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First Trailer for Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ Throws Us Into a Life-or-Death Game

9 hours ago

The basic desire to avoid that which does not interest us and more elemental need not to lose our minds means you will not see a good deal of Comic Con-related coverage around here, but: sometimes master filmmakers show up to hawk their latest project, and it’s almost as often that studios do nothing to honor the supposed exclusivity that hangs around the event.

Thus we have the trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, an adaptation of Ernie Cline’s hit nostalgia-trip Ya novel about a young video-game obsessive who gets launched into his favorite game on a treasure hunt — life-or-death stakes obviously included. Having been horrified by what I read of the book, I’m hoping, to some extent expecting, Spielberg will elevate, even subvert the material. Which means, of course, that I’ll just avoid the trailer and go in fresh.

Watch the preview below: »

- Nick Newman

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The Visceral Physicality of Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’

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In the hours since viewing Dunkirk – the newest film from surprisingly divisive blockbuster director Christopher Nolan – one sensory recollection has stuck out above all others. Every time that British spitfire pilot Farrier (Tom Hardy) accelerates or banks his plane, the soundtrack fills with the noise of metallic rattling, an uncomfortable chorus of knocks and pings that lets you know exactly how much stress and force are working on the riveted metal of the aircraft. It is enough to make the audience member grip his or her armrest and go tense, holding their breath lest their exhalation somehow force the machine apart. On the screen, the yolk trembles and the canopy trembles, and all the while that sound lets you know that these are not tricks of the eye. This is very much a device built by human hands, piloted by a man who depends on it to live, and who »

- Brian Roan

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Sensual, Haunting New Trailer for Eliza Hittman’s ‘Beach Rats’ Washes Ashore

21 July 2017 8:29 PM, PDT

After her excellent debut It Felt Like Love, one of our most-anticipated films at Sundance this year was Eliza Hittman’s follow-up titled Beach Rats. She delivered on expectations and the Sundance jury also agreed, awarding her Best Director in her U.S Dramatic Features category. Led by newcomer Harris Dickinson, it’s an invigorating, hyper-focused look at sexuality in the outskirts of Brooklyn. The new company Neon quickly picked it up and we have the full trailer today ahead of a late-summer release.

I said in my review, “Burgeoning sexuality is the basis for nearly all coming-of-age films, but with her specific eye, Eliza Hittman makes it feel like we’re watching this genre unfold for the first time. With only two features to her name, she’s captured the experience with a sensuality and intimacy nearly unprecedented in American independent filmmaking. Following 2013’s It Felt Like Love, the »

- Jordan Raup

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Rooney Mara Revisits a Dark Past in New Trailer for ‘Una’

21 July 2017 8:06 PM, PDT

If one thought Rooney Mara being haunted by a white sheet was a tough sell, one of her other dramas is having a tougher time getting to audiences. Una, starring Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, and Riz Ahmed, is a dramatic thriller about two people forced to revisit a passionate yet illicit relationship they had years ago.

Coming from Australian theater director Benedict Andrews, marking his debut, it was finally picked up the relatively unknown Swen and Eammon Films for a release here. While it was thought it would get a summer or fall release, there’s been no word. In the meantime, we have a new trailer and poster from Thunderbird Releasing, who will release it in the United Kingdom in just over a month.

We said in our review, “The debut feature from theater veteran Benedict Andrews, Una is an astonishing success. Anchored by two exhilarating performances from Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn, »

- Jordan Raup

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Fantasia Review: ‘The Honor Farm’ Possesses an Abundance of Style

21 July 2017 7:48 PM, PDT

If Karen Skloss’ feature narrative debut The Honor Farm possesses anything it’s an abundance of style. This is a gorgeously shot prom night turned mushroom trip romp of millennial excess caught in the throes of dream. We meet Lucy (Olivia Grace Applegate) walking through the woods in her dress — trees covered in toilet paper and forests of white light and ribbons manifesting a border between danger and safety. The evil (assumedly) arrives in the form of a person adorned by a stag’s head (the eyes blink); her salvation a boy with what we hope is love in his heart. It’s fantasy seeping into reality or perhaps just a series of quick visions devoid of truth beyond emotion rendered as experience. And as soon as it arrives it’s gone.

