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You’ve gotta love how Warner Bros. is marketing Horrible Bosses 2. The last trailer pushed the edges of what “Green Band” could do, featuring some incredibly racy dialogue from co-star Jennifer Aniston. She’s back in the latest trailer, called the “Official Main Trailer” and again her story sets the tone with some hilarious, off-color humor. Everyone seems to be really going for it here and, hopefully, the movie itself adheres to that.

Horrible Bosses 2 returns all the stars of the 2011 hit. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis are once again three normal guys with major issues who turn to crime for a solution. Instead of murder though, this time the trio decide to take up kidnapping. Specifically, they target a guy and his father, played by Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz.

Directed by Sean Anders, check out the latest Horrible Bosses 2 trailer below. Read More »

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new John Wick trailer

I don’t think I spoke to anyone at Fantastic Fest who saw John Wick and didn’t like it. I heard praise for Keanu Reeves‘ turn as a killer, for the action and overall direction of Chad Stahelski, who was Reeves‘ stunt double in The Matrix, and stunt choreographer for Man of Tai Chi, and, yeah, for the dog. You’ll see the dog again in this new John Wick trailer, and get a taste of everything else, too, as it promotes the story of a former assassin (Reeves) who goes back into action to target gangsters who have “taken everything from him.” Read More »

Inherent Vice trailer

Here’s the first trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new film Inherent Vice, which is based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon. This does a great job of setting up the basic story beats right at the outset in a manner that is funny and effective, and which aptly communicates the tone of the novel. And then it gets a little goofy.

And that’s great, because Inherent Vice should be a little bit goofy, and a bit weird, and downright unpredictable. Those who’ve read the novel will spot many little flourishes and visions in this trailer that suggest that PTA has at least hewn close to the spirit of the book. And for those who haven’t read the novel, we won’t yet give away all the meanings behind the bits of this Inherent Vice trailer. Just sit back and enjoy it. Read More »

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 recover from a stroke, try to get our acting groove back, discover our pop techno roots in France, revisit a forgotten animated classic, and just throw ourselves against a wall to see what sticks.

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playtime restoration

If you’ve never seen Playtime, the movie that almost broke Jacques Tati, 2014 could be your year. A new seven-disc box set of Tati blu-rays hits the UK in July, and Criterion should have its own set for release soon in the US. Along with the blu-rays comes a 4K restoration of Tati’s incredible film Playtime. I couldn’t love this film more; it’s a delight for so many reasons.

Recapping the plot of Playtime is difficult, because there’s not much of one. A bunch of characters (many Parisians, a group of American tourists, and Tati’s alter ego M. Hulot) wind their way through a mid-’60s vision of modernized Paris, eventually ending up at the opening night of a new restaurant, which crumbles around them as a party rages into the night. A trailer for the Playtime restoration is out, and I highly encourage you to watch below.

Update: We’ve got a new HD trailer for the restoration, which hits Blu-ray via Criterion at the end of October, and it’s even better than the one originally included over the summer. Both are now below.

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Withnail and I restoration

The great film Withnail and I, which chronicles creativity and drinking in equal measure, is a landmark of British cinema, and one of the best and most biting comedies you can find. After being out of circulation for a few years,  there’s a new Withnail and I restoration, which you’ll be able to see via disc release from Arrow in the UK, and in new theatrical and VOD presentations.

Arrow has released a brief trailer for the restoration of writer/director Bruce Robinson‘s crowning achievement that will make old fans dig out whatever copy they have lying around, and will hopefully alert neophytes to the fact that Withnail is very much worth getting to know.  Read More »

Jason Eisener The Guest trailer

The Guest opened in a handful of theaters last weekend, and to celebrate that Hobo With a Shotgun director Jason Eisener cut together a really spectacular short trailer for the film. It’s a tight blast of action, color and music that perfectly captures the vibe of the film, in which Dan Stevens plays a very capable and very violent man acting on grim intentions.

We didn’t post that trailer last week (blame the distraction of Fantastic Fest and MondoCon) but want to show it to you now as the film heads into its second weekend. As a bonus, the film’s producers are offering a little incentive to those who might go see the film this weekend: tweet a photo of your ticket stub, and they’ll hook you up with a free download of the film’s soundtrack. See the Jason Eisener The Guest trailer and get more details on the soundtrack offer below.

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Predestination trailer

When he’s not collaborating with Richard Linklater on beautifully understated indies about the passage of time, Ethan Hawke can often be found heading up thrillers. His recent genre successes include Sinister and The Purge, and now he’s reteaming with his Daybreakers directors Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig for Predestination.

The time-traveling pic is based on a 1959 short story by Robert Heinlein called “—All You Zombies—” but to our modern eyes it also seems to have shades of Looper and Source Code. Hawke plays a “temporal agent” who tries to stop crimes before they happen. Watch the new Predestination trailer after the jump.

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