8 items from 2015
True life dramas are sometimes inherently less thrilling because you might already know the outcome. In the case of The Stanford Prison Experiment, the film is as riveting as the actual study was, and perhaps even more so. Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez and his amazing ensemble cast do real justice to the actual event and in turn put forward a captivating look at human nature. Unsettling, even upsetting at times, it’s a challenging movie, but one that’s about as good as any so far in 2015. It’s a small flick, but one that really demands to be seen. It opens this weekend and truly is a must see. The Stanford Prison Experiment is a slightly dramatized look at the historic study of the same name by Dr. Phillip Zimbardo (played by Billy Crudup). The professor selected 24 male students out of 75 applicants and had them take on completely randomly »
- Joey Magidson
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
It's been developing for a while, with Pierce Brosnan attached to star for some months. But I.T. is finally gathering some momentum and filling in the rest of its cast, and the latest to come aboard is Anna Friel. She'll play Brosnan's wife in the techno-revenge thriller from Max Payne / A Good Day To Die Hard director John Moore.The film, which originated with producer David T. Friendly and at one point had Dan Kay on script duty and Stefano Sollima set to direct, sees Brosnan as a self-made businessman in the private plane-leasing trade, who somehow manages to annoy a young, disgruntled I.T. consultant. Naturally, because his nemesis is tech savvy, he decides to threaten Brosnan’s life, family and income. By the sound of it, he's the computer nerd From Hell...James Frecheville (The Drop) is the antagonist, and Stefanie Scott, as previously reported, is playing Brosnan's daughter, »
Exclusive: Anna Friel will play Pierce Brosnan’s wife and James Frecheville is his nemesis in I.T., a revenge techno-thriller from director John Moore. Brosnan plays Mike Ryan, a self-made businessman whose company is on the verge of changing the aircraft-leasing business when his relationship with a young tech consultant (Frecheville) sours. The dude begins stalking Mike’s daughter (Stefanie Scott) and using technology to threaten his family, his business and his life… »
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 distributor has acquired Us rights to Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s recent Sundance premiere and plans a 2015 theatrical release.
The story centres on the real-life research of Dr Zimbardo’s infamous 1971 psychological tests in which 18 male undergraduates were assigned the role of guards and prisoners.
Abandon Features produced with Sandbar Pictures’ Lizzie Friedman and Greg Little, Coup d’État Films’ Brent Emery and Lauren Bratman. Brian Geraghty is the executive producer. Abandon Features, Sandbar Pictures and Vineyard Point Productions financed.
Arianna Bocco brokered the deal with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the film-makers. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Laurie Weltz’s recently completed drama tells of a rebellious girl who takes a troubled young man on a road trip to find her missing younger sister.
Reder & Feig Llp represents Us rights to Scout.
Michael Fister’s Angel Grace launched in 2013. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Buyers will be out in full force this week in Park City but with so many options to choose from, it helps to have a cheat sheet to prioritize the must-see acquisition titles at Sundance. After talking to buyers and sellers alike, here are the 10 most promising titles with the loudest buzz heading into this year’s festival.
The Bronze (WME)
What’s the Deal?: The highlight of Sundance’s opening night lineup is this raunchy comedy from director Bryan Buckley featuring co-writer Melissa Rauch in what could prove to be a star-making performance. The “Big Bang Theory” actress plays a washed-up Olympic gymnast whose local celebrity is threatened by the arrival of a promising young gymnast seeking a mentor. Sundance describes the foul-mouthed protagonist as “a lovably loathsome character who makes Tonya Harding look like Grace Kelly,” so perhaps this will be the next “Bad Words?”
First Screening: Thursday, Jan. 22, 9:30 p.m. – Eccles
What’s the Deal?: Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt play East L.A. parents on the verge of a nervous breakdown as they juggle marital and parenting duties. Things get weird when she enjoys a night on the town with her girls and he takes the opportunity to invite his buddies over for smoking, drinking and carousing. Joe Swanberg’s latest may be his most commercial film yet, and it certainly features his most high-profile cast. Between Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Chris Messina, Jenny Slate, Melanie Lynskey, Timothy Simons, Ron Livington, comedian Mike Birbiglia and veterans Sam Elliott and Judith Light, there’s someone for everyone.
First Screening: Monday, Jan. 26, 9:45 p.m. – Eccles »
- Jeff Sneider
8 items from 2015
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