Academy Award®-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year.
The Founder is tells the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.
The powerful trailer offering us a first look at Birth Of A Nation has arrived. Produced, Written, and Directed by Nate Parker, the film tells the story about Nat Turner, a slave who led a rebellion in 1831 Virginia.
Fox Searchlight will release the film on October 7.
Announced just a few hours as one of the films in competition next month at Cannes, here’s the official trailer for The Neon Demon, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, co-written by Mary Laws and Refn, and starring Elle Fanning and Keanu Reeves. Amazon Studios acquired The Neon Demon last November at the AFI festival and is expected to release the film in June alongside early-window availability on Amazon Prime Instant Video.
When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and now we have a clear picture of what America’s wizarding world looked like in 1926. Eddie Redmanye plays Newt Scamander who has just arrived in New York, and Scamander has smuggled some magical beasts. However, one of the creatures escapes and Colin Farrell’s Percival Graves comes after him.
The film is based on the JK Rowling book which is a prequel to the Harry Potter series. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is released in November, and is part of a trilogy with the sequel coming out in 2018 and the final coming out in 2020.
Watch the trailer below:
The first trailer for Love & Friendship has arrived. Based on Jane Austen’s unfinished Lady Susan, Love & Friendship stars Kate Beckinsdale and Chloe Sevigny.
A24 has announced a that festival favorite, The Lobster will be released Stateside on May 13. The film starring Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell and John C. Reilly is a highly imaginative, delightfully absurdist comedy from visionary director Yorgos Lanthimos.
“We’re what’s known in common parlance as peculiar.”
Tim Burton brings Ranson Riggs’s 2012 novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children to life in this adaptation starring Eva Green in the title role. The story is about a seemingly ordinary young man named Jake who discovers a secret hideout run by Miss Peregrine. She watches over a group of children with unusual abilities. However, a dark force is lying in wait, and Jake is tasked with defending Miss Peregrine’s children.
Written and directed by Richard Linklater. ’nuff said.
Directed by Tom Tykwer (his first film since directing parts of Cloud Atlas), A Hologram for the King is based on Dave Eggers novel of the same name. Unlike Eggers previous more elaborate work that revels in his flair for language, Hologram is written in deliberately spare, almost storybook prose and feels like a cautionary parable about the unexpected side-effects of globalization, outsourcing and the downsizing of the American Dream. The novel is starkly matter-of-fact without quite conveying any actual recognizable reality, like a sustained unsettling acid trip. From the trailer, it appears this detached dreamlike quality of the novel is the tricky inflection being translated into visual terms, and they’re obviously playing up the comedic elements. Hard to say how this will all come together, but Tykwer and his long-time collaborator cinematographer Frank Griebe always strike a cinematic tone all their own (ever since Run Lola Run).
(By the way, IMDb lists Ahmed Al-Ibrahim as co-director, as part of “Miscellaneous Crew,” and he’s credited as receiving special “Thanks.” Not sure how any of this passed inspection at IMDb, but it’s almost certainly all false.)
Oregon based stop-motion animation studio Laika is set to release its fourth feature this summer, Kubo and The Two Strings. The new animation features characters voiced by Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei, and Matthew McConaughey. Art Parkinson voices the lead character, Kubo, the son of a legendary samurai who embarks on a magical quest with a samisen—a three-stringed Japanese lute played with a large pick. With the help of his shamisen, Kubo must battle gods and monsters as he sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known.
Neither Ricki and The Flash nor Suffragette made it to the Oscars which meant this years Oscars lacked Meryl Streep. But Streep is back this time playing Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York socialite who aspired to become an opera singer. Except her voice was off-key, but that didn’t stop her from performing in concert halls across America for over two decades.
Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” reunites everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?
Check out the cute new trailer after the cut.
George Clooney and Julia Roberts star in this thriller about Wall Street.
“Listen to me, I’ll tell you what’s going to come of you. you are going to grow up and be a strong, smart young woman…” and so begins the latest TV spot and trailer for the upcoming Joy. Based on the true story of Joy Mangano, the film stars Jennifer Lawrence as the single mother of three children, as she builds her empire after creating the Miracle Mop and becoming the president of Ingenious Designs, LLC.
The Big Short is so worth seeing. If you ever find out the real life character Christian Bale plays in this film you will marvel at his brilliant portrayal. You’ll think he’s great anyway, but in this case the more you know, the impressive it gets. By the way, the stripper used as an example of someone who was sold bad loans at falsely lowered interest rates is nothing compared to what those guys really did – selling the same loans to immigrant nannies, for instance. That’s left out of the movie but it is one of the most insidious things they did.
Universal has just released the trailer to The Huntsman Winter’s War and it’s impressive. Charlize Theron returns as the Evil Queen and Chris Hemsworth returns as Eric, the Huntsman. This time they’re joined by Jessica Chastain as the Ice Warrior and Emily Blunt as the Ice Queen.
In this new clip from Joy, Jennifer Lawrence is giving a monologue to Bradley Cooper. She talks about immigrants and America, interestingly enough. Also, if you want to hear more about David O. Selznick and Jennifer Jones, don’t forget to tune in to Karina Longworth’s latest podcast, You Must Remember This.
Tarantino is in the news a lot lately, first by walking with protesters against the police shootings of late, then by calling out the cops for shooting unarmed men. It’s an interesting development for Tarantino, who hasn’t been much of an activist politically, that I’ve noticed. Perhaps he was trying to fight for something that mattered in anticipation of the upcoming Hateful Eight, which will take some heat for its constant use of the ‘n’ word. Perhaps now there won’t be charges of racism. Hard to say how it will all shake down. Where Oscars are concerned, however, the movie just has to be good.