GOOD KILL Review | TIFF 2014

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Writer-director Andrew Niccol has some thoughts about drone warfare, and he wants to share them with you.  His new film, Good Kill, is one of the first mainstream fiction films to deal directly with the subject as opposed to some wishy-washy, pretentious subtext in a Hollywood picture (I’m looking at you, RoboCop remake).  While Niccol once again shows himself to be a great “idea man”, he can’t manage to create a story even half as interesting as his subject.

The ANNIE Poster and the GOOD KILL Poster Have One Thing in Common

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The color red.  Sony Pictures has released a new Annie poster that features the film’s cast (after a teaser poster a few months back that only displayed the tagline).  The film stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role as a young, happy, street-tough foster kid living with the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) who is taken in by New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move.  The film also stars Rose ByrneBobby CannavaleAdewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and David Zayas.  Annie opens on December 19th

You can also check out the teaser poster for Good Kill, the new film from writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War) starring Ethan Hawke.  I didn’t love Niccol’s last film In Time, but I’m a fan of most of his other work so I’m really pulling for this one.  Good Kill premieres tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival.  Hit the jump for the posters.

New CYMBELINE Trailer and First Clip; Ethan Hawke-Led Shakespeare Adaptation Acquired for North American Release

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Ahead of the film’s Venice Film Festival debut, a new Cymbeline trailer has been unveiled along with the news that writer/director Michael Almereyda’s unique Shakespeare adaptation has been acquired for North American distribution by Lionsgate’s Grindstone Entertainment.  The film reinvents one of Shakespeare’s lesser works and revolves around an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang, set in a corruption-riddled contemporary America.  As evidenced by this new trailer, It’s very much in the vein of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, and it actually marks the second Shakespeare collaboration between Almereyda and star Ethan Hawke, as the two previously worked together on 2000’s Hamlet.  This adaptation of Cymbeline looks to be rather intense, with even a bit of a Sons of Anarchy vibe aside from the Shakespearean dialogue.

Watch the new Cymbeline trailer and first clip after the jump.  The film also stars Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, Penn Badgley, Dakota Johnson, and Anton YelchinCymbeline will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and will be released in spring 2015.

New Images from Andrew Niccol’s GOOD KILL, YOUR RIGHT MIND Starring Katherine Heigl, and HUNGRY HEARTS

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It’s hard to believe it, but the fall film festival circuit is fast approaching.  Things kick off with the Venice Film Festival on August 27th, and today new images from three films that will be showcased in Italy have landed online.  Briefly:

  • Good Kill – Writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War) returns to timely material by telling the story of a Las Vegas-based drone pilot.  The film stars Ethan Hawke and January Jones.
  • Your Right Mind – Actress Katherine Heigl fronts director Ami Canaan Mann’s (Texas Killing Fields) contemporary romance as a former country singer fighting for custody of her daughter.  Ben Barnes and Clea DuVaal also star.
  • Hungry Hearts – Rising star Adam Driver leads this offbeat love story of a couple that meets, gets married, and anticipates the arrival of their baby until they are told that they will have an “indigo” child.  Alba Rohrwacher and Roberta Maxwell also star.

Hit the jump to check out the new images and synopses for the aforementioned films.  The 2014 Venice Film Festival runs from August 27 – September 6th.

First Images from Chris Evans’ BEFORE WE GO, GOOD KILL, THE GOOD LIE, and HUNGRY HEARTS

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Fresh off this morning’s excellent Toronto International Film Festival lineup announcement, we have debut images from some of the films that will be screening at the fest.  Briefly:

  • Before We Go – (Directed by Chris Evans) Starring Chris Evans and Alice Eve.
  • Good Kill – (Directed by Andrew Niccol) Starring Ethan Hawke and January Jones.
  • The Good Lie – (Directed by Philippe Farlardeau) Starring Reese Witherspoon, Corey Stoll, Arnold Oceng, Kuoth Wiel, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and Femi Oguns.
  • Hungry Hearts – (Directed by Saverio Costanzo) Starring Adam Driver, Alba Rohrwacher, and Roberta Maxwell.

Hit the jump to chceck out the images and synopses.  TIFF 2014 runs from September 4th – 14th.

