THE BLUE ROOM Trailer and Poster Have Mathieu Amalric Mired in Seduction and Murder

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You may recognize Mathieu Amalric from movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly but his filmography in general extends much further than the types of films that normally hit our shores (or at least our American consciousness).  He wrote, directed and stars in The Blue Room, a seemingly steamy French thriller that will premiere at the 2014 New York Film Festival next week.

The film also stars Léa Drucker and Stéphanie Cléau and was co-written by Cléau from a novel by Georges Simenon. Hit the jump for The Blue Room trailer.  We’ll keep you posted on its upcoming release from IFC films.

New FINAL FANTASY XV Trailer Promises the Game Is Coming Some Day Eventually

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It’s been over a year since Square-Enix released a trailer for Final Fantasy XV, a game that has been in development for so long, that it has changed its title (it was originally titled Final Fantasy Versus XIII), directors, and its console generation.  Square-Enix started working on it in May 2006.  I’m aware that video games take a while to make, but over eight years is a little on the long side.  Square-Enix knows it, and in a new trailer they released at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, they made light of the game’s long development process.  They also made light of the fact that this Final Fantasy, like many of the Final Fantasy games, is going to look very, very pretty.  Also from what I can discern from the trailer plot-wise, Final Fantasy continues to be a catchier title than Royalty n’ Crystals.

Hit the jump to check out the new Final Fantasy XV trailer.  There’s currently no release date (shocker), but a demo will be included with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD when it’s released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in March.

BIG EYES Trailer: Tim Burton Made a Real Movie Again with Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz

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The Weinstein Company has released the first Big Eyes trailer for director Tim Burton’s upcoming drama.  The film revolves around the lives of artists Margaret (Amy Adams) and Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz).  Walter became famous in the 1950s and 60s for paintings featuring saucer-eyed kids, but it was the shy Margaret who really did the work.  Walter’s fraud eventually led to a divorce and a heated court battle to prove authorship of the paintings.  This looks to be a fantastic return to form for Burton after his flurry of CG-stuffed studio films, and honestly if I didn’t know this was a Tim Burton film going in, I might not have guessed it from this trailer.  The film appears to tackle issues like the commercialization of art and the marginalization of women both at home and in the workplace, and I would not be shocked to see Adams become a major player in this year’s awards season.  Big Eyes just skyrocketed towards the top of my most anticipated list for the rest of the year.

Hit the jump to watch the Big Eyes trailer.  The film also stars Krysten Ritter, Terrence Stamp, Jason Schwartzman, and Danny HustonBig Eyes opens in theaters on December 25th.

New V/H/S: VIRAL Red Band Trailer Keeps the Film’s Surprises Under Wraps

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In the interest of full disclosure I have worked with and am close with several of the creatives on V/H/S: Viral, so I hope you’ll still trust me when I say that this film is indeed a worthy addition to the franchise.  Each V/H/S film has their own tone.  The first one focussed on straight-ahead horror that was shocking and dark.  V/H/S/2 opened up the scope and specialized in grandiose set pieces.  V/H/S: Viral focusses on showing you a good time.  It’s a lot of fun and moves fast and is surprisingly funny.  The wraparound segment is also radically different from the first two films.

Hit the jump to check out this gory red-band trailer that actually manages not to spoil too much.  There’s still plenty of carnage left to discover (you can also hit up the international trailer).  The film was directed by Justin Benson, Gregg Bishop, Aaron Moorhead, Marcel Sarmiento and Nacho Vigalondo.  V/H/S: Viral will be available on iTunes/On Demand on October 23rd and hits theaters on November 21st.

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR Trailer and Poster; J.C. Chandor’s Film Starring Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac Opens Dec 31 in NY and L.A.

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J.C. Chandor is definitely on the rise, with a surprising amount of people favoring his dark horse Robert Redford film All Is Lost over Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity juggernaut in last year’s “solo and in peril” sweepstakes.  And A Most Violent Year definitely looks like it could be the film that really solidifies his place on the map.  The film is set in New York in 1981 and revolves around “an American immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his wife (Jessica Chastain) trying to expand their business as violence and corruption threaten to destroy all they have built.”

A24 has just released a trailer for the film that’s incredibly intense and foreboding and surprisingly successful in making you feel like you know these characters already.  Oscar Isaac is such a chameleon, I had to look twice to make sure this was in fact the same Isacc from Inside Llewyn Davis. And of course Jessica Chastain has never delivered a bad performance.  The trailer doesn’t even really show Albert Brooks, but after Drive I’m hoping he plays a similarly menacing figure.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster for A Most Violent Year.  The film opens in NY and LA on December 31st.

New MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Trailer Digs Deep Into the Darkness of Life in the Digital Age

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Paramount Pictures has released a new Men, Women & Children trailer for director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air) excellent new drama.  The film follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age.  I caught the film at TIFF and found it to be a dark, complex, and emotional snapshot of humanity that also marks another bold step in Reitman’s diverse career.  You can’t say the Juno filmmaker isn’t making ambitious choices, and while some critics found the technology angle in Men, Women & Children to be contrived, I’d argue that the film really isn’t about the dangers of the internet at all—it’s about us.  Adam Sandler is fantastic in the most subdued performance of his career, Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) and Kaitlyn Dever (Short Term 12) absolutely shine as the emotional center of the film, and Breaking Bad star Dean Norris is debatably the highlight of a wonderfully talented ensemble.  I highly recommend seeing the film when it comes to a theater near you.

Hit the jump to watch the new Men, Women & Children trailer and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Judy Greer, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. SimmonsTimothée ChalametOlivia Crocicchia and Emma Thompson.  Men, Women & Children opens in limited release on October 1st and expands wide on October 17th.

Trailer for Excellent Sports Documentary RED ARMY: Picking up Hockey Sticks and Fighting in the Cold War

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Sony Pictures Classics has released the first Red Army trailer online.  Gabe Polsky‘s documentary focuses on the importance of hockey in the Soviet Union and the extreme lengths the communist country went to hold on to its valuable players, who represented a key part of the USSR’s propaganda machine.  I saw the film at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, and it was one of the best movies I saw at the fest.  While I think ESPN’s 30 for 30 is great, I’m glad this movie is going to theaters because it’s a riveting tale with an epic scale when you consider that the USSR considered it a key factor in the Cold War to the point where players were literally soldiers.

Hit the jump to check out the Red Army trailer.  The film opens in early 2015.

FORCE MAJEURE Trailer: How Would You React in the Face of a Devastating Avalanche?

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Magnolia Pictures has released the first Force Majeure trailer for writer/director Ruben Östlund’s wickedly funny new film, which was one of my favorites of the Toronto International Film Festival (read my review here).  The story revolves around a family vacationing in the Alps who are thrown into flux when, as a seemingly devastating avalanche heads their way during lunch, the father Tomas (Johannes Kuhnke) grabs his phone and runs away instead of trying to protect his family.  When the avalanche turns out to be nothing more than a dusting and everyone comes out fine, Tomas and his wife Ebba’s (Lisa Loven Kongsli) relationship begins to unravel.  I caught the film at TIFF and found it to be positively delightful.  It’s at turns sharply hilarious and devastatingly sad, and I imagine it will be a serious contender in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race.

Watch the first Force Majeure trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Kristofer Hivju, Fanni Metelius, and Brady CorbetForce Majeure opens in theaters on October 24th.

THE GUEST Alternate Trailer Shows Exactly Why the Film is Badass

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One of the things you may not know about The Guest is that it has some serious swagger.  Some of that vibe may be influenced by movies like Drive, but The Guest has much stronger characters and more humor than that film.  It’s funny, full of action, smart, and extremely stylish.  This new trailer, cut together by V/H/S/2 and Hobo With a Shotgun director Jason Eisener, perfectly demonstrates all of that.  It would be nice if a vehicle this substantive could be the thing that catapults Dan Stevens to domestic stardom, so I’m hoping audiences flock in droves to this new film from Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett.

Hit the jump to check out The Guest alternate trailer (and be sure to read Matt’s review along with my interview with Wingard and Barrett).  The film also stars Maika MonroeLeland OrserSheila KelleyBrendan Meyer, and Lance Reddick.  The Guest opens in U.S. theaters today, September 17th.  If you’re in one of the cities in which its playing, go ASAP.  If not, go next week.

Robert Downey Jr. Has Father Issues in New THE JUDGE Trailer

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Warner Bros. has released a new The Judge trailer for director David Dobkin’s upcoming drama, and it goes rather heavy on the sentimentality.  Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder.  Reviews out of the film’s TIFF premiere weren’t great and this trailer lays on the schmaltz pretty hard, but Downey Jr. still manages to be engaging.  I was also somewhat surprised to find out that Steven Spielberg’s longtime collaborator Janusz Kaminski was the cinematographer on the pic, marking another rare foray outside of his Spielberg partnership.

Watch the new The Judge trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax ShepardLeighton MeesterKen HowardDavid KrumholtzBalthazar Getty, and Denis O’Hare.  The Judge opens in theaters on October 10th.

