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Chicago - Now playing at Chicago’s Music Box Theater and on Directv VOD, “Slow West,” is a tight genre journey pic that invigorates the western while confirming that its territory remains open, despite the many who have passed through.
It’s a progressive western; recognizable for Fassbender’s Clint Eastwood impression, but offering something new with its ideas of gender and violence. Not for nothing, it also features “The Place Beyond the Pines” actor Ben Mendelsohn in a coat that will change the way you look at fashion.
The story follows a young man (Kodi Smit-McPhee), as he ventures across 19th century America in search of a woman (Caren Pistorius) that he loves. He receives some help from independent traveler Silas (Fassbender), while encountering unpredictable forces of nature (played by Mendelsohn) and brutal inhumanity.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
A 16-year-old boy and a world-weary man make their way through a dense forest on horseback. "That's just a shame," the boy says to his older counterpart as the two discover a felled tree, a man crushed beneath it, the hand of his rotted corpse still clenching the axe he used to chop it down. "Is itc" the man asks, chortling. The boy responds with a smirk, "No, no it isn't." His once-naive mind, now all but tainted by his companion's cynicism. The scene described above is one you might find in a Coen brothers film, or perhaps a Quentin Tarantino joint -- though devoid of the popular music Tarantino would use to contrast the 1870s American frontier backdrop. Yet here it is smack dab in the middle of Slow West, the feature directorial debut of John Maclean, and while the film is clearly inspired by Maclean's predecessors both classic and contemporary, »
- Jordan Benesh
Director Bryan Singer continues to score points with his behind-the-scenes photos from "X-Men Apocalypse," which is now filming for a May 2016 release. He recently shared James McAvoy's transformation into bald Professor Charles Xavier, and he just posted this casual hangout shot with returning stars Nicholas Hoult (Beast) and Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique):
Back with the #thekidsinthehall #jenniferlawrence #mystique #nicholashoult #beast #Xmen #XMenApocalypse
A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on May 21, 2015 at 11:52am Pdt
As fans, we're pumped to see any images from the movie set. And as never-say-die shippers, we're loving any photos with exes JLaw and Nicholas. (Get back together!) (#Sorrynotsorry!)
In case you want more new "Apocalypse" photos -- and in case you can shed light on what this might mean -- Singer also shared this image last week:
The past catches up. #Xmen #XMenApocalypse
A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on May 13, 2015 at »
- Gina Carbone
Bryan Singer has taken to Instagram to reveal that Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult are now on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse, and the photo below...tells us nothing! There are obviously a lot if questions about the characters in the movie that we have though, including whether or not Beast will remain in that form for the entire thing this time around or will again be able to control it. As well as returning cast members Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, and Ian McKellen, X-Men: Apocalypse will also introduce Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Lana Condor, Oscar Isaac, Ben Hardy, Olivia Munn, and a number of others. The movie is set to be released on May 27th, 2016. Are you more excited to see Beast or Mystique? Back with the #thekidsinthehall #jenniferlawrence #mystique #nicholashoult #beast #Xmen #XMenApocalypse A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on May »
Lionsgate Home Entertainment and A24 have announced the official details for the critcally-acclaimed western Slow West, starring Michael Fassbender (Shame), Kodi Smit-McPhee (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Ben Mendelsohn (Lost River), which is set for release in the USA on July 7th.
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In search of his fugitive girlfriend and her father, 16-year-old Jay (Smit-McPhee) heads west across the 19th-century American wilderness. Along the way, Jay meets Silas (Fassbender), a mysterious traveler who protects him from the savage and lawless elements. But is Silas really watching out for Jay…or is he tied to the band of desperados tracking them? Every step west brings Jay closer to the truth-leading to an epic, bullet-laced showdown in this quintessential Western.
Special Features will include:
–“On Strange Land: Making Slow West” featurette
- Scott J. Davis
Exclusive: Crime-drama, James Ellroy novel, TV series on slate of new La-based production outfit.
Producer Vincent Sieber (The Hive), former Archery Pictures development executive Kitty Kaletsky and editor John-Michael Powell (Obselidia) have launched La-based production outfit Midnight Road Entertainment.
First up for the joint-partners is The Killing Kind, an original drama written and to be directed by Powell, which is scheduled to shoot in Louisiana this summer.
