Pacific Rim: Uprising teaser reminds us we’re just puny humans

We’ll have a flurry of updates over the next couple of days on just about every sci-fi and comic book property out there, thanks to San Diego Comic-Con. Part of that bounty is this first teaser for Steven S. DeKnight’s Pacific Rim: Uprising, the sequel to Guillermo Del Toro’s kaiju-stomping robot movie that became a…

Chicago, see John Boyega in Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit early and for free

It’s been five years since Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow last inflicted a national tummyache on America with one of her tense, politically resonant thrillers. The director’s latest film doesn’t sound like it’ll let up on the gut-churning pressure, either: Detroit sees Bigelow turn her camera on the title…

Jenny Slate picks up Landline, a warm family comedy from the director of Obvious Child

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Landline is set in 1995. The movie announces as much from the start, but it doesn’t really need to, because scarcely a scene passes without some reminder of this fact. There are, as one might expect, several landline telephones. A younger Hillary Clinton shows up on television, sadly unaware of what the audience knows…

Killing Ground is an especially brutal reminder to stay out of the woods

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If, for some reason, decades’ worth of horror movies on the subject have yet to convince you that going out into an isolated area with no cellphone service alone and unarmed is a recipe for brutal murder, Australian writer-director Damien Power’s Killing Ground might be the deciding factor. Power’s guiding principle…

Brooklyn becomes a war zone in this trailer for Dave Bautista’s Bushwick

There are very few things about this trailer for co-directors Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott’s Bushwick that don’t seem ridiculous, but that’s probably by design. The trailer starts with Pitch Perfect’s Brittany Snow having a good time in Brooklyn with a boyfriend/husband, and within seconds there are roving gangs…

Wade into the first trailer for Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape Of Water

Although Guillermo Del Toro recently revealed that the real reason for his Pacific Rim 2 departure was the rather prosaic “scheduling issues,” the film he made in the interim is anything but. Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for The Shape Of Water, an otherworldly romance directed and co-written by Del…

Set aside meaning and just get lost in the stunning imagery of Kékszakállú

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Ignore the jumble of accent marks and consonants that make up the title. Kékszakállú is the Hungarian word for Bluebeard, but that doesn’t matter. Nor is it particularly important to know that Béla Bartók’s 1911 opera Bluebeard’s Castle served as this experimental film’s (very, very) loose inspiration. The less you…

Amnesia won’t let you forget for a second what it’s really about

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Subtext isn’t exactly Barbet Schroeder’s primary concern in Amnesia, his first dramatic feature since 2008’s poorly received Inju: The Beast In The Shadow (which never even got a U.S. release). It’s one thing to give your movie a title that spells out its theme—in this case, the willful refusal to contend with past…

Professor Marston & The Wonder Women reveal their secret identities in new trailer

Just in case you didn’t pick up on the parallels between Wonder Woman’s secret identity and the secret life her creator William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) lived with his wife Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall) and their lover Olive (Bella Heathcote), the newest trailer for Annapurna’s upcoming biopic about the unconventional…

George Romero didn’t just invent the zombie movie, he changed filmmaking forever

It’s true that, before George Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead traumatized a generation of kids like the crowd Roger Ebert described in his review, zombies were simply an obscure creature from Haitian folklore. By relocating his “ghouls” to present-day America and giving them an appetite for human flesh, Romero…

Everything goes wrong at once in first The Disaster Artist teaser

James Franco’s had to fend off concerns that his desire to tell the story of the making of the best-worst movie, The Room, was just a lark since the project’s inception. But he’s been very hands-on with The Disaster Artist, which is based on the book about Tommy Wiseau’s notorious film. Franco stars in and directs the…

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