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The film, written and directed by Rafael Palacio Illingworth, has been kept under wraps with a 20-day, Los Angeles-based shoot wrapping June 26. It also stars Adam Goldberg, Analeigh Tipton, Scott Haze, Lesley Ann Warren, Peter Bogdanovich, Betsy Brandt (“Breaking Bad”), John Ross Bowie (“The Big Bang Theory”), Jon Heder and Alison Sudol (“Transparent”).
Producers are Eleonore Meier of Nora Films and Madeline Samit and Bert Hamelinck of Caviar. Executive producers are Caviar’s Michael Sagol, Benito Mueller and Wolfgang Mueller of Barry Films, Michel Merkt and Allen Norin.
Thirlby and Feldman play a couple confronted by the fear that settling down and getting married means their carefree days as city-dwelling young adults coming to an abrupt and depressing end. Both are tempted by the »
- Dave McNary
This exasperating film, winner of Sundance's screenplay and Alfred P. Sloan prizes, tells the real-life story of Dr. Zimbardo's 1971 simulated prison study involving 18 male undergrads, randomly assigned the role of prisoner or guard, who are stripped of their humanity (among other things) by each other—and by their sadistic, psychologist puppeteer. The cast boasts many a dreamy indie "it" boy, including Ezra Miller (in a ferocious but all too brief turn), Keir Gilchrist, Jack Kilmer, Michael Angarano, James Wolk, Tye Sheridan and fresh-faced Sundance breakout Logan Miller. Billy Crudup astutely leads the ensemble as Philip Zimbardo, whose ill-conceived faux prison breaks them down and throws them into degrading, uncomfortable and sometimes erotic scenarios. Olivia Thirlby co-stars as Zimbardo's skeptical fiancee. Read More: 2015 Sundance Film Festival Awards The film is a grueling experience but it works thanks to licks of black humor and Ezra Miller's »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Read More: How I Shot That: Dp Jas Shelton on Capturing the Claustrophobia of 'The Stanford Prison Experiment' From director Kyle Patrick Alvarez ("C.O.G."), "The Stanford Prison Experiment" promises to reenact the horrifying 1971 project that put innocent students behind bars and their untrained peers in control of them as guards. Led by Dr. Philip Zimbardo, the infamous psychology experiment had unintentionally detrimental results as the students embodied their roles as guards and became increasingly violent. The film, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, appears to be just as chilling and intense as the experiment itself. The unsettling trailer -- filled with all of the scary signs that made the science that justified the project seem dubious at best -- is sure to make you quite uneasy. The ensemble includes Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Thirlby and Michael Angarano. "The Stanford Prison Experiment »
- Meredith Mattlin
Back in August of 1971 on Stanford University’s campus, 18 young men were selected for a psychological experiment simulating the effects of a prison environment on both prisoners and guards. The results were famously shocking and controversial, and the study became a case study of psychology courses everywhere.
For years a version of this story has been trying to get off the ground, and director Kyle Patrick Alvarez (C.O.G.) finally made it happen this year at Sundance. The Stanford Prison Experiment is a scarily accurate recreation of the events, with even the film’s set built to a near perfect model of the actual dimensions the “prisoners” were held in. Lane Scarberry said in her Sundance review that the film is, “a claustrophobic tale of ego and wits under duress that retains suspense not in the outcome but in its execution.” Here’s the full synopsis:
What happens when a college psych study goes shockingly wrong? »
- Brian Welk
Way back in 2006, Christopher McQuarrie was announced as the writer and director of The Stanford Prison Experiment. Nine years later the film is finally complete, but in rather different form than originally planned. McQuarrie is now listed only among the producers, with the screenplay credit going to Tim Talbott (South Park, Medium), and Kyle Patrick Alvarez (C.O.G.) in the director's chair. Ezra Miller, Thomas Mann, Billy Crudup and Olivia Thirlby head up the cast, and here's a trailer.The film, of course, is based on the infamous human behaviour study conducted in the early 1970s. The experiment saw a group of Us college students taking on the roles of prisoners and guards to study the effects of incarceration. Within a day, the “guards” resorted to psychological torture and humiliation and the “prisoners” began to riot.It’s been a cultural touchstone for years – and several films based on the subject »
A college psychology experiment takes a terrifying turn in the violent new trailer for The Stanford Prison Experiment.
The film, set in 1971, is based on the controversial experiment carried out at Stanford University by psychologist Philip Zimbardo.
The incident saw a group of college students cast as inmates and guards and placed in a replica jail - with some disturbing results, as some of the 'guards' began to take their roles too seriously.