PREDESTINATION Trailer Chooses an Engaging Science Fiction Scenario

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Predestination, the time travel project that reteams Ethan Hawke with his Daybreakers directors The Spierig Brothers.  The last update we got was that Hawke had finished the film about a year ago, then nothing.  Then today we suddenly get a trailer for the film based on the 1959 Robert Heinlein short story “All You Zombies.”

And that trailer looks pretty cool.  It definitely seems like it mixes elements of Minority Report with elements of Looper, though the dating of its source material should clear up any claims of aping the latter.  Sarah Snook looks like she’s being put to unique use as well, with a remarkable transformation at the trailer’s halfway point.  My only real concern here is that they’re showing too much.  Sony will be distributing the film in the U.S. but a release date hasn’t been announced at the moment.  Hit the jump for the Predestination trailer.

BOYHOOD Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Boyhood opens today in limited release.]

Boyhood is a miracle. It is truly unique. It is a masterpiece. It is one of the best coming-of-age movies ever made. These superlatives may seem grandiose or even hyperbolic, but Richard Linklater’s 12-year project is a work of art unlike any other. More importantly, it’s a work that hits a thoughtful and emotional core. It is a movie that not only draws us into the lives of the characters, but also causes us to reexamine our own lives. Boyhood is both intimate and epic, subtle and overwhelming, and an absolute marvel.

New BOYHOOD Clip Lets Us Know that Conversations Should Unfold Naturally

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IFC Films has released a new Boyhood clip online.  The film stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as a divorced couple raising their son Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and daughter Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), and it was shot over a period of 12 years.  Director Richard Linklater filmed scenes for the pic every year for over a decade with the same actors, and the result is a movie that tracks the adolescence of young Mason through the formative experiences that shape and mold him into the man he will become.  Like some of Linklater’s other movies, the majority of the picture is just people talking, but every conversation has weight because it lives in the little moments rather than grand speeches.  As Ethan Hawke’s character says in this clip while trying to talk to the young Mason and Samantha, “We should just let it happen more natural.”  Boyhood is currently my favorite film of the year, and I can’t wait for audiences to finally see it.

Hit the jump to check out the Boyhood clip, and click here for our interview with Hawke and Linklater.  The film opens in limited release on July 11th.  Click here to find out when the film will be opening at a theater near you.

Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater Talk BOYHOOD, Tackling the Ambitious Project, Deleted Scenes, Keeping in Contact, Pop Culture Trends, and More

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From writer/director Richard Linklater, the indie drama Boyhood is a very unique and special project, in that it was filmed over 12 years with the same cast.  As you watch Mason (Ellar Coltrane) grow up, from age 6 to age 18, you will see him navigate all aspects of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations, and all of the moments in between.  The film also stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, as Mason’s parents, and Lorelei Linklater, as his sister Samantha.

During a conference at the film’s press day, filmmaker Richard Linklater and actor Ethan Hawke talked about taking on such an ambitious project, how they kept in contact when they weren’t filming, deciding which pop culture trends to include, deciding on the music, how much was scripted vs. improvised, the approach to the editing process, whether there’s a lot of deleted footage, and if he would ever consider using this process again.  Check out what they had to say after the jump. 

BOYHOOD Featurette: Richard Linklater and Cast Discuss the Process of Making a Film for 12 Years

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IFC Films has released a new Boyhood featurette for writer/director Richard Linklater’s wholly unique drama.  The film was shot over a period of 12 years with the same cast, as Linklater set out to fully capture the experience of “growing up” through the eyes of a young boy named Mason (played by newcomer Ellar Coltrane).  I caught the movie at Sundance and it is, quite simply, a masterpiece.  It’s a film absolutely unlike any other, and even though this is Mason’s story, you come away feeling like it’s also your story.  In this new featurette, Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Patricia Arquette talk about the unique process of making the film and their goals when they started shooting back in 2002.  I cannot stress this enough: see this movie.

Hit the jump to watch the new Boyhood featurette.  The film opens in limited release on July 11th before expanding to more screens in the following weeks.

