IF I STAY Trailer Featuring Chloë Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley

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The latest trailer for If I Stay is now online, which gives fans of Gayle Forman’s YA novel a glimpse into the feature film.  Director R.J. Cutler’s adaptation stars Chloë Grace Moretz as Mia, a talented young musician who balances her aspirations of attending the Juilliard School with the budding romance of her devoted boyfriend Adam, played by Jamie Blackley.  A tragic event puts those Earthly concerns behind her as Mia must decide whether to fight for her life with Adam by her side, or give in to her new condition.  The new trailer offers quite a bit more bed-side footage than the previously released prologue trailer, but also appears to give away some of the story’s beats.  Viewer beware.

Also starring Mireille EnosJoshua LeonardLiana LiberatoAisha Hinds, and Stacy KeachIf I Stay opens in theaters August 22nd.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

LAGGIES Trailer: Keira Knightley Runs from Adulthood with Chloe Grace Moretz in Tow

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A24 Films has released the first Laggies trailer for director Lynn Shelton’s (Your Sister’s Sister) coming-of-age comedy.  The film stars Keira Knightley as Megan, a 28-year-old woman who, being unable to cope with the pressures of adulthood when her longtime boyfriend proposes, runs off and befriends a 16-year-old named Annika (Chloe Grace Moretz).  I caught the film at Sundance and despite charming performances from Knightley and Sam Rockwell as Annika’s father, unfortunately the pic is pretty forgettable.  Though the film begins strong, it becomes quite frustrating as Megan’s actions grow more implausible and irresponsible.  This trailer does a fine job of conveying the tone and direction of the pic, so you should be able to gauge your interest accordingly.

Hit the jump to watch the Laggies trailer and to check out a teaser poster, and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Mark Webber, Jeff Garlin, Gretchen Mol, and Kaitlyn DeverLaggies opens in limited release on October 24th.

THE 5TH WAVE Gets a January 2016 Release Date

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We’ve got our Cassie Sullivan (Chloe Grace Moretz), Ben Parish (Nick Robinson) and Evan Walker (Alex Roe), and now a teaser image has revealed The 5th Wave release date, too.  Sony Pictures just showed off the new art, which is basically the cover of Rick Yancey’s book, but with “Coming to Theaters 1/29/16” right at the bottom of it.

Before the story in the book begins, there was the 1st wave during which an electromagnetic pulse knocked out all the power.  During the 2nd wave, “The Others” triggered a tsunami that wiped out over 40 percent of the world’s population within 60 miles of a coastline.  For the 3rd wave, it was a virus transmitted via birds that eliminated roughly 97 percent of those who made it through the 2nd wave and the 4th is all about figuring out who to trust and Cassie’s rule is simply, don’t trust anyone.  Trouble is, now there’s a chance her little brother, Sammy, is still alive somewhere out there and if she wants a shot at getting him back, it’s just not possible to do it alone.  Hit the jump for more.

Full-Length THE EQUALIZER Trailer: Denzel Washington’s Old Habits Die Hard

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Sony Pictures has released the full-length The Equalizer trailer for director Antoine Fuqua’s (Olympus Has Fallen) adaptation of the 1980s TV series of the same name.  Denzel Washington leads the dramatic action-thriller as a former black ops commando who comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz).  Soon thereafter, things go south and he finds himself squaring off against violent Russian gangsters.  The film finds Washington reuniting with his Training Day director in Fuqua, and while it’s certainly a “badass” role, I’m encouraged by how introspective the whole thing feels.  Hopefully Fuqua and Washington are able to dig a bit deeper while also delivering the action thrills that audiences expect.

Hit the jump to watch the new full-length The Equalizer trailer.  The film also stars Melissa Leo, Martin Csokas, Haley BennettDavid Harbour, and Bill Pullman.  The Equalizer opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on September 26.

