Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with 45 days left until Sundance 2016 kicks off on January 21st, it's time to find out what will be playing up in snowy Park City this January. Yesterday, Sundance revealed the first 66 films playing in-competition at the festival. Today, they reveal the remaining features and documentaries playing in the Premieres category and Spotlight category. There are tons of great films in this line-up, including: TIFF holdover Green Room, Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic, John Krasinski directing The Hollars, Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople and much more.
Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with 50 days left until Sundance 2016 kicks off on January 21st, it's time to find out what's playing this year. Sundance has revealed their 2016 selection of In-Competition films, including both documentaries and features, as well as films in the ultra low-budget NEXT category. Featured in five different categories are 66 individual films that will be showing at world's greatest, snowiest film festival in January. The rest of the major premieres will be revealed soon, and the Midnight line-up was announced last week. Plenty of good ones to choose from here, including a documentary with an "undisclosed" director (Holy Hell), plus Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation and more.
"Who are you? No one in particular." A24 has debuted the first trailer for William Monahan's new thriller Mojave through Entertainment Tonight; view the full trailer below. Oscar Isaac stars along with Garrett Hedlund in this tale of two drifters who meet in the desert. The cast includes Hayley Magnus, Dania Ramirez, and apparently Mark Wahlberg and Walton Goggins, though there isn't much of them in this. It starts out with one story, twists into something more thrilling halfway through, and becomes badass at the end. I'm not sure if this will actually be any good. "This started in the desert, and it's going to end there."
It's time! With the end of the year approaching, everyone starts to reveal their own Top 10 best of the year lists. One of our favorite lists that kicks off this time is from filmmaker John Waters' - his Top 10 favorite films from this year. In 2015, Waters has chosen yet another eclectic mix of films, including Mad Max: Fury Road, Tangerine, Xavier Dolan's Tom at the Farm, Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella (really!), and The Diary of a Teenage Girl, among some other oddball picks. A few years back his top film was Spring Breakers, and last year it was Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars. I always like hearing about Waters' favorites because he has such unique taste and his comments are fun to read. I'm glad he loved Mad Max as much as everyone else.
"Boy, I'm a professional at making a mess of things." Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled an official trailer for I Saw the Light, the upcoming film starring Tom Hiddleston as legendary country singer Hank Williams. Despite Tom Hiddleston's performance, the film received fairly dismal reviews after premiering at TIFF a few months ago (read Marco's review). Word is the film was re-cut and they pushed back the release a few months for them to figure out a new strategy. Now we get our first glimpse and it doesn't look that promising - but it depends on how much you like country music. In addition to Hiddleston, the cast includes Elizabeth Olsen, David Krumholtz, Bradley Whitford and Cherry Jones. Give it a watch below.
"This will be my last job." IFC Films has debuted the trailer for the indie crime drama Dixieland, from writer/director Hank Bedford, starring Chris Zylka (The Leftovers) and Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road). Zylka plays Kermit, a "mostly good kid" fresh out of prison trying his best to stay clean, falling in love with his neighbor, Rachel, played by Keough. Of course, when he needs money he decides to do one last job and we all know how that's going to turn out. The supporting cast includes Faith Hill, RJ Mitte, Brad Carter, Steve Earle, Spencer Lofranco and Mick Foley. Not my kind of film, but give it a look below.
The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring plenty of those little indies which deserve the honor and recognition that, this year, they might not receive at the Oscars. We love featuring these because there's always some gems to find. This is an excellent year of nominees, featuring a wide range of some of the best filmmaking of the year. The five Best Features alone: a stop-motion animated feature (Anomalisa), a film shot on an iPhone starring transsexuals (Tangerine), Todd Haynes' film about lesbian lovers (Carol), and the African fighters thriller (Beasts of No Nation). There's so many outstanding people featured this year, so take a look below. Read on for the list of noms.
Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with 60 days left until Sundance 2016 kicks off on January 21st, it's time to kick things off. The festival has surprisingly revealed just the Midnight line-up on its own. The rest of the festival line-up has yet to be revealed - and should happen in the next few weeks. Sundance typically starts out by announcing the In-Competition films before revealing the Spotlight, Premiere, New Frontier and Next lines-ups, but they're jumping ahead with Midnight first. Kevin Smith is back after 22 years to premiere his latest film, Yoga Hosers, and Rob Zombie's latest, 31, is also premiering.
"I'm not a coach, I'm a star!" Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled a red band (for language!) trailer for the indie comedy The Bronze, which was an opening night film at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Melissa Rauch plays Hope Anne Greggory, a gymnast who won the bronze at the Olympics once, and now lives with the glory of that fame. The cast includes Gary Cole, Haley Lu Richardson, Thomas Middleditch and Sebastian Stan. This film just isn't that good, it's not that funny, and the trailer doesn't help sell it at all. Maybe a few people out there who enjoy this kind of trashy humor may be interested in this, but I doubt it.
The Neon Demon is coming to screens soon. Variety reports that Amazon Studios has picked up US release rights to Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film, The Neon Demon, which has yet to premiere at any festivals. The report states that Amazon is planning to release the film in theaters next summer (2016), so it's not just an Amazon Digital only release, it's them going all out standing behind this film. "One morning I woke and realized I was both surrounded and dominated by women. Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty," Refn said about the idea for this film. Elle Fanning stars, along with Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Jena Malone. See the new photo below while we wait for more.
"Welcome to Chi-Raq! Land of pain, misery and strife." Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions have debuted the official trailer for Chi-Raq, the new Spike Lee Joint that's hitting limited theaters this fall. Samuel L. Jackson narrates and introduces this film, and the full ensemble cast features Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Anya Engel-Adams, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson and Dave Chappelle. It's described as a modern adaptation of the ancient Greek play "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes, but it's actually a look at the violence and murders in Chicago, and how the people can fight back together.
"Bring my brother back!" New Films International has debuted a trailer for James Franco's adaptation of William Faulkner's novel The Sound and the Fury, about the Compson Family living in the deep south in Mississippi in the early 20th century. Starring as Benjy Compson (as seen above) is none other than James Franco himself, with quite an ensemble cast to boot: Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson, Loretta Devine, Joey King, and Ahna O’Reilly. This doesn't have the best reviews, but Dan Romer's Beasts of the Southern Wild score is a nice addition to the trailer. That's all to take not of.
"Do you guys know Doris? She's kinda weird." The trailer has debuted for a quirky, cute, charming indie drama called Hello, My Name Is Doris starring Sally Field. After a quiet few years in her career, Field has roared back recently playing Aunt May in The Amazing Spider-Man, not to mention Mary Todd Lincoln in Lincoln. She's back in a leading role again here, as Doris, an older woman pining for the young new guy at her work - played by Max Greenfield, from "New Girl". The entire cast includes Natasha Lyonne, Kumail Nanjiani, Peter Gallagher, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tyne Daly and Beth Behrs. This is adapted from a short film by Laura Terruso and looks occasionally funny, but not really my kind of character study. Take a look.
"I am here, she is there. There is no caring." Sony Pictures Classics has debuted the official US trailer for Maggie Smith's awards season contender The Lady in the Van, which will be getting a small Academy-qualifying release starting in December. In the film, actress Maggie Smith reprises her role as "the lady in the van" from the stage show of the same name, a character she has played for over a decade now. She is joined by Alex Jennings as Alan Bennett, with appearances by Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Jim Broadbent, Frances de la Tour and others. It's a charming, life-affirming story of a woman who prefers to live in her van than any permanent home. Is it just me, or did they use some music from Miyazaki films?