Exclusive BY THE GUN Clip: Ben Barnes Is a Made Man

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We have an exclusive By the Gun clip to premiere.  Ben Barnes stars as a mafia criminal whose life spirals out of control once he becomes a made man: “With Nick’s girlfriend (Leighton Meester), family, and friend’s lives at risk, he is faced with a difficult decision; continue to pursue his criminal ambitions or concentrate on the ones he loves.”

Hit the jump to watch the By the Gun clip.  Harvey Keitel, Toby Jones, Slaine, Kenny Wormald, Paul Ben-Victor, and Jay Giannone also star.  Directed by James Mottern, By the Gun opens December 5.

First THE WATER DIVINER Clips: Russell Crowe Searches for His Sons in Feature Directorial Debut

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The first clips from The Water Diviner are now online.  Russell Crowe‘s feature directorial debut is set four years after the World War I Battle of Gallipoli in Turkey.  Crowe also stars as an Australian farmer who travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in action, where he enters into a relationship with a beautiful Tukish hotel owner (Olga Kurylenko).  The first clip highlights a sense of adventures, while the second clip connects to the emotional throughline of a determined father.

Hit the jump to watch the Water Diviner clips.  Ryan Corr, Jai Courtney, Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz, and Steve Bastoni also star.  The Water Diviner opens in Australian and New Zealand December 26.

Christian Bale Gets Romantic and Joel Edgerton Gets Angry in 2 New EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Clips; Plus New Featurette

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20th Century Fox just released a brand new Exodus: Gods and Kings featurette in which director Ridley Scott states the obvious, that his latest is epic in scale, but the studio also just unveiled two new clips that offer up a taste of some of the quieter, more intimate moments of the film.  The first gives us our first good look at Maria Valverde’s Zipporah as she runs through what makes Moses (Christian Bale) happy – while her bracelets jingle incessantly – and then the second shows what happens when you lie to Ramses (Joel Edgerton).

They’re both quality clips, but I also can’t say there’s anything particularly mind-blowing about them that’ll have you eager to see the film as soon as it comes out.  Hit the jump to check out both Exodus: Gods and Kings clips as well as that aforementioned featurette.  The film hits theaters on December 5th and also stars John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.

Listen to Jennifer Lawrence Sing “The Hanging Tree” from THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1

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If you’ve seen The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, you know one of the highlights of the film involves a song sung by franchise star Jennifer Lawrence called “The Hanging Tree”.  It’s a somber tune with striking lyrics, and it’s probably been stuck in your head ever since you left the theater.  But not to worry, because you can now listen to the Hunger Games song in its entirety over and over and over again.  “The Hanging Tree” has been released online in full, allowing fans to take as many listens as they please.  Lawrence has admitted her immense embarrassment at having to sing the song on camera, but I’d argue that her quiet vulnerability is what makes the whole sequence so special.

Listen to “The Hanging Tree” by Jennifer Lawrence after the jump.  If you’ve missed any of our The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 coverage thus far, from interviews to reviews to box office updates, click here to catch up.  The film is in theaters now.

First BLACK SEA Clip Has Jude Law Explaining the Science Behind Salvaging Nazi Gold

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Universal Pictures has released the first clip from Kevin Macdonald‘s upcoming submarine thriller Black Sea. Jude Law stars as a rogue captain who puts together a misfit crew to recover lost Nazi gold from a sunken U-boat, but the claustrophobia becomes even tighter as the crewmates turn on each other in the hope of gaining a greater share of the treasure.  This clip doesn’t highlight the interpersonal drama between the crew as much as it explains to the audience how a treasure from the 1940s could still be salvageable.  I don’t really need to know the science behind preserved Nazi gold, but I don’t mind the inclusion.

Hit the jump to check out the Black Sea clip.  The film opens January 23, 2015, and also stars Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Michael Smiley, David Threlfall, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Sergey Kolesnikov, Sergey Puskepalis, and Jodie Whitaker.

New Clip For THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Pits Gale Against Peeta; TV Spot Pits Resistance Against Mazda

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With the film’s release just a week away at this point, Lionsgate is turning the media saturation crank on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 up to full throttle.  During an appearance on Good Morning America today, stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth introduced a new clip that features Hemsworth’s Gale calling Hucherson’s Peeta out on his beta male nature.  Which is sort of like castigating a tree because its made of wood.  There’s also a really cool TV ad that starts out as a Mazda spot but, in a bit of synergy that suggests this franchise wants to have its cake and eat it too, becomes something else.  For an allegory on the media being used as a distraction, the Hunger Games series uses it to its benefit masterfully.

