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Aubrey Plaza Gets Unhinged in New Trailer for ‘Ingrid Goes West’

12 hours ago

In this digital age where we find ourselves living vicariously through social media, it can be difficult to separate internet “likes” from actual human interaction. Aubrey Plaza deals with such issues, and then some, in Matt Spicer’s unhinged dark comedy Ingrid Goes West. Plaza plays a social media stalker who moves to La with the hopes of befriending Instagram influencer Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen). Needless to say, this has none of the makings of a healthy relationship.

Reviewing the film at Sundance, we said, “In his directorial debut, Matt Spicer gets right what so many other films commenting on today’s technology obsession fail to capture: the aesthetic appeal of the technology. As Ingrid becomes attracted to Taylor’s seemingly perfect lifestyle, a flurry of her flawless Instagram posts rush onto the screen in visually overwhelming fashion, backed by Nick Thorburn‘s pop-infused score. By selling this appearance of the picture-perfect life, »

- Chris Evangelista

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Review: ‘Pop Aye’ is a Quaint Road Movie about Friendship and Maturation

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While much attention has currently (and rightfully) been drawn toward Bong Joon Ho’s Okja within the realm of human-and-beast cinema, Kirsten Tan’s Pop Aye is a worthy companion. Intimately canvassed and drawn with raw etchings of humanity and human error, Tan’s film is both a road movie and a buddy film, a familial drama and a study of the ever-evolving, industrialized landscapes where not everyone fits in. Through her insistent gaze on the human (and non-human) figures at its center, Tan never forgets why this story is being told. This focus makes Pop Aye a film that is heartwarming in its human-to-animal gaze, and yet crushing in its understanding of a human’s flaws.

Pop Aye Follows Thana (Thaneth Warakulnukroh), an architect who lives a somewhat dissatisfied life with his wife. There seems to be little love between them — at least not as much love as was »

- Mike Mazzanti

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The Greatest Car Chases of All-Time

16 hours ago

For decades, the car chase has existed as a timeless equalizer, settling scores with stomach-churning speed and velocity. The best of these chases employ vintage muscle-cars with practical effects and stunt work to achieve these amazing shots in camera. If CGI is used in the scene, it’s only to sweeten the practical effects and stunts.

The landscape is an equally essential ingredient, providing opportunities and obstacles for the drivers to embrace and overcome. The car chase grounds the action in an identifiable reality, menacing us with the ever-present possibility of death at high-speed. It also taps into something deep within everyone who’s ever gotten behind the wheel of a car: driving fast is as addictive as it is life-threatening.

The newest film from director Edgar Wright, Baby Driver, mixes the filmmakers love for the classic car chase genre with a killer soundtrack. To explain, the plot follows Baby, »

- Tony Hinds

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Watch Bong Joon-ho’s Rare 30-Minute Short ‘Influenza’ and Bertrand Bonello’s ‘Sarah Winchester, Ghost Opera’

17 hours ago

Okja is not the only new (or new-ish) Bong Joon-ho project you can stream today, and maybe not even the best. Grasshopper Film are hosting the U.S. premiere of Influenza, which Bong composed for South Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival in 2004, and it turns out this super-rare 30-minute short is among his most startling works. Praised by David Bordwell for walking “the border between commercial fiction and avant-garde experimentation” and shot entirely from the fixed perspective of closed-circuit camera systems, it charts a man’s financial and moral downfall to a degree that’s both characteristic of Bong in its violent incidents and a deviation in just how little humor alleviates these scenarios. (Some harmony is found in a laugh-out-loud-funny bit involving a car door.) By film’s end I didn’t exactly know what to make of the transpired events, but I was greatly affected all the same. »

- Nick Newman

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Hugh Jackman is ‘The Greatest Showman’ in First Trailer for P.T. Barnum Musical

20 hours ago

With a title that could be used for a Hugh Jackman biopic, The Greatest Showman actually draws from the life of P.T. Barnum. Directed by Michael Gracey and scripted by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), the Christmas Day release follows Jackman as the grand entertainer from a life of poverty to launching his famous circus. Also starring Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Natasha Liu Bordizzo and Zendaya, the first trailer has now arrived.

“We were clear from the beginning that this wouldn’t feel like a period movie or a historical piece,” Jackman tells EW. “What would Barnum do now? I have an almost-12-year-old daughter. I wanted [the movie] to be as exciting for her as listening to Katy Perry’s new song.”

See the trailer below.

Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show »

- Jordan Raup

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The Heist Begins in New Trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’

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While Edgar Wright puts the pedal to the metal this week to great results with Baby Driver, another top director will be doing the same come August. Steven Soderbergh is back, and he’s bringing Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterson, Dwight Yoakam, Sebastian Stan, Brian Gleeson, Jack Quaid, and Hilary Swank along with him for Logan Lucky.