From disorienting, flickering beauty comes a dentist’s chair in stark contrast. Prom hasn’t happened yet as »

- Jared Mobarak

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The Trailblazing Innovation and Depth of Yvonne Rainer

21 July 2017 9:22 AM, PDT

Yvonne Rainer’s artistic output is a wellspring of innovation and singularity. In 1962, she co-founded the Judson Dance Theater and created new worlds with experimental, expressive movement that stripped dance of its spectacular nature in favor of creating a new language through the human body. But as daring as her choreography happened to be, she found the end result limiting at the time and looked for other outlets of expression. This is how Rainer came to filmmaking, and she took what she learned from dance to once again trail-blaze a path for her voice — this time in the landscape of art films in New York from the ’70s onward. To celebrate her work, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is offering a rare glimpse into the filmography of Rainer with a retrospective spanning her entire career, as well as influences, from July 21-27.

In the late ’60s, Rainer began infusing »

- The Film Stage

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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘La Chinoise,’ Yvonne Rainer, ‘Koyaanisqatsi’ Scored Live, ‘Saturday Night Fever’ & More

21 July 2017 6:33 AM, PDT

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Quad Cinema

Godard’s La Chinoise has been restored.

The Bava series continues, as do No Maps on My Taps and Zulawski’s That Most Important Thing: Love.

Metrograph

A to Z” continues with Altman and Suzuki, while the Alain Tanner retro winds down, “‘Scope in the ’60s” plays, and Mary Poppins screens.

Film Society »

- Nick Newman

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New to Streaming: ‘Colossal,’ ‘Stalker,’ ‘Suspiria,’ ‘Fallen Angels,’ and More

21 July 2017 5:48 AM, PDT

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson)

Kirsten Johnson brings us her memoirs by way of a videographic scrapbook. Bits and pieces of the numerous documentaries she’s shot in her years as a Dp have been woven together into a travelogue / ethnographic study / commentary on the nature of cinematic framing. What was an establishing shot in one doc becomes, here, a study of the vagaries of a camera operator’s job. Documentary »

- Jordan Raup

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First Look at Michael Shannon and Michael B. Jordan in Ramin Bahrani’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’

20 July 2017 8:31 PM, PDT

It was just a few months ago it was announced that Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon would be teaming in an HBO adaptation of Fahrenheit 451. Directed by Ramin Bahrani, who previously helmed Shannon in the underseen 99 Homes, the the first image has now arrived as filming gets underway.

Adapted from the 1953 Ray Bradbury novel, Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian saga about “firemen” who don’t put out fires, but rather start them by burning books, which are outlawed in the bleak but probably now not-too-distant version of America the characters inhabit. Jordan will play Guy Montag, a fireman who comes to lose faith in his profession once his eyes are opened to the outlawed printed word. Shannon is Captain Beatty, Montag’s mentor.

Bradbury’s novel was previously adapted as a 1966 film directed by François Truffaut, and served as the inspiration for countless other dystopian sci-fi titles, including the gun-fu extravaganza Equilibrium. »

- Jordan Raup

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Todd Haynes Goes Back in Time in First Trailer for ‘Wonderstruck’

20 July 2017 2:09 PM, PDT

Todd Haynes is back with Wonderstruck, an adaptation of the book by Brian Selznick. The film follows two children in different eras — 12-year-old Ben (Oakes Fegley), living in 1977, and Rose (Millicent Simmonds), a deaf girl living in 1927, with the later half of the film focusing on Rose presented as “a silent film in both a nod to movie history and an aesthetic designed to capture her perspective.”

Selznick, who also wrote the source material for Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, adapts his own book for Haynes’ film. Reviewing the film at Cannes for The Film Stage, Rory O’Connor wrote, “On show here is the same love for the craft of silent filmmaking as there is for that of diorama and the strange magic of provenance”, yet also added that “these methods fail to be harnessed with any great charm within the parameters of the film itself.”

