Green Band Trailer

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 go find ourselves in the woods, go toe to toe with Rio’s police, use a camera to document a life, go hardcore nerd, and dance like everyone’s watching. Read More »

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BASTARDS trailer

You may not know the name Lawrence Sher, but you’ve almost definitely seen his work. He’s the cinematographer behind the Hangover films, as well as Garden StateDue Date, and the recent War Dogs. Now he’s stepping up to make his directorial debut with Bastards.

Owen Wilson and Ed Helms lead the comedy as twins who’ve spent their lives believing their father died when they were young. But when their mother (Glenn Close) reveals she doesn’t know who their real dad is, the brothers set out to find the truth about their past. J.K. Simmons and Terry Bradshaw (as himself) are among the candidates they consider, and Katt WilliamsJune SquibbKate Aselton, and Ving Rhames also star.

Watch the Bastards trailer below.

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morgan spurlock's rats trailer

Morgan Spurlock‘s new documentary Rats takes a look at the history of rat infestations in major cities throughout the world. The film premiered this week at the Toronto International Film Festival, and now the first trailer is online. Edited almost like a part horror movie, part pre-apocalyptic disaster warning movie, the trailer looks nothing like any of Spurlock’s previous films. We don’t even glimpse the documentary filmmaker on screen, and the trailer is as grave and uninviting as Spurlock’s films are usually extremely accessible. Hit the jump to watch the Rats trailer, if you dare.

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christine-trailer

Afterschool director Antonio Campos follows up his unnervingly hypnotic film Simon Killer with Christine. Campo’s third feature premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, where it was praised as a brutal, intimate character study with a tremendous performance from Rebecca Hall (The Gift) as Christine Chubbuck, a reporter who committed suicide on the air in 1974. The independent drama, which co-stars Michael C. Hall (Cold in July) and Tracy Letts (Indignation), was sold to The Orchard, and they’re releasing it into theaters next month.

Below, watch the Christine trailer.

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Doctor Strange featurette

Doctor Strange is likely to be the trippiest film in the Marvel stable. The trailers promise psychedelic visuals from the comic book movie, but what of Stephen Strange’s journey? Will director Scott Derrickson‘s film have enough heart to make Doctor Strange more than a visually engaging experience? We’ll see soon enough, but one thing is for certain, star Benedict Cumberbatch is confident Doctor Strange is far more than just delicious eye candy.

Below, watch the Doctor Strange featurette.

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Annabelle Teaser Trailer

2014’s Annabelle was no great shakes, trading the artfully crafted tension and atmosphere of The Conjuring for cheap scares lifted from other, better movies. But it did make a lot of money: $256 million, to be precise, which is all the more impressive when you realize it cost just $6.5 million to make. So of course there was going to be a sequel.

Annabelle 2 is directed by Swedish filmmaker David F. Sandberg, who just made his feature film debut with Lights OutMiranda OttoAnthony LaPaglia, and Stephanie Sigman star in the horror sequel, which has just revealed its first promo. Watch the Annabelle 2 teaser trailer below.  Read More »

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Easy trailer

As if you don’t have enough fall TV to catch up on already, Netflix is throwing another new series our way next week. Easy is an eight-episode anthology series created by Joe Swanberg, following several adults as they try to navigate love and sex in modern-day Chicago. The characters include long-term couples trying to spice up their relationships, singles looking for a connection, and everything in between.

The extensive cast includes Malin Akerman, Jane Adams, Andrew Bachelor, Orlando Bloom, Hannibal Buress, Aya Cash, Michael Chernus, Dave Franco, Jake Johnson, Marc Maron, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Kate Micucci, Emily Ratajkowski, Elizabeth Reaser, and many many more. Watch the Easy trailer below.  Read More »

The Free World trailer

Following a Sundance premiere back in January, Jason Lew‘s The Free World is now headed to theaters. Boyd Holbrook and Elisabeth Moss lead the downbeat romantic drama. He plays Mo, fresh out of prison after spending two decades locked away for a crime he didn’t commit. Nowadays he spends his days working at an animal shelter, which is where he meets Doris (Moss), the abused wife of a police officer.

She’s desperate for help and he’s helpless to turn her away, and the two strike up an intensely emotional bond that blossoms into a romance. Octavia Spencer and Sung Kang also star. Watch The Free World trailer below.  Read More »

Amy Adams in NOCTURNAL ANIMALS teaser trailer

The fall festivals have yielded a bounty of excellent films, and one of the most talked-about right now is Nocturnal Animals. The second feature from fashion designer turned filmmaker Tom Ford stars Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal in an unusual, engaging, and drop-dead gorgeous tale of love and revenge.

Nocturnal Animals is actually two narratives braided together. In one, Susan (Adams) receives a manuscript for a novel by her ex-husband Edward. The two have long been estranged following an unforgivable betrayal on her part, but the book has her reflecting upon their history together. The other is the story laid out in Edward’s book, following a father, Tony (Gyllenhaal), whose family is brutally assaulted on a deserted road one night.

Watch the Nocturnal Animals teaser trailer below. Read More »