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Sins of the Flesh Abound in U.S. Trailer for ‘A Woman’s Life’

7 hours ago

Following a fall festival premiere at Venice, a U.S. trailer has arrived for A Woman’s Life (Une Vie), the latest drama from Stéphane Brizé (The Measure of a Man), which Kino Lorber will release this May. Shot in the aesthetically-pleasing 4:3 aspect ratio (where are my Ida fans at?!), cinematographer Antoine Héberlé‘s intimate portraits are on full display amidst a delicate and ominous trailer that hints at the film’s crueler side.

We said in our review from Venice, “This is the kind of thing Lars Von Trier usual does very well. Take a complex, apparently fragile, and slightly naïve female lead; put her through the ringer; and let the audience mull over whether she’s a character who is inherently weak or strong. You sense Brizé is attempting something similar but his Jeanne is a blank canvas; a brick wall; a vaguely soggy piece of tarpaulin, »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Watch: Jonah Hill-Directed Music Video for Danny Brown’s “Ain’t It Funny”

8 hours ago

After working with Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, the Coens, Bennett Miller, Judd Apatow, Duplass brothers, David O. Russell, and more, Jonah Hill will soon take us to the Mid ’90s with his directorial debut, but first he’s testing out his skills in capturing the time period with a new music video. For his latest project, he’s helmed a new music video for Danny Brown‘s Ain’t It Funny.

In bringing to life one of the best tracks off his album “Atrocity Exhibition,” Hill uses a 90s-esque sitcom aesthetic to explore much darker problems lurking under the surface. An element perhaps most appealing to readers of this site, director Gus Van Sant — last seen on screen in The Canyons — makes an appearance as “Dad.” Check out the full video below and get ready for Hill’s debut, likely arriving next year.

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- Jordan Raup

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Al Gore Fights to Save the World in Trailer for ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’

8 hours ago

It turns out winning an Oscar and becoming one of the highest-grossing documentaries of all-time does not alone solve climate change issues. Therefore, this summer brings a sequel that, like many other films released in the season, will find our protagonist fighting to save the planet from destruction. However, with An Inconvenient Sequel, the stakes are much higher. Al Gore‘s follow-up to his 2006 hit documentary, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, will land in July and now the first trailer has arrived.

We said in our review from the Sundance Film Festival premiere earlier this year, “There have been a slew of climate-focused docs in recent years, so much so that Sundance now has a specific category devoted to the subject. And as much as there has been progress, it’s difficult to see these days. Gore, in responding to the election of Donald Trump, cites his religion, »

- Jordan Raup

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Romance Turns to Terror for Teresa Palmer in U.S. Trailer for ‘Berlin Syndrome’

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After an initial first look, a U.S. trailer has landed for the intensely harrowing thriller Berlin Syndrome, which has now also found a release date in the states. The film follows an Australian journalist (Teresa Palmer) whose romantic getaway in the titular city is turned to a nightmare when her newfound lover keeps her hostage.

Directed by Cate Shortland, we said in our review from Sundance, “While the recent 10 Cloverfield Lane and Room told stories of captivity with various hooks — science-fiction and the process of healing, respectively — Cate Shortland’s approach in her latest, harrowing drama Berlin Syndrome makes room for more nuance and depth. Locked in a Berlin apartment, there is little hope for our protagonist for nearly the entire runtime. And while some of the story’s turns can feel overtly manipulative, Shortland finds a bracing humanity in depicting the perverse situation of Stockholm syndrome.”

See the trailer below, »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Netflix Picks Up ‘The Raid’ Director Gareth Evans’ ‘Apostle’ as Cast Expands

11 hours ago

With his hard-hitting Raid films making him a formidable name in the action cinema world, Welsh director Gareth Evans‘ next film Apostle has found a distributor and expanded its cast. As we previously reported, The Guest star Dan Stevens is set to lead the film, which follows a man trying to rescue his sister from a religious cult who has her kidnapped on an island.

Now, Deadline reports that Michael Sheen, Bill Millner, Kristine FrosethLucy Boynton, have all joined Stevens. It could be assumed Sheen is a member of the cult, as he’s been to known to play a wonderfully devilish villain, but nothing has been confirmed on that front.

