Love and Mercy trailer

The story of Brian Wilson and his work with the Beach Boys has been elevated to American musical mythology. The songs by Wilson and his brothers and bandmates had a dramatic and sunny effect on pop music just as Wilson’s own life was fraught with instability. Love and Mercy dramatizes his story, not for the first time, but in perhaps the most complete way to date — by splitting him in two. In the Love and Mercy trailer you’ll see John Cusack as Brian Wilson… and Paul Dano as Brian Wilson, with Cusack playing the troubled songwriter in later years, and Dano playing him at his peak. Read More »

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Mr. Holmes Trailer

The latest screen incarnation of Sherlock Holmes is a somewhat unusual one. In Mr. Holmes, Ian McKellen plays Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective very late in life, and finds him looking back at an unsolved case even as his own faculties begin to falter. Bill Condon directs, and when it premiered in Berlin earlier this year the reviews were very kind to the film. And let’s be honest — the idea of McKellen playing Holmes at any age is great, and something we’re eager to see. We’ve seen one clip from the movie, but now here’s the first Mr. Holmes trailer.

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Love & Mercy

Brian Wilson wasn’t a conventional person, so why should he get a conventional biopic? Love & Mercy casts not one but two actors as the Beach Boys musician. Paul Dano plays him in the 1960s, when he was a young man on track for greatness; John Cusack plays him in the 1980s, as he’s struggling to get out from under an abusive relationship with his doctor Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti).

Leaving aside the fact that Dano, Cusack, and Wilson don’t really look alike at all, Love & Mercy seems like an artful exploration of an American music icon. Elizabeth Banks also stars as Melinda Ledbetter, the woman who would become Wilson’s second wife. Watch the Love and Mercy trailer after the jump.

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Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes

There have been more screen incarnations of Sherlock Holmes than we can easily count, with two active on television right now. And still the idea of Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes is something we’re still eager to see. Now we can — and as one might expect, Sir Ian’s Holmes is somewhat unique.

Based upon the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin, the film Mr. Holmes catches up with Sherlock very late in life, when he has retired to a country home. Holmes is beumsed, and to some extent irritated by the inflated tales of his exploits. The story finds him returning — mentally, at least — to old stories and memories. Bill Condon directs the film which “reflects upon the interplay between truth and legend, age and memory, unresolved guilt and the chance to finally make peace with oneself.” There’s no trailer for the film just yet, but you can see McKellan’s Sherlock now in a Mr. Holmes clip. Read More »

Mommy us trailer

It may seem premature in September to declare that a film has entered the Oscar race, but in the case of Mommy it’s confirmed fact. Last week, Canada officially selected the family drama as its entry for the Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award. It’ll be director Xavier Dolan‘s second time angling for the prize; his feature directing debut I Killed My Mother was chosen to represent the country for the 82nd Oscars.

To be sure, Mommy still has several hoops to jump through before it gets that little gold man. But the glowing reactions from its Cannes debut suggest it could actually go the distance. To get an idea of what all the fuss is about, hit the jump to see the Mommy US trailer.

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Skeleton Twins

One of the most exciting and uplifting films of the Sundance Film Festival just got its first trailer. It’s called The Skeleton Twins and stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig as estranged siblings, reunited after a tragedy, who must begin to work through their old issues. Craig Johnson directed the film, which is decidedly more dramatic than you’re used to seeing Wiig and Hader, but they rise to the occasion. Each creates a full, interesting, flawed character with plenty of humor just under the surface.

The Skeleton Twins opens September 19 and now you can watch the first trailer. Check it out below. Read More »

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Dear White People teaser

Dear White People made a splash at Sundance as a well-liked, funny satire about race relations in modern America. The first Dear White People teaser trailer has just arrived, and you’ll see pretty quickly why Sundance audiences liked the movie. Writer/director Justin Simien makes his debut with the film, and he’s got a funny and frank voice, and is willing to poke at sensitive topics with humor and energy. And just to make sure the broadest possible audience gets behind this ad campaign, there’s a great gag in the trailer about the real meaning of Gremlins. Watch the teaser below.

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Life of Crime trailer

It’s a classic setup: the wife of a philandering husband is kidnapped, and the lowlifes responsible ask for a million-dollar ransom. Trouble is, the husband doesn’t want the wife to be returned, as he wants to start a new life with his younger and more sexually available mistress. Life of Crime is based on Elmore Leonard‘s novel The Switch, and features Tim Robbins, Jennifer Aniston, and Isla Fisher as that crime-crossed love triangle defined by kidnapping and lust.

And while you wouldn’t know it from the trailer, John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) play younger versions of the characters played by Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson in Jackie Brown. Will Life of Crime stick more closely to the source novel than Tarantino did when he adapted the novel Rum Punch into Jackie Brown? Get your bearings by watching the Life of Crime trailer below. Read More »

A Most Wanted Man trailer

One of the very last films Philip Seymour Hoffman completed before his passing this past February was A Most Wanted Man, Anton Corbijn‘s adaptation of John le Carré‘s novel. The film premiered at Sundance this year to mostly (if not wildly) positive reviews, and is now heading toward a theatrical release this summer.

Hoffman leads the contemporary thriller as Günther Bachmann, a German spy looking for a half-Chechen, half-Russian immigrant (Grigoriy Dobrygin) with possible terrorist ties. The film looks checking out for many reasons, not least of which is the chance to hear Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, and Willem Dafoe try out their best German accents. Watch the first A Most Wanted Man trailer after the jump.

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