Today’s news is…well, it’s not great, Bob! Between the FCC repealing net neutrality and Disney’s acquisition of Fox (which means good things for your favorite characters, but bad things for filmmaking and studio employees), headlines are pretty upsetting right now. We’ll take whatever sliver of optimism we can get, especially when it’s something as surprising as Josh and Benny Safdie directing a remake of 48 Hrs.
If you can’t decide what to watch this weekend, ScreenCrush’s Staff Picks are here to help. They’re like the recommendations at an old video store, except you don’t have to put on pants or go outside to get them. Here are four things to watch this weekend:
Robert Pattinson’s latest movie is wild. A gritty New York crime thriller that’s as exhilarating as it is straight-up disturbing in its acts of violence, Good Time is easily Pattison’s best role to date. As Connie Nikas, a small-time crook desperate to get his mentally challenged brother (Benny Safdie) out of jail, Pattinson gives a performance that’s not too showy or loud, but grounded in a composed and unshakable intensity. The latest film from the Safdie brothers (Heaven Knows What) is brimming with sequences that push the limits of its audience’s comfort, but there was almost one scene that would’ve gone much, much further.
As he’s transitioned into the serious-actor phase of his career, former teen girl fantasy Robert Pattinson has become something a fixture on the film festival circuit. This week, he’ll make the journey to Cannes when his latest starring vehicle Good Time plays in the Competition section, and though we common rabble will have to wait until August 11 for the U.S. release, today brings the first trailer for the A24-fronted project. And from the looks of this dizzying swirl of color and brutality, New York’s hometown heroes Josh and Benny Safdie have brought the heat.
Boutique film distributor A24 is having what’s known in the world of professional sports as a “career year.” As Hollywood took a big number-two in the bed with a bevy of pricy flops over the past few months, the agile indie outfit has hogged all the critical acclaim with such widely praised releases as The Witch, Krisha, Green Room, The Lobster, De Palma, Swiss Army Man, American Honey, and Moonlight. They’ve got one more trick up their sleeve for 2016, too, with the generation-spanning drama 20th Century Women due in December. (Spoiler alert: it’s wonderful.) And today, they’re shoring up their future with another exciting get.