Mélanie Laurent makes an uneven but urgent crime drama from Nic Pizzolatto’s Galveston

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In the decade (nearly) since Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino has directed two films—three, if you want to count his Manson Family picture, due next summer. Mélanie Laurent, who played the vengeful Shosanna in Basterds, has since directed five features, maintaining a steady acting career all the while. It’s an…

Leave No Trace is a moving return to backwoods drama for Winter’s Bone director Debra Granik

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Deep within Forest Park, an eight-mile stretch of woodland reserve in northwest Portland, Will (Ben Foster) squats with his 13-year-old daughter, Tom (newcomer Thomasin McKenzie). The two have carved out a makeshift encampment on the outskirts of civilization. By day, they forage for supplies, cook mushrooms using a…

Mélanie Laurent, Ben Foster, and Elle Fanning on the dark allure of Galveston

Best known for her roles in Inglourious Basterds and the French drama Don’t Worry, I’m Fine, Mélanie Laurent is also a talented director, with three feature films under her belt. Her next film, Galveston, based on the 2010 book of the same name, stars Ben Foster as a hitman who rescues a young sex worker, played by…

Chris Pine and Ben Foster think banks are bad in a new Hell Or High Water trailer

Yesterday, a new trailer for the indulgent and nostalgic Western Magnificent Seven, based on a movie from 1960 based on a movie from 1954, dropped. Today, the modern Western Hell Or High Water fired back with a new trailer featuring its own band of outlaw brothers. In this case, though, they’re literally brothers. And…

There’s nothing immersive (or fun) about this world of Warcraft

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Definitively establishing that “state-of-the-art” and “chintzy” are not mutually exclusive qualities, Warcraft is a perplexing multiplex boondoggle: Rarely is so much time, money, and cutting-edge technology expended on a spectacle so devoid of wonder. Instead of immersing viewers in its magical realm, as most great…

Chicago, see Duncan Jones’ Warcraft in Imax early and for free

Warcraft has all the makings of a traditional summer blockbuster: An epic “heroes” vs. “villains” story, a glut of special effects, and massively popular source material to boot. So why does it feel like such a gamble? Popular as they may be, the Blizzard Entertainment games on which the film is based didn’t…

A singular Kristen Stewart ghost story joins the booed-at-Cannes club

Three years ago, a rep theater in New York ran a series called Booed At Cannes, which included such once-jeered, now-revered films as Carl Th. Dreyer’s Gertrud and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. (Reverence toward the latter is still arguably a minority view, but it’s a passionate minority.) In the same…

Lance Armstrong is boldly unsympathetic in the otherwise rote The Program

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Few biopics are so relentlessly hostile toward their subject as The Program is toward Lance Armstrong. Brilliantly played by Ben Foster as an opaque wall of arrogance and entitlement, Armstrong has no inner life to speak of in this film—no dreams beyond winning the Tour De France, no remorse when he’s finally caught…

Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and Jeff Bridges to go on a crime spree in Comancheria

The Playlist reports that production has begun on director David Mackenzie’s (Starred Up) new film Comancheria, which stars Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and Jeff Bridges. Written by Sicario scribe Taylor Sheridan, the story is about two brothers facing foreclosure on their family’s West Texas farm. In order to remedy the…