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‘State Like Sleep’ Star Katherine Waterston on Balancing Indies and Blockbusters [Interview]

Over the past decade, actress Katherine Waterston has built up a solid filmography of work that had made her one of the most eclectic and reliable performers around. After years of theater work and taking meaty supporting roles in such films as Michael Clayton (her first film), Taking Woodstock, Robot & Frank (as well as a semi-regular role on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire), she made an impressive showing as Shasta Ray Hepworth in writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2014 marvel Inherent Vice, whic...
Tags: Hbo, England, New York, Movies, Interviews, Digital, Toronto, Features, Danny Boyle, Steven Soderbergh, Paul Thomas Anderson, Joan Didion, Brussels, Meredith, Jonah Hill, Caribbean


Movie Mixtape: 6 Movies to See After You See ‘Glass’

The first act of The Incredibles is still the fairest portrayal of what superhero home life would look like. The flurry of domestic bliss and panic mirrors a lot of families with young children, but there’s an additional anxious hum to the rhythm of their lives. That fear of being caught, of suppressing who they are for the “greater good” of a fearful, misinformed larger society imbues every choice they make. Yet it’s only one family. One view on what it might be like for a very small group of ...
Tags: Vince Gilligan, Movies, Jack Nicholson, Superman, Features, Glass, Iron Man, Meryl Streep, Batman, Dc, Will Smith, James Gunn, Smith, Jason Bateman, Goldie Hawn, Mcclane


The 50 Greatest Movie Moments of 2018

In the cold doldrums of January, with the multiplexes still mostly dormant, there’s only one thing for movie fans to do: look back at the previous year. And that’s what the /Film staff spent much of the past week doing as we assembled to create a list of the 50 greatest movie moments of 2018. First, we debated and argued and fought for which movie moments belonged on the list (all recorded in podcast form for your listening pleasure) and then we voted on the order. The result? A list of 50 scen...
Tags: Movies, Features, Nicole Kidman, Steve McQueen, Paul Feig, Eddie, Dakota Johnson, Mcqueen, Alice, Bay, Tom, Anne, Stephanie, Kendrick, Emily, Hardy


‘Stan and Ollie’ Star John C. Reilly on Vanishing Under Make-Up and Making Hard Comedy Look Easy [Interview]

When /Film last spoke with John C. Reilly, it was for the recent alternative western The Sisters Brothers, in which he co-starred opposite Joaquin Phoenix. At the end of that interview, Reilly did briefly discuss the narrower focus of his current film, the Laurel & Hardy biopic Stan & Ollie, which centers on a months-long tour the comedy team took throughout Great Britain and Ireland, transforming some of the classic bits (and some newly written ones) into live routines for the stage. By all a...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Interviews, Mexico, Wikipedia, Germany, Features, Ireland, Italy, John, Joaquin Phoenix, Dick, Steve, Oliver, Steve Coogan, Great Britain


‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Trailer Breakdown: Nick Fury Just Highjacked Our Summer Vacation

Fans have been waiting for the Spider-Man: Far From Home teaser trailer since it debuted down at the CCXP convention down in Brazil, and today it finally arrived. Though it doesn’t feel quite as thrilling as the visual overload and excitement that came from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse last month, it’s good to have Tom Holland back as Peter Parker, especially since the last time we saw him, he wasn’t feeling too well. Of course, since this is our first official glimpse at any footage from ...
Tags: New York, Movies, New York City, Spider-Man, Sequels, Brazil, Jon Favreau, Marvel Studios, Peter, Delmar, Ben, Hogan, Franklin, Tony Stark, Tom Holland, Spidey


‘Stan and Ollie’ Star Steve Coogan on Bringing the Iconic Comedy Duo to Life [Interview]

There are few things more satisfying than having modern-day actors pay worthy tribute to their legendary predecessors, and the easily lovable biopic Stan & Ollie, from director Jon S. Baird, is almost nothing but that, with Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly (along with some awards-worthy makeup) portraying arguably the greatest comedy duo in film history, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. The movie documents a period in the later years of their career, during which the two are having less success...
Tags: Europe, England, Hollywood, Movies, Greece, Drama, Interviews, Nike, Features, United Kingdom, Rob, Pope, John, Shirley, Steve-Coogan, Alan Partridge


The Elusive Persona of Angela Lansbury: From ‘Gaslight’ to ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

