Director: Gore Verbinski Starring: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth Synopsis: An aspiring executive ventures out to the Swiss Alps to retrieve his company’s CEO from a health facility, but discovers that there are unsettling secrets within the facility’s operations. Notes: Gore Verbinski has always impressed me with the […]

“A Cure for the Wellness” trailer

Director: Chan-wook Park Starring: Jung-woo Ha, Min-hee Kim, Jin-woong Jo Synopsis: Under the 1930s occupation of Korea, a girl schemes to steal the fortunes of a wealthy Japanese family whom she serves. Notes: By this time, Chan-wook Park needs no introduction. He’s situated his stories in international cultures and turned […]

“The Handmaiden” trailer

Director: Nicolas Steiner Synopsis: Five people around the country live within the fringes of civilization: eeking out a living in the flood channels beneath Vegas, a loner surviving out in the desert, and a secluded encampment for those hoping to be the first on Mars. Notes: Absolutely hypnotizing. Not only […]

“Above and Below” Trailer

Director: Tom Tykwer Starring: Tom Hanks, Ben Whishaw, Tom Skerritt Synopsis: A struggling American businessman must redeem himself by sealing a deal with a Saudi Arabian monarch, finding help from a taxi driver and a female doctor along the way. Notes: My first impression is “wow, this is a poorly […]

“A Hologram for the King” Trailer

Director: Cynthia Mort Starring: Zoe Saldana, David Oyelowo, Mike Epps Synopsis: A historical telling of the early jazz musician who rose to fame, pursued activism, and began a torrid marriage with her manager Clifton Hendersen. Notes: If you happened to catch the recent Oscar-nominated documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? you […]

“Nina” trailer

Director: Jeremy Saulnier Starring: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart, Mark Webber Synopsis: When a group of punk rock fans stumble across a brutal crime, they are trapped by a gang of Neo-Nazis who don’t intend to let them leave alive. Notes: Jeremy Saulnier became a well-regarded name after his […]

“The Green Room” Trailer

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul Starring: Jenjira Pongpas, Banlop Lomnoi, Jarinpattra Rueangram Synopsis: As soldiers in the jungle fall victim to a sleeping sickness, volunteers and doctors shelter the victims and tend to their ailments as spirits, hallucinations, and long-lost secrets span reality and fantasy. Notes: If you’re familiar with Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s […]

“Cemetery of Splendour” Trailer

Director: Florian Gallenberger Starring: Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Micheal Nyqvist Synopsis: Based on true events during the Chilean military coup of 1973, Lena searches for her missing husband Daniel who has been sent to a restricted area controlled by Colonia Dignidad, a cult-like sect from where no one has escaped from. […]

“Colonia” Trailer

Director: Andrey Kravchuk Starring: Anton Adasinsky, Aleksandr Armer, Vilen Babichev Synopsis: Kievan Rus, late 10th century. After the death of his father, the young Viking prince Vladimir of Novgorod is forced across the frozen sea to escape his murderous brother, only to seek vengeance and redemption after gathering forces of […]

“Viking” trailer

Director: Pablo Trapero Starring: Antonia Bengoechea, Gastón Cocchiarale, Guillermo Francella, Stefanía Koessl Synopsis: Based on the true story of the Argentinian crime family known as the Puccio Clan who kidnapped and murdered numerous people. Notes: We wrote an article about this film earlier this year. The movie itself made a […]

“The Clan” trailer

Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic Starring: Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Mathieu Goldfeld Synopsis: On an island inhabited by only women and young boys, young Nicholas discovers a corpse in the sea and begins to question his world as well as the purpose behind mandatory hospitalization for he and the other boys. […]

“Evolution” Trailer

Director: Frederick Wiseman Synopsis: In this Brooklyn community of over a hundred spoken languages and diverse cultures, normal people struggle with adapting to social change while retaining their own identity. Notes: If you know anything about documentaries, you should be familiar with Frederick Wiseman. He’s had an extensive career of […]

“In Jackson Heights” Trailer

  Director: Terrence Malick Starring: Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Teresa Palmer Synopsis: Feeling imprisoned by the Hollywood system, a screenwriter in Los Angeles questions his environment and seeks stimulation in his dispair. Notes: This is right up Malick’s alleyway. I can imagine no other filmmaker more qualified to question and […]

“Knight of Cups” Trailer

  Director:: László Nemes Starring:  Géza Röhrigg, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn Synopsis: A prisoner in 1944’s Auschwitz concentration camp takes the risky challenge of salvaging a boy’s body from the crematorium with the intention of having it ceremoniously buried. Notes: I just can’t hear enough about this movie. I’ve always […]

“Son of Saul” Trailer

Director: Antoine Bardou-Jacquet Starring: Ron Perlman, Rupert Grint, Robert Sheehan, Stephen Campbell Moore Synopsis: A CIA agent and a rock manager must convince renown director Stanley Kubrick to fake the moon landing in a movie studio. Notes: For a directorial debut, Bardou-Jacquet is certainly shooting for (wait for it) the moon. Conspiracy […]

“Moonwalkers” Trailer