BOYHOOD Images Featuring Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, and Ellar Coltrane over the Span of 12 Years, Plus Info on the Film’s Soundtrack

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You really can’t question Richard Linklater’s commitment to a project.  Take Boyhood as a prime example: the writer/director filmed this ambitious drama over the course of 12 years, not due to budget issues or breaches of contracts, but because he intended to capture a few scenes of one boy’s life in each year from age 5 to 18.  Played by Ellar Coltrane, who viewers literally get to see grow up on screen, Mason’s journey from childhood into adolescence is captured on film, along with all of his life’s events that act as waypoints throughout the years.

We have a few new images from Boyhood that feature Coltrane alongside his on-screen parental co-stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, along with information on the film’s soundtrack, the span of which is almost as impressive as the film itself.  Make sure to check out Boyhood’s trailer here, and take a look at Matt’s Sundance review, if you’re so inclined, before the film opens July 11th.  Hit the jump for more.

First Image from Alejandro Amenábar REGRESSION Starring Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson

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The first image from Alejandro Amenábar‘s drama Regression has been released online.  The movie takes place in Minnesota in 1990, and stars Ethan Hawke as a detective who investigates the case of a young woman (Emma Watson) who accuses her father (David Dencik) of an “unspeakable crime”.  The investigation eventually leads to uncovering a “horrifying nationwide mystery.”  I’m a big fan of Amenábar’s previous films The Others and The Sea Inside, and it looks like he has another powerful story here.  Principal photography has wrapped, so I wonder if there’s a chance we’ll see this one on the fall festival circuit.

Hit the jump to check out the Regression image.  The film also stars David Thewlis, Dale Dickey, Lothaire Bluteau, and Devon Bostick.

First Trailer for Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette

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The first Boyhood trailer for director Richard Linklater’s wonderfully ambitious drama came online a few days ago, but it was subsequently pulled down.  The trailer is now officially online, and instead of simply updating that article, we figured we’d go ahead and bring it to your attention again because the movie is just that good.  The story follows the life of Mason (newcomer Ellar Coltrane) from the age of 6 to 18, and Linklater shot the film over the span of 12 years with the same cast, crafting a wholly unique moviegoing experience that allows audiences to literally grow up with Mason.  I caught the film at Sundance and it’s an astounding accomplishment that also proves to be highly emotional, poignant, and affecting.  It still stands as the best thing I’ve seen in 2014 so far, and it’s gonna be incredibly difficult to knock it out of that top spot.  As for this first trailer, it does an excellent job of conveying the tone of the pic without giving away any major plot points.

Hit the jump to watch the official Boyhood trailer (now free of Access Hollywood’s atrocious editing), and click here to read Matt’s review.  Also starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, the film opens in limited release on July 11th.

Trailer and Teaser Poster for Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD Starring Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, and Patricia Arquette

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IFC Films has released the trailer and teaser poster for BoyhoodRichard Linklater’s remarkable film follows the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) over the course of 12 years, dropping in to view pivotal scenes in his life from the age of 6 to 18.  Viewers also see his sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), their mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette), and father Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke) age alongside him.  No matter how the film is eventually received by critics and audiences alike, the idea behind Boyhood is a commendable one that eschews traditional schedules, casting age-appropriate actors to fill in the gaps, and even cutting-edge aging make-up.  Linklater has chosen, instead, to let the natural path of life carve its way forward for each of his actors; that alone makes this a film worth watching.

Hit the jump to check out the Boyhood trailer and poster, and click here to read Matt’s review from Sundance.  The film opens in limited release on July 11th.

Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD Will Be Released July 11th

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IFC Films has announced that it will release writer/director Richard Linklater’s phenomenal 12-years-in-the-making drama Boyhood this summer on July 11th.  The film stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as a divorced couple raising their son (Ellar Coltrane), and it was shot over a period of 12 years.  Linkalter filmed scenes for the pic every year for over a decade with the same actors, and the result is a movie that tracks the adolescence of young Mason through the formative experiences that shape and mold him into the man he will become.  I caught the pic at Sundance and it’s a tremendous, highly emotional achievement.  It’s truly amazing to see Coltrane literally grow up onscreen, and Linklater perfectly encapsulates the shared human experience of “growing up” with grace and poignancy.

Hit the jump to read the full press release and click here to read Matt’s review from Sundance.  When Boyhood reaches a theater near you, I implore you to seek it out.  It’s unlike anything you’ve seen before.

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