Aug 22, 2014 Web Exclusive

The black comedy Frank centers around an exceedingly eccentric musician named Frank (Michael Fassbender) and his struggle to record a debut album (and masterpiece) with his just-as-weird band, Soronprfbs. The film follows keyboardist Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) as he becomes the newest member to join the group and get sucked into their strange, reclusive world. More

Aug 22, 2014 Web Exclusive

The One I Love is a mindbender of a romantic comedy, and to say much more about it than that would give too much away. In the film, Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss play a married couple whose relationship has totally fallen apart. A counselor sends them to a picturesque cottage retreat to reignite their romantic flame and, well, some truly crazy shit goes down. Mentioning anything that happens beyond the film’s first few minutes would spoil its many surprises; The One I Love is best experienced as a series of unexpected, blindsiding twists. More

Aug 15, 2014 Web Exclusive

Molly Shannon has become a familiar face to comedy fans over the past two decades, making appearances on dozens of television shows and playing unusual characters in movies such as Year of the Dog, Wet Hot American Summer, and Talladega Nights. She’s probably best known, however, for her seven seasons on Saturday Night Live (from 1995-2001) where she was responsible for characters like Mary Katherine Gallagher, Sally O’Malley (“I’m 50 years old, and I like to kick!”), Circe Nightshade of Goth Talk, and joyologist Helen Madden (“I love it, I love it, I love it!”).

Molly Shannon’s latest feature is Life After Beth. In it she plays Geenie Slocum, a grieving mother whose daughter, Beth (Aubrey Plaza) passed away after being bitten by a poisonous snake. Grief turns to surprise and confusion when Beth shows up on their doorstep days after her funeral. She and her husband (John C. Reilly) do their best to hide their daughter from the outside world, but that task becomes much more difficult when Beth’s boyfriend (Dane DeHaan) finds out she’s returned from the dead. More

Aug 15, 2014 Web Exclusive

A romantic comedy set against a zombie apocalypse may seem quite fashionable right now, but when filmmaker Jeff Baena wrote the screenplay over a decade ago—before The Walking Dead, before Zombieland, and, yes, even before Shaun of the Dead—it was ahead of its time. An attempt to make the film in 2003—at the time starring Joseph Gordon Levitt—fell through, and the script wound up collecting dust in a drawer for the next ten years.

The script would finally return from the dead as a vehicle for actress Aubrey Plaza. The actress plays Beth, a girl who dies during a hiking trip only to return to her grief-stricken boyfriend (Dane DeHaan) and parents (John C. Reilly & Molly Shannon) just days after her funeral. Her loved ones are so happy to have her back that they don’t question her rotting skin, cravings for human flesh, or sudden love of smooth jazz. More

Aug 13, 2014 Web Exclusive

After nearly two decades of development, the big screen adaptation of The Giver opens in theaters this week. At the film’s New York City press conference, actor Jeff Bridges explained what led him to picking up the film option for Lois Lowry’s beloved, award-winning children’s book about a boy growing up in an egalitarian dystopia. More

Aug 08, 2014 Web Exclusive

As recently as last year a film festival was the only place you could catch Mackenzie Davis’ work. That’s changed in a big way: since the beginning of 2014, the actress has been all over the place. She landed her first major role in Drake Doremus’ Breathe In, which came out earlier this year and starred Felicity Jones and Guy Pearce; she also appeared opposite Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan in the comedy That Awkward Moment. This summer you could catch her in a starring role on the AMC series Halt And Catch Fire.

In Michael Dowse’s new romantic comeday What If—which hits theaters today—she stars alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, and Adam Driver. Mackenzie Davis spoke with us about her recent roles and her quick rise to stardom. More

Aug 08, 2014 Web Exclusive

Michael Dowse is a rare director who could boast of a cult following just 15 years into his feature filmmaking career. His 2002 film Fubar is a bonafide cult classic, particularly in his native Canada; his 2011 hockey movie Goon is on its way to becoming one. For his latest feature, he’s shifted gears. What If—released as The F Word in some regions—is a Toronto-set romantic comedy about a boy and girl who fall for each other, but are forced to keep their relationship platonic because she has a long-term boyfriend.

What If opens in theaters today and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, and Mackenzie Davis. Michael Dowse sat down with us in New York to talk about the film.  More

Jul 18, 2014 Web Exclusive

It’s been 13 years since Audrey Tautou captured the hearts of cinema fans the world over as Amélie, the adorably meddlesome and pure-hearted waif at the center of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s global hit of the same name. She’s played a sweeping variety of characters in the years since her breakthrough, from historical figures (Coco Before Chanel) to maniacs (He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not). Save for a lone Hollywood venture opposite Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code and Stephen Frears’ British thriller, Dirty Pretty Things, the majority of Tautou’s work has been in her native France.

Tautou’s newest feature is Mood Indigo, directed by the endlessly inventive Michel Gondry. Best known for films such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, most readers here will always associate him with his innovative music video work for artists such as Bjork, The White Stripes, Cibo Matto, and Kylie Minogue.

Audrey Tautou sat down with us in New York to discuss the film. More

Jul 11, 2014 Web Exclusive

In documenting the life of Roger Ebert, Life Itself leads with an uncommon fade-in on the legendary film critic. We aren’t presented with images of him shaking hands with Fellini, or receiving his Pulitzer, or sitting alongside longtime pal Gene Siskel. Life Itself begins with its subject in a hospital bed, near the end of a long, trying bout with throat cancer. It’s an ordeal that cost him the entirety of his lower jaw and, with it, his ability to speak, leaving a disfigurement so jarring that he would avoid his own reflection. It would be understandable for him to express reticence in allowing access to such candid moments, but it’s an experience Roger specifically asked director Steve James to document. More