Hit the jump to check out The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Clip and TV spot.  The film opens on November 21st, and also stars  Woody HarrelsonElizabeth BanksJeffrey WrightStanley TucciSam Claflin, and Jena Malone.

Jessica Chastain Demands Respect in First A MOST VIOLENT YEAR Clip

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A24 Films has released the first A Most Violent Year clip from writer/director J.C. Chandor’s (All Is Lost) upcoming crime drama.  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.”  This new clip, in no uncertain terms, serves to highlight Chastain’s performance in light of Best Supporting Actress consideration, as she explains to the District Attorney (played by David Oyelowo) how she and her husband must be respected.  This is absolutely one of my most anticipated films of the year, and response from its premiere at AFI Fest was incredibly positive, with many noting that Chandor once again uses a very specific story to draw parallels to what’s going on in our world today.

Check out the first A Most Violent Year clip after the jump.  The film also stars Alessandro Nivola and Albert BrooksA Most Violent Year opens in limited release on December 31st before expanding in January 2015.

Exclusive BAD TURN WORSE Clip Has a Plan To Get the Money

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I’ve heard nothing but fantastic things about the new film Bad Turn Worse and this clip “Money” certainly backs up a lot of them.  As a native Texan its refreshing to see a film that, by all appearances so far at least, plays with an ever so slightly heightened version of the state’s flavor without making it a pandering caricature.

The film was written by Dutch Southern (let’s stop for a moment and tip our hat to that name) and was directed by Simon Hawkins and Zeke Hawkins.  It stars Mackenzie Davis (AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire,” What If), Jeremy Allen White (Showtime’s “Shameless”), Mark Pellegrino (The Big Lebowski, CW’s “Supernatural”), and veteran William Devane (The Dark Knight Rises, FOX’s “24” Series).  The film opens in select theaters Nationwide and VOD platforms Friday, November 14th from Starz Digital.  Hit the jump for our Bad Turn Worse clip.

Watch 9 HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 Clips Featuring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Christoph Waltz, Chris Pine and Jamie Foxx

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We just saw Nick (Jason Bateman) unknowingly step into a sex addiction group therapy session and the guys go at it with Kevin Spacey’s Dave Harken in prison, but now it’s time for seven additional Horrible Bosses 2 clips.  They’re not all big winners, but the “kidnaping” gag from the film’s trailers works wells and the chemistry between Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis still packs the power to entertain and put a smile on your face.  This new batch of clips also includes some material with Jamie Foxx as Nick, Dale and Kurt’s personal murder consultant Dean “Motherf*cker” Jones and Christoph Waltz as Burt Hanson, the investor who steals Nick, Dale and Kurt’s big idea, but it’s Chris Pine as Burt’s rather unhinged son, Rex, who looks to be one of the more promising supporting characters on the roster.

Hit the jump to check out all nine Horrible Bosses 2 clips for yourself.  The Sean Anders-directed film is set to arrive in theaters on November 26th and also stars Jennifer Aniston.

Reese Witherspoon Gets Mistaken for a Hobo in Excellent New WILD Clip

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Fox Searchlight has released a new Wild clip from director Jean-Marc Vallée’s (Dallas Buyers Club) upcoming drama, and it’s a fantastic representation of the film as a whole.  Based on the Cheryl Strayed memoir of the same name (adapted by Nick Hornby), Reese Witherspoon stars as a woman who attempts a three-month long hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, during which she reflects on past mistakes and hardships, and struggles to find some inner peace.  While the premise may sound trite and predictable, the film is anything but.  It’s funny, surprising, and emotionally affecting, and Witherspoon gives quite possibly the best performance of her career.  This new clip comes from a scene in which Witherspoon’s character gets mistaken for a hobo and responds in sharp fashion.  Again, I highly recommend seeing the film when it comes to a theater near you; it’s one of my favorites of the year.

Check out the new Wild clip after the jump, and click here to read my full review from TIFF.  The film also stars Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Michiel Huisman, Gaby Hoffmann, Kevin Rankin, W. Earl Brown, Mo McRae, and Keene McRaeWild opens in theaters on December 5th.

Watch 6 New Clips from THE IMITATION GAME Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, and Mark Strong

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The Weinstein Company has released six new clips from The Imitation Game online.  The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a brilliant cryptanalyst whose expertise cracked Germany’s “Enigma code” and helped turn the tide of World War II for the Allies, but his homosexuality made him a target of persecution.  I saw the film at TIFF, quite enjoyed it, and am very eager to see it again.  Also, if you don’t need to worry about these clips spoiling the best moments from the movie.  They’re definitely good, but they won’t diminish your experience when you see the entire film.

