A24 Shares Trailer for Mother and Daughter Drama “Janet Planet”

Janet-Planet-drama-filmJulianne Nicholson and Zoe Ziegler stars in the latest drama film from A24 “Janet Planet”. It is directed by Annie Baker in her directorial debut and has been receiving praise around 2023 festival circuit.

Set in rural Western Massachusetts, 11-year-old Lacy spends the summer of 1991 at home, enthralled by her own imagination and the attention of her mother, Janet. As the months pass, three visitors enter their orbit, all captivated by Janet and her spellbinding nature. In her solitary moments, Lacy inhabits an inner world so extraordinarily detailed that it begins to seep into the outside world.

The film is set for release on June 28, 2024.

The cast also includes Sophie Okonedo, Elias Koteas, Will Patton, Luke Bosco, June Walker Grossman, Abby Harri, Edie Moon Kearns, Mary Beth Brooker


New Trailer for HBO’s “The Sympathizer” Released

The-SympathizerFresh off the Supporting Actor win at the Oscars, Robert Downey Jr. star in the upcoming HBO series The Sympathizer alongside Hoa Xuande.

Set in 1975 and revolves around the Vietnam War and a Vietnamese spy Captain (played by Xuande), a North Vietnamese spy spying in South Vietnam. Also in the miniseries are Sandra Oh, Toan Le, and Fred Nguyen.

Here’s the official synopsis for “The Sympathizer:

Near the end of the Vietnam War, a plant who was embedded in the South Vietnam army flees to the United States and takes up residence in a refugee community, where he continues to secretly spy and report back to the Viet Cong.

“The Sympathizer” is set to premiere April 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. See the trailer below.


Trailer For “The Black Guelph” Drama Film Released

The-Black-Guelph“The Black Guelph” is directed and written by Josh Connors, and stars Graham Earley, Paul Roe, Tony Doyle, Denise McCormack, Lauren Larkin, and John Connors.

See below for the latest trailer for the movie.

The film is set to have screenings in US theaters on Friday, March 22, 2024 in New York City, Boston, Washington DC, Chicago, Baltimore.

Here is the film’s official synopsis:

“The Black Guelph” dives into the corrupt chaos of a small-time drug dealer, Canto, who yearns to escape the clutches of his criminal life. However, his aspirations for redemption get complicated when his estranged father reemerges, igniting a tumultuous journey of forgiveness and self-discovery. As Canto grapples with his grimly choices, the film unfolds as an unyielding critique of power dynamics and societal corruption.

The film’s riveting narrative and poignant performances, notably Graham Earley’s portrayal of Canto, have captivated audiences worldwide, and securing him the esteemed Seymour Cassel Award for Outstanding Performance. With its compelling storyline and powerful performances, “The Black Guelph” stands as a testament to the enduring relevance of cinema in confronting pressing societal issues.


Gravitas Ventures Acquires Drama/Thriller “Break” for Worldwide Rights and Distribution

GRAVITAS-VENTURES-BreakGravitas Ventures has acquired the drama/thriller BREAK, directed by Will Wernick (Follow Me), for worldwide rights and distribution and sets spring 2024 theatrical release date for April 26th in 120 theatres across the United States and Canada. Digital and international release dates to follow soon. 

The film stars Darren Weiss (Inside Man, Tin Soldier, Bardejov) Victor Rasuk (Reasonable Doubt, Netflix’s The Baker and The Beauty) Jeff Kober (The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy)  Caleb Emery (Good Girls, Hunters) Patricia Belcher (Father Stu, 500 Days Of Summer)

Also featured are Braedyn Bruner, Uriah Shelton (Freaky), Wendy Braun (Atypical), Suzen Baraka (Blue Bloods), and, introducing Petra C. Matheson.

“BREAK is a powerful underdog story with a lot of heart, reminiscent of 21 and 8 Mile. Gravitas looks forward to releasing the film to US audiences this spring 2024, and to pitching the title to international buyers in Berlin for this year’s European Film Market in a few short weeks,” comments Bill Guentzler, Vice President of Acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures. 
The film follows Eli (early 20s), played by Darren Weiss, as he juggles two jobs, tries to juggle taking care of his sister and mother, and relationship. A series of unexpected events Introduces him to the world of Detroit Pool where he learns his absent father was once a Detroit pool hall legend. Eli journeys into the scene, and confronts the realities and danger of the game and himself.
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Bleecker Street’s “Out of Darkness” Sets Release Date

“Out of Darkness” will be released exclusively in theaters nationwide on February 9, 2024. The film, which had its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival and its North American premiere at Fantastic Fest, was nominated for five British Independent Film Awards this past year, with a win for breakthrough performance for Safia Oakley-Green.

“Out of Darkness” is a survival horror film following a group of six who have struggled across the narrow sea to find a new home. They are starving, desperate, and living 45,000 years ago. First they must find shelter, and they strike out across the tundra wastes towards the distant mountains that promise the abundant caves they need to survive.

But when night falls, anticipation turns to fear and doubt as they realize they are not alone. As relationships in the group fracture, the determination of one young woman reveals the terrible actions taken to survive.

Adding to the film’s authenticity, “Out of Darkness” is shot on location in the Scottish Highlands with the use of a bespoke language called “Tola,” which was developed specifically for the project by a linguist and an archaeologist.


Sundance 2024: “Rob Peace” Premieres At Sundance

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"Rob Peace" premiere AIP Imaging

“Rob Peace” premiere AIP Imaging

The biographical drama written and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor premiered today Monday, January 22nd, at Sundance.

