"To erase the line between Man and Machine is to obscure the line between Men and Gods." A24 Films has premiered the first teaser trailer for screenwriter Alex Garland's directorial debut from his own script, a sci-fi called Ex Machina starring Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, Drive, Star Wars) as the CEO of a company who invites a young prodigy at his company to meet with the first true artificial intelligence. Ava is played by Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina, The Fifth Estate, Son of a Gun), and Domhnall Gleeson (Frank, About Time, Dredd) plays Caleb. I've been anxiously awaiting footage from Garland's feature debut and this looks absolutely great, even for just a teaser trailer. It's intense and mysterious. Watch below now!
The City Shines Brightest at Night. Ain't that the truth? Described as "pulp fiction cinema at its finest", Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler is one of those out-of-nowhere sleeper hits that seems to be hitting a certain note with some people. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a "driven young man" in Los Angeles who takes on the job of freelance late-night crime journalism, speeding to crime scenes to capture footage and sell it to local news stations. To promote the film, ShortList has put together a set of artistic posters made by various designers & illustrators and they're damn good (I love the first and last one). Always love seeing great art for a great movie, and this is one of those under-the-radar movies we fully support. View eight posters below.
After scripting 28 Days Later for Danny Boyle and the recent sci-fi cult classic Dredd, screenwriter Alex Garland is hopping in the director's chair for Ex Machina. We got a first look at the sci-fi thriller starring Domhnall Gleeson, Alica Vikander and Oscar Isaac back in the spring, and now the first teaser poster from the United Kingdom has arrived. Since it comes from across the pond, it's a quad poster showing off Vikander as the robot woman who is housed with the world's first true artificial intelligence. Sadly the film doesn't have a release date in the United States yet, so we don't know when we'll get to check it out. Look!
Since Kevin Smith's Tusk couldn't last in theaters over a couple weeks, maybe Justin Long will have better luck with a six-year spanning romance in Comet. The indie premiered at The Los Angeles Film Festival and follows a complicated relationship between the uptight Dell (Long) and a bright young girl named Kimberly (Emmy Rossum of "Shameless"). Set in a parallel universe, the film bounces back and forth over the course of an unlikely romance that lasts six years and moves from Paris to New York, but not before it all starts at Hollywood Forever during a meteor shower. This looks like a pretty great indie romance. Watch!
You might not expect a vampire western to come out of a country like Iran, but here we are with the first trailer for an indie called A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, one of the official selections of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival from earlier this year. This is a genre film through and through to the point that the trailer almost feels like it was directed by a young, foreign Quentin Tarantino or Robert Rodriguez. The press release cites influences from spaghetti westerns, horror and Iranian New Wave, and that's all perfectly on display here. This looks like a foreign film to go out of your way to see whenever possible. Watch now!
There may not be a new movie from Terrence Malick this year (we never really know when his films are going to arrive), but his protégé, director A.J. Edwards has delivered The Better Angels, a coming of age drama focusing on historical icon Abraham Lincoln. But rather than looking at his presidential years, the black and white film looks at the formative years of the future emancipator, his family, the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality. There's a large influence of Malick in style and storytelling, so this won't be for everybody, but the theatrical trailer looks good. Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger and newcomer Braydon Denney star in the film.
"A journey should always be mysterious..." One of the best films of 2014 is Birdman, the fifth feature from Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu, following up Biutiful four years ago. Birdman premiered at the Venice Film Festival and Telluride Film Festivals, and will also play at the New York Film Festival before landing in theaters this October. After catching the premiere up in the mountains in Telluride (my review), I met up with Iñárritu for a 15 minute chat about all things: from life to filmmaking to laughter to turning 50 and the lessons he has learned. It happens to be one of the best chats I've had with a filmmaker, and it's rejuvenating to listen to him talk. "If you don't do something that does not terrify you, why do it?"
Doesn't everyone deserve a second chance? We're excited to debut the brand new poster for Jesse Moss' highly acclaimed, extraordinary documentary The Overnighters which was just released in theaters last weekend by Drafthouse Films. It's a must see doc this year. The poster features a handful of quotes from critics all over, praising the "masterwork" doc calling it "riveting", "powerful" and "explosive". It is all of these things and much more, an incredible discovery out of Sundance this year hoping to go all the way at the Oscars next year. We're lucky to be quoted on this as well, out of my own Sundance review, where I call it a "wildly captivating real world ride." Take a look at the new poster below and catch this in theaters now.
"Like any journey, it's not what you carry, but what you leave behind." Continuing our latest feature, the Monthly Must See profile, this time around I'm highlighting an extraordinarily beautiful film called Tracks, set in Australia directed by John Curran of We Don't Live Here Anymore and The Painted Veil previously. Tracks is now playing in limited theaters and first premiered at the fall film festivals in 2013, where I first caught it. Actress Mia Wasikowska stars as Robyn in the true story of an independent young woman who decides to hike 1,700 miles across the Australian desert on her own. Aside from her dog and three camels.
Next week, Fox Searchlight unleashes the madness and brilliance that is Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest film Birdman, which promises a tour de force performance from former Batman star Michael Keaton. We've already seen one awesome trailer, and an extended international trailer, and that's about all we need to see to get excited for the film. Our own Alex Billington already saw the film at Telluride and couldn't stop raving about it. Now we have a batch of cool posters promoting the film with artwork taking Birdman to various iconic American landmarks. You can even try to win all of these posters as well. Look!
"Dear white people using Instagram, you go on hikes. I get it." The release of the racially charged satirical comedy Dear White People will be upon us in just over a week, and in one final effort to get the attention of the masses, a red band trailer has been unveiled, throwing around more than a few curse words and some racial slurs too. This looks like the kind of stirring, bold comedy all people need to see, and the reaction I've seen in the theaters from people of the same race referenced in the film's title when they see this movie's trailer is further proof of why it needs to and should exist. Plus, this just looks plain funny. Watch below!
"Sounds like game time to me." Just last week, we exclusively debuted the teaser poster for the Texas crime thriller Bad Turn Worse, the film formerly known as We Gotta Get Out of This Place, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. Now the film is finally getting released next month in limited theaters and on VOD, and the first trailer has arrived. This looks really cool, like a contemporary western, and the praise for a villainous turn from Mark Pellegrino sounds like that alone will make the film worth seeing. Mackenzie Davis and Jeremy Allen White also star in the film. Watch the trailer!
"I hate everyone but you." While the fall and winter are usually reserved for awards season contenders and big studio films looking for a holiday audience, there are still some festival indies trickling into theaters as well. One such film is Life Partners, a comedy starring Leighton Meester ("Gossip Girl") and Gillian Jacobs ("Community") as best friends who find themselves facing a crossroads when love enters the picture in the form of Adam Brody. The first trailer has arrived, and it looks amusing with appearances by Abby Elliott and Gabourey Sidibe, plus Kate McKinnon is supposed to pop up at some point too. Watch?
"No one is going to get out of here. At least I am not." After debuting at the Sundance Film Festival at the beginning of the year, the Guantanamo Bay drama Camp X-Ray is hitting limited theaters this fall. Kristen Stewart leads the film about a young soldier who begins to question her orders and place in the military guarding detainees at the infamous terrorist prison camp. Personally, I didn't find much to enjoy about the film, from the lack of subtlety to Stewart's wooden performance, but Payman Moaadi delivers a praiseworthy turn as a prisoner who strikes up a friendship with Stewart's character. But you can decide for yourself with a new trailer that surfaced from the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, showing off more of the film.