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After crafting the scores for Blackhat, The Town, Kingdom of Heaven, The East, and more, composer Harry Gregson-Williams reteamed with Ridley Scott for The Martian, the film adaptation of Andy Weir‘s best-selling novel. It tells the story of Astronaut Mark Watney (played brilliantly and charismatically by Matt Damon — check out our review here) as he struggles to get off the Red Planet.
We had the chance to recently speak with him about his work and the composer was quite happy with the score and eager to hear of our fondness for both the film and the music. In his words, jokingly of course, if you were to like some of the films to which he provided music, you may be in the minority. This time however, we’re willing to bet that nearly everyone on the planet will be in the majority and love The Martian.
We truly enjoyed catching up with Harry, »
- Marc Ciafardini
Brainy actress Brit Marling plays yet another sharp role in 2014 Toronto world premiere "The Keeping Room" (Drafthouse Films, September 25), a Civil War drama that mixes a character study with the home invasion genre. Marling has been charting her own course ever since she broke out at Sundance 2011 as the writer-producer-lead of two indies, Mike Cahill's "Another Earth" and Zal Batmanglij's "Sound of My Own Voice." She went on to play smart daughters in both Robert Redford's "The Company We Keep" and "Arbitrage," opposite Richard Gere; she collaborated again with Batmanglij on eco-terrorist thriller "The East," and with Cahill on twisty science film "I, Origins." Watch: Brit Marling on 'The East' This time, a friend sent Marling a script from an unlikely source, schoolteacher-turned-screenwriter Julia Hart, which was so compelling that the actress read it through a second time without »
- Anne Thompson
Paramount grossed $218 million worldwide from 2012’s “Jack Reacher,” directed by Christopher McQuarrie from his own script based on the Lee Child series of novels. The sequel will be based on Child’s “Never Go Back,” in which Reacher travels from South Dakota to »
- Justin Kroll
Could we be seeing a quiet resurgence of the Western? During the Comic-Con presentation for "The Hateful Eight," Quentin Tarantino talked about being a Western director, and said that he doesn't feel like he's earned the right to call himself that until and unless he makes a third Western. The idea that we could see three Westerns inside of a decade, much less from one filmmaker, feels sort of groundbreaking considering how many times the genre has been pronounced dead over the years. What's really exciting is seeing that there are big studio Westerns being made as well as small indie Westerns, and once again, as in the heyday of the genre, any numbers of stories are being told. The Western is the American mythic form, a type of storytelling that allows us to tell big moral stories against this remarkable backdrop. And it sounds like "The Keeping Room" is »
- Drew McWeeny
Straight Outta Compton emerged as the number one movie in America during its opening weekend, and it helped push Universal past the $2 billion mark at the domestic yearly box office, making it the fastest studio to reach that mark. But you know who.s not all too happy about the film? The real Mc Ren. The original member of N.W.A. spoke out about his depiction in the film, and, according to him, it wasn.t accurate. On the Saturday the 15th, the rapper tweeted the following: True fans know my role in the group as far a lyrics are concerned, don't let the movie fool you about my contribution to the group. . Mc Ren (@mcrencpt) August 15, 2015 Aldis Hodge of A Good Day to Die Hard and The East portrayed Mc Ren in Straight Outta Compton, and his character definitely took a backseat in relation to the other members. »
In this radically reimagined American Western set towards the end of the Civil War, Southerner Augusta (Brit Marling, Arbitrage, The East) encounters two renegade, drunken soldiers (Sam Worthington, Avatar & Kyle Soller, BBC’s “Poldark”) who are on a mission of pillage and violence. After escaping an attempted assault, Augusta races back to the isolated farmhouse that she shares with her sister Louise (Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit, Pitch Perfect 2) and their female slave Mad (newcomer Muna Otaru.) When the pair of soldiers track Augusta down intent on exacting revenge, the trio of women are forced to take up arms to fend off their assailants, finding ways to resourcefully defend their home––and themselves––as the escalating attacks become more unpredictable and relentless.
