Continuing their recent trend of adapting classic animated films into live-action films, Disney is set to release one of their most-anticipated films of 2017 this week when Beauty and the Beast dances its way into theaters. Based on the 1991 film of the same name, this new take on the tale as old as time includes some pitch-perfect performances from Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as The Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, and more.
Warner Bros. may continue to encounter challenges with its slate of upcoming DC Comics films, including hiring a new director for The Batman and starting over with a page-one rewrite of The Flash, but thankfully this summer’s Wonder Woman still looks solid, as evidence by the latest trailer, which premiere earlier this weekend during the Kids Choice Awards.
Premiering at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival ahead of its August release date, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver nearly blew the roof off the Paramount Theater last night as the rowdy Austin, Texas audience reveled in the prolific director’s latest masterpiece. Part intricate heist film and part star-crossed romance, it’s the action-movie version of La La Land, a feel-good musical where the singing and dancing has been swapped out for car chases and shootouts, all set to the pulsing beat of an eclectic soundtrack.
It’s been six years since former police detective Joe Denton (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) was sent to prison for attempted murder, the culmination of a downward spiral brought on by alcoholism, drug addiction and ties to a local crime boss. It’s a conspicuously short sentence for such a grievous crime, and Joe is headed home, where he discovers the locals aren’t shy about letting him know that he’s no longer welcome in their idyllic small town.
When champion archery competitor Lauren Pierce (Bailey Noble) leads her team to victory at the end of the season, she and best friend Emily (Victoria Grace Cox) retire to a hotel room to celebrate, but the festivities are interrupted by the arrival of Emily’s abusive boyfriend. Lauren heroically comes to her friend’s defense as the altercation turns physical, but her claim of self-defense falls on deaf ears when she’s charged with aggravated assault and sentenced to a remote juvenile detention center nestled deep in the wilderness.
Set against the backdrop of a crime-ridden New York City neighborhood, Michael O’ Shea’s debut feature follows 14-year-old Milo (Eric Ruffin), an introverted teen with a vampire obsession. He reads nothing but vampire novels, his bookcase is lined with bootleg VHS tapes copies of everything from Blade to The Lost Boys, and he periodically murders people in order to quench a growing thirst for blood – in fact, this is how we’re first introduced, as he drinks from the slashed throat of his latest victim.
Ghost in the Shell is set to get its live-action debut starring Scarlett Johansson in just a few short weeks. But first, your friends at the Nerd Repository want to turn you on to the brilliant original anime by giving away three Blu-rays of the brand new Ghost in the Shell re-release featuring gorgeous limited steelbook packaging with exclusive Mondo artwork.
It’s been four years since Jordan Vogt-Roberts wowed audiences at the Sundance Film Festival with The Kings of Summer, and despite the critical acclaim showered upon his debut effort, you wouldn’t think the director of an intimate and poignant coming-of-age tale would be the most obvious choice to revive one of cinema’s most recognizable icons. But with a keen eye for arresting visuals and an uncanny penchant for pitch-perfect music selection, Vogt-Roberts turns out to be one of Kong: Skull Island’s biggest assets.
In just a few days, we’ll be headed to Austin, Texas for the 2017 SXSW Film Festival to cover opening weekend (and to indulge in some breakfast tacos, of course). This year’s lineup boasts another strong collection of offerings, including the latest from Terrence Malick, an early look at Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, and the world premiere of James Franco’s The Disaster Artist.
“It’s all about the brotherhood.” These words from Zurich (Trevor Jackson), delivered in a solemn voiceover, mark the beginning of Hell Week for he and his fellow pledgemates at fictional Frederick Douglass University. We meet this group in the middle of the woods, clad in black hoodies and sweatpants, preparing to undergo the first of many hazing rituals at the hands of their would-be “brothers,” the leaders of the Lambda Phi fraternity. One pledge doesn’t even make it past the opening scene, dismissed after intervening when Zurich is violently assaulted and left with a nagging injury eventually revealed to be a fractured rib.