Kevin Bacon is Bad Cop in this midnight-movie thriller about two kids who picked the wrong unattended cop car for a joyride.
Writer/director Jeremy Saulnier's follow up to 2013's terrific indie thriller Blue Ruin maintains that earlier film's intensity and two-words-with-a-color title pattern, but relocates the action to a punk club in the pacific northwest. Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat and PATRICK STEWART (all caps, because PATRICK STEWART) star.
The last time the Coen brothers used this much punctuation in a title, O Brother, Where Art Thou? became a career-defining crossover megahit. What that means for Hail, Caesar!, I'll let you be the judge.
Jeff Nichols is on some kind of winning streak. Four films into his career he's already notched three near classics and risen about as high in the indie film world as one can before the term indie can no longer even be loosely applied. Reuniting with Take Shelter's Michael Shannon, along with Joel Edgerton, Sam Shepard, Adam Driver and Kirsten Dunst, Midnight Special is a must for those who like their sci-fi thrillers ambiguous and understated.
It's re-release marketing touted Roar as "The Most Dangerous Movie Ever Made". Skeptical? Tippi Hedren, Noel Marshall and their children (including the young Melanie Griffith) star in what appears to be trying for something like a Disney live-action Swiss Family Robinson-style family adventure drama. The twist? The filming takes place in a house filled with untrained lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars and cheetahs. For real. The wikipedia page for Roar dedicates more words to detailing the injuries that cast and crew received on the set than to everything else combined. Noel Marshall got gangrene. Cinematographer Jan De Bont (yes, that Jan De Bont) had to have much of his scalp re-attached. It goes on. And yet they just kept coming back until the movie was finished. So, that's what you're getting in for.
Sweden's third-highest-grossing movie of all time, Felix Herngren's adaptation of the international bestseller played at this year's Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Festival, and scored universally positive press.
Set in a Ukrainian boarding school for deaf children, director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's debut feature makes a lot of bold stylistic choices. First and foremost, the characters speak almost exclusively in Ukrainian sign language, and there are no subtitles. The film's tagline "Love and hate need no translation" is borne out by it's appearance on 16 critics 10-best-of-2016 lists (as tabulated by Metacritic). Jonathan Romney from Film Comment called it "Poised, brutal, and entirely sui generis, this was one of those rare films in which a director follows a subject to its logical limits making us re-assess our watching and listening habits in the process."