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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 follow a pack of good boys and girls, check our assumptions, learn a thing or two about race, catch up with Iliza Shlesinger, and appreciate our music teachers.Stray
I had to check to see if this was a canine sequel to the incredible Kedi, but director Elizabeth Lo has done something completely new and welcome.
In Stray, a trio of canine outcasts roam the streets of Istanbul. Through their eyes and ears, we are shown an intimate portrait of the life of a city and its people.
I’ve never been to Istanbul, but knowing there are stray dogs and cats roaming freely there almost makes it seem like a quasi-paradise. There is something so soothing about watching these dogs walk among people, no owner in sight, free to let the day take them wherever it might. And that shot at the beginning of the dog waking up on the beach? Powerful.Find Your Groove
This documentary by director Mike Kirk perfectly tees up the issue of arts education, and the importance of it, in our schools and communities.
In this uplifting documentary, stars and musicians from across the industry speak to the power and importance of music in society. Here we examine how close we came to not having many of the incredible artists who we cherish today had it not been for arts programs. Music has the power to inspire and change the world, and that starts with our supporting young talent.
The more this quarantine drags on, the more I need positive messages. It’s easy to dismiss this kind of entertainment as just liberal claptrap, but I would argue arts education is just as important as the sciences or the humanities. This plays an important part of a well-rounded society and knowing that physical education and the arts are the first things to get cut when times are tight means content like this should remind us of why the arts are vital.Bias
Director Robin Hauser isn’t here to make you feel comfortable.
The toxic effects of Bias make headlines every day: sexual harassment, racial profiling, the pay gap. As humans, we are biased. Yet few of us are willing to admit it. We confidently make snap judgments, but we are shockingly unaware of the impact our assumptions have on those around us. The documentary feature ‘bias’ follows filmmaker Robin Hauser on a journey to uncover her hidden biases and explore how unconscious bias defines relationships, workplaces, our justice system, and technology....
Since directing Brie Larson to an Oscar win in 2015’s Room, Irish writer/director Lenny Abrahamson has been fairly quiet, directing only a couple episodes of a TV series called Chance and a single feature, the 2018 horror mystery The Little Stranger, which starred Domhnall Gleeson. Now Abrahamson has returned to his home country as one of the two directors of Normal People, a new Hulu co-production with the BBC which focuses on two young lovers from Ireland who find themselves on opposite sides of a class divide. Check out the trailer below.Normal People Trailer
Is it hot in here, or is it just me? Man, this show looks sexy. I know the whole “Romeo and Juliet” dynamic is a little played out, but author Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel, which serves as the basis for the show, was critically acclaimed, so I suspect there’s more going on here than what we see in this trailer. Normal People will reportedly consist of twelve half-hour episodes, with Abrahamson tackling the first six and Hettie Macdonald Doctor Who, Howards End directing the final six. Rooney is serving as a writer on the series, along with Alice Birch Lady Macbeth, Succession and Mark O’Rowe Boy A.
Daisy Edgar-Jones 2019’s War of the Worlds TV series stars as Marianne, and Paul Mescal Bump plays Connell, the two friends/lovers at the center of the story, and the production hired real students who were attending Dublin’s Trinity College to participate in the show. I visited Trinity College’s campus a couple of years ago to check out the world-famous Long Room in its Old Library; you can see it at the :54 mark in this video. It’s fitting that the world “normal” is in the title, because this looks like one of the most normal, traditional things Abrahamson has been involved with in years. And I wouldn’t exactly say that the guy who made Frank and Room is super concerned about directing traditional projects.
Here’s the show’s official synopsis:
Based on Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel, Normal People is an exquisite, modern love story about how one person can unexpectedly change another person’s life and about how complicated intimacy can be. It follows Marianne and Connell over several years, as they embark on an on-again/off-again romance that starts at school and continues through college, both testing their relationship as they explore different versions of themselves.
Normal People premieres on Hulu on April 29, 2020.