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Review: James Ponsoldt's Moving, Intimate And Winning 'The End Of The Tour' Starring Jesse Eisenberg And Jason Segel

8 hours ago

Recreating a special moment in time can be difficult. Capturing what’s supposed to be a five-day conversation between two artists/writers secondhand (thirdhand, even) is even tougher. James Ponsoldt’s “The End Of The Tour” — a film about a Rolling Stone journalist shadowing author David Foster Wallace for a profile piece on the renowned writer — doesn’t look like much of a movie on paper. In fact, it feels like a play. At first, the picture doesn’t seem like it has enough compelling reasons to justify its existence. But as it begins to open up and build a head full of steam, “The End Of The Tour” becomes an incredibly winning and engaging portrait of friendship, lasting connection, and mutual understanding. In what is easily a career-best performance, Jason Segel plays the conflicted, bandana-wearing genius Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg portrays David Lipsky, the Rolling Stone writer who pitched »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Contest: Win 'Burying The Ex' Prize Pack Including Poster Signed By Joe Dante, Anton Yelchin & Alexandra Daddario

9 hours ago

There are genre movies, and then there are genre movies directed by Joe Dante. As his fans can attest, he always brings a distinct panache and style to whatever wild tale he tells, and Dante recently put his stamp on the zombie comedy with "Burying The Ex." For fans of the movie and director we have a big prize pack today — a Blu-ray, plus a poster signed by Dante and the film's stars, Anton Yelchin and Alexandra Daddario.  If you haven't see the movie, the story follows nice guy Max who movies in with his beautiful girlfriend, Evelyn, only to discover she's a controlling, manipulative nightmare. Even though Max knows it’s time to call it quits, he’s terrified of breaking up with her. Fate steps in when Evelyn is the victim of a fatal accident, leaving Max single and ready to mingle. Just as he's thinking about moving »

- Edward Davis

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Review: Horror 'Dark Was The Night' Starring Kevin Durand And Lukas Haas

9 hours ago

On a winter morning that should be like any other, the residents of quiet, isolated Maiden Woods awake to find three-pronged hoof-pints traversing their town. Sheriff Paul Shields (Kevin Durand) and his new deputy, Donny Saunders (Lukas Haas), track the mysterious, unnatural markings, which disappear as if into nothing in the middle of the forest that surrounds the sleepy logging town. When the local wildlife starts to flee en masse, the residents begin loudly speculating that they’re about to witness the return of a demon that hunted in the trees three decades earlier. Shield tries to quell the rumors and maintain calm, but the closer he gets to determining what’s lurking through town, the less convinced he becomes that it’s of this plane.   For years, the imposing Kevin Durand has played supporting roles in such films as “Robin Hood,” “Cosmopolis,” and “Fruitvale Station.” More recently, small screen »

- Zach Hollwedel

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Richard Linklater Frontrunner To Direct 'The Rosie Project' Starring Jennifer Lawrence

9 hours ago

While Richard Linklater has always bounced back and forth between studio projects and indie movies, you have to go back to 2005's "Bad News Bears" to find his last full-fledged picture for a major Hollywood outlet (not counting indie arms). However, in the wake of the success of "Boyhood," it is interesting to see how the studios are coming back to Linklater. Paramount is distributing this next movie, which was just dated for spring 2016, and now Sony is eyeballing the filmmaker. Deadline reports that Linklater is the frontrunner to direct "The Rosie Project" starring Jennifer Lawrence. Phil Lord and Chris Miller were originally attached before they got too busy conquering Hollywood, and I have to say, this seems a little safe and dull for Linklater. Based on Graeme Simsion's bestselling book, with a script by  Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber ("The Spectacular Now," "The Fault In Our »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Danny Boyle's 'Steve Jobs' Starring Michael Fassbender Headed To New York Film Festival

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Cinephiles are on standby because on Tuesday and Wednesday, Tiff and Venice will unveil their initial wave of titles, getting the fall festival season in high gear. However, the New York Film Festival is getting slightly ahead of them today with this interesting bit of news. Organizers have announced that Danny Boyle's "Steve Jobs," penned by Aaron Sorking, and starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and more, will screen at Nyff as part their Centerpiece film. However, one thing to note is that word "premiere" is nowhere to be found in their press release. Perhaps this means that Venice and Tiff will get the movie first? We'd put some pretty good money on it, and don't count it out of appearing in Telluride's always surprising lineup. "Steve Jobs" opens on October 9th. ---------- New York, NY (July 27, 2015) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today the selection of Steve Jobs, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Blu-Ray Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Plus 11 New Clips From The Film

