I really wanted to like The Eyes of My Mother. It had great reviews, was supposedly a brutal, terrifying slow burn, and all around sounded like my jam. While it is all of those things, it just didn’t do it for me. (You can read my REVIEW if you’re so inclined.) But that’s not going to stop it from opening, and a new trailer is here to creep you out.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Friday, October 28, 2016
There’s been talk of a new Rambo movie since, well, Sylvester Stallone dusted off one of his most celebrated characters for 2008’s Rambo. A number of versions have kicked around over the years, and now it sounds like not only has one idea actually stuck, it’s the stupidest fucking one anyone could come up with.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Watching Ron Howard’s new thriller, Inferno, I couldn’t help but mentally compare Tom Hanks’ adventurous Harvard symbology professor and puzzle enthusiast, Robert Langdon, to Matthew McConaughey’s Wooderson from Dazed and Confused. He keeps getting older, but his youngish, brown-haired female sidekicks stay (roughly) the same age.
Monday, October 24, 2016
Sure, his last couple of movies haven’t been great (Elysium was less than stellar, and who the hell thought it was a good idea to put Die Antwoord in a movie about an adorable robot?), but at least visually, Neill Blomkamp is still one of the most exciting filmmakers out there right now. Though the Alien movie he’s been developing got back-burnered, the South African director has a quick-hitter for us to enjoy, the short, BMW-produced actioner The Escape. Check it out below.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Jack Reacher didn’t light the world on fire, but it’s fine for what it is—a stripped-down, mid-budget, star-driven actioner. Despite the fact that Tom Cruise is all of 5’7” and the titular character in Lee Childs’ series of novels is a hulking 6’5”, he has—even with my father’s constant rantings and railings on the subject—the metaphorical stature to play the role. Through not a bank-breaking success, the first picture made enough cash to warrant a sequel, and we all wanted to know if Cruise could pull it off again in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
Hugh Jackman’s last go-round as the fan-favorite, claw-having, self-healing mutant Wolverine is bearing down on us quickly, and Logan, as it’s been dubbed, promises something very different from your typical X-Feature. Just how different is readily apparent in the first trailer. Check it out below, along with a red band version.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Over the last couple of days, we’ve heard rumblings that our first look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 might arrive with Marvel’s latest joint, Doctor Strange. But lo and behold, we don’t even have to wait that long, because a shiny new teaser just hit the airwaves. Check it out below.
Monday, October 17, 2016
If westerns have taught us nothing else—and I’ve taken far too many life lessons from the genre—it’s that nothing brings a killer who has renounced killing back to his old ways like messing with his family or his dog. That’s the primary education a small-town numbskull learns in writer/director Ti West’s take on the spaghetti western, In a Valley of Violence.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
It’s rare to describe a single film as both cute and stunningly violent, but here we are talking about The Accountant, which is weirdly adorable for a movie where so many people get shot in the head.
It’s safe to say, most of us are excited for a Star Wars movie, any Star Wars movie. But we have a lot to look forward to with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story later this year—it’s the first of the “standalone” films, it explores different corners of that far, far away galaxy we all adore, it’s supposedly a gritty war film, it has little to do with the Force, and much more. And it looks incredible, including the latest, purportedly final trailer. Check it out below.
Monday, October 10, 2016
February 2017 is shaping up to be a wonderful month for fans of bone-crunching fight scenes and wild gunplay. At least as far as movies go. Not only does John Wick: Chapter 2 open, but The Raid star Iko Uwais is back to dismantle dudes in the Mo Brothers’ Headshot. The film made the fall festival rounds and just dropped a second trailer that continues to deliver on the promise of the first.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Don’t mind that noise, that’s just the sound of me in the corner squealing with glee at the first footage from John Wick: Chapter 2. I won’t waste your time with words on an important occasion like this. Check it out for yourself below.
Friday, October 7, 2016
I maintain that if he’d been born a generation earlier, we’d speak about Scott Adkins in hushed, reverent tones reserved for the legends of the action realm. But an accident of birth doesn’t make his movies any less badass or me anticipate them any less. Next up, he returns to his best known franchise for Boyka: Undisputed, the fourth installment in the franchise, and with the release approaching, Millennium Films released a new clip and trailer.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
The easy comparison for Tate Taylor’s mystery thriller The Girl on the Train is Gone Girl. They’re both based on massively popular, best-selling novels, books that became bona fide cultural sensations, and the marketing team has done everything in its power to evoke David Fincher’s artfully trashy noir. More accurate comparisons, however, are the generic thrillers that populate the Lifetime Movie Network. (Also, I can’t be the only one annoyed that every mystery with an adult female protagonist has to be The Girl did This, The Girl with That, This Girl, can I?)
It’s rare that a single word accurately describes an entire movie. But in the case of The Birth of a Nation, Nate Parker’s dramatic reenactment of Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion, one word keeps springing to mind: raw. And I mean raw in damn near every sense I can.
Monday, October 3, 2016
Married to well-known filmic provocateur Gaspar Noe, and serving as producer, editor, and writer on the likes of I Stand Alone and Enter the Void, French filmmaker Lucile Hadzihalilovic is no stranger to challenging, transgressive cinema. But she’s also a director, turning in her own savage, subversive movies, and her latest, Evolution—a movie I love—just dropped a haunting new trailer.