Set in a sleepy southern town, casting is underway on the dark drama that follows a man trying to avoid a life of crime but whose morals are put to the test when a member of a rival family guns down his fiancée.
Kaletsky, a development »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Want to see some great new photos from the sets of Captain America: Civil War and Suicide Squad? Which X-Men mutant did Kodi Smit-McPhee almost play? How much has Avengers: Age of Ultron made so far at the box office? Want to see an amazing new collectible from Batman Returns? Is there an update on the TNT […]
- Germain Lussier
After working together on two short films, Man on a Motorcycle and Pitch Black Heist, John Maclean wrote a role for Michael Fassbender in his first feature, Slow West. Kodi Smit-McPhee leads as Jay Cavendish, a young man from Scotland who travels to Colorado to find the woman he loves. Trouble is, the American frontier is a bit more dangerous than Jay expected and that’s where Fassbender’s character steps in. He plays Silas, the mysterious stranger paid to protect Jay as he makes his way through the Wild West. With Slow West hitting VOD and select theaters on May 15th, I got the chance to sit down with Fassbender to discuss how the film came to be. He recalls meeting Maclean and how their short films lead to Maclean’s first feature, reveals a little trick he learned about surviving on the American frontier and also addresses the »
- Perri Nemiroff
Even those that lived in the more unforgiving 19th century were apparently hopeless romantics. In writer/director John Maclean’s evocative fairy tale Western-adventure starring Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee, the heart leads and the head follows further behind. And in the trail of dead that mark the hard journey to reunion, unlikely families form. In the cruel and merciless landscapes of the Western frontier, a young man has traveled great distances for love. Jay Cavendish (Smit-McPhee) has made a grand pilgrimage from Scotland across America in pursuit of his lost love, Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius). Having fled the country to America with her father, John (Rory McCann, the Hound from “Game Of Thrones”), the two are wanted for a tragedy that’s more accident than crime. Read More: Watch A New International Trailer And Clip For 'Slow West' With Michael Fassbender And Ben Mendelsohn Life is cheap »
- Rodrigo Perez
Ahead of its release next month, a UK poster and trailer have arrived online for Slow West, the upcoming Western drama starring Michael Fassbender and his X-Men: Apocalypse co-star Kodi Smit-McPhee; check them out here…
Slow West follows the story of 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Smit-McPhee) as he journeys across the American frontier at the end of the 19th century, in search of the woman he loves. Along the way he is joined by Silas (Fassbender), a mysterious traveller with his own agenda, and is hotly pursued by an outlaw named Payne (Ben Mendelsohn).
- Gary Collinson
As production continues on X-Men: Apocalypse, Bryan Singer has posted a mysterious new image from the mutant superhero sequel, which shows a young girl flanked by military-type figures armed with bows and arrows, complete with the caption “the past catches up”. What’s going on? Your guess is as good as mine…
X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 19th, 2016 in the UK and May 27th, 2016 in the States, with Bryan Singer directing a cast that includes X-Men veterans James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert) and Lucas Till (Havok) along with newcomers Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Apocalypse, Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan (Mud) as Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp (House of Anubis) as Storm, Kodi Smit-McPhee »
- Gary Collinson
Director Bryan Singer is never one to shy away from social media during the production of his movies, since he frequently sends out photos from the set. With shooting currently under way on the filmmaker's latest project, X-Men: Apocalypse, the director has sent out yet another photo today, although this one is much more mysterious than previous reveals. None of the actors in this photo are readily identifiable, but they are all dressed in military attire, with many of them brandishing wooden bows and arrows. It's possible that these men are all trying to track down Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and by using these archaic weapons with no metal, there is no way the villain will be able to manipulate these devices. Or perhaps, they are from the past. Also, what's with the young boy in their presence? Is this Apocalypse, and is he being used for forces of evil?
I'm not sure about you guys, but I have absolutely no clue what's going on here. The fact that Bryan Singer would post it along with that caption indicates that it has some sort of link to a previous movie or character's past though, so it looks like we're going to have to wait and see how it factors into X-Men: Apocalypse. That recent photo of a bald James McAvoy was easier to figure out! As well as returning cast members Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, and Ian McKellen, X-Men: Apocalypse will also introduce Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Lana Condor, Oscar Isaac, Ben Hardy, Olivia Munn, and a number of others. The movie is set to be released on May 27th, 2016. Do you have any theories on what this means? The past catches up. #Xmen #XMenApocalypse A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on May »
Newcomer John Maclean has written and directed the darkly comic Western.