10 hours ago

"Avengers: Age Of Ultron" is unsurprisingly one of the biggest movies of the year, and Marvel's history too. And as is befitting a movie that has earned nearly $1.4 billion dollars at the box office, the comic book studio promises that when it lands on home video this fall, it's going to be "bigger and better." Read More: The Good, The Bad, And The Weird Of 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' A trailer for the film's Blu-ray release has arrived, teasing behind-the-scenes material you'll see among the 45 minutes of exclusive content, deleted scenes, and more. But as you wait, a batch of new clips have dropped online, a lot of them from the third act of the flick, including the battle in Sokovia and scenes with Vision, plus an extended look at the battle between Iron Man and Ultron. Check it all out below. 'Ultron' hits Digital HD on September »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Exclusive: Things Are Complicated In Clip From '52 Tuesdays' Plus Win The Film On DVD

11 hours ago

Winner of two awards at the Berlin International Film Festival, not to mention countless honors from around the world and critical acclaim, "52 Tuesdays" built up quite a bit of buzz on the festival circuit before landing in cinemas this past spring. But if you missed the limited release, not only do we have exclusive clip from the movie, but also some DVD copies for some lucky readers. Directed by Sophie Hyde, and starring Del Herbert-Jane and Tilda Cobham-Hervey, the affecting drama centers on 16-year-old Billie, whose reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans for gender transition, and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons. Adding to the authenticity, the movie was filmed over the course of a year, once a week, every week — only on Tuesdays. And below, you can get a sense of how this impacted the performances in the movie. To win the »

- Edward Davis

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Richard Linklater's ‘That’s What I’m Talking About’ Lands Official Spring 2016 Release Date

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At the beginning of the year, Richard Linklater felt confident that his tentatively titled, spiritual sequel to "Dazed & Confused — "That's What I'm Talking About" — would “...probably be out next summer or fall.” However, we'll be waiting a bit longer. Paramount has officially slated the movie to hit cinemas on April 15, 2016. That will put it up against Disney's "The Jungle Book" and Jason Statham's "Mechanic: Resurrection," but fills the vacant slot left by "Bad Moms," a comedy project produced by Judd Apatow, and slated to star Leslie Mann, that the studio was trying to turn around quickly, but fell apart when the pair exited last month. Read More: Richard Linklater Says A Possible 'Boyhood' Sequel Is "In The Ether" It's an interesting gamble by Paramount, who clearly believe that Linklater's film, led by an ensemble of lesser known young actors — Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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10 Teams, 10 Positions, One Will Ferrell: Watch New Trailer For HBO's 'Ferrell Takes The Field'

11 hours ago

Right now, HBO is giving us the dour "True Detective," the "Entourage"-y "Ballers," and "The Brink," which I presume people are watching since it has been renewed. Next weekend, we get a new David Simon miniseries, "Show Me A Hero." But this fall, the network is taking things a bit breezy and silly, and they have Will Ferrell to help them with that task. The comic actor will be arriving with with self-evident title, "Ferrell Takes The Field." Back in March of this year, in what become a minor viral sensation, Will Ferrell made history by suiting up, heading down to Arizona for Major League Baseball spring training, and played every position on the field for ten different teams, all in one day. Yeah, it was a bit of stunt, but a memorable one, and it was done for charity too. It should be an amusing watch, so check out the trailer below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The 10 Best And 5 Worst Tom Cruise Performances

12 hours ago

Live by the sword of megastardom, die by the sword of megastardom: the accepted wisdom about Tom Cruise, the most enduring movie star of the past three decades, is that recent years have tarnished his once-gleaming brand. His association with Scientology, his high-profile divorces and the aura of something manufactured about his offscreen romances, and most of all a string of box office disappointments (grading on the steep curve by which a film that can take $350m worldwide can be a disappointment) have all combined to make it seem like he's past his sell-by date. But this week will see the proof in the pudding: Christopher McQuarrie's "Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation" rappels into theaters on Friday, and may very well bring Cruise back to the top of the pile. Because while early tracking was for a "soft" $40m opening, that's still more than the last 'Mission: Impossible' film started out on, »

