Sundance 2018: ‘Arizona’ Is a Bloody and Blackly-Comic Look at One Man’s Financial Downturn

By Rob Hunter

When the Great Recession hits, one man hits back… at all the wrong targets.

Comedy often comes from dark places in part because of our innate need to laugh during trying times. It may not heal the pain, but it can at least distract us from it. The still raw and recent recession may seem like an unlikely source for such humor, but Danny McBride‘s latest, Arizona, shows otherwise as real-world devastation fuels a funny until it’s not murder spree.

It’s 2009, and the recession has left entire rows of houses in one Arizona community outside Phoenix empty as homeowners default on their mortgages and are forced to move elsewhere. Cassie (Rosemarie DeWitt) is facing the problem from both sides — she’s at risk of losing her own home where she lives with her teenage daughter, Morgan (Lolli Sorenson), but she’s also a realtor struggling to make sales and earn commissions. Things take a turn for the even worse when an irate homeowner named Sonny (McBride) accidentally kills her boss during an argument, panics, and kidnaps her. Sonny immediately regrets it, but his internal debate as to what to do with her is interrupted by the snowballing effect of what he’s already done. read more

Hasbro Black Panther Marvel Legends Unboxing Gallery

Hasbro Black Panther Marvel Legends Unboxing Gallery

Hasbro Black Panther Marvel Legends unboxing gallery

Hasbro has provided with a complete set of all six Black Panther Marvel Legends figures inspired by the upcoming film from Marvel Studios. Check out all six figures plus the build-a-figure in the gallery below!

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Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life. read more

Is ‘Three Billboards’ The New ‘Crash’?

By Andrew Karpan

McDonagh and Haggis are both sinewy edgelords. But different kinds.

One movie that a lot of people think is going to win a lot of Oscars next month is Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Set in the fictional town of Ebbing and detailing a lone woman’s quest for justice it contains the kind of mild pertinence known to attracts award bodies. It may be this consequentialism that has made the movie this year’s villain, the movie too obviously made for awards that enjoying them feels gauche. Per The Ringer’s Miles Surrey, this makes Three Billboards this year’s La La Land, this year’s The Revenant, this year’s Argo. But a more interesting comparison, first made by Ira Madison III in the Daily Beast last December, has Three Billboards playing the role of 2004’s Crash, the Paul Haggis movie that won a Best Picture Oscar in 2005. It’s a comparison that’s stuck, echoing slightly into the either. read more

Winners at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Winners at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Winners at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

The Screen Actors Guild presented its coveted Actor statuettes for the outstanding motion picture and television performances of 2017 at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, hosted by Kristen Bell, held Sunday, Jan. 21 at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall.

Honored with individual awards were Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell for performances in motion pictures, and Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgård, Claire Foy, Sterling K. Brown, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and William H. Macy for performances in television. The Screen Actors Guild Awards originated awards for the outstanding performances by a motion picture cast and by television drama and comedy ensembles. The Actor for a motion picture cast performance went this year to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, while the Actors for television drama and comedy ensemble performances went this year to This is Us and Veep. read more

Sundance 2018: ‘The Long Dumb Road’ Is Awkward, Rambunctious Fun

By Neil Miller

Jason Mantzoukas and Tony Revolori make for an unlikely odd couple in the next great American road trip comedy.

Hannah Fidell is a filmmaker we’ve been tracking since her 2013 feature debut A Teacher, a taut and tense thriller that we reviewed here at Sundance. In that debut, she showed a deft ability to create unnerving intimacy and hold a consistently tense atmosphere throughout a film’s entire runtime. In 2015, Fidell brought her second feature 6 Years to South by Southwest, delivering another tense and unexpectedly violent love story. Any assessment of her career thus far would have to include the fact that she has a bit of a dark streak, a fearless propensity for exploring all the ways love and companionship can go wickedly wrong. It was the kind of two film start to a career in which a filmmaker can be pigeonholed into telling the same kinds of stories over and over. This can still be a path to success, especially operating in the independent space, but it often stagnates the filmmaker’s growth. read more

The 10 Best Original Netflix Movies

The 10 Best Original Netflix Movies

The 10 Best Original Netflix Movies

Netflix has a sizeable chunk of quality original programming, with its television series carrying much of the momentum as the company reinvented the phenomenon of binge-watching. With the announcement that Netflix intends to release 80 more original films this year, up a bit from 2017’s “slate of about 50 film titles,” we take a look at the 10 best original movies the streaming site currently has to offer.

