"I want to tell you my side of this." Fox Searchlight has premiered a trailer for Rupert Goold's film True Story, starring Jonah Hill and James Franco as adversaries of sorts. Based on the real life memoirs of NY Times reporter Michael Finkel, played by Jonah Hill, the film follows the interactions between Finkel and accused killer Christian Longo, played by James Franco. For years, Longo lived using Finkel's identity, and even submitted writing work under his name. In addition to Hill and Franco, who look quite serious in this, the cast includes Felicity Jones, Ethan Suplee and Gretchen Mol. This actually looks really, really good. I love the intensity and some of the dialogue is on fire, this just shot to the top of my list for Sundance.
"This is all I have dreamed about..." IFC has debuted the first trailer for Peter Strickland's new film The Duke of Burgundy, a seductive and creepy little thriller. Strickland's last film was the mesmerizing Berberian Sound Studio with Toby Jones, which was quite a trip if you saw it. This new one has much of the same, it's twisted and weird and eerie, using cinema to evoke and provoke. The Duke of Burgundy stars Sidse Babett Knudsen and Chiara D'Anna as two women who get into a tricky relationship. The film received quite a bit of buzz out of TIFF and Fantastic Fest this year, with many critics calling it one of the best discoveries of this year's fall film fests. It's worth a look, especially if you're curious about butterflies.
After landing a couple of Indie Spirit Award nominations for director David Zellner and star Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim, Cloud Atlas), the indie drama Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is coming to theaters in the spring, and the teaser trailer has arrived. Based on a true story, the film follows a woman who sets out on a journey to retrieve the briefcase full of money that was buried in the frozen ground in the Coen Brothers comedy Fargo. Due to the disclaimer at the beginning of the film calling it a true story (it's not), she's driven to find this treasure. It's quite a unique premise, and it looks like a real gem. Watch it!
"Vibrant, funny, and subversive." Remember all those movies you were obsessed with in high school? All those classic teenage comedies, coming-of-age dramas, telling stories of high school burn outs and maligned prom queens. Young filmmaker Charlie Lyne made a documentary called Beyond Clueless, presenting a "PhD on the history of high school cinema" featuring a "moody and evocative score" by the band Summer Camp, which can be heard briefly in the trailer. Our friends at Empire have unveiled the first poster and it caught our eye. For marketing made up entirely with their own material, no footage, this is excellent work. I'm very curious to check out the doc and many will likely feel the same after taking a look at the film below.
"Everybody's looking for that boy." Roadside Attractions has unveiled a new trailer for Yann Demange's thriller '71, starring Jack O'Connell as a soldier lost in the streets of Belfast in 1971. If you don't know that name yet, you better get used to it - Jack O'Connell is quickly on the rise, and he deserves it because he's incredibly talented. O'Connell stars in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken opening this month, as well as Starred Up which we featured recently. He's also outstanding in this film, '71, a very intense action-thriller that follows the 24 hours he's stuck in Belfast during the The Troubles. They've been slow-playing this film so that it can build off the buzz of Unbroken and Starred Up before release, but it's actually worth seeing. Fire this up.
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival hasn't even started yet (it's still over a month away), but one of the in-competition films has already been picked up for distribution. THR reports A24 and DirecTV have picked up New Zealand's rural drama Slow West for release in the United States. Set at the end of the nineteenth century, the film follows 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) journeying across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. He end sup being joined by Silas (Michael Fassbender), a mysterious traveler, and hotly pursued by an outlaw named Payne (Ben Mendelsohn) along the way.
The line-up for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival has already been revealed, but as always, there are a couple more last minute additions. Festival founder Robert Redford will see the premiere of his latest starring role in A Walk in the Woods, the adaptation of Bill Bryson's memoir of the same name, premiering at the festival. In addition, True Story starring Jonah Hill and James Franco will also debut up in the mountains. We've got first look photos from both of the movies below, along with the festival loglines to give you a better idea of what each of the films are about. Looking forward to both of these additions next month!
It's official - the next Terrence Malick movie will be arriving next year. The 65th Berlin International Film Festival has announced the first seven films selected as part of their competition programme for 2015. Berlinale, as the fest is known, takes place in Germany in early February right after the Sundance Film Festival (which we'll also be covering). After a successful trip to Berlin last year to see The Grand Budapest Hotel premiere, Berlinale has invited me back for another year and I'm looking forward to returning quite a bit. This first announcement is just a small tease, but it confirms that Malick's Knight of Cups starring Christian Bale and Natalie Portman (see that first look photo) will be premiering at the festival next year.
hell heck is this film?! One of the wackiest, most eye-brow-raising selections of Sundance 2015 is a film titled Last Days in the Desert, written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia. The plot is explained as: "Ewan McGregor is Jesus -- and the Devil -- in an imagined chapter from his forty days of fasting and praying in the desert." As much as that sounds like the perfect comedy, it's actually a historical "adventure drama" (according to IMDb) where Jesus must overcome a "dramatic test" as he confronts the Devil, who is also McGregor. Our first look at Jesus has just arrived and because this is such a unique film, I can't help but share the photo (though it doesn't show much) as we count down the days to Sundance in late January.
Unfortunately, Boyhood won't be available on Blu-Ray and DVD until January 6th, but if the film gets some love from the Golden Globes or Oscars, that will give you plenty of time to check out out before those ceremonies. In the meantime, for those who have seen Richard Linklater's film (or even if you haven't, this won't spoil anything), check out this 10-minute featurette looking at the making of this one-of-a-kind, coming-of-age tale. The featurette has footage that spans the 12 years it took to make this film a reality. Again, seeing Ellar Coltrane grow up is mind-blowing, and seeing the time pass so quickly is wild. Watch!
Time for the premieres! Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with only 45 days until Sundance 2015 kicks off on January 22nd, Sundance has officially announced more of their line-up following the In-Competition selection and Midnight & Spotlight last week, mainly the coveted Premieres category, 28 narrative features and docs, at the world's greatest, snowiest film festival in January. Here's where they have regulars Joe Swanberg (Happy Christmas), James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) and plenty of great filmmakers. Plus - the docs this year, oh my! Full lists below.
"I don't know what I'm going to lose next." After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this past fall, the drama Still Alice is entering the Oscar race with an awards qualifying theatrical run on screens in New York and Los Angeles right now. It won't get a wider release until January, but in the meantime, you can check out the first trailer for the film that sees Julianne Moore playing a Columbia University professor whose life begins to crumble as she gets diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Moore has been buzzed about for a Best Actress nomination, and you can clearly see why. Watch!
On Christmas Day, you'll get to see Anna Kendrick sing some signature tunes in Disney's adaptation of the Broadway musical Into the Woods, and if you don't want to wait until Pitch Perfect 2 hits theaters next summer (watch the teaser trailer here) to see her sing on the big screen again, we have good news. The new musical romance The Last 5 Years, picked up after its premiere at TIFF earlier this year, arrives in February, and the first trailer has arrived. It's an off-Broadway adaptation that follows a struggling relationship, but it's told in reverse chronological order. This doesn't sound polished like a big budget musical with the raw singing adding a certain amount of charm, and I like that quite a bit. Watch below!
Right now you can see Elizabeth Banks stripped down of glamor and made plain in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, and next you'll be able to see her show off her acting chops in the indie drama Little Accidents. The film is set in a mining town where the disappearance of a teenage boy draws together a surviving miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive, and a local boy in a web of secrets. It looks like standard indie fare, but it's always nice to see an eclectic actress like Banks turn in what seems to be a solid performance by the looks of this trailer. Boyd Holbrook also stars in the film, and you can watch below!