- The Playlist Staff

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New Christopher Nolan Directed Short Film 'Quay' To Premiere In August

13 hours ago

Earlier this year, we learned that blockbuster filmmaker Christopher Nolan was teaming with arthouse minded distributor Zeitgeist Films to oversee and curate Blu-Ray releases. "Leviathan” director Andrey Zvyagintsev's "Elena" was among first announced titles, along with a compilation of shorts helmed by famed animation directors, the Quay Brothers. But first, the duo are not only getting a big screen revival, but they are the focus of a new short film helmed by Nolan. As part of Film Forum's series "The Brothers Quay On 35mm," Nolan will unveil his simply titled "Quay" on August 19th, a documentary about Stephen and Timothy Quay. The subjects of the short will be on hand for the screening and will participate in a Q&A with Nolan as well. And yes, tickets are on sale. And while there's no word on any further screenings of "Quay," it's probably safe to assume it'll be an extra feature on that brewing. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New Trailer For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Blu-ray Release Explores Who Killed The World

13 hours ago

While it's rare for films released in the first six months of the year to make it onto Top Ten lists come December, one picture you can count on making more than a few rankings is George Miller's ferocious "Mad Max: Fury Road." The critically acclaimed, audience beloved picture was one of the few this year that people bought tickets for and went back to the cinema to see again, and you're not going to have to wait too long to have your own copy to play at home. Warner Bros. has dropped the first teaser for the film's Blu-ray and Digital HD release and it's an interesting one. Rather than highlight footage from the movie, it's an introduction to the decimated world of the story, through the lens of the War Pups. The extra features have been revealed, however, though the black-and-white version won't be on this release, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'True Detective' Podcast: Season 2, Episode 6 'Church In Ruins' Plus Watch Episode 7 Preview

14 hours ago

This week, things got pretty stabby and sexy on "True Detective." After being teased for weeks, we got taken into one of the creepy orgy parties that Ben Caspere was once so famous for throwing before he got brutally murdered, and oddly enough, it seems Stanley Kubrick got that world right in "Eyes Wide Shut." All that was missing was Rachel McAdams carrying around a napkin with the word "Fidelio" written on it. However, cheekiness aside, and as noted in our recap, quite a few character and plot pieces moved around in episode six, "Church In Ruins." (Clearly a metaphorical church, because no actual place of worship was harmed in this episode). Brad Brevet from Rope Of Silicon has jumped on the phone this morning to discuss the latest episode. While we've both been looking for a little more from the show this season, we can't deny we're still being drawn in, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Elle Fanning Is Going To 'All The Bright Places'

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While his CV is diverse, ranging from episodes of "Enlightened," "The Office," and "American Horror Story" to features like "Cedar Rapids," Miguel Arteta has shown he has a voice for tales of young people. He's helmed the pilot episode of "Freaks & Geeks," guided double Michael Ceras through "Youth In Revolt," and last year experienced "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day."  Now Variety reports he's going to take Elle Fanning to "All The Bright Places." Based on the Ya novel by Jennifer Niven, who will also write the script, the story follows the bond formed between the wide-eyed Violet and the suicidal Theodore, in what sounds like a story where you'll need to keep the Kleenex handy. Here's the book synopsis:  Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Interview: Cobie Smulders Talks Motherhood And 'Unexpected,' Future Projects, And More

14 hours ago

“So, you want to talk about the weather, or what’s happening with this humidity? Just kidding.” Cobie Smulders knows that the topic of conversation isn’t quotidian chitchat for an interview—though she’s great at it—when she's here to talk about one of the numerous movies she’s been in this year. 2015 has seen Smulders appear in two Sundance breakouts: Andrew Bujalski’s “Results,” and Kris Swanberg’s “Unexpected,” the latter of which is today's topic of conversation. Smulders is also in a little film you might have heard of called “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” so, there's plenty to discuss. “Unexpected,” based on some of Swanberg's personal experiences, tells the story of a friendship between two expectant mothers, Chicago teacher Samantha (Smulders) and her student, Jasmine (Gail Bean). In my review from Sundance, I noted, “Smulders embodies the anxieties of women who want to retain their identities »

- Katie Walsh

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Michael B. Jordan To Star In 'Just Mercy' For 'Short Term 12' Director Destin Cretton

