wild wuxia adventure, appropriately titled “Sword Master.” In the new martial arts extravaganza, a once-powerful swordsman turns his back on his own violent nature and formidable talents to live a quiet and humble life away from the world. It’s the kind of great and understandable pursuit that is, of course, totally thrown for a loop by outside forces.
Per the film’s official synopsis, “A powerful swordsman is haunted by the destructive impact his deadly talents have on others. Weary of the bloodshed and violence from the martial arts world, he banishes himself to the humble life of a vagrant, wandering the fringes of society. But his violent past refuses to let him go quietly. »
- Kate Erbland
“Ghost of New Orleans,” written by Gerald Dipego and Justin Dipego, offers up a New Orleans-set thriller with a supernatural twist. Directed by Predrag Antonijevic (“Savior”), the film stars Josh Lucas, Terrence Howard, Lake Bell, Sharon Leal and Cary Elwes.
As the film’s official synopsis states, the film follows “a disgraced detective (Josh Lucas) [who] has a supernatural encounter which leads him to investigate the murder of a beautiful cellist (Lake Bell) that unlocks the truth behind her mysterious death.” Creepy.
In our exclusive clip, witness the mysterious allure of Drag Hammerman (Howard) as he playfully woos Molly (Deborah Ann Woll), a waitress at a bar with aspirations for greater things (perhaps even of the supernatural variety).
Check it out below. »
- Kerry Levielle
On the surface, Rafael Kapelinski’s feature debut “Butterfly Kisses” looks to fit neatly into a certain subset of angsty teen dramas set against the backdrop of London’s drab housing estates, but something far darker — and, admittedly, much more complicated — looms just below the surface of the filmmaker’s dramatic offering.
“Butterfly Kisses” premiered last week at the Berlinale and stars a young and up-and-coming British cast, including Theo Stevenson (“Humans”), Rosie Day (“Outlander”) and Thomas Turgoose (“This is England”). The film was shot entirely in black and white, and it appears to earn all the moodiness that such a style implies.
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Ostensibly concerned with a pack of teen friends goofing about around their council estate home, the film follows a trio of dudes — Kyle, Jarred and Jake — as they navigate such relatable themes as boredom, »
- Kate Erbland
Later this week, Predrag Antonijevic's Ghost of New Orleans will be released theatrically and on several other platforms like VOD and Digital HD. In it, two cops use an abandoned house as a stake-out location, only to be contacted by the ghost of a woman who was murdered there, urging them on to solve her crime as well. It sounds like an interesting premise, and with a castlist including Josh Lucas, Terrence Howard, Lake Bell and Cary Elwes you'd suspect it would have been a bit quicker to get to the screen, seeing as how its shoot had finished in 2010 already (and its world premiere was in 2011). Ah well, producers run into problems sometimes, and judging by some Very angry on-line comments, these...
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Blasting the Morgan for saying that Trump’s executive order wasn’t a Muslim ban, Jefferies told the British journalist to “f*ck off.”
“This is what you do, Piers. You say, ‘He hasn’t done this, he hasn’t done that, he’s not going to do all these things,’” the comedian said. “Give him a f*cking chance, mate. Hitler didn’t kill the Jews on the first day, he worked up to it, mate.”
- Liz Calvario
Exclusive: Finnish-Danish-Croatian co-pro is currently shooting in Croatia and Denmark.
Ambi Distribution has acquired worldwide sales rights (Scandinavia, Iceland and former Yugoslavia) to thriller The Guardian Angel, now shooting.
Writer-director Arto Halonen [pictured] is currently filming the Finnish-Danish-Croatian co-production on location in Croatia and Denmark.
The English-language film is based on the true story of Copenhagen’s Hypnosis Murders of 1951; a police investigation discovers that one man used manipulation and hypnosis to turn another man into a robber and a murderer.
“The story holds great interest for us today, not only as proof of the external power of controlling the human mind but also as it focuses on the visible and invisible manipulations acting upon us and affecting us as human beings,” said Halonen. “Focused on a single, fascinating case of an actual hypnosis crime, [link »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
Predrag Antonijevic's supernatural tinged crime thriller Ghost of New Orleans is finally finding its way into cinemas and on VOD and Digital next Friday, February 17th. Finally, Andrew? Somehow this production evaded release for six years and has sat languishing on the shelves since its world premiere back in 2011. There are stories of production companies skipping town after running out of money. And when you skip town after you have run out of money in Detroit we imagine there are few places worse than Detroit to do that in. And what is Ghost of New Orleans about? A disgraced detective (Josh Lucas) has a supernatural encounter which leads him to investigate the murder of a beautiful cellist (Lake Bell) that...
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Ahead of its release later this month, a poster and trailer have arrived online for the supernatural thriller Ghosts of New Orleans which stars Josh Lucas, Terrence Howard, Lake Bell, Deborah Ann Woll, Bokeem Woodbine, Noah Bean, Cary Elwes and Joseph J. Tomaska; check them out here…
“In post-Katrina New Orleans a disgraced detective (Josh Lucas) has a supernatural encounter which leads him to investigate the murder of a beautiful cellist (Lake Bell) that unlocks the truth behind her mysterious death.”