“Although almost all my films have been period films, »

- Chris Evangelista

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Review: ‘Dunkirk’ Conjures Grand Imagery Undercut by Structural Ambition

20 July 2017 10:35 AM, PDT

Although being less-than-inclined to endure whatever tests will give me a solid answer that ensures my hearing isn’t damaged in any notable way, the thought continually crossed my mind during a 70mm IMAX presentation of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. Sample dialogue from my screening includes: “Hrmmmfrrrrshrrr”; “ay, laddie, why don’t ya errbrrrfiiii”; and “we’re appraaaaa ghhhhh.” I simply, sincerely could not tell you what Nolan, writer, thought wise to have his characters tell each other, but I certainly saw what Nolan, director, had in mind, and that’s good enough — if only that far. As marketing and related hullabaloo would suggest, it’s the visual specification that matters most; and per WB’s diligence and my good fortune of living in a properly equipped city, the thing has been viewed as intended. As shot on 65mm by Hoyte van Hoytema, here reuniting with his partner on Interstellar, »

- Nick Newman

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Steven Soderbergh Secretly Shot a Film on His iPhone

20 July 2017 7:42 AM, PDT

While we’ll likely never see (an admittedly amazing-sounding) third season of The Knick, Steven Soderbergh now has more time on his hands, which means not only are we getting the higher-profile heist comedy Logan Lucky in just under a month, but the director also found time to direct another feature under the radar.

The Magic Mike director went ahead and finished production on a new film titled Unsane, starring Claire Foy (The Crown) and Juno Temple (Killer Joe), The Tracking Board reports. One to always be experimenting with new technology and production methods, while not much is known about the project, Soderbergh did shoot the entire film on an iPhone, a process that Sean Baker has proven can be quite beautiful.

As far as a minor hint of what to expect, the director did chime on Reddit recently that he was considering returning to a subject he captured in »

- Jordan Raup

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Alex Ross Perry and Elisabeth Moss to Reunite for Rock Star Drama

20 July 2017 4:50 AM, PDT

After taking a role in Listen Up Philip and leading the psychological drama Queen of Earth, Elisabeth Moss wasn’t part of Alex Ross Perry’s latest film, Golden Exits, but it sounds like they are looking to reunite once more. In a new interview, the actress broke the news of their third collaboration.

As buried in a THR article, the Top of the Lake actress reveals that she’ll be leading what could be his next feature, playing the “lead of a female rock group who’s also an alcoholic, drug-addicted mother.” While no other details were given, she quipped, “Come on, I couldn’t just be a rock star.” In Alex Ross Perry’s world of characters with refreshing, complex unlikability, we wouldn’t expect anything else.

As for Golden Exits: I found it to be the director’s most emotionally complex film (full review) and have »

- Jordan Raup

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Review: ‘Kékszakállú’ Eschews Narrative to Present a Bold Take on Mundanity

19 July 2017 5:04 PM, PDT

Kékszakállú starts off with a disadvantage: it adamantly recreates a sort of purgatory, first in privileged youth malaise and summer daze, then, more interestingly, in the progression to adulthood and responsibility. Though inspired by Hungarian composer Bela Bartok’s opera, director Gaston Solnicki eschews narrative, depicting the lives of various young women briefly immersed in singular activities. That all three parts of the film, each briefly linked by the eponymous opera and each vaguely presenting a sort of phase of life, all embody a suffocating atmosphere is a bold take on mundanity — how society and structure of life forces conformation.

Specific developments and narratives as a whole are quite difficult to pinpoint, but each shot is effective in isolation. Cinematographers Diego Poleri and Fernando Lockett impeccably design every image, aesthetically pleasing because of their mathematically crafted perfection while simultaneously suffocating at times for the same reasons. Bodies, frozen stiff, fit »

- The Film Stage

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A Fairy Tale Begins in First Trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’

19 July 2017 7:05 AM, PDT

Guillermo del Toro has a habit of becoming involved with a wealth of potentially exciting projects, only for the films to eventually stall out or never get off the ground. Thankfully, del Toro was able to turn his latest film, The Shape of Water, into a reality. With an incredible cast that includes Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Lauren Lee Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water is described as an “other-worldly story” set against the backdrop of the Cold War.

Just as he did with the criminally underseen Crimson Peak, del Toro is quick to point out that The Shape of Water is not a horror film, although like Crimson Peak and most del Toro films, it will likely have horror elements. Plot details have been kept vague, but Shape of Water co-star and frequent del Toro collaborator Doug Jones let slip some »

- Chris Evangelista

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Michael Fassbender is on the Case in First Trailer for Tomas Alfredson’s ‘The Snowman’

19 July 2017 7:02 AM, PDT

Director Tomas Alfredson returns with The Snowman, his first film since 2011’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Adapted from the novel by Norwegian crime-writer Jo Nesbø, The Snowman follows Harry Hole (yes, really), a detective with unorthodox methods who finds himself investigating the disappearance of a woman whose scarf was found wrapped around a snowman.

