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Organizers for the South by Southwest film festival have officially rolled out the initial lineup for SXSW 2016, boasting 137 features and no less than 89 world premieres across 12 sections.
Those include the star-studded Headliners, Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition and Midnighters among many others, and today’s comprehensive breakdown gives budding attendees the opportunity to pinpoint exactly which films deserve a place on their radar.
Among those premieres include Jean-Marc Vallee’s domestic drama Demolition, while Jeff Nichols’ starry sci-fi Midnight Special continues to draw our attention – with a cast that includes Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver and Jaeden Lieberher, can you really blame us? Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some, meanwhile, opens the festival on March 11, where it will run through until March 19.
For the full comprehensive breakdown, check out the official site for SXSW 2016. For now, we’ve included the rundown for Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition and Headliners. »
- Michael Briers
The nine-day festival will screen 137 films, including 52 films from first-time filmmakers, 89 world premieres, 14 North American premieres and seven U.S. premieres. These films were selected from 2,455 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,467 U.S. and 990 international feature-length films from a total of 7,235 submissions.
Notable world premieres include Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice,” starring Keegan-Michael Key; Ti West’s “In a Valley of Violence,” starring Ethan Hawke and Taissa Farmiga; “The Master Cleanse,” starring Johnny Galecki and Anna Friel; Sophie Goodhart’s “My Blind Brother,” starring Adam Scott and Nick Kroll; “Shovel Buddies,” starring Bella Thorne; “The Trust,” starring Nicolas Cage and »
- Dave McNary
John Krasinski‘s “The Hollars” has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics ahead of its Sundance premiere Friday night, the studio announced in a statement to TheWrap. “13 Hours” star Krasinski leads a cast that includes Margo Martindale, Richard Jenkins, Sharlto Copley, Anna Kendrick, Charlie Day, Josh Groban, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Randall Park. “The Hollars” follows John Hollar (Krasinski), a struggling NYC artist who is forced to navigate the small middle-American town he left behind when news of his mother’s illness brings him back home. Also Read: Michael Bay's Benghazi Movie '13 Hours' Unveils First Trailer (Video) After »
- Debbie Emery
“The Hollars” is directed by Krasinski from a script by from Jim Strouse. Producers are Krasinski, Tom Rice, Allyson Seeger and Ben Nearn. Executive producers are Michael London, Janice Williams, Mike Sablone and Strouse.
The cast includes Krasinski, Margo Martindale, Richard Jenkins, Sharlto Copley, Anna Kendrick, Charlie Day, Josh Groban, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Randall Park. Krasinski plays a struggling New York City artist who is forced to navigate the small middle-American town he left behind when news of his mother’s illness brings him home. When he returns, he’s immediately swept up in the problems of his dysfunctional family, high school rival and an over-eager ex-girlfriend as he faces impending fatherhood with his girlfriend in New York. »
- Dave McNary
Sony Pictures Classics has picked up all U.S. and Asian rights to John Krasinski’s comedy-drama The Hollars. The second feature directed by the actor, best known for playing Jim Halpert in The Office, debuts tonight at the Sundance Film Festival. In The Hollars, written by Jim Strouse, Krasinski plays a graphic novelist who returns home when his mother, played by Margo Martindale, is diagnosed with a brain tumor. The cast also includes Richard Jenkins, Sharlto Copley, Anna Kendrick, Charlie Day, Josh Groban, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Randall Park. Krasinski also produced the film along with Tom Rice, Allyson Seeger and Ben Nearn.
- Gregg Kilday
Less a remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1950s epic and more a reinterpretation of the seminal novel by Georges Arnaud, word of Wheatley’s new feature film comes by way of Empire, who spoke to the acclaimed director about his vision for The Wages of Fear.
Situated in the Cradle of Life, Wheatley revealed that he’s building the movie around a female-centric cast. In Arnaud’s original, the story centered on a group of resilient European men who, upon being hired by an American conglomerate, drive two trucks loaded with nitroglycerine cross-country in order to put out a fire – one that’s wreaking havoc on a precious Mexican oil well.
How exactly Wheatley plans to rework The Wages of Fear is still up for question, »
- Michael Briers
The premise is worryingly familiar. A handsome young man named John Hollar (John Krasinski), currently in a rut, is told by his pregnant girlfriend Becca (Anna Kendrick) that he has to go home because his mother Sally (Margo Martindale) is in the hospital.
Once home, we meet John’s brother Ron (Sharlto Copley, over-the-top but charmingly so) and weepy father Don (Richard Jenkins). Jason (Charlie Day), the nurse treating his mother, happens to be the man who married John’s high school girlfriend Gwen (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Oh, and Don’s heat & oil business is on the verge of bankruptcy.
Written and directed by Krasinski (his second feature following Brief Interviews With Hideous Men), the convenient plot and archetypal characters work well enough thanks to strong performances and an earnest script from James C. Strouse, who wrote and directed the lovable People, Places, Things from last year.
