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Friday, February 12, 2016

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Back to Berlinale to See More Films - From One Festival to the Next

10 hours 3 minutes ago
Onward to Berlin! I'm off on my next adventure, just a few weeks after wrapping up my 10th year back to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, I'm headed over to Germany to attend the Berlin Film Festival (also known as Berlinale). This is my third year back to Berlinale since first attending in 2014, and I've grown to love the festival (they have amazing food trucks!). Berlin is a great city, and the fest runs between Sundance and SXSW, meaning it's the perfect time to catch more great films. During Sundance this year, I wrote a passionate editorial about ... by Alex Billington

Watch: Amusing Red Band Trailer for Comedy 'The Brothers Grimsby'

Yesterday
"How far will he go?" Sony Pictures has released another new red band trailer for Louis Leterrier's The Brothers Grimsby, featuring even more crazy footage from this upcoming comedy starring Mark Strong and Sacha Baron Cohen as brothers that must team up to stay alive. We've seen a whole bunch of trailers for this over the last few months, including two full-length trailers already, so why not one more. The full cast includes Penélope Cruz, Isla Fisher, Rebel Wilson, and Scott Adkins. I'm enjoying whatever they keep showing us from this, hoping it's as funny as it looks. Sacha Baron ... by Alex Billington

Watch: Full Trailer for Karyn Kusama's Creepy Thriller 'The Invitation'

Yesterday
"I'm so glad you're here! We've got a lot to talk about… So much to celebrate tonight." Drafthouse Films has unveiled a new trailer for Karyn Kusama's creepy horror-thriller The Invitation, about a dinner party that isn't exactly what it seems. The cast includes Michiel Huisman, John Carroll Lynch, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Tammy Blanchard, Mike Doyle and Lindsay Burdge. Following up the first teaser, this trailer finally gives us more of a look at what's waiting these guests of the party. "Don't tell me that this is normal!" There's some really eerie, unsettling stuff going on and the reviews seem to ... by Alex Billington

Chris Hemsworth in Another Trailer for 'The Huntsman Winter's War'

Yesterday
"What are you gunna do - be the hero who defeats the Mirror, and saves the entire kingdom?" Universal has debuted the second official trailer for The Huntsman Winter's War, the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman from 2012. This live-action fantasy fairy tale gone mad stars Chris Hemsworth as The Huntsman, a man stuck in the middle of a battle between a Queen and her sister Freya, played by Emily Blunt. This big budget studio sequel also stars Jessica Chastain as Sara, Charlize Theron as Ravenna, Sam Claflin as William, plus Colin Morgan, Sophie Cookson, Nick Frost and ... by Alex Billington

Tom Tykwer's 'A Hologram for the King' Set for April 2016 Opening

Yesterday
We've been waiting to see something for this one! Roadside Attractions is releasing Tom Tykwer's new film A Hologram for the King and has set an April release date. But we still have yet to see a trailer or much else. The film has been scheduled for release on April 22nd, and along with that news a batch of first look photos (and a new German poster for now) have been unveiled. A Hologram for the King stars Tom Hanks as a failed American businessman who flies to Saudi Arabia to try and sell his idea to a wealthy monarch, ... by Alex Billington

Ewan McGregor & Naomie Harris in First 'Our Kind of Traitor' Trailer

Yesterday
"I can't get involved." "I'm afraid you are involved." Studiocanal UK has debuted a trailer for the spy thriller Our Kind of Traitor, an adaptation of another John le Carré novel (other recent adaptations include Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and A Most Wanted Man) about spies and secrets. Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris stars as a couple drawn into a dangerous game of international espionage, caught between Stellan Skarsgard playing a mysterious money-launder, the Russian mafia, the British government, and Damian Lewis as a ruthless MI6 agent. This looks good, not great, though it's tough to pass up that cast. ... by Alex Billington

Second Trailer Arrives for 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' Starring Tina Fey

Yesterday
"This is an extreme environment. People with actual experience make bad decisions here." Paramount has debuted another new trailer for Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, the comedy from Glenn Ficarra & John Requa starring Tina Fey as a TV reporter sent to do coverage in Afghanistan and Pakistan for her first time. It's a good story to tell, and they try to have fun with it, but sometimes the jokes in this fall flat and it doesn't look that good, but other times it looks solid. This also stars Margot Robbie, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Nicholas Braun, Josh Charles, Alfred Molina, ... by Alex Billington

Watch: First Teaser Trailer for Drake Doremus' Sci-Fi Indie 'Equals'