Production is set to begin in April, with Netflix set to distribute, presumably sometime next year. Hopefully Netflix chooses to release the film theatrically in addition to its streaming platform, as Evans’ scale and scope are usually a »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Return to the World of ‘Mulholland Dr.’ in Trailer for David Lynch-Approved Restoration

13 hours ago

You can’t go wrong with The Criterion Collection’s edition of David Lynch‘s Mulholland Dr., but if you want to see a newly restored edition, you’ll have to head the U.K. this spring. Ahead of Twin Peaks arriving in May, Studiocanal will be re-releasing the 21st century’s greatest film (at least according to critics) in theaters and they’ve debuted a new trailer.

This new preview is a perfectly dreamy, unsettling look at Lynch’s masterful creation, highlighting some of the film’s most iconic elements as the tone transitions from one of hope to utter darkness. We imagine this new restoration will eventually hit the in the U.S., but in the meantime, check out the trailer and poster below and explore how the film manipulated our expectations here.

Beautiful, bizarre and strangely addictive, the film begins as a botched hit which results in »

- Leonard Pearce

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Michael Mann’s Definitive Edition of ‘Heat’ Will Hit Blu-ray in May

14 hours ago

Earlier this year, Michael Mann surprised us all when the Blu-ray release of Ali featured a new cut. Usually one to tinker with his films past the point of a release — as another recent example, a new version of Blackhat exists, but was only ever screened once — when the “Director’s Definitive Edition” of Heat was announced for Blu-ray, we wondered if Mann spent more time in the editing room.

Now that the release has been officially detailed, it looks like, if anything, only small edits were done as 20th Century Fox lists a runtime of “approximately 170 minutes,” the same as the previous Blu-ray release. Set to arrive this May, the new special features include a 35-minute Tiff talk by Mann from 2015 and last fall’s one-hour reunion Q&A moderated by Christopher Nolan (which one can see clips from here), where this new remastered 4K edition premiered. So, it »

- Leonard Pearce

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Miles Teller to Lead Nicolas Winding Refn’s Crime Drama ‘Too Old to Die Young’

15 hours ago

Like many directors before him as of late, Nicolas Winding Refn is heading to the small screen for his next project. Before he shoots his crazy-sounding Yakuza actioner The Avenging Silence, the Drive helmer is returning to Los Angeles for a new crime series drama titled Too Old to Die Young. Reteaming with Amazon, who distributed his Elle Fanning-led The Neon Demon last summer, Winding Refn is co-writing the project with executive producer Ed Brubaker and plans to direct all ten episodes. And now he’s found his star.

Ahead of a shoot this fall, Deadline reports that Miles Teller will lead the film, taking the role of Martin, a police officer who gets entrenched in this crime underbelly full of assassins. Teller, who broke out in Rabbit Hole, has since gone on to have memorable roles in The Spectacular Now and Whiplash, but this project signals a promising new arena for the actor. »

- Leonard Pearce

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Silence,’ ‘Blow-Up,’ ’20th Century Women,’ and More

17 hours ago

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

20th Century Women (Mike Mills)

That emotional profundity most directors try to build to across an entire film? Mike Mills achieves it in every scene of 20th Century Women. There’s such a debilitating warmness to both the vibrant aesthetic and construction of its dynamic characters as Mills quickly soothes one into his story that you’re all the more caught off-guard as the flurry of emotional wallops are presented. Without ever hitting a tonal misstep, Mills’ latest »

- The Film Stage

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Natalie Portman to Lead ‘Bronco Belle,’ from ‘The Fits ‘ Director Anna Rose Holmer

17 hours ago

We recently saw a new James Blake music video starring (a very pregnant) Natalie Portman and directed by The Fits helmer Anna Rose Holmer. A striking, but all too brief collaboration, we expressed hope that the two would re-team for a feature film, and just a week later, plans are already underway for a new project that Holmer would direct.

