Cop Car trailer

Movies don’t come much more lean than Cop Car, in which two kids stumble across a seemingly abandoned sheriff’s cruiser. One thing leads to another, and soon the pre-teens are off on the joyride of a lifetime. But the car wasn’t abandoned, and the sheriff, who has his own problems to deal with, wants the car back.

Kevin Bacon plays the lawman with a grim squint, and the two young actors at the center, James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford, are terrific in their roles, and Jon Watts directs the film with mean efficiency that had me squirming at the horrifying potential in some of the violent situations.

Check out the first Cop Car trailer below. Read More »

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Pawn Sacrifice trailer

Bobby Fischer was a child chess prodigy, the youngest chess grandmaster at the time he was crowned, and eventually the representative of democracy in a politically-charged showdown with Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky that took place in 1972. Bobby Fischer also totally lost it as he aged, becoming a Holocaust denier and anti-Semite, despite his own Jewish heritage.

Pawn Sacrifice features Tobey Maguire as Fischer and Liev Schreiber as Spassky, and is structured in a familiar “slice of history” biopic format that shows us Fischer’s childhood and rise to prominence in the chess world while focusing on his duel with Spassky and his disintegrating mental state. Check out the first Pawn Sacrifice trailer below to see how Maguire plays the renowned and broken champion. Read More »

Black Mass trailer

“If nobody sees it,” Whitey Bulger tells his six-year old son in this new Black Mass trailer, “it didn’t happen.” But much of what we’ll see in this movie did happen, as Bulger, played here by Johnny Depp, was among the most notorious gangsters in Boston’s history — hell, in US history. He topped the FBI’s Most Wanted list for years. Depp may be channeling Jack Nicholson’s performance from The Departed, a performance which was also at least inspired by Bulger, but he still comes off as intense and terrifying in this new trailer.  Read More »

Lionsgate Announces ‘Now You See Me 3′

Now You See Me The Second Act

Despite the fact that Now You See Me 2 isn’t hitting theaters for another year, Lionsgate is raring to go on Now You See Me 3. The studio confirms it’s already entered the “early planning” stages for the threequel, now that Now You See Me 2 has wrapped production. Hit the jump for more about the Now You See Me 3 announcement.  Read More »

Knock Knock trailer

Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, and Ana de Armas star in Eli Roth‘s thriller Knock Knock, and this new trailer really starts to reveal details of what happens when the married architect played by Reeves succumbs to temptation when Izzo and de Armas show up at his doorstep one night. The two women seduce Reeves, who protests, but only a little, and some time later they return to teach him a lesson in personal responsibility.

Note that this Knock Knock trailer is not technically red-band, but it has enough heavily suggested sex and violence that you might want to hold off watching if you’re unsure. Read More »

Sicario clip

We’re seeing more of Sicario, the new film from Denis Villeneuve, very slowly. There were a few images, then a poster. And if you want to know more about the film, there are quite a few reviews floating around from the film’s Cannes premiere. Now there’s also a Sicario clip, and while we wait for the film’s official trailer, it’s a good first taste of the work by Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin, playing a set of government consultants and agents who form an uneasy alliance to fight one battle in the war on drugs. Read More »

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Hannibal season 3 promo

Hannibal returns for a third season beginning on June 4, and with just a couple weeks left before the new season premiere we’ve got a long new Hannibal Season 3 promo that teases a bunch of new developments in the show. This promo features the major cast members explaining some of where the characters are now, and what’s different this year. “Season three is like a blank slate” says Caroline Dhavernas, who plays Alana Bloom.

There’s also the promise of the arrival of a familiar character, Francis Dolarhyde, played by Richard Armitage, who we see in this video.

Note: If you haven’t seen the second season of Hannibal and are planning to, what follows may feature a few spoilers. (But that’s been the case for all of this season’s promos so far.) Read More »

Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher

The Jack Reacher sequel is about to take a big step forward. Ed Zwick (The Last Samurai) is reportedly in talks to direct the follow-up to the Tom Cruise thriller. In addition, Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz will take a pass at the script. More on the Ed Zwick Jack Reacher sequel news after the jump.  Read More »

Green Room clip

The new film from Blue Ruin director Jeremy Saulnier is called Green Room, and knowledge of the premise and cast was enough to place the film as number two on my “most anticipated of 2015” list, right behind Mad Max: Fury Road. The story features a punk band trapped in a backwater venue after playing an ill-advised gig, and essentially under siege from a racist gang. Patrick Stewart leads the cast as the leader of the bad guys, and Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, and Macon Blair all have parts too.

Green Room premiered at Cannes over the weekend to great acclaim, and along with the first review comments we’ve got an excellent clip from the film. Read More »