(Welcome to Role Call, where we examine two performances from an actor – their first defining role and their most recent/last – to get a sense of who they are.) You’re gonna be thinking of Murder, She Wrote while reading this. That’s okay. It’s only natural. The grandmotherly Columbo dominated Dame Angela Lansbury‘s persona so strongly that a certain generation of viewers can’t imagine her as anything but a cardigan-wearing bicycle enthusiast whom death follows like a puppy. After more than a d...
Tags: Movies, Disney, Features, Maine, Oscar, Angela Lansbury, Belle, Eureka, Jessica Fletcher, Nancy, Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews, Arthur, Mary Poppins, Ingrid Bergman, Bergman


Beyond Bollywood: The 10 Best Indian Films You Missed in 2018

There are, on average, nearly 2,000 new Indian films each year — about three times the American output. The mainstream Hindi film industry (or “Bollywood”) is a small contributor to that figure, though it usually receives the most attention in both Western and Indian media. Given the vast array of languages, cultures and perspectives across the nation — rather than a single massive entity, India has dozens of parallel film industries differentiated by language — there exists a fascinating cine...
Tags: Movies, India, Nigeria, America, Features, Venice, Shakespeare, Mumbai, New Delhi, Shah, Ama, Samuel, Philip, Assam, Arjun, Shay


The Upside and the Downside of ‘The Upside’: An Analysis From a Disabled Writer

Putting it bluntly, it’s difficult to get excited anytime Hollywood wants to trot out a narrative on disabilities nowadays, especially as someone born and living with Muscular Dystrophy Type 2. They are stubbornly set on staying the feel-good course without necessarily saying anything meaningful or relevant. If you thought Green Book had nothing but safe and obvious observations, tackling race relations with the force of bopping someone on the head with your finger, well, the disabled community...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Features, Nicole Kidman, Paris, Clint Eastwood, Dell, Kevin Hart, Hitler, Bryan Cranston, Philip, Phillip, Daniel Day Lewis, Christy Brown, Featured Stories Sidebar, Chloe Zhao


Daily Podcast: The Most Anticipated Movies of 2019

On the January 11, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall , weekend editor Brad Oman , senior writer Ben Pearson , and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to decide their 25 most anticipated movies of 2019, which will be later published on the site as a ranked list. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes , Google Play , Overcast , Spotify and all the popular podcast apps (here is the ...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Hobbs, Lucy, Charlie, Ben Pearson, John Wick, Peter Sciretta, Top 10 Lists, Jacob Hall, Featured Stories Sidebar, Hoai Tran Bui, Chris Evangelista, Film Daily Podcast, Brad Oman, Sam Hume


Hidden Streams: Werner Herzog, Paul Schrader, and Other Streaming Gems

(Welcome to Hidden Streams , a column focused on the best older movies available to stream on your favorite services, including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and more.) The death of FilmStruck might make it harder for cinephiles to dig those older hidden gems out of the overwhelming piles of streaming titles. From lesser-known classics to cult favorites, we’ve put together a handy guide to some of the best older films you can stream on the various platforms. In this edition of Hidden Streams, yo...
Tags: Amazon, England, Texas, Movies, Abc, California, Features, David Bowie, Giorgio Moroder, Quentin Tarantino, Seattle, Jay, Denver, Antoine, Alice, Bell


‘The Car: Road to Revenge’ Isn’t Quite the Sequel You’re Expecting

(Welcome to DTV Descent, a series that explores the weird and wild world of direct-to-video sequels to theatrically released movies. In this edition, we take a road trip with a stylized sequel to a cult favorite horror flick.) Some sequels feel like no-brainers while others make no sense at all, and then you have something like The Car: Road to Revenge… which hits both of those extremes at ninety miles per hour. On the one hand, 1977’s The Car is a fun little horror romp about a killer car mowi...
Tags: Movies, Los Angeles, Features, Bulgaria, Peru, Rainer, Brolin, James Brolin, Adam Ant, Ronny Cox, Michael Tabb, G J Echternkamp, Matt Yamashita, Featured Stories Sidebar, Elliot Silverstein, Lincoln Continental Mark III


‘New Year, New You’ Review: Sophia Takal Takes on Internet Celebrity Culture for Hulu’s ‘Into the Dark’