Ghosts of New Orleans is set for release on February 17th. »
- Amie Cranswick
You can usually smell a troubled production coming from a mile away, and in the case of “Ghost Of New Orleans” (formerly known as “Little Murder“) that stench is pretty powerful. It was shot all the way back in 2010, and at the time, the folks behind the movie were already being accused of stiffing people on their bills. Now, seven years later, it’s coming to theatres via Sp Distribution (who?) in association with financial company Tax Credit Finance LLC, which I can only surmise was involved in the movie, and wound up owning part of it along the way.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Well, we’ve made it to another month, which means we have a bunch of new VOD releases to look forward to throughout February. If you are looking to escape the winter doldrums while keeping safe and snug on your couches, you have plenty of horror and sci-fi titles arriving digitally in the coming weeks to keep you busy and out of the brutal winter chill.
February’s VOD offerings kick off with Katee Sackhoff in Don’t Knock Twice from IFC Midnight, and for those of you with Dish services, the psychological thriller Lavender makes its bow on that platform beginning February 3rd. The Oscar-nominated Nocturnal Animals arrives on Digital HD on February 7th, the very same day that Stake Land II gets released courtesy of Dark Sky Films.
- Heather Wixson
In Christina Applegate's latest film, Youth in Oregon, she plays the adult daughter of a man who plans a road trip to Oregon to make use of the state's Death with Dignity Act, a decision that causes his family's past and future to unravel as everyone's own secrets begin to spill out. In real life, though, the 45-year-old actress' day-to-day sounds increasingly normal.
"Not much to report over here. Making kid breakfast, working out, now going to go pick her up and take her to ballet," Applegate rattled off on a recent Monday during a phone call with Et. "You know, the uzh. My uzh." In addition to her new movie (in select theaters and available On Demand on Feb. 3), the wide-ranging conversation also covered Bad Moms, the recent Women's March and the fact that it has been 30 years since she first donned one of Kelly Bundy's mini-dresses on Married... with Children.
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"This is so much more pleasant than traveling with a stranger..." Samuel Goldwyn Films has released an official trailer for the film Youth in Oregon, an indie drama about a son-in-law who takes on the task of driving his nearly-80-year-old father-in-law across the country to Oregon to be euthanized at his request. Frank Langella stars as the old timer curmudgeon who just wants to wrap up his life, and Billy Crudup co-stars as his son-in-law who drives him across the country and attempts to change his mind. The full cast includes Christina Applegate, Josh Lucas, Mary Kay Place, Nicola Peltz & Rebecca Blumhagen. I'm always impressed by Frank Langella, he's an excellent actor, and it's nice to see him in interesting roles like this. If fellow critic David Ehrlich says it's a highlight of Langella's career, maybe this is worth seeing. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Joel David Moore's Youth in Oregon, »
- Alex Billington
The pitch “Frank Langella road trips with son-in-law Billy Crudup to get legally euthanized in Oregon” doesn’t exactly conjure up images of hilarity, but director Joel David Moore seems to have found a way to inject humor into the foundation of his latest feature, Youth in Oregon. Off a script from first-time writer Andrew Eisen, Youth in Oregon looks to straddle that line of comedy and drama that birthed the phrase dramedy.
Coupled with a slew of festival banners, the first trailer demonstrates that tonal balancing act attempted by Moore, one which will either pay off with an emotional but ultimately rousing experience, or a thematically inconsistent experience. See the trailer below, along with a synopsis and poster, for the film that also stars Christina Applegate, Josh Lucas, and Mary Kay Place.
When 79-year-old curmudgeon Raymond (Frank Langella) makes arrangements to be euthanized in Oregon, his family refuses to accept his decision. »
- Mike Mazzanti
With just three weeks to go until its Us release, a poster and trailer have arrived online for the upcoming comedy drama Youth in Oregon. Directed by Joel David Moore, the film stars Frank Langella, Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate, Mary Kay Place, and Josh Lucas; take a look below…
When 82-year-old curmudgeon Raymond Ingersol tells his family that he has made arrangements to be euthanized in Oregon, his daughter Kate is determined to stop him. But when another family emergency arises, Kate’s husband Brian finds himself with the unlucky task of driving his father-in-law from New York to Oregon And convincing the crotchety old man that he doesn’t want to die. The problem: Brian hates Raymond. And with Raymond’s wino wife Estelle tagging along for the journey, it’s just in-laws and the open road for the next 3000 miles.
Youth in Oregon is set for release on February 3rd in the States. »
- Amie Cranswick
Frank Langella’s latest film, “Youth in Oregon,” premiered last year at the Tribeca Film Festival. Now, the family dramedy is headed to theaters after it was acquired by Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films.
The touching story, directed by Joel David Moore, follows the actor as Raymond Engersol, an 80-year-old who makes arrangements to be euthanized in Oregon, a decision his family refuses to accept. When another emergency arises, Raymond’s daughter Kate (Christina Applegate) turns to her husband Brian (Billy Crudup), asking him to drive her father across the country to the Beaver State. Along the way, his loved ones try to help him rediscover a reason for living.
While the movie received mixed reviews, IndieWire’s David Ehrlich mentioned in his critique that »
- Liz Calvario
18 items from 2017
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