Two Days, One Night is as epic an odyssey as you're likely to see onscreen anytime soon.
The story chronicles a battle in which the stakes feel bigger than the fate of Erebor or Dale or whatever, yet the scale is recognizable as life the way it's actually lived.
No Great Eagles are going to swoop in for Sandra, the heroine of the acclaimed new film taking place over – appropriately enough – Two Days, One Night. When she returns after a leave of absence grappling with clinical depression, Sandra discovers that she won't be getting her job back. Or rather, she might, but the other sixteen employees would have to forgo their annual bonuses.
Sandra, played to great acclaim by Marion Cotillard, sets out on a journey that's local but sweeping, visiting all of her coworkers over the course of a single weekend before they decide her fate in Monday vote.
Cotillard's been praised for her compassionate, subtle, heartbreakingly human performance, a performance that encompasses every scene in the movie. At the Los Angeles press day for Two Days, One Night, the Oscar-winning actress talked to IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick and assembled journalists from the around the world, discussing her work in what's widely touted as The Dardenne Brothers' masterpiece.
Some folks get excited about football season, others about baseball season, and still others get their jollies from awards season.
It's in full swing now, baby. After the initial volley of critical awards late last year, we're now in the phase of specific professional organizations announcing their nominations. In the last week we've seen nominations from the Producers Guild, Society of Cinematographers, and American Cinema Editors.
Now the Writers Guild of America is getting in on that action and there's a big surprise: Guardians of the Galaxy, the year's biggest crowdpleaser, is nominated alongside the usual suspects this prestige season.
There's no shortage of Marvel heroics on the way, with Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man arriving in May and July.
Before either of those big screen adventures, however, Daredevil will make its Netflix debut on April 10, 2015.
Netflix announced it today, unveiling a poster and a new image in the process. The Man Without Fear's first season will drop on that Friday. All thirteen episodes are set to be available simultaneously, so you might want to clear your schedule for the whole weekend.
We're now thigh-deep in awards season quicksand.
The professional guilds are announcing their nominations, providing some idea of just what it'll feel like when the suffocating sand fills our lungs. This week, the Producers Guild of America and the American Cinema Editors both dropped boatloads of noms.
Now the American Society of Cinematographers unveiled the nominees for the 29th Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards, and wouldn't you know it, there's some overlap with the PGA and ACE Eddie nominations.
It's no secret that the littlest Avenger has had a pretty rough time getting to the big screen, but Marvel's trailer announcement clears up a big question about the screenplay.
Specifically, it credits Paul Rudd and Adam McKay with the final script, meaning Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish have to settle for "Story By" credit.
The Lazarus Effect looks like the kind of horror movie we just don't see enough of these days.
Based on the first trailer, it appears to be a well-made cinematic nightmare that threads the needle between supernatural scares, eerie slow-burn suspense, the veneer of scientific plausibility, and straight-up nightmare imagery that sticks in your mind long after the credits roll.
And, as a bonus, The Lazarus Effect has a stellar cast capable of imbuing their characters with some compelling depth. We're talking Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Donald Glover, Evan Peters, and Sarah Bolger.
As the Taken series comes to a close, five first look images from Run All Night reassure a desperate world that Liam Neeson's action star phase continues unabated.
Marvel Studios has dropped the first full trailer for this summer's Ant-Man.
The first teaser trailer is part of a full-on Ant-Man onslaught. Its arrival online was heralded by a clever, funny teaser poster and a first look at Paul Rudd in costume as the littlest big hero in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.
A lengthy Blackhat behind-the-scenes featurette is here to make damn sure that you're afraid of cyber-terrorism.
A slew of pictures from the thriller, meanwhile, are here to make sure we all remember just how attractive Chris Hemsworth is.
Here's something you don't see every day: A shambling trailer for a movie that an acclaimed director never finished now being released under a different title.
The trailer and poster for Accidental Love have arrived, making it clear that David O. Russell's Nailed would probably have been better off staying unreleased.