Blumhouse’s 2019 starts by taking one companywide step forward with their latest Into The Dark chapter. After critical reports identified a striking gender differential between The House Of Toby’s horror director hires, after Jason Blum’s interesting-at-best response, Sophia Takal becomes the brand’s first female filmmaker (*on a horror title*) with New Year, New You. In this entry: Instagram celebrity culture roasted on a spit and stuffed with false personality rage that mocks the charades so...
Tags: Google, Movies, Features, Movie Reviews, Silicon Valley, Hulu, Jason Blum, New Year New You, Jim Jones, Danielle, Alexis, Chloe, Blumhouse, Kayla, Chaikin, Sophia Takal


Small-Screen Stream: ‘Atlanta,’ ‘Black Mirror’ and Other Streaming Series to Catch Up on in the New Year

(Welcome to Small-Screen Stream, a feature where we share the best television shows streaming and where you can watch them.) It’s a brand new year and the slates are wiped clean – which means it’s time to start playing catch-up with TV-watching once again! The endless viewing cycle never ends, but streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu make it easy to sit back, light up the screen, and get lost in a new series. I, for one, spent my holidays watching nothing but junk-food TV, s...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Nbc, Massachusetts, New York City, Tim Burton, Atlanta, Georgia, Amazon Prime, Bbc, Features, Netflix, Ireland, Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Seth Rogen


‘Replicas’ Review: An Early Frontrunner For the Most Bizarre Bad Movie of 2019

In case you were curious, Replicas is a Christmas movie. You may find that fact, or the fact that multiple scenes in this sci-fi thriller reference the holiday season or literally take place at a Christmas tree-shopping site in Puerto Rico, superfluous or inexplicable. Perhaps I’ve buried the lede, because you see, Replicas itself is quite inexplicable. Here, we have the first wide-release contender of 2019 for the title of Most Utterly Bizarre Film of the Year. There’s no sane metric un...
Tags: Movies, Sci-fi, Features, Movie Reviews, Chad, John, Ed, William, Spielberg, Keanu Reeves, Steven Spielberg, Thomas Middleditch, Puerto Rico, Replicas, Reeves, John Wick


‘A Dog’s Way Home’ Review: A Feel-Good Family Film That Takes a Bizarrely Dark Direction

A Dog’s Way Home is a Hallmark card of a movie — it’s pretty and cute, but it’s full of empty emotion. Until about two-thirds of the way through the film when you realize that there may be a surprisingly dark hidden message scribbled in the corner by an embittered card maker. Penned by the writers of 2017’s saccharine super-hit A Dog’s Purpose, W. Bruce Cameron and Cathryn Michon, A Dog’s Way Home treads a similar path. There’s a wholesome story about a loyal dog (voiced with an extra-sweet lil...
Tags: Movies, Drama, Disney, Features, Movie Reviews, Cameron, Va, Alexandra Shipp, Bryce Dallas Howard, Smith, Denver, Lucas, Olivia, Bella, Edward James Olmos, Action/Adventure


‘State Like Sleep’ Star Michael Shannon Discusses Christopher Walken, Working With Rian Johnson on ‘Knives Out,’ and the 2018 Movie Everyone Should See

Michael Shannon is one of those actors that constantly reminds us there’s no such thing as small parts. No matter the size of the role, his presence will leave an impression, with his sole scene in Loving being one example. Every second matters when Shannon is on screen. The actor, who was last seen on AMC’s The Little Drummer Girl, now stars in Meredith Danluck‘s feature directorial debut, State Like Sleep, an intimate neo-noir with dreamlike sequences. Katherine Waterston plays a photographer...
Tags: Movies, Drama, Interviews, Amc, Thriller, Christopher-Walken, Meredith, Edward, Agatha Christie, Rian Johnson, Michael Shannon, Katherine, Shannon, Rian, Katherine-Waterston, Ramin Bahrani


/Film’s Overall Top 15 Movies of 2018

Every January, the writers at /Film look back at the previous year and compile a best-of list, a ranking of the greatest movies they saw over the past 12 months. And every year, I then take those lists and create a group ranking that represents the entire site, a top 15 list that stands for all of our voices and tastes. The result is always a refreshing reminder that, hey, movies are diverse and they are good. These are the 15 best movies of 2018 according to /Film. First, a quick note on ho...
Tags: Halloween, Hollywood, Movies, Features, Brooklyn, Paddington, Ethan Hawke, Paul Thomas Anderson, Oakland, Hereditary, Henry Cavill, Tom Cruise, Roma, Natalie Portman, Favourite, Joe