Casting himself in the lead role, »
- Dan Mecca
Hospital-room singalongs to the Indigo Girls, yellow cab rides from Manhattan to the Midwest, careers in canine couture — all inexplicable in any context but that of the Sundance family dramedy, where such eccentricities aren’t just expected but positively mandatory. A blandly diverting exercise in quirk-by-numbers, John Krasinki’s “The Hollars” peppily charts the further unraveling of an already dysfunctional clan when its guiding matriarch is faced with a life-threatening brain tumor. Yet while its brand of laughter-through-the-tears humanism is utterly familiar, that’s not to say it bears even a glancing resemblance to real life: The emotional responses elicited here go about as deep as the “awwws” and “ahhhs” of a live studio audience at a network sitcom taping. Still, sitcoms have their place, and so does “The Hollars”; with its comfy cast of pros playing amiably to type, it should amble easily enough down ancillary avenues.
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- Guy Lodge
Read More: Watch: Nsfw 'Hardcore' Trailer is an Insane Pov Experience After causing quite a stir at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, the very unique action flick "Hardcore" will now be heading to theaters, courtesy of its distributor Stx, with a new name: "Hardcore Henry." Told entirely from a first-person Pov and shot exclusively with a GoPro camera, "Hardcore Henry" throws the viewer inside the perspective of a man just raised from the dead by a woman claiming to be his wife. Suddenly, she is kidnapped by the warlord of an army of mercenaries. The viewer then follows Henry as he runs through the streets of Moscow in order to rescue her, all while trying figure out who he is and why he is in Moscow in the first place. Sharlto Copley co-stars as a mysterious man named Jimmy, who may or may not be trying to help along the way. »
- Mike Lown
Stx Entertainment will release Ilya Naishuller’s “Hardcore Henry” in the U.S. on April 8 following the action movie’s well-received debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, it was announced Wednesday by Kevin Grayson, president of domestic distribution for Stx. Previously titled “Hardcore,” the film stars Sharlto Copley, Haley Bennett and an ensemble of Russian actors. Naishuller wrote and directed the movie, which he also produced with Timur Bekmambetov, Inga Vainshtein Smith and Ekaterina Kononenko. Shot completely from its hero’s perspective, “Hardcore Henry” follows a man who has just been resurrected by his wife and remembers nothing, including his own name. »
- Jeff Sneider
Hardcore Henry, one of the most unflinchingly original wild rides to hit the big screen in a long time, will be released by Stx Entertainment in the United States on April 8, 2016, it was announced today by Kevin Grayson, president of domestic distribution for the Stx Entertainment Motion Picture Group. Stx acquired the highly sought and acclaimed action thriller at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. The film was previously titled Hardcore.
“Hardcore Henry is one of the most original, adrenaline-filled moviegoing experiences to be presented in theaters in a long, long time. This film puts moviegoers into the story and experience in a fun and visceral new way with a first-person perspective that we really have not experienced before. Ilya Naishuller has delivered spectacular action and visual effects that you really need to see on a big screen. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Stx Entertainment will release its retitled Toronto pick-up produced by Timur Bekmambetov in the Us on April 8.
Ilya Naishuller wrote and directed the first-person thriller about a man who wakes up with no memory and must find out who is trying to kill him. He also produced with Inga Vainshtein Smith and Ekaterina Kononenko.
The Look Of Silence won three awards at the ninth annual Cinema Eye Honors in New York on Wednesday, taking prizes for outstanding non-fiction feature, outstanding direction for Joshua Oppenheimer and outstanding production for Signe Byrge Sørensen. Click here for the complete list.Marc Shiller’s distribution and marketing company Bond/360 has appointed Elizabeth Sheldon COO as it seeks to grow its production and publishing businesses. Sheldon most recently served as svp of Kino Lorber. »
Director: Ben Wheatley
British director Ben Wheatley returns with his sixth feature, Free Fire, after amassing a wildly popular following thanks to is offbeat genre sensibilities with films like Kill List (2011) and Sightseers (2012). After the psychedelic A Field in England (2013) and his wildly underrated riff on Nicolas Roeg/Ken Russell territory with an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise (2015), Wheatley seems to be headed into even more idiosyncratic territory. We’re thrilled to see him already in post-production on another, a 1970s Boston set thriller about a gang war and a fight for survival within the confines of an abandoned warehouse. Wheatley collaborates once more with Amy Jump on the screenplay, their fifth feature together, while amassing a group of rising young stars in the cast.
Production Co./Producers: Andrew Starke, »
- Nicholas Bell
Cheer on local talent with these potentially great UK films from 2016, including drama, comedy, action, horror, fantasy & more…
While Batman Vs Superman, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men Apocalypse and other mega franchises are expected to dominate cinemas in 2016, let’s hear it for the films below. None are sequels, few have titanic budgets, all of them are British and each of them has the potential to be great.
2016 looks to be a particularly strong year for UK crime drama, with Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, Adam Smith’s Trespass Against Us and Michael Apted’s Unlocked on their way. Military thrillers are also well represented this year, with Gavin Hood’s Eye In The Sky, Fernando Coimbra’s Sand Castle, and Simon West’s Stratton incoming. There’s also comedy, fantasy, drama, horror and even a musical waiting for you below.
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14 items from 2016
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