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When Alan Rickman isn’t busy threatening John McClane or glowering at Harry Potter, he finds time to direct a film now and again. His first directorial effort, The Winter Guest, was released in 1997. Now, 17 years later, he’s come out with the trailer for his second, the 17th century romance A Little Chaos.

Rickman’s Sense and Sensibility co-star Kate Winslet plays Sabine, a landscape designer recruited to build one of the gardens at Versailles. Matthias Schoenarts plays the landscape artist with whom she forges a close connection. Rickman himself appears as King Louis XIV. Watch the A Little Chaos trailer after the jump.

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Duke of Burgundy trailer

As I’ve worked on a “Top Ten Films of 2014″ list I’ve gone back and forth on whether or not to include movies I saw at festivals, but which aren’t yet in general release. If I decide to go the festival route, The Duke of Burgundy will be in my top three for this year. If not, it is likely to be in the top few spots of next year’s list. This ravishing movie is a gorgeous visual experience, as the trailer below will indicate. But the film is also a wonderfully nuanced portrait of a relationship — one which is made seemingly more exotic by its daily particulars, but which, in the end, fraught with the same issues everyone faces. Check out The Duke of Burgundy trailer below.

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MoonQuake Lake trailer

Phil Lord and Chris Miller have built up so much goodwill at this point, they could probably get audiences to watch anything. But even they may be testing their limits with MoonQuake Lake, a third-rate Twilight knockoff starring Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and Rihanna.

Or rather, they might be pushing it if MoonQuake Lake were a real film instead of a pitch-perfect sendup of the fantasy YA subgenre. It’s the best joke from Annie, the new musical by Will Gluck. Watch Lord and Miller’s MoonQuake Lake trailer — and their tongue-in-cheek reaction to the film’s Golden Globes snub — after the jump.  Read More »

Last Five Years trailer

The Last Five Years, the off-Broadway musical from Tony-winning composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown, is now a film from writer/director Richard LaGravenese. It stars Anna Kendrick, who is also in Disney’s musical Into the Woods, opening later this month. While this film premiered at TIFF, it won’t open in the US until February. But you can see The Last Five Years trailer below. Read More »

Comet Emmy Rossum Justin Long

Editor’s note: This review originally ran in June, but the wonderful Comet opens in limited release this weekend, so we’ve republished it. It’s also on demand. Watch the trailer here.

Imagine you’re watching your relationship on TV. It is playing on five channels, with each channel airing a different stage of the relationship. When things get too uncomfortable, awkward or emotional, you just flip the channel. On that next channel, you’d continue to watch your relationship unfold, maybe from a point a few years later. The cumulative result of the experience would probably put into perspective the whole of what you and another person can be together. Loving in one moment, hateful in another, caring, selfish and more.

That metaphor is an elaborate attempt to describe Comet, the directorial debut of Sam Esmail, which had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival this weekend. Comet stars Emmy Rossum and Justin Long as the central couple. While there is absolutely no TV channel surfing involved, the film’s complex and fascinating structure feels like that, from the audience perspective. It’s a dense, funny, insanely well-written and well-acted film. Unlike most romantic films, it keeps you guessing. Simultaneously, it raises questions about the nature of love, life, and truth, all disguised in an semi-conventional love story told in the most unconventional of ways. It’s a special movie. Read More »

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Last year, Spike Lee decided to follow up his big studio remake of Oldboy with something very different. He turned to Kickstarter to raise money for Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, an idiosyncratic romance about bloodsuckers. (But don’t call them vampires.) Now the first trailer has arrived to show his fans just what they’ve paid for, and the results look pretty interesting. Check out the Da Sweet Blood of Jesus trailer after the jump. Read More »

‘Selfie’ Unaired Episodes Headed to Hulu

TIM PEPER, JOHN CHO, DA'VINE JOY RANDOLPH, KAREN GILLAN, ALLYN RACHEL, DAVID HAREWOOD

Selfie made its debut on good old-fashioned broadcast TV this fall, but it’ll finish up on the Internet. The ABC comedy has just found a new home at Hulu, following its cancellation earlier this month.

Karen Gillan and Henry Cho lead the series, billed as a modern-day telling of My Fair Lady — self-obsessed Eliza recruits prim co-worker Henry to “fix” her public image. Emily Kapnek (Suburgatory) created the series. More details on the Selfie unaired episodes after the jump.

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John Woo The Crossing trailer

Cutting movies in half is very hip these days. Twilight, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and now…John Woo? Yes, the director of Hard Boiled, The Killer and Face/Off made a two-parter in 2008 with Red Cliff, and he’s doing it again this year with The Crossing. An epic romance set against the tragedy of a capsized ferry in 1949, it stars Zhang Ziyi and was written by Melody Wang, who wrote Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Now, that might sound like it’s John Woo’s Titanic, but it’s much bigger than that. The Crossing is a romance, a disaster film, a war film and more all rolled into one. It truly looks epic.

In China, The Crossing Part 1 opens in December and The Crossing Part 2 opens May 2015. There’s no U.S. release date yet. But, based on this trailer, I hope it gets one soon. Read More »

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