IF I STAY Prologue Trailer: Words Come to Life with Chloe Grace Moretz and M83

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YA adaptations are all the rage at the moment, especially with the buzzworthy The Fault in Our Stars opening this weekend, and Warner Bros. is getting in on the fun by releasing an If I Stay prologue trailer for director R.J. Cutler’s adaptation of the Gayle Forman novel.  The film stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a young girl facing a tough decision between pursuing her musical dreams at Julliard or staying close to home with the love of her life (Jamie Blackley).  Circumstances are further complicated when a life-changing accident throws her life off completely off balance.  This “prologue” is essentially a new trailer with M83 adding a fair amount of emotional oomph to the proceedings.  Moretz is a talented actress and the premise gives her a lot to work with, so I’m interested to see how this one shapes up.

Hit the jump to watch the new If I Stay prologue trailer.  The film also stars Mireille EnosJoshua LeonardLiana LiberatoAisha Hinds, and Stacy Keach.  If I Stay opens in theaters August 22nd.

First THE EQUALIZER Trailer Shows Denzel Washington Kicking Ass

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Sony has released the first trailer for The Equalizer.  Adapted from the 1980s TV series of the same name, the pic reteams Denzel Washington with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua as he plays a former black ops commando who comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz).  Soon thereafter, things go south and he finds himself squaring off against violent Russian gangsters.  The pic scored incredibly high during its first test screening, and Sony is already prepping a sequel in the hopes that this film hits big with audiences.  And based on the trailer, which shows Washington kicking everyone’s ass, I think the studio has a winner.

Hit the jump to watch the Equalizer trailer.  The film also stars Melissa Leo, Martin Csokas, Haley Bennett, David Harbour, and Bill PullmanThe Equalizer opens September 26.

First Trailer for Cannes Drama CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA Starring Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche

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Ahead of the film’s premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, the first Clouds of Sils Maria trailer has landed online for director Olivier Assayas’ (Summer Hours) seductive new drama.  Starring Juliette Binoche and Kirsten Stewart, the film revolves around an aging actress (Binoche) who is gearing up to star in a new production of the play that made her famous years ago, only this time she’ll be taking on the “older woman” role while a confident younger actress (Chloe Grace Moretz) tackles the lead.  The pic looks like a fantastic meditation on life, jealousy, and sexuality, and Binoche appears to turn in a very strong lead performance.  Stewart is impressive here as well, playing the loyal assistant to Binoche’s character.

Hit the jump to watch the Clouds of Sils Maria trailer.  The film will screen in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and IFC Films will release the pic stateside later this year.

New Images from CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA, BROOKLYN, and STANGERLAND

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The Cannes Film Festival begins later this week, which means new images are popping up online.  Among them are new images from Clouds of Sils Maria, the latest from Oliver Assayas (Summer Hours).  Per The Playlist, “the film follows a middle aged actress who decides to star in a new version of the play that made her famous years ago, but this time taking the older leading lady part. However, when she meets her co-star, a younger actress in the role that made her name, things take an interesting turn.”  The movie stars Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz, Johnny Flynn, and Brady CorbetClouds of Sils Maria will play on the last day of the Cannes Film Festival.

Hit the jump to check out the Clouds of Sils Maria images along with the first images from Brooklyn starring Saoirse Ronan and from Strangerland starring Nicole Kidman.  The 2014 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15 – 25th.

First Images from THE EQUALIZER Starring Denzel Washington and Chloë Grace Moretz

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Sony Pictures has released the first images from The Equalizer.  The movie is based off the 1980s TV series, and stars Denzel Washington as a former covert operations officer who dedicates his life to helping people in trouble.  However, Washington says it wasn’t the original series that drew him to the project; it was the material.  “It’s a classic story, the innocent girl and the guy coming in to save the day and kick some butt,” Washington tells USA Today.  “You’ll get some popcorn and escape for a couple of hours.”  Washington seems to enjoy making these kinds of movies since five of his last six films have had action elements.  The Equalizer could turn into a franchise for Washington since a sequel is already in the works.  But Washington remains cautious saying, “You can’t make No. 2 before you make No. 1. It’s called show business. We’ve handled the show part of it. We’ll see how the business part goes.”

Hit the jump to check out The Equalizer images featuring Denzel Washington and Chloë Grace Moretz.  The film opens on September 26th, and also stars Melissa Leo, Marton Csokas, and Haley Bennett.