The Keeping Room is set for »
- Gary Collinson
The Keeping Room, whose first trailer has now been released, marks the debut of screenwriter Julia Hart, with Harry Brown director Daniel Barber helming the feature. Steinfeld and Marling are joined onscreen by Muna Otaru, Kyle Soller, Ned Dennehy, and Sam Worthington.
The film’s synopsis is as follows:
Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three Southern women – two sisters and one African-American slave – must fight to defend their home and themselves from two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Called “a feminist western with bite” (Indiewire) and “a beautifully breathless revisionist western” midway between Cold Mountain and Straw Dogs (Little White Lies), anchored in the “bold and fearless” performances (Film School Rejects) delivered by its lead women,” Drafthouse Films has released a new trailer for The Keeping Room.
In this radically reimagined American Western set towards the end of the Civil War, Southerner Augusta (Brit Marling, Arbitrage, The East) encounters two renegade, drunken soldiers (Sam Worthington, Avatar & Kyle Soller, BBC’s “Poldark”) who are on a mission of pillage and violence. After escaping an attempted assault, Augusta races back to the isolated farmhouse that she shares with her sister Louise (Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit, Pitch Perfect 2) and their female slave Mad (newcomer Muna Otaru.) When the pair of soldiers track Augusta down intent on exacting revenge, the trio of women are forced to take up arms to fend off their assailants, »
- Michelle McCue
There have been many films set in the south during the Civil War, but none quite like "The Keeping Room." It's a taut thriller that takes place far from the front lines, where random violence punctuates the tense rural air. It's in this environment that the film unfolds. Starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru, and Sam Worthington, the story follows two sisters and their female slave who are riding out the war in an isolated farmhouse, when some drunken soldiers with evil deeds on their minds come calling. Here's the official synopsis: Read More: Review: 'The Keeping Room' Starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, And Sam Worthington In this radically reimagined American Western set towards the end of the Civil War, Southerner Augusta (Brit Marling, Arbitrage, The East) encounters two renegade, drunken soldiers (Sam Worthington, Avatar) who are on a mission of pillage and violence. After escaping an attempted assault, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Read More: Toronto Review: 'The Keeping Room' is a Feminist Western With Bite Making waves at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, Daniel Barber's "The Keeping Room" received specific praise for having a more inspired and feminist take on the American Western. The film is written by Julia Hart, whose script was on the Black List, and stars Brit Marling ("Arbitrage," "The East") Sam Worthington and Hailee Steinfeld ("True Grit," "Pitch Perfect 2"). The official synopsis, courtesy of Drafthouse Films, reads: "In this radically reimagined American Western set towards the end of the Civil War, Southerner Augusta (Marling) encounters two renegade, drunken soldiers (Worthington) who are on a mission of pillage and violence. After escaping an attempted assault, Augusta races back to the isolated farmhouse that she shares with her sister Louise (Steinfeld) and their female slave Mad (newcomer Muna Otaru.) »
- Ethan Sapienza
It shouldn’t be radical to see a movie treat a girl with this level of appreciation and understanding of her most intimate inner self. Yet it is. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about girls and women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The projector kept choking, at the press screening of The Diary of a Teenage Girl I attended. For a long stretch during the middle of the film, every few minutes it would sputter and skip and then just go black. It was a little annoying, of course, and a bit of a mood killer, naturally, but mostly it was kind of amusing. I found myself thinking: Even this machine has been trained to think that any depiction of raw, bawdy female sexual desire is dangerous, and cannot be allowed, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Ellen Page and Julianne Moore have, over the courses of their career, received critical acclaim for numerous dramatic performances, with Moore’s filmography including the likes of films such as Safe, Boogie Nights, Far From Heaven, and I’m Not There, among others, culminating in an Academy Award for Best Leading Actress for her role in 2014’s Still Alice. Page, meanwhile, has been seen in Whip It, Inception, and The East. The two performers, however, have yet to work together, a fact that is poised to change with their upcoming feature Freeheld. The film’s synopsis is below.