Pop Culture Imports: ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ An Uruguayan Political Drama, a Throwback Video Game Anime, and More

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.) New year, new foreign movies and shows to add to your ever-growing queue! If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to become more cultured, then look no further than Pop Culture Imports, where I recommend all the best titles you can watch with subtitles. But it’s not all European arthouse films — this week we have an array of movie and TV shows of all genres, including Guillermo del Toro...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Movies, Georgia, Spain, Features, Netflix, Uruguay, Republican, Hulu, Tangerines, Soviet Union, Toro, Ivo, Alhambra, Guillermo


Peter Sciretta’s Top 15 Movies of 2018

2018 has come to a close and I have finally been willing to commit to a list of this year’s best movies. Unlike the rest of the /Film staff, I decided to post a top 15 instead of a top 10, and I’ll explain why. I don’t think this was a great year for movies, but it was a very good one. Many of the films in this list are on nearly equal footing. I recently went back and rated and ranked films through the last decade and a half, and that gives me some perspective. If you were to look at my rating...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Movies, Michael Bay, Disney, Los Angeles, Features, Alfonso Cuarón, Sony, James Bond, Richard Linklater, Pixar, Avengers, Bing, Roma, Nick Robinson


‘True Detective’ Season 3 Review: A Semi-Successful Attempt to Recreate What Made Season 1 Special

“Someone once told me, ‘Time is a flat circle,'” Detective Rustin Cohle famously said in the first season of True Detective. “Everything we’ve ever done or will do, we’re gonna do over and over and over again.” Series creator Nic Pizzolatto didn’t know it at the time, but when he wrote those words for Matthew McConaughey to deliver, he was predicting the future of his own TV series. As True Detective season 3 unfolds, it becomes clear that Pizzolatto has decided to do everything he did in seaso...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Movies, Matthew Mcconaughey, Mahershala Ali, Time, Features, West, Arkansas, Woody Harrelson, Steve McQueen, Green Room, True Detective, Ali, Amelia, Michael Mann


‘The Upside’ Review: A Shamelessly Calculated Drama Without Enough Heart or Bite

Movies like The Upside come package-wrapped, with a painful and unavoidable sense of over-familiarity. It seems to exist less as a natural combination of talent, than as a way for a studio to check off a series of boxes. Based on a true story? Check. Featuring a comedian in a somewhat dramatic role? Check. Depicting an endearing but unexpected core relationship? Check. Including mismatched characters who come to a mutual understanding of respect after strife? Check. And a remake of a well-li...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Drama, Features, Movie Reviews, Nicole Kidman, Dell, Kevin Hart, Ellen, Mark Twain, Philip, Cranston, Hart, Huckleberry Finn, Central Intelligence, Neil Burger


The Best Movies of 2018, According to /Film Editors

On the January 9, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by the other members of the /Film Editorial team, /Film managing editor Jacob Hall and weekend editor Brad Oman , to countdown their top 10 films of 2018. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes , Google Play , Overcast , Spotify and all the popular podcast apps (here is the RSS URL if you need it). Opening Banter : What did you guys think of this year of movies? T...
Tags: Movies, Features, Roma, Peter, Simon, Brad, Jacob, Beale Street, Peter Sciretta, Top 10 Lists, Jacob Hall, Ethan Anderton, Featured Stories Sidebar, Film Daily Podcast, Brad Oman, Sam Hume


‘Glass’ Review: M. Night Shyamalan’s Superhero Sequel Is Anything But Super

With Glass, M. Night Shyamalan brings together the worlds of Unbreakable and Split, and the result is depressing and disappointing. After regaining most of his directorial mojo with his most recent work, Shyamalan now takes a huge, unfortunate step backwards, tarnishing the legacy of Unbreakable, his best movie, in the process. In 2000, M. Night Shyamalan dropped Unbreakable on unsuspecting moviegoers. The filmmaker was still riding high from his acclaimed, breakout hit The Sixth Sense, with...
Tags: Christopher Nolan, Movies, Superman, Features, Glass, David, Movie Reviews, Thriller, Sequels, Philadelphia, Batman, Jackson, Split, Sarah-Paulson, Steven Spielberg, Bruce-Willis


New Blu-ray Releases: ‘Halloween’, ‘First Man’, ‘8MM’, ‘Hell Fest’

