Promised Land

Matt Damon re-teams with the director of Good Will Hunting.

River of No Return

Marilyn Monroe explores the Wild West.

Satellite Boy

Pete lives with his grandfather in an old abandoned outdoor cinema.

Wuthering Heights

Forbidden love in the United Kingdom.

Cafe de Flore

Vanessa Paradis in an emotional French tale.

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Trailer - Dear White People

Dear White People is a "satire about being a black face in a white place." The story takes place on a college campus, and the film had some major buzz at the Sundance Film Festival. Here's the trailer:

In theaters October 17th.

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RSVP - Free Tickets to Special Screening of Coherence in NYC

The fine folks behind the indie sci-fi film Coherence have offered Reel Artsy readers a chance to watch a special screening of the film on June 19th at the East Village Cinemas in NYC. If you're in the New York area and you'd like to attend simply RSVP here, and you'll get added to the list. It's on a first-come-first-serve basis. The screening starts at 7:40pm. 
On the night of an astronomical anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events. Part cerebral sci-fi and part relationship drama, COHERENCE is a tightly focused, intimately shot film that quickly ratchets up with tension and mystery. 

The film co-stars Reel Artsy "fempire" favorite Lorene Scafaria (Seeking A Friend for the End of the World) and Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

In theaters June 20th.

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Drinking Buddies (2013)

It's way too fun watching Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson together. Borderline stalker-ish. They have loads of chemistry, LOADS.

Johnson has perfected the role of an "average guy," and he's crafted it in a way that makes it completely entertaining. His work on New Girl proves that he's able to deliver "relatable" and funny on a weekly basis, and Drinking Buddies amplifies that charming everyman persona. And let's not forget Olivia Wilde... fans of House knew back then she deserved a true starring role. This is it. Her character gets to be messy, complicated, three-dimensional, smart, witty, and an overall a well-rounded female lead. These kind of starring roles are rare to come along in Hollywood, especially for women. Wilde needs more projects of this caliber, quick and pronto.

I'd be remiss to not mention Joe Swanberg, and the finely tuned cast he assembled as director. Everything about this movie screamed Swanberg's touch, but in the most subtle ways.  For those familiar with his early work (Hannah Takes the Stairs) and his mumblecore beginnings you'll find yourself saying, "Wait, is this a Swanberg film?" Why, yes, it is indeed.

Available on Netflix.


Take This Waltz (2011)

Marriage is bittersweet in Take This Waltz starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen. The film has a hauntingly fragile, yet beautiful tone as it displays the ups and downs of a seemingly happy Canadian couple. All is well until Margot (Williams) meets a quirky stranger on a plane ride who happens to live on the same street as her. Sarah Polley's artful touch peels back the layers of Margot's character and we see the subtle angst, and apathy. "Will she stay or will she go?" is the question that drives the narrative. In another director's hands that could be annoying, but Polley keeps us engaged until the last frame.

Perhaps, the most pleasant surprise in the film is Seth Rogen's scaled back performance. He's not the all-out funny guy he plays in most films, and that's a good thing. I like this version of Seth Rogen, a lot.

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Trailer - Tyler Perry's Temptation

I've been Team Jurnee Smollett for a long time so it's good to see her emerge in a starring role. I can only hope this is the first of many intriguing characters she'll get to showcase. She was great in Friday Night Lights (one of the best dramatic ensemble casts to ever grace the small screen. "Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.") Here's the synopsis for Tyler Perry's Temptation:
"It’s about a woman who starts to get restless in her relationship and her choice to be with another man has a huge effect on the rest of her life. She goes on a journey – in her career and in her marriage – and she ends up in a very different place than she expected."
In theaters March 29th.

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Oscar Nominated Actors Talk Characters and Depth

Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams, John Hawkes, Hugh Jackman and a slew of other actors talk about their process in bringing dynamic characters to life.