Jul 21, 2016 Web Exclusive

In Don’t Think Twice, Kate Micucci plays Allison, a member of the tightly-knit improv group The Commune, whose performance space is unexpectedly shut down when their landlord gives them the boot. As her best friends and longtime collaborators splinter and go their separate ways, her character turns back to a cartooning career she let fall by the wayside many years earlier. Micucci is a cartoonist herself, which was something that excited the film’s director, Mike Birbiglia. The filmmaker incorporated Micucci’s real drawings into the movie, in which he also stars with Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Gethard, Gillian Jacobs, and Tami Sagher. More

Jul 20, 2016 Web Exclusive

Comedian Chris Gethard has been a fixture of the New York improv scene since the turn of the millennium, which made him an invaluable resource to his friend, director, and co-star Mike Birbiglia as he was writing the what would eventually become Don’t Think Twice. The film—Birbiglia’s second, following Sleepwalk With Me—revolves around an improvisation troupe called The Commune, whose close friendships are put to the test when their performance space closes and one of their own is called up to join the cast of a late-night program in the vein of SNL. Jealousies flare, egos are dented, and the six members of the group are forced to re-evaluate the choices they’ve made in their lives and careers. More

Jun 24, 2016 Web Exclusive

As star Elle Fanning sees it, Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest film, The Neon Demon, is the story of “Dorothy coming to Oz if she was the evil one.” It’s an astute conclusion. Although Fanning’s Jesse – a fresh-faced teen just off the bus and hoping to make it in Los Angeles – is decidedly naïve, there is something sinister about her confidence. More

Jun 13, 2016 Web Exclusive

It would have been so easy for Anna Rose Holmer's debut to be mired by any number of cliches. But just like the prodigious teen dancers and boxers in her film, The Fits, the director nimbly sidesteps any such tropes. More

Apr 29, 2016 Web Exclusive

Baxter Fang is a young adult novelist whose career is floundering. His sister, Annie, is a washed-up starlet and former tabloid “wild child” similarly on the decline. Their parents, Caleb and Camille, are performance artists and provocateurs, infamous for roping their two young children (sometimes unknowingly) into their projects and impromptu “happenings.” The now-grown Baxter and Annie Fang are estranged from the famous parents they feel exploited them, but when Baxter injures himself and is taken in by their folks, it leads to an unplanned—and most unusual—family reunion.  More

Apr 13, 2016 Web Exclusive

We sat down with Harrod Blank to discuss his father’s masterpiece, which was just released on Blu-ray and DVD from the Criterion Collection. More

Apr 13, 2016 Web Exclusive

There are no aliens, evil empires or other tired tropes in Benjamin Dickinson’s new sci-fi flick, Creative Control. Instead, the director, co-writer and star’s vision of the future is myopically dystopic: one in which his protagonist dons a pair of glasses, only to lose sight of reality. That’s because said “Augmenta” specs allow him to create a 3D representation of his best friend’s girlfriend that only he, the gadget’s wearer, can see, ogle over and eventually fall in love with. Indeed, the film’s take on tomorrow is cynically satirical—rife with tech addiction, couples driven to dysfunction by those electronics, and the neurotic ad men who shill them. Dickinson tells us about blending fact and fiction for the film’s take on advertising, the pros and cons of being a film’s director and star, and more. More

Apr 06, 2016 Web Exclusive

The heartland that American country musicians have long mythologized is in fact real—a prospect that enthralled filmmaker Anna Axster as she accompanied her husband, Oscar-winning songsmith Ryan Bingham, on tour. “You end up in places that you wouldn't go as a tourist when you go from one city to the next and have to stop in between,” says the burgeoning auteur of the inspiration for her debut film, A Country Called Home“I was intrigued by what the differences between these places, and all the cultural landscapes that exist in this one country.” More

Apr 01, 2016 Web Exclusive

At 21 years old, Haley Lu Richardson is too young to have TV memories of Kerri Strug's heroics at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta or the phenomenon that was the Magnificent Seven, but she learned about them by watching videos to prepare for her role in the gymnastics comedy, The Bronze, where she plays a rising star from Amherst, Ohio named Maggie Townsend. More