First, let me make something perfectly clear – I can’t decide whether A Quiet Place is an alien invasion movie cleverly disguised as a horror movie, or a horror movie cleverly disguised as an alien invasion movie.
Whatever the case, it’s a clever, original, haunting frequently scary film that has, at its heart, the bonds of family.
I once asked Mike Phillips and A.O. Scott what do you say when a movie is well made; the pace is appropriate for the story; the score is perfect; that cast are acting their hearts out – and the film just connect with you.
One of them replied that I already had my answer. And The Girl on the Train is a perfect example of the kind of movie I was referring to.
The Girl on the Train is one of the most highly anticipated films of the year. Starring Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux and Rebecca Ferguson, it follows Rachel who, devastated by her recent divorce, finds herself imaging a perfect life for a couple she sees on her daily commute.
When the woman disappears, there seems to be circumstantial evidence that she may have killed the woman and she has to try to find the killer before she winds up in prison.
Based on the novel by Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train opens on October 7th. The UK trailer follows the jump.
‘If It’s the Snow White tale you’re looking for, discover the story that came before,’ says the narrator in the new trailer for The Huntsman: Winter’s War – the prequel to Snow white and the Huntsman.
Considering how little we wanted a follow-up to the first film, I have to say that this new trailer is more dark fun than I expected. Check it out after the jump. The Huntsman: Winter’s War opens on April 22nd.
This weekend, Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario opens in wide release. Sicario, the film tells us, is the Mexican word for hitman. It also tells us that it was the Hebrew word for the one who hunts the ones who killed us (i.e. Romans – it’s a very old word).
Sicario is a deeply disturbing film about an idealistic FBI agent who leaves her division – which deals with kidnapping and hostages – to volunteer for a joint taskforce that ostensibly is to take down a Mexican cartel.
Although Disney’s Into The Woods is doing well in theaters, it was considered to be a risky move – taking a three-hour hit Broadway musical and turning it into a two-hour movie. Plus, there was the fact that Into The Woods is not the lightest exploration of fairy tales.
On the plus side, director Rob Marshall was an old hand at adapting Broadway hits into movie form – his Chicago nabbed a few Oscars® – and the screenplay for Into The Woods was adapted by James Lapine, who, with Stephen Sondheim, created the original musical.
So, what did it take to take Into The Woods from stage to screen? Follow the jump to check out a video dealing with that very topic.
Into The Woods takes four classic fairy tales – Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel – and looks at what happens after their happily ever after endings. There have been several films in recent memory that have tackled this idea, but when Into The Woods debuted, it was a radical new idea. It’s still the best take on the idea.