The new clip certainly gives some clear hints about the shocking turn the experiment took. As Zimbardo (Billy Crudup) looks on, 'guards' begin to deliver beatings to traumatised 'prisoners', one of whom begs to be released.
“I had no idea it would turn out this way,” an ominous voice says over the trailer for upcoming drama “The Stanford Prison Experiment.”
Set in 1971, the film dramatizes Stanford University’s controversial psychological experiment that cast college students as prison guards and inmates pitted against each other in a mock jail. Billy Crudup stars as psychologist Philip Zimbardo, whose book “The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil” inspired the film.
“The Stanford Prison Experiment” bows in theaters and VOD July 24.
- Marianne Zumberge
It remains arguably the most notorious psychological experiment ever conducted by students and to this day sends chills down the spine of many a shrink. In 1971, Stanford University conducted an experiment in which student volunteers were put into a simulated jail where some of the students were made to be prisoners and others were made to be guards as an attempt to study human nature and reaction to authority.
What they failed to anticipate was that the human element went out the window in just days as the personalities of those involved quickly changed to their new roles, the guards becoming sadistic abusers and the prisoners meek and submissive victims.
Now a new indie film has been made which documents the famed incident with Crudup starring as psychologist Philip Zimbardo who was behind the experiment. Olivia Thirlby, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Jesse Carere, Keir Gilchrist and Thomas Mann also star. »
- Garth Franklin
“Nobody likes guards.” And these guys seem to get a little too deeply into their role playing in director Kyle Patrick Alvarez's drama based on Stanford professor Philip Zimbardo's infamous social experiment using college kids as prison guards and inmates. The movie that IFC Films acquired out of Sundance took the festival’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for Tim Talbott’s script plus the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize. It stars Billy Crudup, Olivia Thirlby, Ezra… »
The Stanford Prison Experiment Trailer. Kyle Patrick Alvarez‘s The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) movie trailer stars Olivia Thirlby, Ezra Miller, Jesse Carere, Billy Crudup, and Thomas Mann. The Stanford Prison Experiment‘s plot synopsis: “It is the summer of 1971. Dr. Philip Zimbardo launches a study on the psychology of imprisonment. Twenty-four male undergraduates are randomly assigned to be either a guard or a prisoner. Set in a simulated jail, the project unfolds. The participants rapidly embody their roles—the guards become power-hungry and sadistic, while the prisoners, subject to degradation, strategize as underdogs. It soon becomes clear that, as Zimbardo and team monitor the escalation of action through surveillance cameras, they are not fully aware of how they, too, have become part of the experiment.”
This film looks great. If you have seen The Experiment (based upon the real-life experiment), you know exactly what you are going to get with this film. »
- Rollo Tomasi
The first trailer has arrived online for the upcoming psychological thriller The Stanford Prison Experiment, which stars Billy Crudup as Dr. Philip Zimbardo, a Standford University professor who launched an experiment in 1971 to study 24 male students playing the roles of prisoners and wardens in a mock prison. Check it out here…
The Stanford Prison Experiment is set for release July 17th in the States and features a cast that also includes Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Olivia Thirlby, Johnny Simmons, Thomas Mann and Tye Sheridan.
- Gary Collinson
"Under no circumstances whatsoever are you to physically assault the prisoners in any way." IFC Films has debuted the trailer for The Stanford Prison Experiment, an adaptation of the seminal psychological experiment conducted in the early 70s. The movie tries to replicate and tell the full story without holding back. The impressive ensemble cast includes: Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Thomas Mann, Keir Gilchrist, Johnny Simmons & Olivia Thirlby. All of them give great performances, which is what makes this such a great film to watch. It truly is so unsettling and disturbing at times you forget you're watching a movie, and just hope everyone makes it out okay. Give this trailer a look. Here's the trailer for Kyle Patrick Alvarez's The Stanford Prison Experiment, found on YouTube: Twenty-four male students out of seventy-five were selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in »
- Alex Billington
The story is true, and even decades later, the story remains shocking and unbelievable. In 1971, Dr. Philip Zimbardo assigned twenty-four male undergraduates to be either a guard or a prisoner, set up a prison simulation, and then sat back to watch the results unfold. But he never realized what he was unleashing. Soon the "guards" began giving in to their worst impulses to maintain control, the prisoners were treated brutally, and things soon spiralled out of control. This is the story. "The Stanford Prison Experiment," directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, brings together the ensemble of Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Thirlby, Michael Anganaro, Logan Miller, Thomas Mann, Keir Gilchrist, Johnny Simmons, Moises Arias, Jack Kilmer, Chris Sheffield, Ki Hong Lee, and James Frecheville, to tell the tale and it's a movie you won't want to miss. We named it one of The Best Films Of The 2015 Sundance Film »
