Film Review: ‘It Comes at Night’ Brings Refreshing Fear and Disturbing Intensity

An eye for thrill-seeking cinema, director Trey Edward Shults redefines the term “heart palpitations” with his newest film “It Comes At Night.”  With an all-star cast that boasts incredible performances in particular, Joel Edgerton and Christopher Abbott, the film is constructed as one of the most disturbing and frightening experiences in years. “It Comes at […]

WATCH: New Trailer for ‘It Comes At Night’ with Joel Edgerton

Eerie new trailer for IT COMES AT NIGHT examines the dark side of human nature. On June 9th, brace yourself for a nightmare you won’t be able to shake. Imagine the end of the world— Now imagine something worse. Award-winning filmmaker Trey Edward Shults follows his incredible debut feature KRISHA with IT COMES AT NIGHT, […]

2017 Awards Circuit In Line Series: 25 Actors for an Oscar Nomination

Welcome to the official 2017 AWARDS CIRCUIT IN LINE SERIES! The Academy Awards get tons of flack for not rewarding actors and actresses in the prime of their careers. It often boils down to poor timing, but sometimes the Academy’s choices are downright baffling. Here at Awards Circuit, we will begin an annual tradition called […]

Loving

‘Loving’ to Receive Special Honor at PGA Awards

“Loving” will receive the Stanley Kramer Award from the Producers Guild of America, it was announced today. The award, which honors productions that raise public awareness of social issues, will be given at the PGA Awards on Jan. 28. “Loving” certainly does just that. The film stars Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Michael Shannon and Nick Kroll in […]

Red Sparrow

Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeremy Irons Will Join Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Red Sparrow’

Matthias Schoenaerts and Jeremy Irons will join Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton in “Red Sparrow.” The film is an adaptation of the espionage novel by Jason Matthews. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the casting news. Back in August, Edgerton signed on for the film. It is unknown what role the “Loving” star […]

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Edgar Ramirez Cast in Netflix’s ‘Bright’ With Will Smith and Joel Edgerton

Edgar Ramirez (“The Girl on the Train”) is joining Will Smith and Joel Edgerton for “Bright,” it was announced Wednesday. The Netflix film is currently in production, with “Suicide Squad” director David Ayer at the helm. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news. Max Landis (“American Ultra”) is on board for screenwriter duties. Although plot […]

Middleburg Film Review: ‘Loving’ Values the Legacy of Its Timeless and Timely Story

2016 MIDDLEBURG FILM FESTIVAL: “Loving,” Jeff Nichols’ passionate look at injustice in our nation’s history, can best be described with one word: understated. Always a straightforward filmmaker in the way he presents his material, Nichols’ choices in his newest film allow him to focus on the emotion and intricacies of his story. Richard and Mildred Loving […]

Jeff Nichols’ ‘Loving’ to Open Austin Film Festival; ‘Lion’ Also Screening at Fest

The Austin Film Festival has announced its second wave of films, and some major awards contenders are making an appearance at the annual Texas fest. The festival announced writer/director (and Texas native) Jeff Nichols‘ interracial marriage drama, “Loving,” will open the festival, which runs from Oct. 13 through 20. Nichols will attend the event as […]

Joel Edgerton Eyeing Role Opposite Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Red Sparrow’

  Joel Edgerton is looking to join Jennifer Lawrence in the adaptation of Jason Matthews’ spy novel “Red Sparrow.” The “Loving” star is in early talks for the film, according to Deadline. Francis Lawrence (who previously directed Lawrence in several “Hunger Games” films) is on board to direct, with a script originally written by Eric […]

WATCH: Official Trailer for the Oscar Hopeful ‘Loving’ with Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga

From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went […]

Netflix Picks up David Ayer and Will Smith’s “Bright” for $90 Million

Netflix is looking to continue its domination of the small screen with the purchase of David Ayer’s upcoming project, “Bright,” for a whopping $90 million. Deadline reported that the deal, which was part of an intense two week bidding war, will give writer Max Landis a cool $3 million for the script and around $45 […]

Film Review: Midnight Special (★★½)

