CHILD 44

Tom Hardy has never met an accent he didn’t like, whether it’s Bostonian in The Drop, Welsh in Locke, or whatever the hell he’s doing in The Dark Knight Rises. In his new movie Child 44, he gets to take midcentury Russian out for a spin.

Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), the thriller follows police agent Leo Demidov (Hardy) in Soviet-era Russia. When he begins investigating a serial killer who targets young boys, he attracts the wrath of the state, which refuses to acknowledge the crimes at all.

Noomi Rapace plays Leo’s wife Raisa, Gary Oldman is General Mikhail Nesterov, and Joel Kinnaman is Leo’s rival. Jason ClarkePaddy Considine, and Vincent Cassel also star. Watch the Child 44 trailer after the jump. Read More »

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The First ‘Fantastic Four’ Trailer Is Here

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The wait is over! Hot on the heels of our very first official look behind the scenes of Fantastic Four, comes the very first trailer for Fantastic Four.

Josh Trank directs the Marvel Comics adaptation, starring Miles Teller as Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Sue Storm / Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm / Human Torch, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm / The Thing, and Toby Kebbell as Victor Domashev. Watch the Fantastic Four trailer after the jump.

UPDATE #1: See some high-res screengrabs from the trailer, see the first poster, and watch a version of the trailer with commentary from the filmmakers.

UPDATE #2: A newly discovered Easter egg within the trailer offers a juicy hint about the plot.

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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 ponder what happens when first contact is made, deal with rape on college campuses, get fatherly advice from Vincent Cassel on how to raise an assassin, explore a moment in underground pop culture, and spend some time with a man who made sense of the Ben Affleck/Bill Maher tussle. 

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Knock Knock teaser

The premise of Eli Roth‘s new film is very simple: Keanu Reeves plays a supposedly good man whose life is put to a severe stress test when two attractive young women (Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas) knock on his door. The film just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (we’ll have a review soon) but you can see the first Knock Knock teaser below. Read More »

Vincent Cassel in Partisan

The Sundance Film Festival is proving to be a source of endless delight even for those of us who are just reading reviews from home. Because while we might not be able to watch the movies from our couches, we can still enjoy the trailers as thoroughly as anyone in Park City.

The latest Sundance entry to unleash a trailer is Partisan, directed by Ariel Kleiman. At the center of the story is Alexander (Jeremy Chabriel), an 11-year-old trained as an assassin. When this dangerous but sheltered boy begins thinking for himself, he poses a problem for father figure Gregori (Vincent Cassel). Watch the first Partisan trailer after the jump.

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Deep Web teaser

Here’s a lively first teaser for Deep Web, a new documentary from Bill and Ted co-star Alex Winter, who recently directed the doc Downloaded. The new film Deep Web looks into the FBI takedown of Silk Road, the online marketplace most famous for dealing drugs online, and investigates the charges against Ross Ulbricht, who authorities claim was “the Dread Pirate Roberts,” responsible for running Silk Road. The doc will premiere in spring 2015; check out the Deep Web teaser below.  Read More »

Digging Through The Marrow Trailer

Last year at Buttnumathon, I saw an early screening of Horror filmmaker Adam Green‘s newest movie Digging Up The Marrow. The found footage documentary-style film puts the filmmaker Hatchet/Frozen director front in center in a story exploring a series of letters he supposedly received and the mysterious man behind them (played by Ray Wise) who believes to have proof that monsters are real. Most interestingly, the film incorporates the monster designs of artist Alex Pardee (who we’ve covered on the site many times in his past), bringing some of his demented creations to life on the big screen. The film is fun, albeit it feels a bit self self-aggrandizing for Green to make himself a character at the center of this story.

Green and Pardree just announced they will be brining the film on tour and have released the first Digging Out The Marrow trailer which you can watch embedded after the jump.

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She's Funny That Way

For the first time since 2001, we have a new Peter Bogdanovich film arriving this year. She’s Funny That Way (formerly titled Squirrels to the Nuts, a reference to Ernst Lubitsch’s Cluny Brown) stars Owen Wilson as Arnold, a theater director who gets involved with an escort and aspiring actress (Imogen Poots) whose therapist (Jennifer Aniston) is dating his playwright (Will Forte) — who, in turn, begins to fall for the escort.

Meanwhile, Arnold tries to duck the wrath of his wife (Kathryn Hahn), who’s also his star, along with her ex (Rhys Ifans). Lucy Punch is somehow involved as well. It’s a lot to keep track of, so see if you can keep up with the She’s Funny That Way trailer after the jump. Read More »

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