Joaquin Phoenix and Jonah Hill bond in trailer for Gus Van Sant's Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot

It’s been a while since Gus Van Sant both wrote and directed a film—since 2007’s Paranoid Park, in fact—and nearly as long since one has scored with either audiences or critics. Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot aims to reverse that downward trend by returning to a favorite theme of friendships forged among the…

Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn struggle to save Una from its adaptation missteps 

Turning a play into a movie is often tricky business; there’s a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t risk to the undertaking. Based on Blackbird, by Scottish playwright David Harrower, Una somehow avoids neither of the seemingly antithetical, even mutually exclusive pitfalls of moving a story from stage to screen. A…

David Lowery had to stop himself from giving up on his Sundance hit A Ghost Story

“I still am dumbfounded that I’m actually here talking about it,” director David Lowery told The A.V. Club when we spoke to him in New York last month about his new film A Ghost Story. Making the tiny project in lieu of taking a vacation after finishing his Disney remake Pete’s Dragon, Lowery wasn’t even sure he could…

There’s life after death in the twisty, soapy science-fiction indie The Discovery

The Discovery, Charlie McDowell’s Sundance-approved Twilight Zone weepie, fits neatly into a subgenre one might call The Brit Marling Movie. No, it doesn’t actually feature the statuesque star of Another Earth, Sound Of My Voice, and I Origins. But like those indie sci-fi brainteasers, which hit some strange middle…

Song To Song resonates a little louder than Terrence Malick’s last few reveries

In a way it’s brave, Terrence Malick’s recent decision to make himself less scarce. For nearly four decades, Malick films were rare and elusive events that only appeared on the horizon after five, eight, or even 20 years of waiting. But starting with his masterful The Tree Of Life (2011), Malick has increased his…

Run-run-run-run-runaway with the trailer for Terrence Malick’s Song To Song

The idea that Terrence Malick, the media-shy director of wheat fields and whispery voice-overs, would make a movie about indie-rock hipsters sounds like a joke—and an old one at that, since Malick started filming his Austin-set music-scene movie Song To Song way back in 2011. After a lengthy post-production (even by…

Mica Levi will write the score for Rooney Mara’s pop star drama

Mica Levi received an Oscar nomination this year for her ominous and surprising contribution to Jackie, making her the first woman recognized in Best Original Score in quite some time. But Levi’s career hasn’t been limited to the world of cinema, which makes her the perfect fit for Vox Lux, a drama about the life of a…

The trailer for Netflix’s The Discovery is brilliantly composed—and creepy as hell

Is there life after death? It doesn’t explicitly say so in this trailer, but The Discovery apparently posits that, yes, there is, and here’s some math showing how. When we previously reported on the upcoming Netflix film, all we knew about it was that Jason Segel had joined the project to play Rooney Mara’s love…

Terrence Malick’s indie rock film Song To Song will hit theaters in March

For someone who’s famous for dawdling with his projects, often taking years to edit a film, Terrence Malick sure has been prolific lately, putting out the Hollywood-set Knight Of Cups and two versions of his long-gestating documentary Voyage Of Time within just a little over six months. Maybe it’s just time catching…

Rooney Mara and Jonah Hill join Gus Van Sant’s quadriplegic cartoonist movie

Variety reports that Rooney Mara and Jonah Hill have signed on for Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, based on the autobiography of subversive quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan. Mara and Hill join a cast that includes Van Sant’s old collaborator Joaquin Phoenix, to tell the life story of…

Rooney Mara to play pop star in drama with new music from Sia

Audiences weren’t especially receptive to The Lonely Island’s Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, but perhaps the issue wasn’t that people inexplicably refuse to see movies with Andy Samberg, but that people just don’t like comedies about pop stars. If that’s the case, perhaps a serious drama about a pop star will…

Joaquin Phoenix to play Jesus Christ himself in new movie

Creating the rare sentence that includes both the words “Jesus Christ” and “Joaquin Phoenix” but doesn’t end with “knock it off,” the Inherent Vice and Her star might be playing the famed crucifixion victim and low-cost bread and seafood vendor in an upcoming film. According to Deadline, Phoenix is eyeing a role in …