Yesterday
"Will you risk everything to feel something?" A24 has unveiled a teaser trailer for the new sci-fi romantic drama from Drake Doremus called Equals, which played at the TIFF and Venice Film Festivals last year. The film is set in a futuristic society where crime and violence have been eradicated through the genetic elimination of human emotion, and where those afflicted with the emotional "disease" are forced to go on the run. Sounds a bit like Logan's Run or any futuristic story like this, but with a much stronger romantic angle. Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult star, with Guy Pearce, ... by Alex Billington

Final Trailer for Zack Snyder's 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'

Yesterday
"Even you got too old to die young. Not for lack of trying…" It's here! Warner Bros has unleashed the final trailer for Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, our introduction to the Justice League and an epic showdown between Bats and Supes. Metropolis v Gotham. Who will win…? What is the world going to look like at the end of this? Ben Affleck stars as Batman, Henry Cavill stars as Superman, Gal Gadot stars as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg stars as Lex Luthor, and the full cast has Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and ... by Alex Billington

Must Watch: New Trailer for Ilya Naishuller's Crazy 'Hardcore Henry'

2 days ago
"You're capable of more than you think!" This looks so awesome!! STX Entertainment has unveiled a new trailer for Ilya Naishuller's Hardcore Henry, originally titled just Hardcore, which played to rave reviews at midnight at TIFF last year (read Marco's review). The POV action film stars you, as Henry, suddenly waking up in the middle of crazy situation that turns into a gunfight. From there they go all out with cars and explosions and grenades and more. Featuring Haley Bennett, Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky and Cyrus Arnold. For more info, visit the official website. This looks totally, insanely awesome in ... by Alex Billington

Watch: Full Trailer for Sci-Fi Thriller 'Identicals' from Simon Pummell

2 days ago
"There's a better life waiting for us." Samuel Goldwyn Films has released an official trailer for the sci-fi psychological thriller called Identicals, from director Simon Pummell, and it looks pretty damn cool. At least, it has some amazingly cool visuals that I really dig. Is it actually a good film? Well, I don't really know, I'm not so sure. Starring Lachlan Nieboer, Nora-Jane Noone, Nick Blood, Tony Way, and Jacinta Mulcahy. The film, originally called Brand New-U, is about a futuristic company called Brand New-U that allows people to create a brand new life using other people known as "Identicals" ... by Alex Billington

Watch: New Official US Trailer for 'The Program' Starring Ben Foster

2 days ago
"When you say, 'I can't go any further', say to yourself: 'I'm flying!'" eOne Films has debuted the official US trailer for The Program, the film by Stephen Frears telling the story of Lance Armstrong, played by Ben Foster. The film covers his entire career, including early introduction to the Tour, his era of doping, attempts to lie and cover it up for years, and eventual fall out. Chris O'Dowd plays journalist David Walsh, who was constantly after Armstrong for years because he knew something was up. The full cast includes Jesse Plemons, Lee Pace, Guillaume Canet and many others. ... by Alex Billington

Anna Kendrick & Sam Rockwell Together in First Trailer for 'Mr. Right'

2 days ago
"I'm on a date, and I like this girl. Can't we do this tomorrow?" Focus World has debuted a trailer for the new romantic comedy Mr. Right, about a lovable goofy girl who ends up with a guy that seems perfect until she discovers he's a hitman gone rogue. We all know how this is going to turn out, right? Of course after some bumps in the road and scary moments, she's going to live happily ever after with him, there's no doubt about it. That's always how these films end. Anna Kendrick stars along with Sam Rockwell, and a ... by Alex Billington

Frank Grillo is Back First Trailer for Sequel 'The Purge: Election Year'

2 days ago
"This is not a drill." Universal has debuted the first official trailer for horror sequel The Purge: Election Year, which is essentially The Purge 3 following The Purge: Anarchy in 2014. The plot this time involves Frank Grillo returning as the head of security protecting Senator Charlie Roan, played by Elizabeth Mitchell, who encounters more than he bargained for when the annual purge event brings out the crazies. The "Election Year" angle is quite bold. The full cast from this one includes Raymond J. Barry, Ethan Phillips, Sparrowhawk, Edwin Hodge and many others. This latest Purge entry looks about as ... by Alex Billington

Watch: Powerful Crime Drama Short 'Los Angeles 1991' by Zac&Mac

3 days ago
"On the day they were going to kill him, Jun Seo did not arrive at his liquor store until 5PM." It's always hard to introduce short films without giving away too much about them. I prefer to say the least possible before simply encouraging watching the short in full. This one is titled Los Angeles 1991 and is set in Los Angeles in 1991 and is a real-life story about a shooting at a local liquor store. It's a very powerful drama that makes you think about how different lives intersect and interact in a tragedy like this. The short ... by Alex Billington

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