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Ava DuVernay Will Direct ‘The New Gods’ for DC’s Extending Universe

The ‘Wrinkle in Time’ director’s next movie is bound to be another epic spectacle. Game-changing filmmaker Ava DuVernay proved her blockbuster mettle with A Wrinkle in Time. Although reception of the film has been tepid from some, DuVernay’s ambitious storytelling in the movie is still absolutely laudable. Even just as a book adaptation, Wrinkle is a […]

James Mangold’s ‘The Force’ Will Be a ‘Logan’ Reunion

Scott Frank is now working on the adaptation of Don Winslow’s best-selling novel. James Mangold‘s next directorial project is an adaptation of Don Winslow‘s novel about the blurring of crime and justice in New York City. A cop realizes he might be the baddie but still feels an obligation to help his city out of […]

Ridley Scott Might Return to the Spy Genre With ‘Queen and Country’

The comic book adaptation has been in development for more than 10 years. Ridley Scott deftly manages to resist typecasting when it comes to choosing directorial projects. Of course, many associate him with pioneering sci-fi films with the Blade Runner and the Alien franchises. But between being in talks to direct a Disney film, finding new things […]

Killer Cons, Flesh-Eating Aliens, and a Sexy Deal With the Devil

Vinegar Syndrome brings another eclectic trio of titles to Blu-ray! One of the best genre labels out there brings three films to Blu-ray as part of their February slate. Penitentiary II is a prison bral flick, Prey is an odd sci-fi feature from the UK, and Mary! Mary! is one of the 70s funnier, sexier […]

Miranda July to Take on the Heist Genre

Me and you and everything we know about Miranda July’s next movie. Author, performance artist, and filmmaker Miranda July is going back behind the camera after a seven year absence. Teaming up with Annapurna Pictures (Phantom Thread, Spring Breakers) and Plan B Entertainment (Okja, The Lost City of Z), July’s untitled third feature is described […]

How the Safdie Brothers Test the Limits of Our Empathy

The duo’s shockingly human characters push the audience to question their innate support of a protagonist. After seeing the Safdie brothers’ 2017 film Good Time, I felt rattled. The film can have that effect on a person. The frenetic plot, pulsing score, and impressive ease and speed at which things go wrong require a lot from a […]

Michael Bay’s ‘Pain & Gain’ is More Essential Than Ever

As it turns five, we look back at the smarter, more self-aware Michael Bay film that history may ultimately view as an essential look at today’s America. Some films are easy to reduce to a single shot. One isolated image, which carries the movie’s entire personality and purpose in its striking, swirling encapsulation of meaning. […]

How Katharine Hepburn Orchestrated Her Hollywood Comeback On Her Own Terms

Once dubbed “the most maligned woman in Hollywood,” Hepburn fought a frustratingly familiar uphill battle against her industry. When one thinks of Katharine Hepburn now, the image that likely comes to mind is that of a Hollywood icon, a woman who was ahead of her time with an independent attitude and a penchant for wearing masculine […]

Danny Boyle is the Next James Bond Director

The Oscar-winning filmmaker behind ‘Trainspotting’ and ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ has confirmed involvement. Last month, we heard that Danny Boyle was the frontrunner to direct the next James Bond movie — the final installment starring Daniel Craig in the role — and now it’s apparently official. Boyle personally confirmed to Metro New York last night that he’s involved in the movie, so far still just […]

The Key to Understanding David Lynch is Being Okay With Not Understanding David Lynch

The case for being confused and loving it. In 2006, David Lynch took to the streets of LA with a cow (yes, a real live cow on a leash) and some posters. One of which read “Without cheese there would be no Inland Empire.” The stunt was Lynch’s chosen method of campaigning for an Oscar […]