16 hours ago

It's been two years since Destin Cretton's lovely "Short Term 12" premiered at SXSW, became an instant sensation, and went on to win a slew of awards. I would've thought Hollywood would be breaking his down his door and he'd be already at work on his next feature, and indeed, he was set to helm "Glass Castle" with Jennifer Lawrence slated to star, but that project stalled after the actress dropped out. Finally, Cretton will direct a feature adaptation of Bryan Stevenson's multiple award-winning non-fiction book "Just Mercy: A Story Of Justice And Redemption" with Michael B. Jordan attached to star. Even more, Variety reports that the hot property has already attracted the interest of Will Smith and Denzel Washington for possible other roles in the tale of a young man sentenced to death for a murder he didn't commit. Here's the book synopsis:  A powerful true story »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Compare The Changes Made To The Original 'Star Wars' Trilogy In This 1 Hour Video Series

16 hours ago

To say that George Lucas has tinkered with his original "Star Wars" trilogy since they were first released would be an understatement. As this extensive and slightly mind-boggling Wikipedia entry details, even as far back as 1977, when different film print versions of "Star Wars" were going to theaters, Lucas started making changes to his film. From there, his constant tweaking continued with each new home video release, from VHS to LaserDisc to DVD and more recently, to Blu-ray, where we catch up with this series of videos. Marcelo Zuniga has put together a visual guide to all of the changes Lucas has made to the original "Star Wars" trilogy, from their initial theatrical release to the most recent Blu-ray edition that arrived in 2011. The snips-and-cuts additions range from adding rocks in a scene, to extensive CGI to, most controversially of all––Greedo shooting first. While fans continue to clamor for »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Listen: El-p's "Another Body" From 'Fantastic Four' Plus Lots Of Featurettes, TV Spots And More

16 hours ago

Whether or not it'll launch a new franchise or go down as a (second) failed attempt at bringing the comic book characters to the big screen, "Fantastic Four" can at least boast some legit coolness. Run The Jewels member and famed hip hop producer El-p has contributed the closing song for the film, and now you can hear his surprising creation. Rather than delivering mad beats, El-p has said "Another Body" is "an homage to one of my biggest influences Philip Glass. but twisted, of course," and that sounds about right. This is certainly much noisier than something Glass might do, but underneath the clatter you can distinctly hear some the same kind of repetitive musical patterns the composer might employ. It's certainly a nice change from the usually sub-Hans Zimmer-esque racket that seems to accompany every blockbuster these days. Meanwhile, the past week or so has seen »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: First International Trailer For 'Maryland' Starring Matthias Schoenaerts And Diane Kruger

17 hours ago

Audiences are getting Matthias Schoenaerts in all shapes and sizes this year. There's the low rent thriller "The Loft," the flop "A Little Chaos," and the beautiful period drama "Far From The Madding Crowd." These have already hit screens, but he's got a bunch more on the way including the WWII drama "Suite Francaise," the Venice bound "A Bigger Splash," and awards contender "The Danish Girl." Also coming soon is "Maryland," and following its Cannes Film Festival debut this spring, it's gearing up to hit cinemas and the first international trailer has dropped. Co-starring Diane Kruger, and directed by Alice Winocour, the film details the relationship between the wife of a Lebanese businessman, and a Special Forces solider dealing with Ptsd, in a film that our critic called "a small but polished find." Here's the official synopsis:  Vincent, a French Special Forces soldier just back from »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review And Recap: ‘True Detective’ Goes Eyes Wide Shut In Episode 6, 'Church In Ruins'

17 hours ago

The moody, humid, and mysterious Lynch-ian undertones of “True Detective” are a lot more muted than some would like to suggest. Episode six, “Church In Ruins,” briefly tapped another sinister atmosphere, with some elusive nods to “Eyes Wide Shut." Leaving formalism aside for a moment, it may have been one of the best episodes of the season thus far––full of genuine anguish, a welcomed sense of humor and a nerve-racking ending that rivals the intense shootout of episode four, but with less chaos. This episode was more controlled, but still chock full of shit hitting the fan. Of course, this is a relative “best,” if it is one at all; there are certainly still problems, but it’s a compelling watch. Stylistically and tonally, the episode begins in an opposite world. Full of standoffs, it picks up just moments after last week; Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell) is livid and wants answers. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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