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The Process of Cinematic Re-Evaluation Explored in New Video Essay

As this year’s awards season comes to an end this weekend, if history has proven anything, it’s that one must not judge a film’s legacy by the amount of trophies or box-office it receives. In fact, it’s often quite the contrary: as the years go on, under-appreciated (or even initially mis-understood) films start to find […]

Meet the Crew of ‘Alien: Covenant’ in 5-Minute Prologue

Following in the footsteps of the last Alien film, Ridley Scott and company aren’t teasing their sci-fi adventure through strictly conventional means. To help introduce to the cast of this summer’s Alien: Covenant — consisting of Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, […]

Watch: Richard Linklater Directs Political Ad Opposing Texas Bathroom Bill

Think of it as a primer ahead of next week’s release of The Criterion Collection’s Before trilogy box set. In between last year’s Everybody Wants Some!! and this year’s Last Flag Flying, Richard Linklater has helmed a political ad to oppose the proposed Texas Privacy Act, which would ban transgender people from using the bathroom […]

Kristen Stewart Will Go ‘Underwater’ for ‘Armageddon’-Esque Thriller

One of the more visually impressive sci-fi films on the indie side the last few years was William Eubank‘s The Signal. With minuscule resources compared to his big-budget peers, he crafted a compelling tale of escalating sci-fi mystery. He’s now upping his scale for his next feature and has a major star to topline the […]

Macon Blair on His Timely Debut ‘I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore’ and Working With Steven Soderbergh

Hot on the heels of a breakout lead performance in Blue Ruin and a solid supporting turn in Jeremy Saulnier‘s follow-up Green Room, Macon Blair finds himself in the director’s chair with I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore. Starring Melanie Lynskey as Ruth, a woman at the end of her rope, the film offers a welcome […]

Absurdist Animation Runs Wild in Trailer for ‘My Entire High School Is Sinking Into The Sea’

The first trailer has arrived for the surrealist animation debut of Dash Shaw. Rather accurately titled My Entire High School Is Sinking Into The Sea, the film follows a high school that is… sinking into the sea.  Expanding on that title, it also follows a group of students (including those voiced by Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, and Reggie Watts) that […]

Rooney Mara and Ryan Gosling Rock Out in New Images From Terrence Malick’s ‘Song to Song’

If for a moment one can hit pause on your umpteenth viewing of the trailer for Song to Song, a new look at Terrence Malick‘s Austin-set romance/music drama has arrived. Led by Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara, and Natalie Portman, they are all featured in new images from the film. Ahead of the SXSW premiere in […]

Giveaway: Win Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’ on Blu-ray

One of our favorite films of last year, Tom Ford‘s dark, gorgeous thriller Nocturnal Animals, arrives on Blu-ray this week. We’ve teamed with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment to give it away three copies to our readers. All entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on Monday, February 27th. To enter, do the first two steps and then each additional one counts as […]

Berlin Review: ‘Hostages’ is a Hijacking Thriller Conveyed With Exceptional Craft

Berlin 2017 ReviewIndependent; 103 minutes Director: Rezo Gigineishvili Written by Zhuo-Ning Su on February 22, 2017  Bringing a welcome rush of adrenaline to the Berlinale, Georgian director Rezo Gigineishvili’s period hijacking drama Hostages combines arthouse sensitivities, historical gravitas and good ol’ action setpieces to highly satisfying results. While somewhat underdeveloped in narrative arc and emotional reach, […]

Rooney Mara and Jason Segel Encounter the Afterlife in New Trailer for ‘The Discovery’

The One I Love director Charlie McDowell brought his next emotionally grounded sci-fi film, The Discovery, to Sundance Film Festival and unlike many other premieres there, one will be able to see it soon. Ahead of a release in about five weeks on Netflix, they’ve now released a new trailer which unpacks more of the story. Starring Jason Segel, […]