"Why do you suddenly want to hang out with a couple of 25 year olds?" You're only as young as you feel, and Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts seem to feel like they're in their mid-20s again. At least, that's what happens when they start hanging out with youngsters Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried in While We're Young, the latest from The Squid and the Whale / Frances Ha writer & director Noah Baumbach. This might be Baumbach's most accessible film, perhaps with a skew toward older crowds as opposed to the usual young, hip indie audience. But the writing, characters and comedy are genuine enough for all to enjoy.
There's a lot of artificial intelligence hitting the big screen this year. Next week brings Neill Blomkamp's Chappie and in April we have Alex Garland's Ex Machina followed by The Avengers: Age of Ultron in May. Well, next month The Weinstein Company will bring another into the mix with Eva. This is the first time the film is coming to the United States, but it opened on screens overseas all the way back in 2011. Daniel Bruhl (Rush, A Most Wanted Man) stars in the film as a cybernetic engineer tasked with giving emotional intelligence to the first robot child. But he has to learn a bit from his brother's daughter Eva first. Watch!
"How can that possibly be a success?" This looks great! Coming out of Sundance this year were a number of outstanding documentaries (our 7 favorites here), including this one, which picked up the Audience Award in the World Cinema Documentary category. Dark Horse is a documentary about a small Welsh town that decides to adopt and breed a racehorse even though they don't have much money. Lo and behold it goes on to become a huge success, and this is the story of that horse and the town. This is one film we didn't get to see, but heard nothing but amazing things about during the festival. This first trailer definitely gives us a glimpse at just how crowdpleasing and inspiring it is, and I'm looking forward to seeing it sooner than later.
We've talked about the awesome shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark that was attempted by a group of 12-year old kids back in 1982 before. The film became a cult sensation when it was screened in Austin, Texas, and now the story of how the film came to be is coming to the big screen with a documentary called Raiders! premiering at SXSW next month. In addition to looking back at the making of the film with childhood friends Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos, it also chronicles their attempt to shoot the final scene they could never pull off: the infamous Flying Wing scene where the shirtless Nazi strongman is cut up by the circling plane's propeller while fighting Indy. This looks like one hell of a cool story. Watch now!
Filthy. Rich. Spoilt. Rotten. IFC Films has recently unveiled the official US trailer for Lone Scherfig's The Riot Club, which will be getting released in March after initially premiering at TIFF 2014 last year. This debaucherous drama delves into the lives of the elite members of Oxford University's "Riot Club", based on the real-life Bullingdon Club, though I'm sure they want nothing to do with this. The young and beautiful cast of Riot Club includes Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Jessica Brown Findlay, Natalie Dormer, Holliday Grainger, Olly Alexander, Tom Hollander and Sam Reid. As much as I am fond of director Lone Scherfig, I'm not any more interested in this than I was after the first trailer. Give it a shot.
We've seen the lives of musicians like James Brown, Ray Charles and Johnny Cash played out on the big screen in the past decade, and now one more iconic act will have his story told too. Brian Wilson was the frontman of the iconic pop rock band The Beach Boys, and now we'll see his life played out in Love & Mercy, a film that sees Paul Dano and John Cusack playing the singer at different points in his life. We go from his early days starting the iconic band to the later years of his life when Wilson struggled with mental instability and substance abuse. The film played at TIFF last year, and now a teaser trailer is here.
Even though it took Susanne Bier's drama Serena starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence a long time to get to theaters, it looks like his TIFF-selected thriller A Second Chance will have a much more satisfying fate. "Game of Thrones" star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars in the film about Andreas, a Danish cop living a happy life with his wife and their newborn baby, who tries to save another infant from a neglectful home by kidnapping the child from its troubled parents. Soon Andreas' happy life begins to crumble, leaving him with some tough decisions. This looks like a pretty powerful dramatic thriller. Watch!
"I know you're angry Tris, but you're letting it consume you." If you're one of those fans who just can't wait for the arrival of The Divergent Series: Insurgent next month, the movie is a little bit more within reach as tickets are now on sale for the sci-fi sequel starring Shailene Woodley. And with that news also comes the final trailer for the film, showing that Tris (Woodley) is becoming consumed with anger, and she better get it in check if she's going to stay in control. Meanwhile, it looks like Ansel Elgort won't be offering help this time, despite being her brother, and Miles Teller may or may not be trustworthy. Watch!
After playing at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, the tribal martial arts flick The Dead Lands is headed to theaters this spring, and it just might put New Zealand on the map when it comes to action. The film features the traditional (and terrifying) Maori martial art of armed combat known as Mau rakau, making the film full of genuine culture as it's set in pre-colonial New Zealand. We got a glimpse of the film last year when it hit TIFF, and now a red band trailer has just surfaced to show off how brutal this flick can be. Between this and What We Do in the Shadows, there's good stuff coming out of New Zealand.
After handing out the award for Best Picture last night, Sean Penn is back today in the secondm quick trailer for The Gunman, the latest thriller from Taken director Pierre Morel. Penn just happens to be getting some flack today for saying "Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?" when he handed an Oscar to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, but the filmmaker knew it was a harmless joke. However, Penn certainly isn't messing around in what could be a whole new phase to his career. However, not every aging actor can follow the same trajectory as Liam Neeson did, though it's sometimes entertaining to see them try. Watch?
Over a year ago at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, one of the buzzed about projects was a touching family drama called Infinitely Polar Bear. The film features a remarkable lead performance by Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers) as Cam Stuart, a father in 1978 who is manic depressive, creating a rift between him and his wife (Zoe Saldana) and their two daughters. But Cam tries desperately to keep his family together at all costs. The film doesn't have distribution in the United States for some reason (it's a great movie though), but it's arriving in Australia soon, and a trailer from down under has just surfaced online. Watch below!
During the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, we highlighted what seemed to be the first trailer for the comedy Welcome to Me starring Kristen Wiig. However, that turned out to be a sales trailer for the film while it was still looking for distribution, and it was taken down. But now the real, official trailer for the film has surfaced as the film has been set to arrive in limited theaters in May. In the film Wiig plays a woman with borderline personality disorder who manages to get her own show on a local TV network after she wins the lottery jackpot. It looks like a fun, quirky showcase for Wiig but there's a great supporting cast too. Watch!
"This time it ain't just about being fast." Though the last three-minute trailer for Furious 7 showed up pretty much everything we need to see in order to be excited for the sequel, a little more footage couldn't hurt. A new international trailer has just surfaced with some snippets of new footage, including a new glimpse at some crazy event called "Race Wars." There's also a little more footage of Michelle Rodriguez and Ronda Rousey getting into it this time. This sequel is going to be nuts, and it should make for one hell of a send-off for the late Paul Walker. We've only got a little over a month before it arrives. Watch below!
"I'll make you a deal - I want three things…" With this film now playing in theaters in Canada, there's no better time to feature the first official trailer for Elephant Song from Canadian distributor eOne Films. Elephant Song is a psychological drama starring Xavier Dolan, the same filmmaker who made Mommy and Laurence Anyways, as a rather eerie patient with a mysterious past. Captain Pike of Star Trek, actor Bruce Greenwood, also stars as the hospital's director, and both Catherine Keener and Carrie-Anne Moss appear as well. I don't want to give away anything else in the plot, but the trailer should give you a good idea what's going on. I missed seeing this at TIFF, and I've been waiting to catch it. I've got to say, this trailer makes me more intrigued, even if I prefer Dolan as a director he certainly can act, too. Take a look.