- Kevin Jagernauth
IFC Films has unveiled the trailer for "The Stanford Prison Experiment" psychological thriller, starring Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Tye Sheridan, Michael Angarano and Thomas Mann. Check it out below. Plot: What happens when a college psych study goes shockingly wrong? Based on the notorious true story, The Stanford Prison Experiment stars Crudup as Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who, in 1971, cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behavior in the prison system. The results astonished the world, as participants went from middle-class undergrads to drunk-with-power sadists and submissive victims in just a few days. The new movie will hit select theaters on July 17th and then be released on VOD on July 24th. Trailer: »
The pursuit of knowledge in the name of science often uncovers the unexpectedly dark side of human beings, though occasionally the experimenters are every bit as guilty as the subjects. The Milgram Experiments, Henrietta Lacks, The Stanford Prison Experiment. Each of these experiments exhibit instances of human nature gone wrong, on both sides of the statistical table, but the latter has been adapted into a tense thriller by screenwriter Tim Talbott and director Kyle Patrick Alvarez. Starring Billy Crudup as Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo, The Stanford Prison Experiment follows participants of a simulated jail in which some student volunteers are appointed as guards and the others as prisoners. What starts as a simple bit of role-playing soon devolves into a contentious divide between power-hungry enforcers and submissive prisoners. This first look is both powerful and horrifyingly fascinating in part because of the performance of the cast but also »
- Dave Trumbore
Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis returns with his weekly look at what’s on offer in the world of Blu-ray…
In this week’s Us edition we get tied up with Fifty Shades of Grey, twitch our mustache’s with Johnny Depp as Mortdecai, go computer hacking with Thor in Blackhat and see Julianne Moore Finally win an Oscar for Still Alice…
Fifty Shades of Grey: Unrated Edition
With over $550million grossed worldwide, audience (mainly female) flocked to see the film adaptation of the best-selling novel by author El James this Valentines Day, so expect mega numbers from the Blu-ray sales as well as Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan get even steamier in this unseen edition of Fifty Shades of Grey. Expect it to be one of the year’s biggest sellers.
See Also: Read our review of Fifty Shades of Grey
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- Scott J. Davis
Sneak Peek a red band trailer from first time director Courtney Cox' new comedy feature "Just Before I Go", starring Garret Dillahunt, Sean William Scott, Kate Walsh, Olivia Thirlby and Rob Riggle, available on DVD and Blu-ray, May 12, 2015 from Anchor Bay Entertainment:
"...'Ted Morgan' (Scott) has been treading water for most of his life. After his wife leaves him, Ted realizes he has nothing left to live for. Summoning the courage for one last act, Ted decides to go home and face the people he feels are responsible for creating the shell of a person he has become.
"But life is tricky. The more determined Ted is to confront his demons, to get closure, and to withdraw from his family, the more Ted is yanked into the chaos of their lives. So, when Ted Morgan decides to kill himself, he finds a reason to live..."
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- Michael Stevens
The story follows a man who goes on a cross-country trip to Oregon with his father-in-law (Langella), who has given up on life.
He spends the trip trying to convince his father-in-law not to commit euthanasia when they arrive in the state.
The May 1 release of Avengers: Age of Ultron marks the "official" start of the 2015 Summer Movie Season and with that in mind, it's only appropriate to offer up a look forward at what's ahead over the next four months. What is ahead over the next four monthsc Well, a lot of movies that cost a lot of money with a few smaller features mixed in for good measure, and as much as some of us may lament the fact studios have become so franchise focused, it's hard not to admit a desire to see some of these bigger features. As a means of whittling down the flock of films arriving over the next several months I've chosen to take a look at my 20 most anticipated, which does mean there are bound to be some titles I probably ought to mention, but didn't make the list for a variety of reasons. »
- Brad Brevet
The end can’t come soon enough in “Just Before I Go,” a dismal, tonally disastrous small-town farce in which one man’s death wish becomes the occasion for a feature-length group therapy session. Aiming for a seriocomic examination of mid-life regrets and missed opportunities, Courtney Cox’s directing debut falls back on fat jokes, erection sight gags and other vulgar asides to offset a succession of teachable moments involving homosexuality, bullying, depression, abandonment and Down syndrome. Despite a much better cast than the material warrants, this Anchor Bay release (opening almost a year after its premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival) is already on its way to a watery grave.
At the age of 41, divorced pet-store owner Ted Morgan (Seann William Scott) has decided to kill himself, but not before returning to his hometown and settling accounts with every jerk who ever crossed his path — like his antagonistic seventh-grade »
- Justin Chang
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