The Art of Self-Defense is the new dark comedy from writer/director Riley Stearns (Faults) and stars Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland) and Imogen Poots (Green Room).
After 2017’s sleeper-hit Get Out, writer/director Jordan Peele and producer Jason Blum are back with a new nightmare. In Us, a family’s beach house vacation turns to a fight for survival when their own doppelgängers begin to terrorize them.
Musician Boots Riley makes his directorial debut with “Sorry To Bother You”, which might just be the most ambitious film of the century. The film stars Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out) as a telemarketer who is advised by a co-worker to use his “white voice” (dubbed over by the comedian David Cross), where he soon finds success and fame, despite not even knowing what it is he’s selling.
Madeline’s Madeline, the break-out hit from the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, is one of the most unique and original films I’ve seen in years. There’s simply nothing else quite like it. The film stars newcomer Helena Howard as Madeline, a young girl spiraling downwards after the line between performance and reality begins to blur.
“Tully" is the third collaboration between writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman (both known as the team behind “Juno” and “Young Adult”) and stars Charlize Theron as Marlo, a mother of three who forms a bond with the eccentric night nanny, Tully. This adult-Marry Poppins drama is some of the duo’s funniest and most mature work to date. It's very reminiscent of mumblecore, in how it approaches the subject matter in a very subdued, “slice-of-life” way, without any major conflict or deep storyline, however what makes it shine is Cody’s signature dialogue. The audience was laughing hysterically at points, as “Tully” pokes fun at the joys and stress that comes with modern parenting.
The U.S. remake of “The Office” is one of the most successful television shows of all time, so when the show’s star, John Krasinski, announced his directorial debut, it immediately went on everyone’s radar. A Quiet Place stars Krasinski, alongside his wife Emily Blunt, as a married couple who must navigate life on a farm in complete silence while being preyed upon creatures that hunt by sound.
Upgrade: SXSW Movie Review
Upgrade is the sophomoric solo-feature from horror veteran, Leigh Whannell (known for writing entries in the “Saw” and “Insidious” franchises) and came out of nowhere at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. This was one of the more pleasant surprises of the festival, even earning the Audience Award in the Midnight Movie Section.
“Support the Girls” marks "SXSW-veteran”, Andrew Bujalski’s return to the fest after 2015’s “Results”. The film stars Regina Hall as Lisa, the general manager of Double Whammies, a highway-side sports bar, where she nurtures and protects her girls (Haley Lu Richardson, Dylan Gelula, Shayna McHayle, AJ Michalka). But over the course of one day, her optimism is questioned as she balances the girls, eccentric customers, and keeping the restaurant running.
Eighth Grade: SXSW Movie Review
Eighth Grade marks comedian Bo Burnham’s directorial debut, and stars Elsie Fisher as Kayla, a shy thirteen-year-old girl trying to survive the final week of her eighth-grade year before leaving to high school. Similarly to “Blockers”, this is a premise that has been explored before again and again. But what makes Eighth Grade so refreshing is how meticulous it is in representing the so-called “Generation Z”.
Blockers: SXSW Movie Review
“Blockers” is the latest comedy from producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and stars John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz as three parents who set out to “block” their daughters from having sex on prom night. This tired premise of “the quest to lose one’s virginity" has been explored countless times before, from the John Hughes films of the 80s to the more recent American Pie franchise.