After his breakthrough role in Let Me In, young actor Kodi Smit-McPhee has grown up quite a bit, as evidence by his pivotal supporting role in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. And now he has the SXSW entry All the Wilderness allowing him to showcase his still impressive acting abilities with the coming-of-age drama about a teenage boy struggling through life after the death of his father. The first trailer for the film has arrived, and it looks beautiful. Reviews have also praised the film's soundtrack that features Sigur Ros and more. It's also nice to see Danny DeVito on the big screen again. It looks like one to seek out. Watch!
By the time Song One hits theaters this month, it will have been about an entire year since it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014, but that's just how independent releases work out sometime. So here we are with a second trailer for the touching drama about a woman (Anne Hathaway) coping with a return home due to an accident that has left her brother in a coma. In an effort to bring him out of it, she starts recording sounds in the city, and even finds his favorite indie musician (Johnny Flynn). And that's when the two find a blossoming romance and connection that may change their lives, hopefully for the better. Watch it!
In less than a week, we'll be bringing you all the buzz from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and some of the hype for the films premiering in the mountains is already kicking off. There's tons of dramas, comedies and documentaries on the table for us to sink our teeth into, and one of the films that I'm particularly excited about is a documentary called Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon. As you may have surmised, the film follows the launch of the first humor magazine for adults, and how it served as the starting ground for comedy legends like John Belushi, Bill Murray and many more. And now we have the teaser poster inspired by the magazine's first issue from 1973. Look!
After playing at the Cannes Film Festival last year, we've seen a couple international trailers for Clouds of Sils Maria, the latest film from Olivier Assayas. And now the film is poised for a release in the United States, which means we get a domestic trailer for the film now. The film follows actress Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. This time she's playing the older boss role and finds herself looking at unsettling reflection of her past when she meets the younger actress (Chloe Grace Moretz). Is it just me, or does it seem like Moretz is playing some version of Kristen Stewart, who plays Binoche's assitant? Watch below!
Hot on the heels of Boyhood winning the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama, another festival favorite is releasing a timely domestic trailer. Bande de Filles is a French film that is being called Girlhood in the United States (though the title translates to Group of Girls) and it follows a young girl living in the suburbs of Paris who ends up getting involved with a tight-knit group of girlfriends whose peer-pressure ends up leading to her life of dangerous drug-dealing. The film played to Cannes and has gotten some pretty great reviews, and now the US trailer has arrived to hype the coming of age tale. Watch!
Some very early Sundance news a few weeks before the festival kicks off. Fox Searchlight has officially announced that they've acquired Noah Baumbach's latest film Mistress America for worldwide release. This is one of two new Baumbach films coming up, the other being While We're Young which just premiered at TIFF 2014 last fall, and will be released in spring by A24 Films. Mistress America is premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in just a few weeks, and stars Baumbach's muse Greta Gerwig as well as newcomer Lola Kirke. Fox Searchlight will release the film in 2015, but an exact date hasn't been set yet.
"Our motivation was simple: revenge. We loved womping fuzzy-cheeked college-bonus-babies owned by the Dodgers, or Phillies." We're well into the New Year which means it's time for another Monthly Must See feature highlighting a great film to watch this month (or instead of/while waiting for the Golden Globes on Sunday). It's the perfect time of year for documentaries, so this month's pick is The Battered Bastards of Baseball from directors Chapman Way & Maclain Way, a Netflix documentary that runs a brisk 79 minutes telling the story of the Portland Mavericks, an independent baseball team started in the 1970s. This light-hearted, highly entertaining film is easily available on Netflix for your enjoyment anytime. It's good.
If the endless rise and fall of internet celebrities has you continually shaking your head, then "Arrested Development" star David Cross might have the comedy for you. The comedian makes his feature directing and writing debut with Hits, a film that premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival nearly a year ago, and skewers the concept of internet celebrity. Matt Walsh ("Veep") plays a man whose City Hall rant goes viral online, and his 15 minutes of fame begins. But soon everyone wants to ride that wave to their own fame. Michael Cera and Amy Sedaris also star in the film, which doesn't look great, but could be funny.
After breakthrough and impressive roles in movies like The 40-Year Old Virgin and Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, it's a shame that Kat Dennings isn't doing more on the big screen. Of course, she's quite busy with the CBS comedy series "2 Broke Girls," but she's way better than that sitcom drivel. But in between seasons of that show, it seems she found time to shoot the low profile drama To Write Love on Her Arms. It looks like there's some interesting fantasy elements here to help visualize depression and addiction, but it doesn't look all that provocative. Still, maybe it'll be worth watching next spring. Watch!
"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.