Smit-McPhee is currently re-teaming with Fassbender to shoot director Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalpyse, which is out next year.
Slow West opens in wider release in the Us on Friday (May 15), and bows in the UK on June 26. »
Sometimes an actor and genre just seem right for each other. The Western, newly-resurgent on the big screen, and Michael Fassbender have that star-crossed feel. The new trailer for Slow West sees everyone’s favourite Irish/German acting talent in grizzled action in the badlands of late 19th century America.A classic Old West origin yarn, the story sees Kodi Smit-McPhee’s Jay Cavendish journey from Scotland to the new American frontier in the late 19th century to find the girl he loves, picking up mysterious "chaperone” Silas (Fassbender) along the way.On this evidence, Fassbender’s character looks a little too enigmatic to pin down to the genre’s tradition black hat/white hat categories. What’s his motivation for attaching himself to the young Scotsman? Can he prevent Ben Mendelsohn’s gnarled villain from inflicting mortal mischief on Rose? And what’s going on with his head in this new poster? »
Starring Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee (X-men Apocalypse), Slow West follows Scottish aristocrat Jay Cavendish (Smit-McPhee) as he journeys across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. Joined along the way by the inscrutable and mysterious frontiersman Silas (Fassbender) who has his own agenda, the unlikely duo soon find themselves hotly pursued by a number of unknown bounty hunters including an outlaw named Payne (Ben Mendlesohn).
Check out the latest poster artwork and UK trailer for Slow West below or read Thn’s review of the film from the Tribeca Film Festival.
It’s a western unlike anything you’ve seen before – it’s slick, sharply written, and violently entertaining – so make sure you go see »
- Sacha Hall
Exclusive: Cornerstone to sell comedy from ParaNorman director.
Smith-McPhee is in final negotiations to star in Croak, which would reunite him with his ParaNorman director. The young actor, seen opposite Michael Fassbender in Sundance title Slow West, was recently cast as Nightcrawler in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse.
Also cast is newcomer Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays).
Nicole Carmen-Davis, Rebekah Gilbertson and Philippa Campbell are producing the film, written by Lucy Moore, which centres on a world-weary 17-year-old Jenny (Cobham-Hervey) and mysterious, geeky Marcus (Smit-McPhee) - a young grim reaper living somewhere between the land of the living and oblivion.
Anderson is to play the character of the grim “Mistress” who keeps a watchful eye over »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Still Alice (Oscar-winning drama; Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart; rated PG-13) Every Secret Thing (thriller-mystery; Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane, Dakota Fanning; premieres 5/15 on cable Mod and in theaters; rated R) Slow West (Western thriller; Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee; premieres 5/15 on cable Mod and in theaters; rated R) Streaming/Digital Download: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20 (HD may cost...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
This stately, sparkling outlaws-on-the-range indie whatsit has a sturdy western story hook — a lovelorn teen schnook from Scotland (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and a rapacious bounty hunter (Michael Fassbender) team up to find the same woman for very different reasons. But its chief suspense is meta: Will the film, whose frontier beauty is touched with Dada, mosey all the way to its destination before it lists into straight-up comedy? Outside one outstanding sight gag in the climax, and one choice tall-tale flashback delivered by a rando at a campfire, director John Maclean mostly keeps Slow West poker-faced. Its central journey lives up to the title: Maclean finds time to savor rivers and starscapes and layers of light and mountainous land. The dialogue is f »
A look at any of the projects Ben Mendelsohn has hitting the screen these days would give you the impression that the man carries himself with menace. But upon meeting him, he lets you how happy he is to be meeting you. Energized over the release of his new comic Western “Slow West,” Mendelsohn transformed into a bona fide master of ceremonies at the onset of our meeting—the polar opposite of his character in the movie. A type of fairy-tale Western, “Slow West” follows a 16-year-old boy (Kodi Smit McPhee) on a journey across 19th Century frontier America in search of the woman he loves. Along his travels, he crosses paths with a mysterious gunman (Michael Fassbender) whose motivations are unclear. And trailing the two men, is an even more enigmatic bounty hunter figure named Payne (played by Mendelsohn wearing a fabulous fur coat), who may have deeper and darker connections to everyone involved. »
- Michael Arbeiter
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