Hit the jump to check out The Imitation Game clips.  The film also stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, and Matthew BeardThe Imitation Game opens in the U.K. on November 14th and in the U.S. on November 28st.

WILD Clip: Reese Witherspoon Really Needs Some Potato Chips and a Snapple

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Ready to get a taste of a possible Oscar-worthy performance?  Fox Searchlight just unveiled the very first clip from Jean-Marc Vallée’s Wild.  The film is based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, which chronicles her 1,100-mile hike from the Mojave Desert to the border of Washington State while revealing what sparked the need to make the lengthy journey along the way.  In a TIFF edition of Oscar Beat, Adam dubbed Witherspoon’s work in the film “her best performance to date.”

This new Wild clip doesn’t really have “Academy Award” written all over it, but it is a charming scenario and Witherspoon does make a convincing plea for chips and a lemonade Snapple upon her arrival at the very first stop on her 1,100-mile trek, Kennedy Meadows.  Hit the jump to check it out for yourself.  Wild arrives in select theaters on December 5th and also stars Laura DernMichiel HuismanGaby HoffmanThomas Sadoski and Kevin Rankin.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Clip Introduces Natalie Dormer, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson and Evan Ross

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire made room for new players like Sam Claflin’s Finnick Odair, Jena Malone’s Johanna Mason and Jeffrey Wright’s Beetee, but The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 introduces far more new main characters, a number of which will likely have a significant presence in the final two films.  A brand new clip from the movie just dropped and it offers a brief introduction to Katniss’ camera team.  As the Mockingjay, it’s Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) responsibility to inspire the nation to fight back via propos – interviews, messages or wartime footage featuring Katniss supporting the rebel war effort – and the folks behind those videos are franchise newcomers Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Castor (Wes Chatham), Pollux (Elden Henson) and Messalla (Evan Ross).

You can catch them as well as Mahershala Ali as Boggs, Katniss’ personal bodyguard, in the latest The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 clip after the jump.  The film hits theaters on November 21st and also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore and Donald Sutherland.

Benedict Cumberbatch Ponders the Possibility of Thinking Machines in New THE IMITATION GAME Clip

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A new The Imitation Game clip has been released online for director Morten Tyldum’s drama about genius mathematician Alan Turing.  Benedict Cumberbatch plays Turing in the film, a brilliant cryptanalyst whose expertise cracked Germany’s “Enigma code” and helped turn the tide of World War II for the Allies, but whose homosexuality made him a target of persecution.  The film is told via a framing device in which Turing is under interrogation, and this clip comes from that portion of the story in which Turing attempts to explain his paper, aptly titled “The Imitation Game”.  This clip is a swell showcase of Cumberbatch’s phenomenal performance, which is layered with subtly as Cumberbatch attempts to convey Turing’s intellectual and analytical demeanor while also masking a weariness just beneath the surface.  It’s a terrific performance that’s not to be missed, and Cumberbatch will surely be a major contender in the coming Oscar race.

Watch the new The Imitation Game clip after the jump, and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Keira KnightleyMatthew GoodeCharles DanceMark StrongRory KinnearAllen Leech, and Matthew Beard.  The Imitation Game opens in the UK on November 14th and in the US on November 28th.

The BIRDMAN RETURNS Trailer Mocks Michael Keaton’s Past; Doesn’t Entirely Succeed

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Something happened to me on the way to see Birdman, a movie I was once quite excited for.  I saw all of the trailers and clips we had been posting and my excitement just kept diminishing.  It all seemed so smug, on-the-nose obvious, and pleased with itself that it turned me off.  I’m not saying that this is true of the finished film, but as a consumer of both trash cinema and great movies the one thing I can’t stand is when a movie thinks it’s smarter than the landscape around it (especially when it’s not).  This sentiment doesn’t diminish when I watch the faux Birdman Returns trailer, which I suppose is meant to lampoon the superhero movie past of Michael Keaton‘s character in the film. But I can’t tell what it’s making fun of.  1992?  Batman Returns (which was actually pretty great)?  It’s too flat to be funny or incisive.  I’ll still see the real Birdman, but I hope its attitude towards this stuff is a bit more complex.

Hit the jump to check out the new Birdman Returns trailer.  The actual film was directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and also stars Edward NortonNaomi WattsEmma StoneZach GalifianakisAndrea Riseborough, and Amy Ryan.  Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is now in theaters.

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