SUNDANCE 2014

Michael C. Hall Kills Again in First Trailer for Indie Drama 'Cold in July'

Cold in July

While many are used to seeing Michael C. Hall kill someone with no problem on the now completed Showtime drama series "Dexter," his role as a killer in the Sundance selected drama Cold in July is a little different. Complete with a terrible haircut, Hall plays Richard Dane, a man who ends up fatally shooting a home invader to death. But the real tension begins when the dead intruder's father (Sam Shepard) is released from prison, and seeks out revenge by targeting Richard's young son. This looks like quite an intense thriller, with a solid performance from Hall. We missed it at Sundance, but will certainly seek it out.

 Posted 6 hours ago in Indies, Sundance 14, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Jenny Slate Gets Pregnant in First Trailer for Hilarious 'Obvious Child'

Obvious Child

After loving the comedy Obvious Child at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, we're happy to report the film is hitting theaters this summer, and the first trailer has just arrived. Former "Saturday Night Live" star and "The Kroll Show" regular Jenny Slate delivers a charming, hilarious and spectacular breakthrough performance as Donna, a Brooklyn comedian who gets dumped and takes solace in a one night stand and ends up pregnant. It throws her whole life into upheaval, not to mention her struggle with telling the would-be father about the mishap, including her plan to get an abortion. Not only is the film funny, but it's genuine and as I wrote in my review, "everything that romantic comedies wish they could be." Watch!

 Posted April 15 in Indies, Sundance 14, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Philip Seymour Hoffman Struggles in First Trailer for 'God's Pocket'

God's Pocket

At the end of last week, the first trailer for A Most Wanted Man debuted, which sadly turned into one of the two final performances from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman that also debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (there's also The Hunger Games: Mockingjay coming up). Now the first trailer for God's Pocket has arrived, featuring his other stirring lead performance. The film wasn't one of our favorites from Sundance since it ambitiously goes for a dark comedy vibe akin to Coen Brothers, but stumbles in staying in the right tone. Still, the performances are great and John Slattery shows promise as a director. Watch it!

 Posted April 14 in Indies, Sundance 14, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Zach Braff's Sophomore Directing Effort 'Wish I Was Here' First Trailer

Wish I Was Here

Following a premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Wish I Was Here, the sophomore directorial effort of Garden State helmer and "Scrubs" star Zach Braff is coming this summer, and the first trailer has arrived. Much like the first trailer for Braff's aforementioned directorial debut, this one let's the music and cinematography shine, opting to leave out dialogue almost completely. It's kind of a bummer that a couple amusing cameos are included in this trailer, but they'll also convince fans of Braff's previous work to be even more excited. This writer wasn't a big fan of the film earlier this year, but it's worth seeing yourself. Watch!

 Posted April 9 in Indies, Sundance 14, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Michael Fassbender Has a Giant Head in UK Trailer for 'Frank'

Frank

After playing at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the indie rock comedy Frank is poised to hit theaters sometime this year after Magnolia Pictures picked up the film starring Michael Fassbender. Since the film is already slated for a release in the United Kingdom on May 9th, that's where the first trailer for the film comes from, and it perfectly showcases the quirky, hilarity that makes this such an endearing comedy. But if you're hoping to see Michael Fassbender's handsome face alongside Domhnall GleesonMaggie Gyllenhaal and Scott McNairy, you're in for a surprise, because he's got quite a special accessory. Watch!

 Posted March 6 in Indies, Sundance 14, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Which Films from Sundance 2014 May End Up Being Oscar Nominees?

Sundance 2014 / Oscars

Each year at the Sundance Film Festival, folks like myself try and pick out which, if any, of the movies making their debut in Park City could become Oscar contenders later in the year. In 2013, I attended the indie film festival so I can attest to the Oscar buzz starting for something like Fruitvale Station screened. Ironically, none of the movies from Sundance 2013 made the cut for Best Picture, but screenplay nominee Before Midnight premiered there along with four of the five Best Documentary Feature nominees. But maybe some films from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival could get Oscar love. The question is, which ones?

 Posted February 25 in Awards, Editorial, Sundance 14 | Comments

IFC Films Buys Kristen Stewart's Guantanamo Bay Indie 'Camp X-Ray'

Camp X-Ray

After premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival last month, the Guantanamo Bay centric drama Camp X-Ray has been picked up by IFC Films. The company announced the acquisition to the North American rights to the film from debut director Peter Sattler, which should have no problem finding an audience with The Twilight Saga lead Kristen Stewart starring. In the film, Stewart plays a young woman who joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small town roots, but ends up as a rookie guard at the questionable detainee facility Guantanamo Bay, codenamed Camp X-Ray. More below!

