With their third collaboration together, Joe Swanberg and Jake Johnson have solidified themselves as an incredibly lucrative and exciting creative. Their latest outing, Win It All, is electric and contagious fun that easily ranks among the best stuff Swanberg has ever done
Author Daniel Tucker
As demented and blood-soaked a road trip movie as you’re ever to see, 68 Kill transcends its violent and pulpy midnight movie roots by telling a perpetually unpredictable story that shatters expectations and denies genre conventions.
It’s been three days since James Franco’s The Disaster Artist premiered at SXSW, but it is easily one of the best festival screening experiences I’ve ever had. It didn’t just bring down the house; it sent them back out into the streets dancing with giant, gleeful grins plastered onto their faces.
This is Your Death opens with a Bachelor-inspired television show finale where two women in wedding dresses wait to see if will get a happily ever after. When a proposal does indeed occur, the rejected woman pulls out a gun, shooting the contestants and ultimately turning the gun on herself.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars as Joe, a former cop heading back home after spending six years in jail for attempted murder. Once home, he immediately finds himself wrapped up in the mess he caused, only this time he has lost his hold on everything he once held dear…
By their very nature, sequels promise more of the stuff we loved last time. In John Wick: Chapter 2, the titular hero returns to shoot a lot more people in the head. But while he’s at it, John also breaks more arms, stabs people with knives and other pointy objects, and even runs at least a dozen people over. Yeah, he’s still a bad ass, and the body count is somehow more insane than the last time around.
While imprisoned in a Confederate girls’ boarding school, an injured Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women’s hearts, causing them to turn on each other, and eventually, on him. Stars Colin Farrell, Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst, and Nicole Kidman. Directed by Sofia Coppola.
Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness clocks in at a running time of 146 minutes, and features incest, graphic tooth extractions, naked old people, creepy masquerades, a villainous Jason Isaacs, borderline cannibalism, a creepy setting with a violent backstory, malicious eels, and a tortured Dane DeHaan at the center of it all. It’s bloated and excessive, but entertainingly nihilistic and never boring. It so enthusiastically throws everything at the screen that even the things that don’t stick are somehow just as fun to watch as the things that do. Add Verbinski’s eerie style into the mix, and you have a bloated yet consistently entertaining thriller that somehow was funded by a major studio.
Another fantastic year for movies has come to a close, and our staff has collectively compiled their year-end lists to bring you the very best of 2016. From persecuted padres and tap-dancing lovers to mourning brothers and profane superheroes, here are our picks for this year’s Next Projection Awards!
I first saw Oren Shai’s The Frontier at SXSW last year, but it has been seared into my mind ever since. His directorial debut is electric cinema, something tailor-made for people who love a very certain kind of cinema. His post-screening Q&A stood as one of my favorites I’ve ever been to. His passion is palpable and infectious, and his sheer talent for storytelling undeniable. I had to pick this man’s brain.