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Luc Besson Creates New Worlds in Final Trailer for ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’

Luc Besson is looking to recapture that goofball Fifth Element charm with his latest sci-fi spectacle Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Adapted from the long-running French comic book series Valérian and Laureline, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets follows two 28th century special operatives, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara […]

Cannes Review: ‘The Beguiled’ is a Defiant and Sumptuous Genre Outing for Sofia Coppola

Cannes 2017 ReviewFocus Features; 93 minutes Director: Sofia Coppola Written by Rory O’Connor on May 24, 2017  Cannon fire rumbles menacingly in the distance, but it’s human desire that might prove to be the greater threat after all in The Beguiled. Set to the backdrop of the American Civil War, Sofia Coppola has crafted a sumptuous and often […]

First Trailer for ‘Wonder’ Starring Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, and Julia Roberts

With Wonder, author Stephen Chbosky returns to the director’s chair for the first time since he helmed the film adaptation of his novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower in 2012. Adapted from the novel by R. J. Palacio, Wonder focuses on August “Auggie” Pullman (played by Room’s Jacob Tremblay), a 10-year-old with a facial […]

Giveaway: Win a ‘Get Out’ Blu-ray Prize Pack

Arriving on Blu-ray this week is not only one of the biggest break-out hits of the year, but also one of the best films: Jordan Peele‘s social thriller Get Out. We’ve teamed with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment to give away a Blu-ray prize pack featuring the Blu-ray, a welcome mat, luggage tag, power bank, travel kits, […]

Review: ‘The Women’s Balcony’ is an Intuitive Account of Fundamentalist Extremism

Theatrical ReviewMenemsha Films; 96 minutes Director: Emil Ben-Shimon Written by Jared Mobarak on May 24, 2017  There’s more to The Women’s Balcony than the American marketing machine has thus far presented. Billed as a feel good comedy of communal spirit — and correctly so — there are much weightier issues at play. This isn’t merely […]

Nine Unfilmed Akira Kurosawa Screenplays Acquired for Production

As we’re seeing with Orson Welles and Ingmar Bergman, a filmmaker’s work can live on long after they’ve passed away. When it comes to the Citizen Kane director, we’re getting a movie he actually directed next year, but for others their unproduced screenplays are seeing the light of day. Earlier this year, we learned that Akira Kurosawa‘s […]

Review: ‘Baywatch’ Drowns in Easy Jokes and Lazy Plotting

Theatrical ReviewParamount Pictures; 116 minutes Director: Seth Gordon Written by Dan Mecca on May 24, 2017  Blame it on 21 Jump Street. In 2012, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller rebooted a silly, cult television series with a clever wink. It was a hit that spawned a hit sequel. Now we have Baywatch, directed by Seth Gordon, a […]

Dark Mood Woods: A Twin Peaks Podcast – Episodes 3 & 4

Welcome to Dark Mood Woods: A Twin Peaks Podcast, in which Managing Editor Nick Newman and contributor Ethan Vestby discuss David Lynch‘s return to long-form filmmaking. This summer, join us as we offer insight and knowledge only devoted fans can bring, along with the curiosity of what, exactly, has been happening in the Pacific Northwest these […]

Cannes Review: ‘April’s Daughter’ Marks a High Point for Michel Franco

Cannes 2017 ReviewIndependent; 103 minutes Director: Michel Franco Written by Jordan Ruimy on May 23, 2017  Michel Franco has built a reputation as an actor’s director, with his films featuring no shortage of unforgettable lead performances. Tim Roth’s creepy leading turn in Chronic comes to mind, as well as Tessa Ia in the underseen, worthy After Lucia. […]

Cannes Review: ’24 Frames’ is an Experimental Swan Song for Abbas Kiarostami

Cannes 2017 ReviewIndependent; 120 minutes Director: Abbas Kiarostami Written by Giovanni Marchini Camia on May 23, 2017  Cinema lost one of its pre-eminent pioneers when Abbas Kiarostami died on July 4, 2016. Over the course of his 46-year filmmaking career, the Iranian master never ceased to probe cinema’s ability to represent reality, finding ever new […]