Chloe Grace Moretz to Star in THE 5TH WAVE; Salma Hayek Brings Voice to SAUSAGE PARTY; Thomas Lennon Joins MONSTER TRUCKS

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Casting across the live-action/animation spectrum:

  • Chloe Grace Moretz is in final negotiations to star in Sony’s adaptation of Rick Yancey‘s young adult novel The 5th Wave.
  • Salma Hayek joins Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Edward Norton, and David Krumholtz in the voice cast for the R-rated cartoon Sausage Party.
  • Thomas Lennon joins Danny Glover, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, Lucas Till, and Holt McCallany in the live-action/animation hybrid Monster Trucks.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Sundance 2014: LAGGIES Review

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There is certain kind of movie that I would describe as a “Sundance Comedy”.  They’re technically indie films even though they feature movie stars, and they’re almost always fairly tame.  They’re cute at best and forgettable at worst, and Lynn Shelton’s Laggies has the distinction of being both.  What begins as a moderately interesting coming-of-age tale eventually devolves into something so light and airy that it’s on the verge of floating away, especially when the characters’ implausible actions do nothing to keep the story grounded.

KICK-ASS 2 Blu-ray Review

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Continuing the story not far from where the original Kick-Ass left off, the sequel Kick-Ass 2 finds its hero (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) teaming up with a group of ordinary citizens looking to rid the street of the criminal element.  Meanwhile, the recently orphaned (at his own hand) arch-villain Red Mist/The Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) plots revenge on the self-made superhero.  And Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz), in what seems like training ground for her role in Carrie, gets to experience some good old-fashioned high school teen angst.

There’s a fine line to tread when it comes to making an action comedy.  When it’s successful, the result is Ghostbusters or Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.  When it’s not, the result is Kick Ass 2.  Hit the jump for my review of the film on Blu-ray.

Sundance 2014: New Images from THE RAID 2, THEY CAME TOGETHER, FRANK, and LAGGIES

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The Premieres lineup for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival was just unveiled, and along with it a collection of first look images and synopses for said films are now online.  Briefly:

  • The Raid 2 – Directed by Gareth Evans; starring Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadewo, and Alex Abbad.
  • They Came Together – Directed by David Wain; starring Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield, and Christopher Meloni.
  • Frank – Directed by Lenny Abrahamson; starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Scoot McNairy.
  • Laggies – Directed by Lynn Shelton; starring Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ellie Kemper, Jeff Garlin, and Mark Webber.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.

First Image of Charlize Theron in Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s Adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s DARK PLACES

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The first image has been released from Gilles Paquet-Brenner‘s adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s best-selling novel Dark Places.  The film stars Charlize Theron as Libby Day, a woman who, at the age of 7, survives the massacre of her family and testifies against her brother as the murderer.  Years later, when confronted by a group obsessed with solving notorious crimes, Libby is forced to confront the truth about what she saw—or didn’t see.  Producer and co-financier Exclusive Media shopped the film around the American Film Market and has completed all major sales.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The outstanding cast also includes Nicholas Hoult, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christina Hendricks, and Drea de Matteo.  If Dark Places is released in 2014, it will join the other high-profile adaptation of a Gillian Flynn novel—David Fincher‘s Gone Girl, which opens on October 3rd.

TOP 5: CARRIE, First Trailer for THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, KILL YOUR DARLINGS, STAR WARS Editorial, THE FIFTH ESTATE

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With director James Wan‘s The Conjuring hitting Blu-ray/DVD this coming Tuesday, I can’t encourage those who missed the film in theaters to give it a watch from the comfort of their own homes enough. As I’ve said before, I think it’s fantastic (one of my favorites so far this year, in fact) and I can’t wait to see how it holds up on multiple viewings outside of the theater. While the wife and I take great pride in our movie collection, there aren’t many new releases that I consider “must haves” on day one. The Conjuring is the exception to that rule and an instant classic that any horror fan can be proud to own.

My ringing endorsement aside, this week’s installment of the Top 5 includes Carrie interviews with Chloe Grace Moretz and more, the first trailer for Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Kill Your Darlings interviews with the likes of Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, a Star Wars editorial that argues against four rules being the key to making the franchise great again, and The Fifth Estate interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch and more. Like all the times before, a brief recap and link to each of the above resides after the jump.

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