In The Shadow Of The Moon is a crime thriller with a sci-fi twist. Boyd Holbrook (Logan) is a Philadelphia detective who witnessed a serial killer (Cleopatra Coleman) meet her demise at a subway station. Nine years later, she reappears to commit more killings, but maybe she’s not who she appears to be!
One huge reason why In The Shadow Of The Moon could be something special is that it’s directed by Jim Mickle, the filmmaker behind the stylized noir thriller Cold In July. Bokeem Woodbine and Michael C. Hall, who was the lead in Cold In July, co-stars in the feature. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
In The Shadow Of The Moon hits Netflix on September 27.
Laurence Fishburne stars in the character driven narrative Imprisoned, as he plays a vengeful prison warden named Daniel Calvin. Dylan Burke (Juan Pablo Raba) is a reformed ex-convict who is now settled down with a loving woman named Maria (Juana Acosta). Daniel is determined to exact revenge over Dylan and ultimately the film becomes a battle of wills between the strong willed individuals.
Shot in Puerto Rico, the picture was penned, produced, and directed by Paul Kampf, an artist whose background in theater helped inform him as a filmmaker. Building a theater from the ground up as well as becoming a founder at Equitas Entertainment, Kampf understands that sometimes one needs more than one particular job to get a film made.
“Now I’ve come to understand that it tends to be what’s required to get something going,” said Kampf, who cites his theater experience as a foundation for taking a big picture approach to his filmmaking. “You’re the writer and you try to introduce it to financiers to get behind it and then you have to convince them the project is worthwhile to invest in as a producer. And then you have to convince them that you’re the right director for the project. The hats just shift around depending on which room you’re in.”
One of Imprisoned’s strongest assets lies in the tension and chemistry between Juan Pablo Raba and Laurence Fishburne. Click on the media bar to hear Kampf talk about the actors’ working dynamic during production.
Imprisoned, now playing in New York, hits Los Angeles on Friday, September 20 and Chicago on September 27.
Director Roland Emmerich knows a thing or two about directing blockbusters (Independence Day, Stargate), and in Midway he tackles World War Two with an A-list cast.
War films with a laundry list of movie stars were commonplace in Hollywood for decades, and the 1976 feature Midway starred Charlton Heston, Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda and Toshiro Mifune.
This time out, it’s Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Mandy Moore, Nick Jonas, Woody Harrelson and Dennis Quaid who are front and center with this version of the Battle of Midway. The trailer looks absolutely eye catching, and hopefully this feature will be another excellent entry in Emmerich’s body of work. His last feature Independence Day: Resurgence made $389 million worldwide,.
Freaksis a first rate sci-fi thriller about a Chloe (Lexy Kolker), a 7-year-old whose father (Emile Hirsch) may be too paranoid for his own good. When an ice cream truck driver appropriately named Mr. Snowcone (Bruce Dern) enters Chloe’s existence, she begins to wonder what is beyond her secluded home.
The picture, which co-stars Amanda Crew and Grace Park, is a low budget affair directed and penned by Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein. That being said, their ingenuity and storytelling screencraft, coupled with an engaged ensemble, makes Freaks a memorable affair.
Amidst an all-star cast, it’s Lexy Kolker who is the absolute standout. During my interview with Kolker she talked about the “safe environment” that helped enhanced her inspired performance in Freaks.
In Krisha andIt Comes At Night, writer/director Trey Edward Shults detailed the inner workings of a family. Though It Comes At Night brought in a more supernatural and post apocalyptic element to the proceedings, both films were all about the ties that bind.
With Waves, Shults continues his exploration of family, this time focusing his story on a middle-class family in South Florida. Sterling K. Brown is Ronald, the hard driving but loving patriarch of the unit, with Renée Elise Goldsberry lending her own sense of nurturing as his wife Catherine. Tyler (Kelvin Harrison Jr., who starred in It Comes At Night) is their wrestler son and Emily (Taylor Russell) is his more introverted sister. The picture is receiving rave reviews, and although his previous films received their share of good notices, Waves may just be his cinematic breakthrough. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Waves, co-starring Lucas Hedges, hits theaters in November.
On the latest episode of CinemAddicts, we spotlight writer/director Justin Chon’s evocative second feature Ms. Purple. Set in Koreatown, which is an often overlooked yet substantial section of Los Angeles, the story centers on Kasie (Tiffany Chu) a young woman who is caring for her dying father (James Kang).
Kasie makes money working as a paid hostess at karaoke bars, and when her father’s caregiver abruptly quits, she’s forced to depend on her irresponsible brother Carey (Teddy Lee) to help carry the load.
Justin Chon continues his partnership with Gookcinematographer Ante Cheng, and credit goes to both artists for delivering a slice of Los Angeles life that is rarely portrayed on the silver screen. The feature is currently playing in Los Angeles and it hits New York on September 13 (a wider release on September 20th is also scheduled).
CinemAddicts co-host Anderson Cowan’s debut feature Groupers (also shot in Los Angeles) is also premiering this month for an exclusive Los Angeles run at the Laemmle on September 27. Cowan discusses Groupers to open the the episode, and along with Ms. Purple I also reviewed the excellent film Monos which opens in select theaters this Friday. Take a listen to the latest episode of CinemAddicts below!