LISTEN UP, PHILIP Trailer Plunges Jason Schwartzman into Ego Gratification

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After a teaser trailer that was decidedly retro, Listen Up, Philip (the new film from The Color Wheel director Alex Ross Perry) gets a more conventional trailer that still isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to the mean-spirited (yet creatively accurate, in my opinion) subject matter.  The pic stars Jason Schwartzman as a self-obsessed author awaiting the publication of his “sure-to-succeed” second novel.  Facing a deteriorating relationship with his girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss), uncomfortableness at his home, and an indifference to promoting his novel, Philip is offered the chance to retreat to the summer home of his idol, played by Jonathan Pryce.  

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Krysten RitterJosephine de La BaumeJess WeixlerDree HemingwayKeith Poulson, and Eric Bogiosan.  Tribeca films releases Listen Up, Philip in theaters on October 17th.  I’ll be there.  

EFFIE GRAY Trailer: Emma Thompson Returns to British Period Dramas in Grim Fashion

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The first Effie Gray trailer for director Richard Laxton’s (Burton and Taylor) significantly delayed period drama has arrived.  Written by Emma Thompson, the film is a biopic of Effie Gray (played by Dakota Fanning) that centers on her doomed marriage to art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) in 1840s London.  Despite her beauty, Ruskin didn’t consummate the marriage and the devastate Gray eventually fell in love with Ruskin’s protégé, painter John Everett Milias (Tom Sturridge).  Thompson won an Oscar for starring in 1992’s Howards End and another for writing 1995’s Sense and Sensibility, and she returns to the “British Period Drama” genre with Effie Gray.  The film looks to be considerably grim and feels slightly reminiscent of the drab and dull Therese, but there is certainly a strong pedigree behind it, so here’s hoping it’s worth the wait.

Watch the Effie Gray trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Robbie Coltrane, Claudia Cardinale, James Fox, Julie Walters, Derek Jacobi, and David Suchet.  While a U.S. release date is still pending, the pic is slated to open in the UK on October 10th.

The Rebellion Takes Flight in Full-Length THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Trailer

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Lionsgate has released the full-length The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer for the first half of director Francis Lawrence’s conclusion to the Hunger Games franchise.  The film finds Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) at the forefront of the rebellion in District 13 while Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) are held captive in the Capitol.  Francis Lawrence surprised the hell out of me with Catching Fire, which I thought was hands-down the best “tentpole” film of last year, and so I have high hopes for his adaptation of Mockingjay (the weakest book of the trilogy).  What strikes me most about this trailer is that the film appears to be in the vein of an action pic, whereas Catching Fire was more of a thriller and the first film was essentially a survival movie.  District 13 isn’t exactly a cinematic location and there’s a lot of bunker-set scenes in the book, so I’m very curious to see what changes have been made in the feature film adaptation.  The pic looks rather epic in scope, and I imagine Mockingjay – Part 1 will be the most intense and largest scale entry in the franchise yet.  Hold on to your butts.

Hit the jump to watch the Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer.  The film also stars Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Banks, Natalie Dormer, Sam Claflin, and Donald SutherlandThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens in theaters on November 21st.

JOHN WICK Trailer: Keanu Reeves Seeks Revenge in Incredibly Violent Fashion

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Summit Entertainment has released the first John Wick trailer for the upcoming revenge actioner, and it’s actually kind of great.  The film marks the directorial debut of veteran stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski and stars Keanu Reeves as a former hit man who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters who took everything from him.  This trailer is incredibly promising, as the film looks to have the right balance of absurdity and action.  It doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it’s not overly campy either.  And Reeves looks to be having a blast as he’s surrounded by a diverse, impressive supporting cast.  Add in the fact that John Wick has been chosen to screen at Fantastic Fest next month, and this could prove to be one of the fall’s bigger pleasant surprises.

Watch the John Wick trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Adrianne Palicki, Willem Dafoe, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, Jason Isaacs, Alfie Allen, Lance Reddick, John Leguizamo, and Michael NyqvistJohn Wick opens in theaters on October 24th.

SERENA Trailer and Posters: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper Reunite in Long-Delayed Drama

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At long last, the very first Serena trailer and poster for director Susanne Bier’s period drama.  The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as a 1920s newlywed couple who travel to North Carolina to seize control of the timber industry.  Infidelity and infertility leads Serena (Lawrence) to become suspicious of George’s (Cooper) illegitimate son while attempting to keep their timber land from being taken by the government.  Remember all the buzz surrounding Lawrence and Cooper in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook?  Well Serena was actually shot 10 months before the David O. Russell film came out, so you can say this one has been sitting on the shelf for a spell.  This trailer doesn’t make the movie look especially bad—it looks fine—but alas, as the picture is slated to open overseas next month, a U.S. release date remains elusive.

Hit the jump to check out the first Serena trailer and poster.  The film also stars Toby Jones, Rhys Ifans, Sam Reid, and Sean Harris and opens in the UK on October 24th.

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