Kathryn Hahn is a savior of sorts. Often the best part of her movies, Hahn’s the type of actress who can turn a small cameo into one of the most memorable and wackiest roles in a mediocre film (think: Tomorrowland, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Win a Date With Tad Hamilton). But in Jill Soloway’s Transparent, Hahn has played the literal role of the savior for the Pfeffermans, a woman introduced as a religious guide for a family thrown into flux by the gender transition of their former patriarch, Maura (Jeffrey Tambor).
Peter Sarsgaard often plays guys you can’t help but hate. From his ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ character to his ‘An Education’ con man to his Chuck Traynor in ‘Lovelace,’ Sarsagaard has mastered playing seedy jerks who pray on the weaknesses of others. In Antoine Fuqua’s ‘The Magnificent Seven,’ Sarsgaard takes on the role of the bad guy once more.
You may not know Haley Bennett’s name yet, but by the end of the fall movie season you’ll certainly recognize her. The 28-year-old actress, who’s appeared in ‘Hardcore Henry’ and ‘The Equalizer,’ has been acting for almost a decade, but its her trio of upcoming films this year that are bound to put her on your radar.
Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett have collaborated on several projects together, including recent genre favorites You’re Next and The Guest, in which they subversively repurposed familiar tropes in new and original ways — which is what makes their decision to create a sequel to The Blair Witch Project kind of surprising. A solid follow-up to the 1999 found footage classic, Blair Witch offers recognizable beats with bigger, more frightening (and louder) scares, and a third act that features a pretty clever twist. Ahead of the film’s release, we had a chance to speak with Wingard about the challenges of making a sequel to one of the most beloved horror films, the evolution of found footage and that crazy, mind-bending ending.
Aaron Paul has a way with deeply flawed characters — you might even say it’s his specialty: He takes the sort of guy you’d normally despise (like Breaking Bad’s Jesse Pinkman) and injects him with startling pathos, transforming a character into a painfully empathetic human being. This is what he does in The 9th Life of Louis Drax, a psychological fantasy-thriller in which Paul plays the enigmatic role of imperfect father to the eponymous protagonist. Directed by Alexandre Aja (Horns) and co-starring Sarah Gadon and Jamie Dornan, the somewhat surreal drama takes advantage of Paul’s particular set of skills in a subversive bit of typecasting. We had a chance to speak with Paul about the new film, what attracts him to such flawed characters, and those persistent Dark Tower rumors.
Melanie Lynskey is one of the best actors working today, and though you may not immediately recognize the name, you’ve undoubtedly seen and enjoyed her work many times over the last two decades. From her big screen debut in Peter Jackson’s 1994 drama Heavenly Creatures to her recent role in HBO’s Togetherness (RIP), Lynskey has been consistently fascinating to watch. Her latest film is The Intervention, a delightful and poignant story about a group of longtime friends who gather for a weekend retreat and, perhaps unwisely, plan to confront two married pals about their troubled relationship.
Three years after delivering his visceral remake of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead, director Fede Alvarez returns with Don’t Breathe, an inventive new thriller that puts a nasty spin on the home invasion genre. Alvarez’s latest follows three amateur criminals that get way more than they bargained for when they target the home of a reclusive blind man, played by the intimidating Stephen Lang. I had a chance to speak with Alvarez before a recent screening in Austin, Texas, where he discussed the making of his new film, Lang’s crucial role, and whether he thinks movie trailers are too revealing.
In one scene in Daniel Ragussis’ feature film debut, Imperium, Daniel Radcliffe sports a shaved head, a white power T-shirt, throws up the Nazi salute and spews racial slurs at his African-American colleague. Radcliffe is genuinely terrifying and convincing as a white supremacist, a far cry from playing the world’s most famous wizard, and it’s one of his best performances yet.
Watching an Ira Sachs film is a special type of experience. His work carries an air of authenticity, a naturalistic and unabashed look at characters and stories that don’t often get screentime in bigger studio movies.
In Keep the Lights On Sachs told...
In Keep the Lights On Sachs told...
Darth Vader is one of the most iconic villains in movie history. We haven’t seen him since Anakin Skywalker first donned the famous black suit at the end of Revenge of the Sith, but in Gareth Edwards‘ ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,’ Vader is back.