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New Trailer for ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Brings Mammoth-Sized Madness

The Godzilla franchise stomps on next summer with a new film from Trick ‘r Treat and Krampus director Michael Dougherty. Godzilla: King of the Monsters finds Godzilla in a warm-up match of sorts, going against Mothra, Rodan, the three-headed King Ghidorah, and other monsters. This film, of course, is the lead-up to Adam Wingard’s Godzilla vs. Kong movie in 2020. […]

The Film Stage Show Ep. 321 – Green Book

Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today, Michael Snydel, Bill Graham and I discuss Peter Farrelly’s Green Book starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen. Subscribe on iTunes or see below to stream. Enter our giveaways, get access to our private Slack channel, and support new episodes by becoming a Patreon contributor. The Film […]

Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: Howard Hughes, Tintin, ‘Isle of Dogs,’ Beastie Boys & More

Yes, you could spend your holiday in the company of family and friends. But wouldn’t you rather curl up with a new book centered on cinema? There are new options aplenty, but let’s start with the latest from one of the most insightful, compelling voices we have: the great Karina Longworth. Seduction: Sex, Lies, and […]

First Trailer for ‘Triple Frontier’ Starring Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam & Garrett Hedlund

One of the longest-gestating projects in Hollywood this decade has been Triple Frontier. With actors including Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sean Penn, Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Mahershala Ali, and Will Smith all interested at one point or another–along with director Kathryn Bigelow–production on the Mark Boal story finally got underway with All is Lost, Margin […]

James Gray on ‘Ad Astra,’ Cannes Woes, Harvey Weinstein, and the Only Way Cinema Can Be Reinvented

James Gray has been carving his own idiosyncratic path through Hollywood and beyond for more than two decades. At 25 he was the toast of Venice, picking up the Silver Lion for his debut feature Little Odessa, a triumph that would lead him–for better and worse–to Harvey Weinstein, Miramax, and a rocky relationship with Cannes. His latest film, The Lost City of […]

Thierry Frémaux on Diversifying Cannes and Why John Woo Never Made it to Competition

Arguably the most scrutinized festival director of his time, Thierry Frémaux began working for the Cannes film festival in 2001 before taking on the role of festival director in 2014 when Gilles Jacob stood down. During that period he has had to attempt to rewire Cannes in the wake of radical changes in how we watch and talk about movies. He also […]

Review: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Sets a Dazzling Benchmark for Superhero Films

For anyone still invested in big-budget Hollywood studio films that foreground original voices and singular visions, the glut of superhero movies represent something of an existential threat. Since it doesn’t make fiscal sense for companies like Marvel and DC to allow artists to hijack their expensive tentpoles with off-brand ideas, these IP-sourced comic book films […]

First Trailer for ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Finds a World in Despair

Following up the cliffhanger that was Avengers: Infinity War, we already know more than a few presumed dead superheroes will survive thanks to another Spider-Man set to be released this summer, but now our first glimpse at the sequel has finally arrived. With the title reveal of Avengers: Endgame, the first trailer is here. Directed by […]

New to Streaming: ‘Collette,’ ‘Inception,’ ‘Tyrel,’ ‘The Lobster,’ ‘Lizzie’ & More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here. Colette (Wash Westmoreland) Keira Knightley is back in her beloved genre, the period […]

‘Vice,’ ‘The Favourite,’ ‘A Star is Born,’ and ‘Green Book’ Lead 2019 Golden Globe Nominations

If you want to know what a mysterious group of voters think of the cinema of 2018–with little bearing on what will be nominated for Oscars–today is your day. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has delivered their nominations for the 2019 Golden Globes. Adam McKay’s Vice topped the nominations with six total, while Yorgos Lanthimos’ The […]