It’s 2019, but the films of 2018 are still trickling onto Blu-ray, and I’m here to help you sort through some of them. This week, we examine the Blu release of David Gordon Green’s Halloween, the underrated Neil Armstrong pic First Man, Joel Schumacher’s sleazy Nicolas Cage thriller 8MM, and the indie horror flick Hell Fest. These are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week, and beyond. Halloween (Now on Digital; On Blu-ray 1/15) David Gordon G...
Tags: Halloween, Movies, Drama, Horror, Digital, Nasa, Green, Sony, Russell Crowe, James Gandolfini, Ryan Gosling, Jamie Lee Curtis, Joaquin Phoenix, Nicolas Cage, True Story, Cage


The Best Fight-Heavy Action Movies You’ve Never Seen

(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. This week we go toe to toe and foot to face with some of the best fight-filled action movies you’ve never seen.) Action movies come in all shapes and sizes, but while big stunts can be truly thrilling when done right few sequences are more impressive than a beautifully choreographed, filmed, and edited fight scene. We’ve been gifted with truly ...
Tags: Japan, Movies, Features, David, Plan B, Jackie Chan, Michael Cera, John Wick, Scott Pilgrim, Chris Mark, Phong, South Korea Thailand, Featured Stories Sidebar, James Mark, Confidential Assignment, The Best Movies You Haven't Seen


10 Things We Learned on the Set of ‘The Magicians’ Season 4

Real talk: The Magicians is one of the most jam-packed series on TV and has been since it debuted in 2015. As die hard fans know, there’s always a wrench being thrown into the plans of the students at Brakebills, the home base of our core group of characters who’ve gone from young magicians-in-training to queens and kings to people who have grappled with personal conflict as they fight to save the world. To put things lightly, there’s been a whole lot going on—including fascist librarians, evi...
Tags: Europe, Movies, Mississippi, Syfy, The Magicians, Features, Library, Vancouver, Les Miserables, Alice, Penny, Einhorn, Margo, McNamara, Gupta, Hale


Daily Podcast: We Visit The Set of ‘Captain Marvel’ And Talk With Samuel L Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn & Jonathan Schwartz

On the January 8, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is here to play a few interviews from the set of Captain Marvel . We will hear from Samuel L Jackson, who reprises his role as a young SHIELD head Nick Fury, Ben Mendelsohn, who plays a Skrull commander, and Jonathan Schwartz, the executive producer of the film who reveals everything we need to know about Marvel’s first female-led superhero film. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes , Google Pla...
Tags: Movies, Interviews, Marvel, Ben Mendelsohn, Marvel Studios, Samuel-L-Jackson, Jonathan Schwartz, Nick Fury, Set Visit, Comic Book/Superhero, Action/Adventure, Disney/Pixar, Captain Marvel, Peter Sciretta, Featured Stories Sidebar, Film Daily Podcast


‘Captain Marvel’ Star Jude Law on His Mysterious Mentor-Type Character [Set Visit Interview]

When Jude Law was first cast in Captain Marvel, it was reported that he was playing Dr. Walter Lawson, a character better known to comic book fans as Mar-Vell. But since that announcement, his role has remained a mystery and Disney isn’t commenting. While visiting the set of the film, the mystery continued, but Disney wasn’t hiding Law from us. We saw him suit up with Starforce and go into action alongside Brie Larsen’s Carol Danvers. We were shown footage of the character training Carol. So if...
Tags: Movies, Law, Interviews, Disney, Earth, Norway, Bill, Jude-Law, Marvel Studios, Carol, Yoda, Carol Danvers, Minerva, Bree, Gemma Chan, Set Visit


‘Captain Marvel’ Star Lashana Lynch on How Maria Rambeau and Carol Danvers Are “Yin and Yang” [Set Visit Interview]

Lashana Lynch plays Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel, and if you have read some Marvel comics, you may know that she a very important character in Carol Danvers’ world. On the set of the latest Marvel film, I had the opportunity to speak with Lynch about her character, the movie, and what it could all mean for the future of the MCU. Note: This interview was conducted in a roundtable format with other journalists. Question: So, what has Marvel said you’re allowed to say about this? Lashana Ly...
Tags: Movies, Shonda Rhimes, Abc, Interviews, Features, Air Force, Anna, Marvel Studios, Maria, Carol, Don, Monica, Ryan, Lynch, Yang, Carol Danvers