Woody Harrelson is America’s grouchy, toilet-sitting president in the first trailer for LBJ

Woody Harrelson gives good cranky, something he’s proven in any number of film performances. Harrelson will have to put all of his grumpy muscles to the test, though, in Rob Reiner’s upcoming Lyndon B. Johnson biopic, LBJ. In a new trailer released today, Harrelson captures a number of LBJ’s grouchy mannerisms—most…

The Emoji Movie is Inside Out crossed with a Sony commercial and dunked in toxic ooze

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Art can spring from many motivations. According to director Tony Leondis, The Emoji Movie is “personal.” Central character Gene (T.J. Miller), the inexplicably named “meh” emoji, must go on a journey of self-discovery and learn to accept himself, which chimes with Leondis’s own childhood, growing up gay in a…

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Kathryn Bigelow takes aim at racism and police brutality in the scattershot Detroit

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Detroit, director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal’s dramatization of the police killing of three black teenagers at the Algiers Motel in the middle of the riots that burned through Detroit exactly 50 years ago, is a mess, but at least it has its reasons. This, after all, is a story without a protagonist or…

Sean Penn’s festival laughingstock The Last Face finally slips into theaters

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Many actors try their hand at directing, but few can match the degree of success—on both sides of the camera—that Sean Penn has achieved. Films like The Pledge (2001) and Into The Wild (2007) demonstrate the same intelligence, sensitivity, and power that Penn invests in his Oscar-winning performances. He occasionally…