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Soul celebrates the joys of life: As Pixar's Onward dominates the box office, the studio's next animated feature dropped its first full trailer. Soul promises an existential adventure about a jazz musician in the midst of an out-of-body experience, and it looks as deep as movies get. Look for it in theaters on June 19.
Jungle Cruise holds the key to success: Also from Disney, Jungle Cruise debuted a new trailer featuring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt searching for a magical tree in the Amazon. The adventure comedy is based on the theme park ride of the same name and could very well be the next Pirates of the Caribbean. This one is scheduled to open on July 24.
Black Widow resurrects the past: Disney's next installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Widow, released its final trailer, and things get a bit nostalgic in this one. The movie deals with the titular Avengers's past and apparently includes a look back at events from her first MCU appearance, in Iron Man 2. Find it only on the big screen starting May 1.
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Bloodshot is here:Vin Diesel is the titular hero of the Variant comic book adaptation Bloodshot, which is now playing only in theaters. In this exclusive clip, the character shows up and takes out an entire squad of enemy combatants with help from the nanotechnology enhancing his abilities:
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The hunt for humans: In honor of the release of The Hunt, now in theaters, here is a look back at other movies involving humans being targeted for sport:
The Hunger Games: The most well-known movie about humans hunting other humans is The Hunger Games, based on the Suzanne Collins novel about a dystopian society dependent on a deadly televised competition involving children. Watch the first full trailer for the Jennifer Lawrence-led blockbuster, which opened March 23, 2012, and was followed by three sequels:
Hard Target: Almost 20 years earlier, legendary Hong Kong action filmmaker John Woo made his Hollywood debut with Hard Target, which is about wealthy businessmen who hunt homeless people for sport. Watch the first trailer for the Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle, which released in the U.S. on August 20, 1993:
Ready or Not: Just last year, we saw another movie about rich people hunting a human for their own amusement called Ready or Not. Watch the red band trailer for the movie, which opened on August 21, 2019, and stars Samara Weaving as a new bride who suddenly becomes the prey for her in-laws' sadistic tradition:
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Erin Brockovich turns 20: Steven Soderbergh's Erin Brockovich celebrates its 20th anniversary next week, so let's watch some favorite moments from the Oscar-winning drama, courtesy of...
Chris Rock will reintroduce the “Saw” horror franchise to the world this summer as the writer and star of Lionsgate’s “Spiral,” but up first for the beloved comedian is a leading role in “Fargo” Season 4. And it's one he’s already touting as the greatest work of his career. Rock joins Jason Schwartzman, Jessie Buckley, Ben Whishaw, and Timothy Olyphant in the new season from writer-showrunner Noah Hawley. “Fargo” kicks off its new run next month on FX, and it’s going to be epic, at least based on what Rock says in a preview interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“This is the best part I've ever done and, honestly, probably the best part I'll ever have,” Rock says of the series. “That's how it works. Morgan Freeman is in ‘The Shawshank Redemption.’ He's amazing. He's made a kazillion dollars since then. He never got a part that good again. When you get these great parts you have to make the most of them.”
Rock stars in “Fargo” Season 4 as Loy Cannon, a crime lord with a conscience. “He's a businessman, he's a deacon at his church, he's a loving father and husband, he owns a bank, and he's also a criminal,” the comedian said about his character. “He fixes fights and runs numbers and prostitution. He's always on edge. It's Tony Soprano-esque.”
According to Rock, “Fargo” Season 4 takes on an ambitious scope that previous seasons lacked. Rock calls the new season “the biggest ‘Fargo'” yet. The actor adds, “The scale is tremendous. ‘Fargo’ normally tells little stories that get out of hand. They're about ordinary people, something happens, and then we get to see how evil ordinary people can be. This is quite different. We start off gangsters, so we're beginning with bad people, and then it escalates.”
Rock is primarily an actor on the show, but he did step in and make rewrites to the script when he felt strongly that something Hawley wrote should be fine-tuned. “I'd be talking as a guy who's lived this and kind of knows Loy Cannon,” Rock said. “In the 1950s, my dad was 17 and my granddad was 30. So I know these guys a little bit.”
“Occasionally I would pull Noah to the side and go, ‘What about this?’ or ‘I have literally sat with these guys and they never say this,'” Rock said. “As the senior black person on the set, along with [costar] Glynn Turman, there is a responsibility you have if you disagree with something. Nine times out of 10 the person you say it to appreciates it.”
“Fargo” Season 4 begins April 19 on FX.
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?
This week we overcome being an ugly duckling, spend some more time with those with autism, have our third eye melted, look at some hip hop legends, and get exonerated for crimes we didn’t commit.Autism: The Sequel
Director Tricia Regan is bringing hope at just the right time.
Revisiting the subjects of the 2007 Emmy-winning documentary Autism: The Musical, Autism: The Sequel offers a heartwarming inside look into the daily challenges and triumphs of adults on the autism spectrum.
In 2006, HBO debuted the 2007 Emmy®-winning Autism: The Musical, a poignant, heartwarming film that followed five children on the autism spectrum as they wrote and performed their own musical. We revisit the stars of this musical 12 years later in Autism: The Sequel as the original subjects, now in their early 20s, navigate what independence means to them as they manage challenges and triumphs as adults.
If there was a way to excise the uplifting string arrangement towards the end of the trailer, I would do it. It’s not to say this documentary isn’t an uplifting story, but when you consider that these kids, who are now adults, are still struggling to live day-to-day with autism, it seems like a different approach could have been made to reflect their current accomplishments. This is a story that will continue long after this doc is done. This specific story is a celebration, but, also, there is the very real fact that there are more mountains for them to climb. It’s inspiring.The Innocence Files
True crime aficionados, rejoice!
Through the lens of The Evidence, The Witness and The Prosecution, The Innocence Files shines a powerful light on the untold personal stories behind eight cases of wrongful conviction that the nonprofit organization the Innocence Project and organizations within the Innocence Network have uncovered and worked tirelessly to overturn. The Innocence Files is executive produced and directed by Academy Award® nominee Liz Garbus, Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney, Academy Award® winner Roger Ross Williams; with episodes also directed by Academy Award® nominee Jed Rothstein, Emmy Award® winner Andy Grieve and Sarah Dowland.
You have a veritable who’s who of directing talent who have lined up to tell some very real stories. Stories that, without question, cast a deep and long shadow over the criminal justice system. No one deserves to be wrongfully convicted, much less jailed, for an...
Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below: