Netflix has certainly been making waves in original programming from series like "House of Cards" to new seasons of "Arrested Development," not to mention original stand-up specials and documentaries like The Battered Bastards of Baseball. Now they have another doc coming this fall, and it looks like a powerful one. Virunga will get a limited theatrical release to qualify for the Oscars at the same time it premieres on the streaming service and it takes a look at a conflict surrounding the African Congo, where the world’s last remaining mountain gorilla population lives in the forested depths of the Virunga National Park. Watch!
One of the most buzzed about film's of the year has been Richard Linklater's impressive achievement that is Boyhood. Funnily enough, there's also another festival favorite getting a lot of buzz, and it's called Girlhood. No, it's not Linklater's same 12-year formula following a girl instead of a boy, but rather the story of a young girl living in the suburbs of Paris and 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 at Cannes and is screening at TIFF now, getting plenty of acclaim, especially for star Karidja Toure. Watch!
"I had the best gunner in the entire 9th Army in that seat. And now I got you." The first trailer for Fury introduced us to the tank crew facing seemingly insurmountable odds of survival in David Ayer's World War II drama. Now a new trailer from across the pond has surfaced, and this one focuses a bit more on Logan Lerman. As the recent featurette explained, he's the newest recruit of the Fury tank crew following the death of their gunner. But he's a young kid, and hasn't seen all the horror that Brad Pitt, Michael Pena, Shia LaBeouf and Jon Bernthal have seen, so he must be initiated, and it looks pretty intense. Watch!
We're creeping up on the end of the year, which means the movies that will hit theaters in the dumping ground months of January, February and March will start getting pushed soon. We've already seen a trailer for early 2015 horror with Amityville: The Awakening, and now a thriller arriving a bit later in January has received its first trailer. Jennifer Lopez stars in The Boy Next Door, a thriller from xXx and The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen. Honestly, you could probably guess the entire plot of the film based on that information alone, but alas, here's the trailer to lay things out for you. And it looks pretty lame.
"My birthday's at midnight. You have to kill me before it's too late." After dealing with a serial killing brother on the Showtime series "Dexter," now Jennifer Carpenter finds herself confronting evil as part of a small, Amish-like community in The Devil's Hand. A group of six girls have been born on the sixth day of the sixth month, prompting a worrisome religious prophecy for one of them to become possessed by the power of the devil. But is there actually a supernatural power involved here, or is someone behind the disappearance of the girls as their birthday approaches? It's PG-13 horror so don't get too excited. Watch!
A full year after debuting at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, the Australian thriller Felony is poised to hit theaters in the United States this fall. Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Animal Kingdom) wrote the film and stars in the story of a detective trying to hide a drunk driving accident after celebrating a major drug bust earlier in the day. One of his colleagues (Tom Wilkinson) tries to cover up the truth while another (Jai Coutney) is intent on finding out what really happened. This doesn't look half-bad, and Jai Courtney actually seems like a decent actor when he's using his native Australian accent. Watch the trailer!
We've seen the life of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali given the feature film treatment with Will Smith as the iconic athlete, but now we get a much better look at the man behind the gloves and outside of the ring in a new documentary. The producers of the Academy Award-winning documentary Searching for Sugarman are back with I Am Ali, which paints an intimate and heart-warming look at the man behind the legend. Complete with interviews from his closest family and friends and plenty of notable boxers, this isn't just a chronicle of Ali as a fighter, but also a portait of him as a husband, brother and father. Watch the trailer!
"I can't do the puss, that's gonna make me the most guilty!" After a brief teaser laid out the basics of the new scheme concocted by Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis in Horrible Bosses 2, now we get a different side of their shady plan. While they trio still want to screw over a would-be investor (Christoph Waltz) in their new company by kidnapping his son (Chris Pine), they soon learn that the jerk's offspring hates his father just as much as they do, and gets them into even deeper shit. This looks hilarious, and we get to see more of the return of Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx as well. Watch it!
After making a sleek but somewhat narratively clunky directorial debut with Tron Legacy, director Joseph Kosinski followed it up with Oblivion, a superior film that shows he has vision, but maybe not a lot of originality in the storytelling department. Well, now Kosinski has gotten back behind the camera to direct an awesome live-action commercial for the forthcoming next generation video game Destiny. Complete with the help of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song," this is a pretty badass commercial for the video game, with flares of Oblivion and the Halo game franchise (the game has the same creators) in its visuals. Watch!
Just as Alejandro González Iñárritu's peculiar drama Birdman hits festivals, featuring Michael Keaton as a washed up former star of superhero films, another former man of the cape is getting a documentary. Adam West was the first on-screen iteration of Batman to become a pop culture phenomenon, and he rode that wave to worldwide fame, even if it's become more of a joke than anything now. But the Starring Adam West takes a deeper look at the man's struggle as a typecast actor, doing his best with the fame that both crippled and then revived his career as he has embraced the good and the bad of his superhero past, usually with great humor. And now we have a trailer looking at the documentary on the veteran actor. Watch now!
Those lucky enough to attend Telluride last weekend, TIFF this month or NYFF shortly thereafter will all get a chance to see the period biopic Mr. Turner starring Timothy Spall (The King's Speech, the Harry Potter franchise). Directed by Mike Leigh (Topsy Turvy, Vera Drake), the film looks at the life of British painter J.M.W. Turner, who lived from 1775-1851. But the film focuses on the last 25 years of his life through plenty of ups and downs from family illness to romance. From this trailer, Spall seems to deliver an award worthy performance, and there's plenty of beauty in the cinematography and production design too.
While iconic actor Al Pacino and director Barry Levinson have found success previously with You Don't Know Jack, they also faltered with What Just Happened?. Now it looks like the two have another winner on their hands with The Humbling, the story of a legendary stage actor on the verge of madness who has an affair with a lesbian woman (Greta Gerwig of Frances Ha) half his age at a secluded country house in Connecticut. This looks quirky and charming, and almost feels like a Woody Allen film. And you can't go wrong with a rare on-screen appearance by Charles Grodin as Pacino's agent. Count me in. Watch below!
After premiering at the Telluride Film Festival over the weekend, Andrea Di Stefano's latest film Paradise Lost will play at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, and a new trailer has arrived to showcase the thriller. In the film, Josh Hutcherson plays a young surfer who falls in love with a gorgeous Colombian girl (Claudia Traisac), but has his relationship thrown into upheaval when he meets her uncle, the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar (Benicio del Toro). This looks stylish and promising, especially with THR calling the film, "an impressive debut, an ambitious project pulled off with confidence." Watch!
"When someone does something unspeakable, you do something about it, because you can." Fall is upon us, which means it's almost time for Denzel Washington to start kicking ass in The Equalizer. And to make another push to get audiences interested in the film coming later this month, one more trailer and poster have arrived. Much like the previous TV spots and trailer, this one also showcases the hip-hop track "Guts Over Fear" by Eminem, featuring SIA, and it really does make Washington seem pretty damn intimidating. There's some new footage here, and this looks like it could be one of the actor's better thrillers. Watch it!