Matthias Schoenaerts Reunites With Thomas Vinterberg In Submarine Thriller ‘The Command’

The Command, a feature based on a true story, centers on a Russian nuclear powered submarine that sank to the bottom of the Barents Sea back in August 2000. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt, The Commune), the narrative centers on 23 sailors who attempt to survive the tragedy.

Matthias Schoenaerts, who delivered a memorable performance earlier this year in The Mustang, headlines the tale (he previously worked with Vinterberg in Far From The Madding Crowd). Rounding out the cast are Léa Seydoux (Spectre), Max Von Sydow (3 Days of the Condor), and Colin Firth (Bridget Jones’s Baby).

The Command premiered last year at the Toronto Film Festival, and it hits DirecTV starting May 23 with a limited theatrical release set for June 21.

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‘Photograph’ Review: Ritesh Batra’s Mumbai Set Romance Is Poetry In Motion

Filmmaker Ritesh Batra, as evidenced with The Lunchbox and Our Souls at Night, has longing on his mind. Photograph, Batra’s latest exploration into how strangers connect, centers on Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), a Mumbai street photographer who takes a photo of a Miloni (Sanya Malhotra) while on the job. This chance meeting leads into something deeper, as Rafi concocts a plan to have Miloni pose as his fiancée to make his loving grandmother Dadi (Farrukh Jaffar, an absolute scene stealer) a happy woman.

Rafi, whose sole focus is to work his tail off and buy back his grandmother’s house, has spent years away from his village, but his thoughts remain back home. Miloni, who received her share of awards acting in school, is now studying accounting, pursuing a career to please her parents. Both come from different socio-economic backgrounds (Miloni’s family is middle class) and their age difference makes their pairing feel like a May-December romance.

The mutual affection between the two is refreshingly restrained, and Batra keeps these emotions close to the vest throughout much of the tale, preferring to let moviegoers fill in those spaces themselves. When Rafi takes Miloni to a Bollywood film, he wearily addresses that such stories of mismatched lovers is old hat, and though they are ironically the stars of their own tale, their coupling is rooted in reality rather than cinema.

Subtle in tone yet immersive in atmosphere, Photograph is a richly woven tale of strangers who are unwittingly stuck in their respective world, only a different path in the offing. Photograph’s ambiguous ending may leave some viewers frustrated, but credit Batra for giving us the power to create our final chapter. The chemistry between the two leads is surprisingly powerful beyond measure, providing Photograph with a beating heart that many romantic themed films fail to capture. They say the world is for lovers, and Photograph reinforces that notion poetic and surprisingly resounding fashion.

Photograph is now playing in select theaters.

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Beanie Feldstein Discusses The “Inclusivity” Of Acclaimed Comedy ‘Booksmart’

Booksmart centers on two students (Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever) who have put their social lives on the backburner in favor of excelling in academics. Now that high school is finished, the pair plan to make their share of memories, even if it means getting outside their secluded box. The picture, which marks the feature directing debut of Olivia Wilde, is receiving rave reviews.

Thanks to her work in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and Lady Bird, Feldstein’s acting career has been gaining steady momentum, and the critical success of Booksmart should even up the ante.

Feldstein initially met Wilde for tea to talk about the project (the pair were both working on Broadway at the time). “She was just so clear about her vision for this movie so once I knew she was directing it, I was so excited and honored that she thought of me,” said Feldstein, who’s the sister of actor/director Jonah Hill.

Click on the media bar to hear Feldstein talk about the “inclusivity” aspect of Booksmart:

Booksmart is now playing nationwide.

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Elizabeth Banks Engages With The “Incredible Blend” Of ‘Brighburn’ Origin Story

Elizabeth Banks stars in Brightburn, the story of a married couple (Banks, David Denman) who have been trying to have kids but to no avail. As luck would have it, a fiery space capsule crash lands in a Kansas forest near their farm holding a baby. They name this alien Brandon, hoping he would adjust to humanity. But Brandon’s (Jackson A. Dunn) alienation from his classmates, coupled with his own super powers. ends up being a deadly combination, and this town ultimately becomes his playground for violence.

“When I first read Brightburn, I knew it was special,” said Banks. “I knew it was different from things I’d seen before. It didn’t fit into either the horror category or the superhero category. It was an incredible blend of both things.

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Brighburn opens nationwide May 24.

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Florence Pugh And Jack Reynor Have Nightmarish Summer Vacation In ‘Midsommar’ Trailer

There is a ton to be excited about with Midsommar, a horror/thriller that, from the looks of the trailer, should be absolutely terrifying. Ari Aster, who directed last year’s acclaimed feature Hereditary, is the director of this feature about a young American couple (Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor) who travel to a remote Swedish village for a midsummer festival.

This holiday in an environment filled with sunlight initially feels like an earthly paradise, but gradually the villagers’ actions become suspect, leading the tourists to ultimately regret their journey! Pugh’s star has continued to rise thanks to her lead work in Fighting With My Family and the miniseries The Little Drummer Girl, and Reynor, who also was the lead in CBS’ Strange Angel, was fantastic in Sing Street. With two excellent leads anchoring his narrative, Aster’s sophomore effort has the makings of a winner.

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Midsommar opens nationwide July 3.

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Anne Hathaway Brings A Different Sort of Funny With ‘The Hustle’

The Hustle centers on two con women (Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson) who team up to scam the rich in hopes to amass their own wealth. Josephine (Hathaway) is the more seasoned of the pair, as she attempts to impart her wisdom to the unpredictable Penny (Wilson). Bedtime Story and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels were previous iterations of this comedic tale.

“I wanted to make a comedy with Rebel since I first saw her in Bridesmaids,” said Hathaway. “When the opportunity showed up and then, ‘Oh we’re playing con women and we get to be in the French Riviera and we get to wear fabulous clothes and there’s a million accents’ then it got better. But really it was about working with her.”

Click on the media bar to hear Anne Hathaway talk about having a different comedic approach to The Hustle than Rebel Wilson:

The Hustle is now playing nationwide. 

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