Coming Home trailer

Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled the new trailer for Coming Home, the historical romance from director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero). Based on the novel by Geling Yan, Coming Home centers on a married couple, Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (Gong Li), who are separated when the former is sent to a labor camp.

He returns years later to discover that she, having suffered a head injury, no longer recognizes him. Determined to get his life back, he sets out to resurrect his relationship with his wife. Newcomer Zhang Huiwen plays their daughter. Watch the Coming Home trailer after the jump. Read More »

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diary of a teenage girl trailer

Coming-of-age indie narratives are a Sundance staple each year, and this year one of the most buzzed-about was Marielle Heller‘s The Diary of a Teenage Girl. Based on the novel by Phoebe Gloeckner, it stars Bel Powley as Minnie, a teenager growing up in 1970s San Francisco.

Minnie loses her virginity to a much older man (Alexander Skårsgard) who also happens to be dating her mom (Kristen Wiig), and her life only gets crazier and more complicated from there. Check out the first Diary of a Teenage Girl trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Irrational Man

In typical Woody Allen fashion, the writer/director has been keeping details for his next film Irrational Man under tight wraps. But with the arrival of the first Irrational Man trailer, we finally have some idea of what this movie will be about.

Joaquin Phoenix stars as a philosophy professor who’s suffering from an existential crisis: he can’t write, he can’t breathe, he “couldn’t remember the reason for living,” as he says in the promo. But he gains new purpose when he strikes up a relationship with a beautiful young student played by Emma Stone. Watch the Irrational Man trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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Alicia Vikander‘s year got off to a rough start with the long-delayed Seventh Son, before course-correcting with the excellent Ex Machina. But she’s still not done — far from it.

Her next big role is this summer’s Testament of Youth, a World War I romance with fellow up-and-comers Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) and Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service). Watch the Testament of Youth US trailer after the jump.

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Aloft trailer

The film Aloft, from director Claudia Llosa, is a multi-generational drama that features Cillian Murphy and Mélanie Laurent as a duo in search of a woman played by Jennifer Connelly. But it’s a bit more complicated than that, as Connelly plays Nana Kunning, who as a young woman unsuccessfully attempted to aid the healing of her son Ivan. Now grown, Ivan (Murphy) pairs with a journalist (Laurent) to find his mother. Even the basics of the story sound heavy and somewhat unusual, and you’ll see that reflected in the Aloft trailer, too.  Read More »

I Saw the Light Sony Classics

Tom Hiddleston‘s casting as country legend Hank Williams attracted some skepticism when it was first announced, but Sony Pictures Classics, for one, feels pretty good about it. The company has just acquired worldwide rights to I Saw the Light, written and directed by Marc Abraham. More on the I Saw the Light Sony Classics deal after the jump.  Read More »

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Jimmy's Hall trailer

Jimmy’s Hall, from acclaimed director Ken Loach, begins with the story of an Irish community already feeling the tension that would shortly erupt as the Irish Civil War, and then picks up with that community a decade later, after the war divided the country. As the Jimmy’s Hall trailer shows, the focal point of the story seems innocuous: a dance hall on the edge of a rural community.

But what that hall means to people, the way that it threatens some in power, and the activism of its founder, real-world figure Jimmy Gralton, is the real core of this story. Is Jimmy’s Hall something like a version of Footloose? Perhaps, and with Ken Loach at the helm that sounds pretty alright. Read More »

infinitely polar bear trailer

There’s a Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana Bad Robot movie that you haven’t seen yet. That’s pretty cool, right? Plus, the movie is great to boot. I’m talking of a film called Infinitely Polar Bear, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Sony Pictures Classics picked up the film soon after its Sundance debut (which is now over a year ago) but we haven’t heard anything about it since.

Now, finally, a trailer is out for the film. It’s getting released internationally in March and the US will get it on June 19. Check out the first Infinitely Polar Bear trailer below.

UPDATE – A different US trailer, including a quote from yours truly, is now online. Read More »

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Woody Allen‘s latest film finally has a release date and a studio. Irrational Man will be distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, as were Allen’s last six films. Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, and Jamie Blackley star. More of the Woody Allen Irrational Man news is after the jump.  Read More »