More of a lukewarm “soup of the day” than a savory dinner entreé special, Jeff Nichols’s Midnight Special lacks the crackle of imagination and sheer awe befitting of its genre. Watching the film, it’s abundantly clear that the young auteur who gave us the masterpiece Mud has a soft spot for iconic science fiction narratives […]

Will Smith, David Ayer Looking to Reunite for Fantasy Thriller “Bright”

“Suicide Squad” director David Ayer is gearing up for his next project, which reportedly is set to cast Will Smith and Joel Edgerton in leading roles. The trio are all in talks at the moment. The film in question is “Bright,” which is written by Max Landis (“American Ultra”).  Although plot details are scant at […]

SXSW 2017

SXSW Announces New Films for 2016 Lineup including New Pee Wee Herman Film and Seth Rogen Directed Feature

South by Southwest (SXSW) has announced six more films that will have their premiere at its film fest in March, including: Paul Reubens’ “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru,” “Beware the Slenderman” and the Seth Rogen-directed “Preacher.” Jeff Nichols’ sci-fi drama “Midnight Special,” which stars Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton and Kirsten […]

Oscar Circuit: Much Support for the “Supporting” Players

A little less than a year ago, we examined one of the most competitive Oscar races we’ve seen in some time.  Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” entered Phase 1 as the critical favorite, many declaring it the one to beat.  “Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” came as a serious threat after bowing at Telluride, Venice, […]

Film Review: Black Mass (★★½)

There’s so much potential and talent on display in Black Mass that you almost can’t believe how workmanlike the end result turns out to be. Everyone involved turns in competent work, but no one manages to stand out, and that goes for everyone, up and down the line. From director Scott Cooper to star Johnny […]

Film Review: The Gift (★★½)

There’s something a bit frustrating about The Gift, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. A great deal of this thriller from actor/writer/director Joel Edgerton works, sometimes impeccably so, but a combination of plot holes and a slight aimlessness do weigh it down. Still, that’s sometimes par for the course with this genre, […]

New Second Trailer Hits for ‘Black Mass’ with Johnny Depp

Based just on the previous Teaser that hit the web for Scott Cooper‘s upcoming gangster film Black Mass, some have moved Johnny Depp into their Oscar predictions, with a few even positing that he could win the Academy Award for Best Actor this time around. Certainly, playing Whitey Bulger is a baity role and that […]

Awards Profile: Black Mass

Welcome to the 2015 Awards Profiles series.  For the next two months, every day (except for Saturday), we will bring you a run down of a future 2015 film that we see as a potential awards vehicle for next year’s Academy Awards.  This is all speculative since with just about all these films, we haven’t seen a […]

Relax…’Exodus: Gods and Kings’ isn’t 200 minutes long

Now that the fuss has somewhat settled down about the presumed length of Exodus: Gods and Kings, I feel good about posting this (especially since I attended that preview/showcase last week for the film, which I discussed on the podcast). Apparently, a few days ago a bit of a hubbub began because IMDb posted a […]

Exodus: Gods and Kings – NEW TRAILER

I can just picture it now, Ridley Scott standing in the backlot of 20th Century Fox, shouting to the studio “Studio, let my trailer go!”  And the studio agreed, apparently.  The trailer for Scott’s The Counselor follow-up, Exodus: Gods and Kings is below.  Many are predicting the film in technical Oscar races such as score, costumes, […]

New Clip and Images of ‘The Rover’ Starring Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce

A24 unveils the first clip and stills from THE ROVER ahead of its world premiere at Cannes next week. Watch a quietly powerful exchange between Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce in the clip “God put a bullet in you.” Director David Michod also shares his vision for the collapsed society in which the story takes place in […]

‘Jane got a Gun’ Gets Pulled from Relativity Media’s Calendar

It seems like this film just can’t catch a break. After all of the various controversies surrounding Jane Got a Gun, including the last minute departure of filmmaker Lynne Ramsay and the subsequent cast comings and goings, which saw Bradley Cooper, Michael Fassbender, and Jude Law sign on and then drop out (sometimes within a […]