Paul Rudd

The Fundamentals of Caring

This buddy comedy stars Paul Rudd as a man reeling from a personal tragedy who becomes a caretaker for a disabled teenager disillusioned about life. An impromptu road trip connects them with people and experiences that opens their eyes to the importance of hope, friendship, and their overall perspective on life. read more

Sundance 2018: ‘Sweet Country’ Pits Hate and Hope Against a Stunning Backdrop

By Rob Hunter

Sundance 2018 runs 1/18-1/28.

Many westerns offer little more than a backdrop for action set-pieces involving players good, bad, and ugly, and that’s fine, but some also take advantage of the period setting to tell a story about a country’s present. A land’s early days reveal the building blocks of its history and people alike, and while that can sometimes highlight motivations and behaviors worth praising it’s more likely to shine a light towards a shameful darkness.

It’s the late 1920s in Australia’s arid and earth-toned Northern Territory, and an Aboriginal man is on trial for his life. Sam Kelly (newcomer Hamilton Morris) has shot and killed a white man. He knows it’s self defense even as he pulls the trigger, but he also knows that won’t matter one bit. (He also doesn’t know it’s essentially an act of revenge.) That conflict makes up the core of the narrative, but smaller ones circle related by blood, sweat, and tears. read more

Weinstein Company Pulls Three Films From Schedule, Lionsgate Moves Overboard Up

The Weinstein Company has pulled The War With Grandpa, The Upside and Mary Magdalene from their release schedule

The Weinstein Company has pulled The War With Grandpa, The Upside and Mary Magdalene from their release schedule and Lionsgate moves Overboard up a week

The Weinstein Company has pulled The War With GrandpaThe Upside and Mary Magdalene from their release schedule, according to Deadline. The three Dimension films are now listed by The Weinstein Company as “unset 2018.” The War With Grandpa stars Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken and was set for February 23. The Upside stars Bryan Cranston and was set for March 9 and Mary Magdalene stars Rooney Mara and was set for March 30 in limited release.

In other release date news, Lionsgate has moved the release of the remake of Overboard starring Anna Faris, Eugenio Derbez and Eva Longoria up a week, from April 20 to April 13. Originally it was up against only This is Our Land. Now the film will compete against Truth or DareSgt. Stubby: An American HeroBeirutThe Miracle Season and The Rider. read more

New Harry Potter Mobile RPG Offers the Opportunity to Explore Hogwarts

By John DiLillo

‘Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery’ will be available later this spring on iOS and Android.

Hollywood franchises in the age of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have a rapidly decaying shelf life. Star Wars rested for ten years before Disney reignited it; Batman escaped from the spotlight for only four years before being pressed back into service. When Harry Potter left the stage in 2011, he did so with a degree of finality. Posters shouted “IT ALL ENDS” and magazine retrospectives looked back at ten years of adorable children growing into talented adults. Seven years later, it’s as if he never left. read more

The Full Super Troopers 2 Red Band Trailer!

The Full Super Troopers 2 Red Band Trailer!

The full Super Troopers 2 Red Band trailer!

Fox Searchlight Pictures has released full Super Troopers 2 Red Band trailer, which you can watch below. The film arrives in theaters on April 20, 2018, 16 years after the first, which was a mild box office success and has since become a cult hit.

