Midnight Special

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So far Jeff Nichols has only directed three films, but when those three films are as good as Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, and Mud, it really only takes three films for pundits to start painting you as being one of the most exciting directors currently making movies. And once somebody gets anointed as being one of the most exciting directors currently making movies, every time they announce a new project it tends to be a momentous occasion of celebration. That’s why we were so excited to hear that Nichols would be keeping his streak of working with powerhouse actor Michael Shannon alive for his next film, a father/son drama with a chase element called Midnight Special. Factor in that Nichols has since added another one of the top acting names working in the business, Joel Edgerton, to the cast, and things have started to look even more promising. With these three guys collaborating, Midnight Special has to be seen as one of the most notable movies currently being made, which is good news for Kirsten Dunst, because Deadline is reporting that she’s the latest name signed to come on board and help out the cause.

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Take Shelter

This is the kind of news that’s always thrilling to hear despite how unsurprising it is. Michael Shannon has acted in all of Jeff Nichols‘ movies, and according to Variety, the streak continues with a sci-fi flick called Midnight Special. Regarding the project, Nichols recently told The Playlist that he “wanted to make a government chase movie. And see if I could make that not suck. Make that not cliché.” So either Shannon will be running from the government, chasing someone for the government, or helping out somehow along the way. The film is set up with Warner Bros. for distribution, and it’s great to see 1) Nichols getting that kind of studio recognition that could lead to broader audiences and 2) that Warners still has faith in some mid-budget projects made by filmmakers with strong voices. Take Shelter is one of the best movies of the last few years — the kind of film that sets up shop in your veins and ignores your eviction notices. Yet, it remains something of a sleeper despite how powerful it is. Nichols was just named by many critics as one of the best directors under 40 (along with some stunning young talent), so hopefully all of this gives him a bigger stage to share his vision. More Jeff Nichols movies are always a welcome development.

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