Every year, there are plenty of great films, but some fall through the cracks and others are overshadowed. While we’ll have our Top 10 of the year lists near the end of 2013, we wanted to share with you some movies that may have slipped past your attention. There are films like these on our Top 10 lists as well, but we didn’t want to be redundant, and we wanted to bring attention to more films. These movies either had too limited of a release or they were dismissed because they looked bad or the premise was deemed too cheesy. Whatever the reason, they have the potential to be a cult classic in the making or at least a movie you’ll probably be sharing with your friends.
Hit the jump for Matt, Dave, Adam, and Brendan’s choices for great movies you may have missed this year.
Quite a few worthwhile titles are hitting Blu-ray this week. Here’s a look at the new releases:
Olga Kurylenko plays a crash-landing traveler who crosses time and space in search of true love in Joseph Kosinski’s new sci-fi thriller, Oblivion. The action-adventure saga is set in the year 2077 after a massive war has left Earth in ruins and uninhabitable. The Ukrainian actress and former Bond girl who made a scorching impression in Quantum of Solace was game for the tough role of Julia and turns in a compelling performance opposite Tom Cruise. Opening in theaters on April 19th, the film also stars Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Melissa Leo.
At the recent press day, Kurylenko discussed what attracted her to the mysterious role, how Cruise and she collaborated with Kosinski on their characters, why she found Cruise to be a generous acting partner, how she got used to flying in the Bubbleship, how her Bond experience helped with the action sequences, what it’s like to have worked with two of Hollywood’s biggest action actors, what Cruise and Daniel Craig share in common, how making Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder compared to Oblivion, and more. Hit the jump to read the interview.
Check out some new clips from the following films:
- Trance – Danny Boyle’s latest crime thriller that stars James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) as an art thief stricken with amnesia who undergoes hypnotherapy in order to remember where he stashed the goods. Trance opens in limited release stateside April 5th.
- To the Wonder – Terrence Malick’s ode to love in all its varied forms, starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams. To the Wonder opens April 12th.
- Welcome to the Punch – McAvoy also stars in writer/director Eran Creevy’s crime thriller as a detective who’s given one last chance to apprehend a former criminal (Mark Strong) when he returns to London. Welcome to the Punch opens stateside March 27th.
Hit the jump to watch the new clips from each movie.
The U.S. theatrical trailer for Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder is now available. The mesmerizing trailer isn’t shy about touting the main theme of the film: love, in all of its dynamic incarnations. In between shots of the main characters in the throes of passion or struggling with a relationship that’s lost its fire, a sermon on love narrates the changing nature and transformative power of the complicated emotion. What’s starts out as a big-budget version of a jewelry advertisement eventually sinks its hooks into you if you let it.
Starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams, To the Wonder opens on April 12th. You can read Matt’s review of the film here. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.
Check out the latest posters from the following films:
- Iron Man 3 – The U.S. version of a recent Japanese poster for the Shane Black film that stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall and Ben Kingsley. Iron Man 3 opens May 3rd.
- Turbo – Featuring the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, Snoop Dogg, and Samuel L. Jackson. Turbo opens in 3D on July 19, 2013.
- To the Wonder – Terrence Malick’s latest film starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko and Javier Bardem. To the Wonder opens April 12th.
- 42 – Three new posters for the Jackie Robinson biopic features star Chadwick Boseman making quite the play. The film also stars Harrison Ford and Christopher Meloni and also opens on April 12th.
Hit the jump to check out the new posters.
The first clip from Terrence Malick‘s To the Wonder has been released. In the vague semblance of a plot, Olga Kurylenko plays a woman who travels to Oklahoma to be with the man (Ben Affleck) she loves only to discover that their relationship isn’t as strong as they previously thought. There’s also a story involving a priest (Javier Bardem) who grapples with his loneliness and has almost no narrative relation to the other plotline. This clip does play to the amount of silence in the film, but it’s a hollow silence that carries almost no dramatic weight.
Hit the jump to check out the clip, and click here to read my review of the film from TIFF. To the Wonder opens April 12th.
A couple of new featurettes for writer/director Terrence Malick’s upcoming romantic drama To the Wonder have made their way online. The story involves a woman (Olga Kurylenko) traveling to Oklahoma to be with the man she loves (Ben Affleck), only to discover their relationship being tested by his childhood friend (Rachel McAdams) and a wayward priest (Javier Bardem). These featurettes are beyond fascinating for any cinephile, as they give us a peek inside the filmmaking process of elusive director Terrence Malick. The cast and crew talk about Malick’s atypical, improvisational filmmaking process, as many of them are never given a script and have to react to things Malick says while they’re filming a take.
Hit the jump to watch the featurettes, and click here to read Matt’s review. To the Wonder opens on April 12th.
