New Trailer for Director Alan Rickman’s A LITTLE CHAOS Starring Kate Winslet

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Focus Features has released a new A Little Chaos trailer for director Alan Rickman’s upcoming romantic drama.  The film stars Kate Winslet as a talented landscape designer who is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV’s (Rickman) palace in Versailles.  While challenging gender and class barriers thanks to her position of power, she also becomes romantically entangled with the court’s landscape artist (Matthias Schoenaerts).  The film certainly looks pretty and Stanley Tucci continues to be amazing, so I’m interested in checking out Rickman’s second feature film as a director.

Check out the A Little Chaos trailer after the jump.  The film opens in limited release on March 27, 2015.

New AMERICAN SNIPER Trailer Offers a Longer Look at Clint Eastwood’s Military Drama

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Warner Bros. has released a new American Sniper trailer for director Clint Eastwood’s film about U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.  The trailer is a bit misleading in that the full film doesn’t have near as much ambiguity or thoughtfulness as this cut would have you believe.  I’ll be honest, I really didn’t like this movie.  It’s frustratingly one-note and refuses to delve into areas that could be fascinating (especially with regards to Kyle’s life once he leaves the military), and its only saving grace is a strong performance from Bradley Cooper, who does the best with the material he’s given.  Moreover, Eastwood completely fumbles sequences that should be tense or thrilling; the whole thing just feels like a missed opportunity.

Check out the new American Sniper trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman, Luke Grimes, Navid Negahban, and Keir O’DonnellAmerican Sniper opens in theaters on Christmas Day.

First TRUE STORY Trailer: Jonah Hill and James Franco Go Dramatic in Dark Thriller

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Fox Searchlight has released the first True Story trailer for director Rupert Goold‘s upcoming drama.  Based on real events, the film stars Jonah Hill as disgraced New York Times journalist Michael Finkel, who strikes up a head-spinning relationship with accused murderer Christian Longo, played by James Franco.  After watching them play off each other in such hilarious fashion onscreen in This Is the End, I’ll admit there’s a bit of whiplash in seeing Hill and Franco play opposite each other in something as dark and serious as this.  That said, both actors have separately proven themselves to be formidable dramatic talents and the story here is incredibly compelling, so I’m really looking forward to catching this one next month at Sundance.

Hit the jump to watch the True Story trailer.  The film also stars Felicity JonesTrue Story will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January and opens in theaters April 10, 2015.

First Trailer For KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER Is Haunting and Beautiful

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I have yet to see Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter but I’m counting the days until I get the opportunity.  The new film from writing/directing team David and Nathan Zellner (Kid Thing) is a riff on a popular urban legend about a girl who believes Fargo is a true story and goes searching for the money Steve Buscemi‘s character buried near the end of that movie.  Of course the legend isn’t true (the young woman who died in real life wasn’t searching for the money), but the Zellners used it as a springboard for a film that looks like a fantastic examination of loneliness and obsession.

Hit the jump to check out the Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter trailer.  The film stars Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Shirley Venard, David Zellner, & Nathan Zellner.  The score by The Octopus Project won a special jury award at Sundance.  It hits select theaters on March 13th, 2015.

UNBROKEN Star Jack O’Connell Plays a British Soldier During the Belfast Riots in ’71 Trailer

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Those who caught two of the actor’s other films at festivals earlier this year have been touting Unbroken star Jack O’Connell as one of the breakout performers of the year, and while Starred Up already enjoyed a limited release, the first trailer for his other feature, ’71, has now been released online.  Directed by Yann Demange, the story revolves around a British soldier (O’Connell) who is abandoned by his unit during the Belfast riots in 1971.  The film looks to be both powerful and thrilling, and Matt described it as “too daring for Hollywood and all the better for it” in his review, so I look forward to seeing the pic myself.

Watch the first ’71 trailer after the jump and click here for Steve’s interview with O’Connell from the Berlin Film Festival.  ’71 also stars Sam Reid and Sean Harris and opens in the U.S. on February 27, 2015.

Exclusive: GANGS OF WASSEYPUR – PART 1 and 2 Red Band Trailer and Poster; Presented by Adi Shankar

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When I think of Indian cinema, I immediately think about Satyajit Ray’s amazing Apu trilogy (Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956) and Apur Sansar (1959), the incredible Bollywood film movement, and films that feature amazing song and dance numbers.  However, what I never associate with Indian cinema is gangster films loaded with blood and violence.  That all changed last week when I caught writer-director Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1.  While I’d heard the film was great at last year’s Sundance (it has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), I wasn’t prepared for the level of blood and guts on display and the scope of the story.

Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 and 2 takes place over the course of a seventy-year struggle between two crime families fighting for control of the coal-mining town of Wasseypur, India.  Inspired by the real-life exploits of local gangs, Gangs of Wasseypur follows the rise of a family along with the children, numerous wives and girlfriends.  The best way to describe the film is to say it’s the Indian equivalent to The Godfather saga.  With Part 1 getting a one-week run at Film Society Lincoln Center January 16th and a two-week run at 11-cities nationwide with AMC, we’ve been provided with the exclusive red-band trailer and poster.  Hit the jump to check them out and you’ll get a small taste of why people have raved about the films.  Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 and 2 will also be available On Demand April 17th and is presented by producer Adi Shankar (DreddThe Grey).

New TAKEN 3 Trailer Gives Us the “12 Skills of Christmas” Liam Neeson Style

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The first trailer for Taken 3 proves that we, as a people, want to keep punishing Liam Neeson so he can keep kicking ass.  This dude just cannot catch a fucking break.  But, luckily, he has skills (something I’m sure you’re aware of) and 12 of those skills have now been highlighted in a new trailer that (somewhat awkwardly) pays homage to the “12 Days of Christmas.”  Still, it’s refreshing to see Neeson take on new life as an action star, even if we’re entering the overdoing it phase in regard to the sheer amount of action output he’s involved in these days.  Let’s get him back in a drama at some point, just to mix things up.

Hit the jump to check out a new Taken 3 trailer that will get you in the Christmas spirit and potentially reinvest you in Neeson’s exploits to protect his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace).  Taken 3 hits theaters on January 9, 2015 and also stars Forest WhitakerDougray ScottSam Spruell and Leland Orser.

New CINDERELLA International Trailer Features More Magic, Spectacle

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Disney has released a new international trailer for director Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Cinderella, this time with considerably more magic.  The film finds Downton Abbey alum Lily James filling the titular role, while Cate Blanchett takes on the part of the evil stepmother and Game of ThronesRichard Madden (The King of the North!) plays Prince Charming.  The first trailer wasn’t particularly encouraging as it simply looked like a scene-by-scene recreation of the animated film, but this new international trailer shows the spectacle and wonder that Branagh brings to the story in live-action form.  I’d still really like to see the version that Mark Romanek was planning, but I imagine the audience for this kind of big, sweeping, romantic iteration will be quite large.

Check out the new Cinderella trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Helena Bonham CarterHayley Atwell Stellan SkarsgardHoliday GraingerNonso Anozie and Sophie McSheraCinderella opens in theaters on March 13, 2015.

A Franchise Begins in New SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL Trailer

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A new trailer for director John Madden’s (Shakespeare in Love) sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has been released online.  The follow-up is actually a bit meta, as Dev Patel’s Sonny sets out to franchise his popular Indian hotel by expanding and opening the aptly named Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.  Nearly all of the main cast from the first film returns, plus new additions Richard Gere and David Strathairn.  I found the original to be a sweet movie with a bit of a kick thanks to Maggie Smith’s zingers, and while the nature of sequels makes me doubt this follow-up will match the quality of that first film, the prospect of seeing this cast play off of each other once again is enticing enough.

Check out the new international Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Diana Hardcastle, Tena Desae, Lillete Dubey, and Tamsin GreigThe Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opens in theaters on March 6, 2015.

First KNIGHT OF CUPS Trailer Reveals Terrence Malick’s Hollywood-Set Drama Starring Christian Bale

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If you’re a fan of Terrence Malick, today is a very good day.  Earlier we learned that one of Malick’s films that he shot in 2012, Knight of Cups, is poised to debut at the Berlin Film Festival in February followed by a theatrical release later in 2015, and now the first Knight of Cups trailer has landed online.  The poetic, lyrical nature of Malick is on full display here, but this looks to be a much more hypnotic and chaotic film than his subdued, Oklahoma-set To the WonderChristian Bale leads a stellar cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Antonio Banderas, and Brian Dennehy, and the Hollywood-set story marks a pretty major change of location for Malick, whose past two features have followed the lives of people living in the south/Midwest.  And it goes without saying that Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography is simply spectacular.  The slot for my most anticipated film of 2015 has now been filled.

Check out the first Knight of Cups trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Isabel Lucas, Imogen Poots, Wes Bentley, Freida Pinto, Teresa Palmer, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and the voice of Ben Kingsley and will be released in theaters sometime next year.

