Destroyer Director: Karyn Kusama
Screenwriter: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Sebastian Stan, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Bradley Whitford, Jade Pettyjohn, Scoot McNairy
Distributor: Annapurna Pictures
Rated R | 123 Minutes
Release Date: February 1, 2019
Directed by Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body, The Invitation), Destroyer is a gritty crime thriller starring Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies, The Hours) as a hardened detective on an obsessive and destructive mission to find a murderer and make peace with her tortured past.
Veteran LAPD detective Erin Bell’s (Kidman) grueling journey begins when she arrives on the scene of a John Doe murder and informs the responding officers that she knows the victim’s identity. The victim is a member of a criminal gang she once joined as a young undercover FBI agent; an assignment which ended disastrously and has taken a heavy toll on her life.
Annapurna Pictures has released the latest trailer for Karyn Kusama‘s Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman. In the film, Kidman plays an aged undercover cop who must confront her past when a criminal she was assigned to arrest comes back.
The film made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year and was met with high praise. Now, we are getting a first look at what could be one of the best films of the year. Check it out below.
Of the many horror films that are out there or currently in production, only a small few have been directed by a female. But since we live in more progressive times, it’s time for them to shatter that glass ceiling. A brand new trailer for XX has debuted online, highlighting one of the great things about the film: the fact that it is an anthology of films directed by female directors.
The Invitation Director: Karyn Kusama
Screenwriters: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lindsay Burdge, John Carroll Lynch
Distributor: Drafthouse Films
Not Rated | 99 Minutes
Release Date: April 8, 2016
“Each and every one of us is on a journey, and we feel that it’s important to be on that journey with the people you love.”
Will (Logan Marshall-Green) has reluctantly accepted an invitation to attend a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard). Along with his girlfriend, Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi), Will arrives at his former house in the Hollywood Hills, the site of both the evening’s gathering and a tragedy responsible for the dissolution of his marriage.
After disappearing for two years, Eden has returned with her new husband, David (Michiel Huisman), who she met on retreat in Mexico while recovering from a nervous breakdown. Together they have an evening planned that Will and the other guests will never forget.
Over the past few years, while they haven’t come into the fold in the numbers one would truly like to see (I could probably count the amount of films directed by them in 2011 on two hands) female filmmakers have not only begun to earn more respect in the film world, but hell, they’ve even won Oscars.
And sure, she may not be a director as deft as someone like Kathryn Bigelow, but one of the more interesting female filmmakers around is one Karyn Kusama. A filmmaker with a distinct visual eye, Kusama is best known for the underrated horror oddity Jennifer’s Body and her first film, the shockingly good Girlfight (and no, I won’t be mentioning a certain Charlize Theron picture she also helmed). Now however, we know who will be leading the way for her next one, The Rut.