Blue Is the Warmest Color

After a triumphant premiere at Cannes this spring, Blue Is the Warmest Color got some negative attention this fall when stars Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos told press that working with director Abdellatif Kechiche was a “horrible” experience and that they’d never work for him again.

The question of whether Kechiche pushed his stars too hard is still open, and based on the director’s statements may even be headed to court. But it can’t be argued that his methods, however brutal, got results. Overnight, Blue Is the Warmest Color transformed Exarchopoulos from a virtual unknown (at least in the States) into an international sensation.

And IFC Films would very much like you to remember that. The U.S. distributor for the French film has just released a red-band For Your Consideration trailer highlighting Exarchopoulos’ stunningly raw, tender performance. Check it out after the jump.

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Cheap Thrills is one of my favorite movies of 2013. It’s a genre fan’s paradise: one messed-up idea, explored to the limit of its potential, with some supremely squirm-inducing moments. It is also a damn good movie, period — a killer directorial debut from E.L. Katz, with good performances all around, and work from Pat Healy and David Koechner that you won’t forget. If you’ve ever sensed that Koechner has a weird mean streak running through his comedy, this is the movie for you, because he taps into that and turns it into a river that propels this movie along.

Healy and Ethan Embry play a couple of guys, both facing hard times, who reconnect at a bar. Then a couple at the bar, played by Koechner and Sara Paxton (who co-starred with Healy in The Innkeepers) offers them a potential economic windfall. All the guys have to do to win some big bucks is follow through on the dares proposed by the couple. And then things get weird.

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The 21 Jump Street reboot surprised many with the chemistry between Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, and the comic energy of everyone around them. So there’s a sequel, 22 Jump Street, with the major cast back in their roles, and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller back in the driver’s seat(s).  The setting is moved from high school to college, so there are plenty of college movie cliches to lampoon, and a new drug plot to follow up. And one character has had gender reassignment surgery, though that may be more of an incidental thing than a big plot point.

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Jason Bateman makes his feature directorial debut with the comedy Bad Words, about a guy (played by Bateman) who hijacks a national spelling bee. How does that happen, exactly? The red-band trailer below will show you a bit, just as it’ll let you know how the supporting cast such as Rohan Chand (Homeland), Kathryn Hahn (We’re the Millers), Ben Falcone (Bridesmaids), Philip Baker Hall (Argo), and Allison Janney (The Help) factor in.

The language in this one really isn’t for work; this teaser makes the Bad Grandpa red-band stuff sound positively tame.

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Dom Hemingway

Jude Law is a pretty, pretty man, and (like many actors) he’s enjoyed a long, healthy career in part by capitalizing on this fact. But in Dom Hemingway, he’s nothing like the handsome, elegant presence we’ve come to expect. Instead, he looks bleary and bloated and altogether slimy, and his performance looks all the more entertaining for it.

Directed by Richard Shepard, the British crime dramedy stars Law as a loud, lewd safecracker just coming off of a twelve-year stint in prison. He reunites with his BFF (Richard E. Grant) to try to get his life back on track, which means trying to collect what he’s owed from his boss (Demián Bichir) and mending his relationship with his daughter (Emilia Clarke). Check out the newest red-band trailer after the jump.

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Charlie Countryman, starring Shia LaBeouf, has been somewhat divisive since it debuted at Sundance. Adherents (including our own Germain Lussier, quoted in the new trailer) like the film for its audacious, raw visuals and LaBeouf’s all-in performance, while detractors say that the debut from commercials director Fredrik Bond is more music video than anything else.

LaBeouf plays a guy who falls, hard, for a young woman (Evan Rachel Wood) while he’s touring around Europe. But there’s a problem. Her ex, played by Mads Mikkelsen, is possessive and very violent. Would you want to square off against a pissed-off Mads? Thought not.

Get a taste of the film for yourself in the new red-band trailer, which is more true to the film than some other looks we’ve had at it in the past. Like Shia’s other video clip to hit the web this morning, this one is not at all safe for work. Read More »

‘Beyond Outrage’ Red-Band Trailer

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Takeshi Kitano follows his 2011 film Outrage with a sequel Yakuza film, Beyond Outrage (originally called Outrage Beyond), and a new red-band trailer for the US release has come online.

This is red-band because Takeshi’s films tend toward extreme bursts of violence perpetrated by stoic men, with Takeshi himself typically the most prone to the worst action. In this case there’s a lot of gunplay, and a drill, and a pretty mean use of an automatic baseball pitching machine. The story concerns multiple crime families who are set against one another, with Takeshi as an instigator (or pawn?) in the middle. Seems a bit like Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest, with yakuza. Read More »

‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa’ Red-Band Trailer

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The Jackass segments featuring Johnny Knoxville made up to look like a much older man were always fun, but can that concept work during the course of an entire film? We’ll find out in a few days when Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa opens in theaters.

In the meantime you can get another look at the film via this red-band trailer, which is very definitely not safe for work thanks to the presence of, among other things, a very stretchy prosthetic penis. If that seems tame, there’s also very underage drinking, some awkward strip club action, and serious car-on-penguin violence.   Read More »

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