Josh Wiggins has been on my radar thanks to his performance in the first rate 2016 feature Mean Dreams (which starred late actor Bill Paxton). Wiggins co-stars with Darren Mann (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) in Giant Little Ones, a coming of age drama that has was nominated last year for a People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival.
The narrative centers on Franky Winter (Wiggins) and Ballas Kohn (Mann), best friends since childhood who are both on the swim team. After an intimate night during Franky’s 17th birthday party puts a strain on their friendship, Franky must navigate high school after being ostracized by his classmates. Ultimately he finds a potential kinship with Ballas’ sister Natasha (Taylor Hickson). Kyle MacLachlan co-stars as Franky’s estranged father, and Maria Bello, who executive produced the feature, plays Franky’s mom.
Giant Little Ones opens in New York March 1 and goes wider the following week. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Happy Death Day, budgeted at just $4.8 million, went on to become one of 2017’s sleeper hits with a worldwide take of $125 million. Now Happy Death Day 2U is a reality, and in the sequel Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) must yet again live the same day over and over again!
For Rothe, the Happy Death Day franchise is not just your average horror experience. It’s very rare to find emotional stakes like that in a horror film” said Rothe. “(With director Christopher Landon) I have to sing his praises because not only has he written this script that is so funny and dark and twisted and amazing but it also has truly, truly heartbreaking moments and moments of intense connection.”
Click on the media bar to hear how Tree Gelbman how working on the sequel has had a “summer camp” type of feel.
Drunk Parents centers on Nancy (Salma Hayek) and Frank (Alec Baldwin), a seemingly well to do couple who drop their loving daughter (Michelle Veintimilla) off to college. Unfortunately, their marriage has much more problems than dealing with empty nest syndrome, as they are now scrambling to rub two nickels together.
With their vehicle repossessed and funds dwindling, they decide to make some horrible decisions that could land them broke and in jail. Co-starring Jim Gaffigan and Joe Manganiello, the feature looks like a pleasant enough affair if you’re in the mood for a few laughs. The picture was co-written and directed by Fred Wolf, who helmed the underrated comedy The House Bunny. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Drunk Parents hits theaters April 19 via Vertical Entertainment and has an exclusive DIRECTV run starting March 21.
Nicolas Pesce’s debut feature The Eyes of My Mother received critical acclaim, and the director’s acute visual eye is once again front and center with Piercing. Though armed with an indie budget, the feature is filled with immersive and, since this is a thriller, unnerving compositions. An homage to giallo cinema and the works of Brian De Palma (via Pesce’s expressive command of images and use of split screen), Piercing was made by a filmmaker who has a love of pure cinema.
The narrative, based on Ryû Murakami’s novel, centers on a man (It Comes at Night’sChristopher Abbott) who is focused on committing the perfect murder on an unsuspecting prostitute (Alice in Wonderland’sMia Wasikowska). Those plans ultimately go south, as the woman may have her own approach on how the night should progress.
Piercing also features first rate work from Abbott and Wasikowska. Click on the media bar to hear Pesce discuss how James Stewart’s work with Alfred Hitchcock influenced Abbott’s approach to his role:
Piercing hits theaters, On Demand, and Digital on February 1.
What Men Wantcenters on Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson), a hard working sports agent who is consistently passed up for promotion as her less deserving male colleagues rise up the ranks. When Ali discovers a newfound power to hear men’s thoughts, she uses that advantage to sign a basketball star to help further her career. the ensemble cast includes Max Greenfield, Tracy Morgan, Aldis Hodge, Tracy Morgan, and Richard Roundtree. The comedy is a remake of the Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt feature What Women Want.
Henson, a Golden Globe winner for her work in Empire as well as an Oscar nominee (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), is also executive producing What Men Want. This marks her second film producing credit after last year’s feature Proud Mary.
Click on the media bar to hear what makes What Men Want a timely film.