Mar 06, 2015 Web Exclusive

In Wild Canaries, director Lawrence Michael Levine stars opposite his wife, actress/director Sophia Takal as a couple sorting out their relationship problems while trying to solve a possible murder in their Brooklyn apartment building. The film is a delightful homage to classic screwball comedies updated for contemporary audiences. We spoke with Levine and Takal about the influences that other films and the New York real estate market had on the conception of their latest feature.  More

Feb 13, 2015 Web Exclusive

The life (or is that un-death?) of a modern-day vampire isn’t all about sparkling skin and fantastic orgies. As the new documentary What We Do in the Shadows sets out to prove, their lives are actually a lot like ours. More

Jan 30, 2015 Web Exclusive

Martin Starr, best known for his work in such television comedies as Freaks and GeeksParty Down, and Silicon Valley, stars in writer-director Sean Mullin’s feature film debut, Amira & Sam. A slightly different sort of role in Starr’s filmography, Amira & Sam is a romantic comedy that deals with some heavy subject matter. In the film, Starr plays Sam, a recently-returned war veteran with hopes of becoming a standup comedian, who enters into a potentially lucrative business partnership with his cousin. Along the way, meets Amira, an Iraqi immigrant whose family has suffered devastating losses in the ongoing war. Despite their differences and the threat of Amira’s impending deportation, the two discover they might be perfectly matched for one another. More

Jan 23, 2015 Web Exclusive

Black Sea centers on a bitter submariner named Robinson; a man who’s spent most of his adult life underwater, to the point where he’s alienated his ex-wife and child. When he’s canned by the salvage company that employed him for much of his career, he becomes a man with nothing left to lose. Director Kevin Macdonald cast Jude Law to play his hard-headed lead. More

Jan 22, 2015 Web Exclusive

Since he made his film debut as an asylum patient in 1975’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Christopher Lloyd has played many of television and cinema’s most memorable eccentrics. Several of these roles include the spaced-out cabbie Jim Ignatowski on TV’s Taxi; the sinister cartoon, Judge Doom, in Who Framed Roger Rabbit; and Doctor Emmett Brown—the inventor of time travel—in the Back to the Future trilogy. The Hollywood legend spoke with us about his long career, his favorite role, and the making of his latest movie, 88. More

Jan 21, 2015 Web Exclusive

Song One features seven new songs written by Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice, a.k.a. Jenny & Johnny. (The songs are performed in the film by actors Johnny Flynn and Ben Rosenfield.) Additionally, the pair helped curate Song One’s soundtrack and select the artists who perform live in the film—including Dan Deacon, Sharon Van Etten, and the Felice Brothers. Lewis and Rice spoke with us about composing songs for fictional musicians, writing from alternate points of view, and Song One’s East Coast indie soundtrack. More

Jan 20, 2015 Web Exclusive

Still Alice centers on a renowned language professor who—only days after her 50th birthday—is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. It tracks her life as she comes to terms with her inevitable decline, breaks the news to her loving family, and her memory and cognitive capacities rapidly disintegrate.  More

Jan 15, 2015 Web Exclusive

Filmmaker Sara Colangelo spoke with Under the Radar about making Little Accidents, which is set in a coalmining town in the months after a deadly collapse killed a number of miners. Boyd Holbrook (The Skeleton Twins) plays Amos, the sole surviving miner. As Amos struggles with the fallout from the accident, he develops a relationship with Diane (Elizabeth Banks), the wife of the supervisor on whose watch the cave-in occurred and whose teenage son has just gone missing. More

Jan 09, 2015 Web Exclusive

In the Spierig Brothers’ Predestination, Ethan Hawke plays a nameless temporal agent tasked with preventing a crime which occurred 15 years in the past. He travels back in time to numerous periods throughout the 20th century, where he works not only to stop a serial bomber from killing thousands of New Yorkers in the early 1970s, but to paradoxically ensure his own existence. The film is a cool, mindbending thriller anchored by subtle, shifting performances from Hawke and newcomer Sarah Snook. And unlike so many sci-fi literary adaptations, Predestination is remarkably faithful to its source material: a Robert Heinlein short story titled “—All You Zombies—” which was written more than 50 years ago.  More