New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester, and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, both battle to secure Hester’s pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
- Deepayan Sengupta
For almost the entire running time of this movie, we have no idea what it is about. What is it trying to say? What sort of story is it trying to tell? I’m “biast” (pro): love Rosamund Pike
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
In my head I’m calling this film What Is This I Can’t Even: The Movie. It works at least as well as the blandly generic and not even really apropos Return to Sender, which describes a tiny section of the second act that then resolves itself and has no further bearing on the story. In fact, the bearing it does have on the story hardly makes any sense at all, not on the level of plot, character, or theme. Not that the plot, characters, or putative themes make any sense on a whole-movie level, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Every Secret Thing," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here.] Gillian Flynn fans will probably want to check out this exclusive clip from "Every Secret Thing," the film from director Amy Berg ("Deliver Us From Evil"). Based on the novel by Laura Lippman, the film follows two girls who were put away in juvenile detention for the murder of an infant child, and the police investigation that focuses on them when more children start to go missing after their release. Elizabeth Banks ("The Lego Movie," "The Hunger Games") stars as the detective in charge of the investigation, alongside Dakota Fanning ("I Am Sam," "Coraline") and Danielle MacDonald ("The East") as the teenaged suspects. »
- Becca Nadler
Following last week's news that Netflix has given the green light to "The Oa," a series co-created by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij — who share their roots in the independent film world, having collaborated on "The East" and "The Sound of My Voice" — Indiewire decided to compile a list of filmmakers we would like to see team up with one of the new major players in the television space. Andrew BujalskiAlthough Andrew Bujalski is best known for his association with the "mumblecore" movement, his two most recent films — "Computer Chess" and this year's "Results" — reflect a more distinctive style. In Indiewire's "Results" review out of Sundance, Chief Film Critic Eric Kohn described the film as the "closest thing to a commercial work in his [Bujalski's] career to date." So are Bujalski's films for everyone? No, but there are people that like it, and with so many different platforms getting into the. »
As Netflix enjoys the success of their most recent release of House of Cards and new series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Bloodline, the streaming service locks down another new series with a big name attached to star.
The Hollywood Reporter reported on Thursday that Netflix had secured the rights to the new series being created by Brit Marling and partner Zal Batmanglij. The service has picked up eight hourlong episodes of the new drama, The Oa.
According to THR, the premise of the drama series is being closely guarded and kept under wraps, but Marling will star and co-write alongside Batmanglij, who will direct. The Oa will premiere in 2016. The Oa marks the first TV series Marling and Batmanglij have created. It follows their work on 2011’s Sound of My Voice, and 2013’s The East, both of which they co-wrote — Batmanjlij directed and Marling starred.
Netflix has been busy lately »
- Zach Dennis
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- Christopher Campbell
Netflix has announced that they've ordered eight episodes of a new dramatic series called The Oa. It will star Brit Marling and be directed by Zal Batmanglij. The duo co-created the series. Netflix is keeping mum about the show's details for now but it will start steaming some time in 2016.
Here's the press release:
Netflix Announces New Drama Series "The Oa"
Beverly Hills, Calif., March 5, 2015 -- Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, has ordered The Oa, a new drama series starring Brit Marling. Zal Batmanglij (Sound of my Voice, The East) will direct, and Marling and Batmanglij will co-write The Oa. Eight hour-long episodes of the series will premiere exclusively across all Netflix territories in 2016.
With the massive success of House of Cards, Netflix has proven it knows how to make quality dramas. Now the streaming service has picked up a new title from the genre to add to its programming lineup. Netflix has ordered eight episodes of the series The Oa from creators Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij.
Netflix isn’t sharing any details about The Oa’s plot, however The Hollywood Reporter, who originally reported the news, knows Marling will star in the series which she’ll co-write with Batmanglij. The latter will also direct all eight hour-long episodes. Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner of Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment (who worked on 12 Years a Slave and the second season of Hulu’s Deadbeat) will executive produce The Oa along with Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content (True Detective).
While this is Marling and Batmanglij’s first TV series, the duo previously teamed »
- Bree Brouwer
Brit Marling emerged as the darling of Sundance 2011 thanks in a large part to Sound of My Voice, a chiller directed by Zal Batmanglij. The pair continued their professional relationship with 2013’s eco-terrorism thriller The East, and now they’re preparing to reunite yet again. Only this time, it won’t be for an indie film, […]
- Angie Han
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