Based on a true story and in part on Solomon Northup‘s memoirs of the same name, 12 Years A Slave, directed by Steve McQueen, follows the remarkable true story of a free black man from upstate New York, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who is abducted and sold into slavery. Forced to work on a plantation in New Orleans in the 1800s, experiencing the brutalities of those who believe they have the right to abuse their slaves such as Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) and carpenter John Tibeats (Paul Dano), and ignorances of the population, including that of plantation owner William Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch), will Solomon ever make it back to his family and home?
Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Prisoners follows religious man Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), who is facing every parent’s worst nightmare when his six-year-old daughter, Anna, goes missing with her young friend, Joy. As minutes turn to hours, panic sets in when the only lead, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), is released due to a lack of evidence. With Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) doing all he can to find the missing girls and their captor, the frantic Keller decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Written by the film’s leading actress, Zoe Kazan, who stars alongside her real-life partner Paul Dano, Ruby Sparks follows novelist Calvin (Dano) who, suffering from writer’s block, begins to write about his ideal woman. Fantasy soon turns into reality, however, when one day his fictional character, Ruby (Kazan), appears in his kitchen, doing whatever Calvin wills her to do in his manuscript. Will it end an a happily ever after? Or will Calvin’s fantasy fall to pieces when it inevitably clashes with reality? As a moral crisis ensues, Calvin must decide whether or not his creations are best kept on the page.
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Debuting at Sundance earlier this year, we have the first trailer for So Yong Kim‘s (Treeless Mountain) indie drama For Ellen.
Steming from Kim’s desire to understand her own father, For Ellen follows aspiring rockstar Joby Taylor (Paul Dano) who, in the midst of a low period in his life, agrees to sign divorce papers with his estranged wife (Margarita Levieva). He soon realises, however, that signing the papers means he will forfeit all custody of his six-year-old daughter, Ellen (Shaylena Mandigo). With a good-natured lawyer (Jon Heder) unable to make headway in reversing the decision, Joby negotiates a visit with his daughter to explore whether he is able to walk away from his child, and whether it might be too late for reconciliation.
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It’s a shame that we haven’t seen much from the production of this film as of yet, but I’m glad to announce that we now have the first poster for Rian Johnson‘s upcoming science-fiction thriller, Looper. And it’s brilliant!
Taking place in the future, Looper follows a killer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who works for the mob, who soon realises that one of his targets is an older version of himself (Bruce Willis).
Written and directed by Johnson, the film reunites the director with lead star with Gordon-Levitt after they first worked together on the mystery thriller Brick back in 2005.