Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus team up in Downhill, a remake of the acclaimed 2014 feature Force Majeure. Even though original filmmaker (Ruben Ostlund) gave his blessing for Downhill, the picture may have an “uphill” climb in winning over cinephiles who loved the incisive and comedic look at a crumbling relationship.
Downhill centers on Pete (Ferrell), a family guy who is vacationing in the Alps with his family. When an avalanche is seemingly headed in their direction while they are having a meal, Pete’s first instinct is to grab his phone and leave the scene. This cowardly reaction is understandably met with disdain from his loved ones, and it will be hard for Billie to forgive her husband’s actions.
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Downhill, directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, hits theaters February 14.
In Sonic The Hedgehog, Jim Carrey plays Dr. Robotnik, the nemesis of the titular character. The film is based on the iconic videogame of the same name.
“It’s always fun to play a really good villain,” said Carrey. “I think there’s something especially exciting about the idea of a super genius who has a really sense of self loathing. It’s a good comedy explosion that needs to happen.”
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Sonic The Hedgehog, co-starring Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz (as the voice of Sonic), hits theaters February 14.
There is a lot to unpack, in a good way, regarding Color Out of Space. First off, it marks the return (at least big screen wise as he’s directed documentaries) of Richard Stanley. A former cinematic wunderkind (Hardware, Dust Devil), Stanley’s career took a drastic turn after being fired from The Island of Dr. Moreau (that experience is spotlighted in the acclaimed documentary Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau). Secondly, the movie, along with featuring another first rate Nicolas Cage performance, is also an immersive cosmic horror tale that will garner its share of fans.
Madeleine Arthur (To All The Boys I Loved Before, Big Eyes) co-stars as Lavinia Gardner, daughter to Nathan (Cage) and Theresa (Joely Richardson), and she also delivers a powerful and emotionally wrenching performance.
“I wasn’t super familiar with his work prior to the movie but now am one of the biggest Richard Stanley fans,” said Arthur. “It’s such a pleasure, a treat and an honor to be part of his first feature in so many years. Fans of Richard’s work will see some of his signature elements and I’m really excited for everyone to see all of those moments as well.”
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Disturbing the Peace centers on Jim Dillon (Guy Pearce), a small town marshal who hasn’t carried a gun after a tragic shooting occurred while he was a Texas Ranger. When a vengeful man named Diablo (Devon Sawa) rolls into town with his gang, Jim must find a way to outwit these cutthroats to ensure the safety of the townspeople.
Disturbing The Peace, though a modern film, also has has Western elements in its narrative, and for director York Alec Shackleton this action thriller exists as more than just a visceral thrill.
“It’s hard for me to build scenes just based on visuals alone,” said Shackleton, who previously helmed the underrated Nicolas Cage feature211. “I really tend to build these scene structures off of what are these underlying character bumps and what are the overall arcs and how are they working? I still take it back to a lot of the original teaches that have somewhat have been lost or somewhat are not as big of a concern for (some) filmmakers.”
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Disturbing the Peace hits theaters, Digital and On Demand on January 17.
Troop Zero centers on Christmas Flint (Mckenna Grace), an eccentric girl who dreams of connecting with life forms in outer space. A competition that gives Birdie Scouts a chance to record their voices on NASA’s Golden Record inspires her to form a makeshift troop. Co-starring Viola Davis, Jim Gaffigan, and Allison Janney, this 1977 feature is a feel good film that, although it has its humorous moments, is also grounded in reality.
During my interview with filmmakers Bert & Bertie, I asked them about their approach to filmmaking (the script is penned by Beasts of the Southern Wild scribe Lucy Alibar). “We always put the story first,” said Bert. “When you’re collaborating, it’s what best serves the story. We come at it with different ideas and a lot of ideas that are very much the same but when you’re trying to decide which you’re moving, it’s a lot about instinct and that means what does this story need from us? And that’s what we used to move forward.”
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As witnessed by Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and The Gift, Katie Holmes doesn’t mind a scare or two, and in the trailer for Brahms: The Boy IIshe may have landed her creepiest picture to date.The narrative centers on a young family (Holmes is the matriarch) who movies into an estate’s guest house. The young son makes a new friend with a life like doll whom he says is named Brahms. Christopher Convery (Gotham), Owain Yeoman (The Belko Experience) and Ralph Ineson (The Witch) round out the cast.
One factor that could ensure a sequel’s creative success is continuity, and The Boy filmmaker William Brent Bell and scribe Stacey Menear are back from the latest go round. The Boy, released in 2016 and toplined by The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan, made over $74 million internationally (its budget was estimated at $10 million.
Holmes looks absolutely convincing and invested in the story, as the trailer is downright scary. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!