Ahead of a U.K. release later in August, a new trailer has now dropped for the Rebecca Blunt-scripted heist comedy that follows a pair of brothers, Jimmy (Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Driver), who attempt to reverse a family curse by executing an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Ahead of the trailer, see the director’s own description of the movie:

On the most obvious level, it’s the complete inversion of an Ocean’s movie. It »

- Jordan Raup

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‘The Untamed’ Trailer: Discover the Summer’s Best Sci-Fi Film

27 June 2017 3:30 PM, PDT

Mexican director Amat Escalante has cultivated for himself a controversial, often shockingly violent niche, and his newest film The Untamed looks to be no exception. Co-winner of the Silver Lion for best director at last year’s Venice Film Festival, the mysterious film has been described in many ways, including a riff on Andrzej Zulawski’s Possession, and deals equally with science-fiction horror and taboo sexuality, a co-existence united by Escalante’s disorienting, visceral style. Strand Releasing has picked up the film for a late-summer release, and has just put out a new trailer.

The Untamed does that very rare thing in cinema in that it blends mystery, horror and pseudo-reality with a kind of dark subconscious arousal,” we said in our review. “In this way it recalls the auteur directors previously mentioned here, but also the eerie ethereal science fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. All this might lead you to »

- The Film Stage

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Edgar Wright on the Mechanics of a Perfect Action Scene and the Timing of ‘Baby Driver’

27 June 2017 11:02 AM, PDT

It’s fortuitous enough that Edgar Wright‘s films will inspire any number of questions — fairly often along the lines of “how did they even do that?,” admittedly, but one takes what they can get — and all the more fortunate that the writer-director stands among the more verbose and open of his generation. (And that’s to say nothing of those working in the mainstream.) With the latest, Baby Driver, being a praise-worthy bit of craftsmanship from top to bottom and the man himself standing in something of a spotlight, now might be the best time to get his attention.

Although I could’ve thrown inquiry after inquiry at Wright for, say, two hours, our talk was a good bit of ground-covering — an update on how feeling about the progression of his career, where one film feeds into another, and, because it’d be silly to sit down with a »

- Nick Newman

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The Film Stage Show Ep. 249 – Okja

27 June 2017 9:55 AM, PDT

Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today Michael Snydel, Bill Graham, and I discuss the newest film from Snowpiercer director Bong Joon Ho, Okja, which arrives on Netflix and in limited release on this Wednesday.

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- Brian Roan

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Review: ‘Baby Driver’ Confirms Edgar Wright as the Master of Modern Comedic Cinema

27 June 2017 6:11 AM, PDT

Whether or not he is, in fact, the first person who thought to create rhythm between non-diegetic music cues and diegetic gunshots, the gesture is but a plethora of instances throughout his newest film, Baby Driver, wherein Edgar Wright eats his cake while having it, too. Impressive yet par for the course: his run from 2004’s Shaun of the Dead to our current moment has been modern comedic cinema’s best, full stop, because Wright doesn’t simply apply technical precision and innovation to genre-smart storytelling — he also makes what must be exhausting work look like so much fun.

And as a crime caper, heist movie, mob tale, puppy-love romance, jukebox-musical-of-sorts, Baby Driver is almost nothing but. Its set-up — Baby (Ansel Elgort), who listens to music so constantly that it’s baked into almost every single scene of his movie, is the best getaway driver in the game but, needless to say, »

- Nick Newman

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Robert Pattinson is on the Run in New Trailer for Safdies’ ‘Good Time’

27 June 2017 6:00 AM, PDT

More often than not a late-summer release is for the leftovers of the season, but this year, the slate is looking mighty promising. Alongside new films from Kathryn Bigelow and Steven Soderbergh, we’ll be getting the latest work from Heaven Knows What directors Josh and Benny SafdieGood Time, a caper film featuring Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Jason-Leigh and Barkhad Abdi, follows our lead setting off on a dangerous journey to get his brother out of jail after a botched bank robbery, while also attempting to evade a police dragnet. Ahead of the release, A24 have now debuted a new trailer.

“It’s probably safe to say that, up until now, no lucid person had compared a Safdie brothers film to the work of Michael Mann,” we said in our review.” Indeed, it may still be a stretch, though Good Time — the New York siblings’ latest eye-popping, pill-popping, attention-deficit character »

- Jordan Raup

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Ronald Reagan Prepares for Thanksgiving in Exclusive Clip from ‘The Reagan Show’

27 June 2017 5:29 AM, PDT

Since the advent of television, a president’s charisma has been a deciding factor in an election and few had more of this quality than Ronald Reagan. Thanks to his early days as an announcer then as a Hollywood actor, he was well-equipped to appeal to the public and a new documentary, The Reagan Show, uses archival footage to showcase his performance as a president.

Directed by Pacho Velez (co-helmer of the brilliant Manakamana) and Sierra Pettengill (producer of Cutie and the Boxer), we’re pleased debut an exclusive clip from the film, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year and will arrive in theaters this Friday. In the preview, we find the president dealing with a turkey (almost) on the loose, as well as commenting on the difficulty of being the leader of the free world vs. an actor.

Check out our exclusive clip below, along with the trailer, »

- Jordan Raup

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