Whether it’s a family friendly film about a giant (The BFG) or watching Tarzan swing from tree to tree (The Legend of Tarzan), there is a plethora of high profile films coming out this week. But if you’re in the mood for smaller, more intimate fare, the documentary Life, Animated should do the trick.
Although The Neon Demon is an undeniably violent and harrowing film, cinema is merely a facsimile of reality. During a morning visit to Hollywood’s Musso and Frank Grill (the site is featured in the film), director Nicolas Winding Refn encountered a man who had been stabbed at the restaurant’s parking lot. The man died from [...]
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words is a documentary that, although its directed by lifelong Zappa enthusiast Thorsten Schütte, is not a reverential, talking head documentary on the acclaimed musician. Instead, the 90-minute film takes a deeper look at Zappa through interviews and rare archival footage taken from various moments of his [...]
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Director Nicolas Winding Refn’s (Drive, Only God Forgives) uncompromising and mesmerizing narratives are polarizing, and his latest film The Neon Demon leads off the first segment of CinemAddicts. Centering on a 16-year-old model (Elle Fanning) who finds a bit of fame and danger in Los [...]
Free State of Jones, an epic penned and directed by Gary Ross, is a Civil War epic that’s based on the life of Newt Knight (Matthew McConaughey), a brave Mississippi farmer who leads a group of farmers and runaway slaves against the Confederacy. This initially uneasy alliance leads to a mainly united community creates their [...]
Nicolas Winding Refn, one of cinema’s most uncompromising filmmakers, is back with the visually stunning and disturbing horror/thriller The Neon Demon.
The storyline centers on Jesse (Elle Fanning), an aspiring model whose beauty and youth makes her an overnight star. Los Angeles, however, isn’t the most welcoming of cities, [...]
Finding Dory’s #1 debut at the box-office was expected, but its $136.2 million showing bests the previous animated movie opening record (2007’s Shrek the Third took in $121.6 million). Coming in a distant second, but also doing well, was the Dwayne Johnson/Kevin Hart comedy Central Intelligence, which made $34.5 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
Seoul Searching is an unabashedly spirited homage to the John Hughes teenage comedies from the 1980s (most notably The Breakfast Club), and though the movie traverses widely tread terrain, writer-director Benson Lee and an engaging ensemble are up for the challenge.
It’s 1986, and a lively group of Korean teenagers from all over [...]
On this week’s episode of CinemAddicts, we review Tickled, a first rate, twist-filled, and heartbreaking documentary that’s one of this year’s best films. The project centers on New Zealand reporter David Farrier’s investigation into “Competitive Endurance Tickling.” What starts off as a seemingly innocuous feature piece turns into an entirely different beast, as Farrier’s request [...]
Elle Fanning delivers a standout and emotionally naked performance in The Neon Demon, director Nicolas Winding Refn’s stylized and uncompromising look at the price and vagaries of beauty.
Jesse (Fanning) is a 16-year-old with modeling ambitions and her arrival to Los Angeles leads to an extended stay at a rundown Pasadena motel (Keanu Reeves is the [...]