New THE LOFT Trailer Takes Karl Urban and Wentworth Miller to the Height of Paranoia

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We saw the first trailer for The Loft more than two years ago, and now the film will finally see the light of day. Open Road Films has acquired The Loft from Universal and just released a new trailer and poster. The film stars Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, and Matthias Shoenaerts as five married friends who share a secret penthouse where they can cheat on their wives and indulge in whatever fantasies they chose without leaving a paper trail.  Their party train quickly derails when they find the body of a dead woman in the loft and fall to paranoia as everyone begins to suspect one another.

The movie looks like it could be trashy fun, but none of the characters come across as particularly likeable, just a bunch of entitled dudes cheating on their wives.  It’s hard not to like Urban and Marsden though, so maybe the casting will make up for the off-putting nature of the characters. The film also stars Isabel Lucas, Rhona Mitra, and Rachael Taylor and opens in theaters January 23, 2015. Check out the first The Loft trailer after the jump.

New WILD CARD Trailer a Vast Improvement; Looks Like Jason Statham’s Best Movie In Years

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I like Jason Statham.  I especially like him in other people’s movies because, as a rule, the sub-genre that’s basically come to be known as “Jason Statham movies” isn’t really my thing.  I get the appeal, it’s just not for me.  But Wild Card (while still not exactly in my wheelhouse) looks like it has more personality than your standard Statham fare.  For one, it’s got a better cast.  And, with a script by the legendary William Goldman (who, to be fair, had seen better years prior to writing Dreamcatcher with Lawrence Kasdan), it looks like it has a lot more personality than some of his other films.  This new trailer is also light years better than the international one released a few weeks ago.

Hit the jump to check out the Wild Card trailer.  The film, directed by Simon West, also stars Michael Angarano, Milo Ventimiglia, Dominik García-Lorido, Anne Heche, Sofia Vergara, Max Casella, Jason Alexander, Francois Vincentelli, Davenia McFadden, Chris Browning, Matthew Willig, Greice Santo with Hope Davis and Stanley Tucci.

Chris Hemsworth Taps Into Cyber-Attack Fears in New BLACKHAT Trailer for Michael Mann’s Thriller

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Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures have released a new Blackhat trailer for the upcoming film from Heat and Collateral director Michael Mann.  The thriller stars Chris Hemsworth as a furloughed convict who is enlisted to hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.  This new trailer makes the movie look much more compelling than the previous one, which felt more like a generic thriller to me.  Additionally, given the recent devastating attack on Sony Pictures’ network, the cyber-attack aspect of the film feels especially relevant.  I’d be wary of the premise turning into just another Jason Statham actioner in the hands of a less interesting filmmaker, but I’m very curious to see what Mann does with the material.

Check out the new Blackhat trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Viola Davis, Tang Wei, and Wang LeehomBlackhat opens in theaters on January 16, 2015.

New THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT Trailer, Poster, and Images Find Shailene Woodley on the Run

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Summit Entertainment has released a new theatrical trailer for The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second in what will be a four-film adaptation of author Veronica Roth’s dystopian sci-fi series.  The Divergent sequel finds the principal characters on the run in the fringes of society and searching for answers after breaking open the world as they knew it.  To be honest, I have no earthly idea what the hell is going in in this Insurgent trailer, but this new installment does have come compelling visuals and interesting concepts at play.  Though this is the most stiff I have ever seen the normally vibrant Winslet. 

Watch the new Insurgent trailer, check out a new poster, and new images for the film after the jump.  The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo JamesAnsel Elgort, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Daniel Dae Kim, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson, and Zoe Kravitz.  The Divergent Series: Insurgent opens on March 20, 2015.

Taylor Lautner Becomes a Parkour Master In This TRACERS Trailer and Poster

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I don’t think I’m quite the intended audience for this Tracers trailer.  In a way, it pleasantly remains me of some of those action capers from the 80′s that would latch onto emerging sports or fads in search of an identity.  But I’m just probably too old to really invest in Taylor Lautner jumping on and off things for 90 minutes as he battles with the ethical issues inherent in being one of the world’s more athletic thieves.  But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch the trailer!  Chances are you’ll be entertained whether or not you end up with a desire to see the movie.

Hit the jump for the Tracers trailer and poster.  The film was directed by Daniel Benmayor (The Manhunt) and written by Leslie Bohem, Matt Johnson, Kevin Lund and T.J. Scott.  Marie Avgeropoulos, Rafi Gavron and Adam Rayner also star.  The film currently does not have a U.S. release date but opens in several European markets this spring.

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