One of the best things a well written movie can do is slowly build tension throughout. There is something about it that just slowly edges the viewer to the edge of their seat. Writer and Director Paul Schrader crafted a superb screenplay with his latest film First Reformed, and his confident directing made it even more powerful. I mean come on, this is coming from the same guy who wrote the iconic Taxi Driver. And in some small ways, First Reformed gives off Taxi Driver vibes. The biggest difference is that First Reformed is very much a faith driven film that demonstrates the current state of religious affairs. One could say that First Reformed is a mixture of Taxi Driver and 2016’s Silence. Read more
From EuropaCorp and writer/director Luc Besson, comes the adaptation of the Sci-Fi European Graphic Novel series – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Starring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke and John Goodman, the film is scheduled for theatrical release July 21, 2017. Read more
Given the combination of the cast and premise, The Magnificent Seven screams “summer blockbuster.” Thankfully, MGM and Columbia Pictures were wise to place the 2016 Western remake right in the middle of September instead of sticking it somewhere in the crowded (and disappointing) summer season. With a budget over $100M for a movie fitting into a genre many consider “dead,” The Magnificent Seven has a lot riding on its shoulders. Luckily though, director Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer) delivers an action-packed, astonishing remake that stands on its own apart from the 1960 classic while also proving that Westerns are the only genre worth rebooting in an age where remakes are the new Hollywood strategy.
From director Andrew Niccol (Lord of War) comes the ultra realistic modern warfare thriller based on real events – Good Kill. Starring Ethan Hawke, January Jones, Bruce Greenwood and Zoe Kravitz, the film is available on demand and Blu-ray September 1st.