According to Deadline, the Black Swan Oscar winner is attached to star in Bronco Belle, which would find her playing Raylene Jackson, a burgeoning bull rider described as a “vulnerable and determined American woman with a chip on her shoulder.” Back when Emily Blunt was attached, writer Khurram Longi described the formation of the project to Screen Daily:

“We were driving down from New York and ended up in Texas where by chance we stumbled across the world of rodeo. I had never been to one before. We started to »

- Jordan Raup

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First Trailer for ‘A Ghost Story’ Introduces the Year’s Best Film So Far

20 hours ago

It wasn’t his directorial debut, but Ain’t Them Bodies Saints proved to be a major break-out for director David Lowery and he returned with Pete’s Dragon, one of the best studio films of last year. Now he’s back less than a year later, re-teaming with Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck with A Ghost Story, an small-budget, but immensely ambitious film that begins as a portrait of grief and transitions to something else entirely. Picked up by A24 before it even premiered at Sundance, they’ve now debuted the first fittingly ethereal trailer ahead of a summer release.

I said in my review, “The premise is a simple one. A man only credited as C (Casey Affleck) dies after a head-on car accident in front of his house, leaving behind his wife, M (Rooney Mara). After examining his corpse at the hospital, she leaves the room, and, »

- Jordan Raup

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Paul Greengrass to Direct Chicago-Set Crime Drama ‘Ness’

20 hours ago

While legendary lawman Eliot Ness has already been a central figure in De Palma’s Untouchables, Bourne helmer Paul Greengrass is planning to take his own stab at the man responsible for cleanin’ up crime in Chicago, including the takedown of infamous mob boss Al Capone.

Deadline reports that the Captain Phillips director is in negotiations to direct Ness, which is penned by Oscar-winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential), who is adapting the story from the graphic novel Torso by Marc Andreyko and Brian Michael Bendis. Aiming to begin production this fall, Paramount Pictures is hoping this film kicks off a franchise for the studio.

With Greengrass’ unique approach to action, along with the source material coming from a graphic novel, Ness should be a strong divergence from the stylistic and narrative trappings of De Palma’s renowned picture. Not to mention, De Palma’s film is now 30 years old, »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin Head to Europe in Trailer for Eleanor Coppola’s ‘Paris Can Wait’

20 hours ago

The Beguiled won’t be the only film we’ll be getting from the Coppola family this summer. A new trailer has arrived for Paris Can Wait, the narrative directorial debut of Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis Ford Coppola and mother of Sofia Coppola. The film, which premiered at Tiff last year, follows Anne (Diane Lane) who, at a crossroads in her life, finds herself on the winding roads of life between Cannes and Paris. Along the way, romance, fun, and good food cause Anne to realize that life can be quite delicious.

We said in our review, “After exploring the insanity and depression that went into her husband making Apocalypse Now with Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, here Coppola seems to revel in playing it light, while also making what is seemingly a very personal film. She ends up being the perfect fit for Lane and Viard’s onscreen playfulness, »

- Mike Mazzanti

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James Gray Reveals Harvey Weinstein’s Proposed Crowd-Pleasing Ending for ‘The Immigrant’

27 March 2017 12:39 PM, PDT

James Gray‘s The Lost City of Z arrives in the United States in a few weeks and it’s certainly a 180-degree turn — in terms of a distributor that clearly cares about the film they are handling — when compared to his last drama, The Immigrant. After premiering at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, The Weinstein Company shelved the Joaquin Phoenix- and Marion Cotillard-led film until a small release a year later. Gray is never one to shy away from expressing his genuine opinion, and now that The Immigrant is behind him and he’s on the press circuit again, he’s much more open about what happened.

“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair,” he tells The Telegraph, when asked about Harvey Weinstein. “I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant »

- Jordan Raup

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Barry Jenkins to Write and Direct Underground Railroad Drama for Amazon Studios

27 March 2017 10:19 AM, PDT

After his directorial break-through Moonlight picked up three Oscars, including Best Picture, and became the highest-grossing film in A24’s library so far, Barry Jenkins is now looking for his next project — and it won’t be on the big screen. It’s been known since last fall that Jenkins would be involved with an adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s best-selling book, The Underground Railroad, and now the project is moving forward.

