Netflix’s new documentary series Five Came Back, based on historian and critic Mark Harris’ book about five Hollywood directors — Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, George Stevens, and William Wyler — and their journeys through World War II, does something the book couldn’t: Show you these directors’ work, both in commercial movies before and after the war, and in training and propaganda films during it. Harris told me sharing those films with viewers, and potentially making new fans of this classical Hollywood quintet, was one major reason he wanted to turn Five Came Back into a film.
Netflix hopes you made room after a first taste of the Santa Clarita Diet, because you’ll be doing it all over again next year. The Drew Barrymore-Timothy Olyphant zombie comedy will be back for Season 2, as revealed in a new announcement teaser.
The Netflix comedy machine keeps cranking out the major names. Just weeks after Dave Chappelle debuted two new streaming specials, Louis C.K. is already gearing up for his own with a Louie-esque first trailer for the April premiere.
Marvel’s Iron Fist may have receded from the spotlight, but the final Defender series may never escape the controversial casting around it. Even star Jessica Henwick was uncertain of climbing aboard after Finn Jones joined the series, claiming “it...
Have you ever seen those movie ads on TV filled with gushing quotes from critics and thought to yourself, “I saw that movie; it was terrible. Where did they find these positive reviews?” If you have, you’re not alone — and you’re going to love ScreenCrush’s newest series, Critics Are Raving!, which balances the cinematic scales with trailers full of slightly more accurate (and slightly more negative) lines from reviews. Real critics. Real quotes. Really bad movies. That’s what’s Critics Are Raving! is all about.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it looks like you’re going to have to throw your computer out the window. I’m sorry, but there’s simply no other plausible reaction to the following news. Adam Sandler isn’t just releasing two more movies on Netflix, he’s releasing six.
One of last year’s finest films, and certainly the most challenging documentary, was Robert Greene’s Kate Plays Christine. The concept was ingenious: the film tracks actress Kate Lyn Sheil as she prepares to portray the late newswoman Christine Chubbuck and tease out what factors could have compelled a woman to shoot herself in the head on live television. It was a beguiling interrogation of authenticity and artifice, tracing the limits of performance as a means to locate truth, and now the world of documentary film has begun to follow Greene’s groundbreaking example. The new trailer for Casting JonBenet offers a glimpse at a film using Greene’s methods, and applying them to an equally disturbing footnote in history.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt may be debuting Season 3 later in the year than we’re used to, but the wait appears to be well worth it. Not only do we have our first photos, but also word on new and returning guests, from Laura Dern to Jon Hamm and yes, Robert Durst. Sort of.
Dozens of movies play at the SXSW Film Festival every year, making it impossible to see all of them in just eight days. Even if you attended the annual insanity in Austin last week, chances are pretty high that you missed at least a few good movies. And if you’re a cinephile who skipped the fest entirely (congrats on your sleep), you might be wondering which films are worth putting on your radar. Lucky for the sleepless and the well-rested alike, we’ve put together a handy list featuring some of the best films from SXSW 2017.
Netflix Baz Luhrmann hip-hop drama The Get Down has often seen more problems than praise, making headlines for its unusual structure and expense, rather than content. The first season’s second half may get things back on track, though Luhrmann now reveals a shorter count than expected, and what may change in a second season.