Richard Gere reteams with director Jon Avnet (Red Corner) in Three Christs, the true story of a psychiatrist who wanted to make a difference by having empathy serve as a foundation.
Set in 1959, the narrative centers on Dr. Alan Stone’s visit to a mental hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Stone believes schizophrenic patients should not be confined and be subjected to a healthy dose of electroshock therapy, Instead he believes he can break through to three men (Peter Dinklage, Walton Goggins, Bradley Whitford) who each believe they are Jesus Christ. The story is based on Milton Rokeach’s book The Three Christs of Ypsilanti.
The trailer looks intriguing enough, and the actors playing the patients are highly talented. This is Gere’s first film since the 2017 flick The Dinner. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Three Christs opens in theaters, On Demand and Digital on January 10.
Directed by Grammy winning filmmaker Melina Matsoukas (Beyonce’sFormation video) and penned by Lena Waithe (The Chi), Queen & Slim centers on a black couple (Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith) who immediately bond after their first date. Unfortunately this connection is formed through tragedy, as they kill a cop in self defense.
“They’re two people who get thrust into this situation purely by accident,” said Turner-Smith. “And by instinct and by that fight or flight urge that happens when you are facing death. I think it’s very different than just saying ‘Oh these two people are heroes.’ These are just two people that responded to a horrible circumstance in the best way that they knew how.”
Click on the media bar to hear Jodie Turner-Smith elaborate on why it was a “super intense” experience making Queen & Slim:
Stephan James made a big splash last year with his work in If Beale Street Could Talkand the Prime Video series Homecoming, and now he plays Michael, a cop killer who’s being tracked down by a NYPD detective (Chadwick Boseman) in 21 Bridges. Taylor Kitsch co-stars as Ray, Michael’s partner-in-crime.
“Everyone loves a good crime action thriller,” said James, who also played Jesse Owens in the underrated biopic Race. “For me, some of my favorite movies growing up was Heat, Reservoir Dogs is like top 3 of all time. I feel like this film had elements of that and everything I loved about a good crime thriller and no one has seen me doing anything like that. For me, it was really a cool thing to be a part of (21 Bridges).”
Directed by Brian Kirk (Hard Sun), the feature takes place during one tense evening in New York, and to bring authenticity to the project officers were employed to give the actors insight on how to physically approach their respective roles.
Click on the media bar to hear James talk about the tactical training that was utilized in 21 Bridges(Kitsch can also be heard in the clip):
Co-starring Sienna Miller, 21 Bridges is now playing nationwide.
Directed and penned by Frank Sabetella, The Shedcenters on Stan (Jay Jay Warren) a teenager who discovers a vampire (Frank Whaley) who’s living in the backyard of his grandfather’s (Timothy Bottoms). Having a creature trapped inside the shed becomes a nightmare experience for Stan, but his bullied best friend Dommer (Cody Kostro) sees the vampire as an opportunity to exact vengeance on his abusive colleagues.
Sabatella could have turned The Shed into a blood fest filled with a soaring body count, but instead The Shed is a refreshingly nuanced tale of revenge and the toxic effects of bullying.
“It actually took quite a while,” said Sabatella on writing the final draft of his script. “The core of the story, the vampire trapped inside the shed, was an idea that my film school friend Jason Rice had come up with in a short story. I took his short concept and I expanded it to this present story that we have about the abuse and neglected teenagers and the revenge aspect and all that . . . tt really took time and rewriting of the elements to really bring all that forward and get those striking story elements out.
Click on the media bar to hear Sabatella talk about the advantages of adding such first rate veteran actors like Bottoms, Whaley, and Siobhan Fallon Hogan (she plays a deputy) in his feature:
The Shedis now playing in theaters and is available on Digital HD and VOD.
The Death & Life of John F. Donovan, which premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, is finally getting its stateside release in December. Directed by Xavier Dolan, the picture originally featured Jessica Chastain, but her character didn’t make the final edit.
The story centers on the titular character (Kit Harington), a titular star who had a written correspondence with a kid named Rupert (Jacob Tremblay). A decade after Donovan’s passing, the now adult Rupert (Ben Schnetzer) reminisces on the impact the letters had on both of their lives. Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, and Thandie Newton are part of the ensemble. Dolan directed another movie (Matthias & Maxime) since finishing The Death & Life of John F. Donovan, so this movie has probably been on the shelf longer than expected. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
The Death & Life of John F. Donovan hits theaters, Digital, and On Demand on December 13.
Nicolas Cage is having a busy year as he’s been seen in A Score to Settle, Running with the Devil, Primal, and Kill Chain. Don’t expect him to slow down in 2020, as Color Out of Space is on the horizon.
Nathan Gardner (Cage) is a family man whose life takes a turn for the worse after a meteorite lands on his farm. Gardner and his family attempt to battle this mutant organism which ultimately takes over their minds and bodies, ultimately infusing a rush of color and tragedy into their lives.
What makes Color Out of Space super interesting is it’s directed by Richard Stanley, the filmmaker behind Dust Deviland Hardware. Stanley was also replaced by John Frankenheimer for 1996’s troubled production The Island of Dr. Moreau, and one wonders what would have happened to Stanley’s career if he actually directed that film (he penned the flick’s screenplay).
Color Out of Space, co-starring Joely Richardson and based on an H.P. Lovecraft short story, hits theaters January 24, 2020. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!