Remember back when M. Night Shyamalan was making small, twisty, pulpy genre films that were well-crafted and fun to watch? It turns he certainly does, and he’s returned to that mode with his latest film, SPLIT.
James McAvoy (X-MEN: FIRST CLASS) gives it his all as Kevin, a man whose brain includes 23 different personalities, some of which are at war with each other. When a new one, The Beast (no relation to X-MEN: FIRST CLASS), starts to take charge, Kevin’s nastier personalities help him kidnap three girls for nefarious purposes.
Can THE WITCH’s Anya-Taylor Joy escape the clutches of The Beast? Will McAvoy ever have a role as deliciously broad and fun as this one? Is M. Night back in his best form? We can answer that last one: yes, and SPLIT proves he still has some nasty tricks up his sleeve.
In PATRIOTS DAY, director Peter Berg (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, DEEPWATER HORIZON) walks us through the terrifying 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, from the immediate hours preceding it all the way up through the city-wide manhunt which located the men responsible. It's a true story, a powerful story, and - by all accounts - one of the more thrilling films of the year.
Filmed on location in Boston and starring native son Mark Wahlberg, along with Michelle Monaghan, Kevin Bacon, Melissa Benoist, John Goodman and JK Simmons, PATRIOTS DAY also features a brand-new soundtrack from Oscar-winning composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Director Berg's latest shows all the signs of being one of his - and the year's - best films.
The new year gets off to a roaring, big-wheeled start with MONSTER TRUCKS, an environmentally-conscious, family-friendly, eye-popping CGI spectacle from Chris Wedge, the creator behind the ICE AGE series, RIO, ROBOTS and more.
The film revolves around Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior whose dead-end town isn't offering anything to look forward to after graduation. When an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site releases a mischievous creature from the ground, Tripp finds himself with a new best friend, and the pair join forces to create the ultimate Monster Truck... but can they evade the shadowy agents who want to capture Tripp's new friend? Can Tripp leverage his newfound love of Monster Trucks into a successful future?
Featuring a heavy-hitting cast of voices — including Rob Lowe, Amy Ryan, Danny Glover, Thomas Lennon and Jane Levy — is a dose of 6-cylinder fun for your whole crew.
Ben Affleck's back behind the camera (and, yes, in front of it) for LIVE BY NIGHT, adapted from the Dennis Lehane novel of the same name. Last time Affleck took on Lehane's material, we got GONE BABY GONE, so there's reason to believe LIVE BY NIGHT's going to be outstanding.
The film, set between the 1920s and 30s, follows Joe Coughlin (Affleck), the accomplished son of a legendary Boston police captain. After relocating to Florida, Coughlin rises through the Prohibition ranks, working his way up from a simple bootlegger to a full-on gangster.
Featuring a killer cast (which includes Brendan Gleeson, Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana, Chris Cooper and Titus Welliver) and a brand-new script by Affleck himself, LIVE BY NIGHT is one of the most heavily-anticipated crime thrillers of the year, and may put Affleck back on-stage at the Kodak come Oscar night.
Denzel Washington's FENCES tells the story of Troy, a retired pro baseball player turned waste collector struggling to navigate the racial tension of 1950s Pittsburgh, a troubled home life, and a strained relationship with his son, who wants nothing more than to play college football.
Directed by Washington and adapted from the Broadway play of the same name by August Wilson (which Washington starred in), FENCES is poised to be a legitimate Oscar contender and features supporting performances from Viola Davis, Mykelti Williamson, Stephen Henderson and Russell Hornsby.
André Øvredal’s TROLLHUNTER delighted us with its sense of humor and fun. His latest film, THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, is fun in a whole other way - grisly and macabre, with a dark and devilish sense of humor.
Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch are father/son morticians who get called in to do an autopsy on a mysterious corpse found at a brutal crime scene. This corpse (played by Olwen Kelly in a performance that has to be one of the most demanding of the year) is in perfect condition and shows no signs of foul play. But as soon as the autopsy begins a supernatural force begins to menace our two heroes and… well, to say any more would ruin the creepy fun, wouldn’t it?
THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE knocked them out at TIFF and Fantastic Fest, and The Film Stage calls it “a campy, nasty, tremendously fun horror movie.” BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH gushes that it’s “one of the smartest, most gripping horror movies of recent years,” adding that it’s “this year’s THE BABADOOK.”