7 items from 2016
A new “Independence Day: Resurgence” trailer” debuted during the Super Bowl, and what an American trailer it is, playing the National Anthem in the backdrop.
The previous trailer for the sequel bowed in December. The new look features plenty of action, showing soldiers lining up to save the earth.
Jeff Goldblum also appears in the new clip, as he did in the last trailer. It’s set 20 years after the original, which finds mankind not only recovering from the last alien attack, but using their technology for their own defenses.
Roland Emmerich is returning to direct, with Goldblum coming back to star. Also starring are Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Jessie Usher, Joey King, Charlotte Gainsbourg and William Fichtner. Will Smith, who starred in the original, will not be returning for the sequel.
- Alex Stedman
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Truth," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here.] "This movie has no dragons or robots or sex," Dan Rather proudly stated about the upcoming drama "Truth," "but my hope is that it will broaden a new conversation. I want it to spark up a new, broader discussion about the importance of the free, independent and necessary press as part of the red beating heart of democracy and freedom." Read More: 'Truth' Director James Vanderbilt on Why Cate Blanchett Was the Key to His Searing Debut Joining moderator Alec Baldwin at the Hamptons International Film Festival over the weekend, the famed reporter wasted no time in confessing his mistakes to the packed theater. "Truth," »
- Zack Sharf
If there ever were a single event that established the internet as a counter to a highly biased press, it was Dan Rather’s blatant attempt in 2004 to fix an election using phony documentation. It’s been well documented that 60 Minutes Producer Mary Mapes and Rather wanted a “gotcha” story so they ignored journalistic standards to produce one. And they might have gotten away with it (and in an earlier day they would have), except we had entered the Internet age where almost anyone at home could check the facts and documents. That’s what happened and the story quickly fell apart. They got caught lying and fabricating evidence and were drummed out of the mainstream media. That would make an interesting movie rather than Truth, an attempt to make cheaters look like they were doing something noble.
Yet some critics liked the film. Cate Marquis here at We Are »
- Tom Stockman
In naming Spotlight one of the best ensembles of 2016, we said, “Tom McCarthy’s procedural moves with the precision of a fine timepiece. Rarely does one find a film where all is tune, from the pacing, writing, direction and acting. Highlighting the heroic work of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team, the group is headed by Robby Robinson (Michael Keaton) who risks life long friendships to get the story right. His team includes Mike Rezendes (played by a compulsive Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) and Matt Caroll (Brian d’Arcy James). Encouraged by a Boston outsider, editor Marty Baron (Live Schreiber), the team undertakes a long-term investigation of abuses in the Catholic Church. In the mix are the lawyers on both sides, played by Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup. Rightfully overshadowing that other journalism docudrama, James Vanderbilt’s incompetent Truth, the difference here amongst many things is perhaps access: »
- Jordan Raup
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
If the meditative stylings of Russian auteur Andrei Tarkovsky were applied to the martial arts genre, the end result would likely resemble Hou Hsiao-hsien’s rapturous tone poem The Assassin. As much concerned with the essence of nature as it is the essence of humanity, this endlessly beautiful film is equal parts enigmatic storytelling as it is purely enthralling cinema. Though »
- TFS Staff
Netflix is betting subscribers want to watch some more science fiction drama. The streaming video-on-demand provider has picked up ten episodes of the sci-fi series Altered Carbon.
Netflix’s Altered Carbon series is based on Richard Morgan’s titular 2002 cyberpunk sci-fi novel, which won the Philip K. Dick Award for best novel in 2003. Set in the 25th century, the book and upcoming Netflix show introduce audiences to a world where human personalities are digitized and can transfer from one body to the next or be saved as backups. The protagonist, a former elite warrior named Takeshi Kovacs, inhabits the body of a San Francisco-based policeman to investigate the possible murder of a man named Laurens Bancroft, whose backup was destroyed in what others believe was an attempted suicide.
- Bree Brouwer
Glasgow Film Festival (Gff) has announced its full programme for its upcoming 12th edition, running Feb 17-28.
This year’s festival will host 60 UK premieres, 59 Scottish premieres, four European premieres and three world premieres among its line-up of 174 films. As previously announced, it will be bookended by the UK premieres of Hail, Caesar! and Anomalisa.
Richard Gere will attend Glasgow for the UK premiere of his new film Time Out Of Mind, while other guests include Ben Wheatley for the Scottish premiere of High-Rise, Game Of Thrones star Natalie Dormer for the UK premiere of The Forest, Joachim Trier for the UK premiere of Louder Than Bombs, veteran director Peter Greenaway and stuntman Vic Armstrong.
“The festival keeps moving forward, with new developments like our Industry Focus conference, whilst also maintaining our roots as an audience-focused festival where everyone can come »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
7 items from 2016
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