 Posted February 6 in Indies, Movie News, Sundance 14 | Comments

Sundance Buys: 'Infinitely Polar Bear, 'Killers' & 'Ping Pong Summer'

Infinitely Polar Bear

Following the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, we rounded up a list of all the films that had been picked up for distribution after premiering at the festival. Now three more films have been acquired, likely for release later this year. THR reports Sony Pictures Classics has acquire Infinitely Polar Bear starring Mark Ruffalo while Gravitas Ventures and Millennium Entertainment have picked up the 80s love letter Ping Pong Summer. And finally, The Wrap reports Well Go USA, which picked up Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, has landed themselves another bloody horror film with the intense, violent Japanese flick Killers.

 Posted February 3 in Movie News, Sundance 14 | Comments

Sundance 2014: Compelling Modern Storytelling in 'The Overnighters'

The Overnighters

While attending a film festival it's always exciting to hear buzz about films that may not have been on our radar before. One film in particular at Sundance 2014 that I kept hearing my colleagues raving about was actually a documentary, one called The Overnighters. It took a little while but I finally caught up with the film after the fest and was so taken aback, so impressed and surprised and genuinely moved by what I saw, I couldn't help but write about it. Overnighters is a refreshingly modern documentary, an utterly compelling, nuanced film that precariously balances the big questions of one of the great dilemmas of this day and age.

 Posted February 2 in Docs, Review, Sundance 14 | Comments

Sundance 2014: Alex & Ethan's Top 10 Favorite Films of the Festival

Sundance 2014

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival has finally come to an end and to put a wrap on things and finalize our nearly two weeks of coverage, we have one more recap and the list of our favorites. After screening films for nearly 10 days straight, Ethan and I have put together a selection of the 10 films that we believe are the best of the fest, our favorites from Sundance 2014. Among them are a few docs, a number of comedies, but mostly outstanding, original, wonderful films. This is to wrap up our coverage of Sundance as the fest has concluded. As a final recap we present our 5 favorite films each, plus one last rundown of everything else.

 Posted January 27 in Awards, Editorial, Sundance 14 | Comments

Sundance 2014: Who Bought Which Movies at the Indie Film Festival?

Sundance 2014

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival is finally over (check out all our coverage right here), and as is always the case after the indie film bonanza in Park City, some films were lucky enough to get purchased for distribution on the big screen. However, with no break out hits like Beasts of the Southern Wild, Like Crazy or Fruitvale Station, there were significantly less pick-ups during the festival, with only 21 films getting picked up. There's likely plenty more deals to come with buzzed about films with recognizable faces like Infinitely Polar Bear with Mark Ruffalo and Camp X-Ray with Kristen Stewart still looking for distribution. But for now, we've collected a list of all the films that got picked up so far. See the list below!

 Posted January 27 in Indies, Sundance 14 | Comments

Sundance 2014 Blog: Wrapping Up Another Year After 32 Screenings

Sundance 2014 Tickets

I've reached the end. After 10 days of films, screenings and indie cinema mania, I've finished up and arrived home from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. In total I saw 32 films at screenings during the festival held in Park City, Utah. While it never actually snowed once the whole fest this year, it was still cold and it was yet another wonderful year of discoveries, great films, thought-provoking art and insightful experiences. This was my eighth year in a row returning to Sundance, and after hitting an even 30 last year I decided to set my goal to hit the same this year, but ended up somehow fitting in an extra two along the way. Excellent.

 Posted January 26 in Editorial, Indies, Sundance 14 | Comments

Sundance 2014 Awards: 'Whiplash' & 'Alive Inside' Win Over Audiences

Whiplash Sundance 2014

The official awards for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival were announced tonight at a ceremony in Park City. We've been curiosuly awaiting the results of the awards at Sundance, and now we know who won big - Whiplash, directed by Damien Chazelle, starring Miles Teller and JK Simmons in an intense drumming drama. It landed a double header win - Audience Award and Directing Award, which puts it up there with the likes of Fruitvale last year, Precious and Quinceañera as other double-header winners before. There were plenty of other expected and yet fantastic awards given out, so read on for the full list of 2014 winners.

 Posted January 26 in Awards, Indies, Movie News, Sundance 14 | Comments

Sundance 2014: Jenny Slate Shines in 'Obvious Child' Abortion Comedy

Obvious Child

With the topic being so controversial, who would have thought that a romantic comedy with abortion at the center of the story would be so damn charming and irresistible. Obvious Child hails from Gillian Robespierre, turning her short film of the same name into a feature length film with "Saturday Night Live" veteran Jenny Slate playing the same role, a twentysomething who finds herself with an unexpected pregnancy after a one night stand with a kind, alluring stranger (Jake Lacy of "The Office"). The familiar meet-cute that would normally drive a generic romantic comedy is made engaging with the abortion focus.

 Posted January 26 in Review, Sundance 14 | Comments

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