The film follows Robert Peace, who grew up in an impoverished section of Newark and later graduated from Yale with degrees in molecular biophysics and biochemistry while on scholarship. Peace led a dual life in academia and research while also earning six figures selling marijuana.

“Rob Peace” is based on Jeff Hobbs biography The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs.

The film stars Jay Will, Mary J. Blige, Camila Cabello, Michael Kelly and Mare Winningham.

Below are photos from the premiere of “Rob Peace” Premieres At Sundance 2024.

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Comedy Drama “Winner” Premieres At Sundance 2024

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emilia jonesThe black comedy drama “Winner” premiered today at Sundance Film Festival. The film stars Emilia Jones as Reality Winner, a U.S. Air Force veteran and former NSA translator that is the subject of the film.

The unconventional whistleblower’s biopic is directed by Susanna Fogel (The Spy Who Dumped Me) from a script by Kerry Howley.

Also in the film are Kathryn Newton, Averie Peters, Connie Britton, Zach Galifianakis, Danny Ramirez and Shannon Berry.

See photos below from “Winner” premiere at The Ray during the Sundance Film Festival 2024.

Photos: AIPImaging.com


Trailer and Poster For “The Settlers” Released

the-settlersDebut writer-director Felipe Gálvez asserts himself as a revelatory new cinematic voice with The Settlers, a searing and indelible take on the Western. Blending historical specificity with vivid visual style, this Cannes Un Certain Regard FIPRESCI Prize winner creates a singular immersive vision, arresting in both content and form.

The film follows three horsemen at the turn of the 20th century who embark on an expedition across the Tierra del Fuego archipelago at the behest of a wealthy landowner, tasked with securing his vast state-appointed property. Accompanying a reckless British lieutenant and an American mercenary is mestizo marksman Segundo, who comes to realize, amidst rising tensions within the group, their true mission is to murderously “remove” the indigenous population.

Set against stunning mountain landscapes, Chile’s Best International Feature Film entry to the 96th Academy Awards is a visceral reckoning with national myth and the attendant violence. Painterly yet piercing, this acclaimed frontier epic turns a bold eye to the past, daring to reimagine its depiction in the present and for the future.

Felipe Gálvez (b. 1983) is a Chilean filmmaker, writer and editor based in Paris. The Settlers (2023) is his debut feature. His previous works includes the short film Rapaz (2018), which also premiered in Cannes as part of the Critics’ Week program. His other short films have been awarded by festivals around the world. As an editor, Felipe collaborated with filmmakers such as Marialy Rivas, Kiro Russo and Alex Anwandter, among others.


“The Iron Claw” Director Sean Durkin Talks About The Von Erichs And His Love For Wrestling

the-iron-claw von erichThe recent release of biographical wrestling drama “The Iron Claw” is gaining critical praise and year-end awards attention. It was named recently by the National Board of Review as one of the top 10 films of 2023 earlier this month.

Written and directed by Durkin, “The Iron Claw” is currently playing in cinemas. The film features Zac Efron as Kevin Von Erich, Jeremy Allen White as Kerry Von Erich, Harris Dickinson as David Von Erich, Maxwell Jacob Friedman as Lance Von Erich, Holt McCallany as Fritz Von Erich, Maura Tierny as Doris Von Erich, Lily James as Pam Adkisson, Stanley Simons as Mike Von Erich, Aaron Dean Eisenberg as Ric Flair among other.

Recently, the film’s director Sean Durkin shares his emotional personal experiences in making the film, and his passion for the film’s subject about the tragic story of The Von Erich family of wrestlers:

As a kid in the late ’80s and early ’90s, I was obsessed with wrestling. I don’t know what got me into the sport, I just remember being completely consumed by it. I was living in England at the time, and although the popularity of wrestling was growing, it was far from ingrained in the culture. I would watch the weekly shows on TV, the main events that aired a few times a year, and beg my parents to take me to any live matches passing through London.

But it wasn’t enough. I wanted to know everything there was to know about the world of wrestling. I would search for magazines any time my parents stopped at a newsstand. I’d scour book shops for VHS tapes of old NWA matches. And it was in this deep dive that I first saw The Von Erich brothers wrestling together as hometown heroes in the renowned Dallas Sportatorium.

I’ll never forget those first images of that place. You could feel the sweat and the dust, you could smell the cigarette smoke. These guys were fast and exciting and the crowd was wild. Every wrestling show on TV was so polished at that point, verging on cartoonish. But this felt real and raw, this had honesty. I fell in love with Kevin’s bare foot high-flying style; Kerry’s unparalleled power and athleticism; David’s towering stature. A three-headed monster of epic proportions commanding this vibrant stage in my favorite sport. They were rockstars in the ring who revolutionized wrestling. And they just looked like they were having so much fun doing it together. You could feel the love between them.
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Trailer For Inspirational Drama “White Bird” Released

white-bird-trailer“White Bird” is from the best-selling author of Wonder, the book that sparked a movement to “choose kind,” comes the inspirational next chapter.

The film follows Julian (Bryce Gheisar), who has struggled to belong ever since he was expelled from his former school for his treatment of Auggie Pullman. To transform his life, Julian’s grandmother (Helen Mirren) finally reveals to Julian her own story of courage — during her youth in Nazi-occupied France, a boy shelters her from mortal danger.

They find first love in a stunning, magical world of their own creation, while the boy’s mother (Gillian Anderson) risks everything to keep her safe.

From director Marc Forster (Finding Neverland and Christopher Robin), screenwriter Mark Bomback, and based on R.J. Palacio’s book, White Bird: A Wonder Story, like Wonder before it, is an uplifting movie about how one act of kindness can live on forever.

Lionsgate is set to release the film on October 4, 2024.

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