Michael Fassbender plays Harry Hole (yes, really), and he leads a cast that includes Rebecca Ferguson, Chloë Sevigny, Charlotte Gainsbourg, J.K. Simmons, Val Kilmer, James D’Arcy, and Toby Jones. An adaptation of The Snowman has been knocking around since at least 2013, when Martin Scorsese was first attached to helm the film, but then the Let the Right One In director took the helm and ahead of a release this fall, the first trailer has landed.

“It’s got that Scandi-noir element to it, for sure. I think it’s going to be very rich. I love working with Tomas Alfredson. »

- Chris Evangelista

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Review: ‘Girls Trip’ is an Endlessly Entertaining, Empowering Comedy

19 July 2017 6:49 AM, PDT

For way too long now, the concept of #girlpower in comedies has been dominated by white female narratives in which women of color are an afterthought, either playing an assortment of nondescript characters or sassy sidekicks who are always a call away from the white heroine, just waiting to help her solve her problems and win the man. For every How to Be Single, Bridget Jones sequel, He’s Just Not That Into You, and Bridesmaids there are approximately 0.05% (not a real statistic, but it feels like one doesn’t it?) women of color-led comedies out there starring women who aren’t J.Lo. Therefore, Malcolm D. Lee’s Girls Trip feels like the first of its kind: a raunchy, endlessly entertaining comedy written by and starring black women.

Even though it doesn’t seem like Girls Trip is up to much — it has a by-the-numbers plot and a lesson »

- Jose Solís

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Michael Haneke Depicts the Upper Class in First Trailer for ‘Happy End’

18 July 2017 4:56 PM, PDT

As is customary, when a new Michael Haneke film premieres at Cannes, we don’t see it until the very end of the year. The case is no different with his latest film, Happy End, which won’t get a release until late December here in the United States via Sony Classics — however, if you’re looking for a preview, the first trailer has landed.

Starring Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Fantine Harduin, Franz Rogowski, Laura Verlinden, and Toby Jones, the film depicts the life of a bourgeois European family. While there are no subtitles yet, a fair amount of what Haneke is going for can already be gleaned from this preview.

Happy End is a perplexing title for a movie by Michael Haneke, a filmmaker not exactly known for his irony whose endings have ranged from the death of all the central characters via murder and/or suicide »

- Jordan Raup

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A Biblical Tale Turns Operatic in Trailer for Restoration of Straub-Huillet’s ‘Moses and Aaron’

18 July 2017 8:48 AM, PDT

The long-scarce, oft-praised work of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet has found a home with Grasshopper Film, whose first release will be the duo’s 1973 cinematic opera Moses and Aaron. The picture, based on Arnold Schoenberg’s unfinished rendition of the Biblical tale, is set largely within a Roman amphitheater, this approach and design resulting in a surreal vision of the well-trod ground that is its central conflict — extremely austere on the face of it, yet with an oddly comic temperament (e.g. one scene outright recalling a Zaz movie) humming right below the surface.

Moses and Aaron will come to DVD and Blu-ray this November, with theatrical bookings along the way; thus there is now a trailer showcasing the 2K restoration, particularly glowing appraisals from luminaries such as Chantal Akerman and Thom Andersen, and a decent preview of Straub-Huillet’s intoxicating, bizarre style.

Watch the preview below:

Moses »

- Nick Newman

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A Superhero Comes to Life in the First Trailer for ‘Professor Marston & the Wonder Women’

18 July 2017 6:18 AM, PDT

After Patty Jenkins delivered the first Dceu film that audiences genuinely embraced with Wonder Woman earlier this summer, another film featuring the superhero will arrive this year — or, more specifically, a literal origin story. Professor Marston & the Wonder Women depicts the creation of the iconic Wonder Woman character in 1940s by Dr. William Moulton Marston.

Directed and written by Angela Robinson, the film stars Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, and Connie Britton, the first trailer has landed today. Depicting an unusual relationship between Marston, his wife, and their lover, and the psychology behind the birth of the character, check out the preview below ahead of a release via Annapurna Pictures this October.

In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, the film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940’s. While Marston’s »

- Jordan Raup

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