Writer/Director Paul Schrader is well-known for writing about the troubled mind, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver. But in his latest film, First Reformed, its the person who is supposed to be most emotionally grounded that goes off his hinges. Ethan Hawke plays a pastor that is struggling to find peace following the death of his son and is tasked with helping a parishioner (Amanda Seyfried), after her husband, a radical environmentalist, commits suicide. Little does he know that this tragedy opens the floodgates for his own personal deep dark fall.
Hawke gives a very real and noteworthy performance, easily one of the best of his career. He plays Toller, a pastor struggling to maintain a congregation while trying to appease the leader of an area mega-church, played by Cedric Kyles (formerly Cedric The Entertainer). The pressures of his job combo-ed with his alcoholism thrusts him down a self-destructive path.
Schrader's direction is brilliant, the movie does not have a traditional score which not only adds to the empty and dark tone it helps build the tension. The film gets more suspenseful with each minute that passes and it leaves the mind racing at the shocking conclusion. Its not a film for everyone, but there is no denying it is a finely-crafted work of art that explores the power of depression that will leave a lasting impression on its audience.
First Reformed was screened in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival and is set for limited release on May 18.
Melissa McCarthy teams with her husband Ben Falcone in their 3rd comedy, Life Of The Party. This time McCarthy brings her physical comedy to the college campus following an unexpected divorce, but is this movie different from what we've seen from McCarthy in the past, or is it just more of the same.
Avengers: Infinity War has left us all wondering WTF after one of the biggest cliffhangers in the entire MCU. But we should probably start preparing now emotionally for the concluding chapter of Phase 3. That's because the directors of Avengers: Infinity War recently revealed that they're planning a game changer for the end of the untitled project currently being called Avengers 4.
During an interview on Sway's Universe on Sirius XM, Joe and Anthony Russo were asked about the next film and how much Thanos' epic finger snap will impact the movies going forward. Anthony said, "It's hard to talk about because it's so specific to the ending, what he's talking about." Joe added:
"We will say this, obviously Thanos is a very formidable villain and to beat Thanos will come at a very high cost. We're committed to stakes, we believe in stakes, and we like to shake up the Marvel Universe. We had a big game-changer at the end of Winter Soldier, had a big game-changer at the end of Civil War, a big game-changer at the end of Infinity War. Obviously, there will be a big game changer at the end of Avengers 4."
Those are some pretty interesting things to hear the Russo's talk about, but just how big will this "game changer" be? They talk about believing in stakes and Thanos wiping out half the population certainly took out some major characters who have tons of potential in Marvel Studios' future. For example, Spider-Man is already getting another movie, and Black Panther was so successful it seems pretty obvious that they will be back by the end of Avengers 4.
The "game changer" that Joe Russo mentions could easily be a sacrifice or death of one or several of our beloved Avengers. Which makes sense because some of Marvel's major players are ending their contractual obligations with Marvel Studios. This could be the real end of Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America. But we will have to wait a year before we really know what Russo is referring to.
Avengers: Infinity War is now playing in theaters.
Just like in all four of his films, it seems impossible for anyone to kill off John Rambo. So it comes as little surprise that Sylvester Stallone is pretty close to adding a fifth chapter to the Rambo saga.
It has not been confirmed by Stallone's reps but Deadline Hollywood reports that Millennium Films has already launched sales on the project in Cannes revealing a tentative shoot date for September of this year. Stallone is also said to be currently working on the script.
This new movie will be the fifth in the very lucrative franchise. And follows Rambo's struggles when the daughter of one of his friends is kidnapped. Rambo, who has been working on a ranch, is forced to cross the U.S.-Mexican border and face the full force of one of Mexico’s most violent and vicious cartels. Something tells me, he's going to be just fine.
The first movie in the franchise, First Blood, launched in 1982 and this fifth installment has been "under construction" for some time. Stallone last reprised the iconic role of John Rambo in 2008's Rambo, a film that he also wrote and directed.
For many of us, MoviePass has been something that has helped us see movies more often and for less money. It's a pretty great service for the monthly fee. Users could even see the same movie as many times as they wanted. But now you better not doze off in that screening paid for by MoviePass because now you only get one shot to see a movie using their service.
MoviePass announced on Twitter that it will no longer allow users to see a movie more than one time.
We recently updated our Terms of Service to reflect that MoviePass subscribers are only permitted to see any movie in theaters once with your MoviePass. We hope this will encourage you to see new movies and enjoy something different!
But that's not all, apparently, the service is no longer selling its one-movie-per-day plan and will be limiting all new subscribers to seeing only 4 movies per month. MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe says that he doesn’t know if the “unlimited” plan will ever return. In an effort to save face, MoviePass is throwing in a 3-month trial of iHeartRadio’s All Access subscription. That makes no sense, movies and radio don't exactly go hand-in-hand. Another big change is that new customers will be billed quarterly, not monthly, so you have to pay for MoviePass in three-month chunks.
As a new subscriber, you are billed a quarterly fee for a 1 year subscription and can see 4 standard format movies per month. It includes a 3-Month Free Trial of iHeartRadio for new users who have never completed a 30-day free trial of iHeartRadio.
And in an attempt to make sure MoviePass users aren't using the service fraudulently, some users are even being asked to submit photos of their movie stubs as proof of purchase. It's not clear if this will eventually be the norm, or if this is just a test for specific areas.
Ticket verification is a new feature we're testing with a small group of users that will occur every time you see a movie, not just once. We apologize for any inconvenience as we learn how to better our product.
Adam Sandler is back, once again, in his fourth Netflix original comedy The Week Of. This time he's brought along with him fellow SNL Alum Chris Rock. But is this just another disappointing movie from Happy Madison? The Week Of is NOW streaming on Netflix.
It has all lead up to this movie. When Marvel launched it's cinematic universe with Iron Man back in 2008 nobody could have ever imaged the expansive film franchise to follow. Now, ten years later every character and storyline brought to the big screen since then is converging in Avengers: Infinity War.
What do you get when you have just about every major character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe on one stage? Well over the weekend we had just that as Marvel assembled just about every member of the press for a Avengers: Infinity War junket. Because this happened before the premiere and release of Infinity War, not much was discussed about the plot. So you can watch this guilt free, there is no need to worry about spoilers. (sorry for the shaky cam. I forgot my tripod.)