Along with Papa Hemingway in Cuba, there are some great limited releases hitting theaters this weekend. First off is a new drama from actor-turned-director Jason Bateman (Arrested Development, Horrible Bosses), Nicole Kidman (Eyes Wide Shut, The Interpreter), Christopher Walken (Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can), and Catherine Hahn (Step Brothers, Parks and Recreation) titled The Family Fang, which is based on the book by Kevin Wilson. The film follows a brother and sister as they return home in search of their famous parents, who have gone missing. Seems fairly promising, but you can be the judge.
Next up is an Italian film titled The Wait (L’attesa) from director Piero Messina (La Porta, Terra) and starring internationally known actress Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, Godzilla) about a mother who unexpectedly meets her future daughter-in-law at a villa in Sicily and waits with her for her son to arrive, concealing some dark secret the entire time. Continue reading →
With the summer movie calendar quickly drawing near, new trailers are starting to fill up television spots and the pre-feature trailers at the movie theaters in abundance. One such trailer is the second for the highly-anticipated Captain America: Civil War, which will open on big screens on May 6th, 2016. The new movie follows the story-line established with Avengers 2, Iron Man 3, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, this time finding the Avengers split between leading members Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), who disagree over new sanctions that the government wishes to install in order to monitor the team of heros and “prevent any further widespread damage or casualties” as a result of their efforts. As expected, the movie is loaded with the all-star cast of familiar faces, including Scarlett Johansson (Lucy, Hail! Caesar) and Jeremy Renner (American Hustle, The Bourne Legacy). Continue reading →
A new thriller from writer/director Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Exodus: Gods and Kings) called The Gift is opening in theaters this August 7th. Following married couple, Simon and Robyn, the plot takes a turn when an acquaintance from Simon’s past shows up with a box and a secret that’s been buried for 20 years. Starring in the film is Jason Bateman (Arrested Development, Horrible Bosses), Rebecca Hall (The Prestige, The Town), Busy Philipps (Freaks and Geeks, E.R.), and director Joel Edgerton. The trailer is available here on MADE, and if you’re a scary-movie fanatic this one looks like it will be worth your time. Enjoy!
A new comedy from writing/directing duo Andrew Mogel (Yes Man, Allen Gregory) and Jarrad Paul (Liar Liar, 40 Days and 40 Nights) is opening in theaters this May 8th. Starring Jack Black (Shallow Hal, School of Rock) and James Marsden (X-Men, Zoolander), the film follows unpopular Dan Landsman (Black), who embarks on a mission from Pennsylvania to California in order to bring the most popular student from his high school graduating class (Marsden) back with him to their high school reunion in order to finally be popular. Kathryn Hahn (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, We’re The Millers), Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development, The Hangover), and Mike White (The Good Girl, Orange County) also star in the film.
Even with the extreme disappointment that was the fourth season of Arrested Development, Netflix content officier Ted Sarandos now says that we will be seeing more from the unconventional Bluth family, it is simply a matter of “when.” The fourth season, which was produced by Netflix after the show had been off the air for seven years, brought back all of the original actors, but due to issues with coordinating everybody’s schedules, the characters were rarely seen on screen together, and were forced, instead, to follow their own individual subplots. The reboot not only lacked the comical drive behind the family members’ interactions with each other, but because the story lines were so personalized, the overall story of the family situation was extremely difficult to follow, and frankly nobody really cared by the end because we were worn out from trying to keep everybody’s individual issues in order. Production with the 5th season is now facing the same problem, but show creator Mitch Hurwitz is confident the Bluths will be back in one way or another. Hurwtiz has expressed interest in making an Arrested Development movie before trying to make a whole new season for television, but nothing is set in stone yet, which means we will probably have to wait at least a year for anything to really get going on either a film or a new season. Either way, let’s hope the writers/creators do a better job this time than the nightmare that was season four; personally I don’t think the series will survive another season of mediocre subplots, so maybe a movie would be a better approach after all.