Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we dig into the ripple effect within Penn State’s football program circa the Sandusky era, revisit an arsonist, be inspired by the portrait of an artist as an old man, find out what being abandoned in the frozen tundra can do to a person, say hi again to Nathalie Fay, and get political for a couple of minutes in the Ukraine.

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Judge Dredd: Superfiend trailer

Based on this Judge Dredd: Superfiend trailer, I’m totally in for this “unofficial” Judge Dredd animated web series. Dredd and The Grey producer Adi Shankar backed this web series as a “thank you” to fans who’ve supported the film Dredd. I hope those fans can look beyond their desires for a hardcore movie sequel to see that this series might have many of the aspects of the Judge Dredd comics that didn’t make their way into the last film.

In short, Superfiend looks weird and darkly funny. The satire of old 2000AD comics didn’t really squeeze into Dredd, and that film was also missing some of the really bizarre ideas lodged in Mega-City One. This seems to restore some of that spirit. And thanks to animation it can do some things that would play very differently in live-action. Check out the first “sentence” passed by Judge Death to get the idea. Read More »

Hear ‘Into the Woods’ Cast Sing in New Featurette

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Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago) is a musical based on the stage work from Stephen Sondheim, but you wouldn’t have known that from the film’s first trailer. This featurette, however, gives us not only interviews with the cast and crew, discussing the creation of the film, but also a lot more footage. And singing! In this you can hear the cast sing for the first time. There are snippets of ‘I Wish,’ featuring Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Emily Blunt, and Meryl Streep, and you’ll hear Streep knocking out ‘Stay With Me’ as well. Read More »

Insidious Chapter 3 trailer

Chapter 3 in the Insidious saga hits theaters next year and your first trailer is here. Written and directed by Leigh Whannell, Insidious Chapter 3 is a prequel to the other two films, showing how ghost hunter Elise (Lin Shaye) learns about The Further, via the plight of a young father (Dermot Mulroney) and his daughter (Stefanie Scott). It’s scheduled for release May 29, 2015. Watch the first Insidious 3 trailer below. Read More »

age of ultron trailer

There’s Marvel with the best official response I can remember for a big leak. This afternoon, the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer leaked, only hours after being announced for an official debut next week.

So Marvel did the only thing it could do, and dropped the official release. Below, you can see the Age of Ultron trailer in official quality, which is much better than that (admittedly good) bootleg.

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Orson Welles Documentary Magician

Maybe I’m guessing wrong, but it feels like Orson Welles has fallen away from his perch at the top of the list of the most fascinating American filmmakers. We’re a couple decades removed from the prominence of the people who kept him in the conversation; other filmmakers have dominated the conversation as dialogue about film has changed. We’ve seen Citizen Kane fall from first to second on Sight and Sound’s once-a-decade list of the 50 Greatest Films of All Time. (Kane held the #1 spot for fifty years.)

No matter how many other filmmakers do things that Welles did, however, none will ever do everything Welles did, and very few will do it in the way he managed. He wasn’t just there for many of Hollywood’s formative moments, he provided several of them. If you don’t know the history and films of Welles, there’s never a bad time to dive in.

Here’s the trailer for the Orson Welles documentary Magician, which recounts Welles’ life and achievements, featuring interviews with with Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Marshall, Anthony Perkins, Martin Scorsese, Sydney Pollack, Steven Spielberg. Read More »

Gambler red-band trailer

This is a great first trailer for The Gambler. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as a man with a big problem, and features John Goodman as a guy who might be able to help — if he doesn’t make things a whole lot worse.

Rupert Wyatt is known by most audiences for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but he really made his name with the UK prison break film The Escapist. Now he has directed a remake of The Gambler, about a college professor whose gambling problem gets him in debt, leading to some pretty desperate choices. Going off The Gambler red-band trailer, which is rhythmic and profane and compulsively watchable, he may have done something pretty good with this remake.   Read More »

Woman in Black 2

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death won’t be out in time for Halloween this year, but its first trailer is. The horror sequel picks up about 40 years after 2012′s The Woman in Black, during the London Blitz of World War II. With nowhere else to turn, a group of schoolchildren are evacuated to the Eel Marsh House, which has lain empty for years. Surely there they’ll be safe, far away from the terrible bombs in the city.

But this is a horror movie, so of course that turns out not to be the case. Instead of providing sanctuary, the house unleashes its own special brand of terror. Phoebe Fox plays Eve, the kids’ teacher, and Jeremy Irvine is local military commander Harry. Hit the jump to see the first The Woman in Black Angel of Death trailer.

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