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‘A Quiet Place’ SXSW Review Round-Up

Last night marked the premiere of A Quiet Place at SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas (photos to follow soon) – and the film was met with great reactions from both critics and audiences. So happy for John, and for Emily! Horror films can often get ripped by critics, so it’s nice to see some of the industry’s most prestigious publications give positive reviews. You can read the full reviews by clicking the title links below.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – A terrifying thriller with a surprisingly warm heart, John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place is a monster-movie allegory for parenting in a world gone very, very wrong. A couple with kids in real life, Krasinski and Emily Blunt here play parents in a world where even the slightest noise can lead to sudden, violent death: Training their children to be self-sufficient without making a sound is as unique a challenge as, well, let’s not waste the time explaining what in 2018 America might feel like a plague of revolting, apocalypse-creating monsters, because even moviegoers who don’t accept the metaphor are going to have the pants scared off them. Third time’s the charm for Krasinski in the director’s chair, as commercial success is all but guaranteed.

VARIETY – Krasinski, whose personality in the features he has directed (“The Hollars,” “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men”) has always seemed a bit blurry, now brings himself into focus with the genre brinksmanship of “A Quiet Place.” He stages highly suspenseful scenes, like one involving Emily Blunt and a nail sticking out of the basement stairs, and another in a grain elevator. In the second half, the film turns into a more conventional alien-attack thriller, but if anything it becomes more rousingly effective. The monsters, it turns out, can hear everything but see nothing. And though we can’t always buy what we’re seeing in “A Quiet Place,” Krasinski is a gifted enough filmmaker to paper over our objections. He directs with all his senses.

INDIEWIRE – “A Quiet Place” develops its horrifying premise around a gimmick perfect for cinematic storytelling — in a post-apocalyptic countryside, monsters are drawn to their prey by sound, so human survivors can barely exchange more than whispers. Directed with first-rate visual flair by John Krasinski (who knew?), this riveting near-silent thriller exudes the despair of a broken world with the concision of a Cormac McCarthy novel folded into a simplistic B-movie premise. Utilizing the pure physicality of a cast you can count on one hand, the movie maintains a minimalist dread throughout, with every footstep or sudden move carrying the potential for instant death.

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90th Annual Academy Awards

Looking absolutely gorgeous as always, Emily attended the 90th Annual Academy Awards (in Schiaparelli Couture) on Sunday, before later appearing at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party (wearing Alexander McQueen). Many thanks to my friend Emily for sharing most of these photos with me.

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New ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Poster

To coincide with the debut of the teaser trailer for Mary Poppins Returns, Disney have also released a teaser poster for the film–makes sense, right? I honestly can’t wait to see more press material and footage, it seems like December couldn’t be further away at this point. For now, enjoy!

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Official Teaser Trailer

It’s finally arrived! At long last, we have some official footage from Mary Poppins Returns–in the form of a teaser that premiered during last night’s Academy Awards (photos from Emily’s appearance will be coming soon). Although it’s very short, I feel it gives us just enough to build anticipation for the release.

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Michael Kors Presentation at New York Fashion Week

With the release of A Quiet Place less than a month away, it seems Emily is becoming a little more public again–and it’s honestly so great to see her. On Wednesday (Feb 14) she attended the Michael Kors Presentation at New York Fashion Week, and over 150 photos from the event have been added to our gallery. Many thanks once again to Emily for these!

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SXSW: Emily Blunt’s ‘A Quiet Place’ to Open Fest

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – SXSW has announced the feature film lineup for the 25th edition of the Austin-based festival, which will open with the world premiere of horror thriller A Quiet Place from director John Krasinski.

Other headliner screenings include the Kay Cannon comedy Blockers, starring John Cena and Leslie Mann, and Geoffrey Rush-led The Final Portrait from director Stanley Tucci. Christopher Plummer’s family dramedy Boundaries and Daryl Hannah’s Paradox will also debut.

Comedy Write When You Get Work, Jim Cummings’ Thunder Road and Melanie Lynskey starrer Sadie are among the films in the narrative feature competition, while the doc competition will see screenings of titles that tackle everything from Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista revolution to transgender persons in the military.

The full lineup will include 43 films from first-time filmmakers, along with 82 world premieres. New this year is an independent episodic section, an expansion of the fest’s episodic section that, this year, will feature the premiere of Barry, directed by Bill Hader, and Jordan Peele’s The Last O.G., starring Tracey Morgan.

“2018 marks the 25th edition of the SXSW Film Festival and my tenth year at the helm,” said Janet Pierson, SXSW’s director of film. “As we look back on the body of work of talent discovered, careers launched and wonderful films we’ve enjoyed, we couldn’t be more excited about the future. This year’s slate, while peppered with works from many of our alumni, remains focused on new voices, new directors and a range of films that entertain and enlighten.”

As previously announced, the festival’s speakers series will include Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, Girls creator Lena Dunham, actor Ethan Hawke and director Spike Lee.

The 25th edition of SXSW will run March 9-18 in Austin, Texas.