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The first full Gone Girl trailer is now online. Directed by David Fincher, the film stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in the story of a perfect couple who find themselves on opposite sides of a massive mystery. When Amy (Pike) goes missing, Nick (Affleck) is accused of killing her. Nick, however, swears he’s innocent. As the story gets bigger and bigger, more clues reveal that all is not what it seems.

Co-starring Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Emily Ratajkowski, Casey Wilson, Boyd Holbrook and Scoot McNairy, it opens October 3. Check out the second Gone Girl trailer below. Read More »

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Do you want to disappoint Tilda Swinton? No, of course you don’t. Over the weekend, the actress took part in a Reddit AMA to promote her new film Snowpiercer. During the session she gave many charming and informative answers to a wide variety of questions. Asked about an unappreciated movie of hers that she hopes more people might see, she wrote enthusiastically about Erick Zonca‘s 2008 film Julia.

The movie, inspired by John Cassavetes’ Gloria, features Swinton in the lead role as a woman who kidnaps a young boy in hopes of ransoming him for a large amount of money. Below, read her comments, and watch the trailer for the film.

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audition remake

Someone wants to produce an English-language Audition remake. The 1997 Ryu Murakami novel was turned into a 1999 thriller by director Takashi Miike. The film became notorious at festivals, and quickly aroused the interest of cult audiences in the US. In the story, a widower uses a staged audition process — ostensibly for a television show — to find a new girlfriend. The woman he chooses, however, has some really serious problems, and things get weird.

No, really. Things get really weird. Audition has two or three impossible-to-forget sequences, at least one of which stands among the more messed-up things I’ve seen in a movie. How will the US version fare? Read more below. Read More »

‘Snowpiercer’ – What Did You Think?

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A great sci-fi movie opens this weekend, and it isn’t Transformers. Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer is finally out in the US. The film is in limited release, but it is the original cut. That’s right — Harvey Weinstein relented from his notion of drastically trimming the movie. So we don’t have to live with a version of this social breakdown allegory that is shorn of twenty minutes, and stitched back together with voiceover.

Chis Evans stars in the film as one of a small group that makes up the last of the human population on Earth. These people are all confined to a train that protects the people from sub-arctic conditions outside. Within the little bubble of the train’s society, the remaining civilization has broken down into two factions. The underclass resides at the rear of the train, subsisting on gelatinous processed food cubes and living in squalor. The upper class enjoys outright luxury in the forward cars. Their well-to-do-ness is not relative to the ugly conditions at the back; it looks more like a first-class ticket on the Orient Express.

Tensions come to a head as Evans leads a violent rush from back to front, and a huge cast plays into the action. Song Kang-ho, Go Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, Ewen Bremner, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, and Ed Harris all have roles. The action is top-notch, the characters are exaggerated to just the right degree, and Bong’s directorial hand is calm and authoritative. Hopefully you’ll be able to get out to see Snowpiercer this weekend; tell us what you thought of the film below. Read More »

Joe Carnahan Directing ‘Five Against a Bullet’

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Joe Carnahan (The Grey) has just been added to the team making an ensemble action film called Five Against a Bullet. The last time we heard about the film was back in 2012, when Bruce Willis was attached to star in the film written by Alex Litvak. The script is about “a Mexican politician who, after his father is killed by a drug cartel, hires the five best bodyguards from around the world to protect him through a contentious election.” Back when Willis came on, no director was set, and that iteration of the film floundered. But now producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, Red, Salt) says that Carnahan will direct the movie. Read More »

The Guest trailer

Dan Stevens made his name as a lovable sweetheart on Downton Abbey, but now he’s taking a turn for the dark and sinister in The Guest. Written by Simon Barrett and directed by Adam Wingard, the thriller stars Stevens as a soldier who shows up unannounced at the family home of a fallen soldier.

He claims to have been with their son when he died, and the family welcomes him into their home. But it’s not long before suspicious things start to happen. Watch the first The Guest trailer after the jump.

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Prince trailer Bruce Willis

Every once in a while a trailer is just demoralizing. Take The Prince, for example. There’s Bruce Willis, looking at first like he might be committing to his role. Jason Patrick shows up — often a good sign — but the plot reveals itself to be another knock-off of Taken. In this case, Willis plays a bad guy who is angry at Patric, himself a former assassin. So Willis kidnaps Patric’s daughter and, well, we start to feel like we know how it is going to go. (John Cusack factors in, somehow, as a wild card.) As a fan of both actors I couldn’t resist watching the trailer, and now we’ll pass it to you.  Read More »

Wargames remake

Sure, why not drop news of another reboot? The ’80s film WarGames, which originally starred Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy, is being remade by MGM. (The studio has already created a series of other remakes, including RoboCop, Carrie, and Red Dawn, and has Poltergeist and The Town That Dreaded Sundown to come.) Now the studio is poised to hire Dean Israelite to direct and Arash Amel to write the WarGames remake. Read More »

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