From filmmaker Derik Murray (I Am Chris Farley) comes a documentary about the late actor Heath Ledger. The film features interviews with the actors’ close friends and family as well as footage shot by Ledger himself. Premieres 5/17/17 on Spike. Also coming to Blu-ray.
Henry is an incredibly precocious 11-year-old who loves to look after his younger brother and their mother. He ends up asking her to use a sniper rifle against their neighbor, the town’s police chief. Wait what? The Book of Henry is certainly an intriguing film. Drops 6/16/17.
Wisecrack convincingly argues that the Nolan brothers bit off way more than they could chew for the Dark Knight trilogy’s finale. Despite being nearly 3 hours long, the movie didn’t have enough time to be both a remake of A Tale of Two Cities and a conclusion to the trilogy.
(PG-13) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a comedy drama starring Frances McDormand as a mother who is frustrated with the lack of progress in her daughter’s murder case. She puts up three billboards to rile things up. Directed by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges).
The Fast & Furious series banks on beautiful cars, beautiful people and beautiful stunts. But it wouldn’t be around if its filmmakers didn’t nail the basics of car chase scenes, which mainly involve giving viewers a consistent direction to contextualize the action.
Lessons from the Screenplay uses the script for the opening scene in Inglorious Basterds to explain how suspense works in films. Unlike plot twists, suspense works best when you reveal the twist early, then milk it for as long as you can. And when you’ve cast Christoph Waltz.
The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series introduced skateboarding, its music and its lifestyle to a mainstream audience. Former THPS producer Ralph D’Amato is working on a documentary about the series’ origins, featuring interviews with Tony, Rodney Mullen and more.
(PG-13) An ex-cop spends 6 years in prison for attempted murder. But back outside, it’s as if time stopped, and he can’t escape from his past mistakes. In short, his life has turned into a Coen Brothers film. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars in this Netflix-exclusive comedy. Drops 4/28/17.
(PG-13) Charlize Theron kicks large quantities of ass in this action flick about a killer MI6 agent who must take on a city filled with baddies. We’re excited to see stunt coordinator and director David Leitch behind the lens – he co-directed John Wick and is helming Deadpool 2.
Buster is the local crazy guy in a remote mountain town. Like most crazy guys, he used to be one of us, trying to make ends meet. His struggles and a conspiracy buff make him snap. Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek stars in this surreal mystery drama. Premieres 4/28/17.
(PG-13: Language) Wisecrack’s extraterrestrial film critic sums up Beauty and the Beast, which has become a beloved classic despite making no sense at all and, against its premise, ultimately teaching kids that they should either be rich or physically attractive to be loved.
Sales middleman CostFixed hawks its services with… a movie essay? It’s well done though, and stands on its own. It uses Ben Affleck’s famous speech from Boiler Room to analyze how those with the gift of gab can hook people in using only their words and our desires.
While action and visual effects dominate our screens these days, editor Vugar Efendi reminds us that at the core of every great film are its characters, with this wonderful retrospective. Along the way, we were reminded of how many classics we need to go back and watch again.
YouTuber Yoko Higuchi shares what is surely just one of the thousands of inevitable online tributes to Hugh Jackman and his 17-year stint as Wolverine. Johnny Cash’s cover of Hurt is the slow motion of soundtracks, but if you watched Logan you know that the song is a great fit.