Amazon Studios has announced today that Jenkins will write and direct the limited series, although an episode count hasn’t been revealed. “Going back to The Intuitionist, Colson’s writing has always defied convention, and The Underground Railroad is no different,” Jenkins said (via Variety). “It’s a groundbreaking work that pays respect to our nation’s history while using the form to explore it in a thoughtful and original way. Preserving the sweep and grandeur of a story like this requires bold, »

- Jordan Raup

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Trailer for ‘The Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds’ Explores the Creation of a Landmark Album

27 March 2017 9:43 AM, PDT

After getting an impressive biopic with Love & Mercy a few years ago, Brian Wilson is back in a new documentary on the formation of The Beach Boys‘ classic album “Pet Sounds.” Aptly named The Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds, the film goes behind-the-scenes with interviews from the album’s creators, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston, as well as former member David Mark.

Ahead of a premiere on Showtime next month, the first trailer has now arrived. While it looks to take the conventional form of a talking heads documentary, the promise of rare footage and outtakes makes it a essential watch for fans of the band. Check out the preview below.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of ‘Pet Sounds,’ Brian Wilson and surviving members of The Beach Boys (Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks) revisit the writing and recording of the »

- The Film Stage

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The Film Stage Show Ep. 233 – Song to Song

27 March 2017 8:27 AM, PDT

Welcome, one and all, to the newest episode of The Film Stage Show! This week, I am joined by Michael Snydel and Nick Newman to discuss Terrence Malick‘s Austin-set, music-centered drama Song to Song, starring Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, and Natalie Portman.

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- Brian Roan

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Trailer for Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Restored 1987 Drama ‘Daughter of the Nile’

27 March 2017 8:17 AM, PDT

He’s one of the most praised directors of international cinema, but Hou Hsiao-hsien‘s films haven’t always received a substantial (or even negligible) release here in the United States. With his last film, the quiet epic The Assassin — which he picked up Best Director at Cannes for — getting a proper roll-out here, we hope it provokes distributors to seek out the rest of his catalogue for restoration and release treatment.

While there’s no word if it will arrive in the U.S. yet, one of his earlier films will in fact be getting a new release in the United Kingdom. Daughter of the Nile, his 1987 film which follows a young woman who struggles to support her family in Taipei, will arrive on Blu-ray in the U.K. this summer and a new trailer has now arrived. Showcasing the beautiful restoration, check it out below.

Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao-hsien (The Assassin, »

- Jordan Raup

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Passion Ensues in Trailer for Romantic Drama ‘Below Her Mouth’

27 March 2017 6:50 AM, PDT

A steamy trailer has arrived for Below Her Mouth, the latest drama from actor-turned-director April Mullen. Penned by Stephanie Fabrizi, the film follows Jasmine (Natalie Krill), a successful fashion editor who has a stable relationship until she meets Dallas (Erika Linder) at a club. Though she rejects Dallas’ dogged confidence, she cannot seem to shake the surprise she has been struck by. Soon, she gives in to her baser instincts and the two set off on an affair that causes questions to arise in both their lives.

Judging from this trailer, Below Her Mouth looks to be intimately shot, with striking lighting and lush mise en scéne. The fact that only women wrote and directed the film assures that its focus on female pleasure is rid of the male gaze, a welcome change from the fetishization of lesbianism that is often depicted in Hollywood. Ahead of a release next month, »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Wyatt Russell and Alex Karpovsky Go on Tour in Trailer for ‘Folk Hero & Funny Guy’

27 March 2017 6:25 AM, PDT

After impressing in 22 Jump Street and Everybody Wants Some!!, Wyatt Russell has teamed with Girls star Alex Karpovsky for a new indie comedy. Folk Hero & Funny Guy, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival last fall, follows the two characters as they head out on a a comedy/music tour. Ahead of a release this summer, the first trailer has now arrived.

We said in our review, “It may read maudlin here, but Grace and his team thoroughly sell it. And despite a somewhat foregone conclusion, Folk Hero & Funny Guy rises above cliché thanks to a sure-handed, thought-out script, and memorable performances.”

Check out the trailer below for the Jeff Grace-directed film also starring Meredith Hagner, Melanie Lynskey, Hannah Simone, Michael Ian Black, Heather Morris, and David Cross.

Recently dumped by his fiancée and with a stagnating standup routine, aspiring comedian-slash-copywriter Paul (Alex Karpovsky) is stuck. The manager of the »

- Jordan Raup

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