Wish I Was Here teaser trailer

Zach Braff‘s Wish I Was Here is now infamous because of the controversy surrounding Braff’s Kickstarter campaign. But the film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was a real crowd pleaser — earning a standing ovation at the Premiere screening (it was one of my favorites of this year’s fest). Focus Features snapped up the distribution rights, and the movie is being released on July 25th, 2014. The Wish I Was Here trailer was released this morning, and you can see it for yourself. Wish I Was Here is a dramedy about “a thirtysomething man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family.” The ensemble cast includes Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Joey King, Jim Parsons, Ashley Greene, and Donald Faison. Watch Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here teaser trailer embedded after the jump.

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‘The Signal’ Trailer

The Signal trailer

It’s not unusual for a Sundance movie to take a year or more to hit theaters, but we’re always pleased when the process doesn’t take quite so long. Especially when the film in question is as buzzed about as this one.

In advance of the movie’s June theatrical release, Sundance has released the first The Signal trailer. It’s an odd, riveting watch. Brenton Thwaites plays a college kid who’s apparently being interrogated by Laurence Fishburne about his contact with alien life, or something like that. It’s tough to say because the promo purposely keeps the premise mysterious. Watch it after the jump.

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Sundance sci-fi The Signal

The Sundance sci-fi The Signal, almost a mystery as much as it is a science fiction piece, played really well at the festival this year. While I didn’t get to see it, Peter loved the film, and it was quickly set for a summer release by Focus Features. But The Signal remains a mystery to most potential audiences — and that’s where these new images and a viral video come in. None of these materials will give away what’s going on in the film, but they probably will make you a lot more curious about seeing it. Read More »

The Boxtrolls trailer

Laika’s The Boxtrolls doesn’t open for another six months, but the marketing team is already working hard getting the word out there. Today brings yet another new Boxtrolls trailer — the fourth so far — which explains a bit more about the titular tribe of misunderstood monsters. Watch it after the jump.

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‘The Boxtrolls’ Trailer: Laika Is So Square

Boxtrolls Trailer

It’s too soon to say how 2014 as a whole will pan out for cinema, but any year that includes a new release by Laika can’t be all that bad. The animation studio has given us two excellent family films already in Coraline and ParaNorman, and the latest The Boxtrolls trailer suggests that their next feature will be every bit as winning. Watch the video after the jump.

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In the end credits of That Awkward Moment, we’re treated to a blooper reel. The footage is typically goofy stuff — stars flubbing lines, knocking over props, cracking dirty jokes, and generally getting silly — but it’s a pleasure to watch because the actors are so damn fun. Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan come across as warm and funny people, and the rapport between them is inviting. I can only imagine that the set must have been a blast.

The film itself, however, is not. Although the premise should, in theory, provide plenty of opportunities for sparks to fly and for the cast’s magnetic personalities to shine through, as they do in the blooper reel, writer/director Tom Gormican seems more interested in shoving the characters along predictable plotlines. The result is a tedious romantic comedy that can’t sell the romance, the comedy, or even the bromance.

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The Signal is the kind of science fiction movie that I love — intense, mysterious, original and extremely ambitious. What is The Signal? It’s a puzzle that keeps you guessing and working to figure it out.

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Wish I Was Here

A decade after he made waves at Sundance with his feature directing debut Garden State, Zach Braff is back at the festival this year with his sophomore effort Wish I Was Here. And although it’s received mixed reviews so far, it has at least one big fan: Focus Features.

The distributor has just closed a deal for the domestic rights to the dramedy, beating out CBS Films and Lionsgate in an auction. The dramedy stars Braff alongside Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, and Mandy Patinkin. More details after the jump.

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