Tuesday, September 29, 2020

'Jiu Jitsu': Nicolas Cage And Company Use Martial Arts To Battle Aliens This November

Dreams really do come true. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on movies an movie releases, especially big blockbusters. But there’s still plenty of room for oddball films to slip through and get a release. And what’s more oddball than a Nicolas Cage-starring sci-fi saga where humanity has to use martial arts to defeat alien invaders? The Cage-fronted Jiu Jitsu is one of our most-anticipated movies of 2020 (and any year to be honest), and now we know when we can see it because it has a release date.

Monday, September 21, 2020

'The Swerve' (2019) Movie Review

High school English teacher Holly (Azura Skye), the protagonist of writer/director Dean Kapsalis’ debut feature The Swerve, is harried, ignored, and unappreciated in every facet of her life. Her husband (Bryce Pinkham) is self-involved, her sons are brats, her students can’t be bothered, her alcoholic sister (Ashley Bell) mocks her, and even her own mother (Deborah Hedwall) berates her and puts her down. 

Friday, September 18, 2020

'Fall Back Down' (2020) Movie Review

Sarah Beth Edwards’ Fall Back Down is the cinematic personification of living in a big punk house with a ton of roommates. It’s fun and chaotic, random and strange, frustrating and complicated, full of wild characters, and leads you into all sorts of off-kilter adventures. You’re going to drink too much, you’re going to write some songs, you’re going to wake to find an impromptu show in your basement, you’re going to make out with some people you shouldn’t. And it’s never going to wind up where you expect. 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

'Antebellum' (2020) Movie Review

The early trailers gave the impression that writer/director duo Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz’s Antebellum was a riff on Octavia Butler’s classic sci-fi novel Kindred. Though the two attempt to tread similar thematic territory, and there are a few other similarities, that’s really where the parallels end. While Antebellum is a gorgeous film to look at, and has admirable goals in mind, it misses on most accounts, falls into all-too-common traps, and the end result plays like an overlong episode of Black Mirror.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

'Synchronic' Trailer: 'The Endless' Directors Send Anthony Mackie And Jamie Dornan On A Time Traveling Drug Trip

Someone finally got the memo to give Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead more toys to play with and hell yes. Synchronic, the duo’s follow up to The Endless, has been one of our most anticipated movies since it made the festival rounds last year. It’s finally on the way, with an October 23 release date and a new trailer. If you’re not excited for this yet, watch the trailer. You will be.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

'The Mandalorian' Season 2 Trailer: This Is The Way (And Baby Yoda Is Still Cute)

Season One of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars series The Mandalorian was divisive. Some loved it, others hated it. I’m in the camp that dug the episodic frontier western-in-space vibe. A friend compared it to Kung Fu, and though I wouldn’t have gotten there on my own, it’s an apt comparison. Anyway, Season Two of The Mandalorian will now officially release on October 30 on Disney+, and this news comes with a shiny new trailer.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

'Freaky' Trailer: Body Swap Horror Comedy From 'Happy Death Day' Director

A few years back, director Christopher Landon gave us a teen slasher comedy spin on Groundhog Day with Happy Death Day, which was way, way more fun than I anticipated. So yeah, if he wants to do the same with Freaky Friday, I’m game. And here is the first trailer for his attempt at just that, Freaky.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Denis Villeneuve's First 'Dune' Trailer Is Brooding And Epic

I don’t know what movie is the one that’s going to get me back into a theater despite the global pandemic. But after this trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune, we have a new contender. Just watch.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

This 'No Time To Die' Trailer Changes Everything For James Bond

When I was a kid, probably far too young, I wanted to be James Bond. I grew out of that with the crushing realization I’m not suave, skilled, or particularly gifted in any area of spycraft. That said, I will never not be super pumped for a new James Bond movie. And that, of course, includes the upcoming No Time to Die. Delayed from its original release, 007’s latest adventure hits theaters in November, and to rebuild the hype, there’s this slick, action-packed new trailer.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Fantasia 2020: 'Dinner In America'

“Fuck the rest of them, fuck ‘em all but us.” So goes the refrain in a song written by Simon (Kyle Gallner, Veronica Mars) and Patty (Emily Skeggs, The Miseducation of Cameron Post). It also forms the general conceit and overall attitude of Adam Rehmeier’s middle-finger-flying, punk-rock-fuck-you of a love story, Dinner in America. Think Repo Man by way of Bonnie and Clyde and that starts to paint the picture.