Watching Michael Shannon play a potentially disturbed man in "Take Shelter" was one of the most harrowing movie-going experiences in 2011. In the film, he plays Curtis, a man who has apocalyptic visions and is unsure whether to take them seriously or not. Just to be safe, he begins to expand his family's tornado shelter, in order to protect his family.
The film's most frightening scene comes near the end of the film at a community fish fry, when a friend confronts Curtis about his strange behavior. Shannon erupts in fury in an unforgettable scene, made all the more real because the extras in the shot didn't know what was going to happen.
If one movie a night is never enough for you and you're looking for a flick to get you in the mood for this week's new release, Double Feature Friday is here to help. This new weekly column takes a look at the week's releases and pairs them with a complimentary film to watch before, after or as a substitution.
"Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace in 3D" & "Serenity"
The connection between these two goes deeper than their deep space setting. Joss Whedon filled the big-screen continuation of his television space opera, "Firefly," with the fun and swagger of their original "Star Wars" trilogy, while creating a vision that was entirely his own. Sure, Mal burrows from Han, but that doesn't make Nathan Fillion an ounce less likable or cool. You could easily argue that "Firefly" and "Serenity" were more earnest continuations of the space opera/western combo-genre that Lucas established with "Star Wars" back in 1977. "Serenity" can stand on its own, but watching "Firefly" beforehand will increase your enjoyment exponentially. Also, 2D.
It's never a good idea to come between Jason Statham and whatever he wants. In the case of "Safe," that's a young girl, who's wanted by the cops, the Russians and the Triads.
Yeah, they don't stand a chance.
In these exclusive photos from the upcoming action film, we get a look at Statham as Luke Wright, the former elite agent, who takes a special interest in protecting the young girl. Her photographic memory contains a series of numbers that every crooked organization in Manhattan wants to get their hands on.
It's bad enough getting kidnapped by a serial killer. It's even worse when your sister gets kidnapped by the same guy two years later.
In "Gone," Amanda Seyfried plays Jill, the woman who must convince the police that her former kidnapper is responsible for the disappearance of her sister.
As you can see, the cops aren't so willing to believe her. "If my sister dies, it's your fault," she says in this exclusive clip, pointing the pointy finger of blame at Daniel Sunjata, who plays one of the detectives looking for her sister Molly.
Even before we get to see action legends Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone fighting together on the big screen in "Expendables 2," their next collaboration is already set to go.
Deadline is reporting that the duo will star in "The Tomb," a prison-escape thriller directed by Mikael Hafstrom.
In "The Tomb," Stallone will play a man who designs an "inescapable" high-tech prison. After being double-crossed, he'll become a prisoner in his own design. To escape, he will have to find the flaws of his own system. Luckily, Stallone's character will have help from a fellow inmate with a heart of gold, played by Schwarzenegger.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a monumental 2012 in front of him. He's set to star in some of the year's biggest films, including "The Dark Knight Rises," Spielberg's "Lincoln," the sci-fi thriller "Looper" and Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained." That isn't even counting his bike messenger starring vehicle, "Premium Rush."
But now, you can add a directorial debut to JGL's planned list of 2012 accomplishments. This year, Gordon-Levitt will helm his first movie, a comedy he wrote himself. He'll also pull star duty as the film's lead, a "modern-day Don Juan" who tries to change his womanizing ways.
Scarlett Johansson will co-star, along a yet-to-be-cast second female lead. Gordon-Levitt said that the role is one that may surprise the fans that know his previous work. "I wrote myself a helluva role, one that people wouldn’t necessarily thought of me for," he said.
No movie so far this year has made a more convincing case that it is unequivocally, unabashedly awesome than "G.I. Joe: Retaliation." It may be goofy as all hell, but dammit if it doesn't look fun.
The new international trailer builds off a solid tradition of badassery that follows generally the same pattern as the first theatrical trailer. The Joes are set up by President Zartan, Channing Tatum probably dies, and the survivors seek revenge.
What we didn't get until now is a preview of the Snake Eyes-Storm Shadow fight and President Zartan complimenting Cobra Commander on his new "cool mask." (We officially and strongly agree. Sorry, JGL.) Plus, Jinx has more of an opportunity to shine in all her ninja glory.
Fans of the sci-fi classic "Blade Runner" may have gotten their hopes up over the weekend after Twitch reported that Harrison Ford, the star of the original, was in early talks to return for director Ridley Scott's follow-up.
Unfortunately, Twitch's scoop didn't pass the Voight-Kampff test. Deadline is now reporting that Alcon, the company producing Scott's proposed return to the world of replicants, has completely denied any rumors surrounding negotiations with Ford.
Calling the rumor "patently false," Alcon co-head Andrew Kosove reiterated what had been previously stated about the film, stating "What Ridley does in 'Prometheus' is a good template for what we’re trying to do. He created something that has some association to the original Alien, but lives on its own as a standalone movie."
With names like Denzel Washington and Robert Zemeckis attached to the upcoming film "Flight," you would normally expect big budget thrills along the lines of the director's previous work "Back to the Future." But according to Washington, the action will be there, but the budget may not be.
Washington told MTV News that he and Zemeckis made the film on a tigher budget than usual. "[Zemekis] did it on a shoestring budget, for him a shoestring budget," he said. "We made the movie for, I think, $32 million." For a movie that focuses on an A-list cast and a plane crash, that's discount filmmaking.
Daniel Radcliffe's new film, "The Woman in Black," builds off a rich tradition of the Gothic horror movies. It's the perfect excuse to look back at the movies that scared with floor creaks and swinging doors, and there are more than a few that you may not have seen recently, if ever.
Here is a look at some of our favorite Gothic horror movies in honor of "The Woman in Black."
F.W. Murnau's silent vampire film may have unabashedly stolen from Dracula, but the film went down in history as an all-time classic. There are few images that are as iconic as Nosferatu disappearing in the sunlight during the finale. It may seem antiquated now, but this is the granddaddy of all Gothic horror.