We’re delighted to bring you an exclusive look at six new images from writer/director Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, a romantic drama starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams. The story involves a woman (Kurylenko) traveling to Oklahoma to be with the man she loves (Affleck), only to discover their relationship being tested by his childhood friend (McAdams) and a wayward priest (Bardem). Check out Matt’s review of the film here. To the Wonder opens April 12th. Hit the jump to see the new images.
New images from two upcoming April films that both star Olga Kurylenko have been released online. First up, a new image from director Joseph Kosinski’s sci-fi pic Oblivion has been released. The story takes place on a dystopian Earth and stars Tom Cruise as a drone repairman who finds himself holding the future of mankind in his hands after discovering a crashed spaceship. This new image doesn’t feature Kurylenko, but it does give is a nice look at Cruise making his “intense running” face while flanked by what looks like a bubble helicopter. Oblivion opens on April 19th.
New images from writer/director Terrence Malick’s upcoming romantic drama To the Wonder have also been released. The film stars Kurylenko as a woman who travels to Oklahoma to be with the man she loves, only to discover that their relationship isn’t as strong as they previously thought. Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams also star and are featured in these images, but it’s my understanding that Kurylenko is the main focus of Malick’s dialogue-lite pic. To the Wonder opens on April 12th. Hit the jump to take a look at the images. [Update: More new images from To the Wonder have been released including a look at Javier Bardem.]
A few new posters have surfaced online. Briefly:
- A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III – Another great poster for director Roman Coppola’s comedy, which stars Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman, and Bill Murray. The film is currently available VOD and hits theaters on February 8th.
- To the Wonder – A UK poster for director Terrence Malick’s upcoming drama, starring Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko. The film opens on April 12th.
- In Fear – A fantastic debut Sundance poster for this horror film which takes place entirely inside a car. The film stars Alice Englert and Iain De Caestecker and premieres next week at the Sundance Film Festival.
Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses.
The first trailer has been released for Terrence Malick‘s To The Wonder. In the vague semblance of a plot, Olga Kurylenko plays a woman who travels to Oklahoma to be with the man she loves only to discover that their relationship isn’t as strong as they previously thought. There’s also a story involving a priest who grapples with his loneliness and has almost no narrative relation to the other plotline. I caught the picture at TIFF, and although To The Wonder is one of Malick’s shortest films, it feels like his longest. His attempt to make an intimate film about intimacy caved in on itself, and most of the movie is just people whispering narration and twirling. The majesty presented in this trailer is almost completely misleading.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, and Javier Bardem. To The Wonder is set to open on April 12, 2013.
We’ve recently seen a number of interesting photos from the set of two new films that director Terrence Malick has been shooting this year, but we now have word on when we might get to see the filmmaker’s follow-up to 2011’s The Tree of Life. Malick notoriously takes his time in the post-production process, and his most recent film To the Wonder (which was shot in 2010) finally premiered this past fall at the Venice and Toronto film festivals. The story revolves around a European woman (Olga Kurylenko) and her tumultuous relationship with an Oklahoman man (Ben Affleck), and following a mixed-to-negative response, Magnolia acquired the pic for distribution.
Now The Film Stage reports that Magnolia is eyeing an April 2013 release for the pic, following its February 22nd UK release. Despite the mixed reactions (read Matt’s review right here), I’m eager to see the latest work from the reclusive auteur.
After watching Terrence Malick‘s twirling train wreck of a picture, To the Wonder, I was left wondering what distributor would pick it up. The movie lacked the awards power of Malick’s previous efforts, and his movies aren’t easy sells to begin with. Today, Deadline reports that Magnolia is up for the challenge, and will distribute the film for a multi-platform release in 2013. Most, if not all, Magnolia films hit VOD before getting a theatrical release, but Deadline says To the Wonder will be released first in theaters. The movie will probably draw in the Malick die-hards since all of the imagery and tone is unmistakably the auteur’s work. The trailer probably won’t convey how the movie is an utter chore, and even though it’s Malick’s second-shortest movie, it feels like his longest.
For those unfamiliar with the plot, it revolves around a European woman (Olga Kurylenko) and her tumultuous relationship with an Oklahoman man (Ben Affleck). Occasionally, a priest (Javier Bardem) has scenes where he talks about how unhappy he is. Godspeed, Magnolia.
If I were making a parody of a Terrence Malick movie, I’d make his new film, To The Wonder. It takes all of his trademarks—softly spoken narration, gorgeous cinematography, orchestral score, poetic ruminations—and forgets why they worked in his other pictures. To The Wonder reveals that Malick’s previous movies succeed because they’re intimate stories painted on a larger canvas. By comparison, To The Wonder is an intimate story about intimacy, so it collapses in on itself as characters endlessly muse on the nature of love without the audience ever sharing that feeling, or any other emotion for that matter. It is a loveless movie about love where all of Malick’s trademarks feel like tricks.