Everyone’s favorite law enforcement team is back by popular demand with the long-anticipated follow-up to the cult comedy classic Super Troopers. When an international border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the Super Troopers — Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit, and Farva — are called in to set up a new Highway patrol station in the disputed area. Unconventional police work follows, and the result is Super Troopers 2. read more

Ajay Naidu on Diversity in Hollywood and His Roller Coaster Ride from Child Actor to ‘Office Space’ Icon

By Brad Gullickson

As the Mad Scientist of ‘Crazy Famous,’ he reached into real-life drama to make the character work for him.

Ajay Naidu has been in the game for a while. He first appeared on the big screen when he was 14 years old, in the Michael Keaton dramedy Touch & Go. A series of successful roles led him to The Cosby Show, but before filming began he decided acting was no longer for him. He threw himself into punk rock and school work. Eventually, though, Naidu realized the acting bug had never left his body. He returned in Richard Linklater’s SubUrbia, which led to a role in the cultural phenomenon Office Space. He hasn’t stopped working since. He’s performed for Darren Aronofsky, Ridley Scott, Terry Zwigoff, and Griffen Dunne. He is excited for the future of the industry, but he also knows there are still plenty of mountains left to climb. read more

Amazon Studios Cancels One Mississippi, I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson

Amazon Studios cancels One Mississippi, I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson

Amazon Studios cancels One Mississippi, I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson

Amazon Studios has canceled the series One MississippiI Love Dick and Jean Claude Van Johnson, according to THR. The news comes hours after the streaming service greenlit the second season of The TickOne Mississippi stars Tig Notaro, I Love Dick stars Kathryn Hahn, Griffin Dunne and Kevin Bacon, and Jean-Claude Van Johnson stars Jean-Claude Van Damme

RELATED: The Tick Season 2 Greenlit by Amazon

One Mississippi, the Amazon Original Series directed by Tig Notaro, is a semi-autobiographical comedy that stars Notaro as a version of herself, also named Tig, reliving a version of the real-life events that comprised the most difficult year of her life. read more

Take a Trip Past the ‘Macon County Line’ With Our Blu-ray Pick of the Week

By Rob Hunter

Plus 9 More New Releases to Watch This Week on Blu-ray/DVD!

Welcome to this week in home video! Click the title to buy a Blu-ray/DVD from Amazon and help support FSR in the process!

Pick of the Week

Macon County Line [Shout Select]

Macon County LineWhat is it? Two brothers take a road trip to hell.

Why see it? This mid 70s indie became something of a hit upon release, and it’s easy to see why. The leads are charismatic, their antics are entertaining and unwise, and there’s a playful fun to it before things turn deadly. It shifts into a darkly affecting thriller offering a still-timely social commentary on small town exclusion, gun handling, and travel etiquette. It’s drive-in appeal is clear as it’s a sexy action-romp, but its serious beats land equally well giving the film a lot more weight than its character might suggest. Shout! Factory’s new Blu-ray looks great and features some informative extras. read more

12 Strong Interviews with Chris Hemsworth, Michael Pena and More

12 Strong Interviews with Chris Hemsworth, Michael Pena and More

12 Strong interviews with Chris Hemsworth, Michael Pena, Trevante Rhodes, Rob Riggle and producer Jerry Bruckheimer

The Warner Bros. Pictures film 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers will hit theaters on January 19 and we recently got a chance to chat with some of the cast, including Chris Hemsworth (ThorThe Avengers films), Michael Peña (Ant-Man), Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Rob Riggle (The Hangover), who actually served under the military man he plays, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. You can check out our 12 Strong interviews in the player below.

RELATED: A Visit to the 12 Strong Set read more

Step Into the Mind of Charlie Brooker With Behind the Scenes of ‘Black Mirror’ Season 4

By Max Covill

Delve deeper into the stories that influenced this season of Black Mirror.

Black Mirror season 4 has inspired more conversation than perhaps any of the previous seasons. Everyone has got their own favorites, despite this being the ultimate ranking. There have even been numerous articles that even looked into the technology introduced in the series and how our own technology at CES matched the ambitions of the franchise. In some cases, it came really close. Now Netflix has offered a behind-the-scenes look at each episode of season 4.

Each video is